MINDFULNESS AGAINST STRESS
Date upcoming MBSR Mindfulness course 2021:
8 Thursdays from:
14 January - 4 March
+ 21 February (practice day)
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Centrum De Roos, Vondelpark Amsterdam
It was about thirty years ago, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, that Jon Kabat-Zinn
took mindfulness out of its Buddhist context and made it more accessible to the western world. Kabat-Zinn developed the 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program MBSR
to help people suffering from chronic illnesses find balance and joy despite their difficulties (MBSR stands for ).
He created a technique to deal with stress
and to improve quality of life
, of which he already in the beginning started to measure
To this day, countless other research studies
prove that the practice of mindfulness leads to better relaxation, better stress handling, better concentration, more effective decision making, increased efficiency and improved general health.
a short clip in which Jon Kabat-Zinn talks more about MBSR.
I highly recommend this course! Wineke is a wise, patience, generous and gentle leader of mindfulness practices. I learned a great deal, deepened my own practice and I still carry Wineke's teachings with me in my daily life. Reminders about 'interruptions' being neither good nor bad, have been helpful not only in my practice, but in my daily life, as I work and engage in creative activities. Kimberly L. Teacher, Leiden
English Mindfulness Training Amsterdam
Wineke van Aken, founder of MettaMind, is a VMBN (Organisation of Mindfulness Based trainers in The Netherlands and Belgium) certified Mindfulness trainer. She offers English MBSR mindfulness courses in Centrum De Roos in Amsterdam near the Vondel Park. In this course, participants learn to practice mindfulness and to apply it daily in order to gain a quiet mind and a happier, more balanced life.
During 8 sessions, participants learn the techniques of mindfulness through four different meditations. They exercise slow yoga movements to connect body and mind. They exercise at home with the help of a dedicated workbook and meditations. And they reflect their learnings in guided explorations of experiences and insights, which generate a pleasing atmosphere in the group and often lead to friendships.
The meditations for home practice last 40 to 45 minutes, so it's advisable to save about one hour per day for home practise. Don't worry if you can’t make it every day, but just like studying to play a new instrument, the more you practice, the more you will get out of it.
Wineke is a good teacher. She has - with mindfulness and meditation - openend my eyes and heart. I am so grateful to have met her. Maud.
How does mindfulness training change daily life?
Training participants will learn to:
train the mind to be more concentrated, focused and relaxed
observe thoughts and emotions as passing events in order to let go of those that are stressful
gain insights that help make choices in the workspace and in daily life
be more in touch with the body, to listen and act upon vital signals (for example pain or exhaustion)
become aware of automatic thought- and reaction patterns
respond wisely to the many stimuli from daily life
adapt behavior to become more healthy in a way that lasts
I took a big step on being kind to myself – mindfulness training gave me the tools and a different perspective in my journey. I.O.
Eight weekly sessions of 2½ hours
Workbook with theory and mindfulness exercises
4 guided meditations
One additional 4 hour-day of practice
Also individual English mindfulness training in Amsterdam and coaching. Please contact us directly for more info. Costs are € 90,- excl VAT per session. The training can be done from 6 to 8 sessions.
More and more insurance companies are willing to cover the cost of mindfulness trainings (mostly between €100,- and €350,-). Wineke van Aken is a VMBN certified Mindfulness trainer (category 1) which fits the insurance requirements. Conditions and prices may vary and can be compared via www.zorgwijzer.nl
Employers, businesses and schools understand the benefits of mindfulness and often agree to finance the course (for example out of a training or coaching budget). So it is worth mentioning it in the workplace.
Location English mindfulness Amsterdam - Group training
P.C. Hooftstraat 183
In the Vondelpark, right at the entrance from the P.C. Hooftstraat
More than 600 people have practiced mindfulness and went to retreats with MettaMind. Here are some other their testimonials.
'This mindfulness course brought me openness and tranquility. I learnt to observe the stream of thoughts and emotions that flow through me during the day. And not to feel submerged by them.' Mariette, teacher at the Amsterdam University.
'At MettaMind everybody has enough space to learn and to exchange experiences. The overall purpose of what we are doing and why is always clear.' Monique D. Advisor City of Amsterdam
Not sure? Have a chat or join a workshop
If you are interested, why not have an informal talk, by phone or in person. That way, Wineke can help you decide if mindfulness is something for you and if you like the approach of Mettamind.
MettaMind also offers introductory workshops. These are usually a combination of inspiration, education and mindfulness exercises. They last from 30 minutes to two hours. Time depends on purpose and available time. Price on request.
If you want to practice mindfulness but you need the sun and a beach, we get it! MettaMind organizes Yoga and Mindfulness retreats in Bali, Ibiza and Italy. Read more about our complete yoga and mindfulness retreat offer.
+31 (0)6 215 114 10
METTAMIND IN THE NEWS
A Dutch RTL4 lifestyle-program came to visit MettaMind. Below the clip (in Dutch):
more (Dutch) publications about MettaMind and mindfulness teacher Wineke van Aken.
ABOUT WINEKE VAN AKEN
The first time Wineke taught Yoga it was in a dark basement, near the server room at the company where she worked. She did it during her lunch break as a favour to colleagues.
She was a senior consultant at a busy communications agency part Publicis, one of the biggest groups in the world. For 17 years she had been a marketing specialist working for companies such as Rabobank, Sanoma, Phillips and local governments.
To compensate her hectic work schedule she practiced yoga and meditation at a local club. She became more and more skilled and was invited to follow a teacher training in order to help others practice with her.
She then convinced her employer to dedicate a room to yoga at work. She was given a budget to buy mats and pillows and invited her colleagues to attend her classes for free during the work day.
Via one of those colleagues, she was asked to organize a yoga retreat in Bali which made her fall in love with the concept of retreats in beautiful places.
Outside of work, she opened a few private groups. Via word of mouth those groups became bigger and bigger. So Wineke continued training herself and gained enough confidence to give up her career and set up MettaMind.
The mission of MettaMind was originaly to make yoga and mindfulness accessible as a tool to gain a quiet mind and a balanced life so we can live healthy, content and without stress. MettaMind does this by offering retreats in Bali, in Ibiza and Italy as well as Dutch / English mindfulness coaching and Dutch / English Mindfulness training in Amsterdam.
When Wineke’s life partner Dean became a chef specialized in ayurvedic recipes, she integrated this healthy eating into MettaMind by offering these as standard meals during the yoga retreats.
Today she grows her own vegetables and is currently writing a book commissioned by Uitgeverij Lucht wich is founded by Bram Bakker, a well know psychiatrist and publicist, so that her vision on how to attain a balanced and happy life can be shared largely.
Her pupils have described her as a teacher who is kind, relaxed, friendly and with a good sense of humor.
Wineke regularly attends courses, intervision and silent meditation retreats (Vipassana). This she does for her own pleasure and to maintain a high quality in her trainings and her personal embodiment of mindfulness.