8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program 2015 Sept

  • 8-week MBSR class Tuesdays September 15, 2015 through November 3, 2015, Soma Vida
    September 15, 2015
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    - Venue: Soma Vida Community Center
  • 8-week MBSR class Wednesdays September 16, 2015 through November 4, 2015, Casa de Luz
    September 16, 2015
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    - Venue: Casa de Luz
  • 8-week MBSR class Fridays September 18, 2015 through November 6, 2015, Soma Vida
    September 18, 2015
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    - Venue: Soma Vida Community Center

Pre-requisite:  You must attend the Free Introduction to Mindfulness class, at which you can meet the instructor and sign up for this program.

This program is taught through an 8-week class that meets once a week for 2 hours.  Participants are also required to attend a day-long silent retreat that is teacher-led.

The dates for the 8-week class are as follows:

  • Tuesdays: 7 pm – 9 pm on September 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27 and November 3 at Soma Vida.  All-day silent retreat on Sunday, October 25 at Stillwaters Retreat Center.
  • Wednesdays: 7 pm – 9 pm on September 16, 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28 and November 4 at Casa de Luz.  All-day silent retreat on Sunday, October 25 at Stillwaters Retreat Center.
  • Due to popular demand, I am adding another class option: Fridays: 10 am – 12 pm on September 18, 25, October 2,  9, 16, 23, 30 and November 6, 2015 at Soma Vida.  All-day silent retreat on Sunday, October 25 at Stillwaters Retreat Center.

The fee for the 8-week class is $450 for a total of 24 hours of instruction, with sliding scale scholarships available.

In the 8-week program, participants are trained in mindful meditation that helps them explore their reactivity and response to stress.  In addition, practices that explore the mind-body connection are explored through mindful movement and body-awareness.  The practices of developing stress hardiness through training in kindness and self-compassion and training in mindful communication are also offered.

The MBSR Program is evidence based and has been clinically proven to benefit people reporting a variety of concerns:*

Stress – caused by work, school, family, financial, illness, aging, grief, and several other factors of daily living.

Medical conditions – including chronic illness or pain, high blood pressure, cancer, heart disease, GI distress, skin disorders, and many other conditions.

Psychological distress – including anxiety, panic, depression, fatigue and sleep disturbances.

Prevention and wellness –including health enhancement and learning a better sense of balance in life.

This program is offered as a complement to traditional medical and psychological treatments.  This workshop gives a very brief introduction to the practices.  An ongoing commitment to deepen the understanding and practice of the five foundational tools is encouraged and is required to reap the full benefits of this program.

Who can attend:  Anyone interested in exploring mindfulness practices for stress reduction.  No prior practice is necessary.  All exercises will be modified to meet the individual needs of participants.

What to wear:  Comfortable clothing that allows for gentle stretching and comfortable sitting.

Options to sit:  Chairs and back-jacks (for supported floor seating) will be provided.  Participants are encouraged to bring a yoga mat and blanket for the body-centered practices if they choose to lie on the floor.  If participants already have a meditation practice for which they use a meditation cushion, they are welcome to bring it along.

*  Information used with permission from the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness.  Please visit them for more information on  clinical research and more information on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.
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