Learn to meet stress by cultivating the wisdom of your own body and mind with mindfulness meditation.
Join the original 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program in Kuwait.
During 8 weeks we meet one time every week (2,5 hours) and one full silent retreat day (7 hours) between week 6 and 7.
Together we practice mindful eating, sitting meditation, the body scan, walking meditation, gentle standing and lying movements and communication tools.
You are willing to practice one hour homework daily during the 8 weeks.
The MBSR program is 40 years old this year and is founded by professor in Medicine Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD. University of Massachusetts Medical Center in 1979.
MBSR is one of the most widely researched mind-body interventions in the world. The center has pioneered to integrate mindfulness meditation into mainstream medicine, healthcare, in schools, prisons, athletic training programs and in workplaces.
MBSR is a educational and evidence-based program and not an alternative to traditional medicine. MBSR is not therapy either.
The program has proven effect on: stress, sleep, anxiety, immune system functions, diabetes, hypertension, weight loss, chronic pain and addictions.
If you suffer from depression or other mental imbalance or physical illness kindly consult with your doctor, therapist or psychiatrist when considering the program. If you recently experienced a major loss in your life I suggest you wait and give your self some time before joining this program.
“It is indeed a radical act of love just to sit down and be quiet for a time by yourself.
It is only love that can give us insight into what is real and what is important.
And so a radical act of love makes sense -
love for life and for the emergence of one’s truest self”
About Mai Miles Frandsen
Dear friends in Kuwait,
I am a Mental Health Nurse and a Certified MBSR teacher trained at The Umass Medical School Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society. I am certified by Center for Mindfulness at Brown University. I have taught the 8 week MBSR program 13 times the past three years here in Kuwait.
My husband Niels and I are coming from Denmark and we have been happily living here in Kuwait the past 6 yeas. Together we have 3 children, our oldest daughter lives in Denmark.
Besides teaching MBSR I offer classes or workshops at workplaces, hospitals, schools or in private homes.
Volunteer work here in Kuwait:
Al Shaheed Park free drop in sessions (2017- present) , the public hospitals Mubarak Hospital (2019) and Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah Hospital (2019), at the Sorophonist International Kuwait and recently hosted a mindfulness event at the 1st Women Surgeons of Kuwait Conference (2019).
Manifesto: Hosted a 4 week mindfulness program in the spring 2019.
M.H. Alshaya Company: Hosted a short introduction to mindfulness for a large number of people in for their marketing summit in March 2019.
Four Season hotel Kuwait at Burji Alshaya: Hosting mindfulness sessions for the hotel management March 2020.
English Skills. Institute for private Training, Kuwait: Half day of mindfulness training for the teachers February 2020.
To teach mindfulness is not a protected domain however to teach MBSR is. As a certified MBSR teacher I am still joining several trainings, supervision and retreats several times pr. year. I respectfully follow the MBSR curriculum and ethical guidelines. Meditation is not for all people and it is essential for me to do no harm. Mindfulness meditation can be harmful to people who experience trauma or suffering from current depression.
I am deeply touched by the warmth welcoming openness both from the expats and the Kuwaiti people. I feel very humble and grateful. I warmly welcome you to join this silent journey and look forward to meet you. Since I wont live here forever my dream is that one day a Kuwaiti nationality will study and teach MBSR in arabic so this health intervention can reach out to all people in need of stress reduction and more wellbeing.
"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about."