Elaine Retholtz

Teaching Schedule


MODIFIED MBSR INTENSIVE PROGRAMS

Summer in the City: 
A Five-Day Non-Residential Intensive in Mindfulness
Sunday, August 20th 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Monday - Thursday August 21st - 24th 9:30 am - 5 pm
August 25th 9:30 am - 1 pm
At the JCC in Manhattan 
Amsterdam Avenue and West 76th Street 
Tuition: Public $ 450.00  / Member Price  $ 400.00
Register 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? Enrich your summer and take the time to learn formal mindfulness practices and engage in the cultivation of kind, curious, and patient responses to the stresses of daily life. This course is based on the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program - and is an intensive version of that program. To enhance the course experience, registration includes a pass to the JCC gym and pool so you can add mindful movement to your day.

8 WEEK MINDFULNESS BASED STRESS REDUCTION CLASSES

at New York Insight Meditation Center

Friday mornings
9:30 am - noon 
October 6 - December 1
 (skip November 24)
New York Insight Meditation Center 
28 West 27th Street - 10th Floor 
Daylong Class (a required part of the 8 week program): 
Sunday November 12th from 9:30 am - 5 pm
Orientation* Friday morning September 29th from 9:30 am - noon 
*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.
Tuition: Base / $450 Sustaining / $600 Member rates are available 
To register click here

at the JCC in Manhattan:
2 sections: Thursday mornings OR Thursday evenings

Thursday mornings
9:30 am - noon 
October 26th - December 21st 
(skip November 23rd)
At the JCC in Manhattan 
Amsterdam Avenue and West 76th Street 
Orientation: Thursday, October 19th 9:30 am - noon 
*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 December 10th 9:30 am – 5 pm
More information and Registration here

Thursday evenings
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
October 26th - December 21st 
(skip November 23rd)
At the JCC in Manhattan 
Amsterdam Avenue and West 76th Street 
Orientation: Thursday, October 19th 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 December 10th 9:30 am – 5 pm 
More information and Registration here


SPECIAL PROGRAMS (FALL 2017)

White Awake-NYI
Meeting Dates
Mondays, 9:30am – 12:00pm
September 11, 18, 25, October 2, November 6, 13
Registration Tuition: $150

In these days of deepening political divisiveness and polarization, many white practitioners are uncertain how to respond, or even how to talk about race. As a white person:

Would you like to become part of a supportive learning community of white practitioners exploring racism in the context of Buddha Dharma?
Do you want to deepen your understanding of Buddhist teachings on suffering, oppression and liberation?
Do you want to gain insight into the suffering that arises from our racial conditioning as white people in this society?
Would you be interested in exploring how to act on insights arising from this investigation, exploring together ways of transforming our own white racial conditioning?

White Awake-NYI is a 6-session course, meeting from September through November, that will explore these questions. The course will focus on deepening personal awareness and understanding of race and the role it plays in our lives and in society. Through gathering to practice, study, examine, and learn within community, we will gain insight into how systems of racism and privilege operate, and ways we can skillfully support change.

We are asking participants to agree to:
maintain or renew your Dharma practice as a frame for supporting this inquiry.
be willing to grapple with difficult issues, and to stay engaged, as you explore your personal experience.
seek support of the program facilitators, if needed.

If you have questions, please email Elaine at elaine@eretholtz.com
You can register here 


Interpersonal Mindfulness
Tuesday evenings
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
September 19th - November 7th 
JCC in Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Avenue at West 76th Street
Orientation* Tuesday September 12th 6:30 - 9:00 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 Class (a required part of the 8 week program): 
Sunday October 15th from 9:30 am - 5 pm 
The Daylong class is essential as new material is presented.
More information and registration here.
Prerequisite: MBSR foundation class or prior meditation experience.

"Touching and being touched, we create our world." -Gregory Kramer

Have you ever noticed that even when your formal mindfulness practice is going well you can hit the skids when it's time to communicate with others? Developing an interpersonal mindfulness practice helps us be more fully present with others and oneself. 

This class is based upon the practice of Insight Dialogue and was developed over a period of 10 years. It is the result of a collaboration between the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Metta Programs. 

Note: The bulk of the class time will be spent reflecting and practicing in dyads, using the Insight Dialogue Guidelines. 


Read what people are saying about the interpersonal mindfulness course here





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Elaine Retholtz is a Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher. 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, and is currently in training with the Center for Mindfulness in preparation for offering MBSR Teacher Training in NYC.

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 Teacher’s 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