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Our Meditation and Training Center in Northampton, MA includes a well-equipped classroom, an office for private meetings, and a break room with a tea station and comfortable seating.

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Cultivating mindfulness is a practical, effective, and accessible approach for enhancing quality of life and for reducing the harmful effects of stress, pain and illness.

Mindfulness has been defined (by teachers such as Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD) as awareness that arises from paying attention, on purpose, to life as it is, moment-by-moment, non-judgmentally. The capacity for mindfulness is innate to all human beings; it can be cultivated and strengthened. The regular practice of mindfulness meditation is a well-respected approach to supporting health and well-being as well as insight, wisdom, and compassion.

“There is mounting evidence that cultivating mindfulness can increase our enjoyment of life, expand our capacity to cope with illness, and possibly improve our physical and emotional health… It can reduce stress and may help other treatments work better.”
Harvard Women's Health Watch,
Harvard Medical School

Click here to see our current Mindfulness course offerings such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) as developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and colleagues at UMass Medical Center.


Self-Compassion has been defined (by teachers such as Christopher Germer, PhD, and Kristin Neff, PhD) as the capacity to meet pain, discomfort, and distress in our own lives with the same kindness and understanding that we would naturally offer to a friend or loved one. In the Mindful Self-Compassion program, one engages in practices designed to cultivate mindfulness and self-compassion, developing a powerful approach for emotional resilience.

"Self-compassion offers tremendous social, psychological, and physical health benefits."
Psychology Today

Click here to see our current Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) offerings as developed by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff.

 


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Programs for groups and individuals, including:
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) — in Northampton, MA, at your location, and online.

Unique in our region: all of our courses and programs are led by experienced and certified MBSR and MSC teachers who also train and mentor new teachers.

Continuing Ed Credits are available for MBSR and MSC courses.

Some of our programs feature a sliding fee scale and a monthly payment plan.

We also offer mentoring, consultation, and private training services. Click here for more info.


Upcoming courses and retreats:


Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)
developed by Chris Germer & Kristin Neff
8-week and 5-Day Intensive courses and 2-Day Core Skills mini course.

*New* 8-week Complete MSC course
Tuesday evenings, February 25 – April 14

Registration is now open.

2-Day MSC Core Skills
Weekend Workshop: July 18–19, 2020
Registration will open in January 2020.

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn.
8-week and 5-Day Intensive courses.

*New* 8-week complete MBSR course

Monday evenings, March 16–May 4

Registration is now open.

We will offer other MBSR courses
in the summer and fall of 2020.


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Introductory Workshop:
Cultivating Health and Well-Being

Meditation practices for mindfulness, stress reduction, and compassion.

Sunday, January 26, 2020
10:00 am – 1:00 pm.


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Mindfulness and Self-Compassion:
A 5-Day Silent Meditation Retreat

For Graduates of MBSR and MSC courses.

Coming in June 2020
Near Los Angeles, CA.

Info and Registration to be posted during the fall of 2019.


Additional programs will be offered during 2019 and 2020. Please visit this web site again soon.


Professional Services

In addition to our courses and training programs, we offer:

Meditation Practice Mentoring
For those who have taken MBSR, MSC, or similar programs and retreats and want support for their ongoing practices.
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Private Programs
For individuals and organizations who want a private course in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) or Mindful-Self-Compassion (MSC).
Click here.

Professional Consultation and Mentoring
For individuals and organizations seeking to integrate mindfulness and compassion practices into their work.
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Valley Mindfulness is based in western Massachusetts (Northampton, MA) and offers Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) programs to individuals and groups in person and online. MBSR was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., at UMass Medical School in Worcester, MA more almost 40 years ago and is utilized in clinics, hospitals and health education centers worldwide to support people coping with stressful life circumstances and with a wide range of health challenges including chronic pain, anxiety, depression, cancer, fibromyalgia, heart disease, insomnia, and diabetes. Extensive clinical and basic science research has been conducted using MBSR as the intervention. Through this research, a new field of contemplative neuroscience has emerged. MSC was developed in 2010 by Kristin Neff, Ph.D,. and Chris Germer, Ph.D., whose work as researchers and clinicians, along with their extensive backgrounds mindfulness practice, inspired them to create a training program that focuses on how we, as human beings, can develop practical tools and techniques for meeting suffering in daily life .

Valley Mindfulness was founded in 2006 by David Spound, a certified teacher and teacher trainer of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC).

 
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