Introductory Workshop

Cultivating Health and Well-Being —
Meditation Practices for mindfulness, stress reduction, and compassion.

In recent years, much as been written about the benefits of practicing meditation, particularly practices involving the cultivation of mindfulness and compassion.

Many people try to meditate but struggle or are inconsistent with their efforts. They might have attended lectures, downloaded apps, listened to podcasts, read books, and more.

Questions may remain, including:

  • What are the benefits?
  • What is meant by "mindfulness"? Is mindfulness the same as meditation?
  • Is meditation really for me? Can I actually do it?
  • What is the purpose of compassion in these practices? Is self-compassion selfish or self-indulgent?
  • How much do I need to practice in order to benefit?
  • What are the best ways for me to learn?
  • What are my options for integrating these practices into my daily life?
  • Is meditation "Buddhist" or can it be practiced by someone of a different faith (or someone with no religious inclinations)?

This workshop is designed to provide an experiential introduction to meditative practices for daily life, practices that are designed to cultivate mindfulness, reduce stress, increase compassion for self and others, and enhance well-being.

After we practice meditation together, and as we engage in some group discussion, I will do my best to answer the questions listed above. This workshop will not include theoretical or scientific presentations, although there will be some references to current research. The intention is to learn by engaging in the practices.

This workshop is open to adults. No prior experience with meditation is required.

The meditation practices in this workshop will be drawn from, and inspired by, the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) courses.

Date: Sunday, January 19, 2020

Time: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Location: Valley Mindfulness, 45 Main Street, Florence, MA (just minutes from downtown Northampton).


  • For registrations and payments received on or before May 31, the workshop fee is $50.
  • For registrations and payments received duiring June, the workshop fee is $65.

Led by: David Spound, certified teacher and teacher trainer of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), founder of Valley Mindfulness.

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