8-week online course, Monday evenings from 20.00 to 22.00 CET
- Starting on Monday 26 April
- Course dates: 26 April; 03, 10, 17, 31 May; 07, 14, 21 June
- No course on 24 May
Addressing challenges of everyday family life and finding more serenity as a parent
With mindfulness teacher Silke Lalvani
Being a parent is a great source of happiness – and can be a hard job. Sleep-deprived, we try to deal with a tantrum of our small child or with the home-schooling of our teenager, and, in the end, feel guilty or depleted as things seem not work out as we had hoped.
In today’s world, we satisfy many demands in our different roles, at work, as a partner, as a friend, and as a parent. We strive to get everything right in the upbringing of our children and often forget that while trying to optimise our family life and create an ideal framework for the development of our children, we put high pressure on ourselves. Driven by expectations – our own but also those of society – and caught in automatic stress reactions, we lose sight of the things that really matter.
How can mindfulness and self-compassion help?
Mindfulness can help to better recognise and understand our own stress reactions and mechanisms. This gives us the freedom to find new ways of dealing more skilfully with daily challenges and difficult situations. We also increase bodily awareness in order to use it as a sensitive radar instead of an amplifier of stress.
By cultivating self-compassion, we learn how to treat ourselves as a good friend, especially in difficult situations in which we often tend to listen to our inner critic, telling us we are not good enough.
In the Online Mindful Compassionate Parenting course you will learn
- How to recognise automatic stress reactions and behaviour patterns and respond more thoughtfully to them instead of getting angry or upset
- How to integrate mindfulness and self-compassion skills in your daily life as a parent, so that it becomes more joyful and rewarding
- How to deal better with difficult thoughts and emotions that might otherwise cause stress or drag you down in a spiral of helplessness and frustration
- How to stay present with and connected to your child(ren), even when they do not act as you wish
- How to develop a friendly and self-compassionate attitude towards yourself and others, especially in moments of pressure and overload
- How to look at your family life and daily requirements with a different perspective
- How to find some peace in the midst of the turbulences of your life
The course combines mindfulness with self-compassion practices and elements of brain sciences.
It was developed by Jörg Mangold, medical specialist in pediatric and adolescent psychiatry and psychotherapy, psychotherapist and certified mindfulness teacher. The content of the course is based on scientifically validated mindfulness programmes.
Who is this course for?
This course has been developed for parents and child caregivers. It is not specifically designed for couples. You can participate together with your partner, but this is not a requirement, you can just as well participate on your own.
No prior knowledge is required to follow this course.
Practicalities of the mindful compassionate parenting course
- The course will be held in English
- The sessions will be organised online via Zoom, an easy-to-use online meeting tool which allows interactivity
- For some of the sessions, you will need a (yoga) mat or a thick blanket
- The course is organised in a small group (maximum 16 people)
- You will receive a login to a specific content webpage which includes the meditations practised during the sessions
- Every week, you will receive practical exercises to build mindfulness and self-compassion into your daily schedule
- The course is led by an experienced and certified mindfulness teacher with a special training in mindful parenting
With mindfulness teacher Silke Lalvani.
Silke is a certified mindfulness teacher with a specialisation and a passion for mindful parenting. combining a challenging job and her role as a mother of two she has lots of experience in finding the balance between being there for others and self-care as well as responding in a skilful way to challenges as they present themselves in a busy family life.
€297 (incl.VAT) for the course, half-price for a partner joining. In this case, please contact us via email@example.com to receive a manual invoice at the discounted price.
This rate includes:
- 8 live online sessions of 2 hours each
- A handbook with practical information and worksheets for home practice
- Access to recordings of the meditations practised during the course
- A weekly email to follow up each session
- A recording of each session in case you miss it
"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.
We encourage you to register as soon as possible to secure your place.
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.
Do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions. For administrative and practical questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Silke Lalvani via email@example.com.
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