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Course Update

  • Mindful Parenting with Caroline Hexdall- Hybrid Model coming soon!
  • Mindfulness Refreshers are back, with Paula Huffman starting on Saturday, July 9th
  • Mindfulness for Teens in June & July
  • Four Foundations of Mindfulness, with John Orr in July

The UNC Mindfulness-based Program for Stress and Pain Management offers training in meditation and mind-body awareness that will teach you how to slow down, set priorities, and stay calm, focused, and relaxed during a busy life. These practices will enhance your body’s natural adaptive healing ability and cultivate the mind’s clarity and insight.

This evidence-based program is based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s model that teaches Mindfulness is ‘the awareness that arises from paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally.’ It enables individuals to step out of ‘automatic pilot.’ and connect and respond to daily life with increased awareness and self-control.

The class format includes instruction and practice of mindfulness skills, mind-body exercises, group dialogue, and daily home assignments. In this program, you will receive:

  • Eight weekly classes of 2 hours each
  • Recordings with guided meditations and stretching practices
  • Access extensive handouts, reading lists, home assignments, resources, etc.
  • Participants are encouraged to practice home assignments for 30-40 minutes every day and complete an initial questionnaire and a course evaluation. This challenging, life-affirming course requires a strong commitment for maximal benefit. Your instructors are committed to and skilled at creating a safe, supportive, and deeply engaging learning environment.

“What I have grown to recognize about myself is that I spend a great deal of time caring for everyone…This class…taught me about my origin and my environment and its role in how I have learned to survive and cope with life. I feel better about my existence, and it has allowed me to engage in self-care.”

June

Morning of Mindfulness, via Zoom, with Paula Huffman, BS, RN, ERYT

Saturday, June 18, 2022 | 10-Noon EST

UNC Payroll Deduction Available to University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Employees

Click here to register


Mindful Nature: A Summer Mindfulness Experience for Adolescents (11-14 years old), with Kate Murphy, MA, NBCT & Aviva Scully, MSW, LCSW, MSPH

In mindful nature, students are given the opportunity to explore their own inner landscape filtered by a lens of connectivity with the natural world around them.  By opening their hearts with self-compassion and nonjudgment, students discover a way of being more in tune with their personal sense of authenticity and inner peace.  By slowing down with mindful awareness, students will explore their natural environment with a heightened sense of awe, wonder, and appreciation.

During the retreat, your teen will experience

  • Ice breakers and social connection and sharing
  • Mindfulness of breathing
  • Beading to create a mindful bracelet
  • Sense and savor walks
  • Exploration of one square foot
  • Finding objects from nature
  • Looking at the space between
  • Breathing in tune with a plant or tree
  • Heightened sensory awareness
  • Haiku and journaling
  • Gratitude Practice

Saturday, June 25, 2022 | 11am-3pm

Mindfulness Instructors: Kate Murphy, MA, NBCT & Aviva Scully, MSW, LCSW, MSPH

UNC Payroll Deduction Available to University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Employees

Location: NC Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27517

Please have your teen bring a brown bag lunch, snacks, and drinks!

Restrooms and a fridge are available.

UNC Payroll Deduction is available to University of North Carolina Employees

Fee: $125 General Public | $200 Siblings discount |   UNC Payroll Deduction

Click here to register

July

Mindfulness Refresher, via Zoom, with Paula Huffman, BS, RN, ERYT

Saturday, July 9, 2022 | 10:30-11:30 AM EST

Cost is $15 Additional Proceeds goes to the Mindfulness Scholarship Fund

Please Note: This course Is limited to those who have completed an 8-week Foundational Mindfulness Course 

Click here to register


Four Foundations of Mindfulness, via Zoom, with John Orr

Mindfulness Meditation is based upon Four Foundations:

Mindfulness of the Body: We are aware of posture, breathing, and other sensations that we experience as we “wear” our bodies from day today. There will be instruction in mindfulness of the body in sitting, standing, and walking meditation. There will be special instructions for those who have difficulty standing and walking. We will also explore how to work with physical discomfort and pain when it arises.

give rise to corresponding sensations in our minds and bodies throughout the day. How can we skillfully navigate the broad range of circumstances and feelings that arise for us without clinging to the pleasant ones and pushing away what is unpleasant in our experience? This is where we find true equanimity and balance in our lives.

Mindfulness of Mind: Much of our stress can be released when we are mindful of thoughts and emotions that arise in our minds. Fear is the basis for the anxiety, worry, tension, anger, and other forms of negativity that we experience. The compulsively wanting mind also creates suffering. The practice of mindfulness and a deep intention to non-harm and compassion liberates us from suffering. We are mindful of the habitual response to fear and negativity, such as body contraction and judgmental stories like, “I shouldn’t be angry; I shouldn’t feel fear.” There is compassion for the human feeling this emotion and, at the same time, resting in spacious awareness. Gradually that spaciousness grows so profound that we don’t so often get caught in the objects of simple mind that used to bother us.

Mindfulness of Mind Objects: Through what we see, hear, taste, smell, feel and think, we know we are alive! Here we bring awareness to the whole sensory realm as it is experienced through the body and mind from moment to moment. With cultivating presence, we begin to discern between mindfulness and the object we are mindful of, such as a body sensation or thought. As we rest ever deeper in mindfulness, many of the knots in our lives begin to untangle, and unneeded stress is released.

Led by John Orr, who has been teaching meditation in  various venues for many years, and it is his joy to share these practices with you.

This course is for practitioners who have already completed the Basic/Foundations Mindfulness course and interested in deepening their practice.

Wednesdays, July 20 through August 10, 2022 | 7-8:30 PM EST

UNC Payroll Deduction is available to University of North Carolina Employees

Click here to register


Mindful Nature: A Summer Mindfulness Experience for Adolescents (11-14 years old), with Kate Murphy, MA, NBCT & Aviva Scully, MSW, LCSW, MSPH

Saturday, July 23, 2022 | 11am-3pm

Mindfulness Instructors: Kate Murphy, MA, NBCT & Aviva Scully, MSW, LCSW, MSPH

UNC Payroll Deduction Available to University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Employees

Location: New Hope Camp & Conference Center, 4805 NC-86, Chapel Hill, NC 27516 , Dogwood Lodge

Please have your teen bring a brown bag lunch, snacks, and drinks!

Restrooms and a fridge are available.

UNC Payroll Deduction is available to University of North Carolina Employees

Fee: $125 General Public | $200 Siblings discount |   UNC Payroll Deduction

Click here to register

August

Lead with Compassion Yoga Teacher Training, with Laura Terry & Whitney Wilkerson

Virtual Open House

Balance Through Movement Lead With Compassion Yoga Teacher Training program offers an inclusive and compassionate approach to Hatha yoga with a foundation in contemporary anatomy, neuroscience, and research-backed mindfulness tools. We place emphasis on body mechanics, modifications to adapt the practice, and modern knowledge of the body and mind to offer a comprehensive scope of yoga. Balance Through Movement Lead With Compassion is a Yoga Alliance certified training.

Monday, August 22, 2022 / 6-7 PM EST

Click here to register

Questions?

Contact Whitney and Laura: https://balancethroughmovement.com/contact

September

Mindfulness Refresher, via Zoom, with Paula Huffman, BS, RN, ERYT

Saturday, September 10, 2022 | 10:30-11:30 AM EST

Cost is $15 Additional Proceeds goes to the Mindfulness Scholarship Fund

Please Note: This course Is limited to those who have completed an 8-week Foundational Mindfulness Course 

Click here to register

November

Mindfulness Refresher, via Zoom, with Paula Huffman, BS, RN, ERYT

Saturday, November 12, 2022 | 10:30-11:30 AM EST

Cost is $15 Additional Proceeds goes to the Mindfulness Scholarship Fund

Please Note: This course Is limited to those who have completed an 8-week Foundational Mindfulness Course 

Click here to register


Paula Huffman, BS, RN, ERYT

Paula has worked as a professional in Health and Education services for over 40 years. Her experience in providing wellness services to both patients and students is vast. She has taught with UNC’s Program on Integrative Medicine, Mindfulness program for 10 years.


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