Courses & Classes

There are a range of classes, courses and workshops on offer with Discovering Mindfulness and we are continually devising new options to respond to everyone who is interested in learning more. Please scroll on to find something that suits you right now, from 1. taster classes to 2. a range of retreat options of half and full day retreats and summer week long residential retreats in France and Spain and 3. Longer 6 & 8 week courses, to integrate mindfulness in your daily life in personally meaningful ways. Individual consultations and bespoke group workshops can also be arranged on request. 

Please note that advance booking is essential for all classes and courses. You are welcome to contact me to learn more!

Taster Classes

There are currently 2 classes open to everyone who would like to get a ‘taster’, as a ‘reminder’ or simply to practice with a group.  These are offered on Monday & Tuesday evenings. 

1. Mindful in Mullingar

Mondays 6.30pm & Wednesday 8pm*

Intention: To introduce and practice core mindfulness meditations with a small group. These classes are ideal for those who wish to try mindfulness for the first time, to remember a practice or simply to share a practice with others. We will practice from a selection of sitting meditations, focused awareness, body scan, breath awareness, attitudinal practices, walking meditation and gentle mindful stretching or movement practices.

Duration: 60-75 minutes.                         Cost: €8/10 per class

When and Where:  

Monday class at 6.30 pm at Phoenix Yoga Studio, Marketpoint, Mullingar.  

Wednesday class at 8pm at Yogaheads Studio, 5 Dominick Street, Mullingar*

  • Wed class is a 4 part – short ‘Taster Course’.  Click here for booking. 

2020 

Monday €8 

Wednesday €10 

Jan – Mar

No classes

Teacher on Retreat

April

27th

 

May

11th & 25th

6th & 20th

June

8th & 22nd

3rd & 17th

 2. Retreats

I offer day retreats that allow us find our inner stillness, silence, peace and calm. I also co-teach on MBSR retreats in France with my willing accomplice, Emma Reynolds, a fellow mindfulness/MBSR teacher (/https://www.retreatsinfrance.com).  I am also a trainer with Mindful Academy Solterreno, with Director Bodhin Phillip Woodward, so if you feel drawn to extend your practice to share with others, join us on the teacher training pathway to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction on these mindfulness teacher-training retreats in Spain (http://mindfulacademy.eu).  

Retreat Style Days

Intention: Each day explores a theme and offers time to gently explore through a variety of mindfulness practices. Themes including: “Nourishing”, “Well-Being”, “Replenishing” and “Restoring Energies” and may include talks, meditations, walks and nurturing meals in country surroundings. When we stop and invest in ourselves in this way, the value extends beyond the immediate experience to the rest of our days and weeks. A gift of a day for yourself (and friends!).  See what others have said who joined us for this day retreat.

Full Day Details: 

When and Where:  10 am – 4pm at The Stables at Mornington House, Multyfarnham, Co. Westmeath (10km from Mullingar). https://mornington.ie/events.htm

Sunday 14th June 2020: Celebrating Summer Retreat.

In her evocative poem, ‘The Summer’s Day’, Mary Oliver asks us: ‘tell me – what is it you plan to do with your wild and precious life?’ She reminds us of the bliss of knowing and savouring the day; by paying attention to the little things that are all around us, ready to be seen, held, feel connected and nurture our well-being. Celebrate the wonders of a summer’s day on this mindfulness day retreat in peaceful and inspiring natural surrounds in the hidden heartlands of north westmeath.  

We will pause together in the middle of the calendar year and allow an opening up to life as it is. We will discover our natural capacities for mindful living as we practice a series of mindfulness meditations in stillness, movement, sitting and walking together, indoors and outdoors. In creating this space together, we will cultivate awareness, balance and appreciation of the lives we are living, right here and now. 

We will look after your comfort needs and include a nourishing lunch. As most of the day will be spent in shared friendly silence, it may be best for people who have some experience of practising mindfulness, yoga or similar breath/body practices. All willing adventurers are welcome. Simply get in touch if you are not sure.

When we practice silence, we allow ourselves to stop the outside onslaught of information and create conditions to soften and quieten the internal chattering mind.  Perhaps we will leave having discovered that we can let go of old stories in new ways; we can give space to hear the quiet unspoken voice that knows how to be, knows how to care for ourselves and others and rest in a deeper knowing that we are perfect just as we are. 

Cost: €70 (Includes nutritious lunch!)  Discounts for early booking with deposit and through Facebook.com and eventbrite.ie 

Please contact  for more information.

Morning Urban Retreat (for past participants of the MBSR/.bF/Finding Peace courses)

When and Where:  10 am – 1.00pm at Yogaheads Studio, 5 Dominick Street, Mullingar.

Cost: €25 

Saturday 9th May 2020

These morning ‘urban’ retreats are offered to support a sustained practice of mindfulness. The fee is to cover basic costs.  After the flurry of commitment as part of an 8 week course, continued sustained practice allows us to nourish and nurture the seeds planted. Yet we can also lose our momentum.  The morning of practice allows us to reconnect with our intention to practice mindfulness in our daily lives, to reconnect with fellow practitioners on this journey and to support each other.  We practice together through guided meditations from the core MBSR curriculum, mutual sharing of poetry and other inspirational images and music that help us stay committed and connected to the practice. 

Please contact  to book your place. Or book via eventbrite.ie or Facebook.com

3. Longer Courses.

I am an a certified MBSR teacher and member of the Mindfulness Teachers Association of Ireland (www.mtai.ie).  I am also trained to teach the .bFoundations programme that was designed for adults and older adolescents in education and Finding Peace in a Frantic World, an introductory course in mindfulness developed by the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.  These programmes hold the best evidence for significant impacts in reducing stress, anxiety, pain and increasing low mood and general well-being.  If you enjoyed the taster experience and wish to make mindfulness an everyday experience, these are the next steps. Discounts also offered for returning participants who are continuing to deepen their mindfulness and meditation experiences.

Mindfulness for Stress Reduction (MBSR) – 8 week programme.

Intention : MBSR is the ‘gold standard’ programme that gives people the opportunity to develop an individual personal practice. This is the programme that has been most widely researched and yielded significant health benefits for people, physically and psychologically. Learning new skills takes effort and repeated practice. This programme gives beginners the space to learn the skills of mindfulness in a supportive small-group setting. See what others have said who have taken this course.

Duration : 8 x 2.5 hour workshops + 1 retreat style day 10am – 4 pm.

Cost: €295 for full course.  Discounts for Early Bookings with Deposit and for returning graduates.  Contact me to learn more.

When and Where : 

Spring/Summer 2020:

  • Wednesday mornings –  10am – 12.30 pm, 6th May – 24th June 2020. Venue is Phoenix Yoga Studio, Marketpoint, Mullingar. Initial Deposit available to book now at eventbrite.ie and Facebook.com
  • Tuesday evenings –  7.15pm – 9.45 pm, 5th May – 23rd May 2020.  Venue is Yogaheads Studio, 5 Dominick Street, Mullingar. Initial Deposit available to book now at eventbrite.ie and Facebook.com.

Please contact me for more information and to register your interest in a future day time or evening option. 

Mindfulness for Teachers: .bFoundations

Intention: This 8 session evidence-based programme is designed to introduce teachers to a set of simple yet powerful practices that can be brought into daily life to help us to break the cycle of anxiety, stress, unhappiness and exhaustion.  It helps us to reclaim our well-being as we try to keep up with the relentless demands of the modern world.

‘‘A coherent, compelling and common-sensical 8-week programme for anyone caring about his or her own health and sanity, especially in this increasingly fast-paced and, as they refer to it, frantic world.’’ – Jon Kabat-Zinn.

For people who are working in the education sector or parents whose children are taught mindfulness curriculum in school, .bFoundations was developed and incorporates the Finding Peace curriculum in addition to practices that are taught to children in schools.  Both are based on the core principles of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and for this programme, tailored to make the course accessible and effective for busy people. Participants will learn practical ways to feel calmer and more present in their everyday lives, in work and communication, cultivate compassion and experience mindfulness teaching from the inside-out.  More on this page

Duration:  8 x 1.5 hour (or 6 x 2 hour) workshops.

Cost: €175 for 8 sessions, course handbook and audio recordings  (also 50% discount on a retreat day of practice).

When and Where

Summer 2020:

  • Thursdays – 7th May – 25th June 2020 – 4.00 – 5.30 pm.  Venue is Phoenix Yoga Studio, Marketpoint, Mullingar.  Initial deposit booking available now at eventbrite.ie. 

This course is also suitable for parents, carers or other professionals working with children and young people. Get in touch to learn more. 

Or get in touch and book a bespoke option for your group of teachers or parents, for a time/date block that works best for you, at a venue best for you too. 

Specialist/Bespoke Options

Intention : I welcome every opportunity to discover with people how mindfulness can help us in everyday life.

Duration : To date I have developed bespoke options from lunchtime meditation classes to two-hour workshop style introductory sesssions tailored to the specific needs of you or your group/organisation.

When and Where : To date I have developed tailor-made options for local community groups, health support groups, national education and training programmes and international business organisations. Individual consultations and programmes are also available on request.

Please contact me to discuss further. 

Introduction to Mindfulness Workshop

Intention: This workshop offers an opportunity to learn about what to expect on a mindfulness course, class or retreat day.  The workshop will introduce what we know about mindfulness, the origin of the 8 week course format, the benefits scientific studies are revealing about regular practice and how to experience for ourselves.  

Duration:  2 hour sessions                 Cost: Donation only (€10 suggested)

Where:  Phoenix Yoga Studio, Mullingar.  

When:  10am – 12 pm 

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