Wednesday 20 September - 8th November for 8 Consecutive Wednesdays
Living mindfully means being fully present in the here and now.
It is the practice of slowing down and paying attention – so that we don’t miss the precious moments in our lives and can equally learn to deal more effectively with those times that may be stressful. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an eight week programme created and pioneered in the USA by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn over the past 35 years. Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for Stress & Low Mood was developed by Professors Mark Williams, Zindel Segal and John Teasdale. They adapted the original Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre in 1979.
Both of these courses have a strong evidence base for assisting participants in managing stress, low mood, depression, anxiety, illness & pain. Studies have shown that committed participation in an MBSR/MBCT course can often lead to lasting positive effects on health and well-being. This 8-week course will introduce participants to different forms of mindfulness practice, including sitting meditation, body awareness and gentle mindful movement. As the emphasis is on bringing mindfulness into everyday life, home practice will be an important aspect of the course.
The course includes:
• 7 x 2 1/2 hour classes (weeks 1 – 7)
• 1 x 3 hour class (week 8 continues to 10pm)
• A full Day of Mindfulness on Sunday 22 October Glenview Hotel from 10.15 am -4.00 pm
• an initial orientation to determine if this is the right course at the right time for you, as this is an intense course in Mindfulness Meditation
• CDs/Audio links and workbook to support your practice.
Fiona O’Donnell has completed a 3 year Master’s degree in Mindfulness Based Approaches at Bangor University, Wales. She has completed Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher Training Levels 1 & 2 at Bangor University and is a trained teacher in Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) with The Centre for Mindful Self Compassion, California. Fiona has attended training in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, Oxford University. She has also completed the .b with the Mindfulness in Schools Project (MISP) and has completed Positive Neuroplasticity Professional Training with Dr Rick Hanson.
Fiona has a Masters in Applied Social Research from Trinity College Dublin and a Bachelor of Social Science from Queen’s University Belfast.Fiona is a qualified Reflexologist (ITEC/AOR) and is trained in Occupational First Aider/CPR/AED. Fiona is currently training in Sensorymotor Psychotherapy with the Sensorymotor Institute (Somatic Psychology).
Fiona offers mindfulness courses to people with low mood and anxiety, young people in addiction, alcohol and drug dependency and specializes in mindfulness in the work place and mindful self compassion. Fiona adheres to the Irish Good Practice guidelines for Mindfulness Teachers and has participated in a number of intensive mindfulness retreats worldwide. Fiona is a Teacher Trainer on the Mindfulness Centre’s Professional Diploma in Mindfulness (MBSR).
Fiona’s previous work experience includes several years in Children’s Services in Dublin’s North West Inner City, prior to working for The Atlantic Philanthropies which developed strategies and funding for Children & Youth, Education and Mental Health throughout Ireland.