‘BEING PRESENT’ Level 1 Mindfulness Course – online 2020/2021

Mindfulness Hrvatska in partnership with the UK Mindfulness Association, is pleased to host our ‘Being Present’ Mindfulness Course (Level 1) both as an online course and an ‘in-person’ course in Gornji Grad, Zagreb.
UPDATE: Due to current circumstances, the “Being Present” course in season 2020/2021 will be only ONLINE.

This course explores core mindfulness practices and the underpinning thinking and theory. It is ideal for people who have completed the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Living Course (MBLC), but also beginners can join.

Throughout ‘Being Present’, progressive skills in Mindfulness are taught through presentations, guided practice and small group sessions. A strong emphasis is placed upon experiential learning and there is an expectation that participants will develop a regular mindfulness practice. There will be home assignments that include, in addition to practicing mindfulness, daily life exercises, journal writing and online discussions.
The course results in a ‘Completion certificate’ which is the prerequisite for our Mindfulness Teacher training pathway.

‘Being Present’ Online Course

The Lead Tutor for the course is Ewa Orłowska from Warsaw and the
Assistant Tutor is David McMurtry from Zagreb. ‘Being Present’ is taught in English and comprises of 4 modules. Each module has an online study/practice ‘weekend’.

Dates and Times
Each weekend of the online course meets:
– Friday evening, 18.00-21:00
– Saturday 09:00-14:30 and
– Sunday 09:00-13:45.
The four online study/practice weekends are on the following dates:
Module 1: Friday 11, Saturday 12, Sunday 13 December 2020
Module 2: Friday 26, Saturday 27, Sunday 28 February 2021
Module 3: Friday 09, Saturday 10, Sunday 11 April 2021
Module 4: Friday, 04. Saturday 05 Sunday 06 June 2021.

Each weekend involves:
– Tutor-lead seminars
– Tutor-led mindfulness practices
– Silent mindfulness practice
– Small and whole group discussions.
– Opportunities to raise questions.
Participants must take part in at least 3 of the 4 modules (75%) to receive a
completion certificate.Cost
Each of the 4 modules, in-person and online (including the study/practice weekend) costs 1500 kunas or €199.00. The course fee can be paid in 4 installments or in one payment.

Upon completion of the course, participants will receive a ‘Certificate of completion’.
Completing ‘Being Present’ is a prerequisite requirement for our Teaching Skills Pathway, which qualifies you to teach the 8-week Mindfulness Based Living Course.

The ‘Being Present’ Course Curriculum

Module 1: Start Where You Are
Mindfulness is defined as paying attention to our moment by moment experience in a way that is non-judgmental and kind. We are initiated into this graduated process through the core sitting practice of settling, grounding, resting and mindfulness support. We also practice bodyscan and walking meditation and simple practices for integrating mindfulness into daily life. We simultaneously work on developing kindness as a basis for self-compassion.

Module 2: Working With Distraction
Having had the opportunity to practice ‘settling, grounding, resting and support’, we are now in a position to become more familiar with how the mind moves and the unique pathways of habit it follows. We become increasingly familiar with the changing dynamic of mindfulness and distraction, and begin to see how distraction reveals an inner world of habitual patterning that ensnares our energies. We also begin to
recognise attitudes of preference – like and dislike – and see how they narrow and contract our awareness, imprisoning us. In this context we learn to be able to see the difference between habitual reactions driven by conditioning and informed choices based on intelligent discernment.

Module 3: Self-Acceptance
Throughout our training we are working in two areas – redirecting our attention to the present moment by using a mindfulness support, while at the same time learning to accept the diverse range of our inner experience. Part of mindfulness practice is learning to work with strong emotions that arise and developing the capacity to ‘hold’ difficult experiences within body and mind. Identifying our reactive patterns of preference reveals how working on attitude is all important, and so, through training in acceptance we learn to acknowledge and come to terms with difficult thoughts and emotions by paying them close attention with a kind and inclusive attitude. This leads to a gradual dis-identification with the contents of our experience and shift in perspective in which we come to see that we are not our thoughts.

Module 4: Undercurrent and Observer
During this module we bring together all the themes from the previous three modules and help participants set up an ongoing mindfulness practice for going forward in their lives. At this point we explore the model of ‘undercurrent and observer’ as a way of mapping out the inner landscape of our mind and identifying where change can take place. The ‘undercurrent’ refers to the continuous stream of thoughts, emotions, memories and images that stream through our mind moment by moment, whether we like it or not. The ‘observer’ refers to that part of our mind that sees the undercurrent and has the capacity to reflect on itself. As our practice deepens we learn to step out of the undercurrent and simply leave it alone. Instead, we focus on working with the attitudes of preference in our observer as this is where genuine change can take place.

To reserve a place on ‘Being Present’ online, or if you have any questions, please email [email protected] The course is limited to 20 participants.

Looking forward to meeting you online soon!