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

Hosted 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.

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December


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

Class Dates: Saturday, December 15, 2018, from 9:00-12:00pm

LocationUNC Center for Rehabilitation Care, 1807 North Fordham Blvd., (on 15/501 in the former Borders building), Chapel Hill, NC 27514  

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January 2019


Foundations of Mindfulness: Introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress & Pain Management (MSPM), with Sasha Loring, M.Ed., LCSW

Class Dates:Fridays, January 25 through March 22, 2019

Instructor: Sasha Loring, M.Ed., LCSW

Time: 9:30am -12:00pm

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

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TBD Day of Mindfulness: Saturday, March 9, 2019, from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at  New Hope Camp & Conference Center, 4805 NC-86, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Please remember to bring a lunch on the Day of Mindfulness!

Sasha Loring, M.Ed., LCSWis a psychotherapist and meditation teacher who has been leading mindfulness programs nationwide for over 30 years. She has taught the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program at Duke and UNC, and the Mindfulness Training for Professionals programs at Duke Integrative Medicine. She has contributed to several mindfulness research projects, taught at Omega Institute, and is the author of the books Relief: Release Stress and Harmful Habits, and Awaken Your Best Self and Eating with Fierce Kindness: A Mindful and Compassionate Guide to Losing WeightSasha has spent considerable time in meditation retreats, the longest being for one year.


Foundations of Mindfulness: Introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress & Pain Management (MSPM), with Kessonga Giscombe

Class Dates:Tuesdays, January 29 through March 19, 2019.

Instructor: Kessonga Giscombe

Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm

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

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TBD Day of Mindfulness: Saturday, March 9, 2019, from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at  New Hope Camp & Conference Center, 4805 NC-86, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Please remember to bring a lunch on the Day of Mindfulness!
Kessonga Giscombé, MS, L.Ac. is a Licensed Acupuncturist, Certified Holistic Health Counselor, and Mindfulness Meditation Instructor. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a Master’s of Science degree in Acupuncture from The New York College of Health Professions. He specializes in Japanese Meridian Therapy as well as Traditional Chinese Acupuncture. Mr. Giscombe also received his national certification for Holistic Health Counseling from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, located in New York, and has received training in Mindfulness from the Oasis MBSR Center at University of Massachusetts and the Program for Integrative Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mr. Giscombe has successfully treated patients who presented with an array of ailments, such as migraines/headaches, asthma, arthritis, hypertension, obesity, anxiety, digestive orders, and chronic pain.


Creating a More Balanced Life with Mindfulness Techniques: A Mindfulness Retreat, with Paula Huffman, BS, RN, ERYT

Does this Sound Familiar?

“All I ever do is Work”
“I take care of everyone but me”
“I never have a minute to myself”
“My electronics rule my life”
“I have no separation between my personal and professional life”
Maintaining a healthy life balance can be essential for over-all health and well -being. It can also help to enhance the ability to focus attention and energy, while boosting productivity. As we begin to look at ways to bring balance into our lives, satisfaction and contentment can ensue.
The big question is…What does life balance really mean? What would a balanced life look like to us? And most importantly, how do we go about achieving it in the midst of our crazy schedules?
In this Retreat we will explore the following:
  • What does a Balanced Life mean to me
  • Is Balance Attainable
  • Satisfaction levels in life components
  • Where are opportunities for growth
  • Mechanisms for Promoting Satisfaction and Fulfillment
  • Coping Techniques when Balance is not Possible
  • Managing Daily Stress
  • Self  Care
  • Mindful Communication

Class Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019

Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm

Instructor: Paula Huffman, BS, RN, ERYT

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

Cost: $125

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Paula Huffman, BS, RN, ERYT 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.

Paula has been actively practicing yoga and meditation since the 70’s. She incorporates these practices into her classes as well as her daily life.


February  2019


A Taste of Mindfulness, with Sandra Simmons, M.D.

More Information Coming Soon!

Class Dates: Wednesdays, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, and 3/6/19

Instructor: Sandra Simmons, M.D.

Time: 12-1PM  more details coming soon

Location: UNC Health Care’s Morrisville campus, 1025 Think Pl, Morrisville, NC 27560


March 2019


Foundations of Mindfulness: Introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress & Pain Management (MSPM), with William Frey, M.Ed.

Class Dates:Mondays, March 11 through April 29, 2019

Instructor: William Frey, M.Ed.

Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm

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

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TBD Day of Mindfulness: Saturday, March 9, 2019, from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at  New Hope Camp & Conference Center, 4805 NC-86, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Please remember to bring a lunch on the Day of Mindfulness!

William Frey, M.Ed., is trained in a variety of stress management models, and has served as an instructor of mindfulness-based stress reduction for the Program on Integrative Medicine since 2000.  William is currently working at the University as an organization and professional development specialist. He is a certified professional co-active coach and holds undergraduate degrees in psychology, chemistry, and medical technology and a master’s degree in education. Will is the author of Ease into Freedom: Keys for Reducing Stress and Unlocking Your Potential  (2016).


Mindful Parenting, with Caroline Hexdall, Ph.D.

Class Dates: Fridays, February 15 through March 8, 2019.

Instructor: Caroline Hexdall, Ph.D.

Time: 9:00am – 11:00am

Location: UNC Hospital Hillsborough Campus, 430 Waterstone Drive, Hillsborough NC 27278 [HBT 10011 Training Room]

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Caroline Hexdall, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and owner of the Center for Mindful Development, PLLC in Hillsborough. After working at UNC’s Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities and serving as the state consultant for school psychology, she returned to the rewards of clinical practice in 2013. At the Center for Mindful Development, she provides psychological services and mindfulness education, with a focus on mindful parenting.