Mindfulness and Compassion for Living Well

Do you find it hard to slow down, take a breath and appreciate what’s around you? Does anxiety prevent you from living your life more fully? Do you criticise yourself a lot? Would you like to live a more meaningful life? This course will introduce you to the skills of mindfulness and compassion, including developing self-awareness; using your breath to be more present; connecting more fully with your surroundings and with other people; learning techniques to manage stress; and being kinder to yourself and others.

While many of us want to live and experience our lives in a meaningful way, we find it hard to slow down, to take the time to look below the surface busyness of our lives to find who we really are and what we really want and value. This course will introduce you to Mindfulness, a practice originating in Buddhism but now practised extensively in the West in secular contexts for stress, anxiety, chronic pain, and also by those simply wishing wish to live life more fully. The course will consist of exercises and discussions around being more present in daily life; an analysis of how we get stuck in reactive behaviour when we’re stressed, and ways of getting ‘unstuck’ so that we can respond more creatively and positively to stressful situations. You will learn meditations that develop awareness of the body, the breath and your mental and emotional states. We will also focus on ways to care for oneself, including an exercise to develop more openness to pleasurable moments throughout the day, and a meditation that develops positive emotions such as kindness and gratitude, and helps deal with more difficult emotions such as anger.

You are asked to commit to a regular, daily practice of mindfulness for the duration of the course, so that you get the maximum benefit from the course. The emphasis throughout the course is on providing students with a supportive context in which to experience Mindfulness.
This course is based on the Breathworks Mindfulness for stress course.

When: Mondays 7.00 - 9.00pm, for 8 weeks, starting 29 January 2018. 
Where: UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4.
Cost: €160.00 
 Book through UCD Adult Education, or ring 
 01 7167123 or e-mail For information on course content, contact Fidelma at 087 683 4717, or

Introductory Mindfulness Workshops/Talks
We are available to run 'taster' workshops in your workplace or organisation. These workshops can be from one hour to a whole day, and can be tailored to suit the particular circumstances of the group. Please contact us at Breathworks Ireland for more information.

One-to-One Mindfulness Sessions
Introductory Mindfulness courses are also available on an individual basis, either in person or by phone or Skype. Click here for more details.