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

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I am a board certified Clinical Nurse Specialist and psychotherapist with 30 years experience in health and wellness and a specialty in mood and anxiety disorders. I was trained in Cognitive Therapy through the Beck Institute of Cognitive Therapy, in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) through the EMDR Institute, and have incorporated various theoretical frameworks in my work. I have worked with people with a variety of mental and physical conditions and of all ages. I have had a regular personal meditation practice for over 12 years and extensive training in Mindfulness Meditation, including MBSR, MBCT, Mindful Eating Conscious Living (MECL), and mindfulness in chronic illness, in death and dying, in managing anger, and more. I am a graduate of a two-year program through the Meditation Teachers Training Institute (MTTI) with teachers Tara Brach, Jonathan Foust, Hugh Byrne, and Pat Coffey. I have been incorporating mindfulness in my work for over eight years.

STAN EISENSTEIN, MSW

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

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Upcoming events (5+)

Silent Weekend Retreat: Cultivating the Heart

Wellspring Conference Center

REGISTRATION through IMCW: https://imcw.org/Calendar/Event-Calendar/EventId/3511/e/cultivating-the-heart-weekend-24-may-2019 TEACHERS: Stan Eisenstein and Jennifer Stanley ABOUT THE RETREAT: The Buddha counseled some very scared monks to counteract their fear by cultivating profound and boundless kindness for all. “Just as a mother would protect her only child with her life, even so let one cultivate a boundless love toward all beings.” The Buddha described the states of loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity as the dwelling places of Awakened beings. Cultivating opening our hearts toward ourselves and all others helps us to become freer of the imprisoning ego-self. In this retreat, we will practice opening our hearts to ourselves, to our loved ones, to those we barely notice, to those who push our buttons, and ultimately to all beings. Through dharma talks, guided meditations, silent meditations, and group meetings with the teachers, a number of principles regarding opening the heart will be discussed and practiced. 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/3511/e/cultivating-the-heart-weekend-24-may-2019 QUESTIONS: Retreat Manager Amy at [masked]

Free Intro to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Baltimore Yoga Village - Mt. Washington

REGISTRATION: Intro Class: No registration required Eight Week Course: https://www.baltimoreyogavillage.com/classes/specialty-courses/ (search instructor - Stan Eisenstein) ABOUT THIS CLASS: This special introductory class is being offered for anyone interested in learning more about the upcoming 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction workshops. Our next 8-week MBSR course begins on June 30. In this introductory class you will learn about some of the principles of mindfulness, explore how mindfulness might assist in stress reduction, and practice both formal and informal mindfulness meditation. 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. DATES: Free Introductory Class: Sunday, June 16, 3:30 - 5:00 PM 8-Week Course: Eight Sundays 3:30 - 6:00 PM June 30 - August 25, 2019 Daylong Retreat: Sunday, August 11, 12:15 PM - 6:15 PM TEACHER: Stan Eisenstein, MSW Stan is the founder and teacher of the Columbia Insight Meditation Group (a weekly drop-in meditation and mindfulness community). He is also co-teacher for the Insight Meditation Community of Baltimore. Stan is a teacher for the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW) with senior teacher Tara Brach. 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, Meeting Chronic Pain and Illness, and Deepening MBSR courses. Stan also holds daylong workshops on Relationships, Heart Practices, Forgiveness, and Working with Strong Emotions. Stan has a Master’s Degree in Social Work. WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE CLASS: Follow this link to see comments by participants in recent classes. http://mindfulresources.net/testimonials.html LOCATION: Baltimore Yoga Village, 6080 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD Plenty of Free Parking COST & PAYMENT: Introductory Class: Free 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: Intro Class: No registration required Eight Week Course: https://www.baltimoreyogavillage.com/classes/specialty-courses/ (search instructor - Stan Eisenstein) NOTES: There is ample free parking. The venue is handicap accessible. QUESTIONS: Please contact Stan with any questions at [masked] or call[masked]

Free Intro to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center

REGISTRATION: Registration through MedStar https://www.medstarmontgomery.org/our-services/integrative-medicine/classes/ ABOUT THE CLASS: This free introductory class will provide an overview of the 8-Week MBSR course that starts on July 3. 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. DATES: Free Introductory Class: Wednesday June 19, 7 - 8:30 PM 8-Week Course: Eight Wednesdays 7 - 9:30 PM July 3 - August 21, 2019 Daylong Retreat: Saturday, August 10, 9:00 - 3:30 AM [Note: Stan will be teaching MBSR in other locations in July and August - Sunday afternoons in Baltimore, MD Thursday evenings in Washington, DC 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 and 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 student of Tara Brach. Stan is a mentor for the internationally recognized 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 Working with Strong Emotions. Stan has a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Stan retired from a 32-year career teaching Physics in the Howard County Schools. WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE CLASS: Follow this link to see comments by participants in recent classes. http://mindfulresources.net/testimonials.html LOCATION: MedStar Montgomery Medical Center 18101 Prince Phillip Drive, Olney, MD Plenty of Free Parking. COST & PAYMENT: Introductory Class is Free. 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: Registration through MedStar https://www.medstarmontgomery.org/our-services/integrative-medicine/classes/ NOTES: There is ample free parking. The facility is handicap accessible. QUESTIONS: Please contact Stan with any questions at [masked] or call[masked]

Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

IMCW Center for Mindful Living

ABOUT THE CLASS: This free introductory class will provide an overview of the 8-Week MBSR course that starts on July 11. 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. DATES: Introductory Class: Thursday June 20, 7 - 8:30 PM 8-Week Course: Eight Thursdays 7 - 9:30 PM July 11 - August 29, 2019 Daylong Retreat: Saturday, August 17, 1:00 - 7:30 PM TEACHER: Stan Eisenstein, MSW Stan is the founder and teacher of the Columbia Insight Meditation Group (a weekly drop-in meditation and mindfulness community). He is also co-teacher for the Insight Meditation Community of Baltimore. Stan is also a full teacher for the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW), with lead teacher Tara Brach. 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), Inviting Chronic Pain and Illness to Tea, and Deepening MBSR courses. Stan also holds daylong workshops on Relationships, Heart Practices, Forgiveness, and Working with Strong Emotions. Stan has a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Stan retired from a 32-year career teaching Physics in the Howard County Schools. WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE CLASS: Follow this link to see comments by participants in recent classes. http://mindfulresources.net/testimonials.html LOCATION: IMCW Center for Mindful Living, 4708 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC The center is located just north of Tenley Circle, two blocks north of the Metro Station. Free parking is available on side streets. COST & PAYMENT: Introductory Class: $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: Registration through Insight Meditation Community of Washington Introduction: https://imcw.org/Calendar/Event-Calendar/EventId/3523/e/introduction-to-mindfulness-based-stress-reduction-mbsr-20-jun-2019 8-Week Course: https://imcw.org/Calendar/Event-Calendar/EventId/3524/e/class-series-mindfulness-based-stress-reduction-mbsr-11-jul-2019 QUESTIONS: Please contact Stan with any questions at [masked] or call[masked]

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Silent Weekend Retreat: Inquiry and Insight

Wellspring Conference Center

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