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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August 2019

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

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


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September 2019

Four Foundations of Mindfulness, with John Orr

Class Dates: Wednesdays, September 11 through October 2, 2019

Time: 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Instructor: John Orr

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

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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.

Mindful Parenting, with Caroline Hexdall, Ph.D.


Class Dates: Fridays, September 13 through October 4, 2019

Time: 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.

Instructor: Caroline Hexdall, Ph.D.

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.

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.

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

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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 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.


October 2019

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.

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


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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.