Mindful Self Care
stands for all things,
even for those things that don’t flower,
for everything flowers, from within, of self-blessing
- Galway Kinnell (from St Francis and the Sow)
About Mindful Self-Care
Feeling depleted? Stressed? Out of balance? Stuck in a rut? Always giving to others but unsure of how to meet your own self-care needs?
The Mindful Self Care programme is a 6-week course that has been designed to help you connect deeply with what really nourishes your health and happiness, and take control of your own wellbeing by applying these skills and knowledge in your own life. You will learn practical tools rooted in ancient wisdom traditions and backed up by psychology and neuroscience. The course teaches mindfulness as a core skill, which will then support the addition of related practices such as self-compassion, gratitude and loving kindness. The Mindful Self Care course features:
- 6 themed weekly 2 hour sessions
- Relaxed group setting
- Practical exercises
- Information on cutting-edge psychological and neuroscientific research and its applications
- Guided meditations to take home & use
- Course Handbook
Home practice is a central part of the course, and consists of about 20 minutes of “formal practice” per day (such as guided sitting mindfulness meditation), as well as some “informal practice”; a chance to apply the themes of the course to your own everyday life.
The Mindful Self Care course offers you a space to devote to yourself each week, as well as the tools to continue your self care in your everyday life and long into the future. It will give you the means to realise what best serves you in your life, and crucially, the ability to provide that for yourself. Through structured group learning and home practice exercises, you will uncover your own deep capacity for replenishing yourself and bringing your joy and wellbeing alive, even in times of stress.
Scientific research* into the effects of mindfulness suggests that it improves mental health (including decreasing stress, anxiety, depressive thinking and increasing self-compassion), and may have positive effects on emotions and the immune system. Furthermore, it appears to reduce inflammation and improve wellbeing in a range of physical ailments (including chronic pain, arthritis, cardiovascular issues, fibromyalgia).
*E.g. Chiesa, A. & Seretti, A. (2010). A systematic review of neurobiological and clinical features of mindfulness meditations. Psychological Medicine, 40, 1239–1252
Who is the Mindful Self Care course suitable for?
This course is suitable for anyone wishing to learn practical skills to invest in their own wellbeing, for people who already have experience of mindfulness meditation and complete "beginners" alike, and for people who simply wish to devote some time to their own self-care.
No prior experience of meditation is necessary.
What previous Mindful Self Care participants have said...
"It’s a new way of life now. Being mindful helps me to get through the day. It comes naturally a lot of the time – that’s because of your teaching. You were so gentle & kind. " - Mindful Self Care Participant Fermoy, October 2016
"Loved the balance – practice, examples & academic/research to back up. Keep doing what you are doing!! Great course Jen." - Mindful Self Care Participant Fermoy, October 2016
"Super course. Very well developed. Hopefully I will continue to apply this." - Mindful Self Care Participant Fermoy, October 2016
"It’s been amazing. I have a lot of simple, achievable practices now & it makes a difference in my peace of mind, enjoyment of nature, appreciation of myself & people around me, all very helpful." - Mindful Self Care Participant Fermoy, October 2016
"This course was exactly what I needed at exactly the right time. It has helped so much and Jen was excellent. I cannot wait to attend the next one" - Mindful Self Care Participant Fermoy, October 2016
Upcoming Course Details
Tuesday Evenings (7:30-9:30pm) for 6 weeks : 19th September- 24th October 2017
Venue: Fermoy Community Resource Centre, 42 McCurtain St, Fermoy, Co. Cork
The investment in yourself for the Mindful Self Care programme is €140 (or €240 for two people). This includes your six weekly sessions, guided meditations and course handbook.
Places are limited – booking essential. You can book using the following link.
If you would like to find out more about the programme, please contact Jen by using the form below, or calling on +353 (0)86-1578151