What we're about
What we do: We are a community that offers instruction related to mindfulness meditation, including classes, day long workshops, extended courses (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) and occasional weekend retreats. Instructions are designed for both beginners and experienced practitioners.
Most classes and workshops are free for all participants. Although a donation amount is suggested, donations are not required for participation. The MBSR courses are not free, but some scholarship is available. While the forms of meditation we practice are rooted in Buddhist teachings, the study and practice of mindfulness and insight meditation is applicable to anyone from any background or religion, and all are welcome.
We are affiliated with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW) and the teaching of Tara Brach, Jonathan Foust and Hugh Byrne.
Each class will include: guided meditation, instruction, opportunities to practice, and time for discussion, questions and answers.
When and where: Our ongoing drop-in class meets every Tuesday from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Baltimore Yoga Village in the Mt. Washington area of Baltimore. Please arrive early to settle into your seats - we start right at 7:00 p.m. If you arrive late, please enter as quietly as possible.
Other classes, workshops and courses are provided on an occasional basis. Typically we hold an Introduction to Insight Meditation series, an 8-Week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses, and occasional daylong and weekend workshops and retreats. To access our schedule, please follow this link:
We practice Insight Meditation, a style of meditation that helps the mind attain deeper levels of calm concentration through sustained attention on the breath, then combines this with the crucial aspect of insight through contemplation of the mind and body and all of their changing and impermanent senses, emotions and thoughts. Insight Meditation trains us to live more fully in the present moment, enables us to experience life from a greater stillness, and aids us in relating to both ourselves and others with increased clarity, compassion, calmness and creativity, and less fear, anxiety and stress.
Along with these and a long list of other psychological benefits, meditation has also been shown to reduce stress hormones in the body, lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety, alleviate depression and boost the immune system.
What we offer: Our ongoing drop-in Tuesday evening classes generally consist of one or two half hour semi-guided meditations, mindful movement, a talk on Buddhist principles and their application to daily life, followed by discussion and/or practice.
We offer workshops (typically day long) to help deepen practice. Some of our workshop topics are: Deepening Insight, a Daylong Silent Workshop; Insight Out Loud (working with partners to deepen insight); A Day of Heart Practices; Deepening Presence; and a Relationship Workshop.
Our 8-Week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses help students initiate and develop an ongoing daily mindfulness meditation practice. These 8-week courses are designed to help students develop strategies to reduce stress and to relate to their day-to-day experiences in a more calm and creative manner.
We also sponsor Kalyani-Mitta (KM) groups. These are groups that meet outside the normal class hours to discuss Buddhist principles more in depth and to share about how these ideas apply to their personal lives. These groups also help foster deeper connection to other members of the community (sangha).
Stan Eisenstein, MSW, is a former high school physics teacher who has been meditating for 30 years and has been practicing Insight Meditation since 2004. Stan is a affiliate teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW) and is a graduate of the Meditation Teacher Training Institute, a two-year certification program with senior Insight teachers Tara Brach, Jonathan Foust, Hugh Byrne, and Pat Coffey. Stan is the founder and teacher of the Columbia Insight Meditation Group (see link below). He also teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). Stan is a mentor for the Power of Awareness meditation training program with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield. Stan earned a Masters of Social Work in 1998.
http://www.meetup.com/Mindful-Resources-Columbia/ (http://www.meetup.com/Mindful-Resources-Columbia/)[for Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction]
“Mira” Mary E.Tessman, MA, LCPC is an experienced vipassana meditation and hatha yoga teacher and a mindfulness-based clinical psychotherapist in private practice for over 20 years. She has been a sangha teacher at Baltimore Yoga Village through the Insight Meditation Community of Washington for the past few years. She is currently in the first “SHINE” teacher training program through the Center for Mindful Awareness, which brings meditation practices to underserved populations. Mira is also currently in a certification program through the Center for Mind Body Medicine which incorporates mindfulness meditation practices into a psycho-education group. She completed a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training through the Center for Mindfulness in 2012. In 1998, she completed a two-year certification program in Samyama Healing Meditation through the School for Women Healers. She has attended numerous retreats with leading meditation teachers from around the U.S. Mira offers private meditation instruction and an eight-week mindfulness meditation course to several organizations in the Baltimore area.
Mira has been facilitating contemplative and expressive arts, and spiritual growth workshops, classes, and retreats since 1994. She supervises Master’s level psychology students and has also been an adjunct professor at CCBC’s psychology department. She was co-founder and co-director of the Heart’s Journey Wellness Center in Towson for five years. Mira views her daily contemplative practices as the most potent and essential supports for helping her evolve and awaken. Mira loves to teach, learn, and travel and is leading a meditation retreat to Bali in spring 2016. Visit her at:
Questions: Please feel free to contact Stan Eisenstein at IMCWColumbia @yahoo.com if you have any questions.