Sunday, September 5, 2010

New MBSR class series starting Binghamton-area.

This is from Rachael Leonard, whom you may know through the SEW Bookclub or
through her work at the Southern Tier Pain Management Center....

I know a little about MBSR, started by Jon Kabat-Zinn.
It's a hybrid of the best of modern psychology
mixed with ancient meditation practice.

This work seems to be very useful for people healing from
an emotional trauma, or for those wanting more
calm, joy, and presence in your life. -- BH

From Rachael Leonard:

Last month I attended an intensive nine-day Practicum in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) that, together with previous training, has equipped me to teach the full MBSR curriculum.  Recently I officially started my business, Resources for Living, that includes teaching MBSR groups and individually, along with life coaching.  I'm sharing this with you, because you have either attended one of the Saturday groups at the Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts Gallery or you've expressed an interest in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.  Here's an overview of the program that will begin in a couple weeks.

Eight weekly two-and-a-half hour evening classes and a one full-day retreat held (on a Saturday) between sessions six and seven. The classes are highly participatory and include:
     guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
     gentle stretching and mindful yoga
     group dialogue and mindful communication exercises to enhance daily awareness
     individually tailored instruction
     daily home assignments
     practice materials including mindfulness practice CD, workbook, and copy of "Full Catastrophe Living" by Jon Kabat-Zinn

It is important to note that attendance for the entire program is expected, as classes build on one another.  If this is not a good time for you to make a commitment such as this, you may want to consider joining a future class. 

Total cost is $300; a sliding scale is in place.  No one who is truly interested and motivated to participate will be turned away due to expense.  There is a 10% discount when paying in full by the first class.  Payment plans are available.

The first class will be Thursday, September 16, 6:30-9 p.m. at The Personal Resource Center, 3220 Pearl Street, Endwell.  If you are interested in attending, please contact me either at this e-mail address or by phone: 221-6054.   

I hope you're having a wonderful summer.

Rachael Leonard

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