What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a life skill that involves paying attention to our present moment experience with an attitude of openness, non-judgement and acceptance. Mindfulness practice engages all of our senses as we open up to our entire experience, becoming aware of our body, emotions, thoughts and the external environment. It is a natural and an intuitive state of presence, a way of being in touch with ourselves, others and the surroundings.
Why Practise Mindfulness?
In today’s fast-paced lives our attention is dispersed, as we are often busy juggling multiple tasks at the same time. Rapid change and perpetual striving can leave us stressed out, anxious or disconnected. Mindfulness training helps bring the awareness back to our moment-to-moment experience, creating space to respond rather than react. In addition, development of compassion helps respond more kindly and compassionately when faced with inner turmoil and difficulties. Overall, mindfulness practice can bring more balance into our daily lives, and deepen our sense of wellbeing and fulfilment.
Everyone is welcome to join the course, no prior experience with mindfulness or meditation is required. During the course you will be asked to practise daily for about 30 min., the course manual and guided practice recordings will be provided. The weekly themes are:
- Week 1 – Start Where We Are
- Week 2 – The Body as a Place to Stay Present
- Week 3 – Introducing Mindfulness Support
- Week 4 – Working with Distraction
- Week 5 – Exploring the Undercurrent
- Week 6 – Attitude of the Observer
- Week 7 – Self-acceptance
- Week 8 – A Mindfulness Based Life
Dates and times:
Tuesday mornings 9.30 – 12.00 on January 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, March 5, 12, 19 in 2019.
Nieuwe Amstelstraat 57, 1011PL Amsterdam (in the city centre, close to Waterlooplein).
€ 595,- (including 21% VAT, book of the course, recordings of meditations, coffee, tea and cookies), reduction is possible if there are enough registrations.
8 to 12 participants.
About the trainers
Annick Nevejan, MSc, MA, is an independent professional and has her own workspace in the heart of Amsterdam. She is a trainer, (team-) coach, counsellor and a certified mindfulness and compassion teacher. For 5 years Nevejan was an Honorary Teaching Fellow in the Master program in Mindfulness (MSc) at Aberdeen university in Scotland. She is lead tutor and supervisor for the Mindfulness Association in the UK and Europe.
Rita Dekšnytė, MSc, is a sport and performance psychology consultant, mental skills trainer and a certified mindfulness teacher. She applies mindfulness based approaches and principles of performance psychology across the domains of sport, school, business and daily life. She is an expatriate in the Netherlands, having previously lived and worked in multiple countries across Europe.