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Paying attention to yourself

Mindfulness in Rotterdam

Everyone is familiar with the phenomenon of operating on autopilot. You may find that you have arrived at your destination, but can’t quite remember how. Or you may be eating and before you realise it your plate is suddenly empty. Mindfulness is the opposite of autopilot. It's the art of being present in the here and now, in order to live more intensely.

Everyone is familiar with the phenomenon of operating on autopilot. You may find that you have arrived at your destination, but can’t quite remember how. Or you may be eating and before you realise it your plate is suddenly empty. Mindfulness is the opposite of autopilot. It's the art of being present in the here and now, in order to live more intensely.

 

Mindfulness in eight weeks
During the eight-week mindfulness training course (MBCT) you will learn to train your "attention muscle" through meditation exercises. By practising a lot on focusing your attention, you will practice coping differently with all the wild ideas in your mind, feelings and pain. You will learn to make conscious choices rather than reacting automatically. This will also make you better able to monitor your limits.

 

The here and now
Everyone benefits from mindfulness! Mindfulness is widely used to combat the following symptoms: stress, burn-outs, anxiety, sleep problems, physical symptoms and/or one or multiple depressions (in the past). Mindfulness is suitable for anyone who lives in his or her head and on autopilot. If you keep thinking about the past or worrying about the future, this may take over to such an extent that you "forget" to live in the here and now. This will change after following mindfulness training.

 

Be good to yourself
Research shows that mindfulness helps to prevent the occurrence of repeated depression. Repeat studies also show that mindfulness can improve your quality of life. Following the training helps to reduce stress, worry and anxiety. If it does not get rid of the symptoms, it may help to change your attitude towards your complaints. Finally, you will learn to develop a friendlier attitude towards yourself and others.

 

About the training

The meetings take 2.5 hours. In this time, we mainly practice and experience, for example using the body scan, focusing on breathing and moving with purpose. As such, they are not a support group! We will however exchange our experiences with the exercises. Also, something new will be explained at each meeting, for example about automatic pilot, the way that attention functions, and dealing with distractions and negative thoughts. Practicing the techniques every day is an essential part of the training. This can be done using audio files you receive upon participation.

Experience for yourself what mindfulness can do for you and sign up for the next training course right away.

Planned 8-week Mindfulness training in 2019 in Rotterdam

  • Start saturday 16th of February: 10 am - 12.30 pm 

All sessions: 16th and 23rd of February, 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd of March and 6th and 13th of April 2019

The fee is €325 for the entire course, including exercise book and audio material.

Direction: Boergoensevliet 48A, 3082 KV Rotterdam

Free parking and close to bus and tram

 

Mindfulness walk in silence

During a Mindfulness walk you will be taken through a beautiful piece of nature. The first edition will guide you through the forest, sand-dunes and beautiful beach of Rockanje. We walk in silence, to create extra attention for the nature. You will be guided into the silence by doing some stretches and by giving you some suggestions to focus on. This will help you to sink into your body and in the nature. At the beach or in the sand-dunes we will do a guided mindfulness exercise. During the walk there is a lot of space to experience and take in the nature with all it's sensations.

 The walk will take place in every type of weather (unless the weather is extreme with a weather alarm of code orange or red). In the rain or if it's windy it gives even more sensations to experience, that can enrich the experience. Mindfulness is about non-judgement and staying with it. Is that possible in every type of weather? As if that is possible with every type of emotional weather? So, nice practice!

Fee: 10 - 20 euro, you can decide the exact amount, dependent of your financial situation

Time: We gather at 11 am and the walk will be ending at around 12.30 pm. Be aware that this is an estimated time.

Location: We will gather at the parkingplace next to busstation "Strand". From here we can easily enter the forest. Parking is for free. Do you come by public transportation from Rotterdam? The location is very easy to reach as the bus (103 from Spijkenisse) stops right next to the location where we gather. However, be aware that you take enough time for the trip, from Rotterdam it will take you almost 1,5 hours by metro and bus. A chance to start your mindfulness practice already :)

The first Mindfulness walk in silence will be on:

  • Sunday 28th of October from 11 am till 12.30 pm

Registering has our preference, but coming spontaneously is also possible. Have a look at and like our Facebookpage "Development Workshop" for the latest news and subscribe yourself for our events.

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