Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course is a vastly researched and evidence based intervention that teaches skills to manage stress and other adversities in life such as pain and depressive or low moods. It has also been proven to improve general well-being and resilience. The teaching happens is a group setting once a week over 8 week period and during the sessions participants learn about the principles of Mindfulness and the core practises which they are invited to practise at home daily between the sessions.
This course has the potential to change your life. With the skills that you learn during this course you start relating to life in a new way and challenges become workable rather than overwhelming. We learn to be with life and its different flavours with more ease.
Learning mindfulness takes time and effort
All studies indicate that the best way to learn mindfulness is to do it over a longer period of time ensuring practice time on a regular basis. You learn to be mindful just like you learn any other new skill; by practising over and over again. By physically changing the neurological pathways in your brain and feeling the effects in your body. There is no quick highway to mindfulness delivered in a few lessons – although many are trying to sell it to you since mindfulness has become mainstream.
Home practice plays an important role in this course and you are expected to commit 20-40 minutes per day during the course for practising mindfulness. Mindfulness is an experiential practice, intellectually reading or learning about it will not offer many benefits, one must do the practise. To support your home practice, you will be given meditations as mp3 files as well as a Participant Handbook. Home practice includes listening and practising together with the mp3’s, reflecting and making notes about your experience and doing some informal mindfulness practices during your day.
All our teachers are certified and experienced MBSR teachers trained at The Mindful Academy Solterreno in Spain. We follow the Good Practice Guidelines (GPGs) for teaching Mindfulness-based courses and are category 1 members of The VMBN – the Dutch mindfulness teacher association.