Friday, 21 June 2019

5.00 – 6.30, Thursday 4th July 2019 G018, Institute for Lifecourse and Society, NUI Galway Kirsten will discuss the importance of connecting in a compassionate way with our own feelings and will introduce the audience to essential methods that can help us practice better self-care. Kirsten DeLeo is a teacher, author and trainer in the field of contemplative care. For over twenty-five years she has accompanied terminally ill patients and their families. She co-developed "Authentic Presence," one of the first contemplative-based programmes in end-of-life care in the United States, a programme that is now offered in Ireland as well. Kirsten is the author of “Present Through The End. A Caring Companion’s Guide to Accompanying the Dying” (Shambhala Publications, August 2019). See for more details. Kirsten has led many retreats at the Dzogchen Beara Meditation Centre in West Cork and we are delighted to welcome her on her first visit to Galway. The ILAS Building is Number 25 on this map.   Pay and Display parking is available in the Park and Ride car park near the ILAS Building.  It can be accessed via the entrance to Corrib Village, off the Upper Newcastle Road. The spaces in the Park and Ride are for staff and students only, but the Pay and Display/Pay by Phone spaces are available for visitors if they purchase a ticket from the nearby machine or online via the app (apcoaconnect). This is a free event but registration is required for logistical purposes.  Register Now

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

with Professor Craig Hassed Wednesday 5th June 2019 Lecture Hall MY243, Aras Moyola, NUI Galway (Building No 20 on the map available at this link) Speakers biographies available 8:00 - 9:00 Mindfulness Yoga Dr Eva Flynn What better way to start our day (before hitting the lecture hall), than with a gentle yoga session!  A limited number of places are available for people to join this session with Dr Eva Flynn.  If you would like to participate: 1. Wear loose comfortable clothing and2. Remember to bring a yoga mat with you!  Venue:  The View (Upstairs in building no 9 in the map available  at this link:   10:00 Mindfulness Meditation led by Associate Professor Craig Hassed, Monash University 10:30  Mindfulness at Work Associate Professor Craig Hassed, Monash University In this workshop, Professor Hassed will explain how we can bring Mindfulness into our place of work, and why it is a great idea to do so!   12:30 Lunch 14:00 Mindfulness MeditationLed by Phil Noone, NUI Galway 14:15 Compassion at WorkIn this session our speakers explore perspectives on Compassion, from how it affects our brains and our behaviour to how this in turn impacts on our relationships at home and at work. Dr Eva Flynn & Dr David Mothersill, NUI Galway Professor Craig Hassed, Monash University 15:30 - 16:15 Loving Kindness Meditationled by Dr Eva Flynn, NUI Galway    

Monday, 11 February 2019

The Mindful Way @ NUI Galway is delighted to welcome Thubten Gelong back to the campus on Monday 18th February.  Thubten is a Buddhist Monk and contributed to the Ruby Wax book "How to be Human".   Join us for sessions at 8:10, 1:10 or 5:10 (or come to all three!)   Location:  CA107 Cairnes Building

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Thursday evenings 5:10 – 5:50pm (with the option to remain afterwards for further discussion) Venue:  AC215 x 12 weeks:   (Turn right at Bank of Ireland, then left)  Thur 13/9/2018 – 29/11/2018 (subject to someone volunteering to share, so be sure to check online each week at   Mindful Way @ NUI Galway has a database of nearly 1000 students, staff and members of the public who engage in a variety of ways in the practice of Mindfulness, both individually and collectively. The Mindful Journeys Series is part of this initiative, in response to requests for a forum where discussions around Mindfulness can take place, and where people interested in Mindfulness can meet and connect.   On Thursday evenings, mindfulness practitioners volunteer to share their Mindful Journeys and the role Mindful practice plays in their lives. Speakers include people who work, study, teach and research at NUI Galway and other universities, as well as practitioners from industry and public service around the world.  Each Thursday will include a shared meditation practice, a sharing of knowledge and experiences, and a discussion between 5:10 pm and ending at 5:50pm, with the option to remain afterwards for further discussion.   Interested in presenting?  If yes, please send your bio, photo, a proposed title for your session along with a brief description to, along with dates (Thursdays!) that would suit you to present!

Monday, 13 August 2018

Mindful Way @ NUI Galway in association with Mindfulness Ireland presents Mindfulness in Everyday Life With Brother Kai Li, a Senior Monastic from Plum Village* Thursday, 30th August 2018 from 6pm - 8pm and Friday 31st August from 10:30am - to 4:30pm (registration at 10am) Lecture Hall MY243, Aras Moyola   The practice of mindfulness is about being present and awake to each moment of our daily lives. Teacher Brother Kai Li, a Senior Monastic from Plum Village, is an experienced teacher and enjoys leading retreats and days of mindfulness to large and small gatherings around the world. He shares his experience of mindful living with great humour and depth. Having visited Ireland a few years ago he is delighted to return to Galway.  *Plum Village, near Bordeaux in southwest France, is the largest international practice centre in the Plum Village tradition, and the first monastic community founded by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Thich Nhat Hanh is a global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist, revered around the world for his powerful teachings and bestselling writings on mindfulness and peace. His key teaching is that, through mindfulness, we can learn to live happily in the present moment - the only way to truly develop peace, both in one’s self and in the world.  These events are free and all are welcome. You are welcome to attend either or both events, on Thursday evening and/or throughout the day on Friday.  On Friday, you are invited to bring your own lunch and drink, or you can  avail of restaurants on campus.  The day will include guided meditations, walking meditation, a talk on integrating mindfulness into daily life and a period for questions. VENUE:  Aras Moyola.  Please click HERE for a campus map, where Aras Moyola is No. 14 on the map.  IMPORTANT:  PARKING ON CAMPUS  There is limited parking on campus, Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 17.30 and clamping is operation so please be sure to park in a Pay & Display space if you do not have a staff/student parking permit.  For more information visit and

Friday, 22 June 2018

The herb garden in front of the Alice Perry Engineering Building (#21 on the campus map, see link below) followed by a tour of the raised herb beds in front of Friars restaurant in the Cairnes School of Business & Economics (#22 on the campus map)  Thursday 28th June at 1:10pm The herb garden in front of Moffetts restaurant (in the Orbsen Building, #15 on the campus map)

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Mindfulness in Public Policy to be explored at NUI Galway conference Impact of Mindfulness in Health, Education and Justice Systems to be the subject of “Ireland’s Mindful Journey” Event on June 14th.  The development and impact of policy relating to mindfulness will be explored at a conference in NUI Galway on June 14th. The “Ireland’s Mindful Journey” event will explore how mindfulness is steadily making its way into our Health, Education and Justice systems from the ground up, and examine policy in these areas. The conference runs from 9.30-17.00 and places can be booked at   Speakers include: Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, Minister of State at the Department of Education with special responsibility for Higher Education. Professor Lokesh Joshi, Vice President for Research and SFI Stokes Professor of GlycoSciences at NUI Galway. Prof Craig Hassed of Monash University in Australia, whose teaching, research and clinical interests include mindfulness-based stress management. Dr Ann Caulfield of Mindfulness Matters, a Mayo-based initiative, which has endeavoured to embed mindfulness into primary level education since 2011. Dr Catherine O'Brien M.R.C.Psych . Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in CAMHS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services) Inpatient Unit Merlin Park Ms Mary Lovegrove of Mindful Nation Ireland, a not-for-profit organisation supporting and encouraging mindfulness and compassion initiatives in public life. Niamh Bruce, former Executive Director and Director of Programmes for the Sanctuary (A non-profit meditation centre in Smithfield area for over 10 years.  Eilis Barry, chief executive of FLAC, the Free Legal Advice Centres, an independent NGO that campaigns for access to justice.   Ms Kate O’Flaherty, Head of Health and Wellbeing at Healthy Ireland, a Government-led initiative which promotes physical and mental health, and wellbeing. Dr Paul D’Alton, Head and Clinical Lead of the Department of Psycho-oncology at St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin and Founder and Co-Director of the MSc in Mindfulness Based Interventions in University College Dublin. Leanne Robins, a Senior Medical Social Worker based within the CAMHS Inpatient Unit at Merlin Park Hospital, Galway.  Michael O’Reilly,  a lawyer (Solicitor and Barrister) with an extensive background in legal practice, arts and culture, policy development, political consultancy, governance and strategic planning in the private and public spheres. Ann Walsh, Lecturer in Marketing in the JE Carines School of Business & Economics at NUI Galway, where she is also Associate Head of Teaching & Learning. Extended speaker biographies  are available .  Speaking about the forthcoming event, Professor Lokesh Joshi, Vice President for Research at NUI Galway said: “As mental health is becoming more of a priority issue for governments and policy makers, this conference will share experiences of mindfulness programmes nationally and internationally with a view to developing best practice and informing policy. “Through research and a range of activities on our campuses, we are exploring how mindfulness contributes to improved wellbeing in our society. While there is often a focus on meditation, mindfulness is about far more than that. Its techniques can change how we relate to ourselves and to those around us by keeping us in the present moment to better respond to the situations we face. While there are many successful initiatives, mindfulness has yet to permeate policy in many areas, and we hope that these examples from the health, justice and education systems can highlight the potential for mindfulness to transform culture in a range of settings.” The event will be of particular interest to researchers and policy makers working in the area of mindfulness. To book your free place at this one day event, visit 9:00am to 3:15pm Thursday 14th June 2018 G019 Lecture Theatre, Human Biology Building, NUI Galway ‌  

Monday, 21 May 2018

In this busy world, just being Mindful makes it easier to savour the pleasures in life as they occur, helps us become fully engaged in activities, and creates a greater capacity to deal with regular chaos. According to Geshe Lobsang, former Tibetan mink, there are nine stages that the mind can be trained to be a perfect mindful. In this workshop Geshe will use a Tibetan Traditional Mindfulness Thangka painting to show the mindfulness process. This illustration is thousands of years old, and traditionally it is used for mindfulness meditation training in Tibetan monasteries.   Geshe Lobsang Biosketch Geshe Lobsang is a former Tibetan Buddhist monk, Philanthropist, and is certified in Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) fully accredited by UMass Medical Center USA. He is a mindfulness instructor at County Jail in Silicon Valley to teach inmates how to handle their stress and emotions. He is a Tibetan Medicine practitioner and practicing Tibetan Medicine at Kunde Institute's clinic in San Francisco. It is his fifth year to co-organize the Tibetan and Western Integrative Medicine Symposium with the Family Medicine Department of Stanford University. He has been traveling to many countries to exhibit Tibetan arts and culture for the Arts of Compassion Tour since 2000.   * A map showing the venue can be found here

Monday, 23 April 2018

You are invited to join us for this free morning workshop “Relational Mindfulness: Bringing Mindfulness into everyday life and relating with others”.  What is relational mindfulness? We typically consider mindfulness as something that is done silently, alone and while sitting down. While research has been shown this type of mindfulness to have many positive benefits, many believe mindfulness could also serve us if it could be connected directly to everyday life. RELATIONAL mindfulness, brings mindfulness from silent sitting alone, into respectful meditative communication with others. Associate Professor MAREK VICH (bio below) is leading the development of practice and research in this field and will give two workshops at NUI Galway in collaboration with the Mindful Way on Thursday 3rd May in Emily Anderson Concert Hall in the Quadrangle (8 on map). These 2.5 hour workshops are LIMITED in size to 20 people each so please BOOK EARLY. We look forward to seeing you there! Mindful @ NUIGalway team SYMPOSIUM REGISTRATION  If you would like to attend this free event, please register your attendance at Mindful Way Registration   VENUE The Aula Maxima.  Please click HERE for campus map. The Aula Maxima is No. 1 on the map.    IMPORTANT:  PARKING ON CAMPUS There is limited parking on campus, Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 17.30 and clamping is operation so please be sure to park in a Pay & Display space if you do not have a staff/student parking permit.    Biographies Marek Vich (Relational Mindfulness Facilitator) Dr. Marek Vich currently works as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Management at the University of Economics, Prague. His PhD research focused on the examination of relational mindfulness which focuses on the development of mindfulness in the relational context of dialogue. Together with colleagues, he has designed an 8-week mindfulness-based intervention called Relational Mindfulness Training (RMT). They have conducted two studies that have demonstrated beneficial effects of RMT on higher mindfulness, self-compassion, compassion, subjective happiness and stress.    David Mothersill (Mindful Way Host)) Dr. David Mothersill works as a Neuroscientist and Lecturer in the School of Psychology, and Course Coordinator of the MSc in Clinical Neuroscience at NUI Galway. His research is in the area of social neuroscience, the study of brain processes that help us to understand and empathise with other people.   Eric Van Lente (Mindful Way Host) Eric Van Lente is a PhD Candidate in the School of Psychology and is currently conducting research on the relationship between mindfulness, oneness (nondual awareness) and well-being. Prior to this Eric has been involved in health, medical, educational and mechanical engineering research.           Discipline/Office/Unit Mindful Way @ NUI GalwayCategory Health & LifestyleLocation Emily Anderson Concert Hall (Upper Aula Maxima)Location Type On Campus

Thursday, 17 September 2015

NUI Galway is hosting a one and a half-day Mindful Way conference 09 and 10 October, 2015 to bring mindfulness visionaries, higher education leaders and university students, staff and faculty together to share the evidence-based impact of mindfulness on performance, well-being, entrepreneurship and society.    You can find details of the conference programme here. This is going to be a really interesting and worthwhile event - our lineup of international speakers includes: Alfred Tolle, Google Compassion Guy and Founder of Wisdom Stockholm Chris Ruane, ex-Labour MP and founder of UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Mindfulness Gelong Thubten, Tibetan Buddhist Monk and Director of ROKPA Switzerland, Samye Foundation Wales and KSD Scarborough UK Dr. Jutta Tobias, Cranfield University School of Management Lt. Col. Ray Lane, Commanding Officer, Irish Defence Force Ordnance School Sr. Stanislaus Kennedy, Member of the Congregation of Religious Sisters of Charity and Founder, The Sanctuary Nipun Mehta, Founder, Peter Read, Angel Investor and Advisor, and former Managing Partner, Google Ventures