Special Programs

Practice and Dialogue: Deepen Your Mindfulness Practice

with Paul Galvin, PhD

A course offering for graduates and friends of the Center for Mindfulness
Spring 2014

Whether you wish to deepen your current mindfulness practice or wish to refresh and re-establish a regular practice, this class is an opportunity to share and be sustained by others also wanting to engage in life mindfully. Returning and being together, we can support each other in formal and informal mindfulness practices. In each class we will have opportunities to be present to self and others, watching mind and feeling states arise, remembering and exploring mindfulness practices, looking at the familiar with fresh eyes, and sharing the truth of our experience in community. Opening to this moment through practice and dialogue we will reacquaint ourselves with our own lives, investigate more deeply how we approach life events, how we meet others, and how we can be present to all that life offers us.

What to expect:

  • Practice, Practice, Practice
  • Practice in a community
  • Deepen current mindfulness practices and/or return to mindfulness practices
  • Self-reflection and sharing of experiences with mindfulness practices
  • Building relationships around mindfulness practices

"You Choose" Payment Options
The Center for Mindfulness has implemented new "You Choose" payment options for this graduate program.

Range of Tuition Options: $200 - $300 - $400 For this program, you may determine your own tuition payment based on your financial means, with a minimum of $200.

For those of you who can afford to, we invite you to make your payment at the higher level, which will help to allow those unable to pay more at this time to attend this program at a discounted rate.

Paul Galvin, PhD
Assistant Director,
Stress Reduction Program,
Center for Mindfulness

Monday evenings
6:00 - 8:30 P.M.

April 28, May 5, 12, 19 and June 2, 2014

Center for Mindfulness
UMass Medical School, Maple Avenue Campus
Hoagland-Pincus Conference Center
222 Maple Avenue
Shrewsbury, MA
(click for map)

Call us at
(508) 856- 2656
(Space is limited)

Embodied Presence
Enhancing Awareness, Resilience and Teaching Skills for MBSR Teachers

As MBSR teachers, our livelihood is one of the most compelling, challenging, and satisfying "jobs" on the planet. We are required to turn towards suffering, go to the places that terrify us, and learn how to keep our hearts open in hell. Often called the "open path," entering into this fluid dynamic, we discover over and over again that life is workable and the basic ground of transformation for ourselves and those whom we serve. To meet this lively situation, nothing less than the fusion of dharma teacher and health care professional become our primary responsibility and lifetime's work.

This professional development retreat will focus on some of the essential qualities and core competencies needed to deepen our formation as teachers. Together, we'll investigate in detail what supports and hinders our work, looking with warm-hearted attention and spirited resolve into several areas including:

* Meeting suffering with wisdom and compassion
* Working with fear and insecurity
* Refining the process of inquiry and dialogue
* Recognizing the impersonal nature of experience as freeing
* Creating a more dynamic, participatory classroom  

Open to all MBSR teachers who meet the course prerequisites and guided by long-time Oasis Institute teacher trainers, each day will begin at 6 AM with a long period of silent practice, including silent breakfast until lunch. Each afternoon you will have the opportunity to work in a focused seminar. In the evenings, we'll continue our work together investigating the power of silence and sound, stillness and movement. This training retreat offers you dedicated time and a supportive environment to deepen the sensitivity and subtlety of your teaching while learning within the good company of other teachers.
The program will be led by Florence Meleo-Meyer and Saki Santorelli.  It will begin on  Wednesday, April 30 at 4:00 PM and will conclude after lunch on Sunday, May 4th.  
The ever-changing continuity of the Hudson River and the silence and stillness of Garrison provide an ideal setting for this course. 
Saki Santorelli
Florence Meleo-Meyer, MS, MA



April 30 - May 4, 2014

Application Deadline:
February 28, 2014

Garrison Institute - Garrison, New York

Course Fees:
Tuition: $990.00

Room & Board Options are:

  • $150 single room (per night)
  • $130 double room
    (per night)
  • $115 triple or dorm
    (per night)

Details on how to reserve your room will be sent upon your acceptance.

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Upcoming All-Day Sessions for Graduates of the UMass Medical School's Stress Reduction Program (MBSR)


  • Winter 2014 - Saturday, March 8, 2014
  • Spring 2014 - Sunday, June 8, 2014
  • Summer 2014 - Saturday, August 2, 2014

Time: All-Day session hours are 8:45am - 4:30pm

Location: Hoagland-Pincus Conference Center, 222 Maple Avenue, Shrewsbury, MA 01545

If you have questions about the All-Day Sessions, please call 508-856-2656.  Thank you.



Enhancing Quality of Care, Quality of Caring, and Resilience
May 7-10, 2014


Hosted by: The Center for Experiential Learning, University of Rochester Medical Center

A 4-day, retreat-like workshop designed to improve the quality of care that clinicians provide while improving their own resilience and well-being. The workshop offers an experiential learning environment where participants focus on developing the capacity for Mindful Practice – attentiveness, situational- and self-awareness, teamwork, and self-monitoring – even in stressful and demanding situations.

Designed for medical practitioners (physicians, NPs, PAs) and others involved in medical practice and education, the program combines didactic presentations and experiential exercises using narratives, appreciative inquiry, and contemplative practices such as mindfulness meditation. Session themes include teamwork, difficult conversations with patients/families, uncertainty in medicine, medical education, grief and loss, resilience and compassion.

The workshop will offer participants hands-on experience in teaching and facilitation with attention to promoting Mindful Practice Activities at participants' home institutions. Prior attendance at a Mindful Practice workshop or experience with contemplative practice is desirable, but not required.

Course Directors: Ron Epstein MD and Mick Krasner MD
Additional Course Faculty: Fred Marshall MD and Florence Meleo-Meyer MA MS
Sponsored By: The Department of Family Medicine, University of Rochester Medical Center
Location/Accommodations: Chapin Mill Retreat Center, Batavia, NY

For more Information and to Register, please visit http://www.cvent.com/d/tcqbgb