8 week course starting 14th of March 2024
When: Thursdays from 15:00-17:00
Where: Tribes studio 1 | Doezastraat 2a
Price: €395,- * // students €325,- *
Teacher: Berit Lewis
*usually there are possibilities to get (partial) coverage by health insurance or employer
ABOUT THE TRAINING
This is the 8 weeks well-known Golden Standard of mindfulness courses. It was developed by Jon Kabatt-Zinn in 1979 at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Today it is taught worldwide to hundreds of thousands of people for a wide variety of reasons. MBSR is supported by a wide body of research showing that it is effective at addressing chronic pain, anxiety, depression, stress and generally improve well being.
Mindfulness is an extremely powerful approach to help us live the lives we truly want, rather than the lives that our thoughts and emotions dictate. Mindfulness is the art of living consciously; It is about stepping out of autopilot and becoming aware; aware of how we have evolved and how our brains are wired genetically and urge us to behave. We also become aware of how we through life have picked up habits and patterns of thinking and behaving. This awareness give us the ability to consciously choose different ways of responding to life’s challenges.
Mindfulness is part of the so-called ‘third wave’ of behavioral therapies in Western psychology, which offers a radically different approach; it does not actually try to get rid of all the difficult and unpleasant thoughts and emotions in life. Instead, it recognizes them as a natural part of life which we can learn to manage – and learn from. However, it is not a quick fix. But thanks to the neuroplasticity of our brain, we can physically rearrange our neurological pathways and our response-patterns in the brain through regular practice. In other words, just like we regularly exercise our body to improve our physical health, mindfulness teaches us how to flex the mind for optimal mental health.
Session 1 What is Mindfulness?
Session 2 Gathering the scattered mind
Session 3 What is Stress: patterns of reactivity
Session 4 Coping with Stress and Difficulties: responding vs reacting
Session 5 Mindful of Thoughts
Session 6 Mindful of Emotions
Session 7 Cultivating Compassion
Session 8 A Mindful Life
After signing up to this course, you will receive an invite from the teacher for a 30 min pre-course interview (usually over the phone or Zoom). This will ensure that you feel safe and we know that it is the right time for your to learn mindfulness.
This training helps you to become aware of your thoughts and feelings and to work toward more acceptance. You learn to deal with difficult situations, thoughts and feelings in a different way than your first automatic response tells you: solve! We tend to fight our thoughts and feelings. In this way we unconsciously ensure that they have a greater influence on our lives. With this training you learn to accept that these uncomfortable situations, thoughts and feelings are part of life. Yet at the same time, you prevent them from taking up more and more space in your life. By accepting what is, you can start to focus on the things that really matter to you, and create your life coming from your own values.
Throughout the training you will experience a range of tools and exercises next to the sessions. It is up to you to really engage in this for yourself and choose the tools that suit you in different situations.
Accredited MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) Teacher.
Category 1 member of VMBN (Vereniging Mindfulness Based Trainers Nederland en Vlaanderen)
Trained in ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and
Mindfulness in Schools Foundations (MiSP).
BA (Honours) in Psychology, MA of Communication and MSc of Vitality and Ageing.
3 words that describe me
Passionate | Compassionate | Curious
Well-being is a skill
Why I teach
To ultimately make the world a better place one breath at a time
Secret Super Skill
The ability to Embrace my age