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: Éowyn Ahlstrom, BA, LMT, E-RYT500 and Juan Jose Miret, PhD 

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. 

Open to: individuals with all levels of mindfulness and meditation experience


Time: Tuesday Evenings, 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Dates: July 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7, 14, 21, 28

Retreat: Saturday, August 11, 2018, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm


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

Minority 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

 

Course Rate:
Early Registration (Until May 10)....$550
Regular Registration (from May 11 to July 2)....$600
Late Registration (July 3 - July 10)....$650

 

Éowyn Ahlstrom, BA, LMT, E-RYT500 is a certified MBSR teacher, registered yoga teacher and licensed massage therapist who teaches programs in yoga and meditation and sees private clients for individualized practice guidance. She is an adjunct faculty member at the UMass Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness and for the last ten years has frequently taught yoga for retreats at the Insight Meditation Society. Éowyn has practiced meditation for more than twenty years and has an extensive silent meditation retreat practice background.

Juan J Miret, PhD, is a qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher.  He started meditation studies at U.Mass Stress Reduction Clinic and Cambridge Insight Meditation Center in 1994, and continues practicing at both centers. Juan Jose is currently teaching mindfulness in a center for addiction recovery (Hector Reyes House) focused in helping Hispanic population. He is in the process of becoming a qualified teacher for Mindful eating, an UMass. Stress Reduction Clinic program aimed at changing our relationship with food to achieve a healthy weight. He has a PhD in Biochemistry and is currently working in cancer research at Dana Farber Cancer Institute Harvard University. 

 

 

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Course

Instructors: Susie Fairchild, MA and Elyse Simon, MA

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. 

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

 

*THIS COURSE HAS BEGUN - please email us at cmc@challiance.org if interested in being contacted about the next course dates


Time: Thursday Evenings 6:00 PM - 8:45 PM (break included)
Dates: March 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17

Retreat: Saturday, April 28 **Please note this is updated from the originally planned retreat date of May 5** 9:30 - 1:30 pm

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

Minority 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

 

Course Rate:
Early Registration (February 28th) $550
Regular Registration (from March 1 to March 22) $600
Late Registration (March 23 to March 29) $650\

 

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.


Elyse Simon, MA, is a relational mindfulness and compassion practitioner and educator. She received her master’s in 2015 with a specialization in Integrative Health from the Interdisciplinary School at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She has been teaching mindfulness-based treatment programs for oncology patients and practitioners since 2011.
She is a mind-body practitioner for the Y Organization and groups in healthcare, as well as a group leader for the PINK program for breast
cancer survivors at Lahey Hospital Cancer Center. Simon became a trained instructor in 2010 at University of Massachusetts Medical School
in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and completed Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) Teacher Training in 2014. Her personal practices in Mindfulness began in 2001 and in Insight Dialogue and Compassion in 2011.