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20SPR01 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

This eight-week course is based on the widely researched international curriculum that represents the gold standard in mindfulness training for stress reduction. Based on the pioneering work of Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, the training involves eight two and a half hour sessions as well as a full day of practice on Saturday February 29th  Participants are given a manual with extensive notes as well as a number of meditation practice audio files to download (CDs available on request). Each session involves a gentle mixture of mindfulness meditation practice, short presentations on the theme for that week by the facilitator as well as some group exercises and discussion. In every session the facilitator endeavours to create a warm and supportive environment where participants can explore their experience without pressure and without judgments.

While mindfulness does not claim to be a cure for anything, a growing amount of research indicates its effectiveness in:

  • Getting a better night’s sleep
  • Reducing worry and feelings of anxiety
  • Improving tolerance of chronic pain
  • Lifting mood and appreciating what is good in life
  • Managing interpersonal conflict more effectively
  • Enhancing feelings of self-worth and compassion for others

At the end of the course participants come away with a set of tools that allow them to take better care of themselves in the ups and downs of everyday living. The effectiveness of the MBSR course crucially depends on the participant’s willingness to commit to daily practice while the course is underway (about 45 minutes per day which is supported by the guided meditation audio files). It is worth remembering that mindfulness is not intended as a magic pill but can be a significantly transformative approach for many people, as they use it to surf the waves that life inevitably presents us with.

The course will be held from 4:30 – 7pm on Wednesdays at Dublin West Education Centre on the following dates: January  15th, 22nd, 29th February 5th, 12th, 26th, March 4th and 11th  In addition, the full day of practice will be held on Saturday 29th February from 10am to 4pm. Lunch will be provided. A commitment to attending each of the sessions is an important part of the course. Participants will be asked to bring their own yoga mat and blanket (if desired) each week. The cost of the course is €120.

The facilitator is Joanne Murphy, a primary school teacher. She is currently finishing a two-year Masters in Mindfulness in UCD and has completed many other trainings in mindfulness, including training with the Mindfulness in Schools Project (both Paws b and .be) and the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute.

Upon registration to this course, DWEC will pass on your contact details (email address and phone number) to the facilitator (Joanne Murphy) so that she can get in touch for an orientation phone call in January. She will email to arrange a suitable time for the call.

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Course Details

Course Date 15-01-2020 4:30 pm
Course End Date 11-03-2020 7:30 pm
Registration Start Date 11-11-2019
Capacity 14
Available place 6
Individual Price €120.00
Speaker Joanne Murphy
Location Dublin West Education Centre

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Dublin West Education Centre,
Old Blessington Road,
Dublin 24

Phone: 01 - 4528000
Fax: 01-4528010

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GPS: 53.653121,-6.679589

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