Joan Griffiths Vega

Teaching Schedule


Tuesday Evenings
8:00 – 10:00pm
April 3rd– May 22nd
New York Open Center
22 East 30th Street betw. Fifth Avenue & Madison
Extended practice session May 15th, 5:30-10:00pm
FREE Introductory Class (recommended), March 13th, 8-9PM
Members $340/ Nonmembers $410 (plus $20 materials fee)
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Wednesday Evenings
7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
April 4th – May 23rd
Park Slope/Ditmas Park - Private Residence
Practice Day, Saturday, April 29th, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Free Orientation (recommended) on Wednesday, March 14th, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Tuition $425 includes materials, recordings and Practice Day
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After her training in MBSR at the Professional Training workshop with Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD., and Saki Santorelli, Ed.D, Director of the UMass Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, Joan Griffiths Vega completed the 8-Day Practicum workshop at the Center for Mindfulness in Worcester, MA, and the 10-day Teacher Development Intensive (TDI) training in 2010. She continues to deepen her teaching skills and personal practice with on-going private peer-to-peer supervision.

In 2008, Joan introduced her adapted MBSR workshop for family caregivers to The Martha Stewart Center for Living at Mt. Sinai Hospital of New York. She co-teaches her Caregiver Mindful Stress Reduction workshop with Patricia Bloom, MD. The workshop addresses the needs of family caregivers who experience significant stress while caring for a person with dementia or chronic disease. Understanding the dynamics of resiliency and signals of stress, and developing a mindful meditation practice supports the caregiver leading to a calmer environment for the chronically ill loved one. Joan also teaches the original eight-week MBSR model as well as her caregiver workshop. She is involved in several mindfulness-based research projects at Mt. Sinai.

At the Alzheimer’s Association, Joan teaches a hour-long workshop “The Pillars of a Healthy Life.” It is an overview of informal ways to bring mindful stress reduction practices into the daily life of a professional or family caregiver. After participating in the Alzheimer’s Association of NYC’s support group facilitator training in 2004, she started an adult children Alzheimer’s Support Group in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

In her words: “The gift of teaching MBSR to caregivers is to see them begin a workshop looking grim, joyless and tired. Eight weeks later, they leave smiling, looking younger and softer.”

Joan regularly offers the eight-week workshop in her home in Ditmas Park/Park Slope area of Brooklyn and is available to work privately with individuals experiencing cancer, chronic pain, and anxiety.

To deepen her understanding of MBSR’s foundations, Joan continues her studies with Senior teachers of Insight Meditation and Buddhist scholars, and updates her workshop to include the research advances in neuroscience and mindfulness. In 2010 she completed a year of study at the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care’s Foundations in Buddhist Contemplative Care program, and continues to take courses at the NYZCCC. This summer she became a certified chair yoga teacher.

Joan completed an MA at Columbia University in the School of Arts, and attended the MFA program at Pacific Graduate Institute, focusing on depth mythology studies. Her MBSR workshop is grounded in her love of storytelling and cross-cultural wisdom tales. Concerned with practical ways to reduce stress and pain, and ways to create a balanced life, Joan became a certified coach of Open Focus™ Attention, developed Les Fehmi, PhD, a leader and pioneer in neurofeedback.

To contact Joan please call 718 788 3468