Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice (MBSP)

The Program at a Glance

February 8 - March 29, 2021

Why pair up VIA character strengths and mindfulness?

1) Mindfulness can help us to more clearly see and leverage our character strengths - the parts of our personality that positively impact how we think, feel, and behave. According to the VIA Institute on Character, research has found that 2/3rds of people are blind to their strengths. If we are blind to our strengths, we simply cannot leverage them.

2) Our character strengths can help us practice mindfulness and improve the likelihood of sticking with it. When we are mindful, we can see more clearly the details of our experience in the present moment - including the positive details which are often overlooked - and respond more appropriately.

Why might this be an interesting program to participate in?

According to the VIA Institute, participants of the Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice (MBSP) program have reported boosts in well-being, engagement, purpose, work productivity, stress management, problem management, and positive relationships. In short, the program makes a positive difference in our relationships with others and, just as importantly, with ourselves.

Who might benefit from participating in this program?

People managers, leaders, (ICF) coaches, and others accompanying people as well as employees of all levels.

When do the sessions take place?

The 8 weekly sessions of 2 hours each take place on Mondays from 18:00 to 20:00 CET.

Where and how do the sessions take place?

The weekly sessions take place in a small group setting on Zoom with interactive and introspective activities. (Note: This is not a webinar.)

What are the necessary materials?

A (free) personal profile of VIA character strengths available at: www.viacharacter.org

Recommended reading: Mindfulness & Character Strengths by Ryan M. Niemiec

Recommended reading: The Power of Character Strengths by Ryan M. Niemiec & Robert E. McGrath

The Core Program Themes

according to the Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice (MBSP) program developed by Ryan M. Niemiec, Ph.D

Basic Concepts & Practices

Week / Session 1: Mindfulness and Autopilot

Week / Session 2: Your Signature Strengths

Strong Mindfulness: Applying Character Strengths to Mindfulness

Week / Session 3: Obstacles are Opportunities

Week / Session 4: Mindfulness in Everyday Life

Mindful Strengths Use: Applying Mindfulness to Character Strengths

Week / Session 5: Valuing Your Relationships

Week / Session 6: The Golden Mean

Practical Integration: Character Strengths & Mindfulness

Week / Session 7: Authenticity and Goodness

Week / Session 8: Your Engagement With Life

What Do Participants Say?

A Sample of Participant Feedback regarding the On-line Program Experience

"The good news is that each individual can enhance his/her strengths"

"Enjoyed the connection amongst participants regardless of space and time"

"The biggest positive effect was on the relationship with myself"

"Understanding myself better and accepting myself more"

"A space of positive support and inspiration"

"Feedback from the group on strengths they spotted [in me] was beneficial"

"Observing throughout the sessions how open-mindedness evolved"

Your Facilitator

Dana's VIA character strengths journey began in 2017 with a course led by Dr. Ryan M. Niemiec, Education Director at the VIA Institute on Character, and the journey continues.

The long-term goal of her training was to accompany clients and students in developing their strengths awareness across the various learning experiences that she offers including leadership coaching, courses, and workshops.

Since learning entails change, it's not surprising that two of Dana's favorite quotes are:

"Awareness is like the sun, when it shines on things they are transformed." (Thich Nhat Hanh)


"All change begins with awareness." (Ryan Niemiec)

Dana L. Walden, Coach (PCC ICF) & MBSP Practitioner

What's next? Get in touch!

Good to Know

The Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice (MBSP) program is available as a small group or team workshop or as an individual coaching program. Please contact us to share your needs and explore together a solution that suits you.