What we're about

WHAT WE DO:
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:
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.

TEACHERS:

NANCY BRUTSCHÉ, MSN, RN, PMHCNS-BC

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.

STAN EISENSTEIN, MSW

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: http://www.meetup.com/Columbia-Insight-Medi... I have taught physics to high school students for 30 years and have a Masters degree in Social Work.

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Silent Weekend Retreat: Cultivating Mindful Presence in Daily Life

Wellspring Conference Center

REGISTRATION through IMCW: https://imcw.org/Calendar/Event-Calendar/EventId/3752/e/cultivating-mindful-presence-weekend-4-sep-2020 ABOUT THE RETREAT: One of the challenges we face as meditators is how we bring the fruits of our meditation and mindfulness practice into our daily lives. How do we cultivate mindfulness at home and in our significant relationships? How do we cultivate equanimity and wisdom in the workplace? How do we engage in wise action in the world? In this retreat, we will focus on cultivating a deeper experience of mindfulness. Then we will practice contemplation of engaging that mindfulness more fully in our lived experience. Through dharma talks, guided meditations, and group meetings with the teacher, a number of practices and principles related to mindful living will be discussed and explored. TEACHERS: STAN EISENSTEIN and STIG REGLI STAN EISENSTEIN is a teacher for the Insight Meditation Community of Washington. He is a mentor for several international online courses taught by Tara Brach, including "Conscious Loving: Pathways for Awakening our Heart", "Awakening Your Fearless Heart", "Power of Awareness" and "Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program". He teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction courses, as well as a variety of workshops, including "Forgiveness", "Inquiry", and "Cultivating the Heart". STIG REGLI has practiced Vipassana meditation since 1984 and facilitated sitting groups and classes since 1997. He was introduced to the practice in Thailand in accordance with the teachings of the Burmese Mahasi Sayadaw tradition. He has been guided by numerous Asian and North American teachers with his primary teacher being Tara Brach. Stig has been a past Board Member and Vice President for IMCW. In 2008 he completed the three-year Community Dharma Leadership program sponsored by the Spirit Rock Meditation Center. COMMENTS from past retreats: Really appreciated Stan and the care and thoughtfulness he brought to the talks and to the group session. I am very grateful for his presence here. Teachings were well-articulated, challenging and sophisticated. Teachers were open, caring. ACCOMMODATIONS: Wellspring Retreat Center: The retreat center is nestled in many acres of wooded land in a secluded area of Montgomery County, MD. The property includes a number of trails, a lake, and a labyrinth. The retreat size is limited to 36 participants to foster an intimate experience. All meals are vegetarian starting with dinner on Friday and ending with dinner on Sunday. If you have special dietary needs (e.g. gluten-free, vegan), please include this in your registration notes. Most rooms are double-occupancy, with a limited single room availability. Camping is also available. If you have special room needs, please contact the retreat manager. REGISTRATION through IMCW: https://imcw.org/Calendar/Event-Calendar/EventId/3752/e/cultivating-mindful-presence-weekend-4-sep-2020 QUESTIONS: Retreat Manager Beth at [masked]

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