LIVING WELL WITH STRESS: MINDFULNESS-BASED STRATEGIES deadline for application 8th September 2017
22nd – 29th OCTOBER 2017
Course held in SIRACUSA, ITALY
What better venue for learning how to deal with stress than in the relaxing sunshine of Sicily?
Most of us experience stress at various times in our lives, but sometimes it can feel as though we are stuck in ‘stress mode’ most of the time. With Mindfulness, we can learn how to manage stress and anxiety, how to develop the ability to be still and how to regain an appreciation of ourselves and our lives.
This course is held at the Sicily Centre for International Education in Syracuse, Italy.
Participants will be taken on a journey exploring the underlying causes of stress and learning techniques, tools and strategies for living well within the realities of a busy, demanding life. This journey will take place in the relaxing surroundings of beautiful Ortigia, the historical centre of Syracuse, Sicily.
During their free time participants will have an opportunity to experience Italian culture as well as enjoying the local cuisine and lifestyle.
What is Mindfulness?
We mostly go through life on automatic pilot, unaware of what is going on around us. Mindfulness helps us to see more clearly and honestly what is going on in our lives. Most importantly mindfulness helps us to learn how to respond to the circumstances in which we find ourselves in a calm and creative manner. We can step back from our habitual responses, which are so often unhelpful, and find new ways of responding to the inevitable ups and downs of life.
Mindfulness is characterised by awareness of our experience, and by kindness. Through learning how to pay a unique kind of attention to ourselves, in the present moment, we develop the ability to be fully present to our experience and to our lives, and to be more aware of ourselves, physically, mentally and emotionally. This allows us to develop our inner resources, to adapt more easily to life’s ups and downs and to develop a more effective approach to ourselves and to life in general.
Over the last 20 years, Mindfulness has been recognised as a potent tool for helping people to live well. It is now regularly employed as a health care intervention for a wide range of conditions, from stress to depression to chronic pain.
Aksobhin Tracy MSc
Registered Mindfulness Teacher and Breathworks Trainer.
Aksobhin is a qualified Mindfulness trainer and experienced meditation practitioner and teacher. As someone with a long personal encounter with serious illness, chronic pain and fatigue he brings a distinct set of qualities to his teaching. Since 2001 he has developed and run mindfulness-based courses for people living with chronic health conditions, mental health issues as well as for carers. He has also developed and run more general mindfulness courses as well as courses for stress reduction.
Eileen McCarney MSc
Registered Mindfulness Teacher and Breathworks Trainer
Eileen has a Master’s Degree in Mindfulness-based approaches from Bangor University in North Wales. Having originally qualified as a nurse-midwife, she has over thirty years’ experience as a trainer and therapist. Eileen has also practiced meditation for over thirty years and more recently trained with Breathworks, an organisation that teaches Mindfulness practices to relieve stress, pain, and illness.
David Culver MSc, BA (Hons) Psych, M.Ps.S.I.
David Culver has a Master’s Degree in Mindfulness-based approaches from Bangor University in North Wales. He is also a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin and a member of the Psychological Society of Ireland. David is an experienced Mindfulness teacher with over ten years’ experience practicing meditation. He uses his knowledge and training to teach life skills and to provide therapy for a wide range of emotional difficulties including anxiety, depression, addictions, fears and phobias.
Alexia Massa Gallucci PhD
Alexia is an experienced Mindfulness practitioner and translator, fluent in Italian, English and Spanish. She has a PhD in biology and is a qualified nutritionist.
For more information, enquiries and booking:
Telephone: +39 366 190 7984
Application Deadline: 8th September 2017