I will be co-teaching an on-line MBSR 8-week course from June 3rd – July 22nd with Tom Mullen, a meditation teacher from Vail, Colorado!
MBSR was founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in 1979. Since then MBSR has become a gold standard in mindfulness interventions and research has verified its effectiveness across a host of conditions including reduced stress, reduced anxiety, increased self and social awareness, improved sleep patterns, increased ability to manage thoughts and emotions, and increases in attention and focus. MBSR and its meditation techniques provide a path to positively shift one’s relationship with chronic pain, disease, and psychological distress. Studies show that these benefits are maintained far beyond the MBSR course and can be accessed across one’s life span.
MBSR is both educational and experiential. The principals of MBSR are taught through various modalities including different types of meditation, awareness building activities, group inquiry, discussions, readings, and gentle mindful movement. There is no experience necessary because the program teaches the how and why of mindfulness and meditation.
MBSR program details: -Wednesday nights from 5:30pm-8:00pm MST. (June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22) -Location is virtual group via ZOOM. -A 5-hour silent retreat between weeks 6 and 7 on July 11th or 12th, TBD. - Orientation May 27th 5:30-6:30 PM MST, 4:30-5:30 PACIFIC -THE COST IS $300 DOLLARS OR $250 EARLY BIRD IF PAID BEFORE MAY 25TH.
About the Teachers:
Tom discovered mindfulness and its healing powers many years ago. He found that regularly practicing mindfulness helped him alleviate symptoms associated with anxiety, depression, and meet the challenges and stress of living in a modern fast paced world. His practice also allowed him to notice the joys of living. Joys that were there all the time but were just being missed or passed over. Meditation provided a path to living a more wholesome life where the body, mind and heart are integrated. Because of these positive experiences, he developed a deep desire to share meditation practices and teach others.
Between 2016 and 2019 he participated in a program called Conscious Transformation where he gained insights into the benefits of a formal meditation practice. In 2018, he completed his beginner meditation teacher training with Karen Anderson in Vail, CO. In 2019, he completed the Prison Mindfulness Institute’s Path of Freedom Curriculum, and recently completed the UC San Diego’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher Training Intensive. He has led meditation in a group setting, attended silent retreats, and has been a participant in the MBSR curriculum multiple times. He continues to work with senior teachers and mentors at the UCSD Center for Mindfulness. He believes there is an inner wisdom in all of us that is always present and available. Everyone has the capacity, the depth, and ability to access their own basic goodness. Tom’s offerings help others use mindfulness to discover this wisdom.
Tom currently resides in Vail, CO where he owns a successful retail business. In his free time he enjoys biking, skiing, yoga, being in nature, and spending time with his wife.
Ashley holds a MA in Mindfulness Studies from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts where she wrote her thesis, Metta Meditation: An Inquiry into perceivable shifts in Interpersonal Perspective. Her knowledge and training in mindfulness focuses on the development of present moment awareness, focused attention, emotional navigation, regulation and cultivation of positive states. She began her meditation and yoga practice while working as a music teacher in New York City. Also in New York, she earned her 200-hour Yoga Teacher certificate from Yoga to the People. In San Diego, Ashley received MBSR training at UCSD Center for Mindfulness. Ashley’s transformative personal experience with yoga and meditation inspires her to share with others.