Mindfulness for Health - Courses and Workshops
Living with chronic pain or a long-term health condition is challenging and can take a considerable toll on your physical, mental and emotional resources. Insomnia, fatigue, anxiety, depression, feeling isolated - these are just some of the consequences of struggling with ill-health over a period of time.
Mindfulness helps you to deal with those difficulties by providing you with tools for the management of your condition.

These include developing greater awareness of you body and your mental and emotional patterns, which gives you more freedom to choose how to respond to your condition rather than being overwhelmed by it, or engaged in a constant battle with it.

"The Breathworks approach to Mindfulness-Based Pain Management is the most comprehensive, in-depth, scientifically up-to-date and user-friendly approach to learning the how of living with chronic pain and reclaiming one’s life that I know of."

Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Full Catastrophe Living, Professor Emeritus of University of Massachussets Medical School

Mindfulness for Health - 6 week course
Do you suffer from persistent pain, illness or any other condition such as chronic fatigue or stress that has affected your health?
This 6 week course teaches you mindfulness and compassion skills to help you improve the quality of your life and your health.
You will learn:
How to manage pain, illness and fatigue in daily life
How to breathe into the present moment and find choice
Breath and body awareness
Gentle mindful movement and relaxation
Mindfulness meditation practice, including cultivating kindness towards yourself and empathy for others

Please note that this course may count as a pre-requisite for Breathworks Teacher Training.

When: Starting Wednesday 29 March 2017. There is a half-day of mindfulness practice on Wednesday April 26th, 1.30 - 4.30pm.
Hours: 10:30 – 12:30
Duration: 6 weeks
Where: The Sanctuary, Stanhope Street, Dublin 7.
Cost: €225.00. This includes the cost of the book of the course, Mindfulness for Health, by Vidyamala Burch and Danny Penman. There is a 10% reduction in the course fee if you are on social welfare.
Booking: Click here to book, or contact the Sanctuary at 01 670 5419 or enquiries@sanctuary.ie.

Living Well with ME: A Mindfulness-based Approach

Living with a long-term health condition such as ME can give rise to stress, tension, irritation and depression. While these are perfectly normal and understandable reactions, they are ultimately unhelpful in dealing with a long-term health condition. Mindfulness provides a way to change our relationship to the ME, by providing a tool kit of resources that help reduce these unhelpful reactions. Some of the benefits of learning and practising Mindfulness include:

•    an increased ability to relax and experience calm
•    greater confidence in ability to undertake activities
•    increased ability to cope effectively with flare-ups or set-backs
•    an increased ability to cope more effectively with short and long-term stress
•    a decreased tendency to catastrophise (i.e. imagine the worst)

Fidelma has run several of these courses for the M.E. Trust, and has also worked with many individuals who have M.E.

When: 7 Saturdays, once a month, on the following dates: 29 April, 27 May, 24 June, 29 July, 26 August, 30 September, 28 October 2017 
Hours: 15:30 - 16:30, except for the first class in April, which runs from 16:30 to 17:30
Where: O'Callaghan Davenport Hotel, 8-10 Merrion Street Lower, Dublin 2.
Cost: Free for members of the Irish M.E. Trust. Contact 
the Irish M.E. Trust at 1890 200 912 or info@imet.ie if you wish to become a member.
Booking: You must register with the Irish M.E. Trust to book a place - 
1890 200 912 or info@imet.ie

Mindfulness for Health Workshops

Learn about how mindfulness can help reduce the stress that arises when living with ill-health, by developing a kinder and more aware relationship to your body and your health.

When: Tuesday 4 April 2017
Hours: 15:00 - 15:40
Where: Stroke Survivor's Day, Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin 3 (wheelchair accessible).
Cost: Free, but you must register with the Irish Heart Foundation in advance.
Booking: See above.

Saturday 13 May
Hours: 9:30 - 13:30
Where: Emmaus Retreat Centre, Lissenhall, Swords, Co. Dublin (wheelchair accessible).
Cost: tbc (includes lunch)
Booking: Click here to book, or contact Emmaus at (01) 870 0050 or info@emmauscentre.ie.

For more information on the content of the workshops, contact Fidelma at 087-6834717 or info@breathworks.ie.

Living Well with MS – a mindfulness-based approach to living with MS and to caring for someone with MS (a Breathworks course)

Living with a long-term health condition such as MS can give rise to a lot of mental and emotional stress. This course teaches the skills of Mindfulness, which helps to deal with these stresses so that they are not so overwhelming. We will develop skills such as being in the moment, using the breath to become calmer and cultivating kindness towards ourselves and others. Regular practice of mindfulness develops better coping strategies, emotional resilience and a calmer mind. The course is also open to anyone who cares for someone who has MS. Participants are asked to commit to a daily practice of 30-40 minutes a day for the duration of the course, in order to get the most benefit from the course. 
It's highly recommended that you purchase Mindfulness for Health by Vidyamala Burch and Danny Penman, published by Piatkus.

Please note that this course may count as a pre-requisite for Breathworks Teacher Training.

When: Starting Tuesday 14 February 2017, then Feb 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11.
Hours: 19:30 – 21:30
Duration: 8 weeks
Where: Ruadh Centre, St Alphonsus Road, Dublin 9
Cost: No cost, but booking required
Booking: To book or for more information contact Sean Kinsella at MS Ireland, phone (01) 490 5933

For more information on course content, contact Fidelma at 087 6834717

Mindfulness for Health - on-line course
Do the Mindfulness for Health course in the comfort of your own home, or indeed anywhere you have a device with internet access and at your own pace. You'll be provided with meditations, with regular support from the tutor and you'll have contact with other course participants through a web-based forum where you can share how you're getting on and hear from others. See here for more information or contact Breathworks at 00-44-161-834 1110 or onlinelearning@breathworks.co.uk.

Please note that this course counts as a pre-requisite for Breathworks Teacher Training.

"It changed my attitude towards my body which is in constant pain. I’m now capable of doing almost everything I used to. I can face the pain after three and a half years of constant struggle. I would recommend this course to anyone with any health condition."


Individual Tuition
You can also do sessions with Fidelma on an individual basis - click here for more information.

"I felt the programme was carried out perfectly. Fidelma is an excellent tutor who showed patience the whole way through. She has a very caring nature which is extremely important to helping clients on their journey."