From 4 March 2020 09:00 to 22 April 2020 12:00

Mindfulness and Stress Reduction - CANCELLED

Course description

Our habitual, automatic and unconscious patterns of reacting to stressful situations are known to be a source of stress, both at work and in our personal life. The aim of this course is to fully understand this process, to gain insight into our own patterns, and to acquire alternative, more flexible ways of responding to situations that repeatedly have been stressful to us in the past. The skills you will learn in this course help to prevent (work)stress from accumulating and becoming a health problem in the future.

Learning objectives

In this course you will learn how to stop automatic patterns and respond in a more effective and flexible way. You will learn about the physiology of stress, stress in interaction and in communication with others. Moreover, we will discuss the importance of self-acceptance, self-kindness and self-care and the awareness of unpleasant sensations, emotions and thoughts. You will learn how to recognize and respectfully take care of your personal boundaries.

Instructional method

This intensive course contains eight weekly sessions, plus an extra session of practicing ‘silence’, in which all aspects of the course come together. Mindfulness meditation is used (sitting/lying and mindful movement). Meditations are followed by reflection on and sharing of experiences. Relevant theory is (briefly) discussed. Participants are asked to practice one hour each day at home (mostly doing guided meditation exercises and keeping a log). The willingness to do this is necessary to participate. 

Since some conditions may be negatively influenced by meditation practice and vice versa a questionnaire needs to be filled in in advance.  Based on this list the teacher will decide whether participation is advisable for you. In case of doubt you will be invited for an intake meeting (by telephone) with the teacher.


Marjan Ossebaard, Instituut voor Innovatie en Leren

Group size

8 to 12 participants

Number of credits

3.0 EC

Course certificate

You will receive a course certificate after actively participating in all training sessions.

Course schedule

Day Date Start End
Wed 4/Mar/2020 9:00 12:00
Wed 11/Mar/2020 9:00 12:00
Wed 18/Mar/2020 9:00 12:00
Wed 25/Mar/2020 9:00 12:00
Wed 1/Apr/2020 9:00 12:00
Fri 3/Apr/2020 9:00 12:00
Wed 8/Apr/2020 9:00 12:00
Wed 15/Apr/2020 9:00 12:00
Wed 22/Apr/2020 9:00 12:00

Course fee

Internal PhD candidates: €0
UU/UMC academic staff: €645
External participants (space permitting): €1070

  • Internal PhD candidates are PhD candidates who are registered with the Graduate School of Life Sciences via MyPhD. 
  • UU/UMC academic staff are PhD candidates of Utrecht University who are not registered to the Graduate School of Life Sciences via MyPhD, postdocs employed by Utrecht University or UMC Utrecht and other academic staff employed at Utrecht University or UMC Utrecht.
  • External participants are all other participants.

Our no-show policy

We are happy to offer courses and workshops for free to all GSLS PhDs. However: free of charge does not mean free of responsibility. Our activities tend to be fully booked well in advance. For every late cancellation or no-show we have had to disappoint others who would have liked to attend. 

This is how we work: 

  • Once you have signed up for a course, we expect you to attend;
  • If you need to cancel your registration, do so at the earliest possible moment, at least four weeks before the start of the course;
  • If you really have to, you are allowed to miss up to 1 session of this course in total. You always have to attend the first course session.
  • Not meeting the attendance requirements or cancelling within four weeks before the course starts means you will be charged no-show fee (€325 for this course);
  • We are unable to make any exceptions.
I learned to recognise stressful situations and how to cope with those. Also I am more aware of my own thoughts and how they influence my reaction to certain situations
The course helped me to realise that we are human beings and not human doings, and that we have to take care of ourselves to also be able to perform.
This course was way beyond my expectation. It helped me a lot to reduce my pressure.
Start date and time
4 March 2020 09:00
End date and time
22 April 2020 12:00
Entrance fee
Course fee for internal PhD candidates: €0. Course fee for UU/UMC academic staff: €645. Course fee for external participants (space permitting): €1070.
More information
PhD Course Centre