Monday Evening MBSR with Dominic Cogan in Dublin 2


Date: Monday 5th March - Monday May 14th 2018

Time: 7:30 - 10pm

Cost: €350 (Some concessions available: please ask for details)

Facilitator: Dominic Cogan


Venue: The Mindfulness Centre, 33 Lr. Pembroke St., Dublin 2

Deposit €100

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Course Information:


Class Dates : March 5th, March 12th, 26th, April 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, May 14th

Please note: no classes on the folllowing bank holidays: 19th March  2nd April & May 7th 2018 

Proposed Day of Practice Saturday April 28th 2018

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 workshop on Saturday April 28th 2018. Participants are given a manual with extensive notes as well as 3 meditation practice CDs. 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 each session the facilitator endeavors to create a warm and supportive environment where participants can explore their experience without pressure and without judgments. A key insight in mindfulness is that we create suffering for ourselves when we resist how things are in any given moment. If things are going well for us we don’t want them to change. We might be really enjoying the weekend and when Sunday night comes along and we start to think about work on Monday morning there may be a real sense of wanting to hold on to what is pleasant now. In contrast, when things are not going well such as being stuck in traffic or we are preoccupied by money worries the tendency is to wish things to be different and reject our present moment experience.
In both of these situations Mindfulness invites us to really notice our reactions and allow things to be as they are just for now without judgements. When we drop the judgements about how things should be, we begin to make friends with our experience and with ourselves. 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
To find out more about the scientific research supporting the effectiveness of
MBSR/MBCT please go to these websites:
(University of Massachusetts Medical School)
(Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, University of Bangor)
Google: American Mindfulness Research Association
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 but supported by the guided CDs or 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.

Day of Mindfulness Practice Saturday April 28th 2018 Venue TBC


Dominic Cogan


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 has a particular interest in promoting mindfulness in schools and in supporting teachers to do so.

Dominic 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

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