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Course Update

  • Morning & Evening sections available,  8-Week Mindfulness Foundation course, a community-driven online w/ Paula Huffman, BS, RN, EYRT, starting soon!
  • Mindful Parenting with Caroline Hexdall- Hybrid Model – coming soon!
  • Mindfulness Refreshers are back, with Paula Huffman starting on Saturday, January 14, 2023

The UNC Mindfulness-based Program for Stress and Pain Management offers meditation and mind-body awareness training that will teach you 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. 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 the following:

  • 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 daily and complete an initial questionnaire and a course evaluation. This challenging, life-affirming course requires a solid commitment to 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.”

January

8-Week Mindfulness Foundational Course for Stress Management & Life Enhancement, with Paula Huffman, BS, RN, ERYT

Fridays mornings, January 27 through March 17, 2023 | 9:30-11:30 AM EST, via Zoom

Fee: $375 General Public | $350 UNC Affiliates | $100 off for repeat participants | UNC Payroll Deduction

Click here to register

February

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

Saturday, February 11, 2023 | 10:30-Noon EST, via Zoom

Fee: $45  UNC Payroll Deduction

Click here to register


Compassionate Movement Series, via Zoom, with Whitney Wilkerson & Laura Terry

Monday evenings, February 20 through March 13, 2023 | 6-7 PM EST, via Zoom

Description

In these four sessions live online course, you will experience what it feels like to listen to your body and respond with movement, restorative practices, and constructive rest. Whitney Wilkerson (National Board-Certified Health & Wellness coach and yoga educator) and Laura Terry (Physical Therapist and yoga teacher) will guide you in cultivating a greater awareness of and ease in your body through a multi-disciplinary approach. This whole-system reset will use physical therapy-informed techniques, therapeutic yoga-based movement, and guided mindfulness to nourish the nervous system, align the body and calm the mind.

**Appropriate for individuals seeking to establish and support a self-care practice to nourish their minds and body. No yoga experience is required.**

Details

  • $100 for four sessions
  • Includes access to recordings for one month after the series ends
  • Yoga Alliance continuing education credits are available for yoga teachers (for live attendance only)

Fee: $100 General Public  | UNC Payroll Deduction

UNC Payroll Deduction is available to University of North Carolina Employees

After registration, you will receive a Zoom link and instructions

Click here to register


8-Week Mindfulness Foundational Course for Stress Management & Life Enhancement, with Paula Huffman, BS, RN, ERYT

Tuesday evenings, February 21 through April 11, 2023 | 6-8 PM EST, via Zoom

Fee: $375 General Public | $350 UNC Affiliates | $100 off for repeat participants | UNC Payroll Deduction

Click here to register

March

A Time to Renew, Replenish, & Grow, with Paula Huffman, BS, RN, ERYT

In-Person Event!

Saturday, March 11, 2023 | 9:30- 4 PM EST

New Hope Camp and Conference Center, Oak Lodge

Fee: $85 | UNC Payroll Deduction

Click here to register


Mindful Movement for Chronic Pain & Tension, via Zoom, with Whitney Wilkerson & Laura Terry

Description

In these four sessions live online course, you will experience an integrated approach to muscular tension management that combines mindfulness, yoga, neuroscience, and physical therapy-inspired techniques. In addition, you will learn embodied and experiential movement practices to explore the complexity of persistent bodily tension and discover self-care tools that can be used to offer relief in your daily life.

Monday evenings, March 27 through April 17, 2023 | 6-7 PM EST, via Zoom

  • Week One: Releasing low back and hip tension, Monday, 3/27/23
  • Week Two: Calming the nervous system to release tension, Monday, 4/3/23
  • Week Three: Releasing neck and shoulder tension, Monday, 4/10/23
  • Week Four: Pulling it all together, Monday, 4/17/23

Learning Objectives

  • Learn easily implemented mindfulness-based practices to release tension
  • Learn how to develop a deeper, more respectful relationship with your own body
  • Cultivate and learn ways to express compassion toward your body, mind, and spirit
  • Recognize postures, movement patterns, or internal/external stress that impacts your physical and emotional well-being
  • Participate in intentional, mindful yoga designed around contemporary anatomical, biomechanical and physiological knowledge

Details

  • $150 for four sessions, recordings of the practices to do at home, a home exercise program, and a recording of the mindfulness practices.
  • Includes access to recordings for one month after the series ends
  • Yoga Alliance continuing education credits are available for yoga teachers (for live attendance only)

Fee: $150 General Public  | UNC Payroll Deduction

UNC Payroll Deduction is available to University of North Carolina Employees

After registration, you will receive a Zoom link and instructions

Click here to register

April

Balance Through Movement Yoga Teacher Training: Lead with Compassion, 200-hour YTT, with Whitney Wilkerson & Laura Terry

OPEN HOUSE!

April 24, 2023 / 6:00 PM EST (Confirmation & Zoom link will be sent a few days prior). RSVP here.


Physician/Provider Retreat: Compassion & Mindful Movement for Stress Management, with Whitney Wilkerson & Laura Terry

Description

In this day-long retreat, you will learn to use evidence-based compassion & mindful movement practices to support burnout prevention and recovery and help you feel more compassionate and empowered to care for yourself and your patients. These practices combine guided relaxation and breath practices, gentle yoga, physical therapy-inspired techniques that you can use for your well-being, and simple methods to offer your clients and patients. Appropriate for individuals prepared to participate and observe in a full day of gentle movement and restorative practices. No yoga experience is required.

Details

Fee: $350 General Public  | UNC Payroll Deduction

UNC Payroll Deduction is available to University of North Carolina Employees

After registration, you will receive a Zoom link and instructions

Click here to register


Embodied Book Club, with Whitney Wilkerson & Laura Terry

Description

The Embodied Book Club (features a mindful movement practice followed by a facilitated book discussion highlighting books from our Yoga Teacher Training curriculum. This session includes a facilitator-led discussion of the book chosen for its focus on embodied and compassion-based practices and a mindful movement practice reflective of the reading. The physical practice could include gentle yoga, restorative practices, breath work, and guided relaxation.

Details

  • Saturday, April 29, 2023 | 9-11 AM EST, via Zoom
  • $50
  • On Zoom with access to recorded movement practices for one month after the live date
  • Yoga Alliance continuing education credits are available for yoga teachers (for live attendance only)

Fee: $50 General Public  | UNC Payroll Deduction

UNC Payroll Deduction is available to University of North Carolina Employees

After registration, you will receive a Zoom link and instructions

Click here to register

May

Balance Through Movement Yoga Teacher Training: Lead with Compassion, 200-hour YTT, with Whitney Wilkerson & Laura Terry

OPEN HOUSE!

May 25, 2023 / 6:00 PM EST (Confirmation & Zoom link will be sent a few days prior). RSVP here.

 

September

Balance Through Movement Yoga Teacher Training: Lead with Compassion, 200-hour YTT, with Whitney Wilkerson & Laura Terry

Credit hours, 200 hours, 20 CEU Credit hours

Beginning Date: 09/23/23

End Date: 03/24/24

200- hours of instruction, including lectures, practicum, discussion, independent reading and projects, embodied practice, and small group exercises to integrate our mind/body curriculum so that participants are ready to teach others yoga, teach components of yoga, and mindfulness to their clients and patients, and to have a deeper understanding of their mind/body connection for their self-care.


Paula Huffman, BS, RN, ERYT

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


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For more information, email mindfulness@med.unc.edu