Mindfulness for (young) adults, Wassenaar October 2022

This course is for all adults, which include young adults from the age of 15. You can join alone or together with a member of your family (parent with a highschool student for instance) to support each other in finding ways to handle stress and pressure and get some common ways to live life as well as a joint language to talk about it in.

Dates: starting 11th of October 2022 at 19.00-21.00 and same time for the following Tuesdays (18/10, 1/11, 8/11, 15/11, 22/11, 29/11 & 6/12.  On the SUNDAY the 4th of December at 9.30-12.30 there will be a special silent self-compassion morning. This is not obligatory, but it is a good opportunity to practice all your new skills.

  • Where: To be announced – but it will be somewhere in Wassenaar
  • Price: €299 for the first person. €200 for each additional family member  (incl. BTW and all materials) Please check with your insurance, as they often reimburse mindfulness courses.
  • Teacher: Berit Lewis

If you are interested, please email berit@thrivinglife.eu to join the online information meeting on the
27th of September at 19.00-20.00. We can also organise a free 30 min pre-course chat (online or phone) to see it this is suitable for you and potentially your family member.

Description

This mindfulness course is a special invitation to parents and their young adult family members (minimum 16) to come and learn together. In today’s life stress and pressure is a daily challenge for most of us, no matter our age, and this is an opportunity to come together as a family and a community to learn ways to start relating to life in a new way.  With a mindful practice, challenges become workable rather than overwhelming and we learn ways to be with life and its different flavours with more ease. It is not a quick fix and as with all new skills it requires practice and dedication. By joining as a family, we can support each other in the learning process, creating new habits of living, behaving, thinking and communicating. It is not a pre-requisite that you come with a family member – you are also free to join alone. While the structure and content is standardised, the themes and exercises will be adapted to the participants that enrol.

This mindfulness course is following the 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course, which is a vastly researched and evidence based intervention that teaches skills to manage stress and other adversities in life. 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. 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.

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; through practice. The practice will physically change the neurological pathways in your brain and will in due time give you an improved ability to choose your focus, sustain attention and gain awareness which will let you to see new ways to behave and interact with the world.

Home practice

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. To support your home practice, you will be given meditations as mp3 files as well as a Participant Handbook. Home practice mostly consist of meditations where you listen to recorded guidance, but it can also include reflecting and making notes about your experience and doing some informal mindfulness practices during your day.

The teacher

Berit Lewis will be your teacher.  Berit is an accredited MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) Teacher, trained in ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and also trained at Mindfulness in Schools Foundations (MiSP) to teach .B Foundations for teachers. She is a category 1 member of VMBN (Vereniging Mindfulness Based Trainers Nederland en Vlaanderen) and holds a BA (Honours) in Psychology, a MA of Communication and a MSc of Vitality and Ageing. She has previously developed a successful mindfulness course for teenagers. Before founding Thriving Life she worked as a communication- and PR specialist in Denmark and Australia – including 10 years as a communications specialist at the Danish Defence. Berit is Danish, married to a Welshman and has two teenage children in Highschool at the American School of The Hague.

Berit is a category 1 member of the VMBN (the dutch Mindfulness Association), which means that most insurance companies in the Netherland will reimburse parts of or sometimes even all of the cost of the course. Please enquire with your insurance company.

About MBSR

The MBSR course is the best know mindfulness programme today. It was founded by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979 in Massachusetts Medical Center. Dr. Kabat-Zinn requested chronic pain patients, that modern medicine couldn’t help, be sent to him as he had developed a programme based on ancient meditation practice and philosophy of mindfulness. Patients joined the 8 week programme with outstanding results. Mindfulness is not a miracle cure, the pain did not disappear but the patient’s attitude towards the pain changed dramatically and they reported much lower levels of pain and higher quality of life after the course versus before.

It is this programme, which he and many other scientists have thoroughly researched and fine-tuned, and it is now taught to the general population worldwide. The programme can be described as awareness training. It combines different kinds of meditation practices and gentle mindful movements with the intention to bring you back into the moment – the here and now. This technique helps you to become aware of your thoughts, feelings and “ingrained patterns” so that you can knowingly choose new ways to respond to life’s adversities and make healthier choices.

Research & Benefits

Although the MBSR programme has buddhist roots it is a secular practice in a scientific context. The research into the effects of mindfulness has been explosive in the last 10-15 years and most of these studies have been done on participants participating in the MBSR course as it follows a highly standardized format. Research evidence is strong in declaring the benefits of mindfulness:

  • Improved physical health and well-being
  • Less stress & anxiety
  • More resilience
  • Better conflict resolution
  • Stronger leadership skills
  • Improved communication
  • Increased focus and concentration
  • Enhanced performance
  • Can help against depression and prevent relapse

Schedule

Session plan

  1. What is mindfulness
  2. Gathering the scattered mind. The power of being present, living all your moments.
  3. What is Stress. Learning about our patterns of reactivity to stress.
  4. Coping with stress. Using Mindfulness to respond instead of react.
  5. Mindfulness of thoughts
  6. Mindfulness of emotions
  7. Cultivating compassion
  8. A mindful life

Testimonials

The course was fantastic, and I will recommend it to lots of friends! Mindfulness truly helps you get in touch with your inner self PLUS the world around you; it shows you how to observe outward, focus inward (with deep breathing), and allow yourself to meld the two together. It’s very Taoist to me, the essence of accepting who you are in the world you live in. A wonderful self-journey.” MBSR participant 2016

“A course worth the personal investment. I learned methods to help me cope with day to day challenges and pressures. In this course I felt I was part of a small family, and I was in a safe haven.” MBSR Participant Spring 2017

This is a great MBSR course with a very loving and kind teacher. I really learned a lot during the 8 weeks and I am much more mindful then I was before the course. I would recommend this course with Berit at Bloom to everybody who wants to have tools to survive times of stress or who just wants to be more mindful. I would absolutely do this course with Berit again. So don’t doubt and go for it!! Greetz