Date: Sunday January 17th - Sunday March 7th 2021 (Mini-retreat February 23rd, 10:00 - 14:00 (The course, including the mini-retreat, covers 9 Sundays in total)
Cost: Cost: €350. Concessions are available, please email Niamh to arrange.
Facilitator: Niamh Barrett
Course Type: 8 Week Experiential Online Course
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Mini-retreat February 23rd, 10:00 – 14:00 (The course, including the mini-retreat, covers 9 Sundays in total)
“The challenge of mindfulness is to realise that “this is it.” Right now is my life. The question is, what is my relationship to it going to be? . . Is there any waking moment of your life that would not be richer and more alive for you if you were more fully awake while it was happening?” – Jon Kabat Zinn
Practicing mindfulness helps us to develop inner resources such as clarity and stability which can then accompany us through the ups and downs of life. It can ‘wake us up’ to our everyday experience which we miss when we are perpetually caught up in our thoughts. It enables us to be really present for the good times, and it gives us awareness of what support or interventions might be needed when times are tough. Over time and with practice we become better equipped to be present to life as it is, and to respond with more kindness and wisdom to whatever comes along.
The eight- week programme of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction was developed by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre in 1979. The course is suitable for those with prior meditation experience as well as those who have none. It introduces participants to different forms of mindfulness practice including sitting meditation, body awareness and gentle mindful movement. The classes also explore what we mean by the term ‘stress’, how it manifests in our lives and how mindfulness can support us in responding to it. As the emphasis is on bringing mindful awareness into everyday life, a commitment to daily home practice of thirty to forty minutes is required.
Research has shown that committed participation in an eight-week mindfulness course can have lasting positive effects on health and well-being.
Niamh began her training in teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in 2007 with a foundation year at the University of Bangor in North Wales, and completed her training with the Institute for Mindfulness-Based Approaches (Germany), graduating in 2010. Prior to this, for many years she worked in documentary film and TV production. She has been teaching the MBSR programme since 2010 and is also a mindfulness-teacher trainer and supervisor and a member of the Mindfulness Teachers Association of Ireland (MTAI).Niamh has been a committed meditation practitioner for fifteen years and regularly attends silent retreats and further training, receives supervision while teaching and adheres to the Good Practice Guidelines of the MTAI. Most recently she has been exploring the intersection of mindfulness and social engagement through her own practice, retreats and teaching. In June 2019 she guided the first retreat day of her long-form mindfulness and social engagement project, Showing Up. In 2019 the Showing Up programme of retreat days is engaging directly and through practice with the current housing crisis. Through the project she also offers mindfulness training to charities, activist groups and NGOs.*In the event that it’s not possible, due to public health precautions, to meet in-person the class will go ahead online (at your computer at home) via Zoom and the facilitator will provide all the necessary information well in advance.