About the Pre-Course Orientation
Once your deposit has been received Helen will contact you to arrange a one on one orientation Zoom call. This is to give you a chance to meet each other, to inform you about what to expect from the course and to make sure this is a suitable time for you to participate. At the end of this conversation you can decide together whether or not to proceed. 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.
Click “Book Now” below to pay your €100 Deposit.
You will receive confirmation by email. Helen will contact you before the course begins to to arrange the orientation .
This course includes a Half Day of Mindfulness Practice on Saturday 20th November 2021, from 10am to 2.00pm.
We meet at 10am each Tuesday and finsh at 12.45. This extra 15 minutes allows for a short break mid-morning.
The course is suitable for those with prior meditation experience as well as those who have none.
As the programme will be delivered live on Zoom relatively stable wifi is needed.
You are asked to make a commitment to daily home practice of around forty-five minutes per day for the duration of the course.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) was developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in 1979.
In this MBSR course we will explore what we mean by the term ‘stress’ and how it manifests in our lives. The invitation is to explore the ways in which mindfulness can support us in responding to the events in our lives rather than being caught up in reactivity - how can we pause in the midst of the everything that is demanding our attention and tune into what is actually happening within and around us, and thus afford ourselves the opportunity to respond in more helpful ways. The programme promotes the development of self-awareness and general well-being. Stress is part of life, we cannot avoid it. We are encouraged to acknowledge life as it is, with all its joys and sorrows, and thus live in a more fully, with whatever is here.
We practice different forms of mindfulness practice including sitting meditation, the body scan and gentle mindful movement. As the emphasis is on bringing mindful awareness into everyday life, a commitment to daily home practice of around forty-five minutes is required.
Participants will receive a programme handbook in the post to support learning and a weekly email summarising the content and practice instructions for that week plus guided meditation recordings.
When the course finishes there are online meditation groups you can join. This support can make a big difference to keeping up practice so that when we meet stressful times in our lives it is there to support us.
The programme aims to help us to:
● Use mindfulness to relate in healthier ways to worry and feelings of anxiety and to better manage stressful situations in both work and home life
● Become familiar with the workings of the mind, including the ways we avoid or get caught up in difficulties
● Sustain the practice of mindfulness as a self-care tool that can be integrated into our work and home life
● Explore ways of releasing ourselves from old habits of mind that increase anxiety levels
● Get in touch with a different way of knowing ourselves and the world
● Recognise the harshness of self-judgement and develop self-acceptance
● Be able to exercise greater choice in life
● Manage interpersonal relationships and conflict more effectively
● Experience improved feelings of self-worth and compassion for others
All participants who attend the programme fully will receive a Certificate of Completion in the “Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Programme” from The Mindfulness Centre.
Helen worked as a post primary school teacher on and off from 1980 to 2019. She worked mainly in the Community and Comprehensive school sector, in the area of learning supoort. She was a member of the Visiting Teacher Service to the Traveller Community from 1997-2007.
Helen trained as Systemic and Family Therapist with The Clanwilliam Institute in the ’90s, while also completing a post graduate Diploma in Psychology. She is a member of the PSI. Between teaching posts she worked for several years in the community and voluntary sector, including holding a project manager post for people in recovery from addiction and Acting Centre Director in an ICTU Centre for the Unemployed in Finglas, and working in second chance education with the Irish National Organisation for the Unemployed (INOU).
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, Melissa Blacker, Florence Meleo Meyer and Saki Santorelli, at the Center for Mindfulness (CFM) at The University of Massachusetts Medical Center, where MBSR was founded. 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.