Adult Education


mindfulnessPortmarnock Community School Adult Education Programme:

This course teaches the participant a number of different mindfulness practices that can improve their health and well-being. We will introduce a number of different practices to cultivate mindfulness, including gentle mindful movement and sitting practices. The course is suitable for beginners as well as for those who have previously completed mindfulness courses and want to deepen their practice.
Some of the benefits of mindfulness include:

  • – Reduced stress
  • – Increased resilience
  • – Increase in positive emotions
  • – Improvement in cognitive functioning
  • – Enhanced creativity
  • – Increased clarity and focus
  • – Improved memory
  • – Greater self-awareness and insight
  • – Improved physical and mental health

Course A Starts Tuesday 24th September 2019           Course B starts 29th October 2019

€70     5 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.
Mairead is married with 3 children aged from 23 to 18.



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