Amsterdam, Netherlands

Mindfulness and Compassion-based Interventions

when 21 July 2024 - 8 August 2024
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 1750

As our world becomes busier and more interconnected, people's lives take different trajectories towards new futures. This socio-cultural shift also affects our well being. But has our way of understanding individual health and wellness also shifted to adapt to the changes we see in ourselves and others?

This summer programme explores Emotion Regulation and contemplative practices such as mindfulness and compassion-based interventions across education, clinical, and organizational structures to develop new strategies and approaches to health and wellness. In the last years, protocols inspired by contemplative practices such as mindfulness- and compassion-based interventions have shown promising results

Course leader

Dr Maja Wrzesien. Maja Wrzesien is a postdoctoral researcher (Marie Sklodowska Curie fellow) within the Psychopathology and Development group of the Research Institute of Child Development at the University of Amsterdam.

Target group

Are you curious about contemplative practices, the science behind the practice, and its applications in education, mental health and/or organizations? And are you:
- in your 3rd or 4th year of your Bachelor or a current Master's student,
- or a working-professional in the field with a desire to learn more?

Please be welcome to apply for this course!

Course aim

By the end of the summer programme students will (1) become familiar with state of the art interdisciplinary research related to contemplative practice; (2) gain in-depth knowledge and experience of mindfulness- and compassion-based interventions in multiple settings and across various populations; (3) become familiar with mindfulness and compassion questionnaires, and (4) develop personal experience of mindfulness and compassion meditation and consider practical tools to help incorporating these practices into everyday life.

Credits info

6 EC
Upon successful completion of the programme, students who wish to earn credits will receive an official transcript stating the courses taken, credits earned and grades obtained.

Fee info

EUR 1750: The tuition fee includes all course materials, excursions and site visits, lunch on class days and a public transportation card.
EUR 850: Approximate housing fee for the duration of the course. Arranging housing through our office is optional. 850 is the price for a private room with shared facilities. 950 is the price for a private room with private facilities.


There are several scholarship opportunities. Please check the course website for more information and scholarship deadlines.