Mindfulness is big business; for millions of people around the world it has become a lifestyle choice, enhancing and enriching everyday experience. The University of Leiden in the Netherlands has put together a course in English and made it available free online through coursera.org.
Running over five weeks, the course is made up of seven modules, a mixture of videos and readings with quizzes and projects, and requires three hours a week plus daily meditation practice of 30–45 minutes. The course includes an Honours project.
Connecting with other learners enables students to debate ideas, discuss course material, and get help mastering concepts and techniques. If you decide to sign up for the course, get in touch with us and we’ll buddy you with others who get in touch.
Evolving from a popular Honours course at Leiden University, the course combines conventional scholarly inquiry from psychology, through philosophy, to politics with experiential learning including specially designed ‘meditation labs’ in which you’ll get a chance to practice and analyse mindfulness on yourself. The intention of the course is to to provide a responsible, comprehensive, and inclusive education about and in mindfulness as a contemporary phenomenon.
During the production of this course, the presenters have been supported by Willem Kuyken, Director of the University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre and Stephen Batchelor, co-founder of Bodhi College. Contributions also came from Mark Williams, co-developer of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and Rebecca Crane, Director of the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at the University of Bangor.