Mindfulness for Experienced Practitioners: A 7 Week course in Paris

Your Mindfulness Journey

We all come to mindfulness for different reasons and commonly find that it is possible to find freedom - to live our lives with more presence, heart, body awareness and calm. Our mindfulness journeys are unique to us, but over time three things remain common and constant:

1. mindfulness is a great experiment,
2. mindfulness is a great teacher,
3. there is so much we can learn from each other in a safe and supportive environment.  

Why This Course?

  • This course will cover more advanced topics than an introductory course and deepen your understanding and practice of mindfulness. It will spread mindfulness into more areas of your life.
  • Small class sizes (8-12 people) will allow you to share and learn from other people's experiences, as well as practice mindful communication.

Course Structure

  • Weekly classes of 2 hours in central Paris
  • 20-30 min per day home practice between classes
  • Additional practices to bring mindfulness into daily life
  • Audio recordings of meditations taught in class to use during your home practice
  • Handouts with key concepts
  • Optional learning material (articles, videos, book excerpts)
  • Day long silent retreat at the end of the course
  • Email, text or call support throughout the course

What You Will Learn

  • Week 1 - Challenges of compassion & lovingkindness
    - Going from "doing" to "being"
    - Mindfulness of limiting beliefs
  • Week 2 - Pain
    - (Chronic) Sickness
  • Week 3 - Forgiveness of self
    - Forgiveness of others
  • Week 4 - Mindful relationships
    - Non-harming
    - Mindfulness of Earth
  • Week 5 - Desire and Addiction
    - Aversion and Strong Fear
    - Doubt
  • Week 6 - Sympathetic Joy
    - Generosity
    - Equanimity
  • Week 7 Day Long Silent Retreat to deepen your practice

Who Can Join?

  • This is a multicultural and non-sectarian course, open to everyone from all walks of life and all identities of ethnicity, color, national origin/ancestry, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, military/veteran status, or marital status. Multicultural & Mindful Dialogue Guidelines are taught and reminded at every meeting.
  • It is preferred that you have taken the Introduction to Mindfulness course or that you have an ongoing mindfulness practice for at least 1-2 months. (See FAQ for more info)
  • A sufficient level of English is needed as the course will be taught in English.  

Course Dates, Times and Locations

Course dates Thursday evening class
First 6 classes To be announced soon
7th class (day-long silent retreat) To be announced soon
Last day to register early with 10% discount To be announced soon
Last day to register To be announced soon

If the above dates don't work for you, you can get on the waiting list to be notified when new classes open.

Fees, Payment and Discounts

  • To ensure that everyone can find more wellness regardless of their financial situation, you can pay for the course in proportion to your ability. (See the FAQ section below for more information.)
  • The suggested sustaining price for the course is 334€. This fee covers the rental of central spaces in Paris, 12 hours of teaching, day long silent retreat, 9 hours of recorded meditations, handouts and learning material.
  • If you don't have the means, you can contribute an aid price of your choice between 0 - 334€. You can also pay in several payments.
  • If you have the means and you would like to support others with less means, you can contribute a supporting price of your choice between 334 - 434€.
  • If you are paying sustaining or supporting prices (334-434€), you can also benefit from an early registration discount of 10% (see early registration dates above) and referral discounts of 10% for every friend you bring to the course.
  • At the time of your registration, a deposit will be asked to confirm your commitment to the course. The deposit will be 20% of the total amount you have chosen to pay. This deposit is refundable until the end of the first class. Your remaining total will be collected at the end of the first class.  

Cancellation Policy

  • You can cancel for free until the end of the first class and get a full refund. This is to recognize that mindfulness is not for everyone (you can test it by coming to the first class), and to recognize that life conditions may change (sickness, moving etc.).

New classes open every 6 weeks. Get on the waiting list to be notified when registration opens!  

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About the teacher

Hi, I'm Zeynep! I've been practicing mindfulness for the past 9 years and teaching it for the past year to individuals and businesses in Paris and online. I am a trainee of world-renowned teachers Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield, and will complete my 2 year certification program in February 2021.

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

Being born and raised in Istanbul, and having lived in St. Louis, US for 4 years and in Paris for 3 years, I consider myself a blend of Turkish, American and French cultures. I speak Turkish, English and (an improving) French. My gender pronouns are she/her/hers. I care deeply about multiculturalism and I make it a big part of all my classes and communities.

My teaching approach is:

  • Focusing on real-world applications of mindfulness
  • Focusing on direct experience of concepts
  • Sharing and learning from others in small groups
  • Moving from scientific evidence
  • Bringing teachings to life with literature and stories
  • Making wellness accessible to all by asking participants to pay what they can afford to pay
  • Creating safe learning environments with mindful & multicultural communication guidelines

Read more about me here, and read my manifesto on everyday wellness.

Student Reviews

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, 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. - Julie
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 retreat, and Zeynep's warmth). - Maria
It is very well organized course. The structure of the group and guidelines were so helpful. - Seren
Everything was thought out to the tiniest detail and very well organized! It was a beautiful course. - Eda
I really liked this course and especially valued focusing on myself for a moment, and accepting myself and situations around me. - Alex
You explain everything so well and the course feels very balanced. It was a wonderful start of my journey to mindfulness. - Delia
The course is brilliant. I really enjoyed the course and was surprised that everything we’ve learned really works. I’d say this another step forward to a person I’d like to be thanks to you. Thank you Zeynep for your time and energy, I couldn’t wish better teacher or better quality of content. It was really great and inspiring. - Emilie
I really loved how open and kind and caring everyone was. It felt like a safe space from day one! - Gaby
I liked how everyone was very open to this course and welcoming. We all learned how to listen. - Antonio

New classes open every 6 weeks. Get on the waiting list to be notified when registration opens!  

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These dates don't work for me! When are the next classes starting?
New classes open every 6 weeks or so. You can get on the waiting list to be notified when new classes open for registration.  

I don't meditate everyday and when I meditate, I don't meditate for 40-60 minutes. Can I still join this course?
Yes! The depth of your mindfulness practice cannot be measured by minutes or days. If you feel you have a good understanding of the fundamental concepts of mindfulness, you have developed your concentration to some extent, and you can find presence much easier than before, please feel free to join this course and explore deeper topics with us. If you are hesitating, write to me, I'll be happy to help you assess!

Is there an info session where I can meet you and get more info on the course?
You can treat the first class of the course as the info session. You can register, pay your deposit, and come to the first class. If at the end of the first class, you'd like to discontinue the course, I'll be happy to refund your deposit.

What happens if I have to miss a class?
The six classes build on top of each other and I strongly recommend you do your best to be there for every class. If you need to miss a class due to other commitments, you will have the readings, handouts and meditation recordings to practice with at home and I will work with you individually to catch you up on what you missed. In rare occasions, I might be able to share a recording of the teachings with you (I am working on recording my teachings).

Why is there a sliding scale?
Wellness practices are often not financially accessible. When we go through difficult times (losing a job, health problems, refugee status) or when we have less disposable income (student, low income status), wellness becomes even less accessible even though we may be needing it more. This becomes a vicious cycle. Strongly believing in equity, I try to make my courses accessible to everyone, by offering financial support to those in need. Sliding scale means participants can pay for this course the highest amount they can afford to pay, based on their specific situation and needs.  

How can I use the sliding scale?
Please indicate your financial situation and need for support in the registration form. I kindly ask that you consider the full amount you can pay (as opposed to the amount you want to pay). By paying the highest amount you can pay, you are helping others be there, and you are honoring and sustaining the costs and efforts of preparing this course.

Can I use the sliding scale even though I can afford to pay the full price?
This course is very fairly priced based on the costs and efforts that go into it, as well as the price of similar wellness practices. By paying the full amount, you are helping others be there, and you are helping me continue teaching mindfulness. Thank you so much for this. :)

Can I benefit from the 10% early registration discount if I also ask for financial aid?
If you need financial aid, the amount you pay will be based on what you can afford to pay within your financial circumstances. The early registration discount will not apply.

New classes open every 6 weeks. Get on the waiting list to be notified when registration opens!  

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

With lovingkindness,