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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NEWS: English mindfulness course (MBSR) starts in November 2022

As soon as you’re able to sign up for the course, you can find an intake form on this page.

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)
  • Weekly Mindful yoga class
  • Regular silent meditation days
  • 4-weeks course ‘Intro Mindfulness’ (only in Dutch!)
  • 4-weeks course ‘Learning to meditate’
  • Weekly meditation class

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.
  • 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

English silent meditation days will be scheduled shortly. Interested? Please contact Lies Holtrop at l.holtrop@uscsport.nl.

  • A 6 hour silent meditation day.
  • Various meditations are practiced, both sitting and in motion.
  • The meditations are guided, participants remain in silence.

4-weeks course 'Intro Mindfulness'

  • This course is in Dutch only
  • 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.

Check all courses!

The English mindfulness course will start in September 2022. As soon as you’re able to sign up for the course, you can find an intake form on this page.

Mindfulness (MBSR)
Cat. I: €225,- | Cat. II: €325,- | Cat. III: €425,-
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Cat. IStudents UvA and HvA, other Dutch day universities
Cat. IIEmployees UvA/HvA, alumni HvA, AUV-members UvA, other full time students of universities of applied sciences
Cat. IIIAnyone else