Introduction to Mindfulness: A 6 Week Course in Paris

Why Mindfulness?

Mindfulness meditation is the practice of being aware of what is here and now in a loving, accepting, welcoming way, rather than being somewhere else like we often are - in the future, in the past, in our to do list, in our pain or in our stories. Like any sports or music practice, mindfulness is a skill we can learn and it strengthens over time as we keep practicing.

Hundreds of studies show mindfulness decreases symptoms of stress, depression, anxiety, pain; improves sleep; decreases the use of abusive substances and more. All the brilliant health impacts aside, mindfulness makes us more present, resilient and joyful; it helps us get to know ourselves, and it transforms our relationships.

Why This Course?

  • This 6 week course will give you the fundamental concepts of mindfulness with a heavy focus on practice. Each class will be supplemented with extra (optional) practice time.
  • Small class sizes (8 people) will allow you to share (if you want to) and learn from other people's experiences. Through the interactions with other students in the course, you will learn and practice mindful communication.
  • My main goal as teacher will be to set you up for a continuous home practice beyond the course, and to show you how to bring mindfulness into your daily life.

Course Structure

  • Weekly classes (2 hours long)
  • Weekly optional practice time with tea & snacks (1.5 hour long)
  • 5 - 20 min per day formal home practice between classes
  • Informal practices to bring mindfulness into daily life
  • Audio recordings of meditations to support your home practice
  • Handouts with key concepts
  • Optional reading material (book excerpts, essays, poems)
  • Silent retreat at the end of the course (3 hours long)
  • Email, text or call support throughout the course

What You Will Learn

  • Week 1 What is mindfulness?
    What is compassion?
    Anchoring on the present moment
  • Week 2 Trauma-sensitive mindfulness
    Resourcing for inner strength
    Mindfulness of feeling tones
    Mindfulness of the body
  • Week 3 Mindfulness of emotions
    Mindfulness of thoughts
    Standing meditation
    Lovingkindness
  • Week 4 Mindfulness of beliefs
    Walking meditation
    Compassionate breathing
  • Week 5 Recognize-Allow-Investigate-Nurture (RAIN) in the face of difficulties
    Eating meditation
  • Week 6 Mind like sky
    Gratitude
    Practicing beyond the course
  • 3 Hour Silent Retreat Extended sitting and walking meditations to deepen your practice

Who Can Join?

Everyone is welcome! No previous experience required. A sufficient level of English is needed as the course will be taught in English.  

Class dates and locations

  • The course will take place for 6 weeks between June 3 - July 11.
  • When registering, you can select between two classes: Monday evenings 19:00 - 21:00 or Tuesday evenings 19:00-21:00.
  • Both classes will be held at 8 Rue Saint-Marc 75002 Paris. Metro: Bourse (Line 3) or Grands Boulevards (Lines 8,9).
  • Optional practice time for both classes will take place on Thursday evenings 19:00-20:30.
  • Optional practice will be at 24 Rue de Mogador 75009 Paris. Metro: Saint-Lazare (Lines 3,12,13,14) or Trinité - d'Estienne d'Orves (Line 12).  

Payment and Benefits

  • Discounted Price: The course is currently discounted at 249€ for a total of 6 weeks. You are saving 50€ from the regular price of 299€.
  • What's included in this total price: 23 hours of teaching + 9 hours of recorded meditations to use during and keep after the course + handouts and reading material + 20% discount to Paris Mindfulness Community.  
  • Financial Aid: If you can't afford to pay 249€, you are welcome to pay what you can afford to pay. This is to ensure that everyone can find wellness regardless of their financial situation. Previous students have benefited from 25% - 50% reductions from the course price. You may choose to indicate your financial aid need at registration.
  • Payment: You can pay by cash or bank transfer at the end of the first class (June 3-4).
  • Free Cancellation: You can cancel for free until the end of the first class (June 3 - 4). This is to allow you to test mindfulness by coming to the first class, and to recognize life conditions may change (sickness, moving etc.).
  • Referral Discounts: For every friend you bring to the course, you get a 20€ discount to use towards this course or another course in the future.

Your registration will be complete after you fill a short registration form. Last day to register is May 31st.

Register now

About the teacher

Hi, I'm Zeynep! I've been practicing mindfulness for the past 8 years. I'm in teacher training with world-renowned teachers Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield. I teach mindfulness to individuals and businesses in Paris, and I also am the founder and organizer of Paris Mindfulness Community.

Mindfulness has truly been the most helpful practice for me over the years. It has decreased my stress, increased my resilience, deepened my awareness, and connected me to a deeper capacity for compassion to myself and others. I feel lucky to be a mindfulness teacher and am very excited to share this amazing gift with others!

Being born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey, and having lived in the US for 4 years and in Paris for 3 years, I consider myself a blend of Turkish, American and French cultures. I care deeply about diversity and make multicultural communication a big part of all my classes and communities.

Student Reviews

So perfect as an introduction course, it opened my mind to new concepts and ways of seeing life.. I loved the spontaneity, humbleness, good energy during sessions.. I left classes so light, peaceful and grateful. Thank you because I could pay what I could afford to pay and like that I was able to join the course.. Love your recordings, your handouts, and all good energy you put into this course. I hope I can continue practicing what you taught even if 5 minutes a day. - Gabriela
I valued most the community, the joint learning, the feeling of intimacy and space while discovering new things about myself, the progress we've made without really feeling the pressure, the lovely and patient teacher, the practice classes, and the location. I salute your courage to help some "lost" souls finding their ways to a happier every day life! I feel blessed having you as my mindfulness teacher, and can't wait to practice with you again. - Eva
During the meditation course with Zeynep, I learned to break free from my own negative perceptions and self-evaluation which had me in state of paralysis and despair. As a result, I found myself opening up communication channels, finding clarity and understanding the power of compassion and feel more capable of forging my own pathways. - Verena
The course was wonderful, I just wished it would have lasted longer! This course succeeded my expectations (the clear and detailed handouts, the recordings, the practice sessions, the 3 hours retreat, and Zeynep's warmth). - Alex
It is very well organized course. The structure of the group and guidelines were so helpful. - Seren

FAQ

Are classes recorded?
No, to respect the privacy of students in the course, classes and practice hours are not recorded.

What happens if I have to miss a class?
It's understandable if you need to miss a class or two due to other commitments. In this case, I will work with you individually to catch you up. You will also have the readings, handouts, meditation recordings and extra practice hours to help you cover what you missed to.

How much financial aid is available?
Previous students of the course have benefited from 25-50% reductions from the course price. We can determine your aid amount together based on your circumstances.

Thank You!

Feel free to contact me about any questions and hesitations!  Thank you for your interest and hoping to meet you soon.
With love,
Zeynep