Class Descriptions

MINDFULNESS LAB

This is an introduction to creating and incorporating an effective and ongoing mindfulness practice in all aspects of your life. This 5-week class (1 hour each week) is appropriate for beginners as well as anyone who want to refresh the fundamentals of their practice.

In this class you will learn to enhance your performance with improved emotional intelligence, motivation, and social skills. You will also reduce your stress and gain more happiness. Here is what you will learn:

  • Overview of Mindfulness
  • Mindfulness of the Body
  • Obstacles to Mindfulness
  • Working with Difficult Emotions
  • Cultivating Positive Emotions
  • Working with Difficult Thoughts
  • and more


MINDFUL WRITING

This class (1 hour each week) explores the use of mindfulness within the context of creativity and writing.

Led by Amy Spies, an experienced practitioner of mindfulness meditation as well as a professional writer/producer with extensive work in television, film and other media outlets, this group will explore the nuance of writing from the deeply connected space of mindfulness.

The class will consist of:
-Mindfulness Meditation practice.
-Open Sharing.
-Creative writing exercises.
-Sharing of individual written work and developing projects.

Please note that this is NOT a writing class. There will be space to explore our own work and share – however, this should not be construed as anything other than a safe place to explore one’s own connection to the “muse.”

MINDFUL SELF COMPASSION

MSC is an 8 week course (2.5 hours each week) with a half-day retreat, that teaches you how to:

• DECREASE anxiety

• DECREASE depression and stress

• INCREASE relationship satisfaction

• INCREASE healthy habits like diet and exercise

• INCREASE emotional wellbeing

MSC, a researched-based program, is an adventure and an experiment in self-discovery and self-transformation. You will learn over 25 simple ways that will enable you to call on your own inner resources to soothe yourself in times of stress or pain.

MINDFUL CREATIVITY

Using mindfulness, meditation, and visualization, as well as creativity exercises, this 5-week class (1 hour each week) invites students to experience limitless creativity for application in whichever medium of expression they choose. The focus of the class is to open the channels of creativity through mindfulness and meditation, while learning to overcome self-judgment, and develop skills to use in practice.

Students who are involved in the performance arts (actors, musicians, singers, dancers) as well as other artists (painters, illustrators, designers, and writers) will find this class useful as a way to get in touch with their “instrument” and deepest sense of self-expression.

This class will engage and inspire while encouraging individuality and sharing.

MINDFUL PHOTOGRAPHY

We all know that we can take great photos thanks to the latest digital technology of phones and cameras. It is easy to snap off hundreds of pictures, edit a few, and then send them out to post. And photo technology keeps getting better and better.

But what happens when we add mindfulness, meditation, and awareness to our practice of taking photographs? Is it possible to actually use our deeper, inner vision to take images a different way while capturing ideas and emotional content through the medium of photography?

This 3-week class (1 hour each week) will go beyond the basics of photography into the insights of considering the eye of the camera, meditating on the image, and connecting to how we really feel about what we are capturing – and how we can deepen that inspiration using mindfulness and more. We will also look at how we find pictures, attune our senses to find different ways of looking at and photographing subjects, and stepping out of our normal comfort zone.

This is not a photography class, though you will be invited to take photographs, share them, and explore how mindfulness can change the way we look at our world. This class is for all students of all levels of meditation and photography. No experience is required.