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Certificate in Mindfulness Based Approaches

12-month Training for Healthcare Professionals.
3 residential training retreats during the year.
Receive high-quality written and audio materials.
Participate in online seminars & peer-meetings between retreats.
Runs from January to December annually.

The program is made up of three modules focusing on three areas of challenge for healthcare professionals – high stress levels, empathy burnout & difficult communications. The programme is highly participatory, supportive, and structured and is open anyone who would like to bring wellbeing and ease into their professional and personal lives through mindfulness. It offers caregivers the tools to live with greater ease, enhanced compassion & deeper connection.

The program focuses primarily on participants developing a personal mindfulness practice. The secondary focus is on learning how to integrate practices into work situations, relationships & organisations & how to teach short mindfulness practices to patients/clients when appropriate.

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How is the Certificate in MBA taught?

The Certificate is made up of three modules. Each module is taught over an intensive residential retreat, which take place in January (5-day retreat), May (4-day retreat) & September (4-day retreat). During these training retreats participants have the opportunity to deepen their personal practice in a silent retreat environment and to learn how to more fully integrate mindfulness into their professional life. These retreats are supplemented by online tutorials & peer meetings, which take place between modules.


  • To offer high quality mindfulness training to healthcare professionals in line with best international practice and good practice guidelines.

  • To support healthcare professionals in furthering their personal understanding and practice of mindfulness.

  • To support healthcare providers to integrate mindfulness into their work & the fabric of their organisations.

  • To provide a growing community of support for participants in this pioneering field of mindfulness in healthcare.


Training Objectives:

  • Learn a range of mindfulness practices related to stress reduction, self-compassion & mindful communication.

  • Cultivate a personal mindfulness practice in these areas.

  • Learn how to integrate mindfulness into real-life work-situations.

  • Learn to integrate mindfulness into your working environment / organization.

  • Create a mindfulness based healing relationship with your patients.

  • Teach simple mindfulness tools to your patients.

Module Overview

Module 1: Reduce Stress – Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

When: January 24th – 28th 2018 (Wednesday – Sunday)
Where: Lios Dana Lodge – Co Kerry, Ireland
Format: 5 day residential retreat + 1 online tutorial + 2 peer meetings.

This module consists of a 5-day silent retreat which focuses on stress reduction tools from the well-known ‘Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction’ (MBSR) program developed by UMASS Medical School. It is particularly beneficial for Healthcare professionals who are subjected to considerable levels of stress such as work overload, excessive working hours, repeated exposure to emotionally charged situations, sleep deprivation, dealing with difficult patients and conflicts with other staffs. This module offers tools to work with the anxiety, depression, stress-related illness, burnout, sleep issues & maladaptive coping patterns that are all too common in the healthcare workforce. All practices are immediately applicable to the real world and have helped thousands of professionals to more effectively manage the stress inherent in care-giving roles.

Module 2: Increase Compassion – Mindfulness Based Self-compassion

When: May 10th – 13th 2018 (Thursday – Sunday)
Where: Ennismore Retreat Centre – Co Cork Ireland
Format: 4 day residential retreat + 1 online tutorial + 2 peer meetings.

This module focuses on learning tools from the ‘Mindfulness Based Self-compassion’ (MBSC) program developed by Christopher Germer & Kirsten Neff from the Centre for Mindful Self Compassion. It allows Healthcare professionals to learn simple ways to foster a sense of warmth & compassion for themselves and their patients in stressful healthcare settings, where burnout and empathy fatigue are regrettably widespread. Practices are quick, effective and easily & immediately applied on the ward, in the clinic or at home. The tools learnt in this module allow healthcare staff to cultivate resilience and loving-kindness in the face of illness & suffering. Once implemented participants report a greater sense of mental and physical well-being and open-heartedness towards themselves, their colleagues & those they care for.

Module 3: Improve Communication – Mindful Communication

When: September 20th – 23rd 2018 (Thursday – Sunday)
Where: Nano Nagle Centre – Mallow, Co Cork Ireland
Format:  4 day residential retreat + 1 online tutorial + 2 peer meetings.

This module consists of a 4-day training retreat which focuses on learning mindful communication strategies from enquiry and interpersonal meditation practices such as Insight Dialogue, Focusing & Non-violent Communication.  Participants learn how to better communicate as part of a healthcare team using enhanced skills of mindful listening and speaking. They learn tools to create more genuine connection and understanding with colleagues and patients. There will be a particular focus on managing difficult interactions and how to successfully navigate & diffuse these situations more skillfully. Through using these tools participants report more self-awareness, improved relationships, enhanced collaborative teamwork & increased job satisfaction.

Here is what you’ll receive:

Teaching Structure

During the residential retreats participants will receive in-depth instruction in a range of mindfulness practices. The focus will be on experiential learning & enquiry.


In all our retreats participants undertake morning periods of intensive silent practice (mindful movement, sitting, walking, bodyscan) followed by a Q&A. Focus will be on developing a personal mindfulness practice.

  • Guided instruction in mindful movement practices to reduce body tension patterns.

  • Guided instruction in mindful eating

  • Guided instruction in sitting & walking meditation

  • Guided instruction in bodyscan practice.

  • Q&A around practices.

Afternoon & Evening

In the January five day silent retreat, practice continues into the afternoon. This retreat has a sustained schedule similar to a traditional Vipassana retreat where the focus is on developing continuity of awareness & the tools needed to have a personal practice outside of the retreat setting.

In the 4-day training retreats there are afternoon workshop sessions focused on discussion & sharing. They will look at how to incorporate a range of mindfulness practices into a busy working environment. In all our retreats there are talks in the evening on relevant topics.


The course is specifically aimed at healthcare and allied professionals working in private practice, hospital settings or primary, community and continuing care.

This list includes (but is not limited to) Doctors, Nurses, Care Assistants, Therapists, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Dieticians, Audiologists, Radiologists, Psychologists, Psychiatrists; Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Dentists, Pharmacists, Paramedics etc.

– Training as a Healthcare Professional or in an allied field.

– Completion of the MBSR programme or a personal mindfulness or awareness practice.

– Completion of the online registration process i.e. application form completed and payment made of a non-refundable deposit of 465.

Each module costs 455.

All teachings during the residential training weekend and in online group tutorials.

All course materials (written & audio)

All residential weekend expenses (except travel) which includes:

– Accommodation in basic single (or shared rooms depending on the venue). Rooms are not ensuite.

– All meals (vegetarian)

– Venue hire & Organisation

Total cost to complete the “Certificate in Mindfulness Based Approaches for Healthcare Professionals” is 1365(3 modules x 455€).

Yes – modules can be completed on a stand-alone basis with the ‘Certificate in MBA’ only being awarded when all three modules have been completed. Modules do not have to be completed in order, but we would recommend if possible completing module 1 first. Participants who wish to obtain certification must complete all modules within two years.

Timothy Sweeney

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, 2003 & 2013, he completed professional training offered by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Dr. Saki Santorelli and Florence Meleo Meyer from the Centre for Mindfulness and is a qualified Centre for Mindfulness (CFM) 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.

 Roisin Maoilearca

Roisin 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 completed a MSC Intensive based on the Mindful Self Compassion program 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 & 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.

To sign up for ‘Certificate in Mindfulness Based Approaches, please click on the ‘Register Now’ button on this page. You will be required to fill in an online application form and make a deposit payment of 465E. The remaining balance of 900€ can be paid in three installments of 300€ on the first evening of each residential retreat.

Please ensure that you fulfil the specific entry requirements before registering for the Certificate in Mindfulness Based Approaches.

5-day retreat (January)

Wednesday Opening time: 4pm
Registration: 4-6pm
Supper: 6.00pm
Opening Session: 7.30pm

Closing time: Sunday after lunch at 1pm.

4-day retreat (May & September)

Thursday Opening time: 4pm
Registration: 4-6pm
Supper: 6.00pm
Opening Session: 7.30pm

Closing time: Sunday after lunch at 1pm.

The 5-day residential module in January will be held at Lios Dana Retreat Centre in Co Kerry. This is a beautiful retreat centre overlooking stunning Inch Beach.

The 4-day residential module in May will be held at Ennismore Retreat Centre in Cork. This is a Dominican retreat house on a beautiful estate with wonderful gardens (www.ennismore.ie).

The 4-day residential module in September will be held at the Nano Nagle Centre in Mallow, Co Cork. This is a living heritage centre promoting a vision of eco spirituality. It is located in the stunning scenery of the Blackwater Valley (www.nanonaglebirthplace.ie)


Event Venue Date
Certificate in Mindfulness Based Approaches
  • 24th January 2018 4:00 pm
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