at Videoconference, (Online)
This class is also offered on August 27.
This free, videoconference class is designed to introduce participants to some of the concepts and practices of the 9-week course Inviting Chronic Pain and Illness to Tea, which starts on September 10.
The 9-week program is designed to help participants cultivate skills and perspectives that enhance relating to chronic pain and illness in a way that is life affirming.
Based on the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn, Judith Blackstone, Tara Brach and others, this course will provide tools that participants can use to reframe their experience and come to a new relationship with pain and illness. Through experiential exercises, meditations, group discussions, teacher-led material and home practice, participants will learn to deepen their awareness of themselves as much more than the pain or illness.
Research on mindfulness programs has shown that the cultivation of mindfulness practices can have a dramatic effect on the reduction of the experience of pain, and on quality of life for those with chronic pain and illness.
Emphasis in this course will be placed on mindfulness, embodiment, self-kindness and compassion, forgiveness, gratitude, and development of community.
This highly participatory, practical course consists of nine weekly classes and includes:
- Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
- Gentle stretching and mindful movement
- Group dialogue and discussions aimed at enhancing skillful means and connection in everyday life
- Daily home practice, including guided meditations
- Fifteen recorded guided meditations and a home practice manual
- Two 30-minute individual mentoring sessions
For the first time since I was diagnosed, I am learning to "be with it" as opposed to just seeking to be "fixed" or pretending it away or busying my mind as opposed to learning to deal, live and find some peace.
~ Albee MBSR Fall 2013
This will be a videoconference class. Participants may join via internet or phone. Participants should call from a location where they can sit or lie down comfortably. All connection issues will be addressed a week before the beginning of the course.
Our daylongs open for registration 12 weeks in advance.
Late Registration: Online registration will close at 12 a.m. the day before the retreat. To request late registration, please email the retreat manager to check if there are still openings (email button, below).