Elaine Retholtz

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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.