What Is Mindfulness

8-week Mindfulness Courses

What is MBSR?

Living mindfully means being fully present in the here and now.
It is the practice of stepping out of automatic pilot mode and paying attention so that we don’t miss the precious moments in our lives and can equally learn to deal more effectively with those times that may be stressful.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an eight-week mindfulness programme created and pioneered by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn in the USA over the past 35 years. This powerful programme has a strong evidence base for assisting participants in managing stress, low mood, depression, anxiety, illness and chronic pain.

Participants are introduced to different forms of mindfulness practice, including the body scan, gentle mindful movement and sitting meditation. As the emphasis of the programme is on bringing mindfulness into everyday life participants are asked to commit to a minimum of 45 minutes of home practice (CDs provided) 6 days a week for the 8 week duration of the course.

Who is it for?

Open to everyone. It is especially beneficial to anyone wishing to manage stress, chronic pain or illness or to anyone wishing to find a way to live with more balance, calm and greater ease.

What is involved in the 8 Week Programme?

  • 8 two and a half hour classes and one day of mindfulness.
  • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
  • Daily home practice of mindfulness
  • Audio CDs to support home practice
  • A course workbook


The fee for the course is €350.

This includes initial orientation, 8 classes, one full day of mindfulness, 3 CDs and the course manual. Booking deposit of €100 is required on application and once completed application is received an orientation session will be arranged.

If it is decided during the orientation that the time is not right to attend the course, the €100 booking fee will be returned in full. If you wish to attend this course, but cannot make the full fee at this time, please contact Fionnuala to discuss concessionary rates.

Booking Procedure

Contact Fionnuala to request a confidential application form, which can be returned by email or post, along with the booking deposit of €100.