As experienced meditators will tell you, the skill of meditation is not something easily accomplished by reading a book. Meditation is simple but subtle, and asks us to patiently re-train our bodies and minds in peace and simplicity so that we can experience the benefits of greater relaxation, lower stress, increased clarity and general well-being.
This course will introduce you step by step to the practice of mindfulness. You will learn fundamental meditation techniques including the body scan, mindfulness of breathing, walking meditation and more.
- Understanding what meditation is and how it works
- The Scientific Research into its Benefits
- How and why to establish a daily practice
- How to relax mind and body
- Training in attention and awareness
- Mindfulness of Breathing and sense perceptions
- Common challenges and remedies
- Mindfulness in daily life
Each weekly meeting includes guided meditation, talks, and discussion. The class format is set up to provide opportunity for personal guidance from a qualified teacher as well as for sharing experiences with others in the class. Seating options include chairs or meditation cushions. For those relatively new to meditation, this is the place to start.
We offer ‘A Day of Guided Mindfulness Meditation’ for those who take this course because research has shown that people experience greater success in meditation when they integrate the learning from the weekly course with a day of guided practice. You can register for the day-long program separately at any time. But we give a special discount if you sign up for the retreat at the same time as you register for the 8-week course.
Victoria Green teaches with uncommon gentleness and grace, her humor, skill, empathy and compassion on constant display. Co-instructor and ClearLight co-director Nancy McBride brings a wealth of insights and ideas from 45 years of practice and decades of teaching. Packed with motivating information, Complete Mindfulness Meditation for Beginners is carefully designed and ultimately experiential. Everyone in the class seemed to make progress. Bring a “beginner’s mind” and give it a try! Rosa Michnya, writer/interviewer
These meditation classes combined with my own practice have been life-changing for me. I’m more at home in my own skin, my relationships have improved, and in general I’m more content.K.D.
This class profoundly impacted my ability to deal with daily anxiety and have a calmer mindset overall. The instructor was incredible. Past Course Participant