8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses

I am delighted and honoured to say that I will be offering the next MBSR LIVE ONLINE course for East Coast Mindfulness, USA. The course will begin on Tuesday 19th January 2020. If you would like to introduce mindfulness into your life to support your health well-being and would like to do this in the good company of a supportive international grouping, then read on….. Please note: I have adjusted the times of this MBSR course to allow for a 5 hour time difference with East Coast USA. DATE OF ORIENTATION SESSION: TUESDAY 19th JANUARY  (IT IS IMPORTANT TO TAKE PART IN THE ORIENTATION SESSION) TIME OF ORIENTATION SESSION: 5.00 PM – 7.30 PM COURSE DATES: TUESDAY 26TH JANUARY:   5 PM – 8 PM TUESDAY 2nd, 9TH, 16TH, 23RD  FEBRUARY:  5 PM – 7.30 PM TUESDAY 2ND, 9TH MARCH:     5 PM – 7.30 PM TUESDAY 16TH MARCH: 5 PM – 8.30 PM (Please note that Classes 1 and 8 are slightly longer) RETREAT DAY: SUNDAY 7 TH MARCH 2.00 PM – 9 .30 PM VENUE: ONLINE IN THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME REGISTER HERE THROUGH EAST COAST MINDFULNESS ____________________________________________________ THE COURSE WILL BE HELD USING Zoom™ VIDEO CONFERENCE PLATFORM. WHAT TECHNOLOGY WILL YOU NEED: High-speed internet connection Laptop or desktop with speaker, microphone, and video capability: Phones and IPads/ tablets are not suitable for this course   “It’s so easy to let life dictate and allow things just continue and spiral, even at the cost of your mental and physical health.  The MBSR course is just fantastic……if you do the work you will realise  changes.  Susan is a wonderful facilitator. Deeply knowledgeable yet humble, with a real passion for mindfulness and an amazing capacity to communicate and share the skills. This was also the best online training course I’ve ever done; clear, really well paced and well thought out for online format.” “The MBSR course for me was a chance to find a way of managing stress in a more productive way and it completely did that. I came away from the course with strategies to help me in responding to stress and also with a new mindset on how my reaction to stress could change too. The course was completed in the comfort of my own home which was a huge benefit for me….. It was a nice size group and everyone was extremely welcoming and respectful. All information was confidential which was an important aspect for me…… Susan was an amazing facilitator who really went above and beyond for each of us…… For me, Susan made the course what it was…simply outstanding. Overall, I highly recommend this course.” “Very clear communication……the programme was very clear and very well paced…..the online engagement was very well thought out and worked surprisingly well……..A bit of humour as well so that things didn’t feel overly serious……really felt like Susan was looking out for us personally and as a group throughout the course.” “Susan was very relaxed in her facilitation. Her passion for practicing and sharing mindfulness was very obvious, her knowledge and experience shone through.” “Having suffered from chronic insomnia for most of my adult life, I had no expectations of being able to change my sleep patterns when I began the mindfulness course with Susan. But the body scan is magic. Susan’s soothing voice and calming phrases manage to still my anxious restless thoughts…… I found some of the other practices on  Susan’s  MBSR course wonderful in helping me to recognize and manage my stress levels – while the body scan tends to relax me so much that my exhausted mind and body fall asleep, the sitting practice gives me a sense of stillness and quiet awareness – something worth making time for, especially when life gets hectic or pressured.”  

5 week Introductory courses

Introductory in-person courses in Kerry are currently on hold. However, I hope to schedule an Introduction to Mindfulness course ONLINE during this term. If you would like to register your interest in the next Introduction to Mindfulness course, please contact Susan HERE to express your interest and you will receive an update as soon as the course in scheduled.

Workshops and Taster Sessions

This workshop was fully booked and thanks to all of you who took part. It was such a pleasure to introduce you to mindfulness and I’m delighted that most of you have signed up for the Introduction to Mindfulness course beginning very soon! I look forward to continuing to work with you over the coming weeks.  Have a look at the photos of  Listowel Arms Hotel, the beautiful venue where this Mindfulness Taster Workshop took place…warm and comfortable!


Unfortunately, it is not possible for us to meet together in person to practice and support each other. However,  I am planning a series of monthly sessions for those of you would like to refresh or deepen your practice. Keep an eye on this page for details. Alternatively, drop me a line HERE and I will be happy to email you the details as soon as the schedule is set.

Introduction to Mindfulness

The skill of mindfulness is taught through formal and informal mindfulness practices. Formal mindfulness meditation practices are introduced during this course and include mindful breathing and sitting meditation, guided body scan meditation, and gentle movement.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Programme (MBSR) was developed in 1979 at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre (UMass) by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn. This 8 week programme was initially designed to support participants to respond more effectively to stress, pain and illness.

Self-care sessions for education and health providers

Mindfulness is a practice that can be undertaken by staff teams, teachers and groups of community leaders as part of their Continuing Professional Development. Many groups and staff teams find a mindfulness workshop useful for self-care and for team building. Mindfulness courses on offer to your organisation, staff team or school include: A one-off introductory Mindfulness workshop for staff, which includes a presentation on the theory and principles of Mindfulness as well as experiential practices. The timing of this session can be designed to suit the needs of your group, organisation or staff team and options and resources for follow up are included. An “Introduction to Mindfulness” course which includes 4, 5 or 6 practice sessions, once weekly, designed to introduce your team to the main principles and practices of Mindfulness as well as supporting them to look at ways of incorporating Mindfulness into the workplace. Times for this course can be scheduled according to the needs of your group but the course works particularly well when run in the late afternoon or early evening, at the conclusion of the working day. Participation as a staff team in the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction programme. Mindfulness sessions can also be tailored to suit the needs of your organisation’s team or staff grouping so please feel free to contact Susan to discuss your particular requirements. Over the past number of years, courses, introductory sessions and presentations were held with: Credit Union staff Adult Ed Teachers Tinnitis Support group Stroke Support group Baile Mhuire Stroke Service, Tralee Ard Curam Stroke Service, Listowel Young Adults with Down Syndrome Nursing Staff working with children with life limiting conditions Early School Leaver students Youth groups Community Mental Health Service Staff teams of Secondary and Primary schools Active Retired groups Staff of Kerry Council Council Rehabcare Fexco UCC Dental School Mental Health Student Nurses, Institute of Technology, Tralee Kerry Travellers Development Project Kerry County Libraries HSE Physiotherapy Department HSE Social Work Department HSE Mental Health Team Recovery Haven Bereavement Group Tearmann Mental Health Day Care Service, Dingle Foster carers Some feedback from these sessions: “The teaching and administration staff of Killarney VTOS Adult Education engaged with an Introduction to Mindfulness Course. The feedback from all members of staff has been very positive. The experience was very worthwhile and effective for team building. A practice which many staff have now integrated into their daily personal and professional lives.” Members of a Stroke Support group reported the following: “People who have suffered a stroke have a lot of stress, worry and anxiety in their lives. Having a session with Susan on mindfulness can really help, showing you ways to relax and techniques to make this realxation part of everyday life.” “I have learned to set time aside for me, just to relax, breathe…no telly, no noise or any other distraction.” “It helps to rest the mind.” It’s fantastic to chill out and forget my troubles.” Helps me to relax and stop worrying.”

Mindfulness for groups

Mindfulness sessions can be tailored to suit the needs of your organisation’s team or staff grouping. These can include a one-off introductory session or a short course including 5 or 6 sessions.