Date: October 5th

Time: 7pm - 9.45pm

Cost: €350 (Concession places available. See note on Course Fees below.)

Facilitator: Helen Byrne

Course Type: MBSR/MBCT

Venue: On-Line by Zoom


Course Information:

Half Day of Mindfulness: There will be a half day of practice on Sunday 8th November from 9.30-14.00.  This is an important part of the course, an opportunity to integrate much of what has been learned and to deepen into the practices you have been learning thus far.

Orientation Zoom Call: As this is an intensive immersion in mindfulness meditation, prior to beginning the course Helen will schedule an orientation zoom call with you to be sure that this is the right course for you and the right time in your life to do it.  If following this call you decide not to proceed you will receive a full refund of your deposit.

This call will also be an opportunity to walk through the zoom technology so that you can participate fully in the course with confidence.

Note on Course Fees: The Mindfulness Centre Directors are conscious that some people are in financial difficulty, maybe as a result of this Covid emergency.  For this reason we are offering a number of spaces at a significantly reduced rate.  We invite anyone who may have some extra resources to join with us in supporting those who are suffering financially.  If you can offer anything over  €350 it will be most welcome.  We suggest a ‘Benefactor’s Rate’  of €400.  Thank you for any extra support you can offer.

Course Description: You will be sent a course handbook and links to guided meditations to support your participation in the course.

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.  Research over the last 40 years indicates that many people benefit greatly from 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.

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.

This 8 week course has MBSR as it’s base, with some particularly helpful elements from MBCT included.  It is an immersion in the practices of mindfulness which help us find more freedom in how we live our lives.  We are so often caught up in the past, often in regret, or in the future, often in 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 believe 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 Monday nights, with classes 2  and 3/4 hours long.  There is a 10 minute break each week.

There is a Full Day of Mindfulness on a date to be confirmed.  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.

If you have any questions to see if this course is suitable for you please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Helen at

Helen Byrne M.A. Mindfulness-based Approaches, H.Dip.Ed., Post-Grad. Dip.Psych., has a background in education, psychology, family therapy and the community and voluntary sector. Helen has worked in education and in community organisations in Ireland, England and Australia.  She has been practicing meditation and yoga since 1997 and teaching them since 2004.  Helen is a senior lecturer on the  M.Sc. in Mindfulness-based Interventions which started in UCD in September 2014.

Helen and Josephine Lynch met at Bangor University in 2007 and started working together in 2008.  Their  collaboration led to the founding of The Mindfulness Centre.  The Mindfulness Centre now has a team of highly qualified and experienced mindfulness teachers.  We run courses, workshops and retreats for mindfulness teachers, organisations and the general public.  We have been running a professional teacher training programme since 2015.

Helen trained in supervising mindfulness teachers with Cindy Cooper at Bangor University.  She continues to develop her practice with regular attendance at retreats, practice groups and trainings led by world-renowned teachers.  Helen teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction / Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation. She is a member of the Mindfulness Teachers Association of Ireland (, the newly developed professional body for mindfulness teachers in Ireland, and adheres to their standards of good practice.