Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it." -Rumi
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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Winter, 2018 January 23 - March 13 Tuesdays, 6 - 8 pm plus one daylong practice, Sunday, March 4 $175 ( sliding scale fee available) at Winthrop Fitness & Physical Therapy (you do not have to be a member)
Free Introductory Presentations -Learn about the neuro-biology of stress and mindfulness, try some brief practice. Tuesdays, 6 - 7 pm, January 9 and repeated on January 16 The classic introduction to mindfulness as developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, with an emphasis on compassion for oneself and others. Classes are a combination of practice and lecture, with guided practices in mindfulness, body awareness, compassion, and gentle yoga, as well as eating, walking and mindful communication. Lectures integrate findings in science and psychology, allowing time for discussion. MBSR is appropriate for any level of fitness. In the past three decades, mindfulness has become one of the most researched topics in mental health, this course is the gold standard used in that research. Countless studies have shown it to be helpful for medical symptoms, including chronic pain, psychological distress, and managing everyday day stress. Please contact me if you have any questions.
I didn't know what to expect when I started taking MBSR, but I truly think the class rewired my whole brain in the way that I think, the way thatcarry myself, and the way I feel about myself. What I learned through it was that's it's OK not to be perfect, and it gave me a lot of self-confidence as well as the ability to stand up for myself and change both my work and interpersonal relationships. I think I came out of it a very empowered person, and it was awesome. -Talia Sherman, Age 27, quoted from Tricycle Magazine
winter afternoon of mindfulness, 2017-2018 an opportunity to practice in silence and community, open to everyone Sunday, Dec 3 noon - 5pm Methow Valley Wellness Center, Winthrop (behind Coldwell Banker and Little Star School)
Also on the following Sundays, one per month Jan 7 Feb 4 March 11 April 8 (tentative) Practice mindfulness for the entire afternoon or just a part. Enter or leave quietly any hour on the hour, or during a walking period. We will have tea, chairs, and some cushions, please feel free to bring your favorite personal sitting gear. free/donation. The complete schedule is below, please contact me with any questions.
Schedule details noon- beginning instruction 12:45 walking 1:00 sitting 1:45 walking 2:00 sitting 2:45 walking 3:00 recorded talk, usually by Tara Brach or another well known meditation teacher 4:00 walking 4:15 sitting
Inter-Denominational Silent Contemplation daylong retreat co-facilitated with our friends in the Christian Contemplative tradition, details to come
Mindful Recovery - facilitated by Reba Baudino and Sharon Cohen October 11 – November 29 4:30 – 6pm Room One, Twisp
An 8-week support group for individuals seriously committed to recovery and abstinence from an addiction. We will focus on supportive discussion, and developing mindfulness skills to support addiction recovery. Registration is required, space is limited. If you are interested, contact Reba to find out if this group is right for you. (206) 854-4824
Investigating the heart, questioning the mind. – this retreat is full with a short waitlist Methow Valley Fall Retreat 2017 November 11 – 12 (Saturday, 9 am – Sunday, 3 pm) November 11 – 15 (Saturday, 9am – Wednesday, 11 am) River Run Inn, Winthrop Weekend: $90 residential, $60 non-residential 5day: $180 residential (all single rooms), $120 non-residential
I realize than forget, then realize that mind is an ax that splits the one continuous moment.- Chase Twichell ‘Mindfulness and clear comprehension’ is the full expression of mindfulness, it refers to a full and compassionate awareness of our moment-to-moment experience. We will use this time to strengthen our awareness of the movements of the heart, and train the mind towards towards letting go of the false urgency of distraction and anxiety. Without continuous feeding, our habits of memory, fear, expectations, and bias become less dominant, allowing the world to come alive. The retreat will be in Noble Silence, with alternating sessions of sitting and walking practice.
mindfulness at the speed of life for parents, educators & very busy people June 23—July 28 Fridays 4 - 5:30 (Flexible scheduling**) Winthrop, by donation pre- register!! ( 509-449-2594 or e-mail)
Mindfulness training to increase your calm and focus while juggling busy full days. Teachers and others have requested a summer class focusing on being mindful while in the midst of every day activities. We will work with concise practices to help us remember to return to presence, again and again with self compassion, forgiveness and a sense of humor; a crash course in mindfulness at the speed of life. Driving, working, cooking, teaching, everything can be done with anxiety and resentment, or acceptance and appreciation. Your move! Contact me with any concerns or questions, and please pre-register!
** Flexible scheduling- I am offering six classes, its okay to miss two. Summer scheduling is difficult! please let me know if you are interested, but this is the worst imaginable time. :)
Full Moon Meditation Practice & Potluck Sunday, July 9 5:30 pm - 11 pm (or later, until we are too sleepy) Methow Valley Wellness Center, Winthrop RSVP Please let us know if you plan to attend!
Everyone is welcome, we will gather at 5:30 for a light meal and fellowship, or please join us at any time during the evening, and stay as long as you like. 7pm - 8:30..... silent practice 8:30:...... recorded dharma talk 9:30....... silent, sitting, walking, standing or lying down, until 11pm or until we are too sleepy! All night vigils and practice in on full moon nights are traditional. We will join many meditators all over the world, who are sleepily practicing at the same time.
Loving-kindness and Self-Compassion Daylong Retreat Sunday, July 23 11 - 5 Methow Valley Wellness Center, (behind Caldwell Banker Realty and Little Star School) Winthrop
free/donation space is limited, please pre-register!!
We will spend the day in Noble Silence learning traditional techniques for cultivating loving-kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity. These interconnected practices strengthen the best parts of ourselves, and help protect us from our unskillful patterns!
Methow Valley Spring Retreat, 2017 April 22 - 23, Saturday - Sunday River Run Inn, Winthrop a residential or non-residential retreat detaiils tba
Bringing Mindfulness to Pain a brief training for anyone experiencing chronic or symptomatic pain Monday - Thursday 2:00 - 2:40 pm (40 minutes) Winthrop Physical Therapy and Fitness $40 Upon request when we have a few people Please contact me if you are interested. (509)449-2594, or firstname.lastname@example.org
In as little as a few days, recent studies indicate that mindfulness can measurably ease pan, continued practice may reduce the need for medication. The research is in, shorter training can be effective! Check out the research
weekly practice gatherings
Mondays, 6:30-8pm NEW! Every Friday, 4 - 5:30pmbut no practice this Friday, October 20, Our next Friday practice is October 27 Methow Valley Wellness Center Winthrop (behind Little Star School) We begin with 40 minutes of guided and silent sitting meditation. followed by informal teaching and discussion. It is very much a continuation of MBSR, and is appropriate for anyone with some meditation experience.
Wednesdays, 6 - 7:30 Twispworks- in the conference room of the "Gateway Building' - it is the first building on the campus (old forest Service office) Twisp We sit in silence from 6-6:30, followed by a brief walking meditation, and sit again, from 6:40 - 7pm. We have a short reading and discussion period from 7-7:30. This is a peer group we practice in silence, please join anytime, it is fine to come at 6 or 6:30.
Also in the Methow Valley: Centering Prayer - contact Linda Mendro email@example.com Buddhist Meditation taught by Oori Silberstein - Tuesday evenings in Twisp - firstname.lastname@example.org
work with me, private instruction & inquiry
Are you interested in trying a different approach? Mindfulness is not therapy, nor quite as trendy as coaching. It is a scientifically-based mind-body training focused on psychological health, and/or spiritual growth.
Training is the key! If you have ever learned how to play a musical instrument, if you are like most of us, you needed to practice. Our fingers learn by experience. In the same way, reading articles, understanding the concepts about mindfulness, doesn't reduce stress, practice does.
Schedule an appointment to begin training, or deepen the practice you already have. Techniques can target personal issues, or generally reduce stress, and boost wellness.
Each session is a combination of discussion with personalized guided practice. It is especially supportive in times of transition. If you are involved in ongoing psychotherapy, mindfulness is effective reinforcement for self-compassion.. There can never be too much kindness.
Mindfulness is natural, always available, and always appropriate. There are many different paths, many of them good. My own practice has been steeped in compassion, I love sharing what I have learned. Please contact me if you would to know a little more. Skype or phone appointments are possible. Couples appointments are available for mindful communication if at least one person already has some mindfulness training. Affordable sliding scale fee. email@example.com
My office is located in the Methow Valley Wellness Center, 105 Norfolk Rd, Winthrop, behind Little Star Montessori School and Coldwell Banker Realty.
Directions: Driving west on Hwy 20, turn left on White Road, (just before the bridge into Winthrop), Winthrop Fitness will be on your right, drive past, make the first left turn onto Norfolk Road,. Methow Valley Wellness Center is at the end of the short road.