• Study on mindfulness by Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA)

    Researchers of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) are investigating the effects of regular, long-term meditation practice.

  • Centrum voor Mindfulness and Awaris join forces

    With great pleasure we announce that Centrum voor Mindfulness and Awaris will start to cooperate in the field of mindfulness-based business transformation.

  • My Year Of Living Mindfully

    Award-winning health journalist Shannon Harvey searched for a scientifically proven way to improve her mental health. She decided to scientifically test mindfulness meditation and make a documentary about it ‘My Year Of Living Mindfully’.

  • Livestream with Jon Kabat-Zinn

    Livestream with Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course, on how do we respond wisely and purposefully as we go through these times with corona.

  • CVM is going online!

    Due to the corona measures, all group activities will be suspended nationally until April 6, 2020. As CVM, we follow this guideline. But we have found a suitable way to continue our activities during this period: we are going online!

  • You are not the only one with anxiety, stress or depression

    Self-compassion can help young people to deal with discomfort, self-criticism, self-isolation and worrying. Unfortunately, not many teens and young adults know about this powerful tool and a lot of them have serious issues.

  • New book by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff

    Recently, the latest book by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff, the developers of the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training, was published: "Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program: a guide for professionals".

  • Deepen your inquiry skills

    For mindful self-compassion teachers inquiry is probably one of the most interesting parts of the MSC course as it is a wonderful way supporting the participant to gain insights. At the same time, many teachers experience inquiry as challenging.

  • Mindfulness, science and practice: the state of the field mapped

    Over the past 2 decades, popular and scientific interest in mindfulness has rapidly developed. Yet, in recent years, critical voices have emerged. Scientists A. Berstein, D. Vago and T. Barnhofer invited more than 100 scholars to write 57 papers critically reflecting on the extant data. Results are now published as a special issue in the Current Opinion in Psychology.

  • My experience with the Mindful Self-Compassion intensive

    Recently Anabel Büchner joined a Mindful Self-Compassion intensive taught by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer. What did she personally learn from the course? Anabel shares her experiences in this article.

  • Cultivating presence in chaotic clinical environments

    Blog by dr. Ronald Epstein. As a palliative care physician and a primary care physician, I am always aware of the centrality of presence. Patients value a sense of shared presence with their physician and with their care team.

  • Mindfulness and Compassion at Work

    From 7 to 11 May you can follow the international online summit "Mindfulness & Compassion at Work". Participation is free. Wibo Koole, director and co-founder of the Centrum voor Mindfulness, is one of the keynote speakers during this 5-day event.

  • New: international English newsletter

    We are very proud to announce that we now have a newsletter in English. Over the last five years the Centrum voor Mindfulness in Amsterdam has increasingly hosted international courses and teacher training programs.

  • Theresa May about mindfulness in the British Parliament

    Wednesday, February 13, Chris Ruan, Labor Member of Parliament and for many years promoter of mindfulness in society, gave a warm plea for a mindful UK after Brexit. Prime Minister May confirmed the effects of mindfulness training.

  • New: mindfulness meditation evenings in English

    As of the start of 2019, the CvM is offering weekly meditation evenings in English to everybody who wants to boost their practice. Kim Brice is one of the teachers. In this article she describes how she feels about the importance of personal practice, and what it means to her to offer meditation at the CvM.

  • How mindfulness transforms relationships and child and family wellbeing

    On Thursday January 24th Susan Bögels, professor of mindfulness at the UvA and teacher and trainer at the Centrum voor Mindfulness, will give a presentation on mindfulness and relations within the family at SPUI25 in Amsterdam.

  • Mindful Self-Compassion at work

    Christopher Germer and Wibo Koole are inviting you for a 6 day program Mindful Self-Compassion at work Februari 2019 in California USA. Self-Compassion reduces stress and anxiety, giving rise to improved mental well-being, emotional resilience, physical health, and personal relationships.

  • With Professor Susan Bögels CVM Strengthens Mindfulness for Parents and Children

    Professor Mindfulness and psychotherapist at the University of Amsterdam Susan Bögels will strengthen CVM's programs for Mindfulness for Parents and Children. Together with her academic colleagues Eva Potharst and Irena Veringa, she will teach national and international (English spoken) course and teacher trainings in the areas of Mindful Parenting, Mindful Childbirth and Parenting, Mindful with Your Baby and Mindfulness for Children and Youth.

  • International MSC Teacher Festival

    Over 100+ MSC teachers from 22 countries gathered this summer at the first MSC International Teacher Festival in the best summer weather one could imagine in the Netherlands.

  • Jon Kabat-Zinn: “People are losing their minds”

    Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), spoke at a conference in October 2017 in the British House of Parliament in Londen. Politicions from more than 10 countries, the Netherlands included, had gathered there to brainstorm how mindfulness can influence politics and policy. At the highest level people are convinced of the power of mindfulness.