Centrum voor Mindfulness
Raadhuisstraat 15, Amsterdam
For everyone who seeks to improve quality of life.
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All dates Enroll
May - July 2018
Thursday evenings 7pm - 9:30pm
Start: 17 May 2018.
Dates: 17, 24, 31 May 7, 14, 21, 28 June and 5 July 2018
Stillness day: Sunday 17 June from 10:30am till 4pm
Trainer: Leonard de Mol van Otterloo
September - October 2018
Tuesday evenings 6:30 pm - 9:00pm
Start: 4th of September 2018.
Dates: 4, 11, 18, 25 September, 2, 9, 16, 23 October
Stillness day: Sunday 14th of October from 10:30am till 4pm
Trainer: Marjorie Lumet
October - November 2018
Thursday evenings 6:30 pm - 9:00pm
Start: 4th of October 2018.
Dates: 4, 11, 18, 25 October, 1,8,15, 22 November
Stillness day: Sunday 11th of November from 10:30am till 4pm
Trainer: Marjorie Lumet
October - December 2018
Wednesday evenings 7pm - 9:30pm
Start: 31st of October 2018.
Dates: 31 October, 7, 14, 21, 28 November, 5, 12, 19 December
Stillness day: Sunday 9 December from 10:30am till 4pm
Trainer: Leonard de Mol van Otterloo
Mindfulness training is developed for everyone who seeks to improve quality of life, especially if you want to:
- learn how to deal with stress
- learn how to deal with difficult emotions, like tension, anxiety or pain
- spend less energy on worrying
- be able to enjoy a busy life
- find more moments of joy, peace and inner stillness
- experience each moment with awareness
- increase your energy levels.
Doing this mindfulness course has been discovery of an inner security blanket - only sometimes accessible but always there... a consequence of stopping, experiencing the prickle of adrenalin, choosing a different response. Life is richer, not easier.
Mindfulness training is an effective way to control stress and improve the quality of your life. We learn to become aware of the mind’s tendency to wander off, it's worrying about the past and the future. And then there room for a choice.
I am implementing different types of meditation in my daily life and I am so happy with it! This was my goal and I am happy that the course helped me achieve it. Thank you!
The training of mindfulness doesn’t focus on changing problems, but on changing our attitude towards them. We can’t change tension or a stressful mood, but mindfulness helps us to look at painful issues from a different point of view. It encourages us to gently move problems out of the focal point of our awareness.
Mindfulness is a skill, and new skills and insights are obtained by doing, by practicing rather than learning with the mind. The basic mindfulness course consists of eight sessions of 2.5 hours, plus one whole day over a period of eight weeks. It has been proven that such a practice period is long enough for lasting effects.
Every session of the course includes:
- guided awareness and concentration exercises;
- yoga exercises;
- sitting and walking meditations.
Besides mindfulness exercises and theoretical aspects during the sessions, there is also room for discussing the experiences. Furthermore, the mindfulness exercise at home is daily a three quarters of an hour.
Each session has its own theme
Session 1: Automatic pilot
Session 2: Observing & basic attitude
Session 3: Limits & possibilities. Presencing.
Session 4: Stress and stress reactions
Session 5: Consciously answering stress
Session 6: Mindful communication
Session 7: Self care: how can I take care of myself
Session 8: Evaluation and future
This mindfulness course has given me some excellent tools to help with stress and anxiety and has shown me how I can put those tools into practice. It is now up to me to use them.
Every adult, old or young, fast or slow, with or without complaints is welcome and can benefit from this program. "I've never met anyone who would not benefit from more mindfulness in his life, ' says the founder of mindfulnesstraining, Jon Kabat-Zinn.
Meet the teachers
Inviting mindfulness into my life has had such a positive and profound impact on me. My own practice allows me to be calmer, more centered and connected to myself, others and the world around me. Over time, mindfulness has helped me free myself from some unhelpful behavioural patterns that I had developed over the years, gain perspective on what really matters and find the courage and confidence to make this a priority.
My professional background is in the corporate world where I worked for 15 years as a senior communications professional for a large number of global brands. I am now dedicating my time to provide English language mindfulness trainings to groups and individuals as well as being a mother.
I also offer mindfulness trainings for expecting mothers and their partners as I believe this is a special time to get acquainted with mindfulness that can have a very positive influence on pregnancy and beyond.
I feel very privileged to share this beautiful practice with others and continue to be amazed by its power to get us in touch with what is best in us. I believe that mindfulness is exactly what our fast-paced, often stressed-out, modern world needs more of.
Leonard de Mol is a leading mindfulness trainer operating from The Netherlands. He trained at The Karuna Institute in Devon, UK and at the Institute for Mindfulness in the Netherlands.
His particular interest is in using mindfulness-based methods to help employees suffering from stress and burnout. In that context he has worked with employees from Shell, Philips, Nutricia, Eneco, Vopak and the Dutch Ministries of Security & Justice and Foreign Affairs. Leonard was also the first trainer to introduce an 8-week mindfulness-based stress reduction program at a Dutch Ministry.
With a Dutch father and a Scottish mother, Leonard has lived and worked both in the Netherlands and Scotland, studying law in Holland and social studies in Scotland.
To compensate for the lack of hills and mountains in Holland, Leonard often can be found walking and skiing with his family in Switzerland.
Frequently Asked Questions
Have the effects of mindfulness training been scientifically proven?
The effects of mindfulness have been studied scientifically during the past 35 years. By now, there have been hundreds of published studies on the effects of mindfulness interventions. Specific mindfulness trainings that have been studied are mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT).
Research shows mindfulness’ effectiveness with a ‘normal’ population and with groups in therapeutic settings. Mindfulness increases life quality and engenders positive changes in cognitive and neurobiological functioning. Moreover, mindfulness transforms the way a person looks at and consequently reacts to him/herself and the world. The broad effects of mindfulness make it of value to many.
Read more research at: aandachttraining.info
What is mindfulness exactly?
Mindfulness is all about attention. To understand mindfulness, it helps picturing it’s opposite: living on auto-pilot. In the kitchen, when driving a car, at work – try and notice how often we function routinely while our mind is thinking of something else, wandering in the past or the future.
Mindfulness means: being fully aware of the experience of this moment. Other words to describe mindfulness are being aware or perceptive. These words have a quality of openness. Awareness is about noticing. This is different from ‘paying attention’ and ‘concentration’ where you focus on one specific subject.
The capacity of being aware is trainable. Mindfulness is the art of being present in the here and now. With mindfulness you live your live with more intensity and awareness. By directing your attention more often you learn to take distance from the stories in your head. You can concentrate better and relax more easily. The mind calms down.
You will learn to make conscious choices instead of reacting automatically. This helps you to pick up on stress signals earlier and better and to deal with unhelpful thought patterns differently. Moreover, a higher degree of awareness arises so you can better guard your boundaries.
Is mindfulness training meant only for people with (stress)complaints?
Practicing mindfulness is for anybody who’d like to invest in his/her quality of life and who is willing to look at one’s own patterns from a new perspective. You do not have to fulfil certain requirements or have certain complaints. Everybody can benefit from the training.
“I have never met anybody who would not benefit from a greater doses of awareness in his life” says Jon Kabat-Zinn, developer of the mindfulness training.
However, there could be circumstances that make a mindfulness training (temporarily) not suitable for you (have a look at the question on contraindications).
Are there any contraindications?
When you have specific issues or impediments, for instance psychological needs, conflict situations or career questions, choose an individual therapy or coaching. This is also the case when you are suffering from psychosis or addiction. Mindfulness training MBSR/MBCT is not specifically directed at people with an attention disorder (ADHD, ADD). In the case you are suffering from this and want to participate, please discuss this with the teacher.
The mindfulness training is not a good way for dealing with immediate problems or crises. When you’re in the midst of a divorce, moving houses or radical changes in family or work, then it might be better to wait and participate in the training later. One of the reasons being that in these hectic periods it might be difficult to free up time to come to the sessions and do the daily homework.
In many other cases you can consider participating in the mindfulness training. Important in your consideration is that the training appeals to you as a way to learn to deal with old, well-known obstacles and patterns in your life in a different way. Participants are expected to be motivated. Practicing daily is an important condition for success. Your effort determines the results.
What is the structure of the mindfulness training sessions?
Mindfulness training MBSR is a practical training to develop the mindfulness skills. You will learn through experience, by practicing. Every session takes 2,5 hours and has a different theme. Every sessions consists of:
- Guided mindfulness practices
- Theoretical aspects introduced in a practical way
- Time to discuss experiences
Through thoroughly examining your experiences you sharpen your awareness and insights can arise.
How much do I have to share about my personal life during the training?
Not much. You do not have to share anything you don’t want to. Mindfulness training is not a ‘support group’. The contents of specific life events do not have to in the open. The goal of the training is becoming (more) aware of your experiences (mental, emotional, physical) and the way you relate to those experiences, how you deal with them. Gaining insight on the experience, on the reactions, on patterns.
I don’t have much time to practice, should I participate?
Home practice is an essential part of the training and an important condition for success. Your effort determines the results. When you do not have enough time for practicing during the period of the training, it might be good to postpone your participation to a period where you can make time for yourself.
Very often I’m too restless to sit still. Would mindfulness training suit me?
We all know the tendency of the mind to always be busy. The endless stream of thoughts, plans, reminiscing, day dreams. We mostly live in our heads and are ‘governed’ by our mind. During mindfulness training we practice our attention, our awareness. Your mind does not have to be empty or quiet for this. Mindfulness offers a different way of dealing with your mind. It’s about developing our capacity for noticing and being aware of our thoughts. Observing them, without continuously being sucked into them. By directing your attention more often, you learn to distance yourself from the figments of our mind. You will concentrate better and relax more easily. Your mind will calm down.
What is the size of the groups?
The groups consist of at least 8 participants and maximum 14 participants.
Does insurance compensate the costs?
There are health insurance companies that reimburse costs for mindfulness training. Through this link you can find the reimbursements for mindfulness training with different health insurance companies. The page is updated every year so that reimbursements stay up to date. This might not be a complete list. Ask your insurance company directly. There are also more and more employers that reimburse mindfulness training.
WHow should I choose a teacher?
The professional association for mindfulness teachers distinguishes category 1 and category 2 teachers. Category 1 teachers are most completely trained, offering mindfulness training according to professional standards originally developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and his Centre for Mindfulness. Here you can find more information about category 1 and category 2 teachers. Besides that, each teacher has his or her specific background. Choose a teacher that fits to you.
Are there different kinds of mindfulness training?
Mindfulness training MBSR
When we speak of mindfulness training in The Netherlands, we usually mean Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). This training has been developed in the 80s by Jon Kabat-Zinn. The MBSR training is a group training following a fixed program, based on Western scientific knowledge in the fields of medical biology and psychology, and the Eastern psychological knowledge and skills such as meditation and yoga.
Mindfulness training MBCT
The MBCT training, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, or Attention directed Cognitive Therapy, is a variation on the MBSR training. This training is specifically aimed at preventing relapse with depression. Participants particularly learn to see negative thoughts and feelings, which can stir up depression, as events in the mind that come and go.
Mindfulness trainings with a specific theme
There are different mindfulness trainings with specific themes aimed at certain target groups such as: Mindfulness and anxiety
Mindfulness and depression
Mindful at work
Mindfulness for doctors
Mindfulness for parents
Follow up training
There are also follow up trainings, like compassion training MBCL or MSC and Mindfulness and Communication.
Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living (MBCL) is a scientifically based eight-week deepening of the mindfulness training, based on the scientifically supported vision on the importance of (self)compassion. Read more.
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is a scientifically based eight-week training from Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer developed to strengthen the capacity for selfcompassion. The MSC training teaches participants to react with kindness, care and understanding in the more difficult moments of their lives. Read more.
Mindfulness and Communication
A follow up training in which mindfulness is further developed in our relationships with the other, in communication. Communication is an important but complex domain, a lot collides here: feelings, human characteristics and habitual patterns in the way we listen, think and react (automatically). Read more.
Calmness and Concentration
This is a compact training to maintain mindfulness and sharpen it by developing calmness and concentration. Read more.
Long term meditation training: The wheel of mental balance
For those who are interested in the contemplative dimension of live and would like to make a next step in the practice of mindfulness, compassion and equanimity. Read more.