Monday Evening Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living (MBCL)

7:00 pm
9:45 pm
8 Weeks
Dominic Cogan
Facilitator's Profile
Online via Zoom
€350 Reductions are available for anyone struggling financially right now. Please discuss your situation with the course facilitator.

About the Pre-Course Orientation

Once your deposit has been received, and prior to attending an 8-week course, the teacher will contact you to arrange an orientation phone call. The reason for this is to ensure you are informed about what to expect from participating in this course and to make sure this is a suitable time for you to attend this 8-week course. By the end of the conversation you can decide whether or not to proceed, together with the teacher. It is an intensive course and at times can be challenging, so it’s our ethical responsibility to set this time aside to link up and discuss this with you.

If you decide not to go ahead, your deposit will be refunded in full.

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Course Information

Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living (MBCL)

A great way to rekindle your commitment to being kinder to yourself and others, as well as reviving or deepening your existing practice of mindfulness

This course is designed as a follow-on course for those who have already completed an 8-week MBSR, MBCT, .b Foundations or similar course. It allows participants an opportunity to deepen their mindfulness skills through focused compassion training that promotes a healthier and happier life and more fulfilling relationships. Created with a general audience in mind, it may also be of particular benefit for anyone who finds it hard to be kind themselves or who is living with a chronic pain condition, whether physical or emotional. This MBCL course is a radical training in learning to be more compassionate towards ourselves and others. It explores the inner and outer science of compassion in an accessible way and introduces participants to a range of new practices that promote a sense of ‘heartfulness’ in relation to all of life’s experiences.

Here are the themes for each week of the course:

Wk 1:   Wired to survive rather than thrive: How we evolved – threat, drive and soothing systems

Wk 2:   Embracing inner demons: threat and self-compassion

Wk 3:   Treating habits kindly: untangling desires and patterns

Wk 4:   Out of the mud and into the light: embodying compassion

Wk 5:   Receiving and giving with every breath: self and others – widening the circle

Wk 6:   Making friends for life: growing happiness

Wk 7:   Heartful mind, mindful heart: weaving wisdom and compassion into daily life

Wk 8:   Healing life: living with heart

Key Features of the course:

  • A welcoming and supportive online learning environment using zoom
  • 8 two and a half hour weekly sessions
  • A mostly silent weekend half-day to deepen practice after week 6
  • Participants are asked to spend between 45 minutes to an hour doing home practice each day.
  • Opportunities for participants to receive and give support in maintaining a regular mindfulness and compassion practice.
  • Downloadable audio guided practices recorded by your teacher
  • Each session includes a ten minute coffee break

Note: Participants are recommended to purchase a copy of Erik van den Brink and Frits Koster’s (designers of the course, published manual A Practical Guide to Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living. However, since there will be plenty of downloadable notes, it is not essential to have the book.

No class on Monday November 1st

Day of Practice: November 7th

(Please note the first four sessions are run weekly. The last four sessions are run once every two weeks).



Dominic Cogan

BA (Hons.) in English and Philosophy UCC, Masters in Education (with Distinction), University of London

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Dominic Cogan

Professional Background

Dominic began practising mindfulness seventeen years ago. He first started teaching introductory courses and workshops in 2008. In 2012 he completed the MBSR Teacher Training Level 1 intensive with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP), University of Bangor. In 2014 he was certified as an MBSR teacher by the Institute for Mindfulness Based Approaches (IMA) after an 18- month professional training.

In addition, Dominic has completed the following related trainings:

  • Combined Certificate in Counselling Skills and Practice, CSCT London 1992
  • Attendance Cert. 4-Day .b Training (Mindfulness for Teenagers),  MiSP  2012
  • Attendance Cert. .b Foundations  (Mindfulness for Teachers), MiSP 2014
  • Attendance Cert. 5-Day Paws b (Mindfulness for Children), MiSP 2015
  • Attendance Cert. 6-Day Training in Positive Neuroplasicity, Dr Rick Hanson 2017
  • Awarded Diploma Inter-Spiritual Mindfulness Facilitation, The Beehive School 2017
  • Awarded Diploma Soul Empowerment/Life Coaching, The Beehive School 2017
  • Attendance at 3-Day Parenting Teens Facilitation Course, Parents Plus 2017
  • Completed MBCL Teacher Training 2019, The Mindfulness Network 2019
  • Attendance Cert 2-Day The Decider Skills (CBT) Training, Decider Ireland 2019
  • Completed Trauma Informed Care in Ireland Training, Quality Matters 2020
  • Attendance Cert. 3-Day Mindfulness Based Supervision, The Mindfulness Network 2021

Educational Involvement

Dominic has been involved in education as both a teacher, and teacher trainer in Ireland, Ghana, Japan, Oman and Nicaragua over many years. He holds a B.A. (Hons.) in English and Philosophy from UCC, a Diploma in Primary Education from St Patrick’s College and a Masters in Education from the University of London. He supports the wellbeing of both students and staff in schools through teaching Paws b, .b and .b Foundations courses. In addition, he provides tailor-made mindfulness and wellbeing training to staff as part of the Croke Park Hours scheme. He is currently co-ordinator of the MTAI Mindfulness in Education sub-committee.

Mindfulness and Meditation Teaching

Dominic teaches MBSR and MBCL (Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living) courses to the general public and organises mindfulness workshops in Dublin and the surrounding counties. In addition, he offers introductory courses in mindfulness to community groups, businesses and public sector organisations and offers one-to-one mindfulness training on request. Through the ETB he has been involved in teaching QQI accredited courses in the Community Education sector.

As well as teaching secular mindfulness and wellbeing programmes, Dominic also has a particular interest in meditation as a spiritual practice and teaches courses and workshops that address the inter-spiritual dimensions across different contemplative traditions.

Teacher Training and Supervision

Dominic is a member of the Board of the Mindfulness Teachers Association of Ireland (MTAI), a supervisor on the UCD Masters in Mindfulness Based Interventions and a tutor on The Mindfulness Centre for Professional Training, Teacher Training Diploma Course. He is also on the Irish teacher trainer panel for the Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) .b Teacher Training Course. He provides supervision and mentoring to qualified and trainee MBSR teachers.

Adherence to Training and Standards

Dominic continues to upgrade his professional training through attendance at workshops, retreats and conferences as well as maintaining a daily mindfulness practice. He adheres to the Good Practice Guidelines set out by the Mindfulness Teachers Association of Ireland.

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