New! English spoken Mindfulness training, starting on 4th. October

Tuesday 4th. October we will launch the 8-week ‘Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction’ (MBSR) training, spoken in English.

Expats and/or non-Dutchs with common skills of English are welcome to join this specific skills training which is scientifically proven to be effective.

STARTING DATE:   Tuesday 4th October, morning sessions 9.15h-11.45h
LESSON DATES:     4, 11, 25 October/ 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 November
LOCATION:             Begijnhof 20, Haarlem center
PRICE:                    Special offer : €300,- (instead of €345,-)
TRAINER:                Alexandra Pils

What is Mindfulness (MBSR)?
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a specific skills training which is scientifically proven to be effective and efficient for stress and pain relief. It is based on the original concept of MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, which he launched at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979. Since that time, thousands of studies have documented the physical and mental health benefits of mindfulness in general and MBSR in particular, inspiring countless programs to adapt the MBSR model for schools, prisons, hospitals, veterans centers, and beyond.

How does it work?
By learning various meditation techniques you will be able to recognize your own automatic behavior patterns, your physical status quo and sensations, your emotions, your attitudes as well as your judgemental thoughts. In practice this means that you become more aware of thoughts, bodily sensations, emotions, feelings, and behavioral patterns. This allows you to become aware of and catch (stress-) stimuli earlier. Based on this you can interrupt stress cycles before they get out control.
You also learn to pay attention consciously on the present moment: with the training all thoughts or memories about the past or future plans are released.The result is that you experience high attention on everything that is happening at that particular moment. So, you can be fully present while playing with your children, or listen to singing birds singing when you step out the door in the morning.

Results of the 8- week training cycle
With this training you can create a higher degree of awareness and increase self-confidence. You also learn to de-stress, releasing more energy and zest for life.
Some of the benefits include:

  • Stress-reduction
  • Increased clarity of mind, balance, energy, zest for life
  • Improve complex problem-solving and decision-making
  • Enhanced leadership
  • More emotional intelligence, less reactive
  • Mood regulation and immune system enhancement

More information
Feel free to contact the trainer Alexandra Pils on 06-10 25 0077  or read more on