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Welcome to Mindfulness Journey

Mindfulness Practice has been proven to help if you experience stress (work, family, financial), anxiety, apathy, bereavement, burn-out, depression, cancer, high blood pressure, fatigue, sleep disorder and pain.

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Donna Curtin MIAHIP,
tel: 087-2052701
Hours: Mon-Fri


Psychotherapist in Limerick

"All the elements for your happiness are already here" Thich Nhat Hanh

About Donna Curtin

Donna Curtin, MIAHIP, is an experienced psychotherapist, a lecturer, personal development tutor, mindfulness teacher, wife and mother and a devoted practitioner of mindful living.

Her passion is supporting people of all ages in enhancing their well-being and discovering the wisdom within.

She has been practicing mindfulness for more than 10 years and has attended retreats and trained with Timothy Sweeney of Heart of Mindfulness and  more recently as a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Instructor with Jon Kabat-Zinn of the Centre for Mindfulness, UMASS, U.S.A.  She has attended retreats at the Sanctuary with Niamh Bruce, at Giaia House, Devon, UK with Brad Ricouer, with Eva Bruha at Kaylana Centre, Dingle, Co. Kerry and with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli at CFM in Denmark and Florence De-Meleo Meyer and Carolyn West of CFM in Wicklow, Ireland. Her work is supervised by Anne Twohig at Centre for Mindfulness Ireland CFMI.

Donna can be contacted on 087-2052701. Her psychotherapy practice is based in Annacotty, Co. Limerick and is available for individual consultations. She also organises mindfulness courses and mindfulness events throughout the year. Check out the Events page for all the latest mindfulness courses and events on offer.

Latest news

Limerick School Project Mindfulness Programme

The following were comments from some of the children involved...

“This is why I loved mindfulness, because it was a time in the day where I could relax, and because Donna was so friendly. It definitely helped me become more mindful”. Julia

“I liked mindfulness because we got to relax during the school day”. Ben

“I like mindfulness because of the glitter jar because it relaxes my mind”. Natalie

“It was very calming for me because when I fell and got hurt I was stressed. Thank you Donna”. Daniel

Kicking the Bucket

This radio documentary that was aired on RTE in November 2016. The documentary was about a project on death, illness and dying (Kurt, my husband, and I contributed to it) it was the culmination of a ten week arts project which was seed funded by the Compassionate Community project run in conjunction with Milford Hospice in Limerick.  The project was lead by Sinead Dineen and Katie Verling.


The Centre for Mindfulness Ireland works to maintain the highest of standards in the field of mindfulness in Ireland.

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Message from Brenda Geoghegan on November 6, 2017, 12:32 pm
Hi i am looking to find out do you do courses in the midlands area? I am living in Tullamore, Co.Offaly. i would also like to know do you give advice on healthy eating as part of the course. Thanking you Brenda Geoghegan
Message from Michelle bridgeman on April 29, 2017, 2:07 pm
Hi do you do any courses in south county Dublin

Jon Kabat-Zinn with Donna Curtin

Donna and Jon Kabat-Zinn

Jon Kabat-Zinn,Professor of Medicine Emeritus and creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

The Benefits of Mindfulness 

A growing body of research has examined the effects of mindfulness-based treatments with medical populations and settings. Mindfulness-based treatments have shown positive effects with a variety of medical disorders. In particular, mindfulness-based treatments have been associated with the reduction of stress . 

Medical conditions that have benefited from mindfulness include: Depression, Anxiety, Brain Injury, Cancer, Fatigue, Illness, Chronic Pain, Diabetes, Fibromyalgia, Headache, Heart Disease, HIV/AIDS,  High Blood Pressure, MS, Obstetrics Gynecology, Organ Transplant, Psoriasis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sleep Disturbance,  Smoking, Stoma, Tinnitus.


"Mindfulness means Paying Attention in a Particular Way: on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgementally" J.Kabat-Zinn

Mindfulness practices cultivate an increase in awareness, so that we can respond to situations with choice rather than react automatically. 

When we react automatically we can trigger old habits of thinking that are often unhelpful, and may lead to worsening a mood or to symptoms of stress. 

By becoming more aware of our thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations, from moment to moment, we give ourselves the possibility of greater freedom and choice, rather than reacting automatically.  We do not have to go down the same old ‘mental rut’ that may have caused the problems for us in the past.

We do this by becoming more aware of where our attention is and deliberately changing the focus of attention over and over again.

To be able to make clear, positive, definitive choices in your life that will alleviate stress and allow for more ease in your life regular practice is required.

The more fully your intention and commitment, the deeper and more profound the changes and benefits will be for you. 



This weeks message...

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”  – Viktor Frankl, Survivor,  Auschwitz Concentration Camp.

"Create a space for new ideas to arise"  

   Saki F. Santorelli with Donna Curtin 

Donna and Saki Santorelli at the Mind/Body Medicine Programme in Denmark 2014

Saki F. Santorelli, Ed.D, MA, at the Mind/Body Medicine Programme in Denmark 2014.

(Associate Professor of Medicine, Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine,Health Care, and Society, and Director of the Stress Reduction Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School)

Donna is a fully trained Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Instructor with the Centre for Mindfulness.                    


Baer, R. A. (Ed.). (2006). Mindfulness-based treatment approaches: Clinician's guide to evidence base and applications. San Diego, CA: Elsevier Academic Press.

Germer, C. K., Siegel, R. D., & Fulton, P. R. (Eds.). (2005). Mindfulness and psychotherapy. New York: Guilford Press.

Kabat-Zinn, J. (1994). Wherever you go there you are. New York: Hyperion.

Kabat-Zinn, J. (2005). Full catastrophe living: Using the wisdom of your body and mind to face stress, pain, and illness: Fifteenth anniversary edition. New York: Bantam Dell.

Mindfulness Meditation Benefits: 20 Reasons Why It's Good For Your Mental And Physical Health (Huffington Post).



World's End Holistic Therapies Jane Griffin offers holistic treatments including reflexology, reiki and holistic massage from her beautiful treatment rooms overlooking the Shannon in Castleconnell.

Mindfulness Flash Cards from Niamh at Mome. These beautiful mindfulness flash cards for grown-ups provide constant reminders to live life as mindfully as possible.


             mindfulness in Limerick


Limerick Psychotherapy

Since 2002, Donna Curtin has a Private Psychotherapy Practice in Annacotty, County Limerick. She trained with Maggie Tierney & Tom Geary Gestalt Psychotherapists and Gerry Myers, Existential Psychotherapist at University of Limerick from 1999-2002.  She had previously completed her certificate in counselling and psychotherapy with Margaret Collins Smyth.


Donna offers caring assistance that can help you identify your problems and assist in finding the best ways to cope with them. She provides a confidential service to Adolescents, Adults & Couples.

Psychotherapy offers the opportunity to explore and share worries and fears in a confidential and non-judgmental setting.

Donna is an Accredited Professional Member of the Irish Association of Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapy; IAHIP since 2002. She has a Master’s Degree in Psychotherapy at University of Limerick (2002) and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Child Psychotherapy.


Anyone seeking counselling or therapy can contact Donna directly for an appointment on 087-2052701.


Psychotherapy can be of great support in times of crisis or change

Mindfulness and psychotherapy

Situations that cause emotional distress, including, but not limited to:

  • Relationship difficulties (e.g. within families, partners, colleagues)
  • Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Depression
  • Bereavement - the death of a loved one/ Loss
  • Social and emotional difficulties related to disability and illness
  • Stress related issues – Personal, Family, Financial, Work related
  • Personal Development issues and lack of support


Donna also offers one-to-one mindfulness training.



Donna’s experience includes Student Counselling at the University of Limerick.  Facilitation of Personal Development and Career Development Programmes for Family Resource Centres , Community Groups & Services.

Facilitation of Personal Development Groups at Limerick Institute of Technology on the Social Care Degree Programme and lectured on the Post Graduate Guidance Counselling Programme at University of Limerick. She has co-facilitated the Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy at LSCP and has ran Mindfulness Workshops for LIT and the VEC Limerick.  She runs Mindfulness Programmes and Workshops for companies and groups.



CONTACT DONNA ON 087-2052701




Donna has a presence which is calming, reassuring and supportive.  I have found this course (8 Week Introduction to Mindfulness) very good to show me another way to live and just to be Anne. - April, 2015

Mindfulness is necessary for everybody, one is lost without it Teresa McS., April, 2015

"If you are depressed or angry mindfulness should help you cope and make you feel better" John H., April, 2015

A lovely starter kit for beginning on the road to a mindful way of living Karen, April, 2015

I found the eight week introduction to mindfulness programme a gentle and safe experience.  Donna is a very approachable mindfulness facilitator and I looked forward to every week as the content and practice was so accessible.  I have gained valuable life skills for myself, for daily living and in self awareness and I have learned the value in just being and in acceptance  Sylvia - April, 2015

"I have learned so much from this course and Donna is a very experienced gentle guide on the road to accepting the moment. I recommend this course highly". Declan, 6th June, 2015.

"Thanks to Donna and her mindfulness programme for the inner awakening and the realization that acceptance is the key". Elaine, 16th, June, 2015

."An excellent programme with many benefits and very elightening". Mary F., June, 2015.

"Stimulating as to how I view myself.  Healing in my thought patterns, loved the use of the words " be kind or kindly....". Linda McG, 16th, June 2015.

"Very easy way to Stop with great instruction from the tutor". - Mark N. - 16th, June, 2015


"It was a lovely journey for eight weeks, I have a new world to explore!", Marie Carew, 17th November '15

"A fantastic insightful method to help deal with life", Barry Conway, 17th November, 2015

"Some people say I'm lucky to be half way through my life, I don't really think that I have ever before been aware, as much as I am aware now (of my life). 'What life is all about, how simple, beautiful, it really is".  Deirdre O'Loughlin, 17th November, 2015

"This is a very interactive programme where I have learned from the experiences of others as well as from my own practicing".  Marion Boland, 17th November, 2015.

"Find a new dimension for your life".  Nora Murphy, 17th November, 2015.

"Donna was an excellent facilitator and provided a safe and warm environment to develop stress reduction and self awareness". Avril Manifold, 17th November, 2015.

"The beginning of a wonderful journey with a very kind and caring guide". Paddy Dolan, 17th November, 2015.

"Definitely the best 'move' I have made in my life!", Lorraine O'Mahoney, 17th November, 2015

"Each and every person would benefit from this programme.  The HSE should make it part of their health promotion in schools and hospitals".  Mary Connolly, 17th November, 2015

"An introduction to bringing mindfulness into everyday life, cultivating awareness, learning to respond rather than react - invaluable". Marie Liston, 17th November, 2015.



The Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Programme

8 Week Programme

Jan-March 2018

Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn's renowned eight week stress reduction programme is for participants who want to take an active role in the management of their health and well-being.

The Programme includes:

  • Guided Instruction in Mindfulness Meditation
  • Gentle Mindful Movement Postures
  • Exercises promoting awareness in everyday life
  • Daily practices of mindfulness
  • Guided Mindfulness Recordings

Tuesday evenings from 7.00pm-9.30pm .

Tues Jan 23rd, Mon Jan 29th, Tuesdays Feb 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, March 4th Sunday (all day at Glenstal), Tues March 6th, 13th.


Dromroe Village Centre, Dromroe Village, University of Limerick

(near University Concert Hall)


Cost: 350 euro

The Benefits of Mindfulness

Mindfulness Practices have been proven to help if you suffer from Stress (work,family,financial), Anxiety, Apathy, Bereavement, Burn-Out, Depression Cancer, High Blood Pressure,  Fatigue, Sleep Disorder, Pain. 

Contact Donna at mindfulnesslimerick@gmail.com for further information and an application form to book your place.


One Day Silent Retreat - March 4th, 2017

Glenstal Abbey

Suitable for those who have already completed the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Programme

A Day to Practice, Good Food, Beautiful, Peaceful Environment

Cost: 70 euro

“We do not need to go out and find love; rather, we need to be still and let love discover us.”
― John O'Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

Weekend Retreat - February 16, 17 & 18th, 2018

Suitable for all, no experience necessary

Mindfulness Meditation, Yoga, Walking in the Glen, Finnish Sauna, Nutritious Vegetarian Food

A Weekend to Enjoy Nature, Nourish & Revive the Body, Mind and Soul

Maggie Crosse experienced Yoga Teacher & Donna Curtin

 The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also. - Harriet Ann Jacobs

At Tig Roy, Glen of Aherlow, Galbally, Co. Limerick

Cost: 280 euro

Mindfulness in Schools

This year I had the pleasure of working with the wonderful children of the Limerick School Project, O'Connell Avenue, Limerick.  Have a look at their website to see their comments.

Check out the Mindfulness Journey Facebook Page for information on One Day Retreats and Workshops.  Follow us on Facebook for regular mindfulness updates.

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"The Now is inseparable from who you are at the deepest level" Ekhardt Tolle

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Jon Kabat-Zinn's world renowned stress reduction programme will resume again in January 2018. Clinically...
Venue: Dromroe Village Centre, University of Limerick
Dates: 2018-01-23 - 2019-03-13
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