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About the Course

Interest in meditation, mindfulness, and contemplation has grown exponentially in recent years. Rather than being seen as mystical practices from ancient Buddhism or esoteric philosophy, they are increasingly seen as technologies rooted in evidence from psychology and neuroscience. Mindfulness has become the basis for numerous therapeutic interventions, both as a treatment in healthcare and as a means of enhancing well-being and happiness. For millions around the world, mindfulness has become a life-style choice, enhancing and enriching everyday experience. Mindfulness is big business. But, what actually is mindfulness? Is it really good for you? Can anyone learn it? How can you recognize charlatans? Would you want to live in a mindful society, and would it smell like sandalwood? What does it feel like to be mindful? Are you mindful already, and how would you know? Evolving from the popular Honours Academy course at Leiden University, this innovative course combines conventional scholarly inquiry from multiple disciplines (ranging from psychology, through philosophy, to politics) with experiential learning (including specially designed ‘meditation labs,’ in which you’ll get chance to practice and analyze mindfulness on yourself). In the end, the course aims to provide a responsible, comprehensive, and inclusive education about (and in) mindfulness as a contemporary phenomenon. During the production of this course, we have been supported by Willem Kuyken, Director of the University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre, and Stephen Batchelor, co-founder of Bodhi College. And we gratefully acknowledge the contributions made by Mark Williams, co-developer of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and Rebecca Crane, Director of the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at the University of Bangor. We have recently added expert advice from Dawn Scott (Spirit Rock & Barre Centre for Buddhist Studies), Sydney Spears (University of Kansa), Elisabeth Stanley (Georgetown University), Susan Woods (Centre for Mindfulness Studies), Patricia Rockman (University of Toronto) and Jeff Corntassel (University of Victoria). "A deep and profound dive into the ethical, social, psychological, and philosophical implications of modern-day mindfulness practice. The course is not for the faint of heart, perhaps, but it is also full of practical, guided exercises for the uninitiated! Thank you for redefining my relationship to Mindfulness in a completely new and thought-provoking way" 28 april 2021 "The course enabled me to explore the mindfulness construct at its deeper lever from philosophical, psychological and political lenses. The mindfulness labs were very useful in practicing the skills of being mindful." 23 nov 2018 "i took this course after a period of time when I was trying to practice mindfulness and meditation, but with doubtful success. The course answered many questions to me, and I needed that to keep me motivated. It really helped me understand the origins and, more importantly, benefits of mindfulness practice and made me persist in my attempts. I'm really glad I took the course, I find it interesting, well taught and very useful for all those seeking deeper explanation in why trying mindfulness." 9 Oct 2018 "I have taken other courses in other online platforms. However, this has been one of the best courses I have found online." 3 Oct 2018 "I really like the invitation to us, the learners, to rethink our preconceptions and beliefs, and then make our own judgement about mindfulness. The overall tone was very friendly and open, resources very useful." 12 Dec 2017...

Top reviews

Jul 20, 2020

A course that will open your mind and heart. I thoroughly enjoyed it and learnt so much about Mindfulness and how I want to incorporate it into my daily life, relationships and personality. Thank you!

Feb 2, 2020

It is such a useful and practical course. The contents, discussions, assignments and quizzes are extremely insightful. I truly enjoyed the course and awaiting a second phase of the course in future.

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By Kathryn L W

Jun 7, 2020

It was literally awesome. It SO exceeded my expectations and my own growth!

By Michelle G

Nov 7, 2017

I really enjoyed this class and the history of Mindfulness that was taught.

By Silvia C

Sep 18, 2017

This course really helped me to obtain the tools I was looking for. Thanks!

By M B

Jul 3, 2021

It was the most rewarding and growing mindfulness class I have ever taken.

By Veronica G

Mar 23, 2021

I highly recommend this course to bring awareness and mindfulness to all.


Oct 4, 2017

Very different And really brilliant. The best course I have done so far.

By Louy S F M

May 5, 2017

The course is changing my life... Even the mentor speech is teaching me.

By warren E

Aug 31, 2020

excellent introduction into the world of mindfulness. Well recommended

By Luis R H S O

Aug 29, 2018

an amazing course clarifying exactly the whole meaning in Mindfulness.

By Deleted A

Apr 9, 2018

Thanks great course with lots to think about and deepening our insight

By Dechaume M

Apr 8, 2018

I highly recommend this Course to understand and practice Mindfulness.

By Robert L

Feb 1, 2018

outstanding course. should be complementary to Robert Wright's course.

By Margarito Z

Jul 18, 2019

Excelente curso. De mucha ayuda para las personas en todo momento.

By Eugenia B

May 10, 2019

So practical and easy to understand. Even funny and well explained

By Vita d G

Feb 4, 2018

When you take this course seriously, it will change you for better

By Yanisha G

Jun 17, 2020

a great and informative course which is helping in my daily life.

By Lindsey W

May 30, 2020

Learned a ton and took up meditation as a regular practice again!

By Ricardo B V

May 13, 2020

Great, lots of very good, illustrating and enriching information.

By Marie-Luise H

Jun 20, 2018

Thank you very much for this mind opening experience! 5 stars! :)

By Janet f

Jul 26, 2017

Content was excellent and so well presented. Thank you thank you!

By Cecilia C P

Oct 31, 2016

It's five weeks of learning and developing skills. Great content!

By jo a l

Apr 1, 2020

Fantastic course, Amazing & awesome instructor. Very insightful.

By Amal C

Nov 1, 2016

It's a good start for beginners and seekers of the mindfulness.

By Carlos C

Nov 30, 2020

Un curso verdaderamente vivencial y efectivo, cambia las cosas.

By Barry T

Oct 21, 2016

Absolutely great! A very well rounded approach to mindfulness.