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Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living - A Day Workshop with Frits Koster

  • Wortley Hall Wortley Sheffield, S35 1DB UK (map)

Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living - Living with Heart

Deepening mindfulness with heartfulness

We are delighted to have Frits Koster visit us from his home in the Netherlands and lead this day long workshop. This will be a rare opportunity to learn about the MBCL programme from one of its developers.

Compassion’ is a sensitivity towards our own and others’ pain and suffering, as well as a commitment to try to alleviate and prevent it. This requires empathy, courage and wisdom. Like mindfulness, it is a universal human capacity, which is for many reasons often not fully developed but can be cultivated by training.

Many people with chronic or recurring mental or physical health problems suffer from low self-esteem, shame and self-criticism. Compassion training nourishes an inner helper rather than an inner critic and offers exercises to experience more warmth, safeness, acceptance, understanding and connectedness, with oneself and others.

Frits Koster and Erik van den Brink have developed a follow-up programme for participants of standard mindfulness courses (MBSR, MBCT, Breathworks or equivalent) who find it difficult to carry on the practice alone and who tend to be overly harsh to themselves. In the eight session Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living or MBCL training explicit attention is paid to developing a kind and compassionate attitude towards oneself and others whilst being mindful.

MBCL integrates well-researched elements from Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), evolutionary and positive psychology and neuroscientific findings with mindfulness-based methods. It is inspired by the work of Paul Gilbert, Kristin Neff, Christopher Germer, Tara Brach, Barbara Fredrickson and Rick Hanson among others. MBCL differs from other compassion training programmes in that it is specifically designed as a deepening programme for those who are already familiar with the practice of mindfulness.

The programme was developed in the mental health care setting but is widely applicable to other fields, such as coaching, burn-out prevention, education, pastoral care, management and the workplace. Many healthcare professionals and mindfulness teachers are attracted to MBCL as it helps them deepening their practice and embodying kindness and compassion while caring for their clients and themselves in a balanced way.

Learning objectives

·         Participants receive a concise overview of relevant background theory of the MBCL-programme.

·         Participants will experience some of the key exercises of the MBCL-programme through personal practice and interactive inquiry.

·         At the end of the workshop participants will have a basic understanding of what MBCL has to offer clients and professionals, including themselves, and how it deepens the practice started with MBSR/MBCT.

Workshop leader

Frits Koster is a vipassana meditation teacher and qualified mindfulness teacher. He has also trained and worked as a psychiatric nurse. He has taught mindfulness in mental health settings, including clinics and hospitals for many years. He has been practicing Theravada Buddhism for almost 40 years and was a Buddhist monk for six years in the 1980s. He has been leading vipassana retreats and courses since then. While he was a monk he studied Buddhist psychology at various monasteries in Southeast Asia. He trained in MBSR, MBCT, Interpersonal Mindfulness and Compassion Focussed Therapy. He is connected to various MBSR/MBCT teacher training institutes across Europe. He is the author of several books, of which the following books have been translated and published (by Silkworm Books) into English: Liberating Insight (2004), Buddhist Meditation in Stress Management (2007) and The Web of Buddhist Wisdom (2014). Website: www.compassionateliving.info.

£85.00 Early bird discount before 30th March.

£100.00 Full price

Advance payment is required for this event.

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