Interest in mindfulness has grown exponentially in recent years. Proponents and critics have pointed out that the quality and integrity of programmes that teach mindfulness is not always apparent. Our training through Stellenbosch University Medical Faculty's Certification in Mindfulness Based Interventions is very much grounded in an established MBSR model in which the exploration of mindfulness and its integration into daily life is central. Both facilitators are taught and supervised by the original teachers of MBSR in South Africa.
MBChB, University of Cape Town
Danielle has worked as a medical doctor in a variety of settings, including state hospitals, community clinics, in-patient psychiatry units and private general practice. She has completed her Certification in Mindfulness-Based Interventions at Stellenbosch University through the Faculty of Medicine.
"I first encountered Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in 2008. I did not seek out MBSR as a remedy; it more or less presented itself and I was drawn to explore the possibility of being more present and living life more fully. Over the eight weeks of my first MBSR programme I came face to face with my own experience of stress and its impact on many aspects of my life, including my professional life. Mindfulness brings a richness and depth to my life and relationships that I had glimpsed but not known how to find my way back to with any consistency.
On a professional level I am fascinated by the growing body of research exploring the outcomes and mechanisms of mindfulness and the implications for individuals and for society as a whole. Personally, I am deeply committed to the ongoing dance of discipline and kindness that facilitates my own practice."
Depth Coach and Mindfulness Practitioner
Director: Institute for Mindfulness South Africa (IMISA)
Practitioner Member: Coaches and Mentors of South Africa (Comesa)
Mandy is a qualified SACAP coach and facilitator. She is qualified as a Heart Math coach using biofeedback to build resilience and coherence in individuals struggling with stress and addiction. She has completed her certification in Mindfulness-Based Interventions at Stellenbosch University through the Faculty of Medicine. She has also attended trainings through Mindfulness Africa in a five-year training process called Mindfulness-Based Living. Mandy holds a Bachelor of Social Science from UCT in Industrial Psychology and Sociology. She has been in recovery for twelve years from co-dependency. She is a long-term personal practitioner of mindfulness meditation. Mandy currently facilitates Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) for individuals in early recovery. (www.mindfulinsight.co.za)
"I first encountered MBSR in 2002 after a period of severe stress following the death of my mother. My immune system had started showing signs of breakdown, as I fought ongoing illness and bouts of exhaustion. I was working in a high-pressure job and struggling to balance life or cope in any skillful way. I had also just entered a programme of recovery from co-dependency. Mindfulness allowed me to be more realistic about and accepting of who I am. I learned that I don't need to be perfect or get it right. Instead, with acceptance, a sense of compassion for my experience became possible. MBSR put me on a path of insight into my experience without judging and criticizing each thought and action negatively. I live with greater ease, serenity and self compassion."