Elaine Retholtz

Teaching Schedule

8 WEEK MINDFULNESS BASED STRESS REDUCTION CLASSES


Tuesday Evenings
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
May 2nd - June 20th
New York Insight Meditation Center

28 West 27th Street - 7th Floor
Orientation* Tuesday April 25th from 6:30-9:00 pm
Daylong Class (a required part of the 8 week program): 
Saturday June 10th from 9:30 am - 5 pm 
Tuition: Base / $450 Sustaining / $600 Member rates are available 
To register click here.

*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

Friday mornings
9:30 am - noon
May 5th - June 23rd
New York Insight Meditation Center

28 West 27th Street - 10th Floor
Orientation* Friday morning April 28 from 9:30 am - noon 
Daylong Class (a required part of the 8 week program): 
Saturday June 10th from 9:30 am - 5 pm 
Tuition: Base / $450 Sustaining / $600 Member rates are available 
To register click here.

*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

Wednesday evenings
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
May 3rd - June 28th
At the JCC in Manhattan

Amsterdam Avenue and West 76th Street
Orientation Session*: Wednesday, April 26th 7:00 – 9:30 pm 
(there is also another orientation on Thursday, April 27th at 9:30 am)
Daylong Session: Sunday June 11th 9:30 am – 5 pm 
Tuition: $395 for JCC members or $425 for non-members
To register please call 646-505-5708
or 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


SPECIAL PROGRAMS
suitable for Alumni of MBSR

Mindfulness of Emotions
Mondays May 1st - June 12thskipping May 29 (Memorial Day) 
10 am - noon
New York Insight Meditation Center
28 West 27 Street, 10th floor
$180, member rates available
Register here

The journey of mindfulness is a journey of heart-fullness. As we travel this path, we may be surprised and confused by the depth and richness of the emotional landscapes we encounter. Rather than indicating that we have lost our way, becoming mindful of emotions as they arise serves as a gateway to deepening in wisdom and compassion for ourselves and others.

The course will focus on familiarizing ourselves with and practicing with R A I N (Recognizing, Acknowledging / Allowing / Accepting, Investigating experience, and Not identifying with experience).

We will focus on common "afflictive" emotions such as greed, anger, grief and fear and the cultivation of the antidotes of generosity, compassion, and kindness.


Forgiveness Practice:
Healing our Relationship with the Past
5 Thursdays, May 18 – Jun 22 (except Jun 1st) 
10:00 am – noon
JCC in Manhattan

334 Amsterdam Avenue
$175 member rates available
Register here

Betrayals, disappointments, abandonments, or societal injustices and failing to live up to our own expectations—these are all ropes that can bind us to the past. Forgiveness practice can be a catalyst to transform bitterness, anger and grief into compassion and loving-kindness.



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Elaine Retholtz is a certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher. Teacher Certification in MBSR is the recognition by the Center for Mindfulness (CFM) in Worcester Massachusetts of in-depth understanding and skillful delivery of the MBSR curriculum.

Elaine has been practicing mindfulness meditation since 1988. She started her MBSR training in 2004 and has been teaching the traditional 8-week MBSR program in NYC since 2005.

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 is on the Teacher’s Council at New York Insight Meditation Center, where she is also a board member and a member of the diversity committee. She is a graduate of the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leaders Program.

In the summer of 2013 she assisted Florence Meleo-Meyer and Rob Smith at the 9-day Practicum in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction – the first step on the training path for MBSR teachers.


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

For information about courses, or how to bring MBSR to your facility,  or for private sessions, contact
elaine.retholtz@gmail.com