Type: Body & mind


At USC Body & Mind you can join various mindfulness courses. As a student in Amsterdam, you’re not going to find mindfulness at a cheaper fee!

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Week 24

Mindfulness at USC

Mindfulness courses of 8 weeks, as well as single classes.
Ranging from walk-in meditation sessions to the original MBSR course.
Regular silent meditation days.
At our most relaxed USC location: USC Body & Mind in Amsterdam-Oost, and the Roeterseiland campus.


What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is fitness for the mind: you train awareness and concentration. Want to live life easier? Learn to cope with stress, worries and perfectionism? Mindfulness might help. By learning to be in the moment, you start to look at things differently. You experience less pressure, more resilience, and freedom.

Your Mindfulness options at USC

8-weeks Mindfulness course (MBSR)

  • The course consists of 8 classes of 2.5 hours a week and 1 silent meditation day of 6 hours.
  • This is the original MBSR (mindfulness based stress reduction) course, as developed by John Kabat-Zinn.
  • You will have to do an intake with the teacher prior to registration. Sign up for an intake.
  • Learning mindfulness requires regular practice. During the course you will therefore practice at home about 45 minutes a day with the help of audio clips and a workbook. You will receive this at the start of the course.
  • If you have Dutch health insurance with an additional package, you might get some form of compensation for the costs of the mindfulness course (MBSR).

Several scientific studies have shown that a practicing period of just 8 weeks is long enough for lasting effects:

  • sleep better
  • concentrate more easily, get distracted less
  • better stress tolerance
  • less anxiety and depressive feelings
  • more connection with people around you
  • emotional stability

Mindful yoga

Mindful yoga consists of gentle yoga postures (asanas), a body scan and a short meditation. You practice being mindful of your body, breath, thoughts and feelings in a gentle way. In this way you learn to stay in the here and now. You can find these classes in the yoga schedule.

Regular silent meditation days

  • A 6 hour silent meditation day.
  • Locat: USC Body & Mind
  • Various meditations are practiced, both sitting and in motion.
  • The meditations are guided, participants remain in silence.

4-weeks course 'Intro Mindfulness'

  • 4 week course – 75 min. per class
  • You will learn:
    • some basic meditations
    • how to practice Mindfulness in your daily life
    • whether the longer 8 week Mindfulness course would be something for you

4-weeks course 'Learning to meditate'

Meditation is a broad concept and there are many different ways to meditate. Meditation can be used for concentration, calmness, (self) reflection, mindfulness or (self) compassion.

  • 4 week course – 75 min. per class.
  • You will learn:
    • how to practise meditation
    • which form of meditation suits you
    • how you can integrate meditation into your life

Weekly meditation class

A guided meditation of about 20 minutes in USC Body & Mind. Also for beginners. There’s space for questions and sharing. You can find the class in the yoga schedule.

Introduction workshop

  • A workshop of 2 hours
  • Get to know mindfulness through simple exercises
  • Time and space for all your questions
  • Everyone can join

USC instructors

Lies Holtrop has over 40 of experience in yoga and meditation. She studied as a mindfulness trainer MBSR at the Centre for Mindfulness and joins annual (study) retreats in mindfulness and buddhist meditation. She is also a certified yoga instructor. At USC, she teaches hatha and mindful yoga, the meditation classes, and the mindfulness course. Lies is certified member (cat. 1) of the VMBN.

Hadleigh Gillibrand used to be a marketing manager. In 2000 he was diagnosed with MS, which led to a new career as a physio therapist and mindfulness teacher. He graduated from the Centrum voor Mindfulness and tought as a volunteer for a social mindfulness initiative in east Amsterdam for many years. Hadleigh has attended multiple meditation retreats and continues to embody mindfulness as a way of life with the underlying intention of helping others.

Check all courses!

Subscribe online by clicking the link ‘Check all courses’ above! You can also come to one of our front desks, and we can help you with your online purchase. USC Body & Mind does not have a front desk, but USC Amstelcampus is right around the corner.

Important: in order to take part in the Mindfulness (MBSR) course, you must first have completed an intake. Sign up for the intake.

Silent meditation days
Saturday 16 March 2024 14:30 – 18:30 at USC Body & Mind (English)

Mindfulness (MBSR)
cat. I: €235,- | cat. II: €340,- | cat. III: €450,-
Intro mindfulness
cat. I: €28,- | cat. II: €45,- | cat. III: €55,-
Day of Silence
cat. I: €7,50 | cat. II: €10,- | cat. III: €15,-
Check in which category you’re in.

Starting dates courses*
Tuesday 6 February 2024: 8-weeks Mindfulness course (MBSR, English)

*courses are available for purchase on the Monday 5 weeks prior to the starting dates above


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Categories shortened for full categories

Cat. I Students UvA and HvA, other Dutch day universities
Cat. II Employees UvA/HvA, alumni HvA, AUV-members UvA, other full time students of universities of applied sciences
Cat. III Anyone else