Date: Thursdays January 21st until and including Thursday March 11th

Time: 10am - 12.30pm

Cost: €350 Reductions are available for anyone struggling financially right now. Please discuss your situation with the course facilitator.

Facilitator: Dominic Cogan

Course Type: 8 Week Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living (MBCL)

Venue: Online via Zoom

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Course Information:

Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living (MBCL)

 A great way to rekindle your commitment to being kinder to yourself and others, as well as reviving or deepening your existing practice of mindfulness

Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living Video

This course is designed as a follow-on course for those who have already completed an 8-week MBSR, MBCT, .b Foundations or similar course. It allows participants an opportunity to deepen their mindfulness skills through focused compassion training that promotes a healthier and happier life and more fulfilling relationships. Created with a general audience in mind, it may also be of particular benefit for anyone who finds it hard to be kind themselves or who is living with a chronic pain condition, whether physical or emotional. This MBCL course is a radical training in learning to be more compassionate towards ourselves and others. It explores the inner and outer science of compassion in an accessible way and introduces participants to a range of new practices that promote a sense of ‘heartfulness’ in relation to all of life’s experiences.

Here are the themes for each week of the course:

Wk 1:   Wired to survive rather than thrive: How we evolved – threat, drive and soothing systems

Wk 2:   Embracing inner demons: threat and self-compassion

Wk 3:   Treating habits kindly: untangling desires and patterns

Wk 4:   Out of the mud and into the light: embodying compassion

Wk 5:   Receiving and giving with every breath: self and others – widening the circle

Wk 6:   Making friends for life: growing happiness

Wk 7:   Heartful mind, mindful heart: weaving wisdom and compassion into daily life

Wk 8:   Healing life: living with heart

Key Features of the course:

  • A welcoming and supportive online learning environment using zoom
  • 8 two and a half hour weekly sessions
  • A mostly silent weekend half-day to deepen practice after week 6
  • Participants are asked to spend between 45 minutes to an hour doing home practice each day.
  • Opportunities for participants to receive and give support in maintaining a regular mindfulness and compassion practice.
  • Downloadable audio guided practices recorded by your teacher
  • Each session includes a ten minute coffee break

Note: Participants are recommended to purchase a copy of Erik van den Brink and Frits Koster’s (designers of the course, published manual A Practical Guide to Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living. However, since there will be plenty of downloadable notes, it is not essential to have the book.

With a mostly Silent Half-Day of Compassion Practice on Sunday February 28th

11 am – 3:30pm with a break for lunch

Dominic Cogan (

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Dominic received professional training in teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) from both the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, University of Bangor and also the Institute for Mindfulness Based Approaches (IMA, Germany). He has also trained with the UK based Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) to teach the .b programme to adolescents, the Paws b programme to children and the .b Foundations programme to teachers and those working with young people. In addition, he works as a teacher trainer on the MiSP .b teacher training courses. He is a member of the Mindfulness Teachers Association of Ireland (MTAI), the professional body for mindfulness teachers in Ireland.

Dominic has a particular interest in promoting mindfulness in schools and in supporting teachers to do so and has been involved in education as a teacher and teacher trainer in Ireland and abroad for many years. He holds a Masters in Education from the University of London and a Combined Certificate in Counselling Skills and Practice. He has been practicing mindfulness meditation for over fourteen years.

More recently, Dominic completed QQI Level 6 Diploma trainings in Inter-Spiritual Mindfulness Facilitation, as well as Soul Empowerment and Life Coaching. He has also completed a 6-day intensive Professional Training in Positive Neuroplasticity with the leader in the field, Dr Rick Hanson.

Dominic teaches MBSR courses to the general public and organises mindfulness workshops in Dublin and the surrounding counties. In addition, he offers introductory courses in mindfulness to community groups, businesses and public sector organisations and offers one-to-one mindfulness training on request. As well as teaching secular mindfulness and wellness programmes, Dominic also runs retreats and courses in mindfulness as spiritual practice. Dominic is currently a tutor on the Diploma in Inter-Spiritual Mindfulness Facilitation course organised by The Beehive School in association with John F. Doherty.

He continues to upgrade his professional training through attendance at workshops, retreats and conferences as well as maintaining his daily mindfulness practice. He adheres to the Good Practice Guidelines set out by both the UK and Irish Network of Mindfulness Teachers.

Dominic can be contacted on 086 4072536  (