We can apply mindfulness principles to all areas of life, such as eating, socializing, exercising -- even to the words that we speak.
Mindfulness is an antidote to the unconscious, reactive way of living.
Welcome to Workshops 2019
Combining the concepts of modern cognitive science with ancient mindfulness techniques, Seventh Element, located in Rhode Island, offers programs, such as MBSR, and a variety of workshops to help you decrease stress and develop mindful awareness practices. I continue to offer relevant and interesting opportunities to the community, but am concentrating on longer programs (see below), as well as continue to teach in corporations, research settings and to private groups.
NEW WORKSHOP – ABODES OF THE HEART
While the Buddhist framework of the Brahma Vihara (known as the Four Abodes of the Heart) is thousands of years old, it has never been more timely than it is today to practice its principles of loving-kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity. Connect with these beautiful concepts in a two-part meditation and restorative yoga workshop led by mindfulness and meditation instructor Priscilla Szneke and Restorative Yoga teacher Rebecca Polan. The first three-hour segment on Sunday, 11/3 at 1:30 to 4:30 explores lovingkindness (metta) and compassion (karuna), while the second on Saturday 11/9 explores sympathetic joy (mudita) and equanimity (upekkha).
Each one of these four qualities will be introduced in a lecture, then explored in restorative yoga poses that give students the opportunity to embody these concepts such as lovingkindness and equanimity for themselves. A traditional Brahma Vihara meditation will follow and journaling and discussion will integrate the experience.
Expect to gain a body-deep understanding of these four limitless qualities that you can take home into your personal practice. Specifically, students will take home restorative yoga instructions so the benefits of the practice can continue, and the metta, karuna, mudita and upekkha phrases. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a journal (a limited number of journals will be available for purchase for $5).
The workshop takes place at Innerlight Center for Yoga and Meditation on SUNDAY, November 3, 1:30 to 4:30 pm: Lovingkindness and Compassion and SATURDAY, November 9, 1:30 to 4:30 pm: Sympathetic Joy and Equanimity. Pricing: $45 for each workshop, $80 for both. Sign up on the Innerlight site.
For those of you that keep up on my Workshops, you will notice that I am only offering a few. This is due to the shift happening in my life and what that means in the long run, I’m not sure.
However, in the short term, it means I will be concentrating on teaching longer term programs (continue for a full review). I have had a number of opportunities, recently, to teach mindfulness programs that are nine to twelve weeks in length. This is in addition to the twice yearly community Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction program that I teach. These longer programs have profound effects on those who take them and I feel like I’d like to invest most of my efforts in these programs (at least for a while). I will continue my long time meditation groups (11 years and 4 years) that I facilitate and the meditation coaching and mentoring that I do. These are also long-term commitments that people make and that create exponential growth and well-being.
So, in concentrating on longer programs, I will be curtailing my local workshops and other shorter programs.
What longer programs am I doing? First and foremost, the community Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program will begin again on October 10 at All That Matters (Orientations available on September 29 and October 3). I have been teaching this since 2011 and you can click here to learn more about this scientifically-proven program that Jon Kabat-Zinn introduced in 1979.(For more information, see below.)
I am teaching the Mindfulness-based Blood Reduction Study at the Mindfulness Center at Brown University. This is a clinical trial looking at the effects of a customized MBSR program for people with hypertension. For dates (multiple programs throughout the year) and more information, go to Brown University Mindfulness and Cardiovascular Health Lab.
Perhaps I will see you at one of the programs, but if not, I invite you to sign up for my newsletter where you can explore the topic that I write about each month. And I’ll let you know about any other changes in my teaching schedule.
Sitting meditation, mindful movement, and loving kindness, are powerful for me. They help me focus and realize what is important and rather than focus on the negative, explore the positive, the possibilities. D.E.O – student 2015
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION (MBSR) PROGRAM AND MINDFUL EATING PROGRAM
I am much more aware of my thoughts, feelings, and responses. With awareness I’m making better self-care choices. Priscilla is a great facilitator because she embodies what she teaches. S.R.C. – student 2015
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION (MBSR)
The next MBSR program will be held at All That Matters in South Kingstown, RI beginning in October 2019.
The dates for the program are: Mandatory Orientation on either Sunday, September 29 from 9 to 10:30 am or Thursday, October 3 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. The eight-week sessions are Thursday, October 10 through December 12 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. No classes on October 17 and November 28. The Day of Mindfulness is scheduled for Sunday, November 24 from 10:30 am to 6 pm.
For more information about MBSR, please go to the MBSR page by clicking here.
Based on the Eat Right Now® Program.
The Eat Right Now® program will help you rewire your brain to identify stress and emotional eating patterns, reduce cravings and build sustainable, healthy habits, naturally. The program is designed to fit into your life with app-based daily lessons, craving-specific tools to use when they happen, supportive community and expert coaching. Priscilla is a Community Facilitator for Eat Right Now having completed the training at the Center for Mindfulness under the direction of Judson Brewer, MD, PhD.
For more information about Mindful Eating and the Eat Right Now® program, please go to the Mindful Eating page by clicking here.