The Mindfulness Training

What is a Mindfulness Training?

This Mindfulness Training is developed for everyone who seeks to improve their quality of life, strengthen their mind and would like to raise awareness of the ‘here and now’.


The Smiling Minds Club Mindfulness Training consists of eight weekly group sessions and an additional morning of silence. It involves a mixture of meditation practices and daily mindfulness exercises. You are invited to share your experiences of practising mindfulness – you can contribute as much as you feel comfortable with. You will be asked to apply mindfulness techniques in your daily activities and practise mindfulness meditations daily between sessions, you can see this as a date with yourself, extra quality



The goal of this Mindfulness Training is not to teach you about theories but to teach you how to practise and use Mindfulness every day, through all the ups and downs of daily life. It is, therefore, an experience-based training that asks for your commitment. You will train your brain to get out of your head, one could say ;-). No-one else but you can train your 'Mindfulness-muscle'. This means the result of this Mindfulness Training will depend on your investment, effort, commitment, and most importantly your own practice. 

Impact of the Mindfulness Training

The eight-week Mindfulness Training is a well researched training of which the benefits are scientifically proven.

A Smiling Minds Club Mindfulness Training increases the awareness of your thoughts, emotions and physical sensations. It will help you BE-ing in this very moment as it is; BE-ing in the here and now, with the good and the bad. You will acquire a package of lifelong lasting tools that might change your view on your personal life and life in general. By learning how to BE in the moment with awareness, you will feel the impact on the quality of your life in endless ways.

Curious? Sign up for the next training!

It's not possible to sign up for the ongoing training but you can register for the next training in fall.


When: Thurdays, starting September 19th till November 14th (no session on October 24th)

Time: 19.30 - 21.30/45

Extra: Morning of silence, November 3rd - exact time to be announced

unless it's raining, this morning of silence will take place at the beach (*)

Where: Centrum aan het Spaarne in Haarlem

Price: 425€ - ***10% early bird discount!!!***

Language: English

Participants: maximum of eight participants,

No minimum number of participants - you can be certain that the training will take place when you sign up!

Trainer: Vanessa Kossin


The training includes a short pre-class interview, this can be done by phone.


  (*) Participants of previous Mindfulness Trainings and Smiling Minds Club Community members

are welcome to join this morning of silence!



For any Mindfulness sessions – training or coaching – it is important to know that I’m a VMBN registered Mindfulness trainer (category 2) – therefore, most Dutch health insurances partially reimburse the costs of these Mindfulness sessions.

In fall I'll be listed as a category 1 trainer.



Extra offer

I want to keep Mindfulness accessible for everyone! Therefore, in my trainings, I reserve at least one spot for someone who has to live on a limited budget. If you are this person and you are interested in this next Mindfulness Training starting on Thursday evenings September 19th, you are welcome to contact me. Together, we can work something out.