Portmarnock Community School Adult Education Programme:
In this course participants will be introduced to mindfulness practices which will help improve their well-being. We will practice mindful eating, the body scan, sitting meditation and mindful movement. We will also take a look at what causes participants to feel stressed, and how they might respond to this stress mindfully. In the latter part of the course we will be looking at compassion practices that help us turn towards our difficult moments with self-compassion teaching us to tune in to what we need in the moment to take care of ourselves.
No previous experience is required and the mindful movement practices are gentle enough for all abilities. Participants should bring a pillow, mat and a blanket if they would like to lie down for the body scan.
There have been hundreds of studies done on the benefits of mindfulness, some of the results are as follows:
-Increase in positive emotions
-Improvement in cognitive function
-Increased clarity and focus
-Greater self- awareness and insight
-Improved physical and mental health
Starts Tuesday 24th January 2023
€80 8 weeks 7:30 – 9:00pm
About the Tutor: Mairead O’Keeffe, Mindfulness Facilitator
Mairead completed the 8 week MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction)course in 2010 and found it changed her life. She has been practising meditation ever since, attending weekly drop-in meditation classes and going on retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh, a leader in the area of Mindfulness. In her own life she has found Mindfulness very helpful for dealing with anxiety and an active mind.
In January 2016 Mairead resigned as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (her former profession) and commenced teacher training with The Institute for Mindfulness-Based Approaches, where she qualified as an MBSR teacher in June 2017. There was a huge emphasis in the course on the teacher’s personal practice which Mairead finds challenging at times but essential
for the teaching of Mindfulness. Mairead facilitates Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction courses in Community Well Donabate as well as a weekly drop-in meditation session and facilitates an introduction to mindfulness course for adults in Portmarnock Community School. She is also treasurer of the Mindfulness Teachers Association of Ireland.
Mairead is married with 3 children aged from 25 to 20.