"The rainbow of compassion arises when the sunrays of kindness touch upon the tears of suffering."
~ Tibetan saying ~
The Power of Compassion
I teach mindful compassion because it has had such a big impact on my own life. In the words of Richard Bach, "We teach what we most need to learn."
For much of my life there was a voice in my head judging and criticising. Not surprisingly, this way of relating to myself did not help alleviate my low mood and depression!
As I began to practice mindfulness things gradually began to shift and compassion training helped me relate to myself more kindly. Naturally this had a knock on impact for how I showed up for others.
At times it was uncomfortable to acknowledge old patterns. However, I had a heart-felt sense that this was the work I needed to do to heal. This is the work of healing I am passionate about sharing with you.
Practicing mindfulness supports us to be aware of our moment by moment experience. But how do we deal with moments which are especially difficult and painful?
Mindful compassion helps us to meet life with heartfulness. So, rather than being harsh to ourselves or judging others, we can be on our own side at the same time as sensing and respecting the needs of others.
Compassion is a sensitivity to pain and suffering – of ourselves and others – and a commitment to relieve and prevent it. Mindfulness helps us do this in a balanced way so we can be responsive without facing overwhelm.
This ability for mindful compassion is a human capacity which the Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living (MBCL) programme can support you to nurture and grow.
The course focuses on cultivating compassion for ourselves and others. The MBCL course is based on scientific research and draws inspiration from various experts in the field of compassion training and mindfulness, including Paul Gilbert, Kristen Neff, Chris Germer, Tara Brach and Rick Hanson.
MBCL is designed as a follow-on course, focussed on building mindful compassion, for those who have attended an 8-week course such as MBSR or MBCT and would like to take their practice further.
If you would like to read more about MBCL you can download my free information sheet below.
If you sometimes feel overwhelmed by the many challenges, threats and distractions of our modern world, you are not alone. Stress, anxiety, depression and burnout are becoming increasingly common. Mindful Compassion acknowledges our shared humanity and our unique strengths and challenges, offering us practical, science-based ways to:
Deal more wisely and kindly with the inevitable stresses of life
Find a healthier balance between caring for ourselves and others
Cultivate more kindness, happiness, health and harmony in all the different aspects of our lives
Deepen the healing effects of mindfulness
MBCL is specifically designed as a deepening course for those already familiar with basic mindfulness practice. It is intended for those who have completed an eight-week mindfulness training such as MBSR or MBCT.
If you have a regular mindfulness meditation practice of at least 1 year and would like to speak with me about whether MBCL is a good fit for you please get in touch.
I also offer one-to-one mindful compassion coaching for individuals who are new to the practice. Get in touch to explore the options.
What to Expect During the 8-Week Course?
Each session is 2 and a half hours and typically:
Begins with a short, ‘landing’ meditation
Moves into a longer meditation practice or mindful movement.
Offers time for group discussion
Explores some helpful theory
Includes exercises in cultivating compassion for yourself and others
A short break
Options for Home Practice
Develops kind awareness to help us with compassion and balance
There is also a Day of Practice and resources are provided to support your daily Home Practice
Finding Out More
What does it cost?
The suggested fee is €350 for the 25 hour course, supporting resources and a certificate of completion. If your circumstances mean you'd benefit from a reduced rate please get in touch.
The programme includes a day of guided practice in addition to the 8 weekly sessions.
You will also receive weekly course resources, access to our online learning platform, audio recordings of our meditation practices and a certificate of completion.
In addition, participants are encouraged to buy the wonderful course workbook, A Practical Guide to Mindfulness-Based Living: Living with Heart, by course creators, Erik van den Brink and Fritz Koster
How do I register?
You can reserve your place on the next group course here.
I also offer one-to-one mindful compassion coaching for individuals. Get in touch to explore the options.
Want to experience mindful compassion first? If you would like to experience mindfulness for yourself, why not join my free Midweek Meditation or listen to my podcast to get a flavour of the impact mindfulness meditation could make on your life.
Contact me to find out more or reserve your place or discuss availability and options.
Taking Good Care
Please note, the course is design for those with a familiarity with basic mindfulness practice and a willingness to engage in personal reflection, experiential exercises and mindful dialogue.
Before participating in the course, I request you submit an application form and may suggest we meet for a free orientation conversation, during which I will answer any questions you may have and assess if this is the right time for you to take the course.
As a trauma-informed teacher I take my role to support your learning and well-being seriously.
The next opportunity to join me in experiencing the benefits of the MBCL course is:
Session One: Tuesday 5th March, 16:00 – 18:30
Session Two: Tuesday 12th March, 16:00 – 18:30
Session Three: Tuesday 19th March, 16:00 – 18:30
Session Four: Tuesday 26th March, 16:00 – 18:30
Session Five: Tuesday 2nd April, 16:00 – 18:30
Session Six: Tuesday 9th April, 16:00 – 18:30
Day of Practice: Saturday 13th April, 16:00 – 18:30
Session Seven: Tuesday 16th April, 16:00 – 18:30
Session Eight: Tuesday 23rd April 16:00 – 18:30
All timings given in CET
This course is being offered as a hybrid course with the opportunity to choose to attend in-person or join live on Zoom.
"Self-compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others."