with Martha Ketteridge, NP
at Gooding Wellness Studio
WHAT IS MBSR?
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is a program that enables you to identify and learn about stress in your life, and your relationship to it. Through the introduction of different meditation techniques you actively participate in creating change in your daily life. It is a program designed to encourage awareness of living in the present moment, allowing you a greater sense of connection to life both inwardly and outwardly. Mindfulness is a way to experientially learn to take better care of yourself by exploring and understanding the interplay of mind and body and using your own inner resources for relating, growing, and healing.
ABOUT THE COURSE
This course is modeled after the highly successful program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979 at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. The program consists of 8 weekly two-hour classes and a one day retreat between classes six and seven. The course also requires a mandatory orientation session.
BENEFITS OF TAKING MBSR
The stress reduction program has benefited people reporting a variety of conditions and concerns:
Stress- including work, school, family, financial, illness, aging, grief, uncertainty about the future, and feeling “out of control”.
Medical conditions-including chronic illness or pain, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, cancer, heart disease, asthma, GI distress, skin disorders, and many other conditions.
Psychological distress-including anxiety, panic, depression, fatigue and sleep disturbances.
Prevention and Wellness-including health enhancement and wellness focused on prevention and learning the “how” of taking good care of yourself and feeling a greater sense of balance.
Research over the past 32 years shows that a majority of the people who complete this program report a greater ability to manage more effectively with short and long term stressful situations; an increased ability to relax; lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms; reduction in pain levels and enhanced ability to cope with chronic pain; and most importantly, a greater energy and enthusiasm for life.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The course is highly participatory, supportive, and structured, and will provide you with:
guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices;
gentle stretching and mindful yoga;
group dialogue and mindful communication exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life;
individually tailored instruction;
daily home assignments; and
home practice materials including guided mindfulness practice recordings and a workbook.
Participating in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program requires an ongoing commitment to yourself. You will be asked to attend all classes, including the one-day retreat, and to practice daily home assignments.
All classes will be held at the same time on Thursdays 6:30 – 8:45 pm, skipping Thursday 3/28, and the all day as indicated below.
Sunday 4/28 10-4
Free intro/orientation Thursday 2/21, 6:30-7:30 (mandatory for those taking the course)
Fee for the course is $425.00, includes all materials as well as the all-day retreat ($50 discount for early registration by 2/14).
SPACE WILL BE LIMITED. To register by phone; 631-864-1795 or email; firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Martha Ketteridge is a Nurse Practitioner who brings mindfulness into her professional and personal life. She has received teacher instruction and training from the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. She has attended intensive training retreats including the MBSR in Mind-Body Medicine: 7 day Professional Residential Training with Jon Kabat-Zinn, as well as the Practicum in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and the Teacher Development Intensive. She is also a yoga teacher. Martha is passionate about mindfulness and the transformative potential of regular practice.