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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Nancy is a board certified Clinical Nurse Specialist and psychotherapist with 30 years experience in health and wellness and a specialty in mood and anxiety disorders. She 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. Nancy has worked with people with a variety of mental and physical conditions and of all ages. She has 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. Nancy is 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. She has been incorporating mindfulness in my work for over eight years.

STAN EISENSTEIN, MSW

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Stan is a full teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW). He 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 also teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and other mindfulness-based courses. He is a mentor for several online courses taught by Tara Brach, and is a meditation leader for Telesangha. He also works with individuals in instruction on using meditation and mindfulness to bring a greater sense of peace and freedom in daily life. Stan is a former high school physics teacher (32 years) who has been meditating for 30 years and has been practicing Insight Meditation since 2004. Stan earned a Masters of Social Work in 1998. You can check out this weekly class and his teachings by following this link: http://www.meetup.com/Columbia-Insight-Medi ... ( http://www.meetup.com/Columbia-Insight-Meditation-Group/ )

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Upcoming events (4)

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

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center

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: Tuesday January 15, 7 - 8:30 PM 8-Week Course: Eight Tuesdays 7 - 9:30 PM January 22 - March 19, 2018 (no class on February 12) Daylong Retreat: Saturday, March 9, 9:00 - 3:30 AM [Note: Stan will be teaching MBSR in other locations in January and February - Sunday afternoons in Columbia, 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 Free Introduction: https://www.medstarhealth.org/mhs/event/mindfulness-based-stress-reduction-introductory-class-at-medstar-montgomery-2/ 8-Week Course: https://www.medstarhealth.org/mhs/event/mindfulness-based-stress-reduction-eight-week-course-at-medstar-montgomery-medical-center-2/ NOTES: There is ample free parking. The facility is handicap accessible. QUESTIONS: Please contact Stan with any questions at [masked] or call[masked]

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 8-Week Course

Insight Meditation Community of Washington Center for Mindful Living

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 teacher Tara Brach and others. 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. http://mindfulresources.net/testimonials.html 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 https://imcw.org/Calendar/Event-Calendar/EventId/3450/e/intro-to-mindfulness-based-stress-reduction-mbsr-10-jan-2019 8-Week Course starting January 24 https://imcw.org/Calendar/Event-Calendar/EventId/3451/e/class-series-mindfulness-based-stress-reduction-mbsr-24-jan-2019 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]

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.

Silent Weekend Retreat: Inquiry and Insight

Wellspring Conference Center

TEACHER: Stan Eisenstein ABOUT THE RETREAT: Insight may be described as any shift in consciousness that brings a decrease in our sense of suffering, stress, fear or dis-ease. Inquiry, or the Wisdom Factor as the Buddha referred to it, is the process through which Insight becomes more likely. The Buddha likened Wisdom to a sword that cuts through the knot of delusion, bringing Insight and a greater sense of freedom. In this retreat, we will focus on perspectives and practices that enhance the process of inquiry. Through dharma talks, guided meditations, and group meetings with the teacher, a number of principles of inquiry will be discussed and practiced. COMMENTS from the September retreat: 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 CenterThe 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. If you have special room needs, please contact the retreat manager. REGISTRATION through IMCW: https://imcw.org/Calendar/Event-Calendar/EventId/3470/e/inquiry-and-insight-the-wisdom-factor-weekend-15-feb-2019 QUESTIONS: Retreat Manager Linda at [masked]

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Free Intro to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center

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