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Mindful Shenandoah Valley (www.mindfulvalley.com), led by Insight Meditation teacher Shell Fischer, offers various classes and workshops, as well as daylong and residential retreats in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area to help you discover the amazing and healing benefits of mindfulness practice.

ABOUT THE TEACHER: Shell Fischer, founder and guiding teacher, offers 30+ years of extensive mindfulness practice and study. She is a Buddhist teacher, trained in the Tibetan Vajrayana tradition at Naropa University – the nation’s leading contemplative university – and in the Theravadan Vipassana (Insight) tradition by Dr. Tara Brach – one of the world’s foremost Insight teachers. She is a graduate of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher-training program led by Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of MBSR and the Stress Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Prior to teaching, Shell wrote about mindfulness and yoga for national magazines.

While offering the teachings of Insight Meditation, Shell places great emphasis on the metta (loving-kindness) practices. Her hope is to guide you in nurturing even more kindness and compassion for yourself, others, and for all the situations you find yourself in throughout your life, through the heart-teachings and practices of mindfulness meditation.

Shell warmly welcomes the inclusion and participation of people of diverse identities, including those of all races, ethnicities, cultures, sexual orientations, gender identities, classes, religions, abilities, and ages … with the aspiration that all feel welcome, safe, and respected as we practice together in community.

Please visit www.mindfulvalley.com for more information about classes, workshops, and retreats, or email Shell directly at retreats@mindfulvalley.com.

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9-Week Meditation Workshop: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

MBSR is an intensive and personal mindfulness training course, modeled after the classes offered at the Stress Reduction Clinic developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.

This 43-year-old program is highly respected in the medical community, and is offered in more than 800 hospitals worldwide. It has been featured on PBS in Bill Moyers’ documentary, Healing and the Mind (seen by more than 40 million people), The Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC’s Dateline, ABC’s Evening News and Chronicle programs, and hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles. (*In January 2015 it was featured in a full segment of 60 Minutes.)

It’s one of the best ways to not only learn meditation from the ground up, but to establish a lifelong daily practice. (It’s also a wonderful way for long-time practitioners to deepen their understanding and commitment to their practice!)

Along with mindful dialogue/communication, mindful eating exercises, and a wide range of mindfulness techniques – including sitting and walking meditations, gentle yoga, and relaxing body scans (each of which can be modified to suit different body types and conditions), you are provided with a deep, experiential, integrated learning about the many and varied ways in which you can harness the power of your mind and body to reduce pain, stress, and illness, establish your own unique daily practice, and create more joy and ease in your life.

This life-affirming, challenging program requires that you make an ongoing commitment to yourself and your health by attending eight 2.5 hour sessions, plus a half-day retreat, and practicing daily home assignments for 45-60 minutes a day.

THE TEACHER: Shell Fischer, founder and guiding teacher of Mindful Shenandoah (www.mindfulvalley.com) offers more than 30 years of extensive mindfulness practice and study. She is a Buddhist teacher, trained in the Tibetan Vajrayana tradition at Naropa University – the nation’s leading contemplative university – and in the Theravadan Vipassana (Insight) tradition by Dr. Tara Brach – one of the world’s foremost Insight teachers. She is a graduate of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher-training program led by Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of MBSR and the Stress Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Prior to teaching, Shell wrote about mindfulness and yoga for national magazines.

WHEN: Jan. 8 - Mar. 5, Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m. (The half-day retreat will be held Feb. 12, 1-5 p.m.)
WHERE: Healing Lane Yoga Studio, 20 E. Piccadilly St., Winchester, VA
FEE: $560
LEARN MORE & REGISTER HERE

6-Week Meditation Workshop: An Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

Have you heard about the amazing, calming, life-changing benefits of mindfulness meditation, but don’t know where to begin?

During this intensive 6-week workshop, we’ll dive deeply into the fundamentals of creating an ongoing meditation practice, and develop a variety of different mindfulness skills that can bring much more ease, joy, and compassion into our daily lives.

Among other things, we’ll explore how we tend to get tangled up in suffering via our own thoughts, emotions, and false beliefs about ourselves – and learn how we can use our practice to liberate ourselves from these more toxic states of being, and enter a more expansive freedom.

This course is designed for those who are relatively new to meditation, as well as for those who feel inspired to renew or deepen their practice.

Classes will include talks, guided meditations, question and answer sessions, readings, homework assignments, journaling, and detailed follow-up notes, materials, and resources.

THE TEACHER: Shell Fischer, founder and guiding teacher of Mindful Shenandoah**,** offers more than 30 years of extensive mindfulness practice and study. She is a Buddhist teacher, trained in the Tibetan Vajrayana tradition at Naropa University – the nation’s leading contemplative university – and in the Theravadan Vipassana (Insight) tradition by Dr. Tara Brach – one of the world’s foremost Insight teachers. She is a graduate of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher-training program led by Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of MBSR and the Stress Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Prior to teaching, Shell wrote about mindfulness and yoga for national magazines.

WHEN: Jan. 11 - Feb. 15, Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m.
WHERE: Healing Lane Yoga Studio, 20 E. Piccadilly St., Winchester, VA
FEE: $325
LEARN MORE & REGISTER HERE

MEDITATION RETREAT: The Beauty of Beginning Again

Grace Episcopal Church

Meditation practice itself has often been defined as a process of learning how we can more calmly observe the constant flow of old and new, birth and death, in each and every moment, and more fully and compassionately experience both the ache of letting go, and the joy of beginning again.

During this silent daylong meditation retreat with Insight Teacher Shell Fischer, we’ll be exploring how we can offer ourselves the kindness and care we need to let go of the way things were, and to welcome with joy all that is new in our lives – including our view of ourselves as new, too.

Our time together will include teachings about these practices, guided and silent meditations, and walking meditation.

Newcomers are welcome!

NOTE: This retreat is available both in-person and in private online streaming.

We’ll be gathering for our retreat on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the beautiful, peaceful, light-filled sanctuary of Grace Episcopal Church, 110 N. Church Street in Berryville, VA. The spacious pews are padded, and the quiet church grounds include several different beautiful natural places to sit and walk.

The format will include both guided and silent meditation, a dharma talk, and walking meditation on the beautiful church grounds. Lunch will be in silence, and participants are asked to bring their own.

The retreat will be led by Insight Teacher Shell Fischer, founder and guiding teacher of Mindful Shenandoah Valley who offers more than 30 years of extensive mindfulness practice and study. She is a Buddhist teacher, trained in the Tibetan Vajrayana tradition at Naropa University – the nation’s leading contemplative university – and in the Theravadan Vipassana (Insight) tradition by Dr. Tara Brach – one of the world’s foremost Insight teachers. She is a graduate of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher-training program led by Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of MBSR and the Stress Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Prior to teaching, Shell wrote about mindfulness and yoga for national magazines.

Please note: Meditation experience is recommended, but not required. Not recommended for those under age 18.

**Covid-19 Safety Protocol: Because we are committed to keeping everyone as safe, healthy, and as comfortable as possible while on retreat, at this time we are requiring all who attend this event to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

TESTIMONIALS FROM PAST PARTICIPANTS
“As a newbie, I was unsure if I would be able to hang in … When it was over, I didn’t want it to end and was in deep, deep gratitude for the experience; I know it will marinate within me for a very long time, and the impact will be shared forward and outward.

"The cadence of the meditations was wonderful, and I surprised myself when tears flowed at various times – such a gift to sit quietly and emote naturally. I look forward to attending again, and again …”

“Shell, thank you for a beautiful and powerful day. This retreat was transformative for me, truly a day of awakening. Thank you for your loving and compassionate guidance.”

“Thank you for leading such a beautiful retreat. I felt completely wrapped up in the comfort, safety and structure of the day. It was pitch perfect.”

“As always, it was a pleasure to experience another one of your retreats; each one is a gem and I cherish them. I really feel blessed to have experienced so many hours of your excellent teaching, you really are an expert at what you do and I truly admire the way you hold the space for us as you lead class and retreats.”

“Yesterday was awesome! Seven hours of silence and meditation, just what I needed!! Great leader, great people, great view, great day!! I feel so refreshed! Looking forward to doing it again in the future! Thanks so much Shell.”

“Thank you again for the fabulous experience, and for your expertise that you are imparting to curious minds such as mine. I am grateful for the exposure, and realize I have much to learn about the art of meditation. Thank you for making my first experience pleasurable."

REGISTRATION
In-Person Registration for this daylong event is $85; online streaming: $40. Late registration is unavailable the day of retreat. Once you’ve registered, you’ll receive detailed instructions, suggestions, and directions.

Learn more and REGISTER HERE

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MEDITATION RETREAT: Finding Peace in the Chaos

Grace Episcopal Church

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