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.

Questions? Email mindfulness

 

JULY

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

Class Date: Saturday, July 11, 2020, from 9:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.

This class is free &  registration is required. After registration, you will receive a Zoom link and instructions

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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. 

 

AUGUST

Mindfulness Refresher, with Rita-Anita Linger, Ph.D., CPC, CMBP online via Zoom

Class Date: Saturday, August 1, 2020, from 9:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M.

After registration, you will receive a Zoom link and instructions

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Rita-Anita is a Human Scientist, Integrative Health Practitioner and Coach, University Professor/Lecturer, Mindfulness Teacher/Researcher and the Founder of several organizations that address professional and personal development.

 


Introduction to Mindfulness online via Zoom, with Kessonga Giscombe, MS, L.Ac., MSW

Class Dates: Mondays, August 10 through October 5, 2020, from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

After registration, you will receive a Zoom link and instructions

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UNC Payroll Deduction is available to University of North Carolina Employees 

Kessonga Giscombe, MS, L.Ac., MSW, is a husband, father, adjunct faculty for the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mindfulness instructor for the Program on Integrative Medicine, and full-time student, currently completing his master’s in social work at UNC. Kessonga is also a licensed acupuncturist, certified Holistic Health Counselor. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Master 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.

Kessonga 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.

Kessonga 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.


When Everything Falls Apart, What Remains? online via Zoom with John Orr

NEW ADVANCED MINDFULNESS COURSE!

Class Dates: Wednesdays, August 26 through September 16,  2020, from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

After registration, you will receive a Zoom link and instructions

Click here to Register!

UNC Payroll Deduction is available to University of North Carolina Employees 

John Orr is an an ordained Theravada Buddhist monk and guiding teacher of the New Hope Sangha, this course is for practitioners who have already taken the Basic/Foundations Mindfulness course and are interested in deepening their practice with a master teacher.

 

SEPTEMBER

Mindfulness Refresher via Zoom, with Sasha Loring, M.Ed., LCSW

Class Date: Saturday, September 5, 2020, from 9:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M.

After registration, you will receive a Zoom link and instructions

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Sasha Loring, M.Ed., LCSW has been teaching mindfulness nationwide for over 30 years. She has taught at Duke and UNC Integrative Medicine programs and is the author of books on relieving stress and on mindful eating.

 


Exploring Emotions, with Sasha Loring, M.Ed., LCSW

NEW MINDFULNESS COURSE!

How can we create a harmonious relationship with our emotions?

Exploring this question with mindfulness and self-compassion can bring about a more satisfying and peaceful relationship with ourselves and with others.

This course is an opportunity to

  • Look more deeply into your emotions with guidance and support
  • Examine how you get stuck in habitual reactivity
  • Learn mindfulness skills for working with emotions directly and with kindness
  • Make a healthier connection between body and mind
  • Work with assignments between classes

Class Dates: Thursdays, September 10 through October 15, 2020, from 7:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. 

After registration, you will receive a Zoom link and instructions

Click here to Register!

UNC Payroll Deduction is available to University of North Carolina Employees 

Sasha Loring, M.Ed., LCSW has been teaching mindfulness nationwide for over 30 years. She has taught at Duke and UNC Integrative Medicine programs and is the author of books on relieving stress and on mindful eating.

 

 


Introduction to Mindfulness online via Zoom, with Paula Huffman, BS, RN, ERYT

Class Dates: Fridays, September 11 through October 30, 2020, from 9:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.

After registration, you will receive a Zoom link and instructions

UNC Payroll Deduction is available to University of North Carolina Employees 

Click here to Register!

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. 

 

OCTOBER

Mindfulness Refresher via Zoom, with Sasha Loring, M.Ed., LCSW

Class Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020, from 9:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M.

After registration, you will receive a Zoom link and instructions

Click here to Register!

 


Foundations of Mindfulness, online via Zoom, with John Orr

Class Dates: Wednesdays, October 21 through November 11, 2020, from 6-8PM

UNC Payroll Deduction is available to University of North Carolina Employees 

Click here to Register!

After registration, you will receive a Zoom link and instructions

John Orr is an an ordained Theravada Buddhist monk and guiding teacher of the New Hope Sangha, this course is for practitioners who have already taken the Basic/Foundations Mindfulness course and are interested in deepening their practice with a master teacher.

 

NOVEMBER

Mindfulness Refresher via Zoom, with Sasha Loring, M.Ed., LCSW

Class Date: Saturday, November 7, 2020, from 9:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M.

After registration, you will receive a Zoom link and instructions

Click here to Register!

DECEMBER

Mindfulness Refresher via Zoom, with Kessonga Giscombe, MS, L.Ac., MSW

Class Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020, from 9:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M.

After registration, you will receive a Zoom link and instructions

Click here to Register!