Mindfulness in the Community - Cork

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course

At Mindful Matters located in Cork, we offer Mindfulness courses for individuals who are living with stress, pain or illness, or are just curious about mindfulness.

The MBSR course is the most recognised and established mindfulness course, taught all over the world, and scientifically proven to help people cope better with stress, depression and anxiety.

This transformative course is suited for those coming to meditation for the first time or for experienced meditators who realise they have not yet integrated these practices fully into their lives.

Mindfulness has been gathering much attention over recent years as a tried and tested method of reducing stress and anxiety. By helping us to focus our attention on the present moment and not get swept up in worrying or negative thoughts about the past or future, a regular practice can help us to:

  • learn to cope better with the pressures we’re under;
  • recognise the thoughts and judgements we make, often subconsciously, that generate more stress;
  • find balance and a sense of calm.

What to Expect

MBSR uses meditation, yoga and inquiry as a way of training people to relate differently to stresses in their lives and in fact, relate differently to each moment of their lives

This class is in 8 weekly 2 ½ hour sessions (with a free orientation class at the outset). Between classes 5 and 7 there is a full day of practice on a weekend day. Each class includes various “formal” meditation practices, mindful movement and discussion/inquiry exploring the habits of the mind to discover how these patterns of reactivity become a major cause of stress.

Class size ranges from 15 – 30 participants. The course is experiential: by paying attention to what arises in daily and class practice, and through exploring the challenges that arise and how these are met, a supportive and safe container is created.

Participants are supported by recorded guided meditations and are expected to practice 30-45 minutes of formal meditation daily as well as various informal practices.

Course Materials

  • A detailed course workbook, which will cover the theory of each session and provide details of the home practice.

Course Fee & Requirements

  • €350
  • It is important when considering this class to make sure your schedule allows you to attend all 8 sessions, though if a class is missed there are usually later courses running where classes can be attended which allow for make-up sessions.

Dates & Times

  • Free Orientation Class (required for course participants): TBD
  • Format: 8 Week MBSR Course:
  • Date: TBD
  • Time: TBD
  • Location: TBD
  • Daylong Session: TBD


NOTE: This MBSR course is intended ONLY for people who have already completed a Mindfulness Taster Session. If you’re new to mindfulness, we recommend that you start by attending one of our introductory taster mindfulness sessions.