“Being Present” certified Mindfulness Course – online (Level 1) 2022

Mindfulness Hrvatska is hosting our successful ‘Being Present’ Mindfulness Course (Level 1) in a new online format. Starting in January 2022, the course will meet online for 16 sessions of 2.5 hours. Each of the 4 modules has 4 online seminars or meetings, with a break of 3 weeks between each module. Completion of the course in this new format allows participants join our Teaching Skills Pathway, and to train to teach mindfulness.

This new format will allow us to
– develop a heart-felt online community
– practice mindfulness together over several months
– deeply integrate our learning in our personal and work life, with a break between each module
– share important insights gained.

The course will be taught in English by David McMurtry and Helena Cuculić.

Dr. David McMurtry lives in Zagreb, Croatia where he is currently founding President of Mindfulness Hrvatska. David has practiced and studied meditation for many years. He was co-founder of the MSc in Studies in Mindfulness at the University of Aberdeen (where he is now an Emeritus Senior Lecturer) and has taught mindfulness online and in-person in Zagreb since 2016. David has successfully taught mindfulness in an academic environment, including at both Masters and Doctoral levels, and also in the community, accredited by the UK Mindfulness Association. He is married to Sanja and they have three daughters, a dog and a horse.

Helena Cuculić is currently Vice-president of Mindfulness Hrvatska. Helena is certified mindfulness teacher accredited by the UK Mindfulness Association and yoga teacher. She practices yoga and meditation for more than 12 years and she is currently studying ayurveda. She completed seminars in the field of Analytical Psychology and continues her education and dream work in Croatian Association for Analytical Psychology. She has experience in teaching mindfulness courses and in teaching yoga and mindful movement as part of the interdisciplinary patient treatment in a psychiatric hospital in Zagreb. She explores practices of mindfulness and yoga with special interest in the psychological benefits of these practices, as well as benefits of an integrative approach to overall quality of life, from childhood onwards.

‘Being Present’ is open to everyone, beginners and experienced practitioners, and there are no prerequisite requirements.

Each session involves:
– tutor-led discussion on a particular theme from the course
– discussion and sharing in small groups and pairs
– mindfulness practices
– reflective activities
– follow up ‘homework’ – regular mindfulness practices and daily life exercises.

Each of the 4 online modules costs 1.200 kuna (300 kuna for each online seminar). The whole course fee, payable in up to 4 payments, is 4.800 kuna.

This fee includes:
– all live online sessions led by the two course tutors (16 in total)
– downloadable audio recordings of mindfulness practices (some in English, some in Croatian)
– a course manual or handbook (in English) for each module (PDF)
– a PDF completion certificate.

The dates of the course (all Saturday 16:00-18:30), which may be changed when necessary and all participants agree are,

MODULE 1: 22.01.2022, 29.01.2022, 05.02.2022, 12.02.2022.

MODULE 2: 12.03.2022, 19.03.2022, 26.03.2022, 02.04.2022

MODULE 3: 30.04.2022, 07.05.2022, 14.05.2022, 21.05.2022

MODULE 4: 18.06.2022, 25.06.2022, 02.07.2022, 09.07.2022

To register for Being Present or to ask a question, please email [email protected] or text +385 95 8169 859. If you wish to discuss the course fee, please let us know.

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. We will learn about the critical inner voice and self-compassion. 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.

Impressions from previous participants of Level 1 – Being Present course (2020.):

“First, thank you for your engagement and patience. As I said, most of all I liked the experiential and spiral learning, it was very meaningful to me“

“Dear David and Ewa this course was very valuable. Every discussion, practice and exercise had meaning, purpose and benefit.”

“Thank you for your nice words and for running the course in such a smooth, yet professional manner“


Jan 22 2022 - Jul 09 2022


4:00 pm - 6:30 pm