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 An 8-week online course managing stress and burnout in healthcare professionals.

Dates for 2022

11th May - 29th June

3rd August -21st September

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"The expectation that we can be immersed in suffering and loss daily and not be touched by it is as unrealistic as expecting to be able to walk through water without getting wet"

Rachel Remen

The online course is skillfully facilitated by experienced teachers.

Themes covered include

  • understanding burnout

  • becoming aware of underlying narratives

  • working with and in trauma

  • difficult communication

  • making mistakes and guilt

  • self-compassion

  • working in demanding systems.


Participants learn about the principles of  mindfulness and are introduced to mindfulness practices.

These practices help to ground and centre.  They intentionally create still moments to breathe, reflect, recover and recuperate.


Discussions with colleagues in a safe, non-judgmental and confidential space, help process and make sense of difficulties encountered in everyday practice.

Participants learn techniques of intentionally listening and speaking.


What is burnout

Burnout differs from depression in that the symptoms are specific to the work environment

It has 3 key features

  • Exhaustion only at work

  • Depersonalisation or compassion fatigue, 

  • Sense of lack of efficacy, questioning whether the work matters or makes a difference.

Click here to score your level of burnout


Dr Janine Kirby

Janine is a family physician, homeopath and mindfulness teacher.  She is the chairperson of the Institute of Mindfulness of South Africa (IMISA).


Prof Hoffie Conradie

Hoffie is a family physician who worked in rural health in both the private and public sectors.  He is an emeritus associate professor of family medicine at Stellenbosch University and an accredited life coach.

Meet the team


Dr Pete Milligan

Pete is a psychiatrist who has spent many years working as a generalist and specialist in rural and urban settings in the public sector.


Dr Belinda McIntosh

Belinda is a family physician and mindfulness teacher. She works in family medicine and psychiatry in rural South Africa.


Try this meditation

This meditation can be practiced alone or shared with a friend. 

When practiced daily it cultivates gratitude, resilience and  compassion.

The practice of the roseTaking Care
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Helpful links & resources

Resources for health care staff

This is part of an initiative, created by the Health Care Workers Care Network, in response to the COVID pandemic in South Africa and has helpful meditations, materials and articles.  


Encountering grief

Joan Halifax is a Buddhist teacher and hospice worker.  She reminds us that to be with patients we need strong backs and soft fronts.  In this guided meditation she shares nourishing wisdom as we face suffering in the world, reminding us of our own inner resources to carry our own grief and that of others.


The shame conversation

Making a mistake can have tragic consequences in medicine.  These mistakes are often discussed in ward rounds and meetings, resulting in challenging feelings of guilt and shame. Shame is a difficult emotion to process.  This short film powerfully opens up the conversation about this normal human emotion

Upcoming courses and events
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8 week  course

Dates for courses in 2022

11th May - 29th June

3rd August - 21st September

Sessions are weekly from 19h00 to 21h00.

The cost is R2500. Send us an email if you would like to join us or find out more information. 

Contact medicstakingcare@gmail.com for details or use the contact form below


Individual Coaching

If you are interested in private coaching, schedule an exploratory session with integrative life coach Prof Hoffie Conradie.  Either send a message via the website or contact Hoffie directly hoffie@sun.ac.za

Reading Together

Reading group

Monthly CPD accredited mindfulness reading group on the first Thursday of every month, hosted by IMISA (Institute of Mindfulness of SA). 

Contact lynne@mindfulness.org.za for details


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Comments from previous participants

I have always known how tough I am on myself, but I am discovering that I not only put others needs ahead of my own but I hold myself to a completely unrealistic standard which is definitely not healthy.
I had many breakthrough, aha moments.
It's a journey of self discovery
I learnt to be compassionate towards myself when reflecting on difficult work situations.
I am on a trajectory of recovery
It was helpful to listen to other’s stories and realize that I am not alone.