Tuesday Evening Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction / Cognitive Therapy (MBSR/MBCT)

6:30 pm
9:15 pm
8 Weeks
Erica Balfour
Facilitator's Profile
Online via Zoom
€350 (Concessions available for low income families: please ask Erica for details)

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.

Deposit (Refundable)

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When it has been received the teacher will contact you to arrange an orientation phone call.

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Course Information

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction/ Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy is an 8-week evidence based, experiential programme designed to provide participants with intensive and systematic training in mindfulness meditation and movement practices, and in integrating into one’s daily life what is discovered and learned through the process of participating in the program.

Research on mindfulness-based training consistently demonstrates positive outcomes associated with increased self-awareness, emotional and attention regulation; reduction in symptoms for various physical and behavioural health conditions including anxiety, depression and chronic pain; and positive changes in risk factors that may lead to more serious chronic ailments.

Evidence indicates that trait mindfulness predicts relationship satisfaction, ability to respond constructively to relationship stress, skill in identifying and communicating emotions to one’s partner, amount of relationship conflict, negativity, and empathy (Barnes, Brown, Krusemark, Campbell, & Rogge, 2007; Wachs & Cordova, 2007). Barnes et al. found that people with higher trait mindfulness reported less emotional stress in response to relationship conflict and entered conflict discussion with less anger and anxiety. MBSR participation has also been associated with greater self compassion and compassion for others.

Explore how mindfulness can help your relationships with others as well as yourself and support you in living life more fully, with greater ease and joy.

For further details of current research studies into Mindfulness based Approaches

Course Dates

  • Starts 14th September
  • Mini retreat on the 24th October
  • No class on 28th October during mid term
  • Ends 9th November


“I would like to extend my appreciation and gratitude towards Erica for leading us through the 8 week MBSR program. I really felt a lot of warmth and compassion on both an individual and collective level. It was an experience that I hope will nurture my ability to be compassionate and caring towards myself and others even in stressful and less happy times.  I thought the course was excellently structured and taught. The interaction with yourself and the other participants was invaluable to me at this time. I  am sure the experience is very different when taught in a non remote environment but I still felt the benefits through Zoom.”

Pat – participant of online MBSR/MBCT programme

“Attending the course has been a completely new learning experience for me. Learning about myself this time, the learning that can be the most challenging of all but the learning that it is the most needed. Learning to know, support and heal myself in life. Thank you so much for guiding me through it and all your beautiful work Erica.”

“Thanks Erica for this 8 week MBSR course. I am constantly learning and it has really helped me with my practice to begin again and remembering the attitudinal foundations of mindfulness. It was really good to be part of this community at this time.”

“Thank you so much for your MBSR course. It was really wonderful and it was such a gorgeous group of people. It was great to have that support as I went through a difficult challenging time and to help me to respond better to the number hindrances that were arising in my practice.”


Erica Balfour

BSc (Environmental Science), Grad Dip Psychotherapy, Dip Counselling Skills, Dip in Mindfulness Based Interventions, Dip in Mindful Communication

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Erica Balfour

Mindfulness Teacher, Course Director of The Mindfulness Centre for Professional Training, Director of Mindfulness
Teachers Association of Ireland    

Erica trained with the founders of The Mindfulness Centre for Professional Training in 2015 and is now a Course Director with the centre. She trained to teach Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). She trained also in Mindful Communication with Greenzone Institute in 2018 to lead groups.

Mindfulness Training in the Workplace

Along with colleagues from the teaching team with The Mindfulness Centre , Erica facilitates online sessions and courses which are tailored mindfulness and compassion-based trainings using the latest researh and neuroscience designed for work places and organisations.

Therapeutic Approach
Erica has a HDip in psychotherapy and is currently undergoing a MSc in Psychotherapy and her understanding of the therapeutic relationship and developmental theory informs her mindfulness work.

Previous Experience

Erica has worked for many years in the  eco-tourism industry followed by a number of years in  banking.  Working and understanding the culture in corporate organisations has been foundational in her application of mindfulness and compassion based intervention in the  workplace.


BSc, Environmental Science, University of Ulster
HDip Psychotherapy, University College Dublin
Certificate in Counselling, National College of Ireland
MBSR & MBCT teacher (Mindfulness Centre for Professional Training)

Diploma in Mindful Communication
paws.b teacher (Mindfulness in Schools Project)


Mindfulness Teaching and Training

I teach the following mindfulness courses:

  • Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction
  • Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy

I meet the requirements of the Good Practice Guidelines for Teaching Mindfulness-Based Courses published by the Mindfulness Teachers Association of Ireland To view these, go to good practice guidelines

Personal Practice

I’ve had a personal meditation practice since 2010. My foundational practices are mindfulness, vipassana and compassion based and my practice is informed by embodied inquiry. I have regularly attended silent meditation retreats and I have one-to-one weekly guidance from an experienced supervisor.


Since childhood, Erica has had an interest in nature and in particular botany.  She is very interested in the nature of the human mind and has a particular interest in grief work and how this might play an key role in the way that we engage in social mindfulness with regards to biodiversity loss and the climate crisis. She loves walking in nature and is a lover of trees.

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