Weekend Retreat: Mindfulness and Self-Compassion (MSC) with Josephine & Shirley


Date: 24th, 25th, 26th January 2020

Time: From Friday evening to Sunday lunchtime

Cost: €285 (with some concessionary places for those on low income or SW payments

Facilitator: Josephine Lynch & Shirley Copeland

Course Type: Residential Weekend Retreat

Venue: Teach Bhríde, Tullow, Co. Carlow

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Course Information:

Josephine and Shirley would like to offer you a chance/space/weekend to look at ways to nourish body, mind and heart.

Friday and Saturday will be guided by Josephine and we will spend time on developing skills in how to practice self- compassion as well as looking at what stops us from being able to be friendlier to ourselves. Often, it’s thinking we don’t deserve it, self-compassion will make me weak, it will undermine my drive and so on. Through Self-Compassion we can offer ourselves kindness and support as well as cultivating greater empathy for our fellow human beings, recognising that most of us are doing the best we can.

After breakfast on Sunday Shirley will lead mindful practice in the kitchen followed by a cooking demo. The food will be in keeping with what the Earth provides us with at this time of year, organic and locally grown. When we understand that nature knows what’s best for our bodies it may make it easier to make those choices. When we do veg prep as a mindful practice it can become a pleasant experience rather than a chore. 

Josephine Lynch was among the first people to bring the teaching of mindfulness in the tradition of Jon Kabat-Zinn to Ireland. She has been teaching MBSR/MBCT courses since 2005 as well as facilitating mindfulness days and trainings for many educational institutions and organizations. She is one of the core teachers on the M.Sc. in Mindfulness-Based Interventions in UCD.Josephine is the first Chairperson of the Mindfulness Teachers Association of Ireland.

Shirley Copeland has been cooking with whole foods and growing wisdom in the kitchen for 30+ years. She’s known to many who have been on retreats in Ireland and in Plum Village Monastery, France. 

In the 80’s she trained in Switzerland, as a wholefoods chef, and in London, as a medicinal cook. More recently Shirley also has qualified as a Health and Wellness coach and a Mindfulness Based Eating Awareness Trainer (MB EAT).

There will be time to rest, journal, sleep, share, connect with nature, enjoy periods of silence as well as the self-compassion practices and cooking.

Endorsements from our our previous Weekends.

“It was a thoroughly nourishing weekend…. just a lovely mix of formal meditation and mindful cooking and eating.  I learnt so much about entrenched behaviours around food as well as having a lovely experience.  I would highly recommend this course”.  Martin Towey, Neurological Physiotherapist. 

“The combination of mindfulness and food/nourishment was a great idea. The synergy between both areas of practice made sense to me and drew me to the weekend. … I will take lots of new information and ideas home. Thank you both so much for a really enjoyable and nurturing weekend”.Gillian

More information info@mindfulness.ie

087 2372130

Full Cost:

single room € 295

Shared room €250

Booking Terms and Cancelling Policy.

The balance to be paid on arrival with cash or cheque please.

We will send you an email nearer the date with details of times and location etc.

For any further information please email josephinemarylynch@gmail.com

Next retreat with Josephine and Shirley15th – 17 th May, 2020

Josephine is a founder and Director of the Mindfulness Centre and has been teaching MBSR and other mindfulness-based courses and leading workshops and retreats and for 15 years.  Shirley has been an integral part of the team in most of these retreats, and is also part of the UCD Masters in MBIs team, providing support not just by feeding everyone the most delicious and nutritious vegetarian food but also in teaching us how to apply mindfulness to the preparation of food and the cultivation of a mindful, nurturing work environment.

Shirley studied macrobiotic cooking and catering at International Macrobiotic Institute.  She also Health and Wellness Coach at the Institute of Health Sciences  More recently she has trained with Andrea Lieberstein and Jean Krissteller in MB-EAT, Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training.  She has been cooking professionally for many years and cooks for many mindfulness groups and organizations, including for hundreds of people at Plum Village.   We are delighted that she will be part of the teaching team this weekend.


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