• Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction - Are you ready to change your life?

    Join me and experience the life changing original, evidence-based, 8-Week mindfulness course as developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at UMass Medical Center in 1979. 

    In just 8-weeks this evidence based course will help you to -

    • Wake up and step out of “automatic pilot", where you experience life mainly based on thoughts of the past or future, so that you can live your life with awareness, curiosity and kindness. 
    • Find out how to explore your perceptions and relationship to the challenges and stressors in your life. 
    • Cultivate friendliness and openness to how you react with habitual stress reactivity as well as developing more effective ways of responding.
    • Learn how to spot and take action when you find yourself worrying about the past, or frozen with anxiety about a future that may never happen.
    • Develop resilience to bounce back more quickly from life's inevitable ups and down.
    • Build on mindfulness self-awareness and self-management by expanding with curiosity and kindness to focus on communication skills for better relationships and social awareness.
    • Make a commitment to integrate mindfulness into your life, and reflect on lifestyle choices for a more balanced life.

    I know from personal experience living with cancer and colitis that mindfulness has changed my life, giving me the tools to live well with chronic illness. It is why I trained extensively with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice CMRP Bangor University, so that I could share these life changing practices with others, and train and support International Mindfulness Teachers. My work with the World Health Organization has also enabled me to adapt these practices to support those in the workplace.

    There are many reasons to take a mindfulness course. Perhaps you want to find more balance in your life, live well with chronic illness or make some changes in your life. You may be wondering "How could mindfulness help me?". Ultimately, it is an empirical question, and everyone is encouraged to find out for themselves how mindfulness might benefit their lives. I can give you the tools, you need to do the practice!

    Luckily to help us, from 1966 to 2021 a massive 16,581 publications on mindfulness were identified, and MBSR has been scientifically shown to be an effective complement to a wide variety of medical and psychological conditions. Below is a partial listing with links to research on some of the possible benefits of mindfulness practice.

    AnxietyAsthmaCancerChronic PainDiabetesEmotional eatingFibromyalgiaGastrointestinal DisordersHeart DiseaseHypertensionMood DisordersSleep Disorders, Smoking cessationStress DisordersStress Management for healthy individualsStress and burnout  

    Coming to this course with an existing but slightly erratic, meditation practice, I was eager to explore but slightly sceptical about how much I would learn. Not only did I embed various techniques in my practice, developing a “tool box” of techniques to dip into, I learned so much about myself. The course made the benefit of a daily meditation practice abundantly clear, and showed me the difference which practising daily, versus a couple of times per week, can bring to my life. When I reflect on my development through this course I feel truly emotional about everything I have gained from this course; the opportunity for self-exploration and the insight it gave me into myself is absolutely precious. Kathy’s support and guidance is given in such a kind, understanding and gentle manner, both during the calls but also unfailingly being available on email to answer questions and worries. I genuinely feel like a more balanced, self-aware and open person as a direct result of this course. I cannot recommend Kathy Ward as a teacher, or Kathy’s 8 week MBSR course, more highly. I would love to work with Kathy again in the future.

    Natalie - Live online 8 week MBSR Course

    So, are you ready to find out how I could support you to change your life?

  • Kathy Ward specializes in 1-1 mindfulness courses that support you explore the practices and implementing life skills so that you can live as well as possible with your circumstances. No previous meditation or mindfulness experience is required. If you already have a practice, many find that it deepens and becomes a real part of their lives.

    The courses can usually be organized to take into consideration your schedule and time zone including evenings (Monday to Thursday) and Saturdays.

    What is included:

    • "Arriving at your own door" booklet explaining the course and what to expect
    • No obligation introductory call to answer any questions you may have
    • Option of 8 x 60-minute, 75-minute or 90-minute sessions as booked
    • 1 x 60-minute call one month after the course finishes
    • 1 x 6-hour group Retreat day (Optional)
    • Mindful Academy International mp3 meditation recordings and extensive participants workbook 
    • Email support by Kathy Ward during the course 

    Course with 60-minute sessions: €630/£545

    Course with 75-minute sessions: €787/£657

    Course with 90-minute sessions: €935/£800

    If you have any questions or would like to discuss dates and times, please send us an email to [email protected] If you prefer to ask questions in person, we can arrange a no obligation call.

    Apply online now!

  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction MBSR Group courses with Kathy Ward

    Next small group course dates with Kathy Ward TBA. For group courses with the Mindful Academy International Training team, please check the calendar of events.

    The group courses with Kathy Ward include:

    • "Arriving at your own door" booklet explaining the course and what to expect
    • Group orientation session with time to ask any questions you may have
    • 8 x 2.5-hour group calls
    • 1 x 6-hour Retreat day (Optional)
    • Mindful Academy International mp3 meditation recordings and extensive workbook 
    • Email support during your course

    Cost: €290/£240 

     

    Courses fill up really quickly so please register your interest and join the waitlist by contacting us today.

  • Details of the Group and 1-1, 8-Week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction MBSR Accredited Courses

    Each week you will take part in either a 1 hour or 1.5 hour session (for 1-1 or 1 - 2 sessions) or 2.5 hour session (groups) via Zoom with Kathy Ward, Senior International Mindfulness Trainer, Supervisor, Teacher and WHO Mindfulness Consultant or depending on locations, one of the accredited International training team. 

    We will guide and support you through the learning of the mindfulness course. Practice mp3's and our extensive Participants workbook will be emailed to you. Like most things in life, you get out what you put in and home practice forms a large part of the course and you will need to commit yourself to spend up to one hour 6 out of 7 days a week for the duration of the course.

    This includes -

    • Listening and practicing with the Mindful Academy International mp3 recordings (recommended practice 30 to 45-minutes per day, 6 out of 7 days per week)
    • Reading the extensive Mindful Academy International Participants Workbook
    • Reflecting and optional journaling of your direct experience
    • Including some informal mindfulness practices in your daily life to make them come alive and support resilience, health and wellbeing

    Please note there is little opportunity or time in either the group or 1-1 option to discuss any current or past personal problems not related to the session or home practices. If necessary these should be pursued through individual work with a counselor or other appropriate support.