Caroline trained to be a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist in 2003.
She has gained extensive experience as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist working within the NHS and also in the private sector.
Mindfulness NI was formed by Caroline Stewart.
It has been Caroline’s long-term dream to promote mindfulness to all regardless of social, economic, religious or political boundaries; to provide an opportunity for people to understand what mindfulness is and experience the beneficial effects on wellbeing, and inner contentment, as well as reducing stress and ill health.
With the increasing acceptance of mindfulness, mainly based on the quantitative and qualitative results arising from the Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, (MBCT) and Mindfulness Based Stress Relief, (MBSR), programmes, Caroline felt that it was time to offer mindfulness to a wider audience and so started the centre.
The 8-Week Mindfulness Programmes and specifically tailored Mindfulness Workshops are taught: by professionally accredited and trained Mindfulness Teachers, who follow the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teachers ‘Good practice guidelines for teaching mindfulness-based courses’
The Centre has intent to deliver mindfulness training in several areas:
Mindfulness for the general public
Mindfulness in the workplace
Mindfulness in education
Mindfulness in healthcare
In addition to providing the standard 8 Week Mindfulness courses, The Centre can also provide:
Specially tailored workshops and courses
4 week and 6 week course options.
1 to 1 – personal coaching
As an organisation we are passionate about extending the benefits of mindfulness to all. Whilst we endeavour to keep the cost of the 8-week programme within the reach of most people, we do give a concession for those who are on low income or unwaged.
Mindfulness NI also intends to provide services on a charitable basis as the occasion arises.
8-week (online) MBCT for Life Mindfulness Programme including retreat.
This programme is the equivalent of the in-person training and is accepted by Oxford Mindfulness Centre and all other training institutes as a pre-requisite for mindfulness teacher training programmes.
Caroline had just completed training with Oxford Mindfulness Centre to deliver the 8-Week Mindfulness Course online when we were all hit with COVID-19 and the explosion of online trainings.
Caroline is one of the few mindfulness teachers to have had formal training to deliver the 8-week MBCT for Life mindfulness programme online.
The online 8-week programme will include all the elements of teaching that are included within the (in-person) course.
Didactic teaching about mindfulness using whiteboard examples
Formal and informal meditations
Video clips, poetry and examples from everyday life.
All Day silent retreat
The online 8-week MBCT for Life programme can be offered at a reduced price due to the decrease in expenses associated with the in-person version and Caroline would like to pass this onto participants.
8-week MBCT for Life programme to include:-
8 x two-hour classes
All Day retreat
141-page course handbook
Email Support throughout the course
Certificate of completion
The online experience of mindfulness training, can be as rich and fulfilling as the in-person one:-
Hear what some participants have said about the mindfulness sessions that Caroline has delivered already.
“I was very lucky to participate in a wonderful 6 week on-line course, ‘Living Mindfully in a Global Pandemic’ developed and led by Caroline Stewart. Caroline is a wonderful teacher, bringing warmth, insight and a tremendous sense of calm. Her sessions worked really well in an online format, involving people in small group and plenary sessions but putting no pressure on anyone to contribute, unless they wished to. We made on-line friends over the six weeks and always came away refreshed, re-focused and ready to experience the joy of the everyday. Thank you, Caroline” Alice, Holywood, April 2020
“With all that is going on in the world right now, I found joining in on Caroline’s Daily Meditations and Weekly Workshops online an absolute life saver. It has helped me to become mindful of what is going on in the here and now and gave me a place of solitude. Amazing sessions delivered on line via Zoom, so much so you felt like you were actually face to face with others. Lovely way to connect, thank -you Caroline” Claire, Bangor, April 2020