8-week in-person Mindfulness Course on Monday Evenings
30/01/23 till 27/03/23
In person

Location

MM81
Av. de Tervueren 81
1040 Etterbeek

Metro: Merode or Montgomery

Teacher

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In-person 8-week course, Mondays from 19.15 to 21.15 CET

  • Starting on January 30, 2023
  • Course dates: 30 January; 6, 13, 27 February, 6, 13, 20, 27 March. No session on 20 February
  • Location: MM81 (Avenue de Tervueren 81, 1040 Etterbeek)

8-week Mindfulness Course: Finding peace in a frantic world

with mindfulness teacher Alena Reisinger.

In these uncertain times it is even more important to take care of your own wellbeing. With all the negative news and the uncertainty of how things will evolve, it is easy to get caught up in a spiral of worrying and fear. At times, you might feel helpless or stressed and have difficulties concentrating. But it does not need to be that way. You can learn tools and attitudes that can help you to stay in control of your life and emotions, independently of what life throws at you.

If we allow our mind to continuously focus on fear and worry, it will become an anxious mind. But if we cultivate peace, contentment and love, we train ourselves to be well and peaceful, even when the world is in distress.

Many of us find it difficult to create a balance between the demands present in our work and personal lives. We need tools to help us deal with the stress and uncertainty ever present in our rapid lifestyle. It is important to develop mental resources in order to cope with the challenges we face and to replenish our energy levels.

Imagine you wake up in the morning feeling confident that you can handle whatever the day will throw at you. Of course, you might still experience stress, feel annoyed or be anxious at times, but these feelings don’t determine your life anymore. You feel calmer, you’re more focused, and you are able to enjoy the good things more.

Does this sound too good to be true? Practicing mindfulness can bring such a shift towards greater mental and emotional wellbeing.

An 8-week mindfulness course is not a “quick fix”, nor is it a miracle cure for just about everything. It is a training programme, in which you will learn mental skills and develop new habits and attitudes to deal more skilfully with the challenges of life.

You will discover how you unwillingly contribute to your own stress and unhappiness. By putting in some practice, you can learn new and more helpful ways of dealing with difficult situations.

In 8 weeks you will learn how to:

  • Respond more thoughtfully to stressful and challenging situations, rather than reacting automatically and getting more upset
  • Deal more skilfully with difficult thoughts and emotions that might otherwise stress you out or drag you down
  • Be more focused on what you are doing and find more calm and clarity in doing so
  • Balance your time and energy in a better way so you can appreciate and enjoy life and work again
  • Be kinder to yourself and deal skilfully with your ‘inner critic'

The 8-week programme

The aim of the programme is to acquire new ways of handling challenging feelings, thoughts, physical sensations, moods or social interactions. You will learn to integrate mindfulness skills in your daily life. A few examples of these are:

  • Finding peace in the midst of the turbulences of your life by learning to use your breath as an anchor
  • Increasing your bodily awareness: using your body as a sensitive radar instead of an amplifier of stress
  • Understanding the stress mechanisms: how automatic thoughts, body sensations and feelings reinforce each other and lead to being stressed out and overwhelmed
  • Finding new ways of dealing with difficult thoughts and feelings and learning to shift to a more relaxed mode
  • Awareness of “early warning” stress symptoms
  • Learning how to manage your energy and setting up an action plan for self-care
  • Practicing how to step out of vicious cycles of worrying and getting more in control of your mind and your life
  • Becoming aware of your inner critic and how to disengage from it, ultimately adding a softer and more compassionate inner voice
  • Cultivating inner qualities of compassion, gratitude and care for yourself and others

The majority of people completing the programme report lasting physical and psychological benefits, including:

  • An increased ability to relax and to find inner calm
  • Greater energy and enthusiasm for life
  • Heightened self-confidence
  • An increased ability to cope more effectively with stressful situations
  • A greater sense of overall wellbeing
  • An improved sleep quality
  • A better immune system

Here you can read an in-depth testimonial by a course participant.

Features

  • 8 weekly group sessions of 2 hours in our beautiful training centre, MM81
  • Lots of practical exercises to build mindfulness into your daily schedule without needing to invest extra time
  • Programme based on the scientifically validated Oxford mindfulness programme "Finding peace in a frantic world"
  • Course led by an experienced and certified mindfulness teacher
  • Small, exclusive groups to guarantee interactivity and a deeper connection with each other and the teacher
  • In-between email each week to deepen your learning
  • Lifetime access to over 250 guided meditations with our teachers

Please note that the participation in this course fulfils the requirements to participate in the teacher training foundations programme.

The Location

The course will take place at MM81, a beautiful and spacious Maison de maître between metro Merode and Montgomery on Avenue de Tervueren in Brussels.

The Location
Flexibility

Flexibility

If you cannot make it to one session, you can choose to follow this session in the next in-person or online course.

Practicalities

  • The course will be held in English
  • The sessions will be organised in our training centre MM81
  • Location in a beautiful maison de maitre in the heart of Brussels
  • No special clothes or meditation cushions needed
  • Small groups to guarantee safety and interaction

The Teacher

Mindfulness teacher Alena Reisinger.

Alena is a certified mindfulness teacher and coach, and is passionate about personal development. Participants especially like her warmth, kindness and creativity.

The Teacher

Rate

€429 with the early bird discount until January 22, 2023! €479 (incl. VAT) for the 8-week mindfulness course, including:

  • Comprehensive manual with handouts, worksheets and audio downloads to support your practice
  • Online learning platform to access all your resources and interact with your teacher in-between sessions
  • The e-book "Finding peace in a frantic world" by Mark Williams, following the 8-week structure with lots of background information
  • Weekly emails with insights, reminders and practical tips on how to integrate mindfulness into your life
  • Possibility to participate in a later course session in case you cannot make a session
  • Lifetime access for over 250 guided meditations and access to the podcasts by our teachers
  • Delicious teas at every session
  • Possibility to join online should you fall ill or be in quarantine (or follow the session in the next course)
  • Availability of the teacher for any mindfulness-related question throughout the course
  • Small group for a deeper connection with each other and the teacher

"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.

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 Alena Reisinger via alena.reisinger@brusselsmindfulness.be.

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

Covid-19 Precautions

In order to ensure the health of all our participants, we will implement Covid measures according to the official regulations following the corona barometer at the time of the event. These measures will be communicated to registered participants prior to the start of 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, please send us an email instead of registering via the website, so we can issue an invoice. If you have a diplomatic statute, please email us as well so we can issue an invoice without VAT.

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.

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, 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.

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