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Upcoming Events and Happenings by IMP Members

If you would like to post an upcoming event, please send an email with details to mail@meditationandpsychotherapy.org.
All events are also posted on our Calendar page.


Special Note: The IMP Certificate Program in Mindfulness and Psychotherapy is now accepting applications for the 2017-18 program.
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IMP Benefit Programs:

Workshops and Retreats:

Ongoing Programs:

New Publications:

 


 


 

IMP Benefit Programs

 

 

 


 

A collection of clinicians in a convenient online format:

 

The Power of Therapeutic Presence: Mindfulness and Compassion for Clients and Clinicians - ONLINE
registration information

 

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.

 


 

Workshops and Retreats

 


Rich & Antra Borofsky will lead a Mindfulness Couples Workshop:

 
Being Together: The Art of Loving
Mindfulness Practices for Couples
Saturday March 3, 2018 & Sunday March 4, 2018
9am-5pm
Cambridge, MA
Cost: 700$ per couple
 

The art of loving is the art of bringing our best, most present, and cherishing attention to ourselves and our partner moment by moment.  Learning how to do this consistently and skillfully under all conditions requires dedication, courage and practice.  This weekend is a precious opportunity to receive inspiration, encouragement, and coaching in the intimate art of being together mindfully.

In the workshop we create an environment which is safe and ample enough to hold the whole human truth of who you both are--your  strengths, your vulnerabilities, your courage, your fears, your faith, and your doubts.  

Our aim is to help you renew and deepen your love for each other and to transform whatever hurts, disappointments, and resentments you have accumulated into a more passionate, trusting, compassionate, and sustainable connection.     

We will share with you the heart of what we have learned from being a couple for 47 years and couple therapists for over 35 years and will teach you some elegantly simple mindfulness exercises that when practiced over time, cultivate a deep sense of connection and aliveness.

Our workshop includes humor and music as well as talk, demonstrations, experiential exercises and group sharing. It is open to all couples--young or old, married or unmarried, straight or gay --who are eager to learn more about the intimate art of loving one another.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Rich & Antra Borofsky at Borofskys@borofsky.net or 617-661-7890

 

 



 

Erica Rayner-Horn, MA, LMHC will lead a two-hour online course on Mindfulness for Cancer:

 

Mindfulness for Cancer: Online Course
Tuesday March 13th, 2018
2pm-4pm EST (7pm-9pm GMT)
Cost: 28$
 
This two-hour web-based workshop will introduce the key ways mindfulness can help you or a loved one experience calm and wellbeing, even in the midst of illness. Through a combination of teaching, meditation practice, and group disussion, this interactive session will proide an overview on how mindfulness can help:
 
  • Reconnect with our bodies, which can provide a place of grounding and support in times of distress
  • Cope with difficult emotions with more awareness, which helps to reduce anxiety and fear
  • Bring more awareness to the inner dialogues, beliefs, stories and worries that might be perpetuating anxiety
  • Develop heart-opening practices of forgiveness, kindness and compassion that help ease inner tension
  • Learn how to redisover and redirect your attention toward the things that really matter to you in order to live well, even with cancer.

For more information or to register, visit https://www.londonmindful.com/mindfulness-for-cancer.html

 


 

Douglas Baker will lead a weekly Buddha Mind Skills Group:

Buddha Mind Group for Anxiety & Stress
Beginning March 20, 2018 and runs 10 weeks
Cambridge Mind Body, 2557 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140
 
 
The next Buddha Mind Group is now forming, to start mid-march. It is a 10-week course on the fundamentals of meditation, mindfulness and chair yoga for managing stress, difficult emotions, and addictive patterns. Students learn the concepts and practices of meditation to cultivate steady patterns in mind, body and nervous sytem, emotional resilience and well-bein. 90-minute small group meetings allow individual attention and personalized instruction. Tentatively scheduled for Tuesday evenings at 5:30-7pm.  It's a structured but light-hearted experiential and didactic group Cost is 60$/week. Limited scholarships/reduced fee available. Contact: doug@cambridgemindbody.com
 


 

Douglas Baker is also looking to start a professional development group for clinicians:

 

Mindfulness, Yoga & ACT Professional Development Group for Clinicians
Beginning date TBD
Cambridge Mind Body, 2557 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140
 

Doug Baker is looking to gather clinicians who would be interested in participating in a professional development group focusing on mindfulness, yoga and ACT. The group will practice meditation, simple yoga, breathwork, and learn ACT & MBCT, and clinical applications of these methodologies. Cambridge location. If interested in participating, contact : doug@cambridgemindbody.com


 
Tom Pedulla, LICSW will lead an 8-week Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy course:
 
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Course
Begins Wednesday March 28, 2018, 5:30-7:15pm
The Center for Integrative Healing, 23 Main St. Watertown, MA
 
In this 8-week MBCT/Boston program, you'll learn a variety of ways to use mindfulness -- which we define as non-judgmental awareness of your experience in the present moment -- to work with the painful thoughts, feelings and physical sensations associated with depression, anxiety, and other forms of distress. By pracaticing mindfulness in the group and at home, you can start relating to these unpleasant experiences with more acceptance and ease, instead of with denial, avoidance, and other habitual, self-defeating reactions. In the process, you can prevent them from spiraling into full-blown depression and anxiety.
 
Please contact Tom Pedulla for more information or to register at 617-803-0951 or tpedulla@comcast.net 
 
Or if you’d like to read a little about MBCT first, here’s a link to a website I set up with more information about the program: http://www.mbctboston.com
 

 

Erica Rayner-Horn, MA, LMHC will lead a Mindfulness with Cancer retreat:

 

Awake & Alive: Mindful Living with Cancer Retreat
Monday April 23, 2018 - Friday April 27, 2018
The Whidbey Institute, Cinton, WA (island off of Seattle)
 
In this five-day retreat, you will be introduced to the transformative healing practices of mindfulness and stress reduction; the ancient discipline of Qigong and opportunities for self-reflection and exloration through expressive arts. You will learn tools that help transform fear and anxiety, boost immunity, build resilience and help you cope better with stress. Both body and soul will be rejuventated with delicious, locally sourced organic food; acres of unspoiled peaceful forest; and the gift of the nurturing, supportive community we create together. 

For more information, or to register, visit https://whidbeyinstitute.org/event/awake-alive/

 

Ongoing Programs

Janet Surrey continues with her series:

Insight Dialogue Practice Group
with Jan Surrey, Natalie Eldridge, and Annie Hoffman
one Sunday a month
9am-12pm
Art and Soul Yoga Studio, 93 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA

All are welcome to come on Sunday morning, no registration is necessary. Some prior meditation suggested.

Any questions: Jan (Jsurrey@aol.com, 617-966-4898) or Annie Hoffman (anniehoffmanyoga@yahoo.com).

 


Douglas Baker is offering this yoga class:

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

 

 


 

Ann Saffi Biasetti brings us this online video course:

An Embodied Life: Restorative Yoga Video Course - online

Restorative yoga is known as the yoga of resting and digesting. It is a passive practice that has a powerful effect upon your nervous system bringing it back into balance and ease. It does this through regulating your breath and gently opening areas of your body, especially your spine, to promote a specific nervous system response. When our nervous system is at ease, our breathing regulates, digestion takes place, and we come back into a balanced mind and body as one.

This hour-long program introduces you to a simple sequence of restorative poses that are purposely designed to work with your nervous system to provide relief from anxiety, restore a stressed mind and body, and heighten healthy body awareness. I verbally guide you through each pose teaching you skills of internal, sensory-based body awareness.

IMP members receive a 25% discount with the code IMP until June 30th.

Click here for more information and to register.

 


 

New Publications

 


 

New from Bill Morgan:

The Meditator's Dilemma: An Innovative Approach to Overcoming Obstacles and Revitalizing Your Practice

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:

Growing Up Mindful: Essential Practices to Help Children, Teens, and Families Find Balance, Calm, and Resilience

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:

Mindful Reminders Card Deck: 52 Powerful Practices for Teens & Adults

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.

* Manage Stress and Anxiety * Improve Focus * Sleep Better *

 


 

New from Doug Baker:

Five-Minute Mindfulness: Walking: Essays and Exercises for Mindfully Moving Through the World

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.

 


New from Mitch Abblett:

Helping Your Angry Teen: How to Reduce Anger and Build Connection Using Mindfulness and Positive Psychology