Seeking but not finding the house builder, I traveled through the round of countless births. Oh, painful is birth ever and again! House builder, you have now been seen. You shall not build the house again. Your rafters have been broken down; your ridge-pole is demolished too. My mind has now attained the unformed nirvana and reached the end of every kind of craving. (Dh. 153-54.)


(The Centre of Mindfulness, Hong Kong) Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course 


20 April – 15 June 2017 
(This course will be conducted in English)


What is MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction)? 
It is an 8-week course, held in a group setting, with teacher-guided instruction of formal and informal mindfulness practices in order to cultivate awareness of the ways that the mind and body connect for health and well-being.

Participants learn through experiential exercises (body scan, sitting, breathing, gentle yoga, walking, eating, communication) and discussion about how to bring mindful awareness to daily life.


This new understanding through the practices often leads to reduced stress, improved relationships, and beneficial health results from attention to self-care. This program was founded in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in the US.

What is Mindfulness?
“Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, 
in the present moment, non-judgmentally” - Jon Kabat-Zinn

Orientation (required):  April 20, 2017 (9:30 – 11 am)
Activity Date: 8 Weekly Classes: Apr. 29 May 4, 11, 18, 25 June 1, 8, 15 (9:30 am – 12 noon)
1-Day Retreat:  Sunday, June 4 (9:30 am – 4:30 pm)


Cost: HKD 3,800. Price includes course materials (workbook, audio recordings, readings)

Registration details:
To register for the course, please attend the Orientation on April 20, 2017  
Please RSVP for the orientation by Whatsapp 9697 2768 or email Cathy Ziengs at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you cannot come to the orientation, please contact Cathy to discuss other options.

Number of participants: 8-12 people

NOTE 1: Please wear comfortable clothing and bring yoga mat each week
NOTE 2: Course will be taught in English

Enquiry: Whatsapp: 9697 2768
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Instructor: Cathy Ziengs 


Cathy Ziengs is a CFM Qualified MBSR Teacher, trained by the UMASS Center for Mindfulness Oasis Institute. She has been engaged in mindfulness applications for health and education for 14 years.

Initially, she began meditation practices to manage her own stress from having diabetes, and that led to such improvements in her overall health that she explored more about mindfulness, science and the impacts on well-being. Based on personal experience of successfully managing chronic health issues, she guides others in coping with stress and finding their own improvements in mental and physical well-being.

While raising a son in the competitive atmosphere in Hong Kong, she recognized the negative impacts of stress in the school community on student learning, parent engagement and expectations on faculty to deliver superior academic results. Thus, Cathy expanded her mindfulness training to include student curriculums and courses for educators. Research studies from the UK and US indicate that mindfulness training for students and teachers helps alleviate stress, improve concentration (students), prevents job burnout (teachers) and improves well-being in the classrooms.

Additionally, Cathy has created custom mindfulness workshops for companies and currently is an advisor on the development of a new corporate mindfulness program to be trialed next year. Many busy working professionals attend MBSR courses to alleviate stress and seek healthier balance in their lives through mindfulness training.


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