As summer is winding down, and those who are headed back to school are gearing up, I have been busy lining up my mindfulness class and group offerings for Fall 2018. Please keep reading to find out what’s on the calendar so far. And if you don’t see the class or group you’re looking for, please contact me – I may already have a list of people interested in that class, or it may inspire me to start a new one.

Mindfulness as Medicine – a day-long event on Saturday 9/22/18 at Las Positas Community College in Livermore. Find out why many physicians today recommend mindfulness training to their patients. Learn about the specific mechanisms that make mindfulness meditation an effective tool in the treatment “toolbox” for adults who are dealing with stress-related illness, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, or addiction (or living with someone who is). Participants will learn breathing techniques, exercises designed to transform habitual ways of thinking about and reacting to stress, and a variety of simple meditative practices that can be readily incorporated into everyday life.

This is a great way for people to get a taste of what mindfulness is and how it could help. One can attend only the introductory workshop, or stay for 1, 2, or all 3 of the special sessions (mindfulness for chronic pain & illness, for anxiety & depression, for addiction). To register or for more information on the day’s schedule, call LPCC Community Education at 925- 424-1467, or go to www.laspositascollege.edu/communityed/

Mindfulness for Beginners in San Leandro – I am excited to offer this class in a new location, and in a more accessible format. Instead of the traditional 8 weeks, I’ve cut it to 5 weeks, with the first class a 3–hr workshop that can be taken as a stand-alone class.

In the Introductory Workshop, find out what mindfulness is, and is not. Learn how it can be used to improve focus and concentration, increase happiness, treat stress and stress-related illness, relieve anxiety and chronic pain, and prevent relapses in addiction and depression.

On the next 4 Wednesday evenings, learn how to apply mindfulness for the specific issues in your life. Participants will learn a variety of mindfulness and meditation practices, and are expected to do home practice between classes, using a CD with guided meditations, for while mindfulness and meditation are not difficult to do, like most things worth learning, they require consistent practice for mastery.

The introductory workshop takes place on Saturday September 29, followed by sessions on October 3, 10, 17, and 24, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. To register or for more info, go to http://rebeccastanwyck.com/mindfulness-classes/

Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy: For the relief of recurring anxiety, depression, and/or chronic worry This is a small group (5 – 8 adults) that will meet for 8 weeks (Thursdays 6 – 8 pm, from September 27 through November 15) in my Pleasanton office. We follow a set curriculum, which is scientifically validated and evidence-based, but also grounded in Buddhist philosophy. Participants will be given a workbook and 2 CDs with guided meditations. Home practice between sessions is expected.
For more info or to register: http://rebeccastanwyck.com/mbct/

The Keeping Mindful drop-in meditation group will continue to meet monthly in my Pleasanton office, though move to a new day, Tuesday. This group originally formed as an “alumni” group for people who have taken a mindfulness class with me, however any adult with an interest in mindfulness meditation is welcome – no prior experience necessary. Each class will include a 20 – 30 minute guided meditation practice (with basic instruction given for anyone new to meditation), a short presentation on a topic related to mindfulness, and group discussion about applying mindfulness to daily life. Your ideas for discussion topics are most welcome!

Dates for the remainder of the year are 9/11, 10/9, 11/13, and 12/11. Time 6:30 – 7:45 pm. For more info: http://www.mindfulness-eastbay.com/group-classes/mindfulnessmeditation/

Finally, I want to mention that The Greater Good Science Center in Berkeley is offering once again its free online course, The Science of Happiness, which has been taken by over 400K people since 2014. The latest course begins September 3 – go here for more info or to register: https://www.edx.org/course/the-science-of-happiness