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MeNu - Centre for Mindful eating and Nutrition
Mindfulness-Based Programs
A profound deepening of your mindfulness practice

 

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction training (MBSR)
Mindful Compassion training (MSC en CFT)



Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction training (MBSR)


Program
Based on the original MBSR curriculum as taught by Dr. J. Kabat-Zinn at the Center for Mindfulness (Umass, USA)

Learn to cultivate life-long tools that will help you maximize your life, even when facing stress, illness and pain.
Throughout the program you will be consciously and systematically working with your own stress, pain and illness -
and the challenges and demands of your everyday life.

Your instructor will create a safe and supportive environment for this work and learning through:
  • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
  • Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
  • Group dialogue and discussions aimed at enhancing awareness in everyday life
  • Individually tailored instruction
  • Daily home assignments
  • Audio downloads and a home practice workbook

Course schedule and time commitment?
You will attend group classes for 2 ½ hours, once a week for 8 weeks. 
Classes are offered in the morning or evening.  You receive 31 hours of direct instruction.
You will also attend one All-Day weekend class in between classes 6 and 7.

Schedule : View upcoming program

Where
Brussels

What do you have to do?
  • Attend all 8 classes
  • Attend the All-Day weekend class
  • Practice daily home assignments for 45-60 minutes each day


How do you get started?
Look at the Schedule and select class days/times that might work for you.
Contact us by phone at 02/420 63 75 or email info@me-nu.org to express interest and get your questions answered.
 

 


Mindful Compassion training
Based on the curricula of Mindful Self-Compassion (K. Neff, C. Germer) and Compassion-Focused Therapy (P. Gilbert, K. Goss)


Mindful Compassion is an intensive training in an empirically-supported course designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion.
The course can be taught weekly or in a residential format. 

It is based on ground-breaking research by Kristin Neff, integrated with the clinical perspective of Christopher Germer.  
Mindful Compassion training teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding.

The three key components of self-compassion :

  1. self-kindness,
  2. a sense of common humanity, and
  3. balanced, mindful awareness

Kindness opens our hearts to suffering, so we can give ourselves what we need.  
Common humanity opens us to our essential inter-relatedness, so that we know we aren't alone.
Mindfulness opens us to the present moment, so we can accept our experience with greater ease.  
Together they comprise a state of warm, connected, presence.
 
Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn't receive enough affection in childhood or who feel uncomfortable when they are good to themselves. It's a courageous attitude that stands up to harm, including the harm that we unwittingly inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-isolation, or self-absorption.  
Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, motivate ourselves with kindness, forgive ourselves when needed, relate wholeheartedly to others, and be more authentically ourselves.

Rapidly expanding research clearly demonstrates that self-compassion is strongly associated with
  • emotional wellbeing,
  • less anxiety,
  • depression and stress,
  • maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and
  • satisfying personal relationships
 
After participating in this course, you’ll be able to:
  • Practice self-compassion in daily life
  • Understand the empirically-supported benefits of self-compassion
  • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
  • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • Transform challenging relationships, old and new
  • Manage caregiver fatigue
  • Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation

What to expect
Course activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices.
The goal is for participants to directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life.

Mindful Compasion is a journey that entails a variety of challenges.
Compassion has the effect of soothing and comforting us as it paradoxically opens us to emotional discomfort.
While some difficult emotions may arise when practicing self-compassion, qualified Mindful Self-Compassion teachers are committed to providing a safe, supportive environment for this process to unfold, and to make the journey interesting and enjoyable for everyone.  

If you have any concerns about taking this course, please feel free to contact Caroline Baerten on caroline@me-nu.org.  

Prerequisites
An experience with mindfulness-based interventions or meditation is required to attend the Mindful Compassion training.
To insure safety, participants are asked to provide background information when they register for the course.

Instructors
The course will be led by Caroline Baerten, who have attended the MSC teacher training led by the developers of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) – Dr Christopher Germer and Dr Kristin Neff –. She is an experienced MB-Intervention teacher (MBSR, ME-CL, MB-EAT), and her meditation practice is under guidance of zenteacher Thich Nhat Hanh and Chozen and Hogen Bays, Roshi


Recommended books about compassion
  • Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, by Christopher Germer
  • Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself, by Kristin Neff