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Online, October 10 – November 21, 2024

The Patterns that Bind and the Way of Freedom: Understanding and transforming habitual patterns and beliefs with mindfulness.

Each one of us has ways of avoiding experience that we have learned or developed over time. We use them to protect or distance ourselves from unpleasant, overwhelming, or threatening feelings, thoughts, behaviors, and experiences. In Western psychology these patterns are referred to as psychological defenses. These defensive patterns are not inherently problematic, but when unseen they can greatly limit or restrict the scope of our life, awareness, and personal freedom. 

The way of mindfulness orients us towards meeting our moment-to-moment experience with wisdom, clarity, intimacy, and care. It is a gradual cultivation that allows us to slowly replace our patterned defenses with a more reliable protection, a stable heart that can meet life fully as it is. 

In this class we will nurture a steady and continuous practice of mindfulness over six-weeks and include our patterned and habitual defenses in what we see and investigate. You will learn about and be invited to explore some classical defenses from both Western and Buddhist psychology. In meeting your life as it is, you will inevitably notice the strategies you habitually employ to avoid reality and/or cope with feelings and experiences you don’t yet know how to meet. Each of us has our own unique patterns and experience and thus the true curriculum for these six weeks will be your own moment-to-moment experience both on the cushion and in your work, relationships, and daily activities.  

Course Language

The course language is English with simultaneous translation into German (you can choose the language you prefer). Translater: Ulrich Lindenthal

Course Structur

The course will be very experiential with a lot of practice, guided meditations and reflections. Will Kabat-Zinn will also be teaching and guiding the participants on what to look for in their own experience.  
Depending on the group size there can be some small group dialogue but definitely some dialogue in the larger group.  


Thursdays, 6.30 – 8.30 p.m. (CEST)

October 10, 17, 24

no course on October 31

November 7, 14, 21

Will Kabat-Zinn

Will Kabat-Zinn, MA has been practicing meditation for over two decades and has spent extended time in silent retreat both in the US and in Burma. He is passionate about helping people put into practice and experience for themselves the liberating power of mindfulness. 

Will has taught meditative practices to diverse populations including educators, scientists, incarcerated youth, law enforcement professionals, parents, and business and technology leaders, and spent a year as an executive in residence at the UC Berkeley HAAS School of Business. He leads retreats and practice intensives around the country and in Europe and hosts a local meditation community in Berkeley where he lives with his wife and two children.

Venue / Online platform

The course will be held on the interactive internet platform "Zoom".
You will receive the link for log-in before the start of the seminar via email.

Technical Prerequisites
  • a quiet place at home, to fully immerse yourself in the course 
  • a computer with webcam and microphone (better than Ipad, tablet or mobile phone)
  • a stable internet
  • the Zoom program

    Zoom is a free program and we recommend to download it before the first course session and to familiarize yourself with the functions. You can download the Zoom client for meetings under Zoom Download
Course Fee

320 Euro

For participants with lesser means we offer a number of places at a reduced rate. If you would like to apply for one of these places, please write us an email. 

Cancellation Conditions
  • Cancellations up to 45 days before the start of the course will be charged a cancellation fee of 50 euros.
  • Between 45 and 14 days before the start of the course, 50% of the participation fee will be charged.
  • If a cancellation is made less than 14 days before the start of the course, the entire participation fee will be charged. If there is a waiting list and the place can be filled, only a cancellation fee of 50 euros will be charged.  
  • In the event of non-attendance or discontinuation of the training, the full participation fee must be paid. 

We recommend that you take out seminar cancellation insurance. 
Please contact an insurance provider of your choice. 

Notice of Liability

Participation in this training course is at your own risk.
Teachers and organizers assume no liability for personal injury or property damage arising from participation in the course.