Spiritan Events

Mindfulness-Based Stress-Reduction Courses

May-July 2013

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Stress has been shown to be a leading cause of illnesses such as high blood pressure and heart disease. 

Stress is so pervasive that it seriously affects the quality of our lives and relationships. 

Stress is a part of life and will not go away. 

Too many of us try to deal with stress through medication or we try, without success, to numb the effect by other means. 

There is another way… 

The good news is that each of us has the resources within ourselves to deal with stress. 

This Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course (MBSR) is designed to help you to build up your own internal resources to deal with the stress of life. 

What is the MBSR Course? 

This course is based on the model developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Medical Centre of the University of Massachusetts. 

The effectiveness of the course has been demonstrated through thousands of research projects and clinical trials. 

The course has been adopted as an official treatment for depression and stress in some of the leading medical centres in the world including the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) in the UK. 

What does the MBSR Course involve? 

  • 2 hours and 30 minutes class once a week for 8 weeks. 
  • One experiential all-day session 
  • Mindfulness Meditation for 35 minutes a day using an instructional CD. 

Who is the MBSR Course for? 

The course is for people suffering from stress, fatigue or illness or anyone who simply wants to regain some balance in life. 

Some of the benefits of the MBSR Course 

Those who practice Mindfulness regularly report: 

  • Reduced anxiety and stress levels 
  • Increased ability to tolerate intense emotions 
  • Greater sense of wellbeing and calm 
  • Increased compassion for themselves and others 
  • Easing the grip of self-judgment 
  • Increased clarity of thought and insight 
  • Strengthening of self-reliance 
  • Focused awareness 

Presenter and Assistants 

The MBSR course will be presented by Patrick Coughlan D.Min, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and Certified MBSR teacher. 

Patrick will be assisted by Peter Conaty M.A, Spiritual Director and Jane Ferguson, M.A, Psychotherapist. 

Patrick, Peter and Jane are members of the An Tobar community 


Venue: An Tobar, Ardbraccan, Navan, Co. Meath 

Course 1 7.30 pm 24/05/13 









An Tobar is a Spiritan initiative that offers: 

  • A way of life, open to the Spirit, centred on the Word of God with an established rhythm of prayer  
  • Reflective Sunday Eucharist 
  • An opportunity to reflect on your faith journey in an environment that fosters justice, peace, sustainable living and care of the earth 
  • Celebrations at key moments during the year 
  • Welcome and hospitality, healing and reconciliation, hope and unity 
  • A spiral of belonging - people participate in the community according to their particular calling, inclination and time 
  • A place for sharing of talents, time and resources to provide an hospitable space for fellow pilgrims  

An Tobar 
Ardbraccan, Navan, Co Meath 
Phone: 046 9077621 
Email: antobarnavan@gmail.com