Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living

Due to the monitoring of Covid-19 in our Hong Kong community, the next cycle of MBCL may be a combination of both IN-PERSON & ONLINE sessions depending on government advisories in August > December. Our mindful learning experience will adapt & flow according to the health protection needs of the community.


Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living (MBCL)

MBCL (Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living) – This mindfulness program was developed in The Netherlands by Erik van den Brink and Frits Koster for graduates of 8-week mindfulness courses (MBSR, MBCT, or equivalent).  Building upon the personal practice base established in the earlier mindfulness course, a deeper exploration is engaged to learn more how to deal in a healthy way with pain, stress or suffering, in whatever form it presents – physical, mental, emotional or relational. It is a way one can deepen the healing effects of mindfulness with the help of this program, which offers practices in cultivating compassion and kindness towards ourselves and others. 

The course structure engages with themes about compassion, kindness, self-care, behavioural patterns, growing happiness, gratitude and weaving wisdom and presence into daily life. As a group we read chapters from the workbook, discuss topics, journal our experiences, practice insight dialogue and learn new forms of guided meditations.

Week 1 – Being Human: “Wired to survive rather than thrive” – what threatens us? What drives and motivates us? How can we engage in soothing to restore balance?

Week 2 – Exploring Inner Landscapes: “Identifying threats and self-compassion” – how can we compassionately relate to resistance & challenges?

Week 3 – Treating Habits Kindly – what to do about those old patterns and discovering new ways of relating.

Week 4 – Embodying Compassion – what are different ways to cultivate this?

Week 5 – Self & Others: “receiving and giving in every breath” – how to deepen our relationships with kindness and compassion.

Week 6 – Growing Happiness – exploring joy, happiness, friendship, values, forgiveness, kindness, appreciation.

Week 7 – Heartful Mind, Mindful Heart: “weaving wisdom and compassion into daily life”.

Week 8 – Healing Life: “living with heart” 

Week 9 – Reviewing the course material and preparation as the journey continues.

Note: prerequisite of this course is past completion of an 8-week mindfulness course (ex. MBSR/MBCT or equivalent) and an ongoing regular personal practice. A personal meeting with the teacher is required beforehand to discuss intentions and course particulars.

  • 9 x Weekly Sessions (2 hours each) program that includes workbook, handouts and audio recordings.
  • 4-Hour Session (Silent) is included in the course curriculum (between week 6 & 7)
  • Home Practice for 30+ minutes daily practice throughout the course.


Course Details


Information Session


Dates and Times:
Please contact the teacher to make an appointment for this session to learn more about the course.

Cathy Ziengs


Cost: Free of Charge

The Information Session provides an introduction to the course material and explores the personal intentions for joining an MBCL course of study. Self-reflection, meditation practices and practical concerns about the flexibility of meeting In-Person and Online will be discussed in the Information Session.



Course Dates for Fall 2020


Weekly Meetings 
Days: Thursday Evenings
Time: 7.00 – 9:00 pm
Dates: Fall 2020 

4-Hour Silent Session 
Date: To be Decided
Time: 7.00 – 11.00pm

Please Note

  • Class limited to 8 persons
  • It is important that the participant and teacher dialogue about the emotional depths and practice in this course experience. Enrolment is considered after meeting with teacher (in person, by video or telephone).

Cost for the MBCL Course

  Price: HKD 4,500 Includes workbook, audio recordings and readings materials Payment Details We accept Paypal, Bank transfers, Cash or Cheque Deposits: Bank Name: The Bank of East Asia Account Name: MBH Advisory Limited Bank Code: 015 Account Number: 51468019597

Please provide copy of receipt of transfer or deposit via email: cathy@mbhadvisory.com

To Register your interest for the MBCL Information Session & Course

Course dates will be between late August – December 2020 depending on timing of group formation


This is a list of some questions to consider in self-reflection for attending this course:

What do you wish to come out of this training, regarding how you…

  1. Relate to yourself?
  2. Relate to others, such as family, friends, neighbours, colleagues?
  3. Deal with current difficulties in your life?
  4. Engage with other areas of your life that are important to you, such as education and work, health and lifestyle, social activities, nature and spirituality?
  5. Work towards valuable goals in your life, short term and long term?
  6. Deal with future challenges?

Contact Me

Please reach out to me and I will be happy to talk through any questions that you may have about Mindfulness and the Courses and Retreats that are offered.

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