Mindfulness and Self-Compassion
Mindfulness and Self-Compassion courses, workshops, retreats and groups.
How can Mindfulness Help You?
Many of us want to slow down and experience greater ease, but often find that doing this is not so easy. Mindfulness is a simple practice that connects us to our natural sense of presence. It helps us come to our senses in a very real way and live more fully in the present moment.
Mindfulness for all ages
Mindfulness is over 2500 years old as a practice, but it is only in recent decades that medicine and science have come to recognise the capacity of mindfulness to enhance the quality of people’s lives, particularly in the areas of stress reduction and pain management, depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorders and panic attacks.
Mindfulness At Oscailt
Oscailt maintains a comprehensive series of courses on mindfulness, loving-kindness and self-compassion. We offer regular mindfulness courses for children and for teens. We also host four community mindfulness groups (sanghas) in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.
Mindful Self-Compassion Course – Testimonials
I attended the Mindfulness Self Compassion course in the beginning of 2019. I enjoyed dedicating one evening a week for 8 weeks to learn some of the great tools to be more compassionate to myself and to others. Mary creates an environment in which everyone can be their authentic self. You can be as vocal or as quiet as you want during the sessions. I found self compassion to be a very practical method to manage stress, to surface some of my unmet needs from my past and to understand how to deal with them.
The Mindful Self Compassion course was a very important experience both personally and professionally. It gave me a way of responding to the inevitable suffering of my life and that of people around me in a different way, with greater kindness and ease. As the time goes by I notice a lot more spontaneity and tenderness in my life.
This 8-week course has done me an unbelievable power of good. Coming to it with a life-long antipathy to self-compassion as being self-serving, self-excusing and self-forgiving, it was mind-blowing to discover that it is none of those things. Simply by discovering early on in the course that I would never judge another person in the heartless way I tend to judge myself, a huge residue of negativity was lifted from me and I found soothing ways of tending to the mistakes I make, thereby opening up creative ways of learning from them rather than sinking further into hopelessness and self-recrimination. A true life-changer!
I have been enjoying treatments, exercise classes, drop-in meditation classes and fascinating courses in Oscailt for many years. There is always something interesting going on there. I recently did the Mindful Self-Compassion course which was a real experience! It had an interesting mix of Western psychology and mindfulness which was explained in a simple, straightforward way. I learnt things about myself and learnt how life can be easier and more fun. Thank you Oscailt for another great course.
I completed the MIndful Self Compassion Course at Oscailt around 6 months ago. I have to say the course was excellent and delivered benefits far beyond my expectations. By exploring a side of self-compassion that otherwise I never would have discovered, I found the course helped me to adjust my perspective on life for the better and see a new side to myself. 6 months on and I’m continuing to develop my understanding and practice of self compassion and enjoying the positive benefits for myself and those around me that have materialised as a consequence.
Thank you so much!! It was a wonderful course. A course, for me, I would take again and again. There are so many layers. Each week’s subject was in itself a course. An area of deep exploration. It was truly a privilege to take this course. What a wonderful group and teacher.