This workshop series provides an abbreviated course structure of the full Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program, providing an accessible opportunity to learn and practice the foundations of MBSR, promoting greater well being and personal growth.
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: This research-based program was originally developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in the late 1970s by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD., and is now practiced around the world in hospitals, universities, and clinical settings. It has been proven effective in treating a number of concerns, including but not limited to: anxiety, depression, chronic pain, fatigue, and grief.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Through experiential learning, class discussion, as well as regular home practice, participants will learn how to apply mindfulness in their lives. Weekly practices will include:
Instruction and group practice of several formal mindfulness meditation practices: seated meditation, body awareness meditation practice, and mindful movement (including basic hatha yoga; gentle stretching and postures).
Discussion of the roles of stress, thoughts, and emotions as they may contribute to anxiety, chronic pain, and illness.
Daily Home Practice: meditation practice at home with the guidance of shared recordings.
WHO IT'S FOR: This workshop is perfect for anyone looking to “wake up” to their lives! No experience is necessary but must possess a willingness to dive into a 4-week community learning experience, with regular home practice at home.
WHEN: Tuesdays in March, 5:15-6:45pm
INVESTMENT: $100 for the series; $80 if pre-registered by 2/26 *this series only sold as a package, you must participate in all four weeks
ABOUT THE FACILITATOR: Cecilia Shanahan is a qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher and received her training through the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness, including two extended silent meditation retreats. She is also certified yoga teacher, Urban Zen Integrative Therapist, and Holistic Wellness Coach. With a background in teaching and adult education, Cecilia enjoys sharing self-care strategies in an accessible way so that individuals are more empowered to live more full and satisfying lives.
*YA continuing education hours available for this workshop