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.




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.



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: https://www.meetup.com/Columbia-Insight-Medi... (https://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 (1)

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 8-Week Course: ONLINE

Zoom Video Conference

NOTE: To participate, you must register at the links below. RSVP at this meetup is not sufficient.

Free Intro Class on January 10: https://events.imcw.org/event/?eventId=919

Eight Week Course starting January 24: https://events.imcw.org/event/?eventId=920

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 (all times Eastern Time):
Free Introductory Class: Monday, January 10, 6:30 - 8 PM
8-Week Course: Eight Mondays, January 24 - March 14, 6:30 - 9 PM
Daylong Retreat: Saturday, March 6, 10 AM - 4:30 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). 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 and for the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program, both 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.

Follow this link to see comments by participants in recent classes. https://www.staneisenstein.com/mindfulness-based-stress-reduction

The Course will be held Online. Zoom links will be sent to registrants about a week before the course begins

Introductory Class: Free

Total cost of the 8-week Course: $550
Includes 18 guided meditations in mp3 format and an online workbook.

Some SCHOLARSHIP is available. For more information, contact Stan at https://www.staneisenstein.com/contact

Free Intro Class on January 10: https://events.imcw.org/event/?eventId=919

Eight Week Course starting January 24: https://events.imcw.org/event/?eventId=920

Contact Stan at https://www.staneisenstein.com/contact

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Weekend Retreat: Winter Renewal and Reflection

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