Our mission: mindfulness in society
The Centre for Mindfulness is a professional, innovative and an open training and expertise centre for mindfulness, which wants to contribute to the quality of life and work, education and health by integrating mindfulness in all parts of society. We apply this by offering training courses, education and expertise about the practice of mindfulness. Furthermore, the Centre is actively working on distribution of the practice and integration of mindfulness with lectures, publications and supplying information.
A wide offer of training courses
First of all, we offer basic and follow-up mindfulness courses that meet the professional standards, as originally developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and his Center for Mindfulness. In addition, we also address the application of mindfulness in different professional fields: managers and higher executives, children and teachers in elementary and high schools, employees in companies and in the health care. We have developed different programs for these target groups, such as: MindfulKids, Mindfulness, Management and Leadership and program for parents with children.
To support further development and the spreading of mindfulness, the Centre offers a professional education to become a mindfulness teacher and provides the professional intensification and follow-up on a high level.
The Centre relies on the proven effectiveness of MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) and the from there out developed Mindfulness Based Interventions (MBI’s) and works for deepening of the scientific foundation with research centres at home and abroad.
Collaboration with partners
The Centre willingly cooperates with other partners in the field of mindfulness. An example is the cooperation with the Expertise Centre of Mindfulness of the Amstel Academy of the VUmc/GGZ in Gees. To get our training courses to be available for a public as big as possible, the Centre maintains programmed collaboration with the largest website in the area of mindfulness in the Netherlands: www.aandachttraining.info. Through this website, independent established professional mindfulness teachers can offer their training courses throughout the country.
The initiative for founding the Centre of Mindfulness was taken by Rob Brandsma, George Langenberg and Wibo Koole in 2011. They had experienced the power and possibilities of mindfulness in different projects. They really wanted to pass this on. That is why they created a physical place within the society for this Centre for training, education and expertise in mindfulness.