Foundations of Mindfulness: Introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress & Pain Management (MSPM)

Sponsored by the Program on Integrative Medicine

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 in the midst of a busy life. These practices will enhance your body’s natural adaptive healing ability and will cultivate the mind’s clarity and insight.

This evidenced-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 to 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:

  • 8 weekly classes of 2-1/2 hours each
  • One 6-hour retreat on a Saturday
  • Recordings with guided meditations and stretching practices
  • Access to extensive handouts, reading lists, home assignments, resources, etc.

Participants are encouraged to practice home assignments for 30-40 minutes every day and to 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.

Questions? Email

Fee: $350 UNC Affiliates | $375 General Public | $200 Repeat Participants

Refund policy

  • Before start of 1st class, full refund minus $75.00 handling fee
  • After 1st class, no refunds

UNC’s Morning of Mindfulness with Paula Huffman

Come see what Mindfulness Practices are all about or refresh your current practice!

Feeling a little overwhelmed???

Come to this Morning of Mindfulness to ease your stress by taking out time for yourself as you learn and practice Mindfulness Techniques that can bring benefits to your daily life!

These practices are also great for anyone experiencing acute or chronic health issues such as insomnia, anxiety, pain, and more.

This Morning of Mindfulness is open to all levels of practitioners.

We will include the following:

  • Identifying Stress Triggers, Manifestations and Coping Mechanisms
  • Using Mindful Breathing to Tame the Stress Response
  • Practice the Mind Body Connection through the Body Scan Practice
  • Seated Mindfulness Meditation with Attention to the Breath
  • The Breathing Space Practice for encouraging living life OFF Auto Pilot
Meet the Instructor Paula Huffman, BS, RN, ERYT
Paula holds a BS in Special Education, an NC License to practice as a Registered Nurse, and is certified as an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher. She studied with the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts with Jon Kabat-Zinn, completing MBSR training for health care providers and the 9-day MBSR intensive. Paula is also a perinatal educator and is trained as a Doula. She founded Whole Beginnings in the early 1990’s and has been providing services to expecting families since that time. Ms. Huffman has been actively practicing yoga and meditation since the 70’s. She incorporates these practices into her classes as well as her daily life.

Morning of Mindfulness – April

Class Dates: Saturday, April 14, 2018

Instructor: Paula Huffman, BS, RN, ERYT

Time: 9:00-12:00PM

Location: UNC Center for Rehabilitation Care, 1807 Fordham Blvd., Chapel Hill NC 27514 (on 15/501 in the former Borders Bookstore Building)

Mindful Self-Compassion – Evening Session

Class Dates: Wednesdays, April 4 through May 23, 2018

Instructors:Karen Bluth, Ph.D. & Laura Prochnow Phillips

Time: 6:00pm-8:30pm

Location: North Carolina Memorial Hospital, 101 Manning Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 (The Chapel in the UNC Cancer Hospital)


Tentative Half-Day of Mindfulness: Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 12-4PM, Unity Center of Peace, 8800 Seawell School Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Questions? email or Phone 919-966-8586


Foundations of Mindfulness: Introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress & Pain Management (MSPM) – May

Class Dates: Wednesdays, May 16 through July 11, 2018 (no class July 4)

Instructor: Kessonga Giscbombe

Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Location: UNC School of Social Work, Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building, Room 500, 27599, 325 Pittsboro St #3550, Chapel Hill, NC 27516


Day of Mindfulness: Saturday, June 16, 2018, from 9:00am to 3:30pm, at New Hope Camp and Conference Center, 4805 NC-86, Chapel Hill, NC 27516



Questions? email or Phone 919-966-8586