Interpersonal Mindfulness Programme


Dates & Times

Start Date

September 23, 2021


6:30 pm
to  9:30 pm

End Date

November 18, 2001


Interpersonal Mindfulness


Course Delivered Online

Booking Information

Course Price:   300.00 (reductions available to students , those unemployed and others on request)

For further information and booking form please contact Catherine on

Course Description

Interpersonal Mindfulness Practice (IMP) Course-

Cultivating presence in relationships

With Catherine Sutton supported by Josephine Lynch

This course is for people that have already completed either a Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy course (MBCT) or a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course (MBSR).

The course is created on a foundation of mindfulness that allows for a greater awareness of how we relate to others, communicate and interact.

Our lives are webs of social relationships and communication. In all relationships we find both joys and tensions. We often wish that things could be different, easier, more of this and less of that and all this brings stress, suffering and it effects how we interact.

Often we function in our relational lives on auto pilot, not really noticing how we are being pulled by likes and dislikes, assumptions, comparisons and judgements.

Developing interpersonal mindfulness skills leads to being more fully present and caring with others and oneself. The outcome of this is clearer communication and greater understanding of the effect of all our interactions – those that pull us into stress and those that give joy. In this programme you will be encouraged to find skilful ways to relate differently in the challenging relationships and to find ways to enhance those that give greater contentment.

The programme is based on the practice of Insight Dialogue which is the work of Gregory Kramer.

The objectives of the course are:

  • To enhance the practice of mindfulness meditation and to use it as a support in our interpersonal interactions.
  • To learn and experience the six Interpersonal Mindfulness guidelines that will increase awareness in interactions with others
  • To observe more clearly how we construct an identity moment by moment dependent on the circumstances we find ourselves in
  • To recognise habitual ways we react to stress and difficulties in relationship
  • To cultivate wholesome mind states and actions that lead to more wholesome outcomes and to undermine the unskilful ones that inevitably lead to less favourable outcomes
  • To learn ways of listening to ourselves and others more deeply, consciously, and respectfully.

The course is very experiential and practical and is for 2.5 hours from 6.3o to 9.00 for 8 consecutive weeks. There is also a full day on the weekend at the end of the 4th week.

The 6 Interpersonal Mindfulness Practice guidelines will be explained and practiced week by week. In order to understand and experience these as useful supports there will be different contemplations each evening that will be explored with a partner in a meditative environment.  With the support of the guidelines as you interact, you will begin to experience the value of bringing these into your relational life. There will be a mixture of teaching, interactive dialogue, silence, reflection and mindfulness practice each evening. There will be some exercises/ reflections to do between classes which will encourage you to embed the guidelines into your interpersonal interactions.

The Interpersonal Mindfulness Guidelines supporting this work are:

Pause, Relax, Open, Attune to Emergence, Listen Deeply, Speak the Truth.


Catherine has done many years of study and practice with Gregory Kramer (on whose work and study this course is based) since 2006 and has been given certification to facilitate this Interpersonal Mindfulness Programme. She has hosted Gregory to teach in Ireland in 2011 and 2012 and she has done many weeks/months of retreat with him over the last 12 years.

Course Teacher


MSc (with distinction) in Mindfulness Based Approaches, Bangor University, Wales. Certificate in Mindful Self Compassion from Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff. (2012) Certification in Interpersonal Mindfulnes Teaching (2016) Diploma in Shiatsu (1987)

Profile Summary

I teach Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy 8 week programmes in Cork and on-line and also run: an 8 week Mindful Self Compassion programme; an 8 week Interpersonal Mindfulness programme; and regular weekend retreats, a week- long retreat each year and numerous day long themed practice days.

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