About Us

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Heart of Mindfulness

Healing through Awareness & Body Wisdom

The vision of ‘Heart of Mindfulness’ is to help humanity’s heart to awaken to deeper levels of insight, compassion and healing through Mindfulness & trauma release practices. It is to bring a compassionate understanding to helping everyone work through whatever difficulties arise in life. To look at life as ultimately workable and something to be experienced fully.

As an organization we offer retreats, on-site and online courses to healthcare professionals and the general public, using different platforms to bring the practice of mindfulness & trauma healing to a wide variety of audiences. We also offer a professional training (Certificate in Mindfulness Based Approaches) to healthcare professionals who are interested in bringing mindfulness practices, self-compassion & mindful communication to their work.

‘Heart of Mindfulness’ is also committed to bringing mindfulness & trauma healing practices free of charge to disadvantaged populations and supporting projects that endeavor to bring compassion and healing to where it is most needed. A percentage of our income and time is invested each year to support this commitment.

Meet Our Teachers

Róisín Maoilearca Sweeney
Róisín Maoilearca Sweeney Allied Health Professional
Róisín Maoilearca Sweeney BA, MA, MSc is a Speech and Language Therapist specialized in palliative care, dysphagia and communication & emotional difficulties resulting from stroke, cancer and progressive neurological conditions. She is a clinical specialist in stammering and has completed the ECSF program (‘European Clinical Specialization in Fluency Disorders’).
She is a TRE® provider (Trauma Releasing Exercises) having trained in this modality in Europe and the US. She has completed the practicum MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) teacher training with UMASS Medical School. She is also a fully qualified MiSP teacher (teaching mindfulness programs to children and teenagers) and has undertaken the Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive developed by Christopher Germer PhD & Kristin Neff PhD. Roisin lived in Paris for over 8 years, working in translation, human resources and as a consultant in the education section of UNESCO. Her interests include interpersonal meditation & enquiry practices (Diamond Approach, Focusing, Insight Dialogue and NVC (Non-violent Communication).
Timothy Sweeney
Timothy SweeneyBA Education
Timothy Sweeney, BA Education has been practicing different forms of Mindfulness Meditation for over 40 years. He has altogether spent more than 3 ½ years in solitary silent retreat in Meditation Centres in the USA, Europe & Asia. He has studied and practiced with numerous teachers including Joseph Goldstein, Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzburg, the Dalai Lama, Geshe Sopa, Tsoknyi Rinpoche and others. In 1993 he completed the first MBSR teacher training offered by UMASS Medical School for healthcare professionals. This was lead by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn & with his blessing Timothy became one of the first teachers to teach MBSR in Ireland. He completed further training in 2003 & 2013 with Dr. Kabat-Zinn, Dr. Saki Santorelli and Florence Meleo Meyer and is a qualified Centre for Mindfulness teacher. He has been teaching MBSR to the Medical Community and the public in Ireland since 2004 and has taught over 70+ MBSR courses. Timothy has also worked as a primary and secondary school teacher in the USA & abroad, as a commercial pilot and builder. His interests include motorcycle touring, gardening & living sustainably. He lives in Kerry with his wife Roisin and has a daughter attending college in Dublin.

Timothy & Roisin are a married couple and adhere to the Good Practice Guidelines set out by UK Network of Mindfulness Teachers, such as daily practice and regular attendance at retreats.

“Feel the love, the longing, and the fear in your bones. Open your heart to who you are, right now, not who you would like to be.”

John Welwood

“On a day when the wind is perfect, the sail just needs to open and the world is full of beauty. Today is such a day.”


“Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralyzed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as bird wings.”


“What if meditation was our relationships? If the teacher was life? If wisdom was self knowledge? If love was the centre of our being?”

G. White