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Jon Kabat – Zinn

at Harpa

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Jon Kabat-Zinn, Professor of Medicine Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts was the first person to implement the practice of Mindfulness in modern day medicine and psychology. In 1979 he developed Mindfulness Based Stressed Reduction, MBSR, the first ever eight week mindfulness course on stress reduction. Research shows that MBSR is indeed beneficial and is now being taught the world over.

We could say that a “mindfulness-revolution” has taken place in the western world and it is gaining recognition in all facets of life, e.g. education, health care, judiciary, in the work place, business and sports. His books have been on the bestseller lists and have been published in over 40 languages.

Jon Kabat-Zinn is a sought after speaker and lecturer. His teachings will appeal to all who are interested in facing life´s challenges, increasing wellbeing and quality of life and promoting a better society.

Jon Kabat- Zinn will visit Iceland for the first time this year. Three events are planned with him at Harpa in Reykjavík. These events are open to those interested in mindfulness or who just wish to meet this great pioneer.

Special offer is 79.000 ISK for all three events


Wednesday 30 May 2018 19.00pm – 21.30pm

The art and science of mindfulness: A Simple Meditative Practice that Promotes Healing and Transformation for Oneself and the World.

This lecture will appeal to everyone who is interested in mindfulness and the science behind it.

Jon Kabat-Zinn´s life work has been dedicated to building a bridge between Eastern Wisdom and Western Science. We are very pleased to welcome Jon Kabat-Zinn to Iceland for the first time.

Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D, is Professor of Medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he founded the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society (in 1995), and (in 1979) its world-renown Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Clinic. He is the author of ten books, including the bestsellers Full Catastrophe Living, Wherever You Go, There You Are, and Mindfulness for Beginners. With Professor Mark Williams, he is co-editor of Mindfulness: Diverse Perspectives on its Meaning, Origins, and Applications (2013). His books are published in over 40 languages. His work has contributed to a growing movement of mindfulness into mainstream institutions such as medicine, psychology, health care, neuroscience, schools, higher education, business, social justice, criminal justice, prisons, the law, technology, government, and professional sports. Hospitals and medical centers around the world now offer clinical programs based on training in mindfulness and MBSR. Jon Kabat-Zinn lectures and leads mindfulness workshops and retreats around the world.

Price: 10.000 ISK

Friday 1 June 2018  8.00am – 16.30pm

Embodied and Enacted Wisdom in Stressful Times: A Day of Mindfulness Practice and Dialogue with Jon Kabat-Zinn.

Jon Kabat-Zinn will lead a day of meditation and discussion to help us in the cultivation of peace of mind and inner wisdom. This day of practice will appeal to all who are interested in learning to face the challenges of daily life and wish to improve the quality of their lives.

In this experiential workshop, we will practice a range of methods for cultivating sanity and wellbeing, namely mindfulness in its multiple manifestations.

Please wear comfortable and casual clothing that will allow you both to stretch and lie down on the floor. Please bring your own mat and pillow if you can and if not there will be seats available.
Everyone welcome, from beginners to advanced.

Price: 59.000 ISK

Breakfast, lunch and coffee/tea included

Saturday 2 June 2018  10.00am – 13.00pm

Mindful Parenting

This is a half-day workshop with Jon Kabat-Zinn and his wife Myla. In this session they will share their insights on how mindfulness can make it easier for us to meet each child with empathy, acceptance and respect.

This workshop is designed for parents, grandparents, and parents-to-be, as well as anyone working with or caring for children. Parenting with mindfulness can enhance the wellbeing of children and parents alike, and bring greater empathy, acceptance and respect for each child’s unique being into family life. In difficult moments, we can sometimes find ourselves reacting automatically, in the grip of deeply engrained and often destructive patterns of thinking and feeling that may stem in part from our own experiences as children. When we are not aware of them, these habits of mind are more likely to lead to reactions and behaviors that are not in our child’s best interest nor in our own. Through the intentional cultivation of mindfulness, which can be thought of as open-hearted non-judgmental awareness, it is possible to navigate the inner landscape of our own fears, anxieties and judgments, and choose more appropriate and wiser ways of responding effectively in challenging situations with our children.

Using guided meditations and simple mindfulness practices, Myla and Jon will explore how the cultivation of mindfulness in everyday life can help us to work with the struggles and difficulties we may face with children at different ages, as well as to be more present for the joys and simple pleasures that are inherent in parenting. Through large and small group dialogue, we will explore the “middle way” of mindful parenting – fostering connection, trust, and inner resilience within a framework that includes age appropriate expectations, limits and responsibilities.

Jon and Myla Kabat-Zinn

Myla Kabat-Zinn, B.S.N., R.N. assisted at births both in the hospital and at home. During those years she taught childbirth education classes based on mindful awareness. She has also worked on environmental issues affecting children’s health. Myla teaches workshops on mindful parenting in the U.S. and in Europe. She is a mother of three children and a grandmother.
Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., is a scientist, writer, and meditation teacher; Professor of Medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School; founder of its Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society; and the founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), used in hospitals and clinics world-wide. He is the author of ten books published in over forty languages. He leads workshops throughout the world on mindfulness and its applications. He is a father of the same three children, and a grandfather.

Price: 19.000 ISK

Breakfast included and coffee/tea

All events will be held in Silfurberg at Harpa.

Special offer of 79.000 ISK if you buy tickets to all three events

All dates

  • May 2018
  • 30. May 2018 – Time. 19–21:30
  • June 2018
  • 01. Jun 2018 – Time. 08–16:30
  • 02. Jun 2018 – Time. 10–13