Course Note: It is recommended that you also attend the FREE Introduction to Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction seminar, as it serves as an orientation to this MBSR program. Recommended workbook: You may wish to purchase the optional workbook The Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Workbook by Stahl and Goldstein (approx. $20) at your local book dealer. Instructor will give optional reading assignments and exercises from this book.
Description: Each evening class will include instructional meditation practice as well as a mindful movement component (gentle yoga, walking or qigong). Through lectures and discussions you will learn how your own habitual reactions to stress create anxiety, depression and illness. You’ll then explore how to change your responses to stress. Additionally we will create a respectful and supportive class environment for personal sharing and question-and-answer time at each session. To fully benefit from the program you will be encouraged to practice meditation techniques six days per week for up to 45 minutes each day using provided recordings.
Upon completion of the seminar you will be able to:
Eliza Carlson, LMHC, CN
Eliza Carlson is a master’s level licensed mental health counselor and certified nutritionist. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Bastyr University where she later spent four years as adjunct faculty. She completed the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Professional Training Program with Bob Stahl, PhD who collaborated with Jon Kabat-Zinn to develop the widely researched MBSR program that is being offered in medical and private institutions of health all over the world.
Eliza practices the recommendations she gives to others in her own life and has undergone intensive study of Vipassana meditation. In addition to a daily meditation practice, she has completed over four months of silent meditation retreats in Washington, California, Massachusetts, Burma, and Thailand. As a counselor, she commonly helps her clients through anxiety, depression, life transitions, trauma recovery, relationship struggles, grief and loss, self-inquiry, and personal evolution.
In Eliza’s words “With all of my heart I believe we are in this thing together. The work that we each do to understand ourselves more; to learn to love and honor ourselves, each other and the earth more; and to develop compassion for all beings is the most selfless and respectable goal to undertake. Thank you for the work you are doing. Keep it up, and I will keep up mine.” For more information about this instructor go to: www.SoundMindfulnessGroup.com