Mindfulness is a non judgmental, objective awareness of our experience as it happens. In this context, being mindful is recognizing what is happening in the present moment, without getting caught up in thoughts or opinions. Practicing mindfulness teaches us to respond to difficult or stressful situation instead of reacting to it.

By cultivating the practice of mindfulness we learn to rely on our inner resources, and to relate to our experience ā€“ be it positive, negative or neutral – in a way that benefits our general well-being; we learn to accept what is happening just as it is, instead of wanting it to be different.

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The Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course is a 8 week program established in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre.

This program teaches mindfulness as a skill to deal with the stress, pain, and difficulties that are a normal part of daily life.

During the course participants learn formal mindfulness practices – body scan, gentle movement and meditation ā€“ and informal practices to bring mindfulness into our daily life, in a way that will teach us to become more aware of our experiences and to enhance all aspects of our life.

Extensive scientific research shows the effectiveness of MBSR in supporting a variety of medical conditions such as psoriasis, depression , anxiety and stress related conditions.

The course is of an experiential nature, and a commitment to a daily home practice of 45-60 minutes is key to best benefit from this program.

Among the benefits that most people completing the course report :

* an increased ability to handle stressful situations

* more energy and enthusiasm

* greater capacity for relaxation

* improved self-confidence

* better sleep

The course involves:

– 2 1/2 hours for 8 weeks, once a week

-1 day long workshop after week 6

– Guided instruction on mindfulness meditation practices

– Mindful movement, using very gentle yoga postures

– Group discussion and dialogue

– Daily home practices using the Cds

-A pre-course and post course meeting or telephone conversation between participant and facilitator

– Handbook and practice CDs


11 thoughts on “About MBSR courses

  1. Hello,

    I saw aposter for your course in Clonakilty and so found the webage. Douce Mountain Farm, the place where I live and teach Zen, is in Kealkill, near Bantry. Please have a look at my webpage and particularly the Zen part. If you find it useful for the MBSR students you might consider adding a link to your own webpage. My 5-day silent Zen retreats would be suitable for the required retreats that are a condition of the MBSR course. Please contact me if you have any questions about me or what I am doing.

    Thanks very much for your time.

    Best wishes,

    Gerd Neubeck

    1. Hello Gerd,

      I will surely add a link, and add Douce Mountain Farm to the list of retreats that I give to the course participants at the end of the 8 weeks.
      I will also pass it on to the other MBSR teachers I am in contact with.

      I also wish to clarify that attending a silent retreat – at least once a year – is a requirement for MBSR teachers, not for participants to the 8 week MBSR course.

      Warm wishes


    1. Hi Lorraine,
      thanks for inquiring.
      The next 8 week course will start on the 24th of September. There will be 1 day workshops thru the summer, I will publish the dates soon.

      1. Hi Lisa,
        The next 8 week course is planned for the end of September. However I have been receiving enquiries about summer courses, if there are enough people interested I am considering running a course starting around the 8 or 9th of July – this will take us to the end of August.
        I will keep you updated.
        Thanks for enquiring

    1. Hi Bridget,
      the course is starting next week, on the 1st of October
      There is an introduction evening tomorrow, in Skibbereen, where I will be available from 6.30 pm to answer questions and give more information on the course.

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