Courses & Training
Mindfulness is a skill that can be learned through practice
|29th June 2017||6-Weeks Mindfulness Course|
There are several options for how to start your mindfulness journey. I teach mindfulness through courses, workshops, drop-in sessions and 1-to-1 sessions. The courses run all throughout the year. They can vary a little in terms of length and content, but a typical course will last for about 6 weeks with one session of 2 hours per week. The courses are based on the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program developed by John Kabat Zinn and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) developed by Mark Williams & Zindel Segal. Other sources of inspiration include my own mindfulness practice, my psychology practice, and a wealth of research and literature on mindfulness.
Mindfulness, or the ability to be ‘mindful’, is a psychological skill that can be learned and enhanced through practice, and the courses are therefore experience-based. We go through a range of different mindfulness exercises, from seated meditation to eating meditation and yoga stretches. Each session follows a particular theme related to the concept and practice of mindfulness.
All courses are based on a weekly training model, and includes a course training manual and a set of guided meditation exercises. You are expected to use the guided meditations (or other similar exercises) and practice mindfulness on your own between sessions. Developing a personal practice is essential for mindfulness to become an integrated skill and part of your everyday life.
General mindfulness courses for adults
These courses serve as a general introduction to mindfulness. You do not need to have any previous experience with mindfulness meditation or other forms of meditation to start this course.
Courses for kids & adolescents
These courses are based on a 6-weeks structure, with 1 session of 40-60 minutes each week over 6 weeks. You can read more about the content of this course under Mindfulness in Education.
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) courses
These courses focus on the use of mindfulness (and some cognitive-behavioral skills) to deal with a specific psychological issue such as for example anxiety or depression. The group is smaller compared to that of the other courses (max 6 participants) and functions a little more like group therapy. However, the course is still very much teaching-based and it is up to the individual participant to decide how much he or she would like to share in the group. Again, no prior experience with mindfulness or cognitive therapy is required to join the course.