Can peace be accessed no matter what is happening in our lives/the world?
How do we find a bit of peace in the midst of unsteadiness and uncertainty?
Mindfulness practice has been shown to support access to a foundational shift in understanding our experience allowing an inner peace within ourselves and in relationship. The courses below are evidence-based means of cultivating the mindfulness that is inherently part of us.
The MBSR course incorporates mindfulness meditation, yoga, and mindful inquiry to explore our lives in interest and non-judgment. For over four decades, research indicates that people who develop a mindfulness practice through MBSR training often find practice to be a doorway into:
A greater capacity to cope with life stresses, particularly physical pain, depression and anxiety.
Increased emotional resilience.
Enthusiasm for meaningful engagement in life, no matter what is here in any particular moment.
This includes experiencing that mindfulness is not a way to draw into ourselves finding peace while escaping the suffering of the world. Finding inner peace is a direct means of entering the world more fully.
This highly experiential class is in alignment with International Mindfulness Integrity Network standards and ethics and is supported by a generous, safe, group environment and skillful teacher facilitation. More on Dr. Beck-Coon's certification as an MBSR teacher and MBSR Teacher Trainer can be found here. Classes meet weekly for eight weeks plus one all day retreat at a peaceful setting during week six. As noted above, for now, all classes and retreat are via Zoom. Potential participants are asked to attend an informational orientation which outlines MBSR, the time and energy commitment required, what to and what not to expect, and a short experience of mindfulness practice. Attendees are also asked to complete a confidential health questionnaire. Those who register for class at orientation may have a short one-on-one meeting with the teacher to ascertain the appropriateness of the class for them and to answer any questions. Significant personal commitment of time and effort is required for the course but know that you will be well supported!
The next MBSR class will be June/July 2021. If you are interested in receiving information when the 2021 orientations are set, please go to the registration page and you will be added to the mailing list to be notified. For those who have already participated in MBSR, you may be interested in some of the other classes below.
There is a difference between intent and impact. This becomes clear for many who identify as white when bringing an authentic desire to collaborate with black, Latinx, Asian, indigenous people in eliminating systemic racism. This course is designed to help those who identify as white look at the construct of white racial identity individually and collectively particularly as it relates to black Americans as an opportunity to transform racial inequity through our inherent wholeness. In honesty and kindness we will contemplate it internally, interpersonally, and systemically to mindfully acknowledge, understand, and meet this reality in examining and addressing what it is to be white in our culture. With between session materials, meditation practice, dialogue, and teacher support, this work is potentially transformative. Because of the challenging nature of the course, there is a prerequisite of previous MBSR or equivalent meditation experience.
Mindfulness in relationship can be challenging. The tendency to judge what we are hearing, jump to conclusions, feel impatient, and fall into habitual speech is conditioned and often "under the radar". Interpersonal mindfulness practice brings a kind, compassionate practice to seeing these patterns and, with other mindfulness practitioners, we find relational dialogue that is less habitual, more authentic, and a truer expression of who we are. Just as in our mindfulness practice we can cultivate stability and ease in silent meditation, we can bring the meditative qualities of mindfulness to the complex and tender human relationships of our lives. Interpersonal Mindfulness Program (IMP) was developed by Florence Meleo-Meyer, Phyllis Hicks, and Gregory Kramer. Dr. Beck-Coon is certified to teach IMP and has been learning and practicing in this format since 2006.
IMP is a primarily experiential, 8-week, 2.5 hr./week class with a weekend retreat in week four. IMP is offered every 1-2 years for those who have already participated in MBSR and/or who currently have significant mindfulness meditation practice and wish to explore how mindfulness meets human interaction. Utilizing the meditative dialogue guidelines developed by Gregory Kramer, the class includes guided dialogic mindfulness meditation and interactive teaching about relational stress within a mindfulness perspective. The interpersonal mindfulness cultivated in IMP integrate awareness, mental/emotional stability, and calm so that (understandable) stress does not get in the way of our inherently interconnected lives. The next IMP class will be in 2021. If you are interested in this class, please contact the facilitator directly here. The interpersonal mindfulness program supports us in our one-on-one relationships and family and friend groups; it can bring mindful engagement in organizations and underpin meaningful, mindful institutional direction. It connects our inner practice with our outer lives.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher Training
Dr. Beck-Coon is a certified MBSR teacher trainer, trained and certified to train MBSR teachers through the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine and the Mindfulness Center at Brown University, part of the Brown School of Public Health. She and her cohort through Mindfulness Training US and the Global Mindfulness Collaborative that includes Brown University offer the Brown University curriculum for Foundations of MBSR teaching and all levels of the teacher training track. Using the recognized domains of excellence in teacher development that continue to evolve in global teaching standards and ethics, we learn together in the immediacy of non-judgmental presence discovering what cannot be learned alone.
Starting MBSR teacher training requires previous MBSR participation, at least two years of regular mindfulness meditation practice and at least one teacher-led silent retreat of 5-7 days. To explore your interest in possible teacher training, including the 10-week Foundations in MBSR Teaching which is run concurrently with MBSR (next MBSR June/July 2021) and Individual Supervision in the Brown University MC@B teacher training pathway curriculum, Kathy welcomes your inquiries through the contact page above. More details and costs are below. The 2021 Teacher Advancement Intensive (TAI) information can be found here.
Mindfulness is the container that holds the love of teaching as a practice. As a certified MBSR teacher trainer and meditation practitioner, I have a passion for working with other devoted mindfulness teachers in support of further sharing of mindfulness in the world. The structure and context of the type and level of supervision within and outside of the MBSR teacher certification track are discerned in the intentions, skills, and experience of the supervisee. Clarity of purpose, mutual esteem, growth in knowledge base and skills, and teaching as a relational meditation of embodied, mutual inquiry form the ground of our supervision. You may connect with Dr. Beck-Coon about possible supervision through the contact page.
Mindfulness-based programs for research intervention development, training, and fidelity monitoring, and tailored programs for particular populations and/ or organizations including Interpersonal Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy programs for organizations are a component of Dr. Beck-Coon's work.
MBSR 2021: Wednesdays, June 2- July 21, Classes 1 & 8, 6:00-9:00 PM; classes 2-7, 6:30-9:00 PM. The course is currently planning to be online with in-person classes taking place if possible with Covid considerations. The all-ay retreat for the class will be July 10, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM. Orientation options for the class will be available early 2021. You may register for further information here.
The tuition for the 28-hour eight-week class is based on a sliding scale and includes all classes and materials (meditation practice recordings, home practice materials, retreat, post-program recommendations, etc). The program is entirely supported by the tuition.
It is our intention to make this program available to all who may benefit, the sliding scale of class costs is reflected below.
For household incomes >$100,000: $400
For household incomes $50,000 to $100,000: $300
For household incomes <$50,000: $200
Full-time undergraduate students: $200
Medicaid with a referral from healthcare provider: $100
To hold a spot in the class, tuition may be paid in full after orientation and prior to the beginning of class by check, cash, or PayPal. Details will be provided at orientation (orientation registration above).
Mindful & White requires previous MBSR or its equivalent meditation practice experience. On-line: Wednesdays, February 3-March 24, *6:30-9:00 PM *Class 1 will be three hours: 6:30-9:30 PM. Class Cost: $300. Registration here.
Interpersonal Mindfulness Program (IMP)
IMP Requires previous MBSR or its equivalent meditation practice experience. Class Cost: $400 + residential weekend retreat fee when class is in-person (class currently online to support the safety of all during COVID and currently no additional facility fee). Financial assistance available for need. Please see the registration page if you would like to be notified of 2021 IMP dates.
MBSR Teacher Training
The following teacher training pathway courses consist of the curriculum of the teacher training track at Brown University. Dr. Beck-Coon is a certified teacher trainer through the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness (CFM) and Brown University. So that programs may be available to all, pricing reflects flexibility based on your capacity with financial assistance available to some based on need. Benefactor rates reflect your generosity and value of equity in assisting those who cannot afford the base fee. Thank you.
10-week Foundations in MBSR is run in parallel with the MBSR class with the 3-hour seminar starting one week prior and the closing session one week after the MBSR class. Cost below reflects inclusion of the MBSR class. Prerequisites for this first training in the MBSR teacher training pathway include previous participation in MBSR, at least two years regular meditation practice, and one 5 to 7-day qualifying silent, teacher-led meditation retreat.Please contact Dr. Beck-Coon for questions and 2021 Foundations seminar dates which will be run concurrent with the June/July 2021 MBSR classes.
Base rate: $1900
Benefactor rate: $2300
Teacher Advancement Intensive (TAI) offered with US GMC collaboration partners: 2021 Dates
Dr. Beck-Coon has been involved in developing and facilitating mindfulness-based interventions for several years. She has also been part of an international peer mentoring group on mindfulness in organizations. Please direct any inquiries to Kathy through the contact page above to dialogue about collaborative possibilities. Thank you!