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.

Curious about mindfulness, but would like to learn more about how it can help you? Click here for an Oprah Winfrey interview with Jon Kabat-Zinn, creator of the mindfulness-based stress reduction course.


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course

Instructors: Jody Daniels and Juan José Miret

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: Tuesday Evenings, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Orientation: January 15, 2019 (required)
8-Week Course: January 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12, 2019
Retreat: Saturday, March 2, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

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

Course Rate:
Early Registration (through November 30)....$600
Regular Registration (from December 1 to January 15)....$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

 

Jody Daniels, M.B.A. is the Workplace Mindfulness Project Manager and an instructor in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion at Cambridge Health Alliance. She is also an adjunct professor in the graduate healthcare management program at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Formerly a senior V.P. with over 20 years’ experience in human resources with a mid-size healthcare organization, Jody also has over eight years’ clinical experience as a psychiatric social worker at various academic medical centers. She has trained at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at UMass Medical School in Worcester, MA and has been a mindfulness practitioner for the past six years.

 

Juan José Miret, Ph.D. is a qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction(MBSR) teacher. He began meditation studies at UMass Stress Reduction Clinic and Cambridge Insight Meditation Center in 1994, and continues practicing at both centers. Juan J is also teaching course called Unwinding Anxiety at UMass Stress Reduction Clinic; this course helps participants to change their habits around anxiety. He has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and is currently working in cancer research at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, affiliated with Harvard University.

 

 

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: Monday Evenings 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM (break included)

Orientation: February 4, 2019
8-Week Course: February 11 & 25 (skip a week due to February school vacation on the 18th), March 4, 11, 18, & 25, April 1 & 8
Retreat: Saturday, March 23, 9:30 - 1:30 PM

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

Course Rate:
Early Bird until December 21, 2018: $600 Registration from December 22 - February 11, 2019: $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. He is a trained Mindful Self-Compassion teacher. Jorge 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 the Thich Nhat Hanh tradition. Jorge loves to cook, dance to the Afro-Cuban rhythms of salsa, build community, spend time with family, friends, and his poodle, Tashi.