UNC Mindfulness Program Course Schedule
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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Morning of Mindfulness, with Paula Huffman, BS, RN, ERYT
Class Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019
Time: 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.
Instructor: Paula Huffman, BS, RN, ERYT
Class Dates: Wednesdays, September 11 through October 2, 2019
He has been teaching meditation and leading retreats around the country since 1980. John is the guiding teacher of the New Hope Sangha, which is a nondenominational
community located in Durham, North Carolina that respects the wisdom of various spiritual traditions.
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.
Introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress & Pain Management (MSPM), with Sasha Loring, M.Ed., LCSW
Class Dates: Fridays, September 20 through November 8, 2019
Instructor: Sasha Loring, M.Ed., LCSW
Time: 9:30 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.
Sasha Loring, M.Ed., LCSW, is 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 Weight. Sasha has spent considerable time in meditation retreats, the longest being for one year.
Introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress & Pain Management (MSPM), with Kessonga Giscombe, MS, L.Ac.
Class Dates: Tuesdays, October 1 through November 19, 2019
Instructor: Kessonga Giscombe, MS, L.Ac.
Time: 6:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.
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.