Elaine Retholtz

Teaching Schedule

8 WEEK MINDFULNESS BASED STRESS REDUCTION CLASSES

Friday Mornings
9:30 am - noon
September 28-November 16
New York Insight Meditation Center
28 West 27th Street - 10th Floor
Orientation Session*: Friday mornings September 14 and September 21 from 9:30 am - noon
Daylong Class (a required part of the 8 week program):
Sunday November 4th from 9:30 am - 5 pm
Tuition: Base / $450 Sustaining / $600 Member rates are available)
To register click here. 
*Attendance at the orientation is required - however if you can't attend please contact Elaine in advance, to see if it is possible to arrange a time to speak on the phone

At the  Marlene Meyerson JCC in Manhattan:
2 sections: Thursday mornings OR Thursday evenings

 Thursday mornings 
9:30 am - noon 
October 25th-December 20th (Skip November 22)
At the JCC in Manhattan 
Amsterdam Avenue and West 76th Street 
Orientation Session*: Thursday, October 18, 9:30am-12pm 
Daylong: Sunday December 9, 9:30 am – 5 pm 
Tuition: $410 for JCC members or $425 for non-members 
Information and registration here
*Attendance at the orientation is required - however if you can't attend, please contact Elaine in advance to see if it is possible to arrange a time to speak on the phone 

Thursday evenings
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
October 25th-December 20th (Skip November 22)
At the JCC in Manhattan
Amsterdam Avenue and West 76th Street
Orientation Session*: Thursday, October 18, 7:00 – 9:30 pm
Daylong Session: Sunday December 9, 9:30 am – 5 pm
Tuition: $410 for JCC members or $425 for non-members
Information and registration here
*Attendance at the orientation is required - however if you can't attend please contact Elaine in advance to see if it is possible to arrange a time to speak on the phone 


SPECIAL PROGRAMS 

Summer in the City: A Five Day Non-Residential Intensive in Mindfulness 
Sunday, Aug 19th, 6:30-9:00 pm 
Monday - Thursday August 20-23, 9:30 am - 5 pm 
Friday, Aug 24, 9:30 am - 1 pm 

At the Marlene Meyerson JCC in Manhattan
Amsterdam Avenue and West 76th Street 
Tuition: JCC Members: $400; Non-members $425
Registration here

Are you a teacher, student, psychotherapist, or anyone who doesn't have time for an eight-week course in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, but is more flexible in August? This special immersion is modeled on "Mindfulness Tools for Living the Full Catastrophe" - an intensive adaptation of the MBSR program which is offered by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts. In addition to learning formal mindfulness practices and engaging in the cultivation of kind, curious and patient responses to the stresses of daily life, there will be mindful excursions into life in NYC. To enhance the course experience, registration includes a pass to the JCC gym and pool so you can add mindful movement to your daily experience.


Cultivating and Deepening in Lovingkindness Practice
Five Thursdays: July 19 - August 16, 10 am - noon
at New York Insight Meditation Center
28 West 27th Street, 10th floor
Tuition: $180. Member benefits apply
Registration here

If you are new or relatively new to Lovingkindness (metta) practice, this course will provide a solid foundation for practice and investigation. If you are more experienced in metta practice and want to deepen your understanding of metta as an insight practice, this course will provide an opportunity to investigate the insights that arise as we cultivate a heart and mind less prone to greed, hatred and delusion. In the process of practicing metta, we will naturally encounter opportunities to cultivate the other Brahma Viharas: Karuna (Compassion), Mudita (Empathetic Joy), and Upekkha (Equanimity). We will explore the insight potential of each of these as well.




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Elaine Retholtz is a Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher and a Certified MBSR 8-Week Fundamentals Teacher Trainer.  She has been teaching MBSR since 2005

Over the years she has assisted Florence Meleo Meyer and Rob Smith and apprenticed with Lynn Koerbel and Bob Stahl at different offerings of the 9-day Practicum (now known as Fundamentals) in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. 

In addition, Elaine has adapted the MBSR program into models suitable for use in institutions, having taught for many years in an acupuncture college as well as in a skilled nursing facility. 

For example, as part of a facility-wide staff stress reduction initiative, she trained the staff at a residential facility for people living with AIDS. Pre and post measures of participating staff showed significant decreases in perceived stress and emotional exhaustion, and increases in self-compassion. As a result of her experience teaching in facilities, she is very interested in using MBSR as a vehicle for institutional culture change.

 Elaine has been practicing mindfulness meditation since 1988. She is on the Teachers Council at New York Insight Meditation Center, and on NYIMC’s newly formed Guiding Teachers Council. She remains involved in supporting the diversity work at NYIMC as well as for the Mindfulness Meditation Teachers New York Collaborative. She is a graduate of the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leaders Program.

 In addition to her teaching, Elaine works as an acupuncturist in private practice, integrating mindfulness into all of her encounters with clients.

 

Contact:

elaineretholtz.com

elaine@eretholtz.com