The next  8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course will start on Wednesday  25th September  2024 at 7pm in the Scala Retreat and Conference Centre, Blackrock, Cork City. This course will be delivered  by Seamus McMahon who is based in Crosshaven, Co. Cork. Seamus holds an MSc with distinction in Mindfulness Based Approaches from the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, School of Psychology, Bangor University, Wales. He is an experienced teacher of Mindfulness and MBSR, and is a current registered full member of the Mindfulness Teachers Association of Ireland See testimonials from past course participants.

Over the 8 weeks, participants will learn how to develop and maintain a mindfulness practice and how to integrate mindfulness into their daily lives. The course is suitable for beginners and for those with experience who wish to deepen or renew their mindfulness practice. The course will follow the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) curriculum created by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Centre for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society, UMASS University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA.

The regular practice of Mindfulness has been shown through research to lessen anxiety and stress and to improve wellbeing. This course is suitable for adults of all ages. It is helpful in many contexts, including workplace stress, parenting, relationship and communication issues, or just the challenges of day-to-day living. Many people experience real benefits.

More details and booking procedure

The full course fee is €349 which includes eight weekly 2 1/2 hour sessions, a day of mindfulness retreat, a detailed course booklet, and links to audio-recordings of meditations. The course will start at 7pm on Wednesday 25th September 2024  and end on Wednesday 13th November May  2024.   The day retreat will take place on Sunday November 3rd  between 10am and 4pm at the Scala Retreat and Conference Centre.  Fee concessions are available upon request. If you have private health insurance, it may be possible to claim some of the cost of this course back. Please click on button below to book  a place or you are welcome to ring Seamus McMahon at 0851636300 with any questions you may have. Seamus can also be contacted at

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What does the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course involve?

This course is experiential and involves learning and practising different types of gentle mindful meditations and finding out about the background and theories of mindfulness. Most of the course relates to how to apply the practice of mindfulness to everyday life and to work.
Clinical research has shown that the regular practice of mindfulness leads to reduced stress and anxiety, improved well being and greater enjoyment of life.
To benefit fully from the course, it is recommended that each participant sets aside a half-hour each day to practise the meditation exercises learned during the course. It is also recommended that each participant commits to attending all of the 8 classes, as far as is practicable.

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