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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction


Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Cork ARC offers a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction or MBSR programme for those living with metastatic cancer or with a long-term illness related to cancer or its treatment. Our facilitator Deborah O’Neill Fearon has adapted the MBSR programme to support people living with any type of metastatic cancer, providing them with the support needed while dealing with treatment, fatigue and pain. 

Cork ARC is the first organisation in Ireland to publish on MBSR interventions on the metastatic cancer patient group, and we are the only organisation in Ireland delivering this programme, having adapted the MBSR curriculum specifically for this group of patients. 


Since 1979, a growing consensus has emerged among healthcare providers that mindfulness is a powerful and effective method for reducing physical and psychological suffering while building our capacity for greater health, balance, ease and peace of mind. 


MBSR participants learn skills that help them to cope with the stresses and uncertainties of living with cancer. Mindfulness can help you to become more aware and balanced in the ordinary experiences of everyday life. Participants also learn skills to respond rather than react to stress and difficulty. Mindfulness works gently to promote kindness towards yourself and others. 


Participants enjoy a number of benefits including: 

  • Improved ability to handle stressful situations more effectively 
  • Increased ability to relax
  • Reduction in pain levels and an enhanced ability to cope with pain that may not go away 
  • Increased ability to manage anxiety, depression and low mood
  • Enhanced immunity 
  • Improved sleep



“I have learned to manage my stress and anxiety levels. Most importantly I’ve learned to live and appreciate the now and to stop worrying about the future.”

MBSR Participant

Taking place throughout the year, the programme offers our visitors a chance to learn a range of mindfulness practices that can be used in daily life to reduce stress and enhance wellbeing. In addition to this programme, we facilitate an ongoing monthly MBSR group re-meet, where we offer a space for past programme attendees to utilise mindfulness practices and to reconnect with our service at Cork ARC.

As with all of our services at Cork ARC, the MBSR programme is offered free of charge, however booking is essential.




If you would like to find out more about our Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, visit our events calendar or get in touch with us.

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