Mindfulness Meditation (Marij Verhaevert)

Module code
Curricular domain
Profile, extension and depth: Community
Group size
5 to 8 students
Number of course weeks
Class duration
2 hours per week plus one full day
Total contact hours
22 hours
Study load
34 hours

Form / content / level

Admitted to Bachelor program.
See Competencies Matrix.
- becoming aware of the present moment
- tackling unworkable patterns in thinking and acting
- practicing an open attitude to what is presented
- discovering the source of authentic creativity
Relation to other modules
Related to all musical activities.
Everything becomes one: the music, the audience, your fellow players and yourself. Have you experienced that magical feeling? You are standing on stage and everything is happening in the present moment. There are no distractions; art is being created as intended, open to whatever may present itself. It's a liberating experience for everyone involved.
What exactly makes this happen? Can you create the conditions that make it possible? 
Mindfulness meditation training can help you to do that.
During this course, you will learn to focus your attention on the current moment.
You'll get to know your inner space through which thoughts, feelings and sensations flow. And you'll learn to observe those thoughts and feelings without being completely absorbed by them. The discovery of this space of being is the discovery of the route to who you really are, and it opens up the possibility of connecting authentically to your creativity. True creativity arises in an area where thought is lost and there is surrender to the present moment. Unworkable patterns in your thinking and acting come to light, and you'll find new insights that will enable you to deal with everything that presents itself in new ways.

This 8-week module is a practical training. You'll learn by doing and experiencing. You will receive 2 hours of lessons per week. In class, there are guided meditations based on a theme, after which we will exchange experiences. Plus, there will be educational activities. You also practice 30 minutes at home on the basis of practical assignments. Between meetings 6 and 7, we will hold a day of silence. Here, we can deepen our meditation exercises. At the end of the course attention is given to how you can continue the exercise yourself.
Mode(s) of instruction
Guided meditations in group sessions.
Material & Tools
Student activity
Participation, homework assignment.

Examination and assessment

Mode(s) of assessment
Assessment by the instructor at the end of the module.
The submitted work must be rated as satisfactory. The student should be able to demonstrate how they have engaged with the course material, both in the classroom and through the assignments. Students will be assessed on their commitment, motivation and ability to relate to the course material. This will be demonstrated in a group interview setting, and also in a written reflection report at the end of the module.
Pass requirements
The student has completed this module if he is graded "satisfactory".
Examination procedure
Students will be assessed at the end of the module.
The assessment will be based upon attendance and commitment during the lessons, completion of the home assignments and also the completion of a written reflection. In this reflection report the student should be able to demonstrate the value of the training to their work as a musician/artist. They should be able to offer some important insights, and also show how they will apply them in their work.
Resit options
See the Education and Assessment Plan.

Module summary

Connecting authentically to your creativity by practicing awareness of the present moment.