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.

Next session: Sunday, May 21st, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 pm


Other Courses and events suitable for MBSR Alumni


In Manhattan with Collaborative member Amy Gross

Deepen, Soften, Open, Ease…
How To Meet What Comes Up In Practice, In Life
A four-week course for graduates of MBSR
Thursday evenings
6:30 - 8:00 pm
June 8th - August 9th
New York Insight Meditation Center
28 West 27 Street, 10th floor
Tuition: $125
Register here

A four-week course for graduates of MBSR to enhance the skills of working with what’s difficult, uncomfortable, unpleasant. How can we relax into what’s arising right now rather than struggle with it, try to fix it, or rush past it? It takes practice and that’s what we’ll do together—focusing on what comes up, moment to moment, training our minds to step back, see clearly, and free ourselves from the tyranny of our habits. Come and discover your own path to peace.

In Brooklyn with Collaborative member Paulette Graf


The Four Foundations of Mindfulness
A six-week course for graduates of MBSR
Wednesday evenings 
7:00 pm -9:00 pm
June 14th- July 26th (skipping 5th)
at The Commons in Brooklyn
388 Atlantic Avenue bet Hoyt and Bond, 2nd Fl (elevator)
5 blocks from Atlantic Av Barclays Center near BAM
Tuition $350 includes class handout materials 
Two field trips are included on other dates to be discussed.
For Registration call 718 788 2380
or contact at paulette.graf@hotmail.com

A six week course for graduates of MBSR exploring the Four Foundations of Mindfulness -- Mindfulness of Body, Feelings, Mind, and Phenomena -- enabling us to expand our knowledge experientially. We examine each aspect in detail applicable to our daily lives, and draw them together. We see how they are interconnected within the big picture while activating and enriching our mindful awareness. 


In Manhattan with Collaborative member Judy Bernstein


Interpersonal Mindfulness Program: 

Cultivating Presence in Relationship
Wednesdays mornings
9:30 a.m. - noon
June 21st - August 9th
New York Insight Meditation Center
28 West 27 Street, 10th floor
Orientation (required for course participation): June 14, 9:30 a.m. - noon
Day-long Class: Saturday, July 16, 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuition: $ 425
Register here

Touching and being touched, we create our world. -Gregory Kramer
Our lives are webs of social relationships and communication. In all relationships, we find joys and tensions, the wish that things be different, appreciation, longing and suffering. Often, we function in our relational lives as if we are asleep; being pulled by likes and dislikes, assumptions and judgments. Developing interpersonal mindfulness leads to being more fully present and caring with others and oneself. This class is based upon the practice of Insight Dialogue.
Learning Objectives:
· To deepen the practice of mindfulness meditation.
· To learn guidelines for increasing awareness in our interactions.
· To recognize habitual ways we react to stress and anxiety in relationship.
· To cultivate wholesome, and release unwholesome, mind states and actions.
· To learn ways of listening to oneself and others more deeply.
If you have questions, please contact Judy via phone (973-275-1033) or email at jbernsteinpsyd@gmail.com.

In Manhattan with Collaborative member Elaine Retholtz

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
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.

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

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 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