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Introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
ABOUT THE CLASS: This free introductory class will provide an overview of the 8-Week MBSR course that starts on January 24. Participants will learn some of the principles of the course and be given a taste of the experiential nature of the course. ABOUT THE COURSE: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an eight week program, developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, that assists people who want to learn to use their own internal resources to respond more skillfully to stress, medical and psychological conditions, and promote healthy living. MBSR has been highly researched since its onset in 1979, and research strongly supports its effectiveness in improving difficulties in multiple areas of health and wellness. Some reasons people come to the group include: job, school or family stress; chronic pain; hypertension; attention deficits; enhancement of quality of life/happiness; mild or situational depression; gastrointestinal disorders; wellness and self-care; cancer; anxiety and panic; anger-management; life transitions; developing and deepening a meditation practice. Intentional, present –moment awareness, developed through mindfulness meditation practices, helps us experience whatever is happening in our life as it unfolds with curiosity, non-judging attention, and compassion for ourselves and others. Engaging with our life in this manner helps us to become more skillful and creative in our responses, while gaining insight into how to free ourselves from habitual patterns of reacting. This program can be a complement to current medical care, as well as promotion of health and well-being. Though based originally on Buddhist principles, this class is totally non-denominational and non-sectarian. DATES: Introductory Class: Thursday January 10, 7 - 8:30 PM 8-Week Course: Eight Thursdays, 7 - 9:30 PM January 24 - March 14, 2018 Daylong Retreat: Saturday, March 2, 9 AM - 3:30 PM [Note: Stan will be teaching MBSR in other locations January through March - Tuesday evenings in Olney, MD; Sunday afternoons in Columbia, MD For more information on these times and locations, contact Stan at [masked]] TEACHER: Stan Eisenstein, MSW Stan is the founder and teacher of the Columbia Insight Meditation Group (a weekly drop-in meditation/mindfulness community). He is also co-teacher for the Insight Meditation Community of Baltimore. Stan is a full teacher for the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW) and is a graduate of the two-year Meditation Teacher Training Institute, with senior teachers Tara Brach, Jonathan Foust, Hugh Byrne, and Pat Coffey. Stan is a mentor for the Power of Awareness meditation course, published by Sounds True with teachers Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield. Stan teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness for Teens, Inviting Chronic Pain and Illness to Tea, and Deepening MBSR courses. Stan also holds daylong workshops on Relationships, Heart Practices, Forgiveness, and Inquiry. Stan has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and is a retired high school physics teacher. WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE CLASS: Follow this link to see comments by participants in recent classes. LOCATION: Insight Meditation Community of Washington Center for Mindful Living 4708 Wisconsin Avenue, NW Washington, DC Near the Tenley Circle Metro Station COST & PAYMENT: Introductory Class fee is $10. Total cost of the 8-week Course: $550 Includes six CDs of meditations (also in mp3 format) and workbook. Some scholarship is available. For more information, contact Stan at [masked] REGISTRATION: Click Links below to Register Introductory Class on Thursday, January 10 8-Week Course starting January 24 NOTES: There is ample free parking on side streets. The center is within a short walking distance from the Tenley Metro Station. The class location is not handicap accessible. QUESTIONS: Please contact Stan with any questions at [masked] or call[masked]

Insight Meditation Community of Washington Center for Mindful Living

4708 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W. · Washington, DC


What we're about

We provide a variety of mindfulness meditation experiences (classes, workshops, retreats, mentoring, one-to-one teaching, and therapy), including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) 8-week classes.

"As long as you are breathing, there is more right with you than there is wrong with you, no matter how ill or hopeless you may feel." - Jon Kabat-Zinn

Our mission is to help you open up to all that you are and all that you can be through mindfulness meditation.

Mindfulness is "paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, without judgement" - Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mindfulness is a form of meditation that stems from Buddhism and is often referred to as Insight Meditation or Vipassina Meditation. Mindfulness meditation is not just practiced on the cushion, through sitting meditation, but it is incorporated in all that we do in our daily lives, moment by moment. In mindfulness we learn to clear our minds, open our hearts, and live life fully through our bodies. Through this process we open up to a greater sense of wholeness and wellbeing within ourselves and a vast connectedness with others and the world. As we build the muscles of mindfulness meditation, we live more fully in the present moment and experience life from a greater stillness, which aids us in relating to both ourselves and others with increased clarity, compassion, calmness and creativity, and less fear, anxiety, and stress. Thirty years of research has indicated that mindfulness meditation is associated with significant decreases in stress, pain, physical and emotional distress (including depression, anxiety, grief and loss), and improvements in sleep, energy, health outcomes, and quality of life.



Hello! I have had a regular personal meditation practice for 17 years and extensive training in Mindfulness Meditation, including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Mindful Eating Conscious Living (MECL), Mindful-Self Compassion (MSC), and mindfulness in chronic illness, in death and dying, in managing anger, and more. I am a graduate of a two-year meditation teacher training program through the Meditation Teachers Training Institute (MTTI) with teachers Tara Brach, Jonathan Foust, Hugh Byrne, and Pat Coffey. I am an Affiliate Teacher of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW), founded by Tara Brach, and have been highly involved with this community for many years. I am also a mentor or Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield's online Power of Awareness course.
For over 10 years, I have been incorporating mindfulness in my private practice work as a board certified Clinical Nurse Specialist and psychotherapist. I have over 30 years experience in health and wellness and a specialty in mood and anxiety disorders. I have training in Somatic Experiencing (SE), in Cognitive Therapy through the Beck Institute of Cognitive Therapy, in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) through the EMDR Institute, and have incorporated a variety of theoretical frameworks in my work. I have worked with people of all ages with a wide range of mental and physical conditions and life circumstances.


I have been meditating for over 25 years and have been practicing Mindfulness Meditation for over nine years, including numerous 7 day silent meditation retreats. I have trained in MBSR with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli, as well as with Nancy Brutsche. I have taught both MBSR and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) with Nancy. I am a graduate of a two-year training through the Meditation Teachers Training Institute (MTTI), with teachers Tara Brach, Jonathan Foust, Hugh Byrne, and Pat Coffey. I am involved with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW), and I am currently teaching an open, weekly, Mindfulness Meditation class in Columbia, MD for more than 25 students a week. You can check out this weekly class and my teachings by following this link: I have taught physics to high school students for 30 years and have a Masters degree in Social Work.

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