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Programs & Services —
Private sessions and consultations
Customized programs for Organizations
Online Courses, Training, and Consultations

 

Valley Mindfulness offers a range of programs and services for individuals and organizations. These include:

These private and business programs can take place in our classroom, at your location, and online.

 


 

Private sessions and consultations in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and in support of ongoing mindfulness practices

One option:
A private course in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

  • This private version of the MBSR course follows the same curriculum as the group course.
  • It includes the same 9 sessions as in the group course, although these sessions are shorter in length due to the on-to-one format (no group discussions). There are 8 weekly sessions of 90 minutes each and one additional 3-hour session — 15 hours in total.
  • Sessions are scheduled at mutually convenient times, typically one session per week during an 8-12 week period of time.
  • Private MBSR courses utilize the same materials as the group courses and include the same guided meditation CDs for daily home practice.
  • Cost:
    • The cost for the full program is $1,150 for one person, payable in advance. The effective hourly rate for this 15 hour program is about $76.
    • For two people, the total fee is $1,750. We have offered this program for couples and for others in close relationships.
    • If you would like to arrange a program for a small group, please ask us to quote a fee. We can accommodate groups of any size. Please note that sessions will need to be longer, depending on the size of the group.
  • Locations:
    • In-person sessions take place in the Florence section of Northampton, MA. It may be possible to arrange for sessions to take place in other locations. However, this would increase the cost of the program.
    • Online sessions utilize technologies such as Skype, Zoom, FaceTime, and GoToMeeting so that, as much as possible, we can meet face-to-face. These applications can allow for both private and small group sessions. Please contact us for details.

Which is better — a private MBSR course or a group class?

    • Advantages of the Private format MBSR
      • Sessions can be scheduled at mutually convenient times
      • Flexible scheduling can accommodate illness, business travel, a planned vacation, etc.
      • Time can be spent focusing on personal issues and concerns
    • Advantages of the Group format MBSR
      • There is enormous wisdom in a group. Participants in a class learn a great deal from each other.
      • Support and comradery in the group can be powerful aids in meeting many of the common challenges people face integrating the practice of mindfulness in daily life.
      • This is the original, intended format for MBSR.


Other options for private sessions

Sessions can be arranged that would meet specific needs and objectives. For example, one might book a few sessions to begin a meditation practice and/or support an existing practice.

  • Sessions can be either 60 or 90 minutes in length and may be scheduled as needed.
  • The fee is $90 per hour for one person, $120 per hour for couples. Any needed materials such as meditation books and CDs would be extra.
  • Sessions can be held in person or online.

 

>>> If you wish to REGISTER for a private or small group mindfulness program, please click here.

>>> For general questions, please visit our Contact page.

 


 

Training Programs for Organizations and Businesses

The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course and meditation classes can be offered to organizational staff as stand-alone programs and also as part of a comprehensive staff development effort. These programs can be customized to meet the needs of each organization.

>>> Click here to contact Valley Mindfulness if you have questions about this program.

Some quotes from recent workshop participants:

"Very helpful. Excellent instructor."

"A good mix of instruction and meditation."

"An excellent intro to meditation."

"David Spound has impeccable credentials with current brain science as a fundament of his practice. I would without hesitation refer anyone with an ounce of imagination to him. I felt entirely safe and respected. I was gratified to learn that there is no way practicing "mindfulness" is ever anything but the right way to do it. Imagine—something everybody can do the right way! How often does this happen in life? The workshop provided me personal benefits beyond my expectations."
Liv Pertzoff, LICSW, Northampton

 

 


 

 

"Certain ailments have traditionally been recognized as being psychosomatic because they are especially responsive to stress... the list can be greatly expanded to the universe of illnesses and diseases because today we have reason to believe that any ailment can be affected by stress emotions... In some instances stress exacerbates an ailment even when its main cause is not psychological. In other instances, psychological stress is considered a primary cause."
Richard Lazarus, Professor of Psychology emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley

 
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