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:

http://www.meetup.com/Insight-Meditation-Community-of-Bal...

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).

Teachers:

Trish Magyari, MS, LCPC, RTY-200 began studying meditation and yoga while in college during in the 70's. She has practiced Insight Meditation since the mid-90's and with IMCW and Tara Brach since 2000. Trish joined the teacher's council in 2005 when she founded the weekly IMCW Baltimore class. Trish completed her Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher training with Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1999, and is a Certified MBSR teacher as well as a trainer/mentor with the UCSD Mindfulness-based Professional Training Institute (www.mbpti.org). She is also a Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) teacher and licensed mindfulness- and compassion-based psychotherapist, working especially with those in chronic pain, medical conditions, and traumatic stress. She has written two professional book chapters on teaching "Trauma-informed" and "Trauma-focused" mindfulness meditation, classes and retreats, and offers workshops on this topic nationally. See http://www.trishmagyari.com/ for more info.

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 full 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), Deepening Practice Courses, Inviting Chronic Pain to Tea, and numerous retreats and workshops. 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/Columbia-Insight-Meditation-Group/

http://mindfulresources.net/index.html (for complete course offerings)

“Mira” Mary E. Tessman, MA, LCPC is an experienced mindfulness meditation and hatha yoga teacher and a mindfulness-based clinical psychotherapist in private practice. She has been a sangha teacher at BYV through IMCW for the past few years. Currently Mira is in two mindfulness meditation teacher training programs, through the Center for Mindful Awareness and the Center for Mind Body Medicine. She completed a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training through the Center for Mindfulness in 2012. She views her daily contemplative practices as the most essential supports in her life. Mira loves to teach, learn, and travel and led a meditation retreat to Bali in spring 2018.

Visit her at:

http://www.wellspringhealingarts.org/main.htm
http://www.heartsjourneyyoga.com

Questions: Please feel free to contact Stan Eisenstein at IMCWColumbia @yahoo.com if you have any questions.

Upcoming events (5+)

Insight Meditation Class

Baltimore Yoga Village - Mt. Washington

What: This is an open ongoing mindfulness meditation group for both beginners and experienced practitioners. 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. These teachings are available to all. Although a $10 donation is suggested, donations are not required for attendance. Each class will include: guided meditation, instruction, opportunities to practice, and time for discussion, questions and answers. When and where: We meet every Tuesday from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Baltimore Yoga Village in the Mount Washington area of Baltimore. Please arrive early to settle into your seats - we start right at 7:00 p.m. 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. Teaching Schedule: 1/15 Mira 1/22 Mira 1/29 Mira 2/5 Trish 2/12 Mira 2/19 Trish 2/26 Mira 3/5 Trish 3/12 Mira 3/19 Guest 3/26 Stan 4/2 Trish 4/9 Mira 4/16 Stan 4/23 Trish 4/30 Mira 5/7 Stan 5/14 Trish 5/21 Mira 5/28 Stan Teachers: Trish Magyari, MS, LCPC, RTY-200 began studying meditation and yoga while in college during in the 70's. She has practiced Insight Meditation since the mid-90's and with IMCW and Tara Brach since 2000. Trish joined the teacher's council in 2005 when she founded the weekly IMCW Baltimore class. Trish completed her Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher training with Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1999, and is a Certified MBSR teacher as well as a trainer/mentor with the UCSD Mindfulness-based Professional Training Institute (www.mbpti.org). She is also a Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) teacher and licensed mindfulness- and compassion-based psychotherapist, working especially with those in chronic pain, medical conditions, and traumatic stress. She has written two professional book chapters on teaching "Trauma-informed" and "Trauma-focused" mindfulness meditation, classes and retreats, and offers workshops on this topic nationally. See http://www.trishmagyari.com/ for more info. Stan Eisenstein is a full teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW). Stan is the founder and teacher of the Columbia Insight Meditation Group. He also teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Deepening Practice for MBSR Grads, and Inviting Chronic Pain and Illness to Tea courses. Stan is a mentor for various online meditation training programs with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield. He is a daily meditation instructor through Telesangha. Stan earned a Masters of Social Work in 1998. See http://mindfulresources.net for more info. “Mira” Mary E.Tessman, MA, LCPC, C-IAYT is an experienced vipassana meditation teacher, yoga therapist & teacher, and a mindfulness-based clinical psychotherapist in private practice for over 20 years. She has completed several certification trainings including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through the Center for Mindfulness, meditation practices for underserved populations through the Center for Mindful Awareness, and is certified through the Center for Mind Body Medicine which brings mindfulness meditation practices into hospitals, schools, & non-profits. Mira also teaches “Mindful Awareness Practices” in a cancer research studio at Johns Hopkins Hospital. In 1998, she became a certified “Samyama Meditation Healing” practitioner and uses this modality in her psychotherapy practice for traumatic-stress, anxiety, & depression. She supervises Master’s level psychology students and has also been an adjunct professor at CCBC’s psychology department and co-founder/co-director of the Heart’s Journey Wellness Center. Mira has been facilitating contemplative and expressive arts, and spiritual growth workshops, classes, and retreats since 1994. http://www.wellspringhealingarts.org/main.htm http://www.heartsjourneyyoga.com

Deepening Practice for MBSR Grads (or equivalent) 8-Week Course

This course is designed for graduates of MBSR (or those with significant mindfulness training) to refresh and expand skills and deepen practice. Focus of the Course: o Deepen or cultivate a regular meditation practice o Explore the power of heart-opening practices o Build greater trust in the wisdom of the body o Untangle from habitual thought patterns and behaviors that cause suffering o Develop communication skills and foster community o Bring mindfulness more fully into daily life for greater ease DATES: 8 Sundays, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, (no class 2/17), 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, (no class 3/17), 3/24, 3/31 Retreat on Saturday 3/16, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. LOCATION: The Nora School, 955 Sligo Avenue, Silver Spring, MD. Approx. 3 miles south of the Beltway (I-495) in downtown Silver Spring. Walking distance from the Silver Spring Metro. Public parking garage next door. TEACHER: Stan Eisenstein, MSW Stan is a full teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington. He is the founder and teacher of the Columbia Insight Meditation Group and co-teacher for Insight Meditation Community of Baltimore. Stan is a mentor for the Power of Awareness, Conscious Loving, and Awakening Your Fearless Heart online courses with guiding teacher Tara Brach. Stan teaches MBSR and Inviting Chronic Pain and Illness to Tea courses. He leads daylong workshops on Heart Practices, Forgiveness, Embodiment, and Inquiry. Stan guides daily meditations for Telesangha. Stan is trained in MBSR and is a graduate of the Meditation Teacher Training Institute. TUITION: $550 for 8 weeks of classes, full day retreat, extensive course manual and 3 CDs of guided meditations (also in mp3 format) Some scholarship is available. Contact Stan at [masked] REGISTRATION: https://imcw.org/Calendar/Event-Calendar/EventId/3452/e/deepening-practice-for-mbsr-grads-27-jan-2019 QUESTIONS: Contact Stan at [masked] or[masked] COMMENTS from former students: One of the things I take away is the cultivation of space to feel and connect to my body through difficult emotions and uncertainty. I feel like I have gained access to a core, central voice of wisdom that is just waiting for me to access at any moment. Raisa G. I have become more sensitive to taking another person’s perspective and also to considering their possible intentions. I have noticed that after meditating I am more calm and even-keeled, positive, strong, optimistic. I feel like I ruminate far less than before on emotionally-laden events. Arlene G. This class helped me to develop goals (in a non-striving way) for my practice – to see it as a discipline. I liked the toolkit of practice approaches. Awo A.

Insight Meditation Class

Baltimore Yoga Village - Mt. Washington

What: This is an open ongoing mindfulness meditation group for both beginners and experienced practitioners. 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. These teachings are available to all. Although a $10 donation is suggested, donations are not required for attendance. Each class will include: guided meditation, instruction, opportunities to practice, and time for discussion, questions and answers. When and where: We meet every Tuesday from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Baltimore Yoga Village in the Mount Washington area of Baltimore. Please arrive early to settle into your seats - we start right at 7:00 p.m. 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. Teaching Schedule: 1/15 Mira 1/22 Mira 1/29 Mira 2/5 Trish 2/12 Mira 2/19 Trish 2/26 Mira 3/5 Trish 3/12 Mira 3/19 Guest 3/26 Stan 4/2 Trish 4/9 Mira 4/16 Stan 4/23 Trish 4/30 Mira 5/7 Stan 5/14 Trish 5/21 Mira 5/28 Stan Teachers: Trish Magyari, MS, LCPC, RTY-200 began studying meditation and yoga while in college during in the 70's. She has practiced Insight Meditation since the mid-90's and with IMCW and Tara Brach since 2000. Trish joined the teacher's council in 2005 when she founded the weekly IMCW Baltimore class. Trish completed her Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher training with Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1999, and is a Certified MBSR teacher as well as a trainer/mentor with the UCSD Mindfulness-based Professional Training Institute (www.mbpti.org). She is also a Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) teacher and licensed mindfulness- and compassion-based psychotherapist, working especially with those in chronic pain, medical conditions, and traumatic stress. She has written two professional book chapters on teaching "Trauma-informed" and "Trauma-focused" mindfulness meditation, classes and retreats, and offers workshops on this topic nationally. See http://www.trishmagyari.com/ for more info. Stan Eisenstein is a full teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW). Stan is the founder and teacher of the Columbia Insight Meditation Group. He also teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Deepening Practice for MBSR Grads, and Inviting Chronic Pain and Illness to Tea courses. Stan is a mentor for various online meditation training programs with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield. He is a daily meditation instructor through Telesangha. Stan earned a Masters of Social Work in 1998. See http://mindfulresources.net for more info. “Mira” Mary E.Tessman, MA, LCPC, C-IAYT is an experienced vipassana meditation teacher, yoga therapist & teacher, and a mindfulness-based clinical psychotherapist in private practice for over 20 years. She has completed several certification trainings including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through the Center for Mindfulness, meditation practices for underserved populations through the Center for Mindful Awareness, and is certified through the Center for Mind Body Medicine which brings mindfulness meditation practices into hospitals, schools, & non-profits. Mira also teaches “Mindful Awareness Practices” in a cancer research studio at Johns Hopkins Hospital. In 1998, she became a certified “Samyama Meditation Healing” practitioner and uses this modality in her psychotherapy practice for traumatic-stress, anxiety, & depression. She supervises Master’s level psychology students and has also been an adjunct professor at CCBC’s psychology department and co-founder/co-director of the Heart’s Journey Wellness Center. Mira has been facilitating contemplative and expressive arts, and spiritual growth workshops, classes, and retreats since 1994. http://www.wellspringhealingarts.org/main.htm http://www.heartsjourneyyoga.com

Insight Meditation Class

Baltimore Yoga Village - Mt. Washington

What: This is an open ongoing mindfulness meditation group for both beginners and experienced practitioners. 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. These teachings are available to all. Although a $10 donation is suggested, donations are not required for attendance. Each class will include: guided meditation, instruction, opportunities to practice, and time for discussion, questions and answers. When and where: We meet every Tuesday from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Baltimore Yoga Village in the Mount Washington area of Baltimore. Please arrive early to settle into your seats - we start right at 7:00 p.m. 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. Teaching Schedule: 1/15 Mira 1/22 Mira 1/29 Mira 2/5 Trish 2/12 Mira 2/19 Trish 2/26 Mira 3/5 Trish 3/12 Mira 3/19 Guest 3/26 Stan 4/2 Trish 4/9 Mira 4/16 Stan 4/23 Trish 4/30 Mira 5/7 Stan 5/14 Trish 5/21 Mira 5/28 Stan Teachers: Trish Magyari, MS, LCPC, RTY-200 began studying meditation and yoga while in college during in the 70's. She has practiced Insight Meditation since the mid-90's and with IMCW and Tara Brach since 2000. Trish joined the teacher's council in 2005 when she founded the weekly IMCW Baltimore class. Trish completed her Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher training with Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1999, and is a Certified MBSR teacher as well as a trainer/mentor with the UCSD Mindfulness-based Professional Training Institute (www.mbpti.org). She is also a Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) teacher and licensed mindfulness- and compassion-based psychotherapist, working especially with those in chronic pain, medical conditions, and traumatic stress. She has written two professional book chapters on teaching "Trauma-informed" and "Trauma-focused" mindfulness meditation, classes and retreats, and offers workshops on this topic nationally. See http://www.trishmagyari.com/ for more info. Stan Eisenstein is a full teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW). Stan is the founder and teacher of the Columbia Insight Meditation Group. He also teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Deepening Practice for MBSR Grads, and Inviting Chronic Pain and Illness to Tea courses. Stan is a mentor for various online meditation training programs with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield. He is a daily meditation instructor through Telesangha. Stan earned a Masters of Social Work in 1998. See http://mindfulresources.net for more info. “Mira” Mary E.Tessman, MA, LCPC, C-IAYT is an experienced vipassana meditation teacher, yoga therapist & teacher, and a mindfulness-based clinical psychotherapist in private practice for over 20 years. She has completed several certification trainings including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through the Center for Mindfulness, meditation practices for underserved populations through the Center for Mindful Awareness, and is certified through the Center for Mind Body Medicine which brings mindfulness meditation practices into hospitals, schools, & non-profits. Mira also teaches “Mindful Awareness Practices” in a cancer research studio at Johns Hopkins Hospital. In 1998, she became a certified “Samyama Meditation Healing” practitioner and uses this modality in her psychotherapy practice for traumatic-stress, anxiety, & depression. She supervises Master’s level psychology students and has also been an adjunct professor at CCBC’s psychology department and co-founder/co-director of the Heart’s Journey Wellness Center. Mira has been facilitating contemplative and expressive arts, and spiritual growth workshops, classes, and retreats since 1994. http://www.wellspringhealingarts.org/main.htm http://www.heartsjourneyyoga.com

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