Life is pretty challenging at times, and it’s hard to find balance in our imbalanced world. My longtime practice of yoga and mindfulness have brought me enormous rewards and allowed me to navigate some pretty rough waters, and to emerge stronger and lighter from each challenge.
I am pleased to share what I have learned over the years in this eight-week mindfulness course called Mindful Living. The course has been running since 2014, and is modeled on the format of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, the sessions are strongly influenced by my long-time teacher, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, who lives in France.
This course gives you a chance to explore yourself and your life more fully with a group of like-minded people. It’s an invitation to move towards greater balance, peace and participation in life through a more conscious awareness of our attitudes, feelings and impulses. Our sessions may involve working with stress, burnout, pain, illness and the many other challenges and demands of everyday life, according to the needs of the group.
The more deeply you participate, both in and out of the course, the more you will experience the benefits of mindfulness: an improved sense of wellbeing, more resilience to life’s ups and downs, a better ability to cope with pain and illness and a more authentic relationship to your life and with the people around you.
“I gained deeper insight into matters that mean a lot to me, such as my relation to my past and present self, relatives and friends, and to the others around me. I discovered new tools for exploring myself and the world by living with greater awareness. I am more considerate of other people’s feelings and points of view. What I appreciate about Susan’s course is her astuteness of mind, her eloquence, the exhaustive topics she covers, and her attentiveness to our individual concerns.” ~ D.B., Brussels
Through this course you will be introduced to a variety of simple meditation and movement practices designed to cultivate presence and awareness. Formal practices include sitting meditation, body awareness, yoga and the ten mindful movements, plus there are group discussions and a range of informal exercises touching various topics.
A regular home practice is an integral part of this course, so be prepared to find 30-45 minutes each day, for at least 6 days per week – you will be so glad you did!
The sessions are ecumenical, and appropriate for people of all ages and backgrounds, including those coping with stress, chronic pain and illness, mild depression, anxiety and panic disorders, sleep disturbances, digestive problems, fatigue, heart trouble, high blood pressure and headaches. Mindfulness supports us as individuals and also supports and benefits the work of teachers, therapists and other caregivers.
“Susan’s mindfulness courses cover all you need to know about mindfulness and experience it. The course has a meaningful structure. Every session has a different topic and is filled with inspirations, exercises and examples. A powerful and great mixture of getting to know mindfulness and experiencing a mindful state of mind.” ~ P.B., Cologne
Mindful Living Course dates
Free Information Session and Course Orientation on Sunday 3 November 2019 from 19:30 to 21:00* If you aren’t sure what mindfulness is, or would like more information about the course, this session is for you! We can also arrange a brief info session via zoom if you can’t attend in person.
All sessions are from 19:30-21:30 except the info session and mini-retreat
*Sunday 3 November 2019
Introductory Session – a free session – also a requirement for those interested in following the course!
Sunday 10 November 2019
Session 1 There’s more right with you than wrong with you
Sunday 17 November 2019
Session 2 Perception and creative responding
Sunday 1 December 2019
Session 3 Pleasure and the power of presence (pleasant events)
Sunday 8 December 2019
Session 4 The shadow of stress (unpleasant events)
Sunday 15 December 2019
Session 5 Finding space for responding
Sunday 12 January 2020
Session 6 Working with difficult emotions and situations
To be confirmed – Dive in! – Mini Mindfulness Retreat – 10-15:00
(bring a picnic lunch) an opportunity to practice and explore mindfulness more deeply
Sunday 19 January 2020
Session 7 Cultivating kindness
Sunday 26 January 2020
Session 8 A new beginning – the rest of your life!
COURSE VENUE: The Yoga Loft, 14b rue Fernand Neuray in Ixelles (1050 Brussels)
COST: €325- which includes:
– Eight classes of 2-2.5 hours
– Course and additional reading materials, selected poems
– Audio recordings with guided meditations
– A Mindfulness Day Mini Retreat (5-6 hours)
– Daily email inspirations to keep you motivated in your practice during the course
* Concessions available for students and the unemployed – please enquire!
To register, please click here
“Thank you also for the invaluable life lessons in your course. I carry my little Susan toolkit on my phone but more deeply in my heart and it helps me. Deeply.” ~ C.B., Brussels