Equiminds is a non-profit organization aimed at bringing mindfulness practice and values to individuals and society alike. 

The mindful way

Stress is a pervasive issue in modern society and has become a global public health problem. In recent years mindfulness has been a proven instrument to beat stress and live a calmer, conscious and more fulfilling life. Studies show that the mindfulness practice can help to decrease stress, enhance the ability to deal with illness, facilitate recovery, decrease depressive symptoms and in general improve one’s health. 

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Mindfulness,equiminds

Train with us

Our portfolio includes courses, workshops and retreats designed for organisations as well as for the general public. As a team we can offer the standard 8-week MBSR course as well as a range of mindfulness-based courses focused on specific public categories, encompassing workplace, health, parenting and social inclusion.

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A balanced life for a sustainable society

As a society we struggle to find ways to coexist in a sustainable manner with our planet and the biosphere. Technology and economic paradigms try to provide solutions and various studies and policies look for the most efficient mechanisms to make it work. But will we really find the answer to the societal balance problems without finding a way to first experience this balance as individuals, or as families, communities, organisations? Through mindfulness we want to bring our own contribution to the general effort and cultivate the inner balance, mirroring the words of Dalai Lama that, “the peace in the world depends on the peace within”.

Continuous adaptation to change

“The only constant in life is change” (Heraclitus). But fear of change and the clinging to the status quo is also a constant. Our times however bring change upon us with such intensity that learning how to adapt to it becomes imperative. To address our resistance to change is to adopt the continuous learning mindset. Our education system covers our learning needs only for the beginning of our life, up to when we can earn our living. Afterward is up to us how we handle whatever challenges life brings us. Through mindfulness we learn to observe change, to understand how it affects us, to find better responses, and to gradually accept and embrace it.

Our courses

Our portfolio includes courses, workshops and retreats designed for organisations as well as for the general public. As a team we provide mindfulness training courses, as well as workshops covering a wider focus, encompassing workplace, health, parenting and social inclusion.

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We invite you to express your interest in one or more of the courses included in our portfolio, and we will take your interest into consideration in scheduling our activities.

MINDFULNESS COURSES AND WORKSHOPS

This is the standard mindfulness program developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn. The MBSR course is very carefully thought out to gradually teach the techniques but also the correct approach to practice for best results. The effectiveness of MBSR is scientifically documented, and besides the lasting effects, it is a wonderful tool for self-discovery.

In welcoming everybody who wants to learn mindfulness we offer courses adapted to specific contexts, such as private classes, or very small groups, or in more intense formats, of 6 weeks or 4 weeks.

Managing pain and illness is a daily fact for many of us, aside from a more or less stressful life. The mindfulness techniques taught in this course are adapted to suit dealing with various health issues, and it also provides some more instruments to ease sufferance.

This particular workshop is looking at race as a feature that makes us different, and how can we turn it into an empowering feature. The main question we will ask ourselves during this workshop is: How can mindfulness help with racial trauma?

Becoming a parent is one of the major changes in life, which besides the overwhelming joy can bring also intense stress. This workshop is designed to gradually teach new parents to regulate stress in a different way, to better take care of their own needs and be more attentive with their baby, and/or to improve the interaction with their child.

Mindfulness at work is a course designed to help women and men address the challenges of working, to develop personal resilience, well-being at work and tapping into their creativity and strength. You will be able to develop your own personal tools to deal with work-related stress, but also stress that comes from trying to better balance your work and private life. The course is open to employees and managers alike.

OTHER COURSES AND WORKSHOPS

Stress is a regular part of life, it has always been. However, it is not always easy to cope with stress, and at times it becomes really difficult, even overwhelming and too much to bear. But it doesn't have to be this way. This workshop will explain the mechanisms of stress and teach ways to improve your ability to deal with it. Various theoretical perspectives, as well as practical tools, complement each other with the sole goal to provide you with the necessary tools to regain control of your inner balance and wellbeing.

The power of our mind is often mentioned as an important tool throughout our life. It is however not common knowledge how it actually works, and what helps improve its efficacy. This workshop will guide you to understand the mechanisms of our mind, its' function and role in our beings, and how to build the right relationship with our mind. Furthermore, effective ways to navigate change in life, but also challenging situations, are presented, shedding light on how we can use the mind's own features to master the ups and downs of our life. The laws of the mind and the laws of change will provide you with a unique understanding of both dealing with change and generating the successfull change you need in your life.

This workshop provides you with the theoretical and practical framework for enhancing your inner ability of resilience to various adverse events, be they stressful job, or difficult relations, social pressure or unexpected circumstances.

What gives you energy? What takes your energy? Do you use well your inner resources? Besides a psychometric framework to assess your inner balance, this workshop will provide also insights into key tools that can increase your awareness of your inner energy and to manage it skillfully.

COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE

Mindfulness,equiminds

A few times a year we will organize one-day mindfulness retreats as part of the mindfulness training. Taking just one day from time to time to return to ourselves, to reconnect and reset, is a wonderful way of cultivating balance and wisdom in our life. As after each in-breath, there is an out-breath, after each high tide comes low tide, and after a period of intense work and life events it is necessary to rest, replenish our resources, and reconnect with our core deep in our hearts, where the mind is silent, and just the pulsing flow of life brings us back to just being for a while.

The equanimity that mindfulness practice brings, the peace and sense of stability in the middle of the chaotic world around us.... these gradually grow in us with practice. Drop by drop, with good days and days of struggle and unrest, we learn together to tame the mind and find the middle way of life. With kindness, love, and perseverance. Join us to practice together, to create this bond with the practice and between each other... Because together it is always easier.

Register to upcoming activities

Thursday, 9 September 2021
Thursday, 28 September 2021
Introduction to mindfulness
Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Course (MBSR)

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Testimonials

I was sceptical at first, but it didn't take long to realise that I could lead my life in a much more peaceful, empowered, and less stressful way, using the techniques taught by Jessica. She is patient, kind, caring, and with an aura of calm, led us through different types of meditation. Thanks so much Jessica, and for those who are thinking about attending, I would encourage you to go further and take the plunge.

- Jo, Brussels, 8-week MBSR course with Jessica

“Céline created a warm and safe virtual space for us. She is very good at listening and asking questions to dig deeper in our body and mind, feel and think more consciously about experiences, moments and exercises. Her course was like space travel within ourselves. Feeling safe was essential for me to explore the darker, more complicated areas of myself and to share them, so thank you Céline for this wonderful introduction!”

- Jorine, online 8-week MBSR course with Céline

"I started this journey into discovering mindfulness practices with curiosity and enthusiasm, and Mihaela guided it skilfully and with passion. She facilitated this course in a clear and well-structured manner, combining interesting theoretical knowledge with plenty of practical exercises, making the whole programme easy to follow and very useful on a long term. I recommend this course to anyone seeking to deepen their level of self-awareness.

- Cristina C., Brussels, online 4-week Mindfulness Course with Mihaela

At first I was sceptical about the course, but then I started to feel more relaxed, less tired and less reactive. I appreciated Barbara’s empathy and knowledge and the way she guided us through the sessions. Since finishing the course with Barbara, my quality of life has definitely improved, and I thank her for that.

Kathrin, Brussels, 8-Week MBSR Course with Barbara

The few reserves that I had as we learned that the course would take place online soon evaporated, as we saw that everything was so well organised and that you were able to give the course a clear direction, which was easy to follow. I felt that all the participants shared this feeling. I feel that I am ready to practice on my own and really cannot wait to put in place my own daily routine.

- Tommi, Brussels, 8-week MBSR course with Jessica

“When I started with Céline, I was wondering “what if I could control my thoughts?”. I was also living with my anxiety, anger and many other issues. Now that I have finished the mindfulness course with Céline, not all these issues are gone, but I learned how to live with them. I learned how to accept who I am more and more. I could feel the change with every breath in and out. I can use the tools I learned in this course to face my issues. That is why I advise everyone who is looking for tools and practices to face this challenging life to give it a try. Thanks Céline.”

-Bilal, online private Mindful Journey course with Céline

"Cursul a fost un deschizator de drumuri pentru mine; m-a facut atenta la multe technici si aspecte; de asemenea, m-a ajutat sa ma observ mai bine si sa ma apropii de mine insami. Grupul a fost ca o familie, unde am gasit mereu intelegere si apropierea necesara pentru dezvoltare. Mai ales Mihaela ne-a ghidat mereu cu multa atenti si rabdare, si cu profesionalism. Am invatat sa am o practica constanta; am invatat technici si ce functioneaza pentru mine (spre exemplu meditatia urmarind sunete, miscarea linistita si meditativa; conceptele reftoare la comunicare dificila si despre tipurile de comunicare)" "The course was an eye-opener for me; it made me pay attention to many techniques and aspects of the meditation practice; it also helped me to better observe and get closer to myself. The group was like a family, where I always found understanding, and the closeness necessary for development, especially Mihaela has always guided us with a lot of attention and patience, and with professionalism. I learned to have a constant practice; I learned techniques and what works for me (for example meditation following sounds, mindful movements; the concepts related to difficult communication situations and communication types) ".

- Cristina D., 8-week MBSR course with Mihaela in Romanian

Quotes

Mindfulness,equiminds

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.”

~ Jon Kabat-Zinn
Tara Brach

There is something wonderfully bold and liberating about saying Yes to our entire imperfect and messy life.

~ Tara Brach
Jack-Kornfield

The heart is like a garden. It can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love. What seeds will you plant there?

~ Jack Kornfield
Thich Nhat Hanh

“Nothing is more precious than being in the present moment. Fully alive, fully aware.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Eckhart Tolle

"Stress is caused by being 'here' but wanting to be 'there,' or being in the present but wanting to be in the future."

~ Eckhart Tolle
Don Miguel Ruiz

“You will find that you don’t need to trust others as much as you need to trust yourself to make the right choices.”

~ Don Miguel Ruiz
aa-milne

“What day is it?” said Pooh. “It’s today,” said Piglet. “My favourite day,” said Pooh.

~ AA Milne
Dalai Lama

Peace in the world depends on peace within. If we have that we can approach problems in a spirit of compassion, dialogue and respect for the rights of others—always a better solution than resorting to a use of weapons and force.

~ Dalai Lama
sharon-salzberg

“Mindfulness isn’t difficult; we just need to remember to do it.”

~ Sharon Saltzberg

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