***Stress-Reduction Meditation Workshop for Healthcare Providers

April 11, July 25, Nov 14 (Sa) 9am-3pm $100 (Includes breakfast snacks. Brown bag lunch or various restaurants within a 1-minute walk. Preregistration required.) Location: Seton Cove 5 CMEs / CEUs of Continuing Education
Meditation has been studied over 30 years and is an evidence-based method that counteracts daily stress responses. The effects have been shown in MRIs of the brain, in biochemical changes in blood, and even in genetic changes in the body. This mind-body method has been proven to significantly improve health and quality of life for patients with illnesses that are caused or made worse by stress, including obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension, pain and fatigue syndromes, mood disorders and many others. It has been shown to also improve attention, increase creativity and provide greater cognitive flexibility. The benefits proven for patients using this method also applies directly to all healthcare providers. It is an important step in ‘healing the healer’.
This stress-reduction workshop will help providers:
  • Understand stress physiology and its consequences
  • Become familiar with current research on meditation and its role in stress-reduction
  • Learn and practice a simple mindfulness, evidenced based method to reduce stress
This is a CME / CEU accredited course!  5 CMEs / CEUs of Continuing Education

Dr. Anna Vu-Wallace, MD

**SoulCollage® Open Studio

Jan 11, Feb 8, Mar 14 (Sa) 9:30am–12:30pm $30 (Pre-registration required.)

Open Studio is for anyone who has previously taken a SoulCollage® class and is searching for a dedicated group of individuals who want to continue growing in this process. If you have not worked with SoulCollage®, you are also welcome to attend the gathering. No teaching is included however. It is a time for creating additional cards and sharing in community. Images, scissors and glue sticks will be available, and one SoulCollage® artboard and one plastic sleeve. This is an opportunity to connect with others and further your own inner journey in a safe and encouraging environment

Sue Kullerd, LPC

An Introduction to Effortless Mindfulness

Mar 12 (Th) 10am–11:30am $40 (Pre-registration required.)
According to Mark Nepo, "the only thing worth teaching [is] how to uncover that original center and how to live there once it is restored." Effortless Mindfulness is an ancient practice that offers a sacred map to uncover that original center which lives within us all. It is an off-the-meditation cushion way of weaving together contemplation and compassionate action. 

In this class, we will discuss the three movements of effortless mindfulness:
  • Waking up from ego-identification.
  • Waking into embodiment and interconnectedness.
  • Waking out to creative and compassionate relationship with others.
Join me in exploring how to access and live from our original center through the practice of Effortless Mindfulness.

Will Boesl, BA

Beauty’s Bidding: Why in the World?

Mar 25 (Th) 10am–11:30am $40 (Pre-registration required.)
Mary Oliver once wondered, “The world did not have to be beautiful to work. But it is. What does that mean?” 

During our time together, we will ponder Oliver’s question. We will ask: 
  • What does the presence of beauty in the world mean?
  • How does beauty affect us — physiologically, emotionally, and spiritually? 
  • Based on these effects, what might beauty be asking of us? What might it be calling us to do?
  • And, for goodness’ sake (perhaps literally), why?

We’ll explore these questions with reference to classical understandings of beauty, our own experiences of beauty, and the human desire to create beauty — especially during times of darkness.

Claire Miller Colombo, Ph.D.