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6-Week inperson Heartfulness and Compassionate Living on Thursday Evenings
16/05/24 till 27/06/24
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Timesmore
Boulevard Saint-Michel 47
 1040 Etterbeek 
Metro: Montgoméry

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6-week inperson course, Thursdays from 19.00 to 21.30 CET

  • Starting on 16 May 2024
  • Course dates: 16/05, 30/5, 6/6, 13/6, 20/6, 27/6
  • Co-working Office "Timesmore", Brussels

6-week Heartfulness and Compassionate Living Course

with mindfulness teacher and psychologist Steve Savels

Ideal for people who have already followed an 8-week mindfulness course.

Being kinder to yourself, feeling more connected to others, having less fear of not being good enough, … Who wouldn’t want that?

It’s not often easy to achieve, even after having done an 8-week mindfulness course. Because awareness and mindfulness alone are not always enough to handle that inner voice that keeps telling us that we are not enough, that we are not worthy in some way.

Our own mind has a tendency to create unnecessary suffering and then isolate us from others, making us believe that we are alone with our worries and fears.

We need active ways to bring kindness, joy, warmth, and connection into our lives.

Heartfulness, as a complement to mindfulness is composed of the following components:

  • Compassion: being touched by the suffering of yourself and others and taking the responsibility to relieve it.
  • Loving kindness: actively bringing kindness and good will to ourselves and others.
  • Shared joy: savouring the joy of others and ourselves, and taking in the good.
  • Equanimity: finding stability amidst the ups and downs of life.

In this follow-up course, you will take a deeper dive into these different aspects of heartfulness and how they can help you to find more happiness, connection and joy.

The Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living (MBCL) programme presents a new way of facing the pressures of modern living by providing an antidote which teaches us how to cultivate kindness and compassion – starting with being kind to yourself.

In 6 weeks you will learn:

In 6 weeks you will learn:

  • How to deepen mindfulness with heartfulness: practices to bring more kindness and compassion towards others, towards yourself, and bring more joy into your life.
  • How your brain and organism have evolved to help you survive and how this affects your happiness.
  • How your emotion regulation systems work and how you can deal with them to find more safety, contentment and social connection.
  • How to deal with difficult and persistent emotions such as shame or guilt, and with your “inner bully”.

Features of the 6-week programme:

  • 6 weekly group sessions of 2,5 hours.
  • inperson in a beautiful location in Brussels
  • Course led in English
  • Comprehensive manual with handouts and worksheets, and audio downloads to support your practice.
  • Lots of practical exercises to build mindfulness and heartfulness into your daily schedule.
  • Programme based on the scientifically validated Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living (MBCL) programme.
  • Course led by  an experienced and certified mindfulness trainer and clinical psychologist.
  • Small groups of maximum 12 participants to guarantee interactivity
  • No special clothes or meditation cushions needed
Features of the 6-week programme:

For whom?

This course is meant specifically for you if you have experienced benefit from mindfulness practice, but you find it difficult to develop a kind and friendly attitude in it and integrate it into your daily life.

Its also suitable for anyone who already has some experience with meditation and would like to bring more kindness and compassion in your life. 

Here’s what a previous participant of the course wrote:

“I took both the mindfulness and heartfulness courses in quick succession (from May to December) and combined with parallel reading on mindfulness, meditation and compassionate living, the process was radically transforming:

  • I've discovered a form of joy and peace of mind which was simply unknown to me.
  • I take the time to notice, appreciate and savour the small moments instead of letting them fly by me as nothing more than another form of background noise.
  • I take notice of people around me, their moods and their feelings with an interest and attentiveness which was completely alien to my highly introverted nature.
  • I notice my switches in moods and my moments of frustration much faster and am able to push back and calm down faster.
  • I notice when my mind slips in meetings and can bring myself back to the present.
  • I'm generally calmer, less frustrated and better intentioned to those around me than I ever was before.
  • I find myself being uncharacteristically charitable.
  • I smile in the still and personal moments and I know I'm smiling because my muscles which were so used to frowning ache from the effort.

As I said, it has been a truly transformative process. I'm not yet a saint and never will be but I'm certainly a more relaxed, peaceful, attentive, well intentioned and charitable person than I was before.”

The teacher

The teacher

Steve Savels is an experienced mindfulness teacher and a clinical psychologist who has led many courses and retreats. He also works as a therapist in a group practice. In his mindfulness courses people appreciate his gentle and calm style with lots of humour. He is also a certified teacher of the Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living (MBCL) programme.

Rate

Early bird rate until 16/4: €429 (incl. VAT) for the 8-week heartfulness course, including:

Full fee as of 17/4 479€ (incl VAT)

  • Book, syllabus and audio downloads
  • Small inperson group (maximum 12 participants)
  • During the 8 weeks, follow-up per email with more information and useful tips on how to integrate mindfulness into your life
  • Lifetime access for over 260 guided meditations and access to the podcasts by our teachers

Do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions. For administrative and practical questions, please contact info@brusselsmindfulness.be. For questions about our courses and events, have a look at our FAQ.

If you want to discuss something directly with the teacher, you can contact Steve Savels via steve.savels@brusselsmindfulness.be.

Many thanks for your registration. We look forward to meeting you in the event.

We encourage you to register as soon as possible to secure your place.

Please fill out the form below in order to register for the course. This information is important for the teacher to understand your motivation to participate. All information you provide will be treated confidentially and will never be shared with third parties. We will get in touch with you if we have any questions, so please provide the phone number on which we can most easily reach you. Please check our privacy policy here.

If your employer is willing to cover the cost of your course or If you have a diplomatic status, please send us an email so we can issue an invoice.

If you have financial difficulties, but feel that participating to this course would help you, please contact us. We will find a solution together.

Several Belgian health insurances provide partial refunds for mindfulness courses. Please get in touch with your health insurance to find out about the procedure. We will be happy to fill in your form at the end of the course.

Please check our terms & conditions about cancellations and refunds. According to our terms no refund will be issued as of 30 days prior to the start of the course. 

Please note: It is important that you are in good physical and mental health in order to start a mindfulness course. Especially if you are suffering from acute depression or burnout or are anticipating major surgery, we recommend postponing the course until you feel better. If you have professional support by a doctor or psychotherapist, you may wish to consult them first and discuss your ability to participate. The trainers of Brussels Mindfulness are happy to discuss this with you on the phone; however, we cannot take any responsibility for your decision to participate in the course or not, nor can we issue a refund after 30 days of registering. 

"The 8-week course was a real eye opener. I loved the coach as well as the group. Everything was done in an atmosphere of compassion and understanding. I feel like now I have this big toolbox that I can keep developing and digging into when I face stressful situations."

"I highly recommend Brussels Mindfulness! The teachers and approach were the right balance of providing a conceptual understanding, hands-on practice, personal and peer reflections and dialogue to understand and integrate what we learnt into who we are and what we do. The impact has been immediate and keeps on going - it is an investment that positively affects the foundations of self and holistic wellbeing!".

"I am now meditating every day! I found the course a good balance of theory, practical and sharing vs actually meditating."

"High quality teachers and extraordinary communication and pedagogical tools (handbook, to-the-point emails, languages, knowledge..). Extraordinary mindfulness course which should be a must for everyone .... impossible not to like it! Mindfulness attitudes so much needed in hectic times.... and delicious raisins (you will find out why)!"



Read more testimonials here and read a long reflection by one of our participants here.

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