Mindfulness workshop: Workplace Mindfulness Seminars and Workshops


Workplace Mindfulness Seminars and Workshops

Due to Covid-19 and to support people who are quarantined or working remotely Mindful-Way is offering many of our workplace mindfulness  and Stress Reduction Programs Online.

Mindfulness in corporate settings  and workplace mindfulness programs have been introduced to numerous organizations in recent years.  Mindfulness and meditation are scientifically proven to be effective tools for reducing stress. And mindfulness is recognized for its benefits in the realms of self-regulation, increased awareness, emotional intelligence, improved decision making, focus and productivity.

Mindful-Way has been delivering workplace mindfulness and  Mindfulness Training for Leadership to organizations large and small for more than 10 years. We combine our deep training in mindfulness with a passion for sharing these programs. And we pride ourselves in being able to make mindfulness relevant and alive for our audience. Our trainers are highly skilled at bringing mindfulness into the workplace, generating participation and adopting of the program principles into all areas of life. And we have worked effectively with  organizations across the spectrum from the financial services, tech sector, manufacturing, legal, construction, universities, medical centers, and numerous local government agencies as well as people from all walks of life that attend our public mindfulness classes and retreats. Mindful-Way brings mindfulness in the workplace programs to organizations of all sizes in the public and private sector with clients including AllianzAM, Eisenhower Medical Center, Enexco, Foundation Capital, H&S Ventures, MedeAnalytics, Oakley, Pacific Life, TrendMicro, and the US Navy, as well as Gov’t agencies within Orange County, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties.  Our teachers are trained to the highest level through the UMASS Center For Mindfulness.

Mindful-Way delivers workplace mindfulness classes, workshops, seminars, and employee wellness programs both on-site and off-site for businesses, universities, government agencies, and medical centers. We can bring mindfulness training to your organization to help reduce stress, raise awareness, improve communication, and lower days lost due to illness.

Mindful-Way’s mindfulness in the workplace programs and mindfulness for business training can be custom-tailored to the needs of your organization.

We offer:

  • One to two-hour interactive mindfulness presentations on the principles and practices of mindfulness and meditation.
  • Multi -Week mindfulness training session, 45 – 120 minutes long, (4 – 10 weeks duration).
  • Half-day or all-day mindfulness retreats.
  • Mindful resilient leadership and executive mindfulness programs.
  • Eight-week  workplace Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction mbsr courses—the most widely scientifically researched mindfulness program worldwide.
  • Group and individual consultations.
  • Mindfulness Speaker – A lively engaging program for company meetings and organizational retreats
  • Custom designed workplace  mindfulness programs for your organization or population.

Call us. We’ll be happy to discuss your particular requirements.

Topics covered include:

  • Mindfulness—paying attention in an open, non-judgmental way to what we are doing and what is around us in the present moment.
  • Mindfulness and physiology—the stress reaction cycle, and how stress affects our brain and our health and how mindfulness helps.
  • Mindfulness as it relates to emotional intelligence, effective communication, and work stress.
  • Learning and refining one of four mindfulness practices including relaxation exercises, seated meditation and gentle yoga.
  • Practical suggestions on incorporating mindfulness throughout the workplace.

Participants are encouraged to bring these practices into all areas of their life. Supportive instructional audio and other materials are available at the class/presentation or through our website.

Why Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a time tested awareness practice that has been used in medical settings for four decades as an aid for patients coping with stress and chronic conditions. Mindfulness is now used in many organizational and corporate settings as well as law schools, medical schools and business schools. Mindfulness and meditation are scientifically proven to improve efficiency and clarity of mind and have been shown to reduce sick time by improving the immune system.

Clinical trials, as well as extensive experience, show that the practice of mindfulness:

  • Dramatically improves our stress management, making us better able to deal with challenges created by workloads, deadlines and interpersonal conflict.
  • Creates greater mental clarity and focus, upgrading our capacity for critical thinking and problem solving.
  • Enhances our focus on the present moment, thereby promoting greater engagement in the here and now – of particular importance to those operating in high-risk environments.
  • Improves awareness of our own thought processes and the emotions they trigger, enabling more effective emotional regulation and resilience.
  • Increases our capacity to read other people, enhancing empathy and helping us to understand where they may be coming from
  • Unleashes our capacity for innovation and creativity.
  • Promotes new possibilities in difficult team or interpersonal relationships by replacing habitual reactions with more considered responses.
  • Supports a more panoramic perspective, better able to manage change.
  • Enriches our appreciation of the greater meaning and purpose in what we do.



One-Day Mindfulness Workshop — MBSR WITH SYLVIE ON ZOOM

This workshop will introduce you to mindfulness practice with an emphasis on attention focus training. It includes the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn (www.umassmed.edu/cfm), who founded Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR): “Paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally,” and Daniel Siegel (www.drdansiegel.com), a leading researcher and practitioner of integrating mindfulness meditation with neurobiology: ”Learning how to focus your attention may actually change your brain.”

During this workshop, we will explore together the intricate interaction that exists between body and mind through stillness and movement, with mindful yoga, somatic movements, and fluid, flexible postures that are part of the mindfulness practice.


This workshop helps you to recognize the importance of your mental state in day-to-day life, such as identifying your emotions and reducing negative thinking that builds anxiety. It helps keep your mood stable while you become more aware of your “automatic pilot” mode. Gentle exercise, good posture and mindful yoga are taught to help you understand how to prevent or reduce chronic physical pain. 

When & Where

The Introduction to Mindfulness workshop occurs several times per year. 

The Workshop begins at 9:30am and ends at 4:30pm

9:30am: arrival (setup and distribution of handout)
10:am-1: 45pm: Morning session
1:45pm-2: 30pm: Lunch (potluck)
2:30pm-3:pm: Group discussion
3:00pm-4:00pm: Afternoon session
4:pm-4: 30pm: Enquiries

Please wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes, bring a yoga mat and a meditation pillow if you have one.

Please bring your favorite dish to share for our potluck lunch.

32 Mindfulness Trainings, Courses, Programs, Workshops & Degrees

Mindfulness interventions, like positive psychology itself, are focused on bettering peoples’ lives no matter what their situations are.

As positive psychology is interested in increasing the well-being of all people, it makes sense for positive psychology to include mindfulness interventions.

Here is an overview of mindfulness training programs around the world, from on-site programs to online programs, from longer courses to shorter workshops, so that anyone interested in mindfulness has a place from which to start.

Before you start reading this article, I recommend you download our 3 Mindfulness Exercises Pack for free. With this package, you will not just be able to understand mindfulness on a theoretical level, but you’ll also have the tools to apply mindfulness in your work with clients or students.

About The Courses on This Page

Many of these courses (particularly the longer, 8-week courses) are based on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). This is a program that was first introduced by the University of Massachusetts Medical School, the school that trained many of the instructors mentioned below. The University of Massachusetts Medical School claims that MBSR can help people with:

  • Anxiety
  • Work, Family, and Financial Stress
  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Illness and Pain
  • Depression
  • Eating Disturbances
  • Fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gastro-Intestinal (GI) Distress
  • Grief
  • Headaches
  • Heart Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Panic Attacks
  • Post-traumatic Stress (PTSD)
  • Skin Disorders
  • Sleep Problems

Here is a video provided by the University which serves as a short introduction to MBSR:


Mindfulness X

Are you interested in a package that includes everything you need to deliver science-based and high-quality mindfulness training?

Introducing Mindfulness X: a complete, 8 session mindfulness training template for professionals.

Mindfulness X is designed for anyone who wants to inspire other people and help others to improve their lives in meaningful ways, including, but not limited to: therapists, coaches, mindfulness trainers, psychologists, healthcare professionals, HR-managers and etc.

You’ll find everything you need to know about Mindfulness X here.


Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher Training – Online

The Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher Training Certificate enables individuals to become qualified meditation and mindfulness instructors.

It is a highly practical course that has been designed to offer you the knowledge and experience you need to be a competent teacher of meditation and mindfulness.

The course is ideal for coaches, teachers and other educators, nurses, therapists, yoga teachers, clinical psychologists, human resources representatives, social workers, and anyone else who works with people and would like to expand their practice or career to include meditation teaching, theory, and exercises.

The training is offered as part of the School of Positive Transformation, which is a fully accredited and certified academic institution. The course is led by Dr. Itai Ivtzan, who is a leading positive psychologist and mindfulness teacher.

Once you have completed the training, you will receive a formal certificate indicating you are a certified meditation and mindfulness teacher. The training is offered with a 30-day money back guarantee.

Click here for full information and enrollment


On-site Mindfulness Training Courses

For many people, the best way to learn something is in-person with a group of people who are also trying to learn the same thing. For these purposes, here are some in-person, on-site mindfulness training courses in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.


Seattle Mindfulness Center

The Seattle Mindfulness Center in Seattle, Washington offers introductory mindfulness courses, mindfulness courses focused on avoiding drug relapse, as well as free group meditation for anyone who has completed the introduction to mindfulness.

Their introductory mindfulness course consists of five weeks of meditation training, after which students can attend group meditation for free. The Seattle center also offers a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction class for 8 weeks of courses including a retreat toward the end.

Both classes are taught by Sherry Williams, a former lawyer with extensive training in yoga and meditation.


Mindfulness Center of Atlanta

The Mindfulness Center of Atlanta offers an 8-week course in Mindfulness & Stress Reduction. This includes a day retreat at the Ignatius House Retreat Center, where the courses are also offered. The Center also offers the opportunity to be part of a Georgia State University study looking at the effectiveness of treating smoking cessation with mindfulness.

The Mindfulness Center of Atlanta was founded by Mark Dannenfelser, a licensed counselor, experienced yoga teacher, and lecturer at Emory University in Georgia.


Upstream in South Carolina

Upstream, “A Center for Mindfulness Practice & Holistic Mental Health” based in South Carolina in the United States, was founded by Jemme Stewart, a licensed professional counselor, yoga teacher and psychiatric nursing specialist, and T. Hilda White, a psychiatrist.

Upstream offers an 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction class that includes a day retreat, as well as a weekly community meditation series which focuses on applying Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction to meditation.


Centre for Mindfulness Studies Toronto

The Centre for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto offers several different types of courses in mindfulness, from introductory classes (including one specifically geared towards teenagers) to mindfulness training aimed at organizations. Their faculty consists of several psychiatric professionals, clinical psychologists, and psychology professors.

There are half-day sessions for beginners, full-day sessions for beginners and the Centre offers an 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course too.


Oxford Mindfulness Centre

The Oxford Mindfulness Centre in the UK offers a Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy course for the general public. The course runs for 8 weeks. The Oxford Mindfulness Centre is contained within Oxford University’s Department of Psychiatry.

This course is aimed at helping prevent serious depression and emotional distress in its participants, and the program is looking at ways to adapt the approach to other disorders. The program is also heavily focused on ensuring that its graduates “stay well in the long term.”


Mindfulness Certification Programs for Teachers

For people who are already very familiar with mindfulness and wish to start spreading its teachings to others, there are several mindfulness certification programs available.

Here are just a few of these offerings, with some of them being offered online (with the inclusion of in-person retreat requirements).


The Oasis Institute

The Oasis Institute, part of the Center For Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School offers mindfulness teacher certification programs, certification for teachers who wish to train teachers, as well as general continuing education for mindfulness teachers.

The teacher certification program is completed over three years, and the program can be completed on-site or abroad. The teacher-training course is completed online over the course of a year.


The UCSD Center for Mindfulness

The UCSD Center for Mindfulness in San Diego, California offers a training program for people who wish to become certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teachers. The program requires prospective participants to undergo a long process, consisting of teacher qualification, which includes a 6-day intensive training session, choosing a mentor and teaching two 8-week MBSR courses under this membership.

Prospective teachers then undergo teacher certification, which includes another intensive training session as well as the teaching of several more MBSR courses.

The entire program length is determined by how long it takes a prospective teacher to meet the requirements, such as the number of MBSR classes taught.


The Engaged Mindfulness Institute

The Engaged Mindfulness Institute offers mindfulness teacher training that can be completed online over a course of two years.

The Engaged Mindfulness Institute’s staff is made up of professor Fleet Maull, author Kate Crisp and professor Ben Van Arnam, who have experience in mindfulness and Buddhism in particular. This program requires a background in mindful meditation practice, previous attendance at a mindfulness retreat, as well as a consistent internet connection.


The Mindfulness Training Institute

The Mindfulness Training Institute offers programs in both the United States (currently in San Francisco, California) and the United Kingdom (Devon). Both programs consist of yearlong training courses.

The programs are led by Martin Aylward and Mark Coleman, who both have extensive experience teaching mindfulness meditation. Both programs require previous experience with mindful meditation, as well as previous attendance at both mindfulness courses and mindfulness meditation retreats.


The Awareness Training Institute

The Awareness Training Institute at the University of California at Berkeley in the United States offers a Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program. It is taught by Jack Kornfield, a trained Buddhist monk who has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and Tara Brach, who also has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and an extensive history in meditation.

The program also includes a mentorship component led by Pat Coffey, who has been practicing meditation and mindfulness for 40 years and teaching for 20, including teaching mindfulness to prison inmates. The program consists of 2 years, including three 5-day retreats.


Online Mindfulness Classes and Courses

While learning in-person is probably the best way to learn mindfulness (as some of these following instructors claim), it is not always a financial or practical possibility for prospective students to do so. For these reasons, here are a few courses that can be completed entirely online, including two that are completely free.

Since these online courses are mostly completed at your own pace, it is important that anyone who wishes to take an online mindfulness course is aware that it is up to them to put in the time and commitment to get the most out of the teachings.


Mindful Schools

Mindful Schools offers a 6-week online program and includes lifetime access to the course materials. The program is self-paced but includes 2-3 hours of instruction per week. The faculty is made up of several different teachers who all have:

“over a decade of mindfulness practice and broad teaching experience.”

The syllabus includes the focus areas of Mindfulness of Breath, Mindfulness of Body, Mindfulness of Emotions, Development of the Heart, Interpersonal Mindfulness and Everyday Mindfulness. Completing the program earns 3 continuing education units for educators and 12 CEUs for eligible mental health professionals.


Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) UK

Mindfulness in Schools Project offers mindfulness training to school teachers, so that they may pass on their learnings to pupils in the classroom. Since 2009, this not-for-profit organization has provided different training courses, ranging from one-day online programs designed to introduce young children (aged 9-14) to mindfulness, to a 12-day program to train a mindfulness leader within a school’s staff.

The cost of the courses ranges from free to around £825, depending on the specific program. Upon completion of a course, participants will receive a certificate and potentially credits toward Continuing Professional Development for those in the UK.


Palouse Mindfulness

Palouse Mindfulness offers an online course that is completely free, can be started whenever and completed in 8 weeks. The instructor is Dave Potter, a certified MBSR instructor. One does not even need to register for this course or give their email address, and they can complete the course completely on their own time.

Potter believes that an in-person course is the best way to learn mindfulness, but believes that people who cannot complete in-person courses should still have the chance to learn mindfulness. This might help explain why he is offering this material for no money at all. The course claims that the material within will help participants:

“cope with stress, pain, and the challenges of everyday life, deal with disturbing events with grace and composure, [and] be fully present and alive in this moment.”

This short PDF explains MBSR and why Palouse Mindfulness thinks it can be helpful.


Be Mindful Online

Be Mindful Online is an online mindfulness course that can be followed at your own pace on your computer or even on your phone. The course can be completed in 4 weeks or more.

The course includes 10 sessions with videos and interactive exercises, 12 assignments, five guided meditation downloads, online tools, and resources emailed to you after completing the course.

The program is taught by Ed Halliwell and Tessa Watt, who are both experienced mindfulness teachers and authors.



mbsrtraining.com offers an 8-week MBSR online course, taught by G. Ross Clark. Clark was trained at the University of Massachusetts Medical School to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.

The course is self-paced and includes nine 2½ hour lessons, made up of “audio, video & text topics.” Clark also offers his phone number and email to course participants so they do not have to complete the course completely on their own.


Future Learn

Future Learn also offers a completely free online mindfulness course completed over a period of 6 weeks. The course involves 3 hours of education a week and is taught by Craig Hassed, a general practitioner, speaker, author and mindfulness expert, and Dr. Richard Chambers, a clinical psychology and mindfulness expert.

The course can be taken by anyone (there are no prerequisites) and explores the science behind mindfulness as well as mindfulness exercises one can apply to their own life.


Mindfulness Training at UCLA and Harvard

While many universities offer mindfulness training components, the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the United States offer several different mindfulness training options.

This makes these prestigious universities excellent options for anyone who happens to live in the area that wishes to study mindfulness. The center at UCLA also offers online versions of their mindfulness classes.


The Mindfulness Awareness Research Center

The Mindfulness Awareness Research Center at the University of California at Los Angeles in the United States offers several different mindfulness training options, both in-person and online. Most of these classes are Mindfulness Awareness Practice (MAPs) classes.

The introductory, in-person MAPs class takes six weeks and meets weekly for two hours. The class includes an overview of mindfulness, mindfulness as it relates to the body and pain, as well as mindfulness and emotions. There is also a heavy focus on meditation so that students can apply their mindfulness practices to daily life.

After taking the introductory class, there are several other classes participants can take, such as a class focused on improving meditation, a class on self-compassion, and a class on finding happiness. All in-person classes (including the introductory and advanced classes) run for six weeks. For an extra fee, participants can earn continuing education units.

The center also offers online classes that go on for six weeks but can be completed at your own pace. The introductory MAPs class online is called MAPs 1 for Daily Living and serves as an introduction to mindfulness. This course can also be completed in Spanish.

After taking the introductory class, there is a MAPs II class focusing on positive emotions and a MAPs II class focusing on “next steps,” aimed at helping people continue practicing mindfulness in their daily lives.

There is no option to earn continuing education units from online classes. The center also offers free drop-in meditation classes weekly.


Harvard University

Harvard University also offers mindfulness training through its Center for Wellness. Like many mindfulness training programs, they offer an 8-week MBSR course offered during both the fall and spring semesters of the school year.

There is also a half-hour introduction to MBSR offered, though it is currently full and only accepting waitlist registrations. The MBSR course is taught by Suzanne Westbrook, MD, a Harvard University Health Services clinician.

Aside from MBSR, they offer a quarterly meditation series called Calming the Mind, Opening the Heart. However, information about this series is scant. Like UCLA, Harvard also offers daily drop-in meditation sessions for free, with one running in the morning and the other running during lunchtime. These sessions are taught by Jeanne Mahon, a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education as well as a registered yoga instructor.


Mindfulness Courses in London UK

Although the United Kingdom has been briefly discussed above, there are several different mindfulness training options in London alone. These courses are all offered in-person in London, though it is of note that the instructor at Mindfulness London also offers an online course mentioned above, at bemindfulonline.com.


London Mindful

London Mindful offers several different types of mindfulness courses. Their main offerings are 8-week MBSR courses and include a one-day retreat. The weekly course consists of 2-hour sessions which combine:

“experiential mindfulness practices with the latest tools and techniques of neuroscience, psychology and the study of well-being.”

Each course has a different instructor, from Jiva, who holds a Masters in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapies to Christian Kerr, who has over a decade of experience teaching yoga and meditation, as well as mindfulness training from several places including the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.


Mindfulness London

Mindfulness London offers an 8-week MBSR course taught by Ed Halliwell, who also helps teach courses at the aforementioned bemindfulonline.com. This course consists of weekly 2-hour sessions and a 6-hour day retreat. It begins with an hour and a half-long orientation session.

The course also assigns weekly homework which is meant to take about 45 minutes a day, so that participants can extend their learning beyond class time. This weekly homework includes CDs and other course materials (the cost of which are included in tuition) making the program a multimedia experience.


Love Life Live Now

Love Life Live Now offers an introductory class called The Miracle of Mindfulness, which consists of 6 weekly 1½ hour sessions to be taken on either Tuesday or Wednesday evenings. The course outline is as follows, from:

Week 1 to Week 6:

  • How To Cultivate Mindfulness
  • The Way of the Body
  • Sweet Surrender and Going Deeper Within The Greater Mind
  • Emotional Alchemy
  • Beyond the Self
  • The Energy of Mindfulness.

There are a few teachers in the program, but the founder and main teacher Adrian, was:

“the first person in the UK to teach Mindfulness as a treatment for addiction.”



Mindfree offers a unique 8-week experience in that the course combines Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, as opposed to most mindfulness training which focuses on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. Participants can either take it in the morning or the afternoon.

Like many 8-week mindful sessions, the program consists of weekly two-hour sessions as well as a day retreat. The course is billed as a course for both beginners and those with some experience in mindfulness and meditation.


The London Centre for Mindfulness

The London Centre for Mindfulness offers an 8-week MBSR course which begins with an introductory session. They also have a morning and evening session.

The course consists of a series of mediations which range from 3 to 40 minutes. Anyone interested in the course can take a half-day practice session which serves as an introduction to the mindfulness courses, although course graduates can also attend. Finally, course graduates can attend a monthly drop-in meditation session to “reconnect with the practice.”


Mindfulness Workshops, Classes, and Degrees

If you’re not ready yet to commit to an 8-week (or longer) course, there are several shorter mindfulness classes and workshops available out there. For example, London Mindful, Mindfulness London and the UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Research Center (all of which have been previously discussed here) all offer shorter workshops alongside their longer courses.

Here are some other options for short-term mindfulness workshops.


Mindfulness Workshops

Mindfulness Workshops holds one-day intensive mindfulness workshops in Copenhagen, Denmark. These workshops are led by Esan Hansen, a mindfulness teacher, and speaker. They focus on “basic guided mindfulness exercises” and the goal of the workshop is for participants to be able to practice mindfulness on their own after one day.

This makes the workshop a great option for beginners.


The Center for Mindful Self-Compassion

The Center for Mindful Self-Compassion in North Carolina in the United States offers a two-day workshop teaching the core skills of mindful self-compassion. The workshop can either be taken in person or live-streamed online. For an extra fee, nurses, psychologists, and social workers can earn continuing education units for completing the workshop.

The workshop focuses on self-compassion and how to practice it in daily life, as well as teaching self-compassion to others.


The Mindfulness Practice Center of Fairfax

The Mindfulness Practice Center of Fairfax in Virginia in the United States offers mindfulness workshops on Saturdays. You can take either all-day workshops (8:45 AM – 4:00 PM) or half-day programs (8:45 AM – 1:30 PM). People who sign up for the all-day workshop can leave after lunch as one would for the half-day.

Both workshops focus on guided meditation including walking meditation, but the all-day workshop focuses more on discussing mindfulness, so it is a better option for people who are looking to learn rather than people who are simply looking for a meditation workshop.

The workshops are led by Anh-Huong and Thu Nguyen, who have been practicing Zen mindfulness for over 30 years and first led a mindfulness retreat in the United States nearly 30 years ago, in 1988.


Mindful Practices with Leanda

A mindfulness center in Dublin, Ireland called Mindful Practices with Leanda offers a half-day workshop (from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM). The workshop is led by Leanda Carroll, a licensed psychologist who has been studying mindfulness for over a decade. This workshop focuses on reducing stress in your daily life and improving personal awareness but also claims to help attendees start their own mindfulness practice.


Mindfulness Works Australia

Mindfulness Works Australia offers one-day workshops for mindfulness beginners in Redcliffe, Peregian Beach, Bardon, and Sydney. Each session includes a one-year subscription to the group’s mindfulness app, WildFlowers.

The sessions are led by teachers, authors, and counselors, depending on which location one chooses to take the workshop in. These workshops focus on teaching mindfulness to people so that they can have less stress in their lives and sleep better, as well as be more accepting of themselves.


Exclusive Mindfulness Retreats

Finally, there are several different mindfulness retreats being offered all around the world.

These retreats are a prerequisite for many teaching certification programs, though they can also be attended by people who are simply looking to deepen their own mindfulness practice.

These retreats are not for beginners and are meant for people who already practice mindfulness and are looking to take the next step in their own lives.


Shambhala Mountain Center

Shambhala Mountain Center in Colorado in the United States offers a 9-day long silent mindfulness retreat.

The retreat is led by Janet Solyntjes, who completed MBSR training at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and has been practicing mind-body disciplines for 40 years, and David Spound, who has been practicing meditation for 40 years and teaching it for 10, who has also completed MBSR training at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

The retreat’s daily schedule focuses on meditation sessions, though there are also teaching sessions focusing on the core ideals of MBSR. The retreat is billed as “suitable for mindfulness teachers or aspiring teachers,” and it fulfills a prerequisite for the aforementioned Oasis Institute’s teacher certification program.


Mindful Way

Mindful Way is leading a 6-day silent mindfulness retreat in Florida in the United States. The retreat is led by “certified MBSR and Dharma Teachers” Beth Mulligan and Jon Aaron.

Like the above retreat, this one also meets the Oasis Institute’s prerequisite for mindfulness teacher certification. The retreat focuses on “Mindful Movement” which involves walking meditation, as well as daily talks and interview with the teachers. This retreat also puts a focus on the Buddhist foundations of MBSR.


Motus Mundi

Motus Mundi in Italy hosts a 5-day silent retreat in Rome which also fulfills the Oasis Institute’s requirements for teacher certification. The retreat is called The Way of Silence and of Listening to the Heart. The retreat focuses on the teachings of MBSR, but particularly focuses on “noble silence,” which the program calls:

“a profound condition which will allow us to get in touch with one of the most important human resources – that is ‘listening.’”

The teachers in this retreat are Elana Rosenbaum, who is an adjunct faculty at the University of Massachusetts Medical School where she works alongside Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of MBSR, and Franco Cucchio, a certified MBSR teacher with experience in Buddhism as well.


Ser Integral

Ser Integral, a mindfulness center in Portugal, hosts a mindfulness meditation retreat called Art of Silence. It is a 6-day retreat that meets the Oasis Institute’s prerequisite for teacher certification. The center stresses that the retreat is secular and non-religious and that instructions are presented in English.

The usage of phones and computers is not allowed during the retreat:

“in order to support the context of silence that we will cultivate throughout the retreat.”

The focus areas of the retreat include theoretical teachings, mindfulness meditation practices, and mindful yoga. The retreat is led by Paul Burrows, who has extensive experience with retreats focusing on Buddhist traditions. All meals at this retreat are vegetarian.


The Gaia House

The Gaia House, a center focusing on “insight meditation in the Buddhist tradition” offers several different retreats of varying lengths. One such retreat is called Cultivating Clarity and Compassion and runs for 5 days.

The retreat is led by Alan Lewis, an ex-Theravadin Buddhist monk. This retreat focuses on sitting and walking meditation, and believes that attendees will come out of it with greater compassion, both for themselves and others.


A Take-Home Message

Practicing mindfulness can help all sorts of people no matter what is going on in their lives. Learning mindfulness is very accessible, whether you have a center in your hometown or just an internet connection, whether you have enough money for a retreat or do not have any money at all, or if you want to learn how to teach mindfulness to others.

No matter what your situation is, there is a mindfulness training option tailored to your needs.

We’d love to hear your thoughts or experiences about any of the resources mentioned above. Please write to us in the comments section below!

Getting Started with Mindfulness – Mindful

You have questions about mindfulness and meditation.

Mindful has the answers.

Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.

While mindfulness is something we all naturally possess, it’s more readily available to us when we practice on a daily basis.

Whenever you bring awareness to what you’re directly experiencing via your senses, or to your state of mind via your thoughts and emotions, you’re being mindful. And there’s growing research showing that when you train your brain to be mindful, you’re actually remodeling the physical structure of your brain.

The goal of mindfulness is to wake up to the inner workings of our mental, emotional, and physical processes.

Meditation is exploring. It’s not a fixed destination. Your head doesn’t become vacuumed free of thought, utterly undistracted. It’s a special place where each and every moment is momentous. When we meditate we venture into the workings of our minds: our sensations (air blowing on our skin or a harsh smell wafting into the room), our emotions (love this, hate that, crave this, loathe that) and thoughts (wouldn’t it be weird to see an elephant playing a trumpet).

Mindfulness meditation asks us to suspend judgment and unleash our natural curiosity about the workings of the mind, approaching our experience with warmth and kindness, to ourselves and others.

Mindfulness is available to us in every moment, whether through meditations and body scans, or mindful moment practices like taking time to pause and breathe when the phone rings instead of rushing to answer it.

Jon Kabat-Zinn, creator of the research-backed stress-reduction program Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), explains how mindfulness lights up parts of our brains that aren’t normally activated when we’re mindlessly running on autopilot.

“Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally,” says Kabat-Zinn. “And then I sometimes add, in the service of self-understanding and wisdom.”

Researchers suggest that people with an advanced meditation practice might operate at a different level of awareness — and it shows in their brainwaves. Read More 

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Mindfulness helps us put some space between ourselves and our reactions, breaking down our conditioned responses. Here’s how to tune into mindfulness throughout the day:

  1. Set aside some time. You don’t need a meditation cushion or bench, or any sort of special equipment to access your mindfulness skills—but you do need to set aside some time and space.
  2. Observe the present moment as it is. The aim of mindfulness is not quieting the mind, or attempting to achieve a state of eternal calm. The goal is simple: we’re aiming to pay attention to the present moment, without judgment. Easier said than done, we know.
  3. Let your judgments roll by. When we notice judgments arise during our practice, we can make a mental note of them, and let them pass.
  4. Return to observing the present moment as it is. Our minds often get carried away in thought. That’s why mindfulness is the practice of returning, again and again, to the present moment.
  5. Be kind to your wandering mind. Don’t judge yourself for whatever thoughts crop up, just practice recognizing when your mind has wandered off, and gently bring it back.

That’s the practice. It’s often been said that it’s very simple, but it’s not necessarily easy. The work is to just keep doing it. Results will accrue.

This meditation focuses on the breath, not because there is anything special about it, but because the physical sensation of breathing is always there and you can use it as an anchor to the present moment. Throughout the practice you may find yourself caught up in thoughts, emotions, sounds—wherever your mind goes, simply come back again to the next breath. Even if you only come back once, that’s okay.

A Simple Meditation Practice
  1. Sit comfortably. Find a spot that gives you a stable, solid, comfortable seat.
  2. Notice what your legs are doing. If on a cushion, cross your legs comfortably in front of you. If on a chair, rest the bottoms of your feet on the floor.
  3. Straighten your upper body—but don’t stiffen. Your spine has natural curvature. Let it be there.
  4. Notice what your arms are doing. Situate your upper arms parallel to your upper body. Rest the palms of your hands on your legs wherever it feels most natural.
  5. Soften your gaze. Drop your chin a little and let your gaze fall gently downward. It’s not necessary to close your eyes. You can simply let what appears before your eyes be there without focusing on it.
  6. Feel your breath. Bring your attention to the physical sensation of breathing: the air moving through your nose or mouth, the rising and falling of your belly, or your chest.
  7. Notice when your mind wanders from your breath. Inevitably, your attention will leave the breath and wander to other places. Don’t worry. There’s no need to block or eliminate thinking. When you notice your mind wandering gently return your attention to the breath.
  8. Be kind about your wandering mind. You may find your mind wandering constantlythat’s normal, too. Instead of wrestling with your thoughts, practice observing them without reacting. Just sit and pay attention. As hard as it is to maintain, that’s all there is. Come back to your breath over and over again, without judgment or expectation.
  9. When you’re ready, gently lift your gaze (if your eyes are closed, open them). Take a moment and notice any sounds in the environment. Notice how your body feels right now. Notice your thoughts and emotions.

Explore this guided meditation series from editor-in-chief Barry Boyce to gently work with your wandering mind. Read More 

  • Barry Boyce
  • June 11, 2019

As you spend time practicing mindfulness, you’ll probably find yourself feeling kinder, calmer, and more patient. These shifts in your experience are likely to generate changes in other parts of your life as well.

Mindfulness can help you become more playful, maximize your enjoyment of a long conversation with a friend over a cup of tea, then wind down for a relaxing night’s sleep. Try these 4 practices this week:

1. A Simple Breathing Meditation for Beginners

2. A Body Scan to Cultivate Mindfulness

3. A Simple Awareness of Breath Practice

4. A Compassion Meditation

5. A Guided Meditation for Easing into Sleep

6. A Meditation Practice for Anxiety

7. A Loving-Kindness Meditation for Deep Connection

Try this free sample of our How to Meditate Course: Making Mindfulness a Habit—with Dr. Elisha Goldstein.

1. Is there a wrong way to meditate? A right way to meditate?

People think they’re messing up when they’re meditating because of how busy the mind is. But getting lost in thought, noticing it, and returning to your chosen meditation object— breath, sound, body sensation, or something else—is how it’s done. That’s about it. If you’re doing that, you’re doing it right!

2. Are there more formal ways to take up mindfulness practice?

Mindfulness can be practiced solo, anytime, or with like-minded friends. But there are others ways, and many resources, to tap into. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, and other mindfulness-based trainings are available across North America. We’ve organized a list of centers here.

Daily guided meditations are also available by smartphone app, or you can practice in person at a meditation center. Read more about the types of programs currently available.

3. Do I have to practice every day?

No, but being that it’s a beneficial practice, you may well find that the more you do it, the more you’ll find it beneficial to your life. Read Jack Kornfield’s guidelines for developing a daily practice here.

4. How do I find a meditation instructor?

If you want to make mindfulness a part of your life, you’ll probably want to consider working with a meditation teacher or instructor. You can even do that online using a video chat format of some kind, but even then the same principles apply. Here are 4 questions to consider when looking for a meditation teacher: 1) Do you have good chemistry with them? 2) Are they open and accessible? 3) Do they have a deep understanding of the practice? 4) Could they regard you like a friend?

5. How do yoga and mindfulness work together?

There are a number of yoga poses that will help you with your mindfulness meditation practice. Here are 10 simple yoga exercises to reduce stress, improve well-being, and get you primed for a sitting meditation session—or anytime.

Of course, when we meditate it doesn’t help to fixate on the benefits, but rather just to do the practice. That being said, there are plenty of benefits. Here are five reasons to practice mindfulness.

  • Understand your pain. Pain is a fact of life, but it doesn’t have to rule you. Mindfulness can help you reshape your relationship with mental and physical pain.
  • Connect betterEver find yourself staring blankly at a friend, lover, child, and you’ve no idea what they’re saying? Mindfulness helps you give them your full attention.
  • Lower stress. There’s lots of evidence these days that excess stress causes lots of illnesses and makes other illnesses worse. Mindfulness decreases stress.
  • Focus your mindIt can be frustrating to have our mind stray off what we’re doing and be pulled in six directions. Meditation hones our innate ability to focus.
  • Reduce brain chatter.The nattering, chattering voice in our head seems never to leave us alone. Isn’t it time we gave it a little break?

A study has found evidence to show that there is actually a direct link between nasal breathing and our cognitive functions. Read More 

  • Crystal Goh
  • February 16, 2017

This simple yet effective form of deep breathing defuses the stress feedback loop and teaches your brain and body to relax. Read More 

  • B Grace Bullock PhD
  • February 6, 2017

New research explores the relationship between the pace and intentionality of your breathing, and the brain networks involved in mood, attention, and body awareness. Read More 

  • B Grace Bullock PhD
  • September 5, 2019

Mindful movement can help you tap into that space beyond your busy mind where you are already calm and clear. By focusing on the breath while doing some simple movements you can synchronize your mind and body with breath and rhythm. What happens when you do that, even after just a few minutes, is you begin to pause and start to focus.

Some of the most popular ideas about mindfulness are just plain wrong. When you begin to practice it, you may find the experience quite different than what you expected. There’s a good chance you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Mindful’s editor-in-chief, Barry Boyce sets the record straight regarding these 5 things people get wrong about mindfulness:

  1. Mindfulness isn’t about “fixing” you
  2. Mindfulness is not about stopping your thoughts
  3. Mindfulness does not belong to a religion
  4. Mindfulness is not an escape from reality
  5. Mindfulness is not a panacea
Mindfulness Is About More than Just Stress Reduction

Stress reduction is often an effect of mindfulness practice, but the ultimate goal isn’t meant to be stress reduction. The goal of mindfulness is to wake up to the inner workings of our mental, emotional, and physical processes.

Mindfulness trains your body to thrive: Athletes around the world use mindfulness to foster peak performance—from university basketball players practicing acceptance of negative thoughts before games, to BMX champions learning to follow their breath, and big-wave surfers transforming their fears. Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll, assisted by sports psychologist Michael Gervais, talks about coaching the “whole person.” As writer Hugh Delehanty illustrates, players learn a blend of mindfulness, which Gervais calls tactical breathing, and cognitive behavioral training to foster what he calls “full presence and conviction in the moment.” 

Mindfulness boosts creativity: Whether it’s writing, drawing, or coloring, they all have accompanying meditative practices. We can also apply mindfulness to the creative process.

Mindfulness strengthens neural connections: By training our brains in mindfulness and related practices, we can build new neural pathways and networks in the brain, boosting concentration, flexibility, and awareness. Well-being is a skill that can be learned.  Try this basic meditation to strengthen neural connections.

Explore Mindful

Mindful has many resources to help you live a more mindful life and tap into the best of who you are:

Mindfulness Apps

Mindfulness apps are trending in a big way. Here are five we’re happy we downloaded. Read More 

  • Kira M. Newman and Janet Ho
  • March 12, 2021

Research on mindfulness apps is limited, but here’s what we know so far. Read More 

  • Kira M. Newman
  • June 26, 2018

The Mindful editors share their latest app discoveries — and a major electronics company launches a well-being initiative. Read More 

  • Mindful Staff
  • March 14, 2018

Getting back up when you stumble may seem easier for some than it does for others. The good news is, resilience is a like a muscle—here’s how you can strengthen yours over time. Read More 

  • Linda Graham
  • September 15, 2019

Workshops – UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center

MARC offers several workshops throughout the year that designed to be experiential and educational. MARC workshops introduce you to the latest topics related to mindfulness and well-being. 

Past workshops incude Why Mindfulness Matters: A Scientific Perspective with Dr. Sue Smalley, Mind Body Medicine: From Genes to Behavior with Dr. Michael Irwin, An Integrative Journey to the Mind with Dr. Daniel Siegel, The Cognitive Neuroscience of Mindfulness Meditation with Dr. Philippe Goldin,  Positivity Resonates with Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, and many more. 

Relational Mindfulness- Interactive Drop-Ins

with Tanzanite Msola

 Tanzanite Msola

In relational mindfulness, we practice mindfulness in interactions with other people. Paying attention to others and receiving attention from others can help us deepen concentration and mindfulness.

Relational mindfulness is always grounded in the practices of kindness and joy. In these drop-in sessions we will cultivate curious, open attention amid live interactions with other people. During this series people of all ages will deepen their capacity to enjoy the simplest sorts of interactions with others.

Participants need not attend all drop-in dates to gain insights and benefits! Register for one week or for all weeks. 

About the Instructor:

Tanzanite Msola has a long-term interest and passion in supporting young people academically, emotionally, and helping them achieve a creative outlet. Tanzanite spent many years in Massachusetts working with young people from all different cultural and economic background, with all levels of ability and disability. Tanzanite was introduced to meditation at a young age by attending the Insight Meditation Society’s (IMS) Family and Teen Retreats. As Tanzanite leaned into “adulthood” she returned as a staff volunteer for IMS Teen Retreats and has worked for Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme), and Awake Youth Project. In 2018 Tanzanite completed the iBme Teacher Training Program. Tanzanite has found it truly rewarding and a privilege to witness the positive effects of hands-on projects, building a personal connection, and understanding that each moment is a learning experience through mindfulness.


June 24,  5:00 – 6:30 pm PST

Cost: $10


July 1,  5:00 – 6:30 pm PST

Cost: $10


July 8,  5:00 – 6:30 pm PST

Cost: $10


July 22,  5:00 – 6:30 pm PST

Cost: $10


July 29,  5:00 – 6:30 pm PST

Cost: $10


During 2020 in response to Covid-19, MARC reduced rates for all classes and programs. For 2021 we are returning to our pre-Covid rates in order to ensure the sustainability of our center. However, we remain deeply committed to equity and accessibility and recognize the economic hardship caused by the global pandemic. We invite you to contact us ([email protected]) if you cannot afford the minimum fee and want to participate. Please submit any scholarship requests at least 48 hours before event start date.

**Note: In support of the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative, current UCLA students (non-Extension) may sign up for this class for FREE. To use this discount, please register using your UCLA email address, and select the “UCLA Student” discount from the pulldown menu during the payment process. 

Please note this is a LIVE class, and NO recording will be available to participants. Please make sure you’re able to attend before registering. 

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Internal boundaries and a Mindful Life (3-week workshop)

with Mitra Manesh

 Mitra Manesh

Often when we speak of boundaries, we’re referring to boundaries with others ; our partner, family, colleagues…, not realizing that unless we have created healthy boundaries for ourselves with ourselves, it may be hard for us to do it with others.

In this 3-week virtual class we will explore the why and how of creating mindful boundaries with ourselves at the physical and action level, at the mental and thinking level, and at the energetic and emotional level. There will be teachings, tools, practices, and Q & A.

About the Instructor:

Mitra Manesh is the founder of “innermap”, an innovative new mindfulness App, the host of “Lights on”, a podcast offering support for a mindful life, and a mindfulness story-teller and educator with over 3.5 decades of coaching experience helping people to live, love, and lead more consciously peacefully at home and at work.

Her work is a blend of Western corporate training and Eastern inner-based practices. The result is a unique approach offering knowledge and wisdom in a practical and empowering way. Her clients range from everyday people seeking peace at home and work, to celebrities seeking balance, to organizations, like; Amazon, Merrill Lynch, Unilever, Hugo Boss, C.A.A., Thomas Cook, KPMG, Labatt, Christian Dior, Capital Group, United Health Care…to name a few. Mitra has been a Human Rights Commissioner in Ontario, Canada, a commentator/panelist for CBC and Omni TV, and an executive for numerous non/for-profit entities.
Mitra began her exploration at a young age, and mindful formal practice in 1985. She initially trained at TM Center in Perth, Australia, and later received private lessons and teachings from her teacher and renowned Buddhist monk, The Venerable Dr. Vivekananda, with whom she travelled throughout Asia. She is a graduate of the Sacred Path Program at the Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles. Influencing and marinating all of the above is her lifelong love and study of the great poet-philosopher, Rumi.

Born in the East, raised in the West, excited about making conscious living and working available and accessible to the global community.


July 11-25
10:30 am-12:30 pm, PST

Regular Participants: $90

◊ UCLA/TMF/IPP Students: $30


◊ Anyone registering with the TMF/IPP discount must be enrolled in MARC’s Training in Mindfulness Facilitation or Intensive Practice Program. If you are a member of these programs, please be sure to enroll with the name and email address associated with your program. 

Please note this is a LIVE class, and NO recording will be available to participants. Please make sure you’re able to attend before registering. 

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The Self and its Affects (3-week workshop)

with Matthew Brensilver, PhD

 Matthew Brensilver, PhD

In this series of mindfulness practice and exploration, we will consider the place of the self and self-conscious emotion. On the one hand, mindfulness practice helps foster self-confidence, respect, and tenderness towards oneself.  On the other hand, afflictive emotions and distorted behavior arises through self-clinging: shame, defensiveness, self-criticism. We’ll explore the mechanisms of self and how we build self-acceptance while simultaneously exploring the freedoms of the fluid self.

The series will include formal mindfulness practice, lecture and group dialogue.

All are welcome.

About the Instructor:

Matthew Brensilver, PhD, is a member of the Teachers Council and Guiding Teachers Committee at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. He previously served as Program Director for Mindful Schools and for more than a decade, was a core teacher at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. He lectures at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center about the intersections between mindfulness and mental health. Before committing to teach meditation full-time, he spent years doing research on addiction pharmacotherapy at the UCLA Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine and is interested in the unfolding dialogue between dharma and science. Matthew is the co-author of two forthcoming books on meditation in adolescence.


July 13-27
7:00 pm-8:30 pm, PST

Regular Rate: $125

COVID Rate: $100

◊ UCLA/TMF/IPP Students: $0


◊ Anyone registering with the TMF/IPP discount must be enrolled in MARC’s Training in Mindfulness Facilitation or Intensive Practice Program. If you are a member of these programs, please be sure to enroll with the name and email address associated with your program. 

Please note this is a LIVE class, and NO recording will be available to participants. Please make sure you’re able to attend before registering. 

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Past Workshops



Re-writing the Story of Your Life with Mitra Manesh (May 3-17, 2021)

Women, Buddhism, and Mindfulness a Dialog with Pamela Weiss and Diana Winston (Mar 24, 2021)

Mindfulness, Emotion & Well-Being with Matthew Brensilver, PhD (Feb 17- Mar 3, 2021)

elational Mindfulness with Tanzanite Msola (Jan 14- Mar 4, 2021) 


Saying Yes to “NO”: Setting Mindful Boundaries with Mitra Manesh (Nov 23- Dec 14, 2020)

Relational Mindfulness for All Ages (Oct 28-29, 2020)

Imagination, Creativity, and Mindfulness with Mitra Manesh (Oct 21- Nov 11, 2020)

Relational Mindfulness Meetup with Tanzanite Msola (Aug 6-27, 2020)

Resilience at Work and at Home with Mitra Manesh (Aug 10-30, 2020)

Life in Crossroads with Dr. Ali Mossaver-Rahmani (Aug 12, 2020)

Mindful Intimacy with Mitra Manesh (Aug 26, 2020)


Calming the Mind: Joy of Living- Lecture and Workshop with Cortland Dahl, PhD (Dec 6-8, 2019)

Investigating our Lives: Curiosity as the Engine of Mindfulness with Matthew Brensilver, PhD (July 17, 24 & 31, 2019)

First, Do No Harm: Working Skillfully with Meditation-Related Challenges, with Willoughby Britton, Jared Lindahl and David Treleaven (Feb 22-24, 2019)


Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence with Daniel J. Siegel M.D. Sept 22, 2018

Three Week Workshop: Mindfulness, Emotion, & Well-Being with Matthew Brensilver, PhD, July 18, 25 & Aug 1, 2018


Natural Awareness: A Three Class Series with Diana Winston, March 21, March 28, and April 11 2017

Mindfulness in Education: One-Day Symposium with Susan Kaiser Greenland, Rachel Lewin, Lisa Flook, and Diana Winston, March 11, 2017


Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human with Dan Siegel, MD, December 3, 2016 

Mindfulness, Empathy, and Compassion with Sharon Salzberg, November 15, 2016

Deepening and Enriching Your Mindfulness Practice: A Workshop for Clinicians and Others who Facilitate Mindfulness with Lobsang Rapgay, Ph.D. August 13, 2016

Working with Anger with Matthew Brensilver, Ph.D. July 13-27, 2016

Mindfulness and Creativity: Transforming the Self with Ronald A. Alexander, Ph.D. June 4, 2016


Surrender to the Wisdom of Your Intuitive Body with Judith Orloff, M.D. October 10, 2015

Mindfulness & Psychotherapy: Cultivating the Clinician, Crafting the Intervention with Matthew Brensilver, Ph.D. Aug 15, 2015

Integrated Mindfulness based Therapy for Trauma, with Lobsang Rapgay Ph.D. Aug 1, 2015

Working with Anger with Matthew Brensilver, Ph.D. July 16-30, 2015

Embodied Mindfulness with Jill Satterfield, July 8, 2015

Uncovering Happiness Through Creating an Anti-Depressant Brain with Elisha Goldstein,Ph.D. Feb 21, 2015

Mindfulness & Creativity: Transforming the Self with Ronald A. Alexander, Ph.D. Feb 7, 2015

10% Happier: The Skeptic’s Case for Meditation with Dan Harris, Jan 22, 2015


No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind with Dan Siegel M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson Ph.D., December 6, 2014

Mindfulness Based Leadership: How to Be a Valued Presence in your Organization and Community with Dawa Tarchin Phillips, October 25, 2014

Working with Anger: Developing Skill in the Midst of Intense Feeling, A Three-Class Series with Matthew Brensilver, Ph.D. July 10, 17, 24, 2014

Mindfulness & Psychotherapy: Cultivating the Clinician, Crafting the Intervention with Matthew Brensilver, Ph.D. Saturday July 19, 2014

Intuition and the Power of Letting Go with Judith Orloff, M.D. Saturday June 14,m 2014

Mindfulness and World Music with Diana Winston, Michael Perricone, Jahna Perrricone, A.J. Racy, Thursday, June 5, 2014. Fowler Museum UCLA.

The Science of Mindfulness Series – Mindfulness and Cancer:  Effects of Mindfulness Training for Cancer Patients and Survivors 
with Julienne Bower, Ph.D. April 30, 2014

The Awake in the Wild Experience with Mark Coleman, Saturday March 15, 2014

Mindfulness & Psychotherapy: Cultivating the Clinician, Crafting the Intervention with Matthew Brensilver, PhD, Saturday March 1, 2014

Mindfulness Based Leadership: How to Become a Valued Presence in your Organization and Community, with Dawa Tarchin Phillips, Saturday, Feb 8, 2014

The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain: Developing the Adolescent Mind, with Dan Siegel, M.D, January 11, 2014 


Bridging the Science of Mindfulness and Psychoneuroimmunology, with David S. Black M.D., M.P.H., December 4, 2013

Conversations with Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman, with Robert Thurman and Sharon Salzberg. November 7, 2013

Mindfulness for the Earth: Deepening Personal and Ecological Awareness, with Deborah Eden Tull. November 2, 2013.

Mindfulness Meditation and Tibetan Singing Bowls, with Michael Perricone and Diana Winston. Fowler Museum. October 17, 2013

Breaking Bad Habits, with Dr. Elisa Goldstein, September 21, 2013

Why Mindfulness Matters: A Scientific Perspective with Susan Smalley, PhD July 10, 2013

Mind Body Medicine: From Genes to Behavior with Dr. Michael Irwin, MD, July 17, 2013

Mindfulness and Psychotherapy with Matthew Brensilver, PhD, July 24, 2013

Positivity Resonates: Creating Health and Happiness in Micro-Moments of Connection with Barbara Fredrickson PhD, June 25, 2013

Mind Whispering: A New Map to Freedom From Self-Defeating Emotional Habits with Dr. Daniel Goleman and Tara Goleman, June 1, 2013

Untangle and Be Free: Thoughts and Emotions as a Path to Freedom with Shinzen Young, May 29, 2013

The Science and Practice of Self-Compassion with Diana Winston and Rory Reid, Ph.D. May 8, 2013

Mindful Awareness & Stress Management with Diana Winston, Robert Bilder Ph.D., George Slavich Ph.D. April 23, 2013

Intuitive Healing and Mindfulness with Judith Orloff, M.D. March 16, 2013


Intuitive Healing and Mindfulness with Judith Orloff, M.D. March 16, 2013

Classical Mindfulness: Intensive Training for Treatment of Anxiety Disorders, with Lobsang Rapgay, Ph.D, December 7 & 8, 2012  

Breaking Bad Habits: The Neuroscience and Psychology of Transforming our Lives with Dr. Elisha Goldstein, November 3, 2012

Brain Plasticity and Meditation, with Drs. Eileen Luders & Marvin G. Belzer, July 11, 2012

The Cognitive Neuroscience of Mindfulness Meditation and Its Effects On Anxiety And Emotion Regulation, with Philippe Goldin, Ph.D., May 2012

An Integrative Journey to the Mind with Daniel Siegel, M.D., May 2012 

Mindfulness, Meditation, and Imagination: Creating Resiliency in Children with Charlotte Reznick Ph.D., April 2012

Becoming Focused, Aware and Self-Directed: The Mindfulness Prescription for Adult ADHD with Dr. Lidia Zylowska, March 2012



The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind, Drs. Dan Siegel and Tina Bryson, October 14, 2011

Intuition, Emotional Healing, and Mindfulness, with Dr. Judith Orloff, October 1, 2011

Introduction to Classical Mindfulness based CBT for the Treatment of Anxiety Disorder with focus on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with Lobsang Rapgay, Ph.D, August 2011

Mindfulness and the Healing Professions: Deepening the Skill of Compassion with Dr. Matthew Brensilver, July 2011

Mindfulness, Neuroscience and Creativity: An Interactive Exploration, June 2011

The Worry Solution: An Exclectic Approach to Anxiety and Stress, March 2011



HypnoMeditation: Transforming Fear into Safety with Dr. Marc Scheon, December 2010

Mindfulness and Psychotherapy: Deepening our Capacity to Notice and Manage Counter-Transference with Dr. Matthew Brensilver, November 2010

The Healing Power of Children’s Imagination: Nine Therapeutic Tools with Dr. Charlotte Reznick, October 2010

Letting Everything Become Your Teacher: The Healing Power of Mindfulness with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, October 2010

Intuition and Mindfulness: Awaken the Power of Intuition for Health and Healing with Dr. Judith Orloff, October 2010

The Mindful Therapist with Dr. Dan Siegel, July 2010

HypnoMeditation and Retraining your Mind and Body’s Response to Negative Thinkingwith Dr. Marc Schoen, May 2010

Hypnomeditation & Sleep Enhancement with Dr. Marc Schoen, April 2010

Introduction to Hypnomeditation with Dr. Marc Schoen, March 2010

Mindfulness Workshops – Mindfulness Workshops

Mindfulness Workshops is founded by Mindfulness teacher Kenan Hansen. Kenan is also an authorised clinical psychologist and founder of Psykisk Sundhed (www.psykisksundhed.dk), which specializes primarily in therapy and counseling.

On this website, you can read about all of our courses, lectures and training for companies, institutions and schools locally and internationally.

What is Mindfulness?

The core message of Mindfulness is to become aware and be present in the moment, and this may relate to our thoughts, feelings, perceptions and impulses in a completely different way.

To avoid undesirable patterns, one must first become aware of them. The underlying philosophy and the effective techniques used in Mindfulness make it a winning recipe that can be used both in our personal and professional lives.

It is therefore Mindfulness has become so widely used in our time and countless people from all walks of life can benefit from it and optimize the quality of their daily life in every way..

What are the benefits of Mindfulness?

Mindfulness training is very effective for coping with:
– Stress
– Depression
– Anxiety
– Overeating problems
– and other difficult emotions such as sadness, irritation, frustration

Positive qualities of Mindfulness practice, which gradually become automatic responses are:
– Openness
– Patience
– Trust
– Letting go
– Non-judgemental, non-striving and accepting attitude.

In Mindfulness, emphasis is on learning through personal experience – not theory – and therefore it is important to do your homework. This can include Mindfulness meditation, guided body scan, awareness exercises, and possibly yoga.

Happiness, joy and relaxation is often achieved as a side benefit when you practice Mindfulness. All these have tremendous effect for a stress-free, successful and balanced life and relationships.


What do you do at the workshops?

Mindfulness workshops include both theory and practice. Mindfulness principles are presented and analyzed in order to make it possible for participants to use them in Mindfulness exercises. You get to practice Mindfulness by basic guided Mindfulness exercises which are followed by group discussions. Alternation between theory, method and exercises makes the course varied and allows for a greater reflection that contribute to a greater understanding of Mindfulness. Variety is also needed to avoid sitting too long in meditative postures.

The overall objective of these courses is to help participants integrate Mindfulness in their daily lives. Course participants become able to practice Mindfulness by themselves by the end of all courses.


Who can benefit from Mindfulness?

Just anyone! In order to learn Mindfulness, you do not necessarily have to have a problem. Mindfulness is not only a problem solver, but in essence, it is a passport to balanced and quality living. Therefore, all courses are available for both individuals, groups, municipalities, businesses, hospitals, schools and such other institutions.

NOTE: “Mindfulness Workshops” reserves the right to make changes in all courses.

Mindfulness Workshops was last modified: August 21st, 2019 by peace

Mindfulness Workshops | VCU Office of Continuing and Professional Education

Stay connected!

Upcoming workshops

In light of COVID-19, our mindfulness workshops are currently paused. We hope to offer workshops in the months ahead in partnership with the Innerwork Center.

We encourage you to visit the Innerwork Center website for information on their program offerings, and to subscribe for email updates on future online and in-person workshops.

You can also check the website, One VCU: Better Together, for the latest news and updates for the university.

Important COVID-19 Updates:

In light of COVID-19, our mindfulness workshops are currently paused. We hope to offer workshops in the months ahead in partnership with the Innerwork Center.

We encourage you to visit the Innerwork Center website for information on their program offerings, and to subscribe for email updates under “Get started“. 

You can also check the website, One VCU: Better Together, for the latest news and updates for the university.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention on purpose to the present moment.  Mindfulness can be practiced formally through different forms of meditation and informally as we go throughout the day.  Observing our thought patterns and cultivating our attention on purpose, allows us to gain clarity that enables us to live with intention, reduce stress and be more present.

Mindfulness Workshops 

We offer the following mindfulness workshops:

  • Mindfulness Essentials
    Paying attention.
    Detaching from judgment.
    Creating a pause between what is happening and how we respond.
    Mindfulness meditation helps us to develop a clear mind, compassionate heart, and greater sense of well being. Meditation offers us time and space to step away from our busy schedules, to develop awareness of our sensations, feelings, and thoughts as they arise and to accept ourselves just as we are. This workshop will introduce you to the practice and benefits of mindfulness, and through a variety of learning experiences learn how to begin creatively and kindly incorporating mindfulness practices into your daily lives. You will leave this workshop with the tools and understanding to begin your own personal practice.
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in the COVID-19 Era (New Title)
    Mindfulness isn’t just a buzzword: the practice is proven to help reduce stress, chronic pain and a range of other life issues. Stress can become overwhelming, and when left unmanaged it can compromise your overall health. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teaches proven techniques for living in the present and reducing the worries and fears that cause unnecessary stress. Learn the science and application of mind-body medicine to promote resilience and healing. Based on the highly acclaimed program of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, this streamlined version of MBSR will give you all the essential lessons in eight two-hour online classes. It will help you improve focus, combat stress, and become more resilient to unpredictable life events such as the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Self-Compassion Essentials
    Slow down and put yourself first for a change…and learn why that’s so important! Learn tips for better self-care and mindfulness techniques to help you practice self-compassion. No meditation or mindfulness experience necessary.
    This is for you if you:
    Are curious about the practice of self-compassion;
    Want to learn about more about mindfulness meditation; or
    Have too tight a schedule to attend a longer program.

Please sign up for the mindfulness email interest list to keep up-to-date on the latest offerings.

Workshop facilitators

The Innerwork Center is honored to share the most highly qualified and experienced staff of mindfulness teachers in the Richmond area.  All of our facilitators have certification from reputable institutions in the field of mindfulness and years of experience in teaching and coaching.  Many of our teachers have advanced degrees and all have a rigorous personal mindfulness practice.


Build emotional resilience, reduce stress, improve your relationships and craft a more meaningful life – these are just some of the benefits of a regular mindfulness practice.  VCU and The Innerwork Center are proud to join together in bringing evidence-based mindfulness programming to the Richmond area.  Through our partnership, we strive to cultivate a wiser and more compassionate RVA with a rich offering of classes to help you learn more about mindfulness – what it is and how to start a practice.  Through our courses, you will learn about the science of mindfulness and compassion as well as practical tips and advice to bring these concepts into your home, your work and your life.


Online workshops are held via the Zoom platform. The VCU OCPE will provide you with a link where you can connect through your PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, or Android device.

In-person workshops are held at the The Innerwork Center, 213 Roseneath Road, Richmond, Virginia (Grove and Roseneath). Street parking is available in the front, and a lot is available behind the building. Upon arrival, please enter through the front door on Roseneath Road.


Additional scheduling and custom training options are available for groups. Please contact Jennifer Sisane at [email protected]  or (804) 828-1322 for more information.

Cancellation and Refund Policies

You may cancel your registration up until one week prior to the start of the workshop and receive a full refund minus a $35 processing fee. Cancellations must be received via email at [email protected] After this period, no refunds are given.

In the unlikely event that a workshop is cancelled or postponed due to insufficient enrollments or unforeseen circumstances, the university will fully refund registration fees, but cannot be held responsible for any other expenses, including change or cancellation charges to include but not limited to airlines, hotels, travel agencies, or other organizations.

Vadim Matyushin: Intensive Seminar “Basic Practices of Mindfulness”: Ripa Buddhist Center

The Ripa Buddhist Center will host a unique two-day seminar on effective, simple and interesting techniques of mindfulness in everyday life.

The acquired skills will allow you to save time, make the right decisions and feel the beauty of life to the fullest, because you can not just exist, but live every moment of life vividly.

Leading – professional counseling psychologists and experienced practitioners Vadim Matyushin and Anastasia Sorokina.

Intensive seminar includes the necessary theory (after all, you need to understand what, why and for what) and practical techniques of mindfulness.


By e-mail, audio recordings for self-practice, manuals and diaries for self-study for 4 weeks.

Participants will recognize:
  • What is Mindfulness from the Perspective of Western Psychology and Buddhism,
  • How Mindfulness Helps Increase Work Productivity (You can handle any task several times faster)
  • How Mindfulness Can Bring Balance and Contentment to Daily Life.

Participants will learn: 90,026 90,027 basic effective mindfulness practices;
  • a wide range of practices for introducing mindfulness into everyday life.
  • Program:

    Day 1

    Block 1 – 2.5 hours.

    · Theory: What is awareness. Why is awareness necessary for a modern person? Autopilot is the primary target of awareness.Skillful attitude to experience. The beginner’s mind. Conscious body work.

    · Practice: Grounding and centering techniques. Conscious eating. Body scan.

    · Break – 1 hour. · Block 2 – 2.5 hours. · Theory: Managing attention in the practice of mindfulness. Thought shortcuts.

    · Practice: Observing the breath.

    Day 2

    Block 3 – 2.5 hours.
    · Theory: Mindfulness in motion.Conscious perception of the environment: when, how, why.
    Practice: Mindful stretching. Conscious walking. Observation of the senses.
    · Break – 1 hour.
    · Block 4 – 2.5 hours.
    · Theory: Conscious emotional regulation. Thinking as an object of observation. Cognitive non-fusion methods.
    · Practice: Observing emotions. Observation of thoughts.


    Matyushin Vadim

    Psychologist – consultant (Higher School of Psychology at IP RAS).Experience in contemplative practice since 2008. Research on mindfulness since 2013. Lead 8 week mindfulness-based stress reduction programs at RealMindfulness Lab. Mindfulness Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills trainer at the Eating Disorder Research Center and the Mental Health Center. Individual trainer of mindfulness skills.

    Sorokina Anastasia

    Higher psychological education (GSP of the Institute of Psychology of the Russian Academy of Sciences).Experience in contemplative and body-oriented practices since 2004. Areas of work: · Counseling psychologist, individual trainer of mindfulness skills · Facilitator of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the RealMindfulness Laboratory · Facilitator of Mindfulness-Based Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills training at the Eating Disorders Research Center (CIRPP) and at the Mind Health Center (MHC). · Leader of the block “Mindfulness in relationships” in the course A.Stashenko “Awareness 101”.

    90,000 Mindfulness Videos – Foundation for Contemporary Research

    Proceedings of Ondy Wilson’s Online Seminar on Developing Visual Imagination in Mindfulness and Meditation Practices.



    Slides with Green Packaging

    Proceedings of a Joint Seminar by Christian Howard and Lobsang Tenpa on Emotional Resilience and the Practice of Joy.

    On September 17, 2020 Ondy Wilson hosted an online seminar on the practice of cultivating self-respect and healthy self-esteem.

    Main Topics:

    • How to love yourself?
    • Loving self
    • Self-compassion is the antidote to low self-esteem

    Seminar Video

    About the teacher

    Ondy Wilson (b.1951) – Professional educator, mindfulness practice instructor, writer and Buddhist teacher. Ondi is the author of the MBMT (mindfulness-based mind training) method and the founder of the international agency Wellseeing Consultancy. She has taught and led retreats at Buddhist centers in the UK, India, Holland, Latvia and Russia on several occasions. Her main Buddhist teachers are Lama Thubten Yeshe, Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Tsenshab Serkong Rinpoche.

    Other materials Ondy Wilson

    Proceedings of the evening seminar by Ondy Wilson, held in Moscow on July 13, 2017

    • Using Guided Visualization to Understand Yourself
    • Internal Search Logic
    • Guided Practice and Interpretations Options

    Handouts (pdf format)

    Part 1

    Download audio

    Part 2

    Download audio

    Proceedings of the weekend seminar by Ondy Wilson, dedicated to the topic of conscious relationships, held in Moscow on July 14-16, 2017.



    Full playlist with all sessions

    Recording of a public lecture by Glen Svensson held in Moscow on June 27, 2017.

    • “Remembrance” as the classic meaning of the concept of “sati”
    • The role of sustained attention and self-reflection in mental well-being
    • Practices for the progressive development of the ability to be aware of thoughts and emotions

    Download audio-recording of the lecture (mp3)

    Open lecture by Ondy Wilson, Mindfulness Trainer, Creator of Mindfulness-Based Mind Training (MBMT).

    Main Topics:

    • Influence of parents and teachers on children: self-imposed self-images
    • Conscious Role Model
    • Mindfulness in interaction and the principle of sincerity
    • Working on your own mind with a desire to help others

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    A two-day workshop by Mindfulness Practice Trainer, Creator of Mindfulness-Based Mind Training (MBMT) Ondy Wilson on Applying Mindfulness Practices to Personal and Community Crisis

    Main Topics:

    • Two Kinds of Mindfulness Practices in Impulse Management
    • Types of emotions and emotional competences
    • Emotional habits and 7 steps to change them
    • Dealing with Ethical Dilemmas and Conscientious Ethics

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    90,000 Mindfulness and development of mindfulness.Coaching and mindfulness training – as a remedy against the position I don’t know what I want

    Workshop at Okhta Lab, September 16, 2017

    Mindfulness – what is it? How can it help improve your life and get rid of problems? Answers to these questions can be found in trainings and seminars.

    Have you ever had the feeling that you cannot control the flow of your own thoughts? That the buzzing swarm of past worries and anxieties about the future is preventing you from focusing on the present, thus reducing your effectiveness?

    In today’s rapidly developing society, people lose themselves in the flow of information pouring out on us from the media, social networks and the Internet.This flow captures us and generates a state of anxiety, fear, dissatisfaction with ourselves and others. We are constantly worried about something, but if you recall the well-known saying: “If a problem can be solved, then there is no need to worry about it, if it cannot be solved, then it is useless to worry about it.”

    What is mindfulness

    Mindfulness training is what the vast majority of people lack to achieve a state of calm and focus.Indeed, how much happier and more productive you would be if you could manage your thoughts and emotions!

    At the same time, the techniques of controlling one’s own consciousness, aimed at developing awareness, have been known for a long time and are available to everyone at any time (they are widely used at various thematic seminars and trainings). There is nothing mystical about them, their effectiveness has been scientifically proven. Suffice it to say that self-awareness, mindfulness and meditation classes are part of the training programs for cosmonauts, military special forces, and athletes of the Olympic team.

    So being happy and calm is a skill that anyone can practice and that will help you both in your personal life and in your work. Therefore, awareness in coaching and trainings began to be understood in rather detailed and deeply

    The seminar discussed what techniques and exercises can be used to raise the level of awareness, achieve calm concentration and thus manage your life instead of chaotically moving in an unknown direction with the constant thought that I do not know what I want.

    Do you have any questions about the topic? Maybe you are interested in self-awareness training? Are you ready for a change? Do you want the mindfulness coach to discuss other topics with you? Then contact the blog author in a convenient way for you, using the information from the Contacts section.

    90,000 3-day seminar “BODY AS A RESOURCE”.- Center of Basic Awareness

    Date: July 9, 10, 11, 2021.

    Mundfulness Club Mindfulness Development Center invites Estonian girls and women
    to a retreat on body psychology and female psychosomatics.

    The state of the human body is the embodiment of the history of his experienced and experienced physical and emotional trauma, reflection of views and life experience, ailments and diseases. “I” of a person is expressed in his mental state and in his physical body, life processes can be revived through the impact on the physical level.Everything that happens in the Soul leaves an imprint on the human body.

    The task of any person who wants to be healthy and happy is to learn to track the signals of his body, listen to his body and find contact with it.

    Who will benefit from our seminar:

    • If you want to understand the biological meanings of your body and organs, as well as learn how the triggering of somatic disorders occurs.
    • If you feel apathy and energy depletion, lack of desire to move forward.
    • If you dream of freeing your body from the clamps and shackles of complex and repressed emotions: resentment, guilt, shame, anger.
    • If you are already practicing and wish to improve and strengthen your bodily practice and body care.
    • If you are on the path to finding love and care for yourself, but you do not have a clear plan of action.

    Our Seminar is a three-day program that is designed to actively engage all three main human centers: physical, intellectual, emotional.With the help of the Author’s methods and practices of our mentors, the entire program is a continuous system of healing the Soul and Body.

    What You Will Learn:

    • You understand the principles of triggering diseases of the body from the point of view of modern psychosomatics.
    • Reconnect with the body, turning it into a source of resource and healing.
    • Gently and caringly, you can work through repressed emotions by releasing the muscles in your body.
    • Be energized and free to move forward.

    Our daily plan:

    Day 1:

    General principles of the female body functioning: biological meanings of the female body, female psychosomatics, the practice of liberating the female energy center, fairy tale therapy.

    Day 2:

    General principles of healing the female body: energy blocks – the chakra system, diagnostics of blocks in the body: identifying connections between the psyche, body and diseases, exploring the manifestation of basic emotions and the practice of bodily liberation, psychosomatic yoga, bodily metaphors, deep relaxation and work with the subconscious , work with the heart center.

    Day 3.

    General principles of harmonizing bodily health: practice of gaining support, working with a resource state, creating a healing space as a method of emotional self-regulation, completion of the seminar.

    At our seminar you will be working with:

    Yulia Shishkunova: Certified Educator, Certified Consultant in Body Psychology, Certified Biopsychosomatics Specialist, International Recall Healing and Total Biology Specialist, International Certified Mindfulness Trainer and the world famous MBSR (Stress Reduction) Program, Meditation and Body Practitioner Trainer.

    Irina Terpinskaya: certified teacher of classical, traditional and psychosomatic yoga. Yoga therapy specialist. More than 10 years of teaching experience. The training took place at the Ananta center, a teacher’s course and a course in Yoga therapy at the Yoga Vidya Dham Institute in India.

    Where We Meet:

    In a very beautiful secluded place – the town of Viljandi, which is 1.5 hours’ drive from Tallinn. We have at our disposal a beautiful comfortable villa with its own SPA complex.Accommodation in spacious and comfortable rooms for 2 people. The program includes 3 meals a day at home.

    Cost of the package of participation in the field seminar:

    The cost of the 3-day program is 310 euros * per person.

    * The price includes: accommodation in comfortable double rooms with twin beds, 3 meals a day, use of the spa complex, participation in all practices and trainings of the seminar.

    By leaving an application for training, you confirm that you are a capable, adult individual.


    90,000 Business Mindfulness – Buddha in the City

    Seminar for Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurs 90 095

    Including managers, executives, employees of enterprises, and other people in business.

    When I interact with entrepreneurs (successful entrepreneurs) , I notice one thing that sets them apart from the others – concreteness .

    A successful entrepreneur wants to know how much and what he should invest and how much and what to get.
    A successful entrepreneur also wants to minimize losses – money, time, effort.

    Therefore, I will try to speak with entrepreneurs in their language and answer the questions:

    What? What for? How? How much is?


    Mindfulness Practice

    The practice of mindfulness is the training of certain qualities of consciousness:

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    Training the ability to be in contact with the current reality, without running away thoughts into the past and the future.

    Training the ability to be in contact with your thoughts and feelings – not being captured by them, but not suppressing them.

    Training the ability to better understand the motives of their actions and their consequences.


    If from the previous paragraphs it has not yet become clear why we need to train awareness, then I will explain a little.

    Awareness is directly related to attention. And there is such a saying:

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    “Where my attention is, there I am” .

    Business people at all times fought for the client, for the person, for his attention.
    In the information age, the struggle for attention is increasing by orders of magnitude. Attention becomes the main resource and commodity.

    But how can we sell something without knowing the properties of this product?

    The best way to learn how attention works in general is to learn how your own attention works.
    Therefore, the practice of mindfulness is directly related to business in the modern world.
    With the help of it, you learn to manage your attention, the attention of your employees and the attention of customers.

    What other benefits can mindfulness training do?

    In a relationship with oneself:

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    Ability to cope with emotions

    In general, develop emotional intelligence

    Calm down quickly

    Concentrate on the important

    Fuller and deeper rest

    Understand the work of your consciousness

    In relationships with people:

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    See psychological boundaries more clearly

    Better understand the context of communication

    It is better to read the emotional states of other people.

    Find a common language, negotiate

    It is clear that the practice of mindfulness is not a panacea and does not solve all problems in life.But it contributes to their solution.
    The practice of mindfulness is like water that needs to be added to any drink. The taste will be different, but the water is always the same.


    The practice of mindfulness is precisely practice, that is, regularity is critical in it.

    The time of the seminar is limited – only two days.

    Naturally, during this time you will not get any serious results from the practice, just as you would not get them from two days of sports.

    But in the workshop I will offer you the keys to practice. I will explain the nuances, details, point out the pitfalls and mistakes that are possible on the way to mastering it.
    In the future, you can join a special group on Facebook, created to support the trainees, or practice under my guidance individually.

    Depending on the wishes of the organizers, the seminar can last two or three full days, as well as two evenings and two full days.

    However, other configurations are possible.The topic of awareness is inexhaustible, so the seminar can be either squeezed or extended, based on the interests and capabilities of the organizers.

    How much does it cost?

    The cost of the program for participants depends on the organizers.

    The amount of my fee is also negotiated in each case separately, depending on the duration of the seminar, the number of participants, the venue, etc.

    Who am I?

    Valery Veryaskin – mindfulness practice instructor, personal development coach, existential coach, blogger.

    You can read more about me here:

    About Me

    All the best to you, and hopefully until next time.
    And remember: at every moment you have a choice – make the best.
    Now go and meditate!

    Seminar: Fundamentals of the Practice of Working with Consciousness. Awakening awareness. Freedom from the mind.

    After a 5-year break, Tatiana Platonova with a seminar in Berlin!
    April 5 and 6, 2014

    • Find the source of peace in yourself
    • Get out of the grip of thoughts
    • Increase the level of vitality
    • Change your attitude towards life

    Practices and psychotechnics will be given at the seminar, using which you

    • Become aware of the causes of deeply hidden neurosis, fear, insecurity, etc.d.
    • Identify and get rid of habitual patterns and stereotypes of thinking and behavior
    • clear your mind of an endless string of wandering thoughts, memories, fantasies, fears
    • you will understand the mechanisms of the psyche that determine the dynamics of inner life and, as a result, your destiny.
    • Learn to see the relationship of thoughts, the mechanism of their appearance and subsequent dissolution
    • Use a mechanism that allows you to release a huge potential energy, with the help of which you can transform yourself and realize your true nature.

    The stream of thoughts, emotions, associations, memories, fantasies and everything that rushes through our head every second makes us lose the state of rest .

    We identify with our thoughts , giving them the energy of our attention, and suffer from this.

    The aim of the workshop is a joyful and free life, free from the pain and bondage of the past.


    Yoga Studio & Naturheilpraxis

    10627 Berlin
    Hinterhof, 1.OG

    U Bismarckstr./ S Charlottenburg

    Bell with Yoga / Heilpraxis button, the door opens almost simultaneously with the push of the button.


    150 Euro

    130 Euro upon registration and prepayment before April 1

    130 Euro for members of the club “Insight” and “Yoga in Berlin”

    Prepayment for participation 50 Euro

    Max. number of participants 15 people


    Saturday: 11.00 – 17.00
    Sunday: 11.00 – 17.00
    with lunch break


    0179 9445549

    [email protected]

    Platonova Tatyana Yurievna

    – author of a series of books on esotericism, spiritual ascetic of Russia.
    She has published about 50 books. The books contain many meaningful answers to questions about the inner world of a person and work on oneself for improvement, as well as about what surrounds us in the context of higher knowledge.
    Tatiana travels in the East, meets with the Teachers and synthesizes the essence of the practices of ancient traditions – Taoism, Dzogchen, Advaita Vedanta and others, making this knowledge available to everyone!
    Traveling around Russia, Platonova meets and communicates with readers (the halls gather for several hundred people).

    During one of her trips to the East, Platonova finds herself in one of the temples and undergoes a certain sound mantric ritual, after a while after which Tatyana Yuryevna develops the ability to perceive information, which she began to write in the form of books from about mid-1997.

    Books have been recorded for today about 50, of various styles and trends: from a series of literary works (“Grail Knights”, today there are about 7 books in a series), to esoteric treatises, collections of aphorisms and poems.

    Platon’s books are different. Designed for different people.
    There is one thing in common – these people are seekers.

    Short list of books:

    • Student Manual
    • “Common Truths”
    • “The path of self-knowledge”
    • “Mountain path.Repetition of passed “
    • “Lessons of the teacher”, etc.

    Video by T. Platonova can be found on the website:

    90,000 Third Wave Cognitive Therapy. Mindfulness – mindfulness practice
    In the workshop program:
    1. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy: origins, basic principles, indications, contraindications.
    2. Research on effectiveness.
    3. Basic MBCT Techniques (Breath Meditation, Body Scan Meditation, Pain Meditation, etc.)). The main difficulties in mastering them.
    4. MBCT Strategies. Cognitive, behavioral and emotionally focused strategies. Basic patterns in each strategy.
    5. Features of therapist-client interaction at MBCT.
    6. Dealing with Stress in the Mindfulness Approach: An 8 Step Stress Resilience Program.
    7. Use of MBCT in Depression and Anxiety Disorders.
    What does the research say about MBCT (mindfulness based cognitive therapy)?

    Comprehensive performance data for MBCT comes from two main sources.

    The first study that analyzed the results of nearly 600 patients and found that the risk of relapse of depression was significantly reduced in patients receiving mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) compared with those who did not.

    The second study analyzed the results of 1100 patients and found a reduction in anxiety and depressive symptoms in patients who received mindfulness interventions.

    Development and distribution of MBCT is supported by the United Kingdom’s National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE).It is an independent organization providing clinical guidelines for patient care in the UK healthcare system. The NICE Guidelines for Unipolar Depression since 2004 include MBCT as an effective treatment for the prevention and relapse of depression. This provides patients with additional options for comprehensive treatment of depression.

    Objectives of the workshop:
    • to form an understanding of the basic principles, practice and structure of the MBCT program;
    • Learn to do some basic MBCT techniques on your own;
    • Differentiate the automaticity and awareness of perception associated with everyday experience and emotional problems;
    • Identify individual skills that prevent mood problems;
    • Be aware of your experience of daily mindfulness and cognitive-behavioral practices;
    • Get acquainted with the basic problems when studying the elements of MBCT.
    Content Workshop :
    • Mindfulness Practice;
    • development of meta-thinking skills;
    • basic models of psychotherapy;
    • Simulation of therapeutic interactions;
    • technologies for influencing symptoms;
    • Basic principles of pain management.
    Basic Techniques :
    • Mindful Breathing Meditation;
    • Meditation walk;
    • Body Scan Meditation;
    • Meditation “Minute of Mindfulness”;
    • Pain meditation.
    As a result of training:
    • you will receive information about the possibilities and limitations in the application of the listed techniques, you will be able to use them correctly;
    • You will be able to improve your own skills in the practice of mindfulness;
    • will be able to apply the learned techniques for self-regulation and stress management;
    • you will be able to create your own individual program to develop the skills of mindful attention.

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