Date: Tuesdays 16th March - 11th May (Mini Retreat Day Sunday 2nd May)

Time: 6.30pm - 9.15pm

Cost: €350 (Concessions available for low income families: please ask Erica for details)

Facilitator: Erica Balfour - BSc Env. Science, HDip Psych, Dip Mindful Communication, Dip In Mindfulness Based Interventions

Course Type: 8 week MBSR/MBCT course with Erica Balfour Online

Venue: Online

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Course Information:

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction/ Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy is an 8-week evidence based, experiential programme designed to provide participants with intensive and systematic training in mindfulness meditation and movement practices, and in integrating into one’s daily life what is discovered and learned through the process of participating in the program.

Research on mindfulness-based training consistently demonstrates positive outcomes associated with increased self-awareness, emotional and attention regulation; reduction in symptoms for various physical and behavioural health conditions including anxiety, depression and chronic pain; and positive changes in risk factors that may lead to more serious chronic ailments.

Evidence indicates that trait mindfulness predicts relationship satisfaction, ability to respond constructively to relationship stress, skill in identifying and communicating emotions to one’s partner, amount of relationship conflict, negativity, and empathy (Barnes, Brown, Krusemark, Campbell, & Rogge, 2007; Wachs & Cordova, 2007). Barnes et al. found that people with higher trait mindfulness reported less emotional stress in response to relationship conflict and entered conflict discussion with less anger and anxiety. MBSR participation has also been associated with greater self compassion and compassion for others.

Explore how mindfulness can help your relationships with others as well as yourself and support you in living life more fully, with greater ease and joy.

For further details of current research studies into Mindfulness based Approaches
http://www.mindfulexperience.org/evidence-base.php

“I would like to extend my appreciation and gratitude towards Erica for leading us through the 8 week MBSR program. I really felt a lot of warmth and compassion on both an individual and collective level. It was an experience that I hope will nurture my ability to be compassionate and caring towards myself and others even in stressful and less happy times.  I thought the course was excellently structured and taught. The interaction with yourself and the other participants was invaluable to me at this time. I  am sure the experience is very different when taught in a non remote environment but I still felt the benefits through Zoom.”
Pat – participant of online MBSR/MBCT programme

“Attending the course has been a completely new learning experience for me. Learning about myself this time, the learning that can be the most challenging of all but the learning that it is the most needed. Learning to know, support and heal myself in life. Thank you so much for guiding me through it and all your beautiful work Erica.”

“Thanks Erica for this 8 week MBSR course. I am constantly learning and it has really helped me with my practice to begin again and remembering the attitudinal foundations of mindfulness. It was really good to be part of this community at this time.”

“Thank you so much for your MBSR course. It was really wonderful and it was such a gorgeous group of people. It was great to have that support as I went through a difficult challenging time and to help me to respond better to the number hindrances that were arising in my practice.”

Erica has a background in Environmental Science and has worked in many areas including tourism and corporate marketing.  Losing her mother to Breast Cancer and at the same time becoming a mother herself in 2006 led to a reconsidering of what is most important and a retraining in mindfulness and psychotherapy.  She completed her MBSR/MBCT teacher training through The Mindfulness Centre for Professional Training and since then has been offering mindfulness workshops, one to one mindfulness  and group MBSR/MBCT training programs through with The Mindfulness Centre, D2 and online.  Erica recently completed a 9 month training in Mindful Communication and is committed to engaging her practice in dialogue to make deeper connections to life, one conversation at a time.  From a very young age, Erica was a keen naruralist, particularly plants & ecology and believes very deeply about the importance of  harnessing the empowering skills of mindfulness to take care of the world and in doing so each other.  Erica adheres to the Irish Good Practice Guideline for Teaching Mindfulness and a registered member of The Mindfulness Teachers Association of Ireland.  She is one of the Directors of The Mindfulness Teachers Association of Ireland and a course coordinator for The Mindfulness Centre for Professional Training and is currently undertaking a MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

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