Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living – MBCL –

Hjertet i mindfulness er medfølelse

 Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living – MBCL –

Vil du lærer om mindfulness og medfølelse? og kunne du tenke deg gode øvelser du kan jobbe videre med efter kurset, – øvelser der styrker hjertets innlevelse og medfølelse og evne til dypere egen omsorg? –  så vil jeg anbefale dette kurs med Fritz Koster, en enestående lærer på dette felt.

Kurset kan også inngå som grunnkurs til utdannelsen som MBCL-instruktør.


What is Compassion?

Compassion is the capacity to be sensitive to the suffering of ourselves and others and the willingness to relieve and prevent it (Paul Gilbert, 2014). It is a capacity inherent in all of us but for many reasons does not always come to flourish. Fortunately, it can be trained, developed and deepened through practice.  Compassion is characterised by kindness and receptivity as well as courage and responsibility. Many believe compassion should be directed towards others rather than ourselves. But self-compassion is not a selfish activity. Research increasingly shows that self-compassion is – like mindfulness – key to mental health and goes hand in hand with greater openness and empathy towards others.

What does this MBCL Foundation Course offer?

In this workshop participants will experience key features of the MBCL curriculum, including the main themes as well as the major exercises. Themes include: the evolutionary perspective and multi-layered brain; the three basic emotion regulation systems and the value of training our soothing system; expanding the stress theory with the psychological equivalents of fight, flight, freeze and their antidotes self-kindness, common humanity and mindfulness of suffering; tend and befriend; cultivating a compassionate mind and an inner helper rather than an inner bully; overidentifying and disidentifying; Four Friends for Life: loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity.

Exercises include: soothing breathing rhythm, compassionate imagery (safe place, compassionate companion, embodying compassion); dealing compassionately with resistance, desire and maladaptive patterns; loving kindness towards ourselves and others; compassionate breathing; an appreciative bodyscan; walking and moving with kindness; compassionate letter writing; practising sympathetic joy, gratitude, forgiveness and equanimity; informal practices in daily life.

During the workshop, relevant scientific insights underpinning compassion training will be interwoven in the teaching.

Participant Requirements

  • Participants are expected to be familiar with basic mindfulness practice, preferably by having followed an eight-week mindfulness training (MBSR, MBCT or equivalent).
    The workshop is not suitable for participants without mindfulness meditation experience. If you have any mindfulness meditation experience you are welcome.
  • Participants can be mindfulness teachers, psychologists, psychotherapists, doctors, social workers, counselors and coaches and are expected to have a professional interest in the applications of (self-) compassion.
  • Participants are expected to be responsible for themselves and willing to deepen their self-inquiry by engaging in experiential exercises, share experiences and engage in mindful dialogue with the teacher and each other; all in an unforced way.


Learning Objectives

  • Participants will have experienced the main exercises of the MBCL programme as a first step to understand their meaning for their personal and professional lives.
  • Participants will have a basic understanding of the content, the main themes and scientific background of the MBCL programme.
  • Participants will have a basis to further cultivate and deepen (self-) compassion practice for personal and professional benefit and continue with MBCL Teacher Training seminars, if they wish so.


Frits Koster is a Vipassana meditation teacher and a certified teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). He has also trained and worked as a psychiatric nurse. He has taught mindfulness in mental health settings, including clinics and hospitals, for many years. He has been practicing Theravada Buddhism for 40 years and lived as a Buddhist monk in Thailand for six years in the 1980s. He has been leading Vipassana retreats and courses since the 1980s. He is a member of the faculty of the Institute for Mindfulness-Based Approaches (IMA) as well as various mindfulness training institutes across Europe. He was trained by founding teachers in Compassion Focused Therapy, Mindful Self-Compassion and Interpersonal Mindfulness (Insight Dialogue).

He is the author of several books, including Liberating Insight, Buddhist Meditation as Stress Management and The Web of Buddhist Wisdom. Thailand: Silkwormbooks. With Erik van den Brink he developed the MBCL programme and co-authored several publications, which are published in Dutch, English, German and Spanish. Website: www.compassionateliving.info.


Further reading

  • Erik van den Brink & Frits Koster (2015): Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living – A new training programme to deepen mindfulness with heartfulness. London/New York: Routledge.
  • Erik van den Brink & Frits Koster, with Victoria Norton (2018): A practical guide to Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living – Living with Heart. London/New York: Routledge.



17. – 19. september 2021
Fredag og lørdag kl. 9.30 – 18
Søndag kl. 9.00 – 13.00


Undervisningen vil være på engelsk

Pris og påmeldning

Pris:: 5.200.-


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