Course Information

Donation Event: Four Friends for Life - free online workshop with Frits Koster

When: 9 Mar 2022
Where: Online Event
Tutor: Frits Koster

About the event:

‘Science confirms that kindness and compassion are to the brain what the breath is to life’ – Daniel Siegel, professor of child psychiatry and author.

In Buddhist psychology, four healing qualities are mentioned, which contribute to greater well-being: kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity. They can support us in our relationship with others and with ourselves. In a non-religious compassion training - Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living - we call these heart qualities the Four Friends for Life. In this workshop we will explore these four qualities of the heart in theory and in practice.

The workshop is free to attend. The Mindfulness Network welcomes any donations via the application form and encourages you to consider a contribution, large or small, which will make a big difference in helping us widen access to mindfulness-based approaches.

This event is offered in collaboration with the Mindfulness Network Community Friends (MNCF) - an initiative to engage the wider mindfulness community and reach new audiences. Led by a Committee of Volunteers, supported by the Mindfulness Network, we work together to run a programme of donation-based events and inspiring content. You are welcome to visit the Community Friends area of our Community site, which is open to all, for more opportunities to practice and learn together:

The workshop will take place online using Zoom from 6.30pm – 8.00pm UK time (GMT).

Who is the event for:

Anyone who has an established mindfulness practice is welcome. 

Preparation for the event and what you will need:

In order to participate in the workshop, you will need:

  • A room where you can close the door and engage in the workshop away from family distraction. It is particularly important that confidentiality is maintained by ensuring that those who are not on the event cannot see your screen or hear the audio. It may be helpful to use headphones.
  • Log in via a computer which is resting on a hard surface and which has audio and webcam. Please don’t use handheld devices. 
  • A space for practice, a mat, cushion and blanket may be helpful for your comfort.  

The Facilitator:

Frits Koster is a vipassana meditation teacher and certified mindfulness teacher and health care professional. He has taught mindfulness and compassion in health care settings for many years. He practices various types of meditation since 42 years and studied Buddhist psychology for six years as a monk in Southeast Asia. He is affiliated as a trainer at various training institutes across Europe, with his wife Jetty Heynekamp he organises meditation retreats internationally.

With psychiatrist Erik van den Brink he developed a follow-up programme for participants who have already followed a mindfulness-based training (e.g. MBSR or MBCT). This programme is called Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living (MBCL); it is taught throughout Europe. Together they wrote several books on compassion training, which are translated into German, English, Spanish, French and Turkish. See

Online information:

The workshop will take place via Zoom - a weblink and joining instructions will be sent to you before the workshop takes place.

Please add to your safe senders list and check your spam/junk folder for communication from us. 


Please login via Zoom 6.30pm – 8.00pm UK time (GMT)

All times are UK. If you are attending from a different time zone, please check equivalent timings in your time zone.


This event is free to attend. We welcome all donations via the application form and encourage you to consider a contribution, large or small, which will make a big difference in helping us widen access to mindfulness-based approaches. 
Donations raised from this event will help to fund our bursaries, which enable us to remove financial barriers for those wishing to use our charity's services. As a charity we want to continue to provide free events and opportunities for everyone to access high quality, mindfulness-based training, supervision and retreats; donating today will support someone else to have these same opportunities and allow us to continue offering events of this nature.

The application and donation process:

Our application and donation process involves the following steps:

  1. Please complete the application form and you will be given the option to make a donation via PayPal or card at this stage should you choose to do so.
  2. Application is received and you will be booked onto the event.
  3. We will email you the Zoom link and joining instructions in advance of the event. 

Please add to your safe senders list and check your spam/junk folder for communication from us. 

Payment and cancellation policy:

Please let us know if you are unable to attend, so that we can unsubscribe you from further emails about this event.

Contact us:

Please feel free to email us at to discuss any questions you may have about the event.  

Click here to sign up to our waiting list - unfortunately this event is now full.