“Responding With Compassion” – Level 2 Mindfulness Course 2020/2021

Mindfulness Hrvatska in partnership with the UK Mindfulness Association, is pleased to host in 2020-2021 our Level 2 Mindfulness Course ‘Responding With Compassion’.
The course will run ‘in-person’ in Gornji Grad, Zagreb.

Responding With Compassion

‘Responding with Compassion’ enables participants to develop their mindfulness practice by training in compassion. It is ideal for those who have completed the Level 1 ‘Being Present’ Mindfulness Course and who wish to continue to develop their mindfulness practice so as to hold inner experience with warmth and kindness.

This secular course starts with building self-compassion into basic mindfulness practice. Through compassionate imagery and mindful self-compassion, we cultivate positive emotions as a way of building up an inner resource, from which we can approach the difficulties that are part and parcel of being alive. We then approach the self-critic: that persistent inner voice that is harsh and condemning, and always finding
fault in what we do.

What it would be like to cultivate an inner voice that is kind and supportive, and to live life from this place, rather than from a place of destructive self- criticism?

In the course of the journey we move from self-compassion towards compassion for others, exploring practices which help us find balance and perspective beyond our narrow preferences, generating love and friendliness to our inner and outer worlds, responding appropriately to pain and suffering while also appreciating the good things in our lives, integrating compassion into all that we do. As there is a strong emphasis
on the experiential nature of the course, there are home practice suggestions between the sessions that include regular compassion practice and daily life exercises.

In-Person Course

As well as home practice, the course involves 4 study/practice weekends in Zagreb.

The dates of the study/practice weekends are:
Module / Weekend 1: 13-15 November 2020
Module / Weekend 2: 13-14 February 2021
Module / Weekend 3: 08-09 May 2021
Module / Weekend 4: 03-04 July 2021

Due to corona virus travel restrictions, weekend 1 will be online at the following times:
Friday 13.11. – 18.00-21:00.
Saturday 14.11. – 09:00-14:30
Sunday 15.11. – 09:00-13:45

Weekends 2-4 are currently planned to be in-person in Gornji Grad. Each day (Saturday and Sunday) is from 10:00-17:00.

Responding with Compassion will be taught by Lead Tutor Anna Zubrzycki from Poland and Dr David McMurtry from Zagreb. The course is open to anyone who has completed the ‘Being Present’ Level 1 Mindfulness Course or an equivalent course.

The themes for each module / weekend are:
Module / Weekend 1: Self Compassion
Module / Weekend 2: Working With The Self Critic
Module / Weekend 3: Four Limitless Qualities
Module / Weekend 4: Compassion in Action

Each weekend involves:

  • Tutor-lead seminars
  • Tutor-led mindfulness practices
  • Silent mindfulness practice
  • Small and whole group discussions
  • Opportunities to raise questions.

Please note ‘Being Present’ in-person can only run if corona virus measures allow. All legal requirements, such as social distancing will be adhered to, and the number of participants may be further limited. We will cancel the in-person course if we deem it to be necessary for safety reasons, in which case we will offer an alternative course.

Cost
Each of the 4 modules (including the study/practice weekend) costs 1500 kuna or€199.00. The course fee can be paid in 4 instalments or in one payment.

The course fee includes:

  • A course manual or handbook (in English)
  • Audio recordings of tutor lead practices (in English)
  • All seminars at the four study/practice weekends.

Upon completion of the course, participants will receive a ‘certificate of completion’.
If you are already a trained teacher of the 8-week Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC), upon completion of ‘Responding With Compassion’, you can then undertake mindfulness teacher training to also teach the Mindfulness Association 8-week Compassion – Based Living Course (CBLC).

See: https://www.mindfulnessassociation.net/ma-courses/teacher-courses/train-to-teach-mindfulness-level-three/

To reserve a place on ‘Responding With Compassion’ In-Person, in Gornji Grad, or if you have any questions, please email info@mindfulness-hrvatska.hr. The course is limited to 20 participants.