Up-coming Classes for MBSR Alumni

In Manhattan: MBSR Alumni Refresher Evening at the JCC in Manhattan (3rd Sunday)

Have you been a participant in an MBSR program? Join us for this new monthly practice group led by members of the NYC MBSR Teachers' Collaborative. Get support in maintaining or deepening your mindfulness practice and explore opportunities to cultivate mindfulness in everyday life. Re-connect with friends and meet others who are bringing these practices into their lives. 

Dates: Every 3rd Sunday of the Month, from 5:30 to 7:30
Location: the JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave. New York, NY 10023 
Cost: $ 20.00. Nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.
To register please call: 646 505 5708 or sign up through the JCC website.
Last minute registrants can pay the instructors at the beginning of the class.

Other Courses and events suitable for MBSR Alumni


In CT with Collaborative member Jon Aaron

Coming Home to Kindness
5 Night Meditation Retreat
October 3rd -8th
Copper Beech Institute, West Hartford, CT
co-taught with Beth Mulligan
co-sponsored by the Center for Mindful Self Compassion
Our attention during this retreat will be on how we can build our resilience and enhance our capacity to meet challenges with equanimity, strength and compassionate awareness.
For further information and registration click here

In Manhattan with Collaborative member Elaine Retholtz


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

28 West 27 Street, 10th Floor
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.”

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.
Registration information will be posted as soon as it is available.
Prerequisite: MBSR foundation class or prior meditation experience.
More information and registration here.

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