Upcoming Events and Happenings by IMP Members
IMP Benefit Programs:
Workshops and Retreats:
- Being Together: The Art of Loving - April 1-2, 2017 - Cambridge, MA
- Unlocking the Power of Mindfulness - April 5, 2017 - Marlborough, MA
- Meditation and Yoga for Embodied Practice - April 9-12, 2017 - Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Stockbridge, MA
- Mindful Self-Compassion for Pain Workshop - April 22, 2017 - Somerville, MA
- Awake and Alive: Mindful Living with Cancer Retreat - April 24-28, 2017 - Whidbey Institute, Clinton, WA
- The Personal is Professional: Buddhist Ethics for Psychotherapy Practice - April 27, 2017 - Barre, MA
- Meditation and Psychotherapy: Enhancing Emotional Growth - April 28-29, 2017 - Boston, MA
- Mindfulness Meditation Practice Day - April 30, 2017 - Dorchester (Boston), MA
- Adapting Mindfulness for the Western Mind: An Educational Retreat - May 29 - June 2, 2017 - Galway, Ireland
- True Refuge: The Heart of Wise Action - June 16-20, 2017 - Hallelujah Farm Retreat, Chesterfield, NH
- The Factors of Awakening: A Retreat for Mental Health Professionals - June 30 - July 4, 2017 - Barre, MA
- Sunday Sangha: Relational Meditation - Insight Dialogue Practice Group - monthly - Cambridge, MA - April 30, May 14
- Kripalu Yoga: Prana and Presence - every second Friday (ongoing) - Somerville, MA
- Buddha Mind Group for Anxiety and Stress: An educational and practice group - meets weekly - Cambridge, MA
- The Meditator's Dilemma - new book
- Growing Up Mindful - new book
- Mindful Reminders - new card deck
- Five-Minute Mindfulness: Walking - new book
Presence is a gift, to both our clients and ourselves. Yet many clinicians like you are unsure about how to enhance therapeutic presence to deepen client connection, strengthen therapeutic relationships and improve outcomes.
We've brought together leading clinicians from The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and faculty from Harvard Medical School including Christopher Germer, Ron Siegel, Christopher Willard, and Susan Pollak to share with us 10 enlightening sessions on deepening Presence, to enhance both your professional practice and personal wellbeing. The Power of Therapeutic Presence is a unique online course filled with practical meditative and mindfulness exercises and tools that will cultivate presence deeply into your clinical work and life.
11 Continuing Education credits are available.
For more information and to register, click here.
Rich and Antra Borofsky are hosting this workshop:
Weekend Couples Workshop
April 1-2, 2017
We will be teaching practices for being present together, deepening trust and connection, and giving and receiving attention.
Our workshops, courses, and retreats for couples are all entitled, Being Together, because they offer an opportunity to enter deeply into this experience of being present with each other. This experience enables us to reconnect, to open our hearts, and to transform whatever hurts, disappointments, resentments and fears we have accumulated into a deeper, more compassionate, and lasting connection. This is how love and relationships grow.
We highly recommend this group because the small size allows us to give special attention to each couple.
The Center for the Study of Relationship
86 Washington Ave., Cambridge, MA
Meeting Saturday and Sunday 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Cost: $700 per couple. Limited to 8 couples.
This workshop is non-residential. A list of accommodations is available if you do not live nearby.
A longer description of us and our teaching background is available here.
For more information or to register, call 617-661-7890 or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mitch Abblett and Chris Willard are among the speakers at this program:
19th Annual SECURE Conference
The Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, Inc
featuring Dan Harris, ABC News, author of 10% Happier
April 5, 2017
The 19th annual SECURE Conference features ABC News Anchor Dan Harris who will take conference attendees through his personal journey of discovering mindfulness, which led him to become calmer, make more productive decisions and become 10% Happier (the title of his 2014 book). Harris’s presentation will be followed by a segment about how mindfulness may be used in the workplace to impact and benefit diverse employees, with an emphasis on stress reduction. The afternoon panel will focus on better understanding the positive physiological changes mindfulness brings and give practical suggestions for application.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
8:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Registration begins at 8:15 a.m.
Assabet Valley Technical High School
215 Fitchburg St, Marlborough, MA
$50 for members, $150 for non-members
For more information on the speakers and event details, please click here.
David Schouela is co-leading this retreat at Kripalu with Daryl Lynn Ross:
April 9-12, 2017
Meditation and yoga are mutually supportive awareness practices that serve to deepen insight. You can practice yoga as meditation-in-motion, and practice insight meditation to bring the quality of compassionate self-observation to your sensory and mental experiences. Together, these techniques help you recognize the changing nature of your sensations, thoughts, mental states, and reactive patterns. When you release identification with your habits, those habits no longer drive you.
In a silent retreat suitable for both beginners and those with meditation and yoga experience, cultivate embodied presence through sitting and walking meditation and three yoga sessions each day. There will be opportunities to ask questions and discuss your practice with the meditation teacher in small-group meetings and individually, by request.
Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health
For information on the presenters and retreat center, or to register, please click here.
Chris Germer and Susan Pollak are leading this MSC workshop:
Practical Tools for Alleviating Pain
April 22, 2017
About 50 million adult Americans suffer from some sort of chronic pain. When we feel pain, we instinctively tense up and worry about it. The opposite, mindfulness, is a simple mental practice that can bring significant relief to those suffering from pain. Recently, self-compassion has been identified as a key ingredient in mindfulness that makes it so successful. Burgeoning research shows that self-compassion is powerfully associated with mental and physical wellbeing, including reduced pain.
- Anyone can learn self-compassion. In this workshop, each participant will have first-hand experience of self-compassion and learn ways to bring self-compassion into their daily lives to alleviate pain.
- And it isn’t a lot of work. Self-compassion only takes a moment of dropping the struggle with pain, much as you might feel when someone truly understands what you’re going through and cares deeply about your wellbeing. This capacity is in each of us—we only need to tap it to feel better.
- And it will make you stronger. Contrary to popular belief, research shows that self-compassionate people are emotionally stronger, kinder, happier, and they cope better.
Please join us for a day of self-compassion and see for yourself. You do not need any experience with mindfulness or self-compassion to attend. All you need is an open mind and a sincere wish to live your life more fully. Participants will have freedom to take care of themselves - sitting, standing or reclining at any time during the program - mats, cushions and chairs will be available.
CHA Center for Mindfulness & Compassion
at the Cambridge Health Alliance Central Street Care Clinic
26 Central Street, Somerville, MA 02143
Saturday, April 22, 2017
9:30 - 4:30 pm
Cost: $149 Registration Rate, Lunch included
For more information and to register, please click here.
Erica Raynor-Horn is leading a retreat in Washington state:
April 24-28, 2017
Whidbey Institute at Chinook, on Whidbey Island, WA
This life-affirming retreat offers anyone living with cancer the opportunity to explore what it means to live fully awake and alive while facing serious illness. A balanced program of transformative, healing practices gives you practical tools to navigate the emotional, psychological, and spiritual challenges of cancer – empowering you to live well in the midst of change and uncertainty.
What to expect:
- A small intimate group in a safe and nurturing environment that honors and supports each person’s unique journey with cancer.
- Gentle and insightful mindfulness, stress reduction and loving-kindness practices.
- Qigong to help you activate and circulate life energy through your body.
- Opportunities to share in a supportive circle; poetry; ritual; and time alone for rest, self-refection and exploration of the beauty of the old growth forest.
- Expressive Arts: drawing, music and movement to stimulate imagination and to unlock the the healing power of creativity.
- Laughter, creativity, celebration, joyful play and delicious, organic, gourmet meals.
Who will benefit?
Anyone with any type of cancer, at any stage, interested in personal healing, growth, and transformation. Caregivers/companions welcome if space allows.
Erica Rayner-Horn M.A., L.M.H.C.A.— mindfulness-based psychotherapist; instructor of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, meditation instructor, presenter, and workshop leader. Erica is the author of Finding Tranquility - Guided Mindfulness Meditations for Stressful Times, and an upcoming book and audio series on cancer and mindfulness. To learn more, visit www.mindful-therapy.net.
Diana and Kelly Lindsay—authors, speakers, workshop facilitators, and coaches for those in a health crisis and their caregivers. Diana is a Qigong instructor, Kelly a Reiki Master. Program Directors of Healing Circles Langley, a Commonweal program on Whidbey Island. Authors of Something More Than Hope/Something More Than Everything: Surviving Despite the Odds, Thriving Because of Them. www.somethingmorethanhope.com.
Registration & Information:
Delia Kostner is leading a seminar at Barre Center for Buddhist Studies:
Thursday, Apr 27, 2017
Instructors: Delia Kostner, Lynette Monteiro
Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, Barre, MA
In this seminar we will investigate Buddhist ethics (sila in Pali) within the context of modern Western psychotherapy. Buddhist ethics are not simply a list of “do’s and don’t’s” typical of the prescriptive ethics of our various professional organizations. They are treated as a process and a practice. In fact, the cultivation of our own ethical compass is especially important in the arc of mindfulness-based programs (MBPs) where the cultivation of mindfulness is simultaneously the development of skillful means or ethical postures to our life situation. Can close examination of our behavior and behavioral impulses, thoughts, and affects as they arise in and outside of the therapy hour reveal patterns whereby we might be at risk of engaging in behavior unhelpful to the therapeutic process? Can such “experience near” personal explorations increase the likelihood of engaging in an ethically wholesome manner with our patients? We will examine these questions through lectures, case material and discussion to establish a relationship of this approach to our work in the consulting room. This seminar extends into an optional weekend retreat focused on the cultivation (bhavana) of an ethical framework for mindfulness approaches.
Continuing Education: BCBS will apply to offer CEs for Psychologists and Social Workers for this class. More information will be available here later.
This workshop is designed to meet requirement for Ethics CEU’s for those states that require them for licensure. Please check with your local licensing board to ensure this workshop meets their criteria.
Fee: $75. Scholarships available.
Registration: Please follow this link for instructor bios and registration information.
A number of our members are involved in this annual course:
Harvard Medical School ~ Cambridge Health Alliance
April 28-29, 2017
This course will explore how meditation can support emotional well-being and patient care. Discussions will focus on identifying key mechanisms of action; using meditation to improve behavior and cultivate positive mind states; describing the benefits and limitations of its application in psychotherapy; teaching techniques to clients; and integrating mindfulness and meditation into clinical work. Multiple learning formats will be used including didactic presentations, case discussions, and Q & A.
This course is intended for all mental health practitioners and others interested in the principles, practices, and techniques of meditation.
Learning Objectives: As a result of participating in this course attendees will be able to: explain how meditation can enhance performance, emotional resilience, and creativity; describe the neurological benefits of meditation and develop clinical strategies for changing habits; identify how body awareness supports self-regulation and emotional development; develop strategies for establishing positive mind states and for managing challenging clients; and incorporate mind-body strategies and biofeedback techniques into treatment.
Under the direction of Christopher Germer, Judy Reiner Platt, and Ronald D. Siegel.
IMP Members involved: Mitch Abblett, Deirdre Fay, Paul Fulton, Christopher Germer, William Morgan, and Ron Siegel
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Downtown Crossing, Boston, MA
8:30am - 5:00pm each day
For detailed information and to register, please click here.
Susan Morgan is offering this day of practice:
Sunday, April 30, 2017
9am - 4pm
Dorchester (Boston), MA
Perfectly timed to follow the HMS course for anyone coming in from out of town!
Well placed days devoted to meditation practice help us refresh, renew, and recover a sense of balance to the bodyheartmind that is hard to find when caught in the whirlwinds of everyday life.
When the body relaxes, it feels more comfortable within itself. When the body relaxes, the mind can settle down into itself. When the body relaxes, the heart can open. As these three aspects—body, heart, and mind relax, they are better able to receive information, process information, and respond more skillfully. How do these conditions come about? By establishing a posture of practice that is itself a holding environment.
Use this day to clear out, explore, and enjoy, and practice remembering to remember to be mindful. Prepare the soil for cultivation, for investigation and understanding; create the conditions for letting go of the bindings that impede clear seeing and a receptive heart. Clearing away these obstacles opens the resonant field. Each of us needs to discover what is needed now to support the natural opening or releasing into a state of alert relaxed attention. This is an invitation to do just that.
Maximum capacity is an intimate 8.
Led by Susan Morgan, MSN, RN, CS. For more information about Susan, please click here.
STRUCTURE: Each day includes meditation instruction, short periods of silent meditation and movement through the four basic postures-sitting, standing, lying down, and walking.
WHAT TO BRING: Please bring your lunch, 2 large bath towels or 1 thick blanket and wear comfortable clothes that you can move comfortably around in both on the floor and in standing postures.
FEE: The cost for this retreat is $95, with a $50 deposit due at the time of registration.
This fee is not intended to be exclusionary. If you are unable to afford this but wish to commit to attend please contact Susan directly. Click here to email her.
If you feel so moved, you may offer additional dana. Dana means Generosity. It is a practice of the heart and one that we are less familiar with in this culture.
Payment directions are offered at the end of the registration form; please follow the link below.
Please offer what you are capable of AND feel moved to give.
REGISTRATION: Please register in advance by following this link.
Bill Morgan will be presenting in Ireland:
New England Educational Institute (NEEI) Conference
May 29 - June 2, 2017
Therapeutic presence is a core attribute of our profession, and one which mindfulness practice can deepen. However not all mindfulness instruction and practice will cultivate the kind of holding environment we are looking for. Mindfulness is practiced primarily as a cognitive exercise lacking affective engagement. This form of practice will have limited benefit for ourselves and our clients. It is the primary reason why so few people meditate on a regular basis.
After establishing a theoretical understanding of the cause of suffering and its treatment in Buddhist psychology, participants will learn a wide range of mindfulness techniques which will be useful both in deepening therapeutic presence and teaching clients. These techniques will include body awareness, self-compassion, concentration, open awareness and inquiry practices. Limitations of these various forms of practice and ineffective ways of practicing will be explored. We will examine ways to personally enliven mindfulness practice, so that both we and our patients are more likely to practice in a rich and meaningful fashion.
Our time will be equally divided between lecture and guided meditation. It is through cumulative practice sessions during this symposium that mindfulness and therapeutic presence will deepen.
While this course is suitable for seasoned mindfulness practitioners, no prior experience with meditation is required.
To learn more about Bill Morgan, PsyD, and the course, or to register, please click here.
Janet Surrey is offering a retreat:
Hallelujah Farm Retreat, near Brattleboro, VT
June 16-20, 2017
In this Insight Dialogue retreat we will take refuge in awareness, wisdom, and spiritual friendship (Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha) as sources of wise relationship and compassionate action. In these turbulent and challenging times, we will investigate and practice together the Four Noble Truths and cultivate the fruits of relational practice: insight, forbearance, power, and equanimity.
We will investigate obstacles to wise friendship and beloved community, internally in the heart-mind, and externally in social constructions. Cultivating Lovingkindness, Compassion, Appreciative Joy, and Relational Equanimity, we will explore the possibility of courageous personal and collective action, and deep companionship on the Noble Eightfold Path.
In this beautiful New England setting, the retreat will be held in Noble Silence. We will alternate periods of silent meditation practice, Insight Dialogue, yoga for every body, and mindful movement.
With Phyllis K. Hicks and Janet Surrey
yoga led by Annie Hoffman
$450 - includes your meals, accommodations, and two yoga classes each day.
Please consider a contribution to the retreat scholarship fund to ensure this experience is accessible to all who wish to participate. $25 - $100 is suggested.
To request scholarship support, please contact Jan Surrey.
Email Jan Surrey for eligibility, registration, and scholarship inquiries.
This retreat is offered in the Buddhist tradition of dana. Jan and Phyllis receive no payment and offer their time, energy, and wisdom as a gift to their students. Donations offered by the students at the end of the retreat support the teachers and the teachings.
Please send your name, address, phone number and email address, along with a check for $200 deposit* (and scholarship donation, if applicable), to Jan Surrey: Insight Dialogue Retreat, 75 Bellevue Street, Newton MA 02458.
Additionally, please indicate if you are interested in sharing a ride from Boston, MA or Brattleboro, VT.
* the deposit is nonrefundable after May 1st, unless your space can be filled.
Hallelujah Farm Retreat
48 Bradley Road
Chesterfield, NH 03443 (near Brattleboro VT)
Full information is available here.
Bill and Susan Morgan will be at BCBS:
Barre Center for Buddhist Studies
June 30 - July 1, 2017
Although essential for practice, mindfulness is not the only mental factor to be cultivated. The seven factors of awakening are mental qualities to be developed and used to counteract mental states that cause suffering. These factors regulate and stabilize mindfulness. As they are engaged, practice comes alive in a more wholehearted way. During our time together, didactic modules, group discussions, and mindful communication exercises will be offered. Apart from this, silence is observed, including during meal times to facilitate a deeper contemplative experience. Mornings and evenings will be devoted to guided sitting and walking meditation. Sunday is a full day of mindfulness practice (with instruction) and an opportunity for individual meetings.
Led by William Morgan, PsyD, and Susan Morgan, CNS
12 continuing education credits for psychologists and social workers have been approved for those who attend this program in full. We are not able to offer CEU's for Counselors (NBCC). Please note that we charge a $25 processing fee for CEUs.
For more information on the instructors, continuing education, the center, the fee structure, and to register, please click here.
Jan Surrey's Insight Dialogue Practice group continues:
with Jan Surrey, Natalie Eldridge, and Annie Hoffman
April 30; May 14, 2017
Art and Soul Yoga Studio, 93 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA
Come join us for this interpersonal meditation practice ~for cultivating~ the mindfulness and tranquility of traditional silent meditation in our direct experience with others. As this practice deepens, we can experience a flow of silence and dialogue that enhances loving kindness, compassion, equanimity and non-judgmental awareness in our human relationships in the service of authentic freedom and realization of our deepest connection. There will be alternating periods of solo practice, insight dialogue, and yoga. Come to any or all sessions!
All are welcome to come on Sunday morning, no registration is necessary. Some prior meditation suggested.
Art and Soul Yoga Studio, 93 Hampshire St, Cambridge, 9-12 AM, Parking available on street
Douglas is a Kripalu Yoga teacher, and offers one public yoga class per month, at Samara Yoga in Davis Square, Somerville, the 2nd Friday of each month, at 7:30 pm. The class is a blend of non-competitive mindful yoga, breathwork, and meditation - a great way to cultivate self-regulation and inner connection. No yoga or meditation experience is required. Register online at samarayogastudio.com
This practice and educational group guides members through the fundamental skills and practices of meditation and mindfulness, as self-regulating practices for anxiety, stress and other challenges. This relaxed, friendly but focused group is a mixture of didactic learning, experiential practice and mutual support among members. No meditation experience is required to join, and all are welcome. Meets weekly in Cambridge and runs for 10 weeks, 90 minutes per meeting. It runs several times each year- contact leader for specific dates. Fee is $50/week. Insurance not accepted. Contact leader: Douglas Baker, LICSW via email@example.com
New from Bill Morgan:
When practiced regularly, meditation naturally deepens self-awareness and leads to spiritual insight. In our hyper, instant-gratification culture, however, most people miss out on those powerful outcomes, because it’s hard to commit to a long-term practice. Despite the increasing popularity of mindfulness and its documented mental health benefits, the silent majority of meditators struggle to maintain a regular practice. In fact, research indicates that more than fifty percent of meditators give up on the practice. Through time-tested teachings and exercises, The Meditator’s Dilemma shows you how to deepen your meditation practice while cultivating ease and delight—for both beginners and longtime practitioners.
The Meditator’s Dilemma, written by a psychologist with forty years’ experience practicing and teaching meditation, confronts this problem and its causes and provides specific, accessible techniques and exercises that greatly enhance everyday meditation practice. Bill Morgan’s teachings and guided meditation exercises are designed to generate the all-too-often missing delight and enjoyment in meditation.
New from Christopher Willard:
The American Psychological Association's 2014 survey on stress made an alarming discovery: America's teens are now the most stressed-out age group in the country. Growing Up Mindful shows parents and professionals alike how to model and teach the skills of mindfulness that will empower our youth for the rest of their lives with greater self-awareness, resiliency, and confidence.
While many adults now understand how mindfulness practice helps us alleviate the stress and anxiety of our busy modern lives, getting a typical teenager on board is another story. Dr. Christopher Willard draws on his work with hundreds of young children, tweens, and teens-along with countless hours training parents, teachers, and other counselors-to make the principles and practices of mindfulness accessible, entertaining, and cool for people of all ages and interests. Features dozens of exercises to incorporate mindfulness into daily life (in class, extracurricular activities, among peers), specific meditations and movement practices, compassion training, and more.
Christopher Willard, PsyD, is a Boston-based clinical psychologist and educational consultant specializing in mindfulness and contemplative practices. The author ofChild's Mind (Parallax, 2010) and other books on the topic, Dr. Willard teaches at Harvard Medical School and leads popular workshops around the world. For more information, visit drchristopherwillard.com.
The newest card deck from Christopher Willard & Mitch Abblett:
Live your life more fully, reduce stress and remove distractions with the Mindful Reminders Card Deck. These 50 simple, yet powerful practices will help you build skills of awareness, compassion and presence for what matters in your daily life. Whether you are new to mindfulness practice, or whether you've been meditating for years, this deck offers fun, accessible reminders for bringing more mindfulness into your life.
New from Doug Baker:
More people are hearing about the many health benefits of meditation, but many find it difficult to sit still long enough to give it a real chance. But if you tend to be fidgety, uncomfortable or distracted when you've tried meditation, or can't fit it into your schedule, it doesn't mean you can't meditate.
Douglas Baker’s new book, Five-Minute Mindfulness: Walking is a user-friendly guide to cultivating mindfulness in movement as an alternative and complement to sitting meditation.
This concise, readable book explores mindfulness as a state of mind, and how to develop it through walking. Intended for active people living engaged lives, it offers an introduction to mindfulness and meditation-in-motion, in concise essays meant to be read in about five minutes. The book is paperback and pocket-sized, to make it easy to carry. Readers learn both the ideas and simple practices of mindful walking, and how it helps us better manage moods, stress, anxiety, craving, attention deficits, and other challenges. Through mindful attention, practitioners find they are happier and more accepting, focused, and balanced, while less reactive to stressful events.
The book is available for purchase via the publisher's link to online retailers: https://www.quartoknows.com/books/9781592337460/5-Minute-Mindfulness-Walking.html?direct=1. It will also be available at some Barnes & Noble stores and at the Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, MA (Harvard.com), among other retailers.