Cost: €80 with concession rates for those experiencing financial difficulties – talk to Helen.
Suitable for all – whether you are an experienced meditator or new to mindfulness you are very welcome to join Helen over the course of these 4 Tuesday mornings of practice together.
Each week we will practice gentle mindful movement and either a sitting or lying down practice. We will have time and space to talk about what we are experiencing and to look at some of the theory behind mindfulness and its relevance in our lives today.
This ancient practice of mindfulness is more useful than ever as we navigate these troubled times. What does it mean to be really present for ourselves? To really know what is going on for us, moment by moment, instead of our more usual habits of minimising, denying, avoiding, judging or railing against our experience? And in making space to acknowledge and befriend our own experience, how does this impact on our relationships with others and with whatever circumstances we find ourselves in?
In these times of continuing uncertainty, and as we may be transitioning from lockdown to being more social again over the next few months, being together with friends, family and being more out in the world may be wonderful but it may also be a little scary. We may have become accustomed to living more isolated lives and ‘re-entry’ may feel daunting or even overwhelming. Cultivating mindfulness can help us to build inner resilience, keeping us grounded as we meet whatever comes with compassion for ourselves and each other.
Helen is a member of the P.S.I.. Helen trained as Systemic and Family Therapist with The Clanwilliam Institute in the ’90s. She was a post-primary teacher and worked with the Visiting Teacher Service to the Traveller Community from 1997-2007. She also worked for several years in the community and voluntary sector.
She has been practicing meditation and yoga since 1997 and teaching them since 2004. Helen has been a senior lecturer on the M.Sc. in Mindfulness-based Interventions since it started in UCD in September 2014.
In addition to her Masters studies at Bangor University, Helen has completed all trainings with Senior teachers – including Jon Kabat-Zinn, Florence Meleo Meyer and Melissa Blacker – at the Center for Mindfulness (CFM) at The University of Massachusetts Medical Center.
She trained in supervising mindfulness teachers with Bangor University. Helen continues to develop her practice with regular attendance at retreats and trainings led by world-renowned teachers including Christina Feldman, John Peacock, Akincano Marc Weber and Melissa Blacker and has also attended retreats lead by John Teasdale, Sharon Salzberg and Thich Naht Hanh, among others. She recently participated in a 14-month course in Buddhist Psychology with Gaia House and continues her studies with the Bodhi College.
Helen teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction / Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation.