Date: 21st January - 10th March 2020
Time: 7.00pm -9.30pm
Cost: €350 (some concessions available)
Facilitator: Helen Byrne
Course Type: 8 Week MBSR/MBCT with Helen
Venue: The Mindfulness Centre
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The 8 Week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction was developed by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979. His intention was to teach this ancient skill of mindfulness to patients at the hospital who were dealing with chronic and terminal conditions and the stress and anxiety that accompanied their diagnoses. Early research indicated that people benefited greatly form the course, in terms of:
- reductions in levels of stress and anxiety,
- improved mood,
- better pain management,
- greater self awareness,
- improved relationships
- better quality of sleep and so on.
Over the last 40 years the course has been adapted for use with many populations, in clinical, educational and public settings, for example – MBCT for Depression, MBRP for relapse prevention in addiction, mindfulness in schools, in prisons, in the workplace – the list goes on.
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for the Prevention of Relapse in Depression was developed by Mark Williams, John Teasdale and Zindel Segal in the UK and Canada in the early years of this century and their seminal work MBCT For Depression was published in 2002, with an up-dated second edition published in 2013.
This 8 week course has MBSR as it’s base, with some particularly helpful elements of MBCT included. It is an immersion in the practices of mindfulness which help us to live our lives in a more authentic way. We are so often caught up in the past, often in regret, or in the future, often worry or obsessive planning, that we miss this present moment, the only moment we have to be really alive, to grow, to learn, even to flourish. Mindfulness is about waking up to the life we are actually living, not the life we used to have, the life we think we will have, or the life we think we SHOULD have.
The suggestion is not that this moment is perfect, as it very often is not, but that we can learn to relate to our present moment experience in ways that enhance our experience of being human, connected to other humans, and to all life.
The course runs over 8 Tuesday nights, with classes 2.5 hours long. On the last night, 10th march, the class will run for 3 hours. There is a full Day of Mindfulness on 29th March. Each week we learn mindfulness practices – the body scan, sitting meditation and mindful movement – and participate in various exercises, reflections and discussions to help us to get to know ourselves and our habits and thereby offer us a little more choice in how we may respond to the difficulties that come our way, as part of life.
Helen Byrne, M.A., H.Dip.Ed., Dip. Psych.. Helen trained and worked as a post primary teacher for many years. She also worked in the Community and Voluntary sector. She went to her first yoga class in 1997 at the age of 39, and the experience helped her to make significant changes in her life. She trained as a yoga teacher in 2003-2004. It was through yoga that she found meditation. Helen started the Master’s Programme in Mindfulness Based Approaches with Bangor University in 2007, and achieved an M.A. with Distinction. She trained as a Family and Systems Therapist with The Clanwilliam Institute in the mid-1990s.
With Josephine Lynch, Helen set up The Mindfulness Centre a number of years ago, and they have been instrumental in setting up the Mindfulness Teachers Association of Ireland, the professional body for mindfulness teachers.
Helen has been a Senior Lecturer on the UCD School of Psychology’s M.Sc. programme in Mindfulness-Based Interventions since its inception in 2014. The Mindfulness Centre also began offering professional teacher training in 2015.
Helen adheres to the standards of good practice laid down by the MTAI, as a mimimum. She runs and attends annual retreats and studies with international teachers. This is a path of life long learning for her. She has trained with Bangor University in offering supervision to mindfulness teachers and really enjoys supporting others in their teaching. She continues to receive supervision from senior teachers in Ireland, the US and the UK.
Helen with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli in 2009.