Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction is an 8 week course developed by Jon Kabat Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in the USA that has been used for over thirty years and is scientifically proven to help people cope better with stress, anxiety and unhelpful emotions.  The course teaches us how to cultivate awareness and be less caught up in automatic thoughts, feelings and behaviour patterns. It is ideal for people who want to improve how they cope with stress, develop their resilience or enhance their general health and wellbeing. 

Many of us spend most of our time dwelling in the past, worried about the future or caught up in the treadmill of life and work.  Mindfulness helps us to appreciate the present moment; to respond rather than react when faced with life’s challenges; to deal more effectively with stress and unhelpful emotions; and to appreciate joy and happiness in the life we are living.

How does the course work?

This is a highly experiential course. Participants are guided through both formal and informal mindfulness practices, and learn how to bring mindfulness and awareness into daily life.  Each class will include guided meditation, group discussions and practical exercises.  The full day retreat offers participants the opportunity to consolidate their own practice and experience a full day of meditation and exercises.

Home practice is an important part of the course and this aspect of the programme requires significant personal commitment.  Please be prepared to allocate up to one hour per day to establishing your own daily home practice.

The programme consists of:

  • 8x2 hour weekly sessions

  • A full day retreat

  • Daily home practices

You will receive comprehensive weekly handouts and audio recordings for guided meditations at home.

Who is the course aimed at?

The course is open to people with no knowledge of mindfulness, as well as those who have started to develop their own practice. 

It is one the core foundational mindfulness programmes, aimed at enabling people to really understand and experience mindfulness, and to establish and consolidate their own mindfulness practice. This takes a significant time commitment.  Ideally you need to be able to attend all 8 evening sessions, the full day retreat and dedicate time each day to your own home practice. 

It is a challenging course that involves the mindfulness practice of turning towards our own experience and emotions.  So it is really important to consider if this is the right time for you to do it.  If, for example, you are currently under great stress, clinically depressed, or very recently bereaved, it would be better to wait until things are on a more even keel before taking on the programme.


Course Information

Tuesday 14th May to 2nd July, 6.30 – 8.30pm

Portstewart Town Hall

Saturday 22nd June, 10am – 3.00pm





Early bird discount £285 if booked by 3rd May


How do I apply

Please email Marie@thrivecoachingdevelopment.com for an enrolment form and to secure your place.  If you would like to chat through the programme or have any questions please either email Marie@thrivecoachingdevelopment.com to organise a call, or ring Marie on 07729435208.

Marie Ferris