Graduate Drop-In Group

Description: Please join us for a drop-in monthly sit and gathering open to all Certificate Program graduates. The structure will include 30 minutes of meditation, followed by  an opportunity to share, reflect, and water seeds of joy. Please come for part of the meeting or stay for the entire hour. We look forward to practicing together and having a chance to connect with one another. We go as a river. There is nothing to prepare. Come exactly as you are.

Session Time: Meetings will take place on the last Wednesday of each month, except during the months of November and December when the meetings will take place the 17th and 22nd, respectively.

Cost: We are offering these events on a dana basis. All donations will help fund our BIPOC scholarship fund. Donate here.

Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83867113460 (Meeting ID: 838 6711 3460)

Group Leaders: Jorge Armesto & Susie Fairchild

Jorge Armesto, PhD, Ed.M. C-IAYT, is a bilingual clinical psychologist in private practice in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, where he works with linguistically diverse communities. Jorge is passionate about the intersection of psychology, mindfulness, spirituality, and body-focused practices. His work seeks to understand how multiple sources of oppression and resiliency intersect and inform the lived experiences of individuals, groups, and communities. Jorge is a Certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher and Certified Yoga Therapist. Jorge is a graduate of the Certificate Program in Mindfulness and Psychotherapy at IMP and has a research psychologist appointment at the Providence VA. Central to Jorge’s clinical work and teaching is helping individuals and groups practice being more compassionate toward themselves and others. He believes that we transform suffering by connecting heart, body, mind, and spirit. Jorge practices in the Plum Village tradition and is a member of the Order of Interbeing. In his free time, Jorge loves to cook, dance to the Afro-Cuban rhythms of salsa, build community, and spend time with family, friends, and his poodle, Tashi.

Susan Fairchild, MA, is psychotherapist in private practice in Boston, MA. In addition to private practice, Susan works at the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion at Cambridge Health Alliance teaching Mindful Self-Compassion and leading ad hoc retreats.  She is also an independent contractor at the Providence VA and Regional Ambassador for The Yellow Tulip Project (a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing stigma around mental health). For many years, she was on the staff at Worcester Polytechnic Institute where she created and taught a 7-week mindfulness curriculum, drop-in meditation and coordinated a mindful eating program. Susan completed the teacher training for Mindful Self Compassion through the UCSD Center for Mindfulness and is a graduate of the Certificate Program in Mindfulness and Psychotherapy.   She is a long-time meditator and practices in the Insight tradition.