Elaine Retholtz

Teaching Schedule


At New York Insight Meditation Center:

Friday mornings
9:30 am - noon
January 17th - March 13th
(skip February 21st)
New York Insight Meditation Center
28 West 27th Street - 10th Floor
Orientation* Friday morning January 10th 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):
February 29th from 9:30 am - 5 pm
Tuition: Base / $450 Sustaining / $600
Member rates are available
To register click here.

At the Marlene Meyerson JCC in Manhattan:

Thursday evenings
6:30 - 9:00 pm 
January 16th - March 12t
h (skip February 20th)
The Marlene Meyerson JCC in Manhattan
Amsterdam Avenue and West 76th Street
Orientation Session*: Thursday, January 9th 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 Session: Sunday March 1st 9:30 am – 5 pm
Tuition: $410 for JCC members or $425 for non-members
To register please call 646-505-5708
or click here


The Interpersonal Mindfulness Program
8 Wednesday evenings
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm 
January 15th - March 4th 
New York Insight Meditation Center
28 West 27th Street, 10th Floor 
Daylong Class: Saturday February 8th from 9:30 am - 5 pm 
Register here

Have you ever noticed that even when your formal 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 ourself.

Many of us have spent a great deal of time in solitary practice, on the cushion, developing mindfulness and calm concentration. As we move into the normal flow of our daily lives, we experience the challenges of sustaining mindfulness. Can we cultivate awareness in these dynamic moments of contact?

This class is based upon the practice of Insight Dialogue and was developed through collaboration between the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society, and Metta Programs.

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

Prerequisite: A Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) class or prior meditation experience that includes some relational practice - i.e. a willingness to bring mindfulness out of silent formal practice into shared investigation of the human experience. 

Read what people are saying about the interpersonal mindfulness course here.

To read what people are saying about Elaine's work, click here.

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.