Student Events

Student Events

"From bench-side to curbside: maximizing obesity research to impact health"

Seminar by Grace O'Malley for info on the speaker go to: http://ie.linkedin.com/pub/grace-o-malley/9/352/67a. Part of the CoE Seminar Series

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The Girl-The Woman: Global Girlhood Symposium

‘The Girl-The Woman: Beyond Global and Generational Borders’ research project is hosting a symposium on the theme of Global Girlhood focusing on the experience of girls and girlhood, in order to illuminate how girls’ identities are constructed, given expression and recognized. Our keynote presentation will be: ‘The girl-the woman’: a reading of selected poetry by Dr Sinéad Morrissey, the first Belfast poet laureate. For the full programme please go to: http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/InstituteforCollaborativeResearchintheHumanities/ProjectResearchGroups/2013-14ProjectResearchGroups/TheGirl-TheWomanBeyondGlobalandGenerationalBorders/

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"Transforming Your Care - Future Research Considerations"

Session:Transforming your Care (TYC) is a major reform of health and social care services. It is vital that researchers are aware of the changes to structures, systems, cultures, and practice which are taking place. We would like you to come away with a sound understanding of TYC and to start thinking about how and where your research may impact. This event will be of interest to PhD students and research staff. This event is being organised by the Community Development & Health Network on behalf of the Centre of Excellence for Public Health NI

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Inaugural Lecture by Professor Jayne Woodside

Inaugural Lecture by Professor Jayne Woodside: ‘An apple a day…is it really enough?’

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Heritage and Identity in a Globalising World

This interdisciplinary conference seeks to examine the concept and development of heritage within an academic discourse -- in particular the way in which heritage studies have developed in response to various critiques of political, cultural, and social globalisation and transnationalism. Presentations will be given by established scholars and postgraduate students. Our keynote speaker, Professor John Wilson Foster (QUB Honorary Research Fellow), will present on the RMS Titanic, heritage and Belfast. Panels will focus on topics ranging from food tourism and cultural unionism. Panellists are as follows: Linda Maher (UCD) Kevin McNicholl (QUB) Adriana Salas (UCD) Erin Hinson (QUB) Elaine O’Driscoll (UCC) Julia Andrade Rocha (QUB) Lauren Ferguson (QUB) Lisa Bogert (QUB) Frances Harkin (QUB)

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Inaugural Lecture by Professor Chris Patterson

Inaugural Lecture by Professor Chris Patterson: 'Epidemiology counts - childhood diabetes matters'

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Seminar by Professor Steven Cummins LSHTM

Professor Steven Cummins "Measuring environmental exposure in physical activity and diet research: some thoughts from the ORIEL and other studies" Everyone welcome Sandwich lunch provided

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'The Scottish Independence Referendum and Northern Ireland’

A half-day workshop organised by the Constitutional Futures Interdisciplinary Research Group in the Institute for Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice, QUB, with Prof James Mitchell, University of Edinburgh and funded by the ESRC.

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Hidden Agenda & Material Subversion

Hidden Agenda is a Crafts Council Collection exhibition, curated in partnership with Berwick Visual Arts and Doug Jones and presented in partnership with Craft NI. Exhibiting for the first time in Belfast, the artist Doug Jones presents one of his politically motivated installations alongside eleven objects from the Crafts Council Collection including work by Paul Scott, Grayson Perry, Michael Marriott, Michele Walker and Lois Walpole. Material Subversion will run concurrently with the Hidden Agenda exhibition and explores the ways in which local craft makers subvert preconceptions about materials and their function. The makers involved include Stuart Cairns, Patrick Colhoun, and Gail Mahon.

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No (Commercial) Sex Please, They’re Suburbanites: Regulating the (Sub)Urban Sexscape

Transactional forms of sex (sex work/prostitution and stripping/lap-dancing) and commercial sex venues such as sex shops, adult theatres, strip clubs, BDSM dungeons, and brothels tend to be associated with the ‘inner-city’; what Parksian human ecologists referred to as the ‘zone of transition’. In many respects, this marginalized space was indeed the ‘natural area’ for commercial sex to take place as it was arguably the only space such activities could take root in the emerging modern metropolis. Relatedly, the zone of transition and commercial sex venues and spaces were generally located adjacent to male dominated spaces--the CBD and industrial areas—thereby offering a ready supply of customers and clients. This geography was no accident. History shows that efforts to regulate the ‘sex industry’ range from spatial containment to prohibition and eradication. In short, political and bureaucratic regulators have sought to prevent commercialized forms of sex invading the suburbs and subsequently contaminating suburbanites. A major reason for this is that the suburbs hold a special place in the heteronormative hearts and minds of politicians and bureaucrats. Suburbia has been framed not only in political but also popular cultural discourses as a heterosexual space, a space of domesticity and monogamy and a safe haven for women and children. This presentation traces the broad historical, sociological, geographical and regulatory contours surrounding the ‘sex industry’ in western liberal democracies by drawing on examples in my forthcoming co-edited book, (Sub)Urban Sexscapes: Geographies and Regulation of the Sex Industry. It is contended that contemporary efforts to eradicate sex work/prostitution by ending demand and over-regulating other forms of commercial sex (e.g. pornography, lap-dancing) are misplaced and doomed to fail in their primary objectives. Policymakers can achieve greater regulatory success if they adopt a pragmatic approach and base their decisions on evidence as opposed to moral panics and involvement of the sex industry in decision-making processes.

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CEM/CCRCB Special Seminar by Professor David Bates

The Centre for Experimental Medicine and the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology are pleased to announce a jointly-hosted seminar by Professor David Bates, Professor of Oncology at the University of Nottingham, on Friday 5 September 2014. Professor Bates will present a talk on “Next generation cancer treatments - understanding the tumour microenvironment". Professor Bates' research focuses on the role of VEGF in regulating endothelial cells’ function at all levels from molecular regulation to whole systems physiology. This includes the role of blood vessel growth and permeability in cancers, heart and vascular disease (including atherosclerosis, and coronary ischaemia, myocardial infarction, peripheral vascular disease), diabetes, (including retinopathy, nephropathy, vasculopathy and peripheral ischemia), rheumatoid arthritis, renal disease, lymphatic diseases, oedema (swelling) including burns, shock, septicaemia, meningitis, nephritis. Date: Friday 5 September 2014 Time: 1 – 2 pm Venue: North Lecture Theatre, Medical Biology Centre, Lisburn Road, Belfast If you would like to make an appointment to speak to Professor Bates during his visit to the University please contact the Centre for Experimental Medicine, tel: 028 9063 2636, email: cem@qub.ac.uk.

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Inaugural Lecture and Book Launch: Banking in Crisis

Professor Turner will discuss the rise and fall of British banking stability in the past two centuries, and highlight why banking systems crash and the factors underpinning banking stability.

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All-Island Innovation Programme - masterclass 1

Masterclass 1: The Organization and Funding of Early-Stage Businesses

We are delighted to welcome Professor Erik Vermeulen to Queen's University Belfast for the All-Island Innovation Programme, funded by InterTradeIreland. Erik is Professor of Business and Financial Law at Tilburg University and Tilburg Law and Economics Centre (TILEC). Professor Vermeulen is also a Senior Counsel Corporate of Philips (a technology company) based in the Netherlands.

Professor Vermeulen will be conducting a range of masterclasses during his visit to Queen's on 15 and 16 September 2014.

Find out more about Professor Vermeulen's masterclasses by visiting our website: http://www.qub.ac.uk/home/ResearchandEnterprise/BusinessNetworks/InnovationProgramme/All-IslandInnovationProgramme2014/ErikVermuelen/Masterclass/

This event is free.

Details of this masterclass: Investors typically use four criteria when evaluating an investment opportunity: (1) the attractiveness of the project analyzed in terms of market size and growth, product attractiveness, the business strategy, the likelihood of customer adoption, and the competitive position of the venture; (2) the quality of the management team and the organization of the venture; (3) deal terms; and (4) exit opportunities (the topic of Workshop 3). This Workshop delves into the organization and governance of early-stage businesses. Recent developments on this topic reveal that there have been major changes in how early-stage businesses are organizing themselves nowadays. How did this come to be? There is an increasing shift towards more entrepreneur favorable deal terms, investors are ditching the legalese and are instead opting for more user friendly term sheets, and the reputable and well-established investors are orchestrating a code of conduct to restore trust and confidence in the start-up ecosystem. Each of these developments begins to confirm the changing landscape within the industry. One thing is clear: early-stage businesses better take notice.

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All-Island Innovation Programme - masterclass 2

Masterclass 2: New Trends in Early-Stage Business Financing

We are delighted to welcome Professor Erik Vermeulen to Queen's University Belfast for the All-Island Innovation Programme, funded by InterTradeIreland. Erik is Professor of Business and Financial Law at Tilburg University and Tilburg Law and Economics Centre (TILEC). Professor Vermeulen is also a Senior Counsel Corporate of Philips (a technology company) based in the Netherlands.

Professor Vermeulen will be conducting a range of masterclasses during his visit to Queen's on 15 and 16 September 2014.

Find out more about Professor Vermeulen's masterclasses by visiting our website:http://www.qub.ac.uk/home/ResearchandEnterprise/BusinessNetworks/InnovationProgramme/All-IslandInnovationProgramme2014/ErikVermuelen/Masterclass/

This event is free.

Details of this masterclass: Access to finance is a major challenge for early-stage businesses. As discussed in Workshop 1, there are many strings attached to traditional financing whether it be through equity or debt, which explains the increasing interest in alternative investment options, including new types of investors such as micro-venture capital funds, crowdfunding platforms and corporate venture capital. Many of these financing options offer unique propositions beyond what is offered by the more traditional avenues of funding. For instance, crowdfunding (as a new type of entrepreneurial finance) enables early-stage start-up companies to raise ‘venture capital’ from a large group of individuals, sidestepping the traditional fundraising process that includes lengthy due diligence periods and tough negotiations over the valuation and contractual terms. This Workshop has been designed to better understand the new trends in early-stage business financing and to create awareness of the difficulties and challenges associated with these alternative financing options.

 

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All-Island Innovation Programme - evening lecture

We are delighted to welcome Professor Erik Vermeulen to Queen's University for our All-Island Innovation Programme, funded by InterTradeIreland. Erik is Professor of Business and Financial Law at Tilburg University and Tilburg Law and Economics Centre (TILEC). Professor Vermeulen is also a Senior Counsel Corporate of Philips (a technology company) based in the Netherlands.

Professor Vermeulen will be delivering a public lecture during his visit to Queen's on 15 September 2014. Find out more about Professor Vermeulen's lecture 'The Globalisation of Innovation and Business Creation' by visiting our website:

http://www.qub.ac.uk/home/ResearchandEnterprise/BusinessNetworks/InnovationProgramme/All-IslandInnovationProgramme2014/ErikVermuelen/Lecture/

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is essential, as places are limited. Please register online at the above website.

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All-Island Innovation Programme - masterclass 3

Masterclass 3:The Truth about IPOs (and Acquisitions) of High Tech Companies

We are delighted to welcome Professor Erik Vermeulen to Queen's University Belfast for the All-Island Innovation Programme, funded by InterTradeIreland. Erik is Professor of Business and Financial Law at Tilburg University and Tilburg Law and Economics Centre (TILEC). Professor Vermeulen is also a Senior Counsel Corporate of Philips (a technology company) based in the Netherlands.

Professor Vermeulen will be conducting a range of masterclasses during his visit to Queen's on 15 and 16 September 2014.

Find out more about Professor Vermeulen's masterclasses by visiting our website:http://www.qub.ac.uk/home/ResearchandEnterprise/BusinessNetworks/InnovationProgramme/All-IslandInnovationProgramme2014/ErikVermuelen/Masterclass/

This event is free.

Details of this masterclass: Liquidity issues disrupt the venture capital model and make venture capital investments less attractive. How should this problem be addressed? The solution is clear: We need more liquidity options (e.g., a structured pre-IPO segment in stock markets) that can effectively bridge these gaps. The Workshop starts with a bird’s eye view of legal and institutional measures that are currently being unveiled by policymakers, regulators, and exchange operators in their attempts to revitalize the IPO model. We later zoom in to examine the determinants that make an IPO successful. A particular focus is on the interactions among managers, board members, and investors. These interactions can have a positive impact on the inner workings of the newly listed company. We also explore the dynamics of the IPO market, and in particular show how interactions with intermediaries and advisors affect the further development of companies beyond the IPO. Finally, the Workshop looks at the costs and benefits of IPOs (compared to acquisitions).

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Too Gay to Foster

SPEAKER: Daniel Monk , Birbeck University, will present a paper on the experiences of a gay couple who were rejected as foster parents because they were in an open relationship.  He will examine different understandings of child welfare and the limits to equality.
A gay couple is welcomed by a progressive local authority as potential foster parents.  But then the authority discovers that the couple are in an open relationship. What happened? What should happen?. This paper takes this real life story as a starting point for exploring a number of contemporary concerns: the limits to formal legal equality for gays and lesbians; shifting understandings of ‘the best interests of the child’ and adult sexuality; and the uses of ‘childhood’ in social policy.
Daniel Monk is a Reader in Law at Birkbeck, University of London and Director of the Birkbeck Institute for Gender and Sexuality. His research has explored children’s rights, home education, school exclusions, homophobic bullying and, most recently, inheritance.

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Screening: Runaway Jury

To welcome new and returning students, the QUB Law School Film Group is screening the suspense filled thriller ‘Runaway Jury’ on Wednesday 24 September 2014 at 16:00-18:30 in Lanyon Building/OG/074, Queen’s University Belfast. The film will be followed by a social drink in the Parlour Bar on Elmwood Avenue. This event is free and open to everyone - you do not have to be part of QUB, the Law School or Film Group to attend. The QUB Law School Film Group welcomes - film enthusiasts, scholars/students from all disciplines, and members of the public who just want to grab the opportunity of seeing a film that they missed first time round – to its monthly movie night. On the first Wednesday of every month we screen a film that relates to legal principles and the challenges they face.

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Racial Equality Strategy - Consultation Event

The Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister is currently consulting on a Racial Equality Strategy for Northern Ireland (http://www.ofmdfmni.gov.uk/racial-equality-strategy). Along with public events held at various locations across Northern Ireland, OFMDFM are keen to get the perspectives of the research community. Queen’s University and OFMDFM are hosting a consultation event to consider the content of the proposed strategy and feed into the consultation process. This will be held in the Canada Room at Queen’s University on 26 September, between 9.30 and 12pm, and Queen’s staff will speak on some of the themes identified within the strategy, including human rights, social cohesion, migrants and social justice. The event is free and morning coffee and tea will be supplied.

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Aspects of Belfast's History, Group 1

The growth of ‘modern’ Belfast began with Sir Arthur Chichester, who in 1603, was given land including Belfast for his part in the defeat of the Ulster Gaels in the Nine Years’ War. This field trip around central Belfast will tell the story, through the people, events and buildings that go to make up the history of the city. Meet at the front of the City Hall at 10.00 am.

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Supporting your Family (Son/Daughter) through Higher Education

Choices around Higher Education study can be challenging in terms of choice, cost and commitment. This one-day programme is designed to help you the parent, extend your knowledge and understanding of the Higher Education system to better support your son or daughter through this process from the initial stages through to degree success and graduate employment. While the decision making is the preserve and the responsibility of the aspiring student, parents are key stakeholders and influencers so this course is designed to take you from the broad perspective of the current HE landscape through to the specifics involved in choosing courses and institutions. It will increase your understanding of the requirements, both academic achievement and personal experience, and provide the opportunity to explore different routes and strategies which your son or daughter might consider.

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The Heroic Journey in Irish Literature

The motif of ‘life as journey’ is central to ancient Irish literature. This one-day course explores English in translation, ancient Irish voyage literature, dating from the 8th century or earlier. We then go on to explore how such ancient myths may contain inspiration for us, facing the challenges of the 21st century. The day’s experience is based at The Navan Centre or Emain Macha, central to the ancient stories of The Tain.

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St Patrick: The Archaeology and the Texts

In recent years our understanding about the 5th century has been transformed by archaeology and new techniques of reading Patrick’s texts. This two-day intensive workshop will bring participants up to speed on current thinking about this most enigmatic figure. Only two texts are known from the 5th century in the entire British Isles and Patrick wrote both of them!

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Massage for Stress Relief and Relaxation: An Introduction

Would you like to be able to give a treat which is good for body and soul? Over 2 Saturdays, Holistic therapist, Rosie Cowan, will show you the wonderful stress-relieving benefits of massage while guiding you through basic strokes which you can carry out at home with no special equipment required. Please bring a couple of large bath towels and a couple of pillows or cushions.

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French Pronunciation Clinic

Pronounce French with a real French flair! In a fun and relaxed format over 2 Wednesdays, you will participate in special targeted exercises and readings to quickly enhance your French language skills, vocabulary and to help shed your native accent. Whether you have taken just a bit of basic French, studied it in college or spent loads of time trying to speak in France, you will immediately notice positive results and feel much more confident interacting in the French language.

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Assertiveness: An Introduction

Assertiveness is the art of clear, honest, direct communication, and is closely linked to the ability to see ourselves as unique and worthy of respect. In this one-day workshop we will learn: core skills; non- verbal elements; how to recognise barriers; and how to improve our self-esteem.

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Researching First World War Ancestors

Was your ancestor in the army, navy or air force? Do you want to know where to find records of service or death? This workshop will provide you with the information you need. Students should have some familiarity with using computers and the internet as some time will be set aside to look at the most useful websites and databases.

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Employment for adults with disabilities: Policies and Practice

Employment of adults with disabilities is a topic of great interest and importance today. Our discussion will focus on strategies, research and best practices that can assure that adults with disabilities have the skills and opportunity to compete in the local and global economy and in the 21st century workplace.  Too often, adults with disabilities face significant challenges in accessing and maintaining employment opportunities that maximize their skills, talents and abilities. For many, low expectations, under-employment and limited access to meaningful careers have been the reality. For others, adult onset of disability has meant the untimely shortening or termination of a career.Promising strategies that involve business, education and the disability community abound. There is a growing body of research and development of evidence-based practices in the field of employment of youth and adults with disabilities. Disability employment policy can and should be viewed in the context of the local and global economy.  As importantly, we can learn to tell a better story - from the perspective of the adult with a disability, from the perspective of employers and from the perspective of the community that benefits.

Short Biography:
Lynnae Ruttledge has committed her career to disability-related public policy and program development with a focus on employment of adults with disabilities. In her work in the fields of education, independent living, vocational rehabilitation and international exchange, Lynnae has provided effective leadership for collaborative partnerships with educators, researchers, advocates, business, community-based organizations and governmental agencies.  Lynnae currently serves as a Presidential appointee to the National Council on Disability, an independent federal agency that advises the President, Congress and other federal agencies on disability policy. In addition, she serves as a disability policy advisor to DOCTRID (Daughters of Charity, Technology  Research into Disability) and Michigan State University. In 2013, Lynnae also served as a Presidential appointee to the fifteen member US Senate Commission on Long Term Care.  Lynnae provided national leadership to the public vocational rehabilitation program as Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration with the US  Department of Education from 2010 - 2012. Throughout her extensive public service career, Lynnae has held policy development and executive level leadership positions at the local, state and national levels.  Committed to international disability rights advocacy, Lynnae is a strong supporter of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She has been affiliated with Mobility International USA, a US-based disability rights NGO, since 1988 and has served as a citizen diplomat in educational exchanges in South America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Australia/New Zealand, Russia and Europe.  Lynnae and her husband (an Irish citizen) make their home in the state of Washington in the Pacific Northwest.

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Ayurveda: An Introduction, Group 1

Ayurveda is the ancient healing system of India. It is rooted in the principle that spirit, mind and body are inextricably linked. According to Ayurveda, each of us has a unique psycho/physiological body type, which determines our individual traits and tendencies. In this workshop you will learn about your constitution and how to appreciate and make the best use of your unique qualities. Inappropriate diet and lifestyle lead to certain symptoms which in turn will eventually cause disease. We will look at practical diet and lifestyle changes you can make to bring balance into your life, address symptoms and help prevent disease.

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Act French!

This two half-day workshop over 2 Wednesdays will suit students with an intermediate level of French. It will provide opportunities for students to improve their communication skills in French while improving their pronunciation, developing their vocabulary and boosting their confidence. The workshop will consist of short, guided improvisations, writing short scripts and acting out short scenes from famous French works.

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How to Write for Profit and Pleasure, Group 1

The award-winning journalist and author, Alf McCreary, shares his experience and outlines how people with limited or no background in writing can be helped to turn their ideas into print. This is an informative, enjoyable and successful course by a professional writer with wide experience who will cover the major aspects of creative writing, editing and publishing.

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An Introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Group 1

This is a one-day experiential introduction to Mindfulness. It has been known for centuries in the meditative tradition that the sustained practice of mindfulness meditation can have profoundly healing and transformative effects in one’s life. Mindfulness is the ability to engage with the present moment without stress provoking negative judgments. Participants will learn the basic units of Mindfulness in action.

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Research Impact Showcase & Publication Launch

This exciting showcase event is an excellent opportunity for you to meet with, hear from, and talk to internationally-acclaimed researchers from Queen's University Belfast. Come and discover how their research impacts on all of our lives.

Launch of The DNA of Innovation, Volume 4:

A new publication that profiles academics present at the showcase and a little of their research will be launched here. Take a copy away with you after the event.

More details to follow in due course on our website: go.qub.ac.uk/impact

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An Introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Group 2

This is a one-day experiential introduction to Mindfulness. It has been known for centuries in the meditative tradition that the sustained practice of mindfulness meditation can have profoundly healing and transformative effects in one’s life. Mindfulness is the ability to engage with the present moment without stress provoking negative judgments. Participants will learn the basic units of Mindfulness in action.

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