Elaine Retholtz

Teaching Schedule


Live On-Line Via Zoom:
Friday mornings
9:30 am - noon
May 1st - June 26th
(skip May 22nd)
New York Insight Meditation Center
28 West 27th Street - 10th Floor
Orientation* Friday morning April 17th from 9:30 am - noon
*Attendance at an orientation is required - however if you can't attend any NYI orientation please contact Elaine in advance, to see if it is possible to arrange a time to speak on the phone
Daylong Class (a required part of the 8 week program):
June 7th from 9:30 am - 5 pm
Tuition: Base / $450 Sustaining / $600 Member rates are available
To register click here.

Live On-Line Via Zoom:
Thursday mornings
9:30 am - noon 
April 30th - June 25th (skip May 28th)
The Marlene Meyerson JCC in Manhattan 
Orientation Session:* Thursday, April 23rd 9:30 - noon OR 7:00 9:30 pm 
*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 
Daylong Session: Sunday June 14 9:30 am – 5 pm 
Tuition: sliding scale please check the website
To register please call 646-505-5708 
or click here 

Live On-Line Via Zoom:
Thursday evenings
7:00 - 9:30 pm 
April 30th - June 25th (skip May 28th) 
at the Marlene Meyerson JCC in Manhatta
Amsterdam Avenue and West 76th Street 
Orientation Session:* Thursday, April 23rd 9:30 - noon OR 7:00 9:30 pm 
*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
Daylong Session: Sunday June 14 9:30 am – 5 pm
sliding scale please check the website
To register please call 646-505-5708
or click here


Live On-Line Via Zoom:
The Power of Forgiveness 
(for MBSR Alumni and all...)
Meets every other Monday, April 20th – June 15th, 2020 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm: 4/20, 5/4, 5/18, 6/1, 6/15 
New York Insight Meditation Center 
28 West 27th Street, 10th Floor 
Register here

Whether it is the betrayals, disappointments, and abandonments experienced in our interpersonal lives, the injustices and tragedies perpetrated in society, or the various ways we have failed to live up to our own or others expectations of ourselves, forgiveness practice can begin to loosen the ropes binding us to the past. It can allow us to come more fully into our hearts and can be a catalyst that transforms bitterness, anger, and grief into compassion and lovingkindness.

Join us for a 5-meeting course examining forgiveness and how to heal our relationships with others, ourselves and the past. We will meet in person every other Monday evening and have home practice in the weeks between. This course is appropriate for meditation practitioners of all levels. 

Live On-Line Via Zoom:
Insight Meditation 101
Six Week Beginners Course
New York Insight Meditation Center
Monday afternoons
2:00pm – 4:00pm
May 4th – June 15th  (skips May 25th)

The teachings of the Buddha have an experiential emphasis. It is not a question of believing that practicing meditation is beneficial, but of actually trying it out and experiencing the results for oneself. Insight meditation is a way to develop wisdom and compassion. The core of the practice is the cultivation of mindfulness. In the past few years, there has been a great increase in the study of mindfulness and its benefits.

Within the past few decades, through fMRI technology and new brain imaging, scientists have come to discover what they call neuroplastity… that the brain has the ongoing ability to change, develop and even to renew itself. Meditation has shown to play a part in these brain changes and can decrease the negative effects of stress, mild depression, and anxiety.

Researchers have found that the attentional skills cultivated in meditation helps us be more resilient in stressful times. Given the current global pandemic, cultivating the skills of mindfulness and compassion are a key support in helping each of us stay connected to what we most value.

This course will provide fundamental instruction in insight meditation. Emphasis is placed on the practices of sitting and walking meditation and developing mindfulness in daily life. Explanation and discussion of the teachings central to insight meditation are part of each class. The course is appropriate for beginners as well as experienced meditators who wish to maintain their “beginner’s mind.”

Register here.

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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.