MINDFULNESS

Training in the moment-by-moment awareness of thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, relationships and environment

 

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OPEN MEDITATION

Date: Wednesdays starting February 7, 2018
Time: 12-1pm
Price: By donation to Open Door's Scholarship Fund

Simple instruction provided by Kate Gamble and Open Door staff at 12pm followed by silent meditation. Feel free to stop in for 10 minutes or the entire hour. Meditation cushions provided. For questions please email opendoorwrj@gmail.com


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Mindfulness & Self-Compassion: An Experiential Workshop

Instructor: Lisa Varno, RYT, M.M.Ed.
Date: Sunday, April 29
Time: 2-4:30pm
Price: $25 per participant if registered before April 22, $30 per participant if registered after April 22

  • Experience mindfulness and self-compassion practices to enrich your everyday life

  • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than self-criticism

  • Support yourself in the midst of challenging emotions

Join us for this monthly mindfulness workshop with Lisa Varno! Discover a deeper mind/body/heart connection during this heart-felt experiential workshop focused on mindfulness and self-compassion. Gather together with a community of others as we explore mindful movement with heart-opening sequences, a guided loving-kindness meditation, reflective journaling, and opportunity for discussion.

Participants should wear comfortable, loose clothing. Participants are asked to bring a yoga mat, blanket, journal, and pen. All are welcome—come as you are.

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Lisa Varno has been exploring contemplative practice in a variety of settings for over 25 years. Her professional experience ranges from teaching music, yoga, and mindfulness to students ranging from three to 85. Lisa creates a safe, relaxed and inviting space for participants to engage in their practice with a sense of curiosity, wonder, and grace.

For questions and registration, email Lisa at www.lisavarno.com/register.

 


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Mindfulness: An Four-Week Series

Instructor: Lisa Varno, RYT, M.M.Ed.
Date: Mondays, April 30-May 21
Time: 5:30-6:45pm
Price:  $120 ($100 early bird, if registered by April 27)

Gather with a community of individuals in a non-judgmental, supportive space, as we discuss, practice, and learn about mindful living during this season of renewal. This experience offers an opportunity for you to more deeply get to know yourself, provides you with specific exercises and tools to reduce stress and pain, and increases self-awareness and overall contentment. We'll explore the various attitudes of mindfulness including self-compassion, non-judgment, equanimity, self-reliance, and curiosity. Each class will incorporate guided meditation, instruction, and helpful tools you can take with you throughout your week. Participants are also invited to join with our community in a daily 10-15 minute live meditative practice from home via Zoom on weekdays. 

Lisa Varno has been exploring contemplative practice in a variety of settings for over 25 years. Her professional experience ranges from teaching music, yoga, and mindfulness to students ranging from three to 85. Lisa creates a safe, relaxed and inviting space for participants to engage in their practice with a sense of curiosity, wonder, and grace. She is studying Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction through the Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School and recently created and directed the MBSR program at Confluence Behavioral Health. She currently offers weekly mindfulness classes and monthly mindfulness workshops at Open Door Integrative Wellness in White River Junction, VT. 

For more information or to register, email Lisa


MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION

Dates: TBD

We all experience stress – it’s a natural, unavoidable part of life. We can’t escape uncertainty, change, and our inability to control things. What we can do is develop more skillful ways of working and playing with the challenges life brings us. MSBR was developed at UMass Medical Center and is now taught world wide, helping individuals mobilize their inner resources of healing.  Thousands of research studies have been done on this highly experiential program of training in well-being. Results suggest that practicing MBSR can significantly affect one’s ability to cope with and at times reduce medical symptoms and psychological distress while learning to live life more fully. Benefits often include:

Lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms
Reductions in pain levels and an enhanced ability to cope with lasting pain and illness
Greater well-being, energy, and enthusiasm for life
Greater levels of self-acceptance and feeling of connection with self and others.
Stronger resilience in relationship to short- and long-term stressful situations.
This class includes: mindfulness meditation, gentle movement (yoga), group exercises and a 6-hour retreat. Making time for weekly home practice is an essential component of the class.  Guided audio files and reading materials are included. No experience needed. All are welcome.