The 8 Week Mindfulness Course (MBSR)

The 8 Week Mindfulness Course (MBSR) from the University of Massachusett
Learn a variety of mindfulness and meditation techniques for reducing stress, being more deeply present, and cultivating greater peace of mind.

The course consists of a class once a week for 8 weeks and is taught in English.  It is suitable for complete beginners and no previous experience is required.

The teacher has trained in world recognized meditation centers in the United States and Asia and has trained as a mindfulness teacher with the University of Massachusetts.

Studies show that most people who complete the 8 week mindfulness course report less stress and greater well being.

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Benefits reported by past participants of the course

o  Reduced Stress
o  Greater peace of mind and well-being
o  Improved ability to concentrate
o  Better sleep
o  Reduced anxiety
o  Improvements in relationships (when we have less stress and are more present, that affects how we interact with others)

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What past course participants have said

“The benefits of mindfulness meditation were obvious in coping with my stress and anxiety level”
          – Tarana, Mindfulness Course Participant

“I came into the introductory class quite skeptical that I would be able to still my mind, but at the same time hopeful. I found Darran’s skillful guidance, attitude and presence to be calming and very helpful throughout the course, and I noticed with regular practice that I did increase my resilience and inner peace in general. After the course I still note the cumulative effect and would wholeheartedly recommend the practice of mindfulness meditation.” 

          – Reese, Mindfulness Course Participant

“I feel very happy to have had the opportunity to attend the classes. They’ve already had a positive impact on my everyday life.” 

          – Monica, Mindfulness Classes Participant

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Studies on the 8 Week Mindfulness Course

Thousands of studies have been done on the 8 week mindfulness course at Harvard, Oxford and other universities.  Here are a just couple –

– Stress resilience is a measure of how well we cope with difficult or stressful situations in our lives.  Researchers at the University of Massachusetts found that participants’ stress resilience increased measurably over the course of an 8 week mindfulness course.

– Neuroscientists studied employees of a biotechnology company before and after doing an 8 week mindfulness course. They found that the anxiety level of the participants was measurably lower after the course and they showed increased electrical activity in the parts of their brains associated with positive emotions.
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What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: in the present moment, on purpose and non-judgmentally.

By training our minds in this way we can live our lives more fully, with greater peace, and deepen our resources for working with challenges in life.
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What does the 8 Week Mindfulness Course Involve?

The 8-week mindfulness course, called Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), was first started in the United States at the University of Massachusetts by Jon Kabat-Zinn.  From there mindfulness has spread out all over the world and today hundreds of thousands of people have attended 8 week mindfulness courses.

The teacher, Darran Kilbride, has trained directly with the University of Massachusetts to teach the 8-week MBSR Mindfulness course.
The course consists of:

o  A class once a week for 8 weeks on Tuesdays at 19:00.

o  On the Saturday between classes 6 and 7 there is an extended mindfulness practice session in a room out in nature in Cercedilla.
o  Participants receive recordings of guided mindfulness meditations they can use at home.

If you would like to start your own mindfulness meditation practice, this course is a great way to do that – participants receive recordings of guided meditations they can do at home, in the weekly class you can ask questions and you have the support of other people starting at the same time as you.

The course is suitable for beginners and no previous mindfulness or meditation experience is required.

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Location

The evening mindfulness classes are held at –

Address:   Calle Doctor Castelo, 10 bis. Local b

Metros: Príncipe de Vergara and Ibiza.  Also 8 mins walk from Metro Goya

The extended mindfulness practice session, which is on a Saturday, is held in a room out in nature in Cercedilla (accessible by public transport).

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Course Dates

Course starting Tuesday October 10th at 19.00

  • 8 Tuesdays from 19.00 to 21.30
  • Class dates are:  October 10, 17, 24, 31,   November 7, 14, 21, 28
  • Extended session Sunday November 19th 10am to 6pm – held in a room out in nature in Cercedilla.
  • Teacher:  Darran Kilbride
  • This course is taught in English


Course starting Monday October 9th at 19.00

  • 8 Mondays from 19.00 to 21.30
  • Class dates are:  October 9, 16, 23, 30,   November 6, 13, 20, 27
  • Extended session Saturday November 18th 10am to 6pm – held in a room out in nature in Cercedilla.
  • Teacher:  Darran Kilbride
  • This course is taught in English

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Summary
o  28 hours of class time

o  8 weeks of classes plus an extended mindfulness practice session on a Saturday out in nature.

o  Audio recordings of guided mindfulness meditations and course booklet

o  Studies show that most participants who do the course experience reduced stress and increased well-being

Pricing:  €295 which includes 28 hours of classes and audios of guided mindfulness meditations.

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How to reserve your place…Go to sign up form.