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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, 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.

“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.

 


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Course Schedule:
(Updated May 20, 2018)

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

Original 8-week format:
Wednesday evenings
February 13 – April 3, 2019
6:00–8:45 pm

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Registration opens November 1.
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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

Complete 8-week MSC course:
Tuesday evenings
February 26 April 16, 2019

6:00–9:00 pm
Northampton, MA

New: Continuing Ed Credits available

* Registration opens November 1.
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Mindfulness and Self-Compassion:
A 5-Day Silent Meditation Retreat


For MBSR and MSC graduates interested in deepening their practice. This retreat meets one of the prerequisites for teacher training.

Led by David Spound & Beth Sternlieb


June 2–7, 2019
Los Angeles, CA
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Private Sessions, Workshops, and Seminars
For individuals and organizations,
in-person and online.


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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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