MBCL - Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living Program (Winter/Spring 2020) Thursday Evenings (near HKU)
MBCL (Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living)
This mindfulness program was developed in The Netherlands by Erik van den Brink and Frits Koster for graduates of 8-week mindfulness courses (MBSR, MBCT, or equivalent). Building upon the personal practice base established in the earlier mindfulness course, a deeper exploration is engaged to learn more how to deal in a healthy way with pain, stress or suffering, in whatever form it presents – physical, mental, emotional or relational. It is a way one can deepen the healing effects of mindfulness with the help of this program, which offers practices in cultivating compassion and kindness towards ourselves and others.
The course structure engages with themes about compassion, kindness, self-care, behavioural patterns, growing happiness, gratitude and weaving wisdom and presence into daily life. As a group we read chapters from the workbook, discuss topics, journal our experiences, practice insight dialogue and learn new forms of guided meditations.
Week 1 – Being Human: “Wired to survive rather than thrive” – what threatens us? What drives and motivates us? How can we engage in soothing to restore balance?
Week 2 – Exploring Inner Landscapes: “Identifying threats and self-compassion” - how can we compassionately relate to resistance & challenges?
Week 3 – Treating Habits Kindly – what to do about those old patterns and discovering new ways of relating.
Week 4 – Embodying Compassion – what are different ways to cultivate this?
Week 5 – Self & Others: “receiving and giving in every breath” – how to deepen our relationships with kindness and compassion.
Week 6 – Growing Happiness – exploring joy, happiness, friendship, values, forgiveness, kindness, appreciation.
Week 7 – Heartful Mind, Mindful Heart: “weaving wisdom and compassion into daily life”.
Week 8 – Healing Life: “living with heart” – as the journey continues.
NOTE: prerequisite of this course is past completion of an 8-week mindfulness course (ex. MBSR/MBCT or equivalent) and an ongoing regular personal practice. A personal dialogue with the teacher is required beforehand to discuss intentions and course particulars.
• 8 x Weekly Sessions (2.5 hours each) - program includes workbook, handouts and audio recordings.
• 4-Hour Session (Silent) included in the course curriculum (between week 6 & 7)
• Home Practice – 45+ minutes daily practice throughout the course
COURSE DATES (Thursday Evenings)
Weekly Meetings (7 – 9:30 pm):
Mar 19, 26
Apr 2, 16, 23
May 7, 14, 21, 28
4-Hour Silent Session: May 21, 7 – 11 pm
COURSE LOCATION (near HKU)
Pacific Plaza - Room 2702-03, 27/F
410 - 418 Des Voeux Road West, Sai Wan, HK Island (near HKU)
MTR HKU Station Exit B2
HKD 4,200 (includes workbook, audio recordings, readings)
• PAYPAL (credit card payments)
• Bank transfers, cash deposits, cheque deposits:
The Bank of East Asia – # 015-51468019597 (MBH Advisory Limited)
(please provide copy of receipt of transfer or deposit)
NOTE 1: Class limited to 12 persons
NOTE 2: Enrolment is accepted after dialogue with teacher (in person, by video or telephone)
NOTE 3: Payment due before 16 Mar 2020
Cathy Ziengs, MBH Advisory Limited
mob: +852 9156 2222
Cathy's MBCL teacher training has been completed in the UK with Erik van den Brink and Bridgette O'Neill.
She is also a Certified MBSR Teacher from the Brown University Mindfulness Center, USA.
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This is a list of the questions that you may anticipate on the Application form: What do you wish to come out of this training, regarding how you…
1. Relate to yourself?
2. Relate to others, such as family, friends, neighbours, colleagues?
3. Deal with current difficulties in your life?
4. Engage with other areas of your life that are important to you, such as education and work, health and lifestyle, social activities, nature and spirituality?
5. Work towards valuable goals in your life, short term and long term?
6. Deal with future challenges?
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