Adult Education

MINDFULNESS

mindfulnessPortmarnock Community School Adult Education Programme:

This course teaches the participant a number of different mindfulness practises including the body scan, mindful movement, sitting  meditation, walking meditation, mountain meditation and loving
kindness practise. No previous experience is required and the movements are gentle enough for all abilities. Participants should bring a pillow, mat and a blanket if required. There have been hundreds
of studies done on the benefits of mindfulness, some of them are as follows:
-Reduced stress
-Increased resilience
-Increase in positive emotions
-Improvement in cognitive function
-Enhanced creativity
-Increased clarity and focus
-Improved memory
-Greater self- awareness and insight
-Improved physical and mental health

Course A Starts Tuesday 28th January 2020           

€100     10 weeks                7:30 – 9:00pm    

                              

About the Tutor: Mairead O’Keeffe, Mindfulness Facilitator

 

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.

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