“The MBAR course was really what I needed without knowing that I needed it. Marina is a great facilitator who shows enthusiasm and passion about what she teaches. It was great to be in a group setting and hear others stories and experiences. I knew mindfulness was important but the course gives you a structure to apply it to everyday life.”
~ Chrystaline L.
Master the three elements
Becoming aware of the body, thoughts and feelings through meditation, mindful exercises, and being mindful of other daily activities.
Being with the experience
Instead of pushing away unwanted thoughts, emotions or other experiences, we try to cultivate an attitude of acceptance.
Making wiser choices
We can choose how best to respond to our experience.
Each week we cover different topics and meet on Zoom for 1.5-2 hours. You will be part of an intimate group of up to 8 people, with the course leader guiding you through a series of meditations and exercises. One of the advantages of this course is participation in small groups, safe space for the participants to share their personal struggles and experiences, numerous handouts, materials, and resources useful for home practice, as all as recordings of the meditations.
“Marina is calm and steady without judgment. She has a natural gift for providing an atmosphere of safety and intimacy. Time spent exploring mindfulness was an experience I will hold onto with a smile. Meditation techniques, discussions on addiction, and learning new tools to utilize in the recovery process, will be helpful to me in my personal and professional life. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is interested in MBAR. As a nurse in a recovery center, I will continue to explore these approaches, both for myself as well as for those I serve.”
Stephanie Schilling, Colorado Nurse
Psychologist, MBAR coach, and Compassionate Inquiry Practitioner
Marina specializes in alternative approaches to health, spirituality, and life in general. Originally from Serbia, she spent her life traveling the globe earning various certifications, and collecting valuable life experience. Marina has a BA in Psychology from the University of Novi Sad, Serbia, and her MA in Communications is from the University of Hawaii, Honolulu. She trained in conflict resolution and mediation, yoga, and meditation, and she completed a two-year program for Ayurvedic counseling. She is a certified Mindfulness-Based Addiction Recovery (MBAR) trainer and this is the approach she mostly uses in her work. Marina is also a certified Compassionate Inquiry Practitioner, a therapy approach developed by Dr. Gabor Mate.
“What I realized through the sessions that I am worthy of life itself…my first priority is to MYSELF…and it is my right to have “me time” whenever I need to…and if I want I can connect my inner self any time anywhere…I am very much thankful to Marina for the awareness that she gave me…
~ Melisa Biryol Pektas
“May this MBAR program proves to be just the door you need to open, and if so, then enter, enter, enter, and give yourself over day by day, thought by thought, moment by moment to this reliable and profound form of nurturance and healing.”
~ Jon Kabat-Zinn
Founder of MBSR
Do I have to identify as an addict to participate in this course?
No. The course is for beginners or experienced meditation practitioners, people with an understanding of mindfulness, those who are struggling with addiction and/or addictive behaviors, those who want to work on compulsive behaviors and habits, and health care providers working in the field of addiction.
What would the live session look like and what happens if I am unable to join?
Every week you will have live sessions with the facilitator. These sessions aim for exchanging experiences with exercises, meditations, weekly topics, and they will provide a safe space for individual shares and asking questions. If you are unable to join the live session, you will still receive all the handouts and recordings via email.
What is the language used at the course?
How much time do I need to dedicate to home practice weekly?
It is often difficult for people to carve out time in their already busy lives to attend all 8 classes and do the home-practice. The practices are not a quick fix. Like any tool they can only benefit if you practice using them. We recommend that you practice between 40 and 60 minutes daily in order to gain the most benefit. You can also schedule a one-on-one session with the facilitator if needed.
Can I request an individual session with the facilitator?
Yes, if you feel the need to have an individual session, the facilitator will schedule it for you for an additional charge, or you can purchase an extra care package if you already know that you would like to receive individual sessions.
Is there a discount for the course?
If more people decide to join (family members, partners, friends, coworkers), there is a discount for the course. Please contact us directly regarding this.
What are the payment options?
Payments are done via PayPal (paypal.me/marinakolaric) or (preferably) Wise (former TransferWise, please contact me directly for the details). If you are paying via PayPal, and your account is not in the United States, please make sure to include 5% international transaction fee as it is not included in the price of the course. If you choose Wise for the payment, fees are much smaller.
You can pay the whole amount at once or in two separate installments. First installment before the start of the course (when you register), and second in the fourth week of the course.