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MBCL_Online Foundation Course

Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living

A deepening programme following MBSR or MBCT or Equivalent

International Online MBCL Foundation Course 2021

For mindfulness teachers, health care workers, therapists, coaches and other professionals

with one of the Founders of MBCL
Erik van den Brink, MD
Psychiatrist, Psychotherapist and Mindfulness Trainer

6x Tuesday: 9, 16, 23 February and 2, 9, 16 March 2021.
Time: 9.00-12.30 CET.

Why online?

The Covid-19 pandemic has enabled us to gain experience with working online. Despite some limitations, many have been surprised by the depth of teaching, practice and sharing that online programmes can offer. The pandemic has increased our awareness of our vulnerabilities and the need to take care of ourselves, each other, and the planet. It makes sense to expand the possibilities of online teaching, which are kinder for the environment and for many participants who would otherwise have to travel great distances. It also provides richer opportunities to learn in groups of people across cultures.


What does the online MBCL Foundation Course offer?

This course of six half-days, which is organised by the Institute for Mindfulness-Based Approaches (IMA) with the support of the Mindfulness Network, offers an online alternative to experiential introductions to MBCL in live groups, such as a three-day foundation course or the standard eight-session MBCL course. This course offers a hybrid format of equivalent quality during which participants will experience all key features of the MBCL curriculum, including the main themes and practices.

Themes include:

the evolutionary perspective and multi-layered brain; the three basic emotion regulation systems and the value of training our soothing system; expanding the stress theory with the psychological equivalents of fight, flight, freeze and their antidotes of self-kindness, common humanity and mindfulness of suffering; tend and befriend; cultivating a compassionate mind and an inner helper rather than an inner critic; overidentifying and disidentifying; Four Friends for Life: loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity.

Practices include:

the soothing breathing rhythm, compassionate imagery (safe place, compassionate companion, embodying compassion); relating compassionately to resistance, desire and inner patterns; loving kindness towards ourselves and others; compassionate breathing; a compassionate body scan; walking and moving with kindness; compassionate letter writing; practising sympathetic joy, gratitude, forgiveness and equanimity; informal practices in daily life.
During the online course, relevant scientific insights underpinning compassion training will be woven into the teaching.

Preparation for MBCL Teacher Training

This online MBCL Foundation Course satisfies one of the requirements for participating in the MBCL Teacher Training Program
MBCL Teacher Training (TT) seminars are increasingly offered in various formats. Click here for dates, description and prerequisites of the MBCL Teacher Training in different countries. An English-spoken online MBCL TT of six one-day sessions every two weeks will be offered in Spring 2022 by the IMA. Klick for more Information

To become an MBCL teacher one should be a certified mindfulness (MBSR or MBCT) teacher. However, many professionals who are not certified mindfulness teachers can benefit from the teacher training to deepen mindfulness-based and compassion-focused interventions and enhance their therapeutic skills in individual or group work.

Practical information:

Participants will receive a certificate of attendance.
Number of participants: maximum 24, minimum 10

Tuition Fee: Euro 350,- due at the time of registration.

How to register

Please download the registration documents and fill out the registration form.

You will receive a confirmation by E-Mail when your application form has been received.
Please return the form to the IMA:

By email: jana.willms@ias-service.center


Erik van den Brink

is a psychiatrist/psychotherapist and mindfulness teacher/trainer. He studied medicine in Amsterdam and trained and worked in psychiatry in the UK. From his return to the Netherlands in 1995 until 2015 he worked in the ambulant mental-health services in the city of Groningen. Since its founding in 2007, he was involved with the Center for Integrative Psychiatry, an innovative mental-health clinic, and he currently works at a psycho-oncological center. He is particularly interested in methods that empower people’s self-healing capacity and was one of the pioneers introducing mindfulness-based and compassion focused interventions in mental health services in the North of Holland. He has a long-standing personal meditation practice and was trained by founding teachers in MBSR/MBCT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, Mindful Self-Compassion and Interpersonal Mindfulness. With Frits Koster he developed the MBCL programme and co-authored several publications. He is a frequent guest teacher at mindfulness training institutes across Europe. Website: www.mbcl.org