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We are so pleased to share with you news of our collaboration with the Department of Spiritual Care and Mindfulness in making available to you, several different types of mindfulness programs!

In addition to the formal classes described below, "no-registration needed" half-hour, biweekly, drop-in mindfulness meditation sessions are available!  At EMCP these take place on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 12:00-12:30pm at the Department of Spiritual Care and Mindfulness, Moss-Sley basement.  At EMC-EP they are the first and third Wednesdays of each month, in the Chapel on the second floor.  If you'd like to be on the mailing list for "day of" reminders, please e-mail and just ask to be added to the list.  ***There will be no sessions the first two weeks of October.

The "Intro to Mindfulness" class is how you can find out why mindfulness has been on the cover of both Time and Scientific American magazines, and has been covered in medical journals, newspapers, blogs, etc.  This 45 minute class will discuss what mindfulness is and isn't; give an overview of what the scientific research says about the stress reduction and health benefits of mindfulness; give you a chance to try out a brief mindfulness practice (we sit on regular chairs for this!); and time for Q&A and learning about other available programs.  Please go to Healthstream to see the choices of dates and times for this class, or call 215-456-3996.  You may register at any time.

The "Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)" (Fall Program) is:
- located at Elkins Park
- Monday evenings, between 4:30-7:00pm, from October 22nd - December 10th
- Has one "Day of Mindfulness" from 9:30am-3:30pm on Saturday, December 1st
- Registration deadline is October 17th

This is likely for you if you're struggling with any of the following:

  • Reacting in ways you wish you didn't, either at home or work or both;
  • You suspect (or know!) the quality of your life suffers because your mind is so often worrying about the immediate or long-term future or re-hashing conversations or events of the past;
  • Trouble focusing;
  • Physical health concerns, especially (but not limited to) either blood pressure, irritable bowel, chronic pain, insomnia, diabetes management or coping with being a cancer survivor

Scientific research has shown that the gold standard MBSR program can help with any or all of the above!

"Mindful Eating: Transforming Your Relationship to Food and Eating" is an 8-week program.  Do you know all too well that diets don't work (or only work temporarily) but feel at a loss for what to do now?  Or do you know all too well that feeling of enjoying your first couple bites of a meal or snack and then wondering where the heck the rest of it went?  Or how about just being tired of spending too much time or energy focused on either how you look, your weight, what you should be eating or not eating, etc.?  This program was designed by an M.D. and a Social Worker after listening to thousands of people's experiences as well as seeing consensus in the medical literature that diets don't work.  Instead of focusing on diet or weight, "Mindful Eating" will explore why and how to apply mindfulness to eating; provide numerous guided mindful eating exercises, simple meditations, very gentle movement, and information and discussion.  It will lay down a path that if taken in small steps, can lead to the ability to make nourishing choices.  *Please note that this is not a nutrition education class.

Please register through Healthstream on EinsteinConnect or call Danni Bowens at 215-456-3996.
For questions about these classes, Contact Laura Romano at 215-456-9799 or for more information!