MBSR and MSC 8-Week Courses

Our Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindful Self-Compassion Courses are offered multiple times per year, allowing for an immersive experience and learning about mindfulness and compassion practice. Each course includes an orientation, 8 weekday evening courses and a Saturday retreat. Courses are open to all. Explore below to learn more about upcoming courses.


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course

Instructors: Malka Yaacobi and Natalia Cepeda

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR): This world-renowned program has been completed by over 30,000 people world-wide. Through this 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course, participants learn tools to foster mindfulness, reduce stress, enhance resiliency, and bring attention to engage with the challenges of everyday life. In this course, participants are given resources and weekly home practices to engage with between course meetings. Click here to read more about MBSR!

Open to: individuals with all levels of mindfulness and meditation experience, including beginners.


Course Details:

Time: Wednesday Evenings, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Orientation: September 26, 2018
8-Week Course: October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14, (skip week of 21 for holiday), 28, 2018  
Retreat: Saturday, November 3, 2018, 9 am – 4 pm


Location: CHA Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, 26 Central Street, Somerville, MA 02143, 2nd Floor Community Room

Course Rate:
Early Registration (August 3rd)....$600
Regular Registration (from August 4 to October 1st)....$650

POC and Need-Based Scholarships Available - complete the application at www.chacmc.org/scholarship

50% Discount Available in partnership with CHA Wellness for CHA Patients and Staff - contact us at cmc@challiance.org to learn more

 

Malka Yaacobi, DMA, CHI™ earned a DMA  from the Eastman School of Music and served as the conductor of the Tufts University Symphony Orchestra. She and the group performed in over 15 countries and offered workshops to thousands of children nationally and internationally. Malka has trained at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at UMass Medical School in Worcester, MA, and is trained in Internal Family Systems Therapy with its founder, Richard Schwartz. She is a Certified Healthcare Interpreter and has been connected with Cambridge Health Alliance since 2009. She is committed to patient advocacy and to sharing her passion for mindfulness and self-compassion with the community.

 

Natalia Cepeda, M.A. is a qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher and Mindful Schools Certified Instructor. She is also an Option Process® counselor and yoga teacher. Natalia started meditation studies as a child in her native Argentina; and spent most of her life teaching children and adults languages, and later on yoga and Mindfulness. She is currently teaching at Cambridge Public Schools and senior centers.

 

 

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Course

Instructors: Susie Fairchild and Jorge Armesto

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC):  Together, mindfulness and self-compassion comprise a state of warm, connected presence during difficult moments in our lives. Mindfulness is the first step—turning with loving awareness toward difficult experience (thoughts, emotions, and sensations).  Self-compassion comes next—bringing loving awareness to ourselves. MSC is co-developed by Dr. Christopher Germer, a senior adviser of the CHA Center for Mindfulness and Compassion. Click here to read more about MSC!

Open to: individuals with all levels of mindfulness and meditation experience, including beginners.


Course Details:

Time: Tuesday Evenings, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM 

Orientation: October 2, 2018
8-Week Course: October 9, 16, 23, 30 November 6,13, (skip week of 20 for holiday) November 27, December 4, 2018
Retreat: Saturday, November 17, 9 - 1:30 PM

Location: CHA Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, 26 Central Street, Somerville, MA 02143, 2nd Floor Community Room

Course Rate:
Early Registration (August 10th)....$600
Regular Registration (from August 10 to October 7th)....$650

POC and Need-Based Scholarships Available - complete the application at www.chacmc.org/scholarship

50% Discount Available in partnership with CHA Wellness for CHA Patients and Staff - contact us at cmc@challiance.org to learn more

 

Susan Fairchild, MA, is a psychotherapist and meditation facilitator in private practice and on the staff at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).  At WPI she teaches a 7-week mindfulness curriculum, as well as mindful eating and drop-in meditation.  She is also on the faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy as a Section Leader for the year long certificate program. Susan completed teacher training in Mindful Self Compassion through the UCSD Center for Mindfulness.

 

Jorge Armesto, PhD, Ed.M., is a bilingual clinical psychologist in private practice in Providence, Rhode Island, where he works with linguistically diverse communities. Jorge’s work seeks to understand how multiple sources of oppression and resiliency intersect and inform the lived experiences of people. He is a former graduate and current section faculty in the Certificate Program in Mindfulness and Psychotherapy at IMP. Jorge is a consulting psychologist at Bristol Community College. He completed the UCSD Center for Mindfulness teacher training program in Mindful Self-Compassion in 2018. He is also a graduate of the foundations in Buddhist contemplative care training through the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. His spiritual practice focuses on applying Dharma teachings to help alleviate individual and community suffering. He practices in both the Vipassana and Thich Nhat Hanh traditions. Jorge loves to cook, dance to the Afro-Cuban rhythms of salsa, build community, spend time with family, friends, and his poodle, Tashi.