8-Week Class, meeting on Tuesdays, Oct 27 – Dec 15
Mindfulness, A Way of Living Skillfully
Mindfulness is about clearing your mind to see where you’re stuck, what your default reactions are to certain situations, and how you might make new and better choices.
Mindfulness is awareness. Awareness of the immediate experience without letting past experiences and emotions hijack what is happening at this moment.
About The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR)
MBSR was developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979 at the UMass Medical School to help people learn to relate to whatever is happening in their lives with ease, compassion, & clarity. Since then more than 2,000 academic studies have examined the physiological, psychological, and inter-relational benefits of mindfulness. There is much evidence to show the structural and functional changes in the brain that take place after this eight-week program for better focus, problem solving, and empathy among other benefits in the participants.
MBSR is not:
- Relaxation, although you may start living with more ease
- Religious, although it could deepen your relationship with your religion
- Positive thinking, although you may start noticing all the positive things in your life
This course includes:
- This course is an educational program based on experiential learning in a safe environment. It includes:
- Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
- Gentle stretching & mindful movement
- Group dialogue & discussions aimed at enhancing awareness in everyday life
- A small dose of multimedia to support learning
- Daily home assignments
- Downloadable audio instructions & a home practice manual
- A day of retreat (see above for Silence retreat date)
- Ongoing support on Teachable.com
- Ongoing support at Downtown Mindfulness including monthly group meditations.
About The Facilitator
Shalini Bahl has been practicing meditation for fifteen years is a certified MBSR teacher from the Center for Mindfulness, UMass Medical School. She is also a Certified teacher of Search Inside Yourself, a mindfulness-based emotional intelligence program that was developed at Google.
Shalini has a PhD in marketing and has published award-winning research on topics related to expanding the potential of mindfulness to enhance consumer, societal and environmental well being. She has taught MBSR and mindfulness programs to diverse groups including MBAs & corporate clients. You can learn more about her here.
CE Credits Available
Please note that you can earn 26 CE/CPE credits. Licensed psychotherapists, nurses, and dieticians can earn credits for taking this program. Please contact me if you’d like to learn more.
Free Introduction Classes
If you are curious about the MBSR program or would like to explore if this is the right program for you at this time, please attend one of the free intro classes. Check the calendar for upcoming intro classes.
People taking the MBSR program are required to attend one introduction class or go over the program with me. If you are interested or have questions about this program or other forthcoming programs please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Course Fee: Pay What You Can
We have a flexible pricing model that makes this program accessible to all and trusts in the generosity of people to pay what they can afford.
“Pay what you can” pricing. Suggested prices on sliding scale: $350 or $550 or $700 Please pay more, if you can, to help support those less able to pay. Thank you.
MBSR for Students
Current full-time students without income may take this course for $200.
Please pay the fee using the link above to reserve a spot for the upcoming class. If you are unable to pay the fee and would like to take this class, please email email@example.com. I will work with you to find a way to take the class.
If you ask for refund 2 weeks before class starts, $50 will be deducted as administrative fee.
If you ask for refund 1 week before class starts, $100 will be deducted as administrative fee.
If you can’t continue with the classes for any reason, you can take a new class and will be given $100 discount. However, you will be required to register again and pay the commitment fee, less $100. Again, in case you need financial assistance to recommit, please email me. No one is turned down for financial reasons as long as the commitment is there to attend at least six out of the eight classes.
Parking & Location: NA
Please note that these classes are taking place at Downtown Mindfulness, 67 North Pleasant Street in Amherst, next to Starbucks and above Monkey Bar Bistro. There is street parking, which is free after 6:00 pm; parking behind CVS on the opposite side of the road and the Amherst public parking garage behind this office that is free after 8:00 pm.