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.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS

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.

Insight Meditation 101
6 Monday mornings 10-noon
July 10 - August 14
New York Insight Meditation Center

28 West 27 Street, 10th Floor
Registration: $180
Information on registering as well as financial aid can be found here.

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.”

Obstacles to Meditation Practice: the Five Hindrances
6 Wednesday evenings 7:00 - 9:00 pm
July 12th - August 16th
JCC in Manhattan

334 Amsterdam Avenue at West 76th Street
Members $175 / Public $200
Register here

We may come to meditation hoping to experience calmness of mind. Instead, we often encounter habitual mental patterns that hinder our ability to stay present. Known as the “five hindrances", these mental states are like clouds that prevent the mind from seeing clearly. This course will offer an opportunity to learn how to skillfully work with and understand these experiences as they arise in our formal meditation practice as well as in our daily lives. There will be opportunity for practice, instruction and talks, as well as group dialogue and inquiry. There will also be ongoing practice assignments each week.


Loving-Kindness Meditation
6 Thursday Mornings 10 am - noon
July 13th -Aug 17th
JCC in Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Avenue at West 76th Street
Members $175 / Public $200
Register here

The human heart is naturally kind, joyful, and compassionate, but we don't feel this when our hearts are overwhelmed with fear and separation. In times like these, it is more important than ever to learn how to open and restore our hearts through practices of lovingkindness, compassion, joy and equanimity. As Martin Luther King Jr. said, "I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

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): 
Saturday 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)

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. 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