A new programme to deepen mindfulness with heartfulness in association with the Institute for Mindfulness Based Approaches

with Frits Koster
6-8 October, 2017

MBCL is a mindfulness-based programme that supports the development and training of (self-) compassion to enhance physical, emotional and relational health and well-being. It is grounded in science and integrates work of Paul Gilbert (Compassion Focused Therapy) and Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer (Mindful Self-Compassion) as well as elements of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Positive Psychology. The MBCL programme is suitable as an advanced course after having followed a mindfulness training (MBSR, MBCT or equivalent). It is similarly structured and consists of eight weekly sessions of 2.5 hours, offering explicit exercises to nurture compassion with oneself and

others. The training can be particularly supportive for clients suffering from shame and self-criticism, social isolation, depression, anxiety, trauma, chronic pain or illness. It was originally developed in the mental health setting but the scope of its application extends much further. It can be helpful to anyone – care-seeker or care-giver – wishing to deepen mindfulness with ‘heartfulness’.


What does this MBCL Foundation Course offer?

In this three-day workshop participants will experience key features of the MBCL curriculum, including the main themes as well as the major exercises.

Themes include: the evolutionary perspective and multi-layered brain; the three basic emotion regulation systems and the value of training our soothing system; expanding the stress theory with the psychological equivalents of fight, flight, freeze and their antidotes self-kindness, common humanity and mindfulness of suffering; tend and befriend; cultivating a compassionate mind and an inner helper rather than an inner bully; over-identifying and dis-identifying; Four Friends for Life: loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity.

Exercises include: soothing breathing rhythm, compassionate imagery (safe place, compassionate companion, embodying compassion); dealing compassionately with resistance, desire and maladaptive patterns; loving kindness towards ourselves and others; compassionate breathing; a compassionate bodyscan; walking and moving with kindness; compassionate letter writing; practising sympathetic joy, gratitude, forgiveness and equanimity; informal practices in daily life.

During the workshop, relevant scientific insights underpinning compassion training will be interwoven in the teaching.

Participant Requirements

* Participants are expected to be familiar with basic mindfulness practice, preferably by having followed an eight-week mindfulness training (MBSR, MBCT or equivalent).

* Participants can be mindfulness teachers, psychologists, psychotherapists, doctors, social workers, counselors and coaches and are expected to have a personal and professional interest in the applications of (self-) compassion.

* Participants are expected to be responsible for themselves and willing to deepen their self-inquiry by engaging in experiential exercises, share experiences and engage in mindful dialogue with the teacher and each other; all in an unforced way.

* The workshop will be English spoken and is not suitable for participants without mindfulness meditation experience.


Learning Objectives

* Participants will have experienced the main exercises of the MBCL programme as a first step to understand their meaning for their personal and professional lives.

* Participants will have a basic understanding of the content, the main themes and scientific background of the MBCL programme.

* Participants will have a basis to further cultivate and deepen (self-) compassion practice for personal and professional benefit and continue with MBCL Teacher Training seminars, if they wish so.


The workshop will run from: Friday 6th and Saturday 7th October 2017 from 9.00 – 18.00; Sunday 8 October 2017 from 9.00 – 13.00.

Price is £285 (which includes lunch on Friday & Saturday, and refreshments on all days) or £275 for Compassionate Wellbeing Members (please pick the concessionary rate below). To pay using a debit or credit card, please select one of the options at the bottom of the page. To book with a BACs payment, cheque, or invoice please email compassion_well@hotmail.co.uk 



MINDFULNESS BASED COMPASSIONATE LIVING: Foundation, Bristol Registration: £285
MINDFULNESS BASED COMPASSIONATE LIVING: Foundation, Bristol Concession: £275