There are times when we feel truly present with what we are doing, happy with where we are in our life and who we are with.  At moments like this we are living our life fully, and are able to enjoy the experience. We are not wishing that we were elsewhere.  Most of us know that happiness comes from this inner peace of mind and contentment.

However, this is not always the case. We all experience times when we are under pressure and stressed, which makes daily life difficult. This may be due to the pace of life in Ireland today, the continual worries about the economic climate, the effects of the recent recession or the current demands of a job. It may be due to relationship or family pressures, or if we  have to adapt to changes in our life. Whatever the cause, we may find that we have lost ourselves along the way and that relaxed moments  are a rarity in our lives. We need to find a greater balance and sense of direction.

bagenalstownThis site introduces you to the area of Mind-Body Medicine, to the concept of Mindfulness as one coping strategy to help you move toward a happier, healthier life, and to Mindfulness-Based courses and Stress Reduction Courses in the Carlow/  Kilkenny area

Mindfulness is a meditation-based medical intervention which has significant worldwide and Irish research evidence for its physical and psychological effectiveness.

For example, research in St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin has shown the efficacy of mindfulness-based interventions on clinical outcomes and the immune regulation of physiological markers of psychological experiences faced by those suffering from cancer. In the same hospital the Department of Dermatology are conducting new research with psoriasis patients using the 8 week mindfulness based programme. And research carried out in Dr Steeven’s Hospital in Dublin found that patents with heart problems who were suffering from depression showed significantly greater improvement by using mindfulness than did patients without this support.

If you are interested in mindfulness there are links on the site to what it is andto the research behind it. You can also learn about the MBSR  (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) Course as developed by Jon Kabat Zinn© in a clinical, medical setting – a systematic training in a number of practical adaptive skills to allow you respond to the stresses in your life. MBSR combines training in mindfulness mediation with the latest research in neuroscience, psychology and general well-being.


poster 2Starting in September 2017 we will run the 8 week Mindfulness Based StressReduction Programme (MBSR).

 Since its conception by Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979 and development at the University of Massachusetts’ Stress Reduction Clinic, the widely recognized and evidenced-based  Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program has helped many people cope with stress, anxiety and the general challenges of life in our modern world through the teaching and practice of mindfulness skills to regain emotional balance and well-being.

The MBSR Course is the longest established and best researched way of establishing the benefits of  mindfulness in your life.There is increasing evidence in support of these health benefits, with almost 75% of GP’s in the United Kingdom stating that it would be good for all patients to learn mindfulness meditation skills.

We have 12 years experience running the MBSR Course as developed by Jon Kabat Zinn©, both in Ireland and in Switzerland and France, having been trained at the Stress Reduction Center in the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, where the Programme was first developed and whose curriculum we follow.


You can download and print out an Application Form here: MBSR PARTICIPANT APPLICATION FormAugust 2016 pdf.
When completed please mail to karl.duffy@gmail.com
The Instructor for these courses is University of Massachusetts Mindfulness Trained Instructor Karl Duffy, Psychotherapist.
The venue will be in the centre of Carlow town

If you are interested in learning stress reduction or mindfulness skills we also offer

  • Mindful Parenting Courses.
  • Other Mindfulness Based Courses
  • Individually tailored courses carried out one-to-one either in Carlow or at a distance.

Mindfulhttps://alifeinbalanceireland.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/teens.jpg?w=150&h=150ness is a powerful tool to use in this age of  anxiety, with its 24/7 working week and relentless pressures.  Research shows that it reduces stress. However, it does more:  paying attention regularly to the positive things in our life each day –  however small –    balances the tendency to find fault with aspects of our lives, which can lead to self-doubt and fear.

In other words, mindfulness does not just reduce stress, it frees us to enjoy life more.

Finding an alternative way through Self-Care and  Inner Resources.

If you wish to get in contact: