Mindfulness Based Living Course

With Mabel Odessey

Starting 23 April 2022

At Nalanda Monastery

About the course

The Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC) is built upon the work of international mindfulness teacher Rob Nairn and includes all the principles of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme with the addition of compassion.

The aim is to help participants develop a mindfulness practice that can be applied in both personal and professional life.

MBLC is an introductory eight-week course to learn more about secular compassion-based mindfulness, it is experiential and offers participants some simple tools for making mindfulness an ongoing part of their life.

All you need to bring with you is an open mind and a sense of curiosity. We all come to the course with hopes and objectives, however, in order to experience the present moment, we must leave expectations at the door.

MBLC is an 8-week course consisting of eight classes (two hours long), preceded by an introductory class and concluded by follow up session week 9. A day of mindfulness practice is also typically included between weeks 6 and 7. It is encouraged to attend all sessions and engage in a daily personal practice in-between classes to get the most from the course. The course manual and links to guided practices will be included.

The weekly themes are:

  1. Introductory Session – What is Mindfulness and Why Practice It? 23rd April 
  2. Session 1 – Start Where We Are 30th April
  3. Session 2 – The Body as a Place to Stay Present 7th May
  4. Session 3 – Introducing Mindfulness Support 14th May
  5. Session 4 – Working with Distraction 21st May
  6. Session 5 – Exploring the Undercurrent 28th May
  7. Session 6 – Attitude of the Observer 4th June 
  8. Day of Practice 5th June
  9. Session 7 – Self-acceptance 11th June
  10. Session 8 – A Mindfulness Based Life 18th June
  11. Follow Up session – The Rest of Your Life 28th June 

Practical information

The course will be hosted every Saturday from 10:00 – 12:00 in the old temple of Nalanda Monastery.

Places are limited to 15 people only.

Price and registration

  • Price for the whole course: 100€
  • Price for 10 veg. lunches: 100€
All revenue goes to cover the monastery costs.

In the case you want to attend the course but lack the means to pay the entire sum, please contact events@nalanda-monastery.eu.

About the teacher

Mabel Odessey

The course will be given in English by Mabel Odessey. Mabel has been studying buddhism since 2005, she is a teacher of the 16 Guidelines for Life, a program developed by the Foundation for the Development of Compassion and Wisdom that integrates mindfulness with secular ethics. She is in the second year of a MSc (Masters in Mindfulness and Compassion) at the University of the West of Scotland. She has been trained to teach the MBLC course by the UK Mindfulness Association.


➡️ Friends of Nalanda (Netherlands) – tax deductible donations.