Being Present ONLINE 2024-2025

This Course is Online, Starting Tuesday September 3rd 2024

Course Description: 

Do you want to know your own mind and how it works? If so, this systematic mindfulness training will take you on an in depth exploration of your mind with fellow explorers in an atmosphere of kindness. Drawing on your own experience and based on an understanding of relevant theory you will become familiar with the workings of your mind. This naturally gives rise to the many reported benefits of mindfulness meditation.

The Being Present Mindfulness training is a 4 Part, in depth training that is spread out over a nine-month period during the winter months, and aims to enable participants to establish an effective and regular daily mindfulness practice so as to help our minds to settle and stabilise. One of the distinctive qualities of this training is the kindness and compassion practices that are weaved throughout.

It is ideal for beginners; however, it is also for those who have previous experience of mindfulness and who want to deepen and develop their practice and for those who might go on to train to teach mindfulness in the workplace or the 8-week Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC).

** This course is kept as a small cohort (for a more intimate experience) that will be taught by Jane Negrych from September 2024 to April 2025. It runs every 2nd Tuesday evening from 7-9.30pm. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

 Part 1: Start Where You Are: Settling the Mind

Mindfulness is defined as paying attention to our moment by moment experience in a way that is non-judgmental and kind. 

We are initiated into this graduated process through the core practices of settling, grounding, resting and mindfulness support. Also, we practice body scan and walking meditation and simple practices for integrating mindfulness into daily life. We simultaneously work on developing kindness as a basis for self- compassion.


3rd September, 17th September, 1st October,  15th October 2024

Time: 7.00pm to 9.30pm

Price: €190

Part 2: Working with Distraction: Using Supports

Having had the opportunity to practice settling, grounding, resting and support on a daily basis since Weekend One, we are now in a position to become more familiar with how the mind moves and the unique pathways of habit it follows.

We become increasingly familiar with the changing dynamic of mindfulness and distraction and begin to see how distraction reveals an inner world of habitual patterning that ensnares our energies.

We also begin to recognize attitudes of preference – like and dislike – and see how they narrow and contract our awareness, imprisoning us. In this context we are referring to our habitual reactions driven by conditioning, not informed choices based on intelligent discernment.

Dates: 29th October, 12th November, 26th November, 10th December 2024

Time: 7.00pm to 9.30pm

Price: €190

Part 3: Acceptance & Self Compassion

Throughout our training, we are working in two areas – redirecting our attention to the present moment by using a mindfulness support, while at the same time learning to accept the diverse range of our inner experience.

Part of mindfulness practice is learning to work with strong emotions that arise and developing the capacity to ‘hold’ difficult experiences within body and mind. Identifying our reactive patterns of preference reveals how working on attitude is all important, and so, through training in acceptance, we learn to acknowledge and come to terms with difficult thoughts and emotions by paying them close attention with a kind and inclusive attitude.

Dates: 7th January, 21st January, 4th February, 18th February 2025

Time: 7.00pm to 9.30pm

Price: €190

Part 4: The Observer and The Undercurrent

During this module, we bring together all the themes from the previous three modules and help participants set up an ongoing mindfulness practice for going forward in their lives. 

At this point, we explore the model of ‘undercurrent and observer’ as a way of mapping out the inner landscape of our mind and identifying where change can take place.

The ‘undercurrent’ refers to the continuous stream of thoughts, emotions, memories and images that stream through our mind moment by moment, whether we like it or not. The ‘observer’ refers to that part of our mind that sees the undercurrent and has the capacity to reflect on itself.

As our practice deepens, we learn to step out of the undercurrent and simply leave it alone. Instead, we focus on working with the attitudes of preference in our observer as this is where genuine change can take place. 

Dates: 4th March, 18th March, 1st April, 15th April 2025

Time: 7.00pm to 9.30pm

Price: €190

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About The Facilitator

Jane Negrych

  • Jane Negrych is the former Managing Director of The Sanctuary. She teaches on the Caring for the Caregiver programme and all the courses that form the Teacher Training Pathway.

  • Jane has also been teaching the MBLC course to Service Users, Service Providers and family members at the Recovery College in DCU since 2015.

  • Jane has completed and is an Honorary Teaching Fellow on the MSc: Studies in Mindfulness with the University of Aberdeen

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