Date: Sunday January 19th 2020 - Sunday March 8th 2020
Cost: €350 (There are concessions available – please enquire.)
Facilitator: Niamh Barrett
Course Type: 8 Week Experiential Course
Venue: The Mindfulness Centre
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Day of Mindfulness: Saturday 29th February in Marino Institute of Education, Griffith Avenue, Dublin 3, from 10.30-4pm.
“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 Barrett 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, her professional background was in documentary film and television production.
She began teaching the MBSR programme in 2010 in Kilkenny and Waterford and since 2013 has regularly facilitated this programme for the general public in Bray, Dunlaoghaire and Dublin 2. She delivers introductory workshops in mindfulness to addiction-treatment centres, charities, businesses and academic institutions which have included the Association of Guidance Counsellors, SHINE, Met Life, Intel, Google, Uversity and UCD. Niamh has been a committed mindfulness meditation practitioner for ten years and regularly attends silent retreats and further training, receives supervision while teaching and adheres to the Good Practice Guidelines as established by the Mindfulness Teachers Association of Ireland.
As the mother of a young child, she enjoys sharing mindfulness practice with others who are working or living with children and also offers workshops and short courses in mindfulness in parenting. She sees mindfulness practice as an accessible and radical path towards a life lived with awareness and compassion.