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:

This weekend will be based on the ground-breaking work of Dr Christopher Germer and Dr Kristin Neff, who developed the 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion course, and Dr Paul Gilbert, who developed Compassion-Focused Therapy.  It is in learning to be-friend ourselves and our own experience that the deepest changes are made to the ways in which we live our lives.

As opposed to be either ‘soft,’ or self-indulgent, compassion for self and other is deeply ethical, a space where as our capacity for self-understanding and self-compassion grows, so does our empathy and compassion for others and our sense of shared responsibility for the care of this planet.   We increasingly recognise our shared flawed humanity, as opposed to the discourses of separation which proliferate in the world, especially through social media, fueled by all kinds of comparisons,  and mirrored internally, in our often highly critical minds. We see that self-care includes care of others and care of the planet and that small changes can have profound effects.

The weekend begins with registration between 5 and 6pm on Friday evening and ends after lunch on Sunday. There will be opportunities to cook mindfully with Shirley.

Accommodation is in single rooms, with shared bathrooms.

Food will be vegetarian, nourishing (and delicious), using organic, local produce where possible.

Josephine and Shirley will lead the group in mindfulness and self-compassion meditations: lying down, walking, movement, sitting, cooking and eating.  The intention is to cultivate the capacity we all already have to bring a little more kindness to ourselves and our experience.  As we develop greater understanding for ourselves and learn to relate differently to the often harsh ‘inner critic,’ we also cultivate a greater compassion and empathy for our fellow human beings, recognising that most of us are doing the best we can.

There will be periods of silence, beginning on Friday night and there will also be times for discussion, formal and informal.

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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