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 Most sessions are from 9 am to noon
Requested donation: $45 ($25 for financial hardship or students)
Oct. 4: Jean Leonard, PhD, RYT

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction graduate class

“Interpersonal Mindfulness: Bringing presence and kindness to relationships”

Program Description: Relationships are often the source of some of our greatest joys as well as our biggest challenges. Maintaining your center in interpersonal relationships requires both presence and kindness. In this morning class you will be invited to explore the power of mindfulness in interpersonal interaction. What would it be like to really listen to someone? To fully be heard? To communicate in ways which are skillful and connecting rather than confusing or divisive? This class will focus on how you can carry your mindfulness skills into present moment awareness with another person.

Who should attend? Open to the public, especially geared toward graduates of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program, but also for those who would like to further their mindfulness practice.

What to bring: Cushions and zabutons and chairs are available for sitting. Feel free to bring your own props if you wish.

Suggested donation: $45. ($25 for students or financial hardship)

RSVP: to Jean Leonard at jeanleonardphd@gmail.com or 303-868-5881

Teachers’ Bio: Jean Leonard, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and a registered yoga teacher in full-time private practice in Boulder, Colorado. She studied with the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program at the Duke University Center for Integrative Medicine for 4 years and completed the 18-month Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training Program and the two-year Dedicated Practitioner Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She has practiced yoga for over 20 years, has studied vipassana meditation since 2003, and has taught MBSR and yoga for seven years.

Nov. 1: John  Steele, "Opening the Heart of Compassion: A One Day Mindfulness Meditation Workshop and Retreat." Note that this session will be 6 hrs, from 9 am to 3 pm and the suggested donation is $75 (or what you can afford). Please bring a brown bag lunch. RSVP to John@psychotherapyinboulder.com
The following skills will be taught and practiced:

Mental noting of thinking

Specific labeling of thoughts and feelings

Separating the story from the felt sensations

Engaging deeply with emotions through touch and go practice

Expanded touch and go with acknowledging, allowing and accommodating

Compassionate abiding or Tonglen (sending-receiving practice)

Body scan, mindful movement, sitting meditation, mindful eating