The kids are back in school, and we adults may be ready for some education and personal growth time ourselves. I am offering mindfulness classes in some new locations and new formats this fall, as well as continuing the mindfulness-based therapy groups I’ve previously offered. Here’s a summary, in mostly chronological order:

On Saturday, September 10, from 1 to 3 pm, I will be giving a free public talk on mindfulness at the San Lorenzo Library. This is a great way to sample some simple mindfulness practices, and get an idea of how I teach mindfulness. For more information and directions, go to the library’s website.

The next Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) small group starts Thursday, September 29. This group will meet for 8 weeks, through November 17, from 6:15 to 7:45 pm in my Pleasanton office. MBCT is a highly effective, scientifically validated approach that combines cognitive therapy principles with meditative practices to help relieve recurring anxiety, depression, and chronic worry. This group is best suited to adults who are not acutely depressed. For more information or to register, click here.

On Friday, September 30,  the Mindfulness-based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) group starts. This is also an 8-week group, which will meet on Fridays through 11/18, from 12:30 to 2 pm in my Pleasanton office. MBRP is an innovative relapse prevention program that gets to the root of addictive behavior by targeting negative emotions and cravings. Best suited to adults who have completed primary treatment and are motivated to maintain treatment goals. For more information or to register, click here.

Both the MBCT and MBRP groups will meet for a day-long retreat on Saturday, October 29, at the San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville. This retreat is not open to the public, however anyone who has previously taken an MBCT or MBRP group with me is welcome to attend.

The first four Saturdays in October (10/1, 8, 15, and 22) I will be teaching a Mindfulness for Beginners class in two locations. In the mornings (9:30 to 11:30 am) I’ll be at Las Positas College in Livermore. In the afternoons (1 to 3 pm) I’ll be at Chabot College in Hayward. This is a new format for a class I’ve usually taught over 8 weeks, which emphasizes breathing techniques, exercises designed to transform habitual ways of thinking about and reacting to stress, and simple and brief meditative practices that can be readily incorporated into daily life. To register for either class, please go to the website for either Las Positas College or Chabot College.

And if you don’t see a class or group here that meets your needs, don’t hesitate to contact me. Perhaps I will be able to tell you about one I’m planning, or that a colleague may be offering.