Open Information Evening For those interested in Learning to Teach Mindfulness-Based Programmes

Evening of mindfulness practice where we share information on the course we offer with lots of time for questions.


Course Details

Course Information

Open Information Evening For those interested in Learning to Teach  Mindfulness-Based Programmes


Tuesday 19th September 2017 from 7.30-9pm, at the United Arts Club, 3 Fitzwilliam Street Upper, Dublin 2, D02 RR50. 

What is needed to  teach mindfulness? Helen Byrne and Josephine Lynch have taught about one hundred  8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction / Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy programmes between them over the past decade.  They were often asked to offer training by participants and practitioners.  After much thought and further training, they began to offer professional trainings early in 2015.  The course they have developed offers a comprehensive foundation to students who are deeply  motivated and want to share this way of being with others.

Our Philosophy:

This training programme is founded on the premise that learning to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress-Reduction and/or Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy requires a long and sustained engagement.  The kind of training we offer suits people who are willing to engage deeply in both a personal and a professional development process, not just over the 18 months of training, but on into the future.  This involves a high degree of personal commitment.  We offer the same commitment to our own practice, our on-going training, and to our teacher trainees.  


The evening will start will some mindfulness practice and then we will share what the course we offer looks like. There will of course be time for questions and answers.

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Helen Byrne, Josephine Lynch

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.

She 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 teaching on the new M.Sc. in Mindfulness-based Interventions which started in UCD in September 2014.Helen has also completed all trainings with the Center for Mindfulness (CFM) at The University of Massachusetts Medical Center.

She has also trained in supervising mindfulness teachers with Bangor University and now offers this service.Helen continues to develop her practice with regular attendance at retreats and trainings led by world-renowned teachers including Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, Sharon Salzberg, Christina Feldman, John Teasdale, John Peacock and Akincano Mark Weber, among others. She recently participated in a 14-month course in Buddhist Psychology with Gaia House.

Helen teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction / Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation. She teaches introductory mindfulness programmes to people in recovery from addiction and their families, to teenagers and their parents and to teen parents. She teaches workshops to whole school communities and businesses.

Josephine Lynch M.A. Mindfulness-based Approaches (Bangor University), Lic.Ac., Dip. Herbal Medicine, has also gained the Certificate of Competence to Teach Mindfulness-Based Courses from the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (Bangor University), at the end of 4 years of part-time Master’s level training. Josephine is one of the core team of teachers on the new M.Sc. in Mindfulness-Based Interventions which started in UCD in September 2014. Josephine was among the first people to bring the teaching of mindfulness in the tradition of Jon Kabat-Zinn to Ireland and has been teaching MBSR/MBCT since 2005. She has taught over 40 Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy courses as well as facilitating mindfulness days and trainings for Accord, The Association of Guidance Counsellors, Coolmine Therapeutic Community, Turning Point and many other educational institutions and organizations.

Josephine’s background is in Mind / Body Medicine and she uses acupuncture and herbal medicine to foster mind / body wellbeing.

She adheres to the Good Practice Guidelines set out by UK Network of Mindfulness Teachers, such as daily practice and regular attendance at retreats. Josephine continues to attend professional development courses in relevant aspects of mindfulness such as self compassion and insight meditation.

She organizes days and training for teachers as well as residential weekend retreats for novice and experienced mindfulness practitioners, and also assists in organizing weekend retreats for teachers of Mindfulness, to foster the development of a mindfulness teaching community in Ireland. She delivers mindfulness workshops to businesses and she offers supervision to mindfulness teachers.