Cheryl Kurash

Teaching Schedule


In Stony Brook, Long Island

Thursday Evenings
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
March 15th  – May 10th
In the BARN at Avalon Park & Preserve

Shep Jones Lane, Stony Brook, Long Island 11790
Day-long Retreat, Saturday April 28 
Tuition: $425; Early Registration by February 15 - $375;
Students $295; Alumni Renewal - $295
For additional information and registration, please contact, (631) 751- 7117

Fridays, 2:30- 5:00 pm
March 16th  – May 11th
(skips March 23rd)
Stony Brook University, Employees Assistance Program
Free Orientations, Friday February 16th and Friday March 2nd 
(required if you intend to register for the class) 
Day-long Retreat, Saturday April 29th 
Tuition: $450, $50 if payment is received by orientation
For information and registration, click here


Beginning Mindfulness Meditation
Thursdays from 5:30-7:30 pm
Single classes: February 15, 22;
Two-class sequence: August 09 &16

In the BARN at Avalon Park & Preserve
Shep Jones Lane, Stony Brook, Long Island 11790
Tuition: $25/class

Foundational classes that review the essential elements of mindfulness meditation and provide beginning practice instruction. These classes are a good way to begin, or strengthen, your home practice.

Deepening Your Practice
Saturdays, 10:30-12:15
February 03, 17; March 03; April 07; May 05. 19; June 09, 23; July 21; August 04, 18
In the BARN at Avalon Park & Preserve

Shep Jones Lane, Stony Brook, Long Island 11790
Tuition: By donation, $25/class suggested
For additional information and to pre-register, contact, 631-751-7117

A series of (single) classes for MBSR graduates and those with some prior meditation experience designed to deepen your home practice of mindfulness. Classes include guided instruction in a variety of mindfulness practices: sitting, walking, mindful yoga, mindful self compassion (MSC) and inquiry into experience.

Beginners are encouraged to attend the Beginning Mindfulness class which reviews the essential elements of mindfulness and provides beginning practice instruction. Come to one or to all.

On request. Please contact Cheryl by email or phone.

Cheryl Kurash, PhD, a licensed psychologist and certified MBSR teacher, maintains a private practice of psychotherapy and mindfulness training in Stony Brook. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine and has served as Coordinator of Mindfulness Programs at the Counseling and Psychological Services, Stony Brook University; Assistant Director of Counseling for Training at SBU; and Associate Professor of Psychology at SUNY/Empire State College.

For over 30 years, Cheryl’s commitment to bringing mindfulness training to the university community led her to develop a wide range of educational and clinical programs for students, staff and faculty. Her interest in the integration of psychotherapy, mindfulness and yoga guides her own clinical work as well as her educational offerings for health care professionals and teachers.

Cheryl completed MBSR Teaching Trainings and received certification with the Center for Mindfulness, Health Care and Society with UMass Medical School, under the auspices of Jon Kabat-Zinn, Saki Santorelli and Florence Meleo-Meyer. Her study of contemplative practices includes Yoga, Tibetan Buddhist (Shambhala) meditation, Vipassana meditation, and East/West psychology.

In 2013 she deepened her study of Buddhism and completed a year-long course in the Integrated Study and Practice Program at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and more recently certified as a Kripalu Yoga Teacher. A highlight of her training has been a journey to Gangotri and Gomuk, India, the source of the Ganges River, under the guidance of Swami Rama of the Himalayan Institute for Yoga Science and Philosophy.

In the warmer months, Cheryl is an avid practitioner of open water mindful swimming.