Welcoming 2020 Mindfully, with Gratitude, Compassion & Inspiration

Date & Location

If you would like to gently and lovingly reflect on the year that passed and find some inspiration for the new year ahead, join us on Saturday January 4th 12pm-4pm!

Our location will be a central & beautiful room in 1st or 2nd arrondissement of Paris. The room will be rented depending on the number of people attending and shared with you before the workshop.

Workshop Outline


(10 min) Welcome & introductions.

(60 min) Gratitude & compassion for 2019.  Meditation & journaling on gratitude for the good moments of 2019, followed by Meditation & journaling on compassion for the difficult experiences we may have had this year.

(10 min) Break

(30 min) What your heart really longs for. Meditation on your heart's deepest longings and journaling on your best intentions.

(10 min) Break

(90 min) What inspires you for 2020? Cutting words and pictures from old magazines and assembling them onto an inspiration board for 2020 that will keep reminding you your heart’s longings and inspire you into action throughout the year.

(30 min) Bringing it all together & closing.

Fees & Cancellation Policy

  • This workshop is 75€ with a sliding scale, meaning you can pay what you can afford to pay. Please see the sliding scale instructions in the registration form.
  • This fee includes 4 hours of workshop in a central & beautiful space, all materials used, audio recordings of meditations from the workshop, and drinks & snacks.
  • Last day to register is January 3rd 2020.
  • Your ticket is fully refundable until 1 week before the workshop.
  • If you are a previous student or a Mudita member you get 20% off.
  • If you come with a friend or with the reference of a previous student, you get 10% off. Please indicate their name in the registration form.  

Who Can Come

  • This workshop is taught in a multicultural and non-sectarian way and is open to everyone from all walks of life and all identities of nationality, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, culture, age, physical ability, mental ability.
  • No previous experience required. If you are new to mindfulness, this fun and eclectic atmosphere of writing, creating with your hands and meeting others can be a good first introduction to it.
  • A sufficient level of English is needed as the course will be taught in English.  

What To Bring

  • All materials (boards, papers, magazines, scissors, glue, pens, markers) will be provided, along with tea, coffee, snacks and music! 😊
  • Your water bottle and your journal if you have one.

Space is limited to keep the group cozy -- book your ticket now to reserve your spot!

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About The Teacher

Hi, I'm Zeynep! I've been practicing mindfulness for the past 8 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.

Reviews From Last Year's Workshop

Zeynep's gently guided meditations invite me to collect my thoughts and impressions about the events of my life over the past year and see them through a lens of gratitude and compassion. Along with Zeynep's insightful guidance, her workshop's engaging activities have allowed me to more thoughtfully consider my deepest, purest intentions for the future, beneath the surface goals. Taking the time to identify and then realize them as a tangible visual reference I can keep at home is the most gratifying and useful experience that I could ever start the new year with. —Usman
It's become a sort of tradition. It's something I look forward to every year, and something that I know will stay with me throughout the next twelve months, thanks to the inspiration board. Plus Zeynep is so kind and open. She has a calming energy and manages to create an environment that inspires and motivates all participants to be comfortable sharing with each other, if they so choose. I highly recommend it—you'll be glad you went! —Fabiola
"This workshop helped me reflect a lot on the previous year and what is most important to me. Creating an inspiration board for the new year was great to set myself objectives and looking at it during the year helped me make sure I stayed true to my dreams, objectives, and inspiration." - Marie
"This is a fun way to express my deepest wishes for the upcoming year. The creative exercise of cutting out images in magazines helps you overcome the barrier of structuring your words around what you want and gives you full freedom to just follow the butterfly in your belly :) Even though these images might look very random at first, once you start building your board you can see the story you want to tell. Once you discover that story, it just feels like a relief. It makes me feel excited for the upcoming year. I put this board in my bedroom, so I will always remind myself what I really want." - Sara
This workshop is a really good idea at the beginning of the year! It helps me to put words and visuals for all my intentions. Also, it was absolutely fun! - Stephan

Photos from last year's workshop

Space is limited to keep the group cozy -- book your ticket now to reserve your spot!

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