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.

Questions? Email

Fee: $350 UNC Affiliates | $375 General Public | $200 Repeat Participants

Refund policy

  • Before start of 1st class, full refund minus $75.00 handling fee
  • After 1st class, no refunds

August

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

Class Dates: Saturday, August 11, 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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About Paula Huffman holds a BS in Special Education, an NC License to practice as a Registered Nurse, and is certified as an Experienced Registered YogaTeacher. Paula 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. She also completed a Mindfulness Teacher training through the Program on Integrative Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Paula is currently teaching Mindfulness Foundation Courses , including Morning of Mindfulness, Restorative Yoga Workshop, and Mindfulness Retreat: Creating A More Balanced Life with Mindfulness Techniques  (coming soon!)

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.


Mindfulness Skills for Changing Your Relationship with Food with Sasha Loring, M.Ed., LCSW

Class Dates: Thursdays, August 30 through October 4, 2018, from 5:30-7:00 pm

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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About Sasha Loring, M.Ed., LCSW As a leader in the field of mindful eating, Sasha Loring has taught mindfulness programs for Duke Integrative Medicine, Duke Diet and Fitness Center, and UNC Integrative Medicine. She has taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness Training for Professionals, and is the author of the books “Eating with Fierce Kindness: A Mindful and Compassionate Guide to Losing Weight,” and “RELIEF: Release Stress and Harmful Habits and Awaken Your Best Self.” She has been teaching meditation workshops nationwide for over 30 years, and has led support groups and worked individually with many people struggling with their weight.

www.sashaloring.com


September

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

Class Dates: Mondays, September 24 through November 12, 2018

Instructor: William Frey, M.Ed.

Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Tentative Location NC Memorial Hospital, Curnen Denny Conference Room, 101 Manning Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 

Day of Mindfulness: Saturday, November 3,  2018, from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at  New Hope Camp & Conference Center, 4805 NC-86, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

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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).


October

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

Class Dates: Friday mornings, October 5 through November 30, 2018

Instructor: Sasha Loring, M.Ed., LCSW

Time: 9:00am -12:00pm

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

Click here to Register!

Day of Mindfulness: Saturday, November 3,  2018, 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!


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

Class Dates: Saturday, October 20, 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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Foundations of Mindfulness: Introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress & Pain Management (MSPM)

Class Dates:Tuesdays, October 23 through December 18, 2018 (no class on Tuesday, November 20th!)

Instructor: Kessonga Giscombe

Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm

TENTATIVE LOCATION: UNC School of Social Work, Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building, 325 Pittsboro St., Chapel Hill, NC 27516 

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Tentative Day of Mindfulness: Saturday, December 8,  2018, 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.


November

Day of Mindfulness Silent Retreat

If you have taken an Introductory Mindfulness course, with UNC Program on Integrative Medicine, you are welcomed to join one us for a Day of Mindfulness, that’s held throughout the year. 

Day of Mindfulness: Saturday, November 3,  2018, from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at  New Hope Camp & Conference Center, 4805 NC-86, Chapel Hill, NC 27516 

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Fee: $25

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


December

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

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

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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Questions? email mindfulness@med.unc.edu or Phone 919-966-8586