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Tue, 01 Oct



Foundations of Mindfulness 8-week Course

​Would you like to discover how to cultivate more joy and less suffering in your life? Are you looking to improve the quality of your life experience? Have you heard about the benefits of mindfulness and are curious to explore them first-hand? Start here - with Valerie Jennings.

Foundations of Mindfulness 8-week Course
Foundations of Mindfulness 8-week Course

Time & Location

01 Oct 2024, 19:00 – 19 Nov 2024, 21:10

Ixelles, Rue Emmanuel Van Driessche 9, 1050 Ixelles, Belgium

About the Event

Foundations of Mindfulness Course 

Tuesdays 19:00-21:15 CET ​1 October - 19 November 2024 (8 sessions) 

Location: PEOPLE PLANET PLACE --> Rue Emmanuel Van Driessche 9, 1050 Brussels 

Price: 225 EUR

During this eight-week course, we will explore the foundations of mindfulness through meditation and yoga practices, contemplative exercises and group discussions. This is an experiential curriculum designed to increase psychological flexibility and resilience; you can expect thoughtful interaction rather than a lecture and PowerPoint slides.  This course is based on the curriculum of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in the 1970’s. A secular, evidence-based program, MBSR is among the most-researched and widely-taught mindfulness programs in the world.

Benefits of the course In this course, you will learn how to:

  • Approach your life with more composure, energy, understanding and enthusiasm
  • Develop the ability to cope more effectively with both short-term and long-term stressful situations, gaining insight into response rather than reaction
  • Enhance your ability to manage and reduce pain levels
  • Improve your focus, resilience, and capacity to recover more quickly from challenging events
  • Learn how to access and cultivate a natural capacity to actively engage in caring for yourself and find greater balance, ease, and peace of mind

Structure of the course Classes meet weekly for 2-1/4 hours. At the end of each class, you will receive a homework assignment consisting primarily of personal practice. It is recommended to set aside 30 minutes per day for personal practice during the course.  ​ On Sunday, 17 November, there is an optional day retreat from 10:00-16:30 (50 EUR supplement).  

Weekly themes: 

Week 1 - Waking up from autopilot 

Week 2 - Exploring perception 

Week 3 - Taking in the good 

Week 4 - Recognizing stress and stress patterns 

Week 5 - Turning towards discomfort 

Week 6 - Interpersonal communication 

Week 7 - Personalized self-care 

Week 8 - Mindfulness for life  


  • Herbal tea and light snacks will be available. We ask that you avoid bringing outside food into the classroom.
  • You may wish to bring your own yoga mat and/or meditation cushion. A light blanket can also be nice. We will have extra materials on hand.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and warm socks.
  • Kindly refrain from using or answering your cell phone during the course. Better yet, leave it at home or place in airplane mode.
  • Group size is limited to facilitate a deeper connection.

Included in the course

  • 8 x 2-1/4 hours plus (optional) 1 x 6 hours of guidance from a certified meditation instructor
  • Course handbook
  • Access to guided meditation recordings
  • Lunch will be provided for the day retreat
  • Life skills galore!


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