Hosted by the Mindfulness Center at the UNC 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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JANUARY 2020

Introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress & Pain Management, with Kessonga Giscombe, MS, L.Ac.

Class Dates: Mondays, January 27 through March 9, 2020

Time: 6:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.

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

UNC Payroll Deduction is available to University of North Carolina Employees https://www.med.unc.edu/phyrehab/pim/files/2019/08/Mindfulness-Payroll-Deduction-Form.pdf

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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.

Well Said: Reducing stress through Mindfulness

Kessonga Giscombé, a husband, father, faculty member and student, manages the stress in his life by practicing mindfulness — and teaching it, too.

Follow this link to listen on SOUNDCLOUD: https://bit.ly/2MCcjjS


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

Class Date: Saturday, January 18, 2020

Time: 9:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.

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

UNC Payroll Deduction is available to University of North Carolina Employees https://www.med.unc.edu/phyrehab/pim/files/2019/08/Mindfulness-Payroll-Deduction-Form.pdf

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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.

 

FEBRUARY 2020

Introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress & Pain Management, with Sasha Loring, M.Ed., LCSW

Class Dates: Mondays, February 3 through March 23, 2020

Time: 9:30 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

Location: UNC Center for Rehabilitation Care, 1807 Fordham Blvd., Chapel Hill NC 27514

UNC Payroll Deduction is available to University of North Carolina Employees https://www.med.unc.edu/phyrehab/pim/files/2019/08/Mindfulness-Payroll-Deduction-Form.pdf

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Sasha Loring, M.Ed., LCSW, is a psychotherapist and meditation teacher who has been leading mindfulness programs nationwide for over 30 years. She has developed programs for major medical centers regarding Mindfulness Training for Professionals and Mindful Eating. Sasha Loring is the author of the book Eating with Fierce Kindness: A Mindful and Compassionate Guide to Losing Weight and RELIEF:  Release Stress and Harmful Habits and Awaken Your Best Self.

 


Learning to BREATHE II: a research-based mindfulness program for adolescents (12-14 years old), with Kate Murphy & Aviva Scully

Class Dates: Tuesdays, February 4 through February 25, 2020

Time: 5:00 P.M. to 6:30 P.M.

Location: UNC Center for Rehabilitation Care, 1807 Fordham Blvd., Chapel Hill NC 27514

UNC Payroll Deduction is available to University of North Carolina Employees https://www.med.unc.edu/phyrehab/pim/files/2019/08/Mindfulness-Payroll-Deduction-Form.pdf

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Kate Murphy first studied meditation and yoga with John Orr over 20 years ago. She completed the Duke graduate MBSR course, is a nationally board-certified teacher, and since 2009, a certified yoga instructor. For 10 years, Kate taught stress reduction painting classes at the Duke Diet and Fitness Center. Her work as a middle school counselor continues to inform and deepen her interest in mindfulness for teens.

 

MARCH 2020

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

Class Date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Time: 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

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

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

Class Date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Time: 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

Location: UNC Center for Rehabilitation Care, 1807 Fordham Blvd., Chapel Hill NC 27514

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MAY 2020

Foundations of Mindfulness, with John Orr

Class Dates: Wednesdays, May 20 through June 10, 2020

Time: 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Location: UNC Center for Rehabilitation Care, 1807 Fordham Blvd., Chapel Hill NC 27514

UNC Payroll Deduction is available to University of North Carolina Employees https://www.med.unc.edu/phyrehab/pim/files/2019/08/Mindfulness-Payroll-Deduction-Form.pdf

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John Orr received Theravada Buddhist ordination and training for a period of eight years while living as a monk in the 1970’s in Thailand and India. 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.