Our Northampton Meditation and Training Center includes a well-equipped meditation 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. 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.

“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 School.



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.


Mindfulness News and Research

"A short program in mindfulness meditation produces demonstrable effects on brain and immune function."
Richard Davidson, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin

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Additional Mindfulness News and Research

Program schedule:

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn.

Original 8-week format:
Thursday evenings
April 5 – May 24, 2018
6:00–8:30 pm

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and to register.

Private session format:
Please see our private sessions page for information about an MBSR program that can begin at any time.

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)
developed by Chris Germer & Kristin Neff

Original 8-week course:
Tuesday evenings
March 27 May 15, 2018

6:00–8:30 pm
Northampton, MA

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and to register .

Foundations of Mindfulness

A series of 1, 2, and 3-session workshops

The Compassionate Practice
of Mindfulness

Sunday, March 4
9:30 pm to 1:00 pm.
Open to those with experience in mindfulness meditation.

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Perfectly Imperfect:
Exploring and Embracing the
Challenges of Practicing Mindfulness

A 5-week course for MBSR and MSC graduates (and for other experienced practitioners).

Monday evenings
April 16 – May 14
6:15 pm to 8:15 pm

Registration will open on February 19.

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Private Sessions, Workshops, and Seminars
For individuals and organizations,
in-person and online.

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Ultimate Courage:
Self-Compassion Training Workshop for Men

February 16-18
San Diego, CA
Led by:
Steven Hickman, Daniel Ellenberg, and David Spound

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Valley Mindfulness is based in western Massachusetts (Northampton, MA) and offers Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programs to individuals and groups in person and online. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., at UMass Medical School in Worcester, MA more than 35 years ago and is widely 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. Valley Mindfulness also offers courses in Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) as developed by Kristin Neff, Ph.D. and Chris Germer, Ph.D. Valley Mindfulness was founded by David Spound, a certified teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).
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