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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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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