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An Imersion in Mindfulness

An Immersion in Mindfulness

for Therapists and Healthcare Professionals


With Carolyn West, Anne Twohig & John Cummins

February 2020

From 6.30pm on Sunday 9th 

To 12.30pm on Wednesday 12th

At Emmaus Retreat Centre, Dublin, Ireland

With recognition of the many demands on health care professionals today, this Programme provides time and space to explore what it truly means to live mindfully. To work in health care means dedicating your time and energy to looking after the wellbeing of others.  This Immersion in Mindfulness is about supporting you to look after your own wellbeing with the guidance of three experienced teachers.  As Mindfulness becomes increasingly integrated into health care, this programme creates a bridge between mindfulness practice and embodied therapeutic presence. 

This Programme is suitable for Therapists such as DBT, CBT, Psychologists, Psychotherapists and Healthcare Professionals who have attended a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Programme (MBSR), a Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Programme (MBCT) or an introductory course in Mindfulness. It offers an opportunity to refresh or deepen your mindfulness practice as you investigate the Buddhist teachings which are the foundation for many of the current clinical mindfulness practices.

This Programme Includes;

  • Periods of formal mindfulness practices including body scan meditation, sitting, walking and gentle body movement
  • Restorative and contemplative practices to support you as you navigate the experiences of work and life
  • Periods of silence. reflection and journaling
  • Mindfulness and presence within communication
  • Investigation into present moment experience and sharing in the supportive community of teachers and peers
  • Inspirational teachings drawing from ancient and contemporary wisdom teachers
  • A warm and welcoming environment with outdoor spaces for walks in nature


€530 including 3 nights single room accommodation, all meals and administration costs

(If you would like to attend this Immersion in Mindfulness Programme and residential is not feasible for you, please contact us about a non-residential option)

This Programme is being offered on the basis of Dana. See a message from the teachers about this:

“As Mindfulness teachers and trainers of teachers, it is our wish and intention to offer this Immersion in Mindfulness Programme in a spirit and tradition consistent with the ancient roots of Mindfulness teachings. These teachings have been transmitted for 2600 years without a system of what we know in Western culture as payment whereby the buyer agrees to give a set amount of money for a good or service… Read more

Application Form

To register please fill out this form and submit to Centre for Mindfulness Ireland.

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“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart.

Who looks outside, dreams;

Who looks inside, awakens”

– Carl Jung

Meet The Teachers

Carolyn West - An Immersion in Mindfulness

Carolyn West

Carolyn West, Ph.D. lives in the beautiful Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts and enjoys visiting quite often in Ireland where she has family near Cork, Kilkenny and Galway. She has spent her career integrating the strands of her interest and study in the areas of psychology and clinical work with matters of spirituality and her decades long mindfulness practice.

She has held faculty positions at both American International College and Western New England University, both in Springfield, Massachusetts and has integrated mindfulness into her work with children and their families, as well as teachers, college students, and patients participating in cardiac rehabilitation. Since 2005, she has been affiliated with the Center for Mindfulness in Worcester, Massachusetts where she taught Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and trained teachers across the world to do the same.

Her most influential mindfulness instructors continue to be her children and grandchildren.

Anne Twohig - An Immersion in Mindfulness

Anne Twohig

Anne lives in Ireland in the beautiful seaside town of Greystones, where she enjoys long walks by the sea and hiking in the hills of County Wicklow.  She is a certified MBSR teacher and teacher trainer. She is the founder of the Centre for Mindfulness Ireland, which she established in 2007. Anne trained with the Center for Mindfulness (CFM), University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMass), and has been a member of their professional teaching faculty since 2014.  She has been the host for professional teacher trainings in Ireland as well as teaching with CFM in Ireland, Europe and in the United States.

Anne has extensive experience teaching mindfulness across a range of areas, including healthcare, education, non-profit organisations, prison services, and the corporate and banking sectors. She was the recipient of a Social Entrepreneurs Ireland award for her work in Mindfulness in Education.  Anne feels great satisfaction offering mindfulness within healthcare and privileged to have had the many opportunities to share with those who work diligently for the relief of suffering in others.

Anne was recently invited to join the teaching faculty at University of California San Diego (UCSD) Center for Mindfulness and is now part of the teaching team of the UCSD Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute offering MBSR teacher trainings in Europe.

John Cummins - An Immersion in Mindfulness

John Cummins

John Cummins PgDip (Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy) Bsc (Psychiatric Nursing) RPN (Nursing Board) CFM Qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher.

John is a Clinical Nurse Specialist from County Cork in Ireland specialising in the delivery of cognitive behavioural psychotherapy (CBT) and mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) programmes. He completed his studies in CBT at Trinity College Dublin and in MBSR with the Centre for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts. He has a range of experience over his the last twelve years in mental health to include acute, forensic and community mental health settings. He is skilled in the psychological assessment and treatment of various mental health challenges. He also provides clinical supervision to therapists. He has been successfully involved in the research, publication and development of a mobile phone mental health application for mental health services users.

John is a part time lecturer at University College Cork on the mental health nursing programme and also on the postgraduate diploma in cognitive behavioural psychotherapy. Over the last five years he has had a close association with CFMI and CFM Umass where he has provided assistance in the organisation and delivery of their rigorous teacher trainings.

John has a special interest in developing mindfulness based stress reduction for healthcare professionals and has taught programmes to nurse managers and allied health professionals. He also has a keen interest in coaching mindfulness with golf athletes as an added tool in achieving peak sporting performance.