Brussels Mindfulness Institute

Our mission: mindfulness for a better world

International

The Brussels Mindfulness Institute offers high-quality mindfulness-based education to the international community in Brussels.  

It has been founded by three professionals of three different nationalities who have been working with mindfulness in the international community for years.

Contributing

Through offering mindfulness we want to contribute to better mental health and wellbeing as well as better personal, political and economic decision-making.

In our work there is a deliberate continuum from individual to organisation and ultimately to the society as a whole. If mindfulness is an enabler for greater understanding, compassion, wisdom and responsiveness, we seek to cultivate mindfulness within key actors of society such as schools, companies and governmental organisations.

Partnering

For our programs we partner with the Oxford University Mindfulness Centre and other leading mindfulness centres around the world, using curricula that are scientifically validated and whose benefits are well understood.

As teachers we are certified and continue to train with leading mindfulness teachers.  We seek to embody mindfulness in our own lives and live by our values.

We are open and are looking to connect with both individuals and organisations.

Contact us to explore how a better world starts with a journey inwards…

People

DSC_0462-Beate---small-sizeBEATE TRÜCK
Managing Partner and Trainer

Trainer for open courses, companies, organisations and EU Institutions.
Working languages: English, French, Dutch and German.

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Having obtained Master’s degrees in Languages and European Affairs, I used to work in leading positions at various international associations in Brussels. However, combining a stressful job with a lot of traveling and two small children led to a serious burn-out several years ago. At this low point in my life, mindfulness provided me with an opportunity to approach life differently than ever before. I learnt that I had been functioning on autopilot for most of
my life and that I had been hardly aware of my personal needs. It helped me to take decisions that connect to my deeper values and made me understand when to take action and when to let go. Upon my recovery, I decided to reach out and help others to better deal with stress and lead a more fulfilled life.

I have been trained as a mindfulness trainer at the Flemish Institute for Attention and Mindfulness (I AM) and have subsequently studied intensely with international teachers such as Christina Feldman, Chris Cullen, Mark Williams, Edel Maex, Florence Meleo-Meyer, John Peacock and Rick Hanson.

My training has led me to give mindfulness courses and retreats as well as mindful yoga in English, German, French and Dutch for individuals and organisations. Given my background in European Affairs, I focus primarily on the European Institutions, especially the European Commission and the European Parliament, where I have been given trainings for several years. I am also officially certified by the Belgian association for mindfulness trainers, vzw MOMENT.

I am a German national, married to a Belgian film maker. When I’m at home, I enjoy playing music with my two sons, aged 9 and 10.

DSC_0525-Steve-smallSTEVE SAVELS
Managing Partner and Trainer

Trainer for open courses, companies, organisations and EU Institutions.
Working languages: English, Dutch and French.

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As a registered psychologist, certified life coach and mindfulness trainer, I help people (individually and within organisations) to find clarity and peace of mind, define what truly matters to them and to live and act accordingly. Practising mindfulness has helped me personally to get unstuck from a life that didn’t give me satisfaction and meaning, overcoming the fear and other obstacles preventing me from living the life I really wanted to live.

I have been coaching and supporting people from an HR role in (international) organisations for over 15 years, and since 2010 I have established a private life coaching practice in Brussels.

In the last few years I have been studying intensively with both national and international mindfulness teachers, amongst others Melanie Fennell from the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and Christopher Germer from the Harvard Medical School. My basic training as a mindfulness teacher was at the Flemish Institute for Attention and Mindfulness (I AM), and I co-founded the professional association for people working with mindfulness, vzw MOMENT.

I am teaching mindfulness courses and workshops for groups of individuals and for organisations in Dutch, French and English.

I am a Dutch-speaking Belgian, living a happily married life in Brussels. I love gastronomy, exploring cities the beautiful landscapes of Italy, and enjoying a good concert or exhibition.

DSC_0490-JJ-smallJEROEN JANSS
Trainer

Trainer for open courses and EU Institutions.
Working languages: English and Dutch.

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Mindfulness has given me a way to bring more meaning to life and serve a bigger purpose.

Building on my experience in corporate life where I led teams across Europe, I focus on the topic of personal leadership. How can we reach inside to make better decisions when it matters most? How can we cultivate greater understanding, compassion, wisdom and responsiveness? And how can we do this at a young age?

I trained as a mindfulness teacher at the Flemish Institute for Attention and Mindfulness (I AM) and subsequently studied with leading mindfulness teachers such as Mark Williams, Christina Feldman and John Peacock. I’m also certified to teach at schools with the Oxford based “Mindfulness in Schools Project”, and I am a certified yoga teacher. I am one of the original co-founders of the Brussels Mindfulness Institute.

I enjoy discussing mindfulness and leadership and regularly speak at conferences and schools. Previous speaking engagements include the London School of Economics, the Wisdom 2.0 conference and the Intrapreneurship conference. My working languages include Dutch and English.

I am a Dutch national, have a Master in International Relations and live with my Romanian wife and three boys in Brussels.

Isabelle-HobergISABELLE HOBERG
Trainer

Trainer for open courses, companies and organisations.
Working languages: French, English and Dutch.

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Mindfulness allows me to know myself and my automatic reactions better. It has helped me to see that there are always different choices possible. It helps to create time to see things with more clarity, understand what’s happening and make better decisions. Mindfulness has meant a transformation for me, towards a more sensible lifestyle, more in line with my values and priorities. This transformation is still ongoing and will never end.

My basic degree is in Anthropology. I took additional training in public management at the Solvay Business School (ULB) and I run the International Press Centre in Brussels since 5 years. I discovered mindfulness in a leadership development program. Now I’m a certified mindfulness teacher with a degree from the Free University of Brussels (ULB). I received teaching from Claude Maskens, Fabienne Bauwens, Edel Maex, Ilios Kotsou and Gwenola Herbette. I recently completed the Master Class “Finding Peace in a Frantic World” with Chris Cullen at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.

I have developed and lead training programmes based on mindfulness for executives of the Belgian federal administration in French and Dutch. I am teaching mindfulness at work sessions since multiple years.

I am Belgian, mother of three teenagers and married to a man who has five children. Life at home is intense, to say the least. Practising mindfulness helps me combine my private and professional life with joy.

NELE COSTERS
Trainer

Trainer for open courses, companies and organisations.
Working languages: English and Dutch.

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When I came across mindfulness, it resonated with me instantly. Mindfulness helped me realise that I have a choice. Being compassionate to myself and others, allowing myself to be who I am and tolerating what is in the moment without judging, has helped me in keeping the fragile balance in the stressful challenges of daily life.

With a Master in Germanic Languages and a Teacher’s Degree I have over 15 years of experience in research, media, communication, sales, training, business coaching and projects in innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. All of this finally led to Golden Blue, my executive coaching and mindfulness business.

I work for organisations like the Brussels Mindfulness Institute, Vlerick Business School and Showpad, amongst others. At Vlerick Business School I coach managers and leaders of (inter)national companies such as Eurocontrol, d’Ieteren, Carrefour, USG People, Konica Minolta, in Vlerick’s Leadership Management Programmes.

In 2009 I learned the coaching craft from Rudy Vandamme en Marcel Hendrickx of Het Ontwikkelingsinstituut during an intensive year-round training.

Today I am an enthusiastic trainer at the Brussels Mindfulness Institute. Before that, I took a number of trainings with the pioneering mindfulness teacher Edel Maex. Currently, I am finalising a teacher training with David Dewulf to attain a certificate. I keep up with international experts in the field like Jon Kabat-Zinn, Chris Cullen, Marc Williams, Willem Kuycken, Christina Feldman and many others.

I’m Belgian, I live in East Flanders with my husband and teenage daughter, both with Romanian roots. I love people, yoga, design, music, tea, cars and whisky. I permit myself at least 2 silence or yoga retreats per year to take care of myself.

Berenice-BoxlerBERENICE BOXLER
Operations Manager & Trainer

Trainer for open courses.
Working languages: English and German.

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Educated in history and languages, I have been further trained and working in project management. After having had my first child I realised that there has to be something more than doing and organising and planning: Simply being a person, a mother, a partner, a friend. Mindfulness showed me a way to step out of the autopilot and my conditioning, and opened up a whole new way of living and enjoying life.

For me, the most wonderful gift we can give to our children is to be a self-caring, compassionate and mindful person who is willing and able to listen – to the inside and the outside world – and to pay attention to the children who are looking at us for guidance and role modelling. Showing them that there is a choice between instinct reaction and skilful response is a tremendously useful tool in all their life.

Currently I am following a training to become an MBSR (mindfulness-based stress reduction) trainer myself with an additional specialisation in Mindful Parenting.

I also work behind the screens of the Brussels Mindfulness Institute to ensure that everything runs smoothly.

Katrien-MaesKATRIEN MAES
Massage Therapist

Offering massages during our retreats.
For more information, visit www.katrienmaes.com.

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As a certified Ayurvedic therapist I help people to reconnect with their body, by means of bodywork – Ayurvedic massages and food advice.

Since 2003 I have a private practice, first in Antwerp and since 2011 in Schepdaal (Dilbeek), near Brussels. After several years combining this practice with other parttime jobs I’m now fully focused on my private practice, cooking lessons and projects with partners such as Iyengar yoga Antwerp, Bozar, Brussels Mindfulness Institute, Yoga loft and others.

Stress related problems – both physically and mentally-, burn-out-symptoms and digestion problems are my main specialities. Next to my Ayurveda education in the School of Ayurveda in Gent and by doctors in India I followed several courses in macrobiotics, orthomoleculair medicine, shiatsu, pregnancy massage, Vipassana silent meditation and yoga.

I am a Dutch-speaking Belgian, living in Schepdaal with my husband and daughter. Next to my work and family life I like to run, to spend time in nature or in a vibrant city, to read or to go for yoga, silence and meditation.

Offering the best programmes from around the world

To best serve the international community and to contribute to a bigger purpose, we handpicked the best and most transformational mindfulness programmes that are currently available around the world.

Individuals & organisations

Our core curriculum for individuals and organisations has been developed by professor emeritus Mark Williams of Oxford University and his colleagues from the Oxford University Mindfulness Centre. It is based on mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) for non-clinical settings and is built on years of academic research. It has stood its ground in some of the most challenging environments such as the British Parliament. The Brussels Mindfulness Institute and its teachers have been trained and authorised to use the curriculum.

Leadership

Our work with leaders is based on the curriculum of Janice Marturano of the Institute for Mindful Leadership. Janice is a former General Mills executive and has worked with global leaders, including those at the World Economic Forum. The Brussels Mindfulness Institute is authorised to use this curriculum. When facilitating this programme, the Brussels Mindfulness Institute teachers draw on their experience as leaders, both in a private and professional setting to ensure that learning is as concrete and relevant as possible.

Schools

When working with schools and youth, we use the curriculum from the internationally recognised “.b” programme from the Oxford based Mindfulness in School Project (MiSP). This programme is offered in over 12 countries. It has been extensively researched and in 2015 MiSP received a £6 million research grant to further study the impact with over 6,000 children over a period of 7 years. The Brussels Mindfulness Institute and its teachers have been trained and authorised to use the curriculum.

The values we serve

In our work as mindfulness teachers we seek to serve the following values:

Contributing to a bigger purpose

Through offering mindfulness we want to contribute to better mental health and wellbeing as well as to better personal, political and economic decision-making.

In our work there is a deliberate continuum from individual to organisation and ultimately to the society as a whole. If mindfulness is an enabler for greater understanding, compassion, wisdom and responsiveness, we seek to cultivate mindfulness within key actors of society such as schools, companies and governmental organisations.

Professionalism

As teachers we are certified and continue to train with leading mindfulness teachers. We seek to embody mindfulness in our own lives, remembering our intention to serve our community and our values.

In working with the international community we respect commitments and aim to be well organised and clear communicators.

To sum it up, teaching mindfulness is not just what we do but who we are.

Open-mindedness

To be able to contribute to a bigger purpose and serve our community, we reach out and seek to “meet people where they are”. This means making mindfulness relevant to the specific context, using plain English and be respectful of people’s time and commitments.

Furthermore, it means to be open to everyone regardless of nationality, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or financial means.

And above all it means being open and willing to enter a dialogue, knowing that everything changes and evolves, including our understanding of what it means to be mindful.

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