Frequently Asked Questions

Will mindfulness make me more passive?
Practicing mindfulness regularly helps us become more responsive in our actions rather than being impulsively reactive. This is not a passive, but rather an observant and aware state which brings more clarity to how we interact with people and the world around us.
Aren’t mindfulness and meditation Buddhist religious practices?
Even though both mindfulness and meditation have been a core part of most Buddhist traditions, principles of mindfulness may be found in many different traditions, religions and cultures all around the world. People practicing mindfulness benefit from it regardless of their religion and their beliefs, therefore benefits of mindfulness and meditation do not rely on any belief system. We organise our courses with this same perspective and our training is delivered in a secular manner following the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) approach developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn.
I have no experience in practicing mindfulness. Can I still come to 1-day Intensive / MBSR course?
Both our 1-day intensive mindfulness course and our 8-week MBSR course is suitable for beginners and you do not need to have any prior experience with mindfulness. These courses are also suitable for the experienced and the ones who would like to get back into daily practice.
Is there special equipment or clothing required for the courses?
You can bring your own, however, we provide you with mats and blankets, therefore no equipment is needed. We recommend wearing comfortable and loose clothes as it is important that you feel comfortable during meditation sessions for all courses, and mindful movement exercises only for MBSR classes. You can also bring some warm socks, if you wish.
Do we need to sit on the floor during the whole course?
There are different types of mindfulness exercises that are done sitting, standing, moving and lying down and the duration of the exercises vary from 3 minutes to 45 minutes, depending on which course you are attending. However, for all courses, you can choose to sit in a chair or on the floor. We encourage you to respect your boundaries, therefore we would like you to feel free to take care of yourself. But we also encourage you to be open to exploring your boundaries.
I am concerned about being in a group situation. Will I have to share private information with the others?
It is very common for many participants to be concerned about working with others in a group. We understand this and honour it, therefore we create a confidential environment for everyone. During the courses, especially in MBSR, we share our experiences with each other, however there is no requirement to share any private information with others. We respect everyone’s safety zone, so there is no pressure to share any information openly in the group, if you do not wish so.

If you are highly uncomfortable in group situations to the extend that it obstructs your progress and the benefits the course offers, then we recommend having individual training, where you can have one-on-one sessions in complete privacy.

How can I be sure that MBSR is for me before attending a course?
If you are not sure about committing to the full 8-week MBSR, then you can join one of our other courses in order to be able to learn more about mindfulness and have the opportunity to ask questions to your teacher. For further questions, feel free to send us an email.
I have an ongoing psychotherapy. Can I still join the MBSR course?
Today Mindfulness is widely used in therapy and one of the therapy methods has taken its place in literature as MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy). Research about MBSR also shows that it helps reduce stress, anxiety and depression effectively,  therefore it can be a wonderful compliment to psychotherapy. However we always recommend that you contact your therapist first about your intention to participate in an 8-week MBSR course. If you have any further questions about your condition, please contact us.
I have some physical restrictions and pain. Can I still join MBSR?
MBSR is proven to be very helpful with people who have chronic pain. We practice mindfulness sitting, lying down, standing and moving. We invite you to respect your boundaries and decide for yourself about which exercises you can and cannot do. You can also choose to sit on the floor or in a chair during the course, if you wish so. Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Can I get a refund if I can’t make the class or change my mind?
Please remember that participating in the courses are binding as we are obliged to make arrangements with third parties in preparation for the course, which are also binding for us.