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.

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October

Foundations of Mindfulness: Introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress & Pain Management (MSPM), with Sasha Loring, M.Ed., LCSW

Class Dates: Friday mornings, October 5 through November 30, 2018 (no class on Thanksgiving)

Instructor: Sasha Loring, M.Ed., LCSW

Time: 9:00am -11:30am

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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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!

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.


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  

Paula Huffman, BS, RN, ERYT holds a BS in Special Education, an NC License to practice as a Registered Nurse, and is certified as an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher. 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.

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Foundations of Mindfulness: Introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress & Pain Management (MSPM), with Kessonga Giscombe, MS, L.Ac.

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

Instructor: Kessonga Giscombe

Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm

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

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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.


Four Foundations of Mindfulness, with John Orr

Classes Start: Wednesdays, October 24 through November 14, 2018, from 6-8pm

TBD LocationUNC 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. He is on the faculty of Duke University where he teaches courses on Yoga and Meditation and Stress Management.


Mindful Parenting with Caroline Hexdall, Ph.D.

Class Dates: Fridays, October 26 through November 16, 2018

Instructor: Caroline Hexdall, Ph.D.

Time: 9:00am-11:00am

LocationCedar Walk Wellness Center, 147 W King St, Hillsborough, NC 27278

Fee: $375 Couples | $200 General Public

Free nearby parking is available

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HexdallTaught by Caroline Hexdall, PhD, Center for Mindful Development, a practice dedicated to providing comprehensive psychological and educational evaluation, consultation and therapy to children and adolescents and their families.

 

 


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

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, December 8,  2018, from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at  New Hope Camp & Conference Center, 4805 NC-86, Chapel Hill, NC 27516 

Click here to Register!

Fee: $25

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


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

Class Dates: Saturday, December 15, 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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January 2019

Foundations of Mindfulness: Introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress & Pain Management (MSPM), with William Frey, M. Ed.

Class Dates:Mondays, January 28 through March 19, 2019. (Snow days: Tuesday, March 19, Wednesday, March 20, and Monday, March 25, 2019)

Instructor: William Frey, M.Ed.

Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm

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

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TBD Day of Mindfulness: Saturday, March 9, 2019, 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!

Instructor William Frey, CPCC, M.Ed., has been trained in a variety of stress management models,  has served as an instructor of mindfulness-based stress reduction for the Program on Integrative Medicine since 2000, and currently works 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).  


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

Does this Sound Familiar?

“All I ever do is Work”
“I take care of everyone but me”
“I never have a minute to myself”
“My electronics rule my life”
“I have no separation between my personal and professional life”
Maintaining a healthy life balance can be essential for over-all health and well -being. It can also help to enhance the ability to focus attention and energy, while boosting productivity. As we begin to look at ways to bring balance into our lives, satisfaction and contentment can ensue.
The big question is…What does life balance really mean? What would a balanced life look like to us? And most importantly, how do we go about achieving it in the midst of our crazy schedules?
In this Retreat we will explore the following:
  • What does a Balanced Life mean to me
  • Is Balance Attainable
  • Satisfaction levels in life components
  • Where are opportunities for growth
  • Mechanisms for Promoting Satisfaction and Fulfillment
  • Coping Techniques when Balance is not Possible
  • Managing Daily Stress
  • Self  Care
  • Mindful Communication

Class Date: Saturday, January 12, 2019

Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm

Instructor: Paula Huffman, BS, RN, ERYT

LocationNew Hope Camp & Conference Center, 4805 NC-86, Chapel Hill, NC 27516 

Cost: $125

Click here to Register!

Paula Huffman, BS, RN, ERYT holds a BS in Special Education, an NC License to practice as a Registered Nurse, and is certified as an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher. She 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.

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.


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