Previous Passage Workshops

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Course

Due to popular demand, Passage are proud to announce a repeat of our successful Mindfulness-Based Cognitve Therapy (MBCT) course run by Patricia Andersson*, a renowned practitioner based here in Luxembourg. This evening workshop will now begin on Thursday 24th September 2015 – different to previously advertised – and will run over 8 consecutive weeks with a half-term break inbetween. It is an internationally recognised course and therefore we can also give certificates of completion/attendance after its duration. Each session runs for 1.5 hours.

If you are interested in joining us on this enlightened journey towards mindfulness, then register today to avoid disappointment.




‘Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.’ – Viktor E Frankl


‘Mindfulness is the awareness that emerges through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally, to things as they are’ Wiilams, Teasdale, Segal and Kabat-Zinn (2007)


What is Mindfulness and how can it help me?

Mindfulness has received a great deal of attention as a result of extensive research showing that mindfulness is effective in increasing well-being and life satisfaction as well as in treating a wide range of physical and psychological problems.

When was the last time you felt truly alive? The last time you gave a loved one complete and undivided attention without simultaneously attending to your mental to-do list? Often we are so busy with the business of living that we aren’t really even present in our day to day experience. We miss so much of richness of our lives in this way and it often leads to feeling stressed, burned-out and depressed.

Practicing mindfulness allows one to fully wake-up to what is really happening in their lives and to live more consciously. Mindfulness is simply the art of paying attention to the present moment experience of thoughts, feelings, body sensations and environment with an attitude of openness, curiosity and acceptance. In a mindfulness course, participants learn practices and techniques to help them to pay attention in this way without judging their experience.


What are some of the benefits of Mindfulness?


  •  Reduction in stress and anxiety
  •  Improved psychological resilience
  •  Effective in the treatment of depression and prevention of relapse
  •  Boosts creativity and working memory
  •  Improved focus and attention
  •  Improved relationship satisfaction
  •  Decrease in emotional reactivity and
  •  Increased empathy and compassion
  •  Assists in the treatment of addiction and eating disorders
  •  Improved subjective well-being and better quality of life

  •  Improves immune system
  •  Reduction in chronic pain
  •  Improvements in sleep quality
  •  Alleviates gastrointestinal difficulties
  •  Assists in the treatment of heart disease and hyper-tension
  •  Assists in the treatment and management of stress-related illnesses


What does the course entail?

Passage, in association with Patricia Andersson*, are offering an 8-week Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) course adapted for the general public. The course combines mindfulness techniques like meditation, breathing exercises, mindful movement and stretching, with aspects from cognitive therapy to help participants learn to relate differently to difficulty and to break the negative thought patterns. MBCT also assists individuals to recognize, appreciate and savour the positive aspects of their lives. The MBCT 8-week course is internationally recognised and well researched. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance on completion.


What are the course dates?

The course starts on Thursday 24th September 2015 and will run for 8 consecutive weeks (with the ‘Toussaint’ half-term break inbetween) until Thursday 19th November. Each session starts at 7.30pm and will last for 1.5 hours.


What is the cost?

The price for this 8-week MBCT course will be €250. Please note that this price for a certified course also covers the cost of all course materials (ie. notes, folder and CD) and will be under the guidance of the excellent Patricia. Many of you who attended our Passage evening seminar entitled “Making the most of our time”, will recall her memorable introduction to mindfulness from that occasion.


Where is the location?

239 Val des Bon Malades, L-2121 Kirchberg, Luxembourg.

Look out for the “Luxchiro” sign outside, then enter the building. The course is held in the private room downstairs. To get directions, press the link here for Google maps.

Passage&LuxChiro Map


What do you need to bring?

All the course notes, folder and CD are provided by Patricia. You will just need to bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing. There are toilet facilities on site and space to change if necessary. Spare yoga mats are also available, but quantities are limited to those on a ‘first come first served basis’.


How do I register?



Further Information: Useful Links

De-clutter your Mind by Jane Feinmann (2005)

Taming the Monkey Mind by Kathy Phillips

Actually TIME, this is what the ‘Mindful Revolution’ really looks like by Carolyn Gregoire (2014)



* Patricia Andersson is a counsellor at the International School of Luxembourg and teaches mindfulness to both staff and students. Her areas of interest are Mindfulness, Positive Psychology and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. She is a trained Mindfulness in Schools ‘b’ teacher and has trained in teaching MBCT and MBSR through the University of Bangor. She receives regular supervision for her mindfulness teaching and adheres to the UK mindfulness teacher best practice guidelines.