The Mindfulness / MBSR Training

This Mindfulness Training, also known as MBSR (=Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction 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 ‘me-time’.


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 / MBSR 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, starting in February!

It is unfortunately not possible to join this ongoing training.

You are welcome to register (non-binding) for the next training in order to be notified about dates.

When: Thurdays, starting February 6th till April 2nd (no session on February 20th)

Time: 19.30 - 21.30/45

Extra: Mindfulness Morning, March 22nd, 8:30 - 11:30 (*)

Where: Centrum aan het Spaarne in Haarlem

Price: 495

Language: English

Participants: maximum of eight participants

Trainer: Vanessa Kossin


The training includes filling in an intake form and a short pre-class interview, this can be done by phone.


  (*) People with medtitation/mindfulness experience, participants of previous Mindfulness Trainings and

Smiling Minds Club Community members are welcome to join this Mindfulness Morning!



For any Mindfulness sessions – training or coaching – it is important to know that I’m a VMBN registered Mindfulness trainer (category 1, highest certification for Mindfulness trainers in the Netherlands).

Therefore, most Dutch health insurances partially reimburse the costs of these Mindfulness sessions.



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 in February, you are welcome to contact me. Together, we can work something out.