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Mindfulness Foundations for Adults

An 8-week Program Promoting Greater Health, Healing, and Stress Reduction

Meets on Thursday evenings

September 22nd - Nov 10th

6:00pm - 7:30pm Central Time

(Delivered via Zoom)

Life can throw many challenging events our way. In Mindfulness Foundations, we learn to respond to these challenges, in all their shapes and forms, with greater calm, clarity, and wisdom.

If you have any questions for the instructor, feel free to email him at claudio@austinmindfulness.org.

Why Should I Attend this Program?

Mindfulness Foundations is an eight-week program inspired by the work of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program. Mindfulness Foundations delves deep into the theory and practice of mindfulness meditation. It does so with the sole intention of revealing how each one of us has the power to participate in our own journey to greater health, healing, and stress reduction.

During these eight weeks, we come together for many reasons. We come together to learn how to relax the body and the mind. We come together with the intention to learn to dance, instead of fight, with our own mind, body, and heart. We come together to lighten the emotional load we’ve been carrying, day to day, breath to breath, due to an illness or condition. We come together to be with ourselves, and with each other, in ways that are radical, restorative, and honest. But most important of all, we come together because we desire to show-up for ourselves, our loved ones, and humanity with greater wisdom and compassion.

No matter where you find yourself on this journey, sometimes, we need a little help along the way. The path to developing or deepening a mindfulness practice can be filled with challenges, and getting a little help from a certified and trained professional can make things a little easier, and more fruitful. This online space we create when we come together is ideal for enriching ourselves, and deepening our practice individually, and collectively.

 

If any of this sparks your interest, you belong in this program.

Who Should Attend this Program?

  • Individuals exploring self-development

  • Individuals seeking relief for a medical condition

  • Individuals seeking mind/body skills for stress reduction

  • Individuals living with anxiety, depression, and emotional distress

  • Teachers, Healthcare & Wellness Professionals

  • Mothers, fathers, and guardians

  • Ideal for beginners or experienced meditators

20 Essential Topics Covered in the Program

  1. The essential attitudes of mindfulness

  2. The myths of mindfulness

  3. What is mindfulness

  4. What is the “Present”

  5. Being on ‘autopilot’

  6. Mindfulness of the body

  7. Clarity of the senses

  8. Mindfulness of the mind

  9. Mindfulness of emotions

  10. The hindrances of mindfulness

  11. The brain on mindfulness

  12. The science behind the stress response

  13. Concentration vs. mindfulness

  14. Choiceless awareness

  15. Cultivating wholesome qualities such as empathy, compassion, and understanding

  16. Emotional intelligence and mindfulness

  17. Working with pain and other unpleasant sensations

  18. Doing vs. Being

  19. Blending formal and informal practices

  20. Putting it all together

Program Cost: $360

Every student receives over 14 hours of class instruction, weekly handouts, at-home practice in the form of guided meditations, and one-on-one support from your instructor, as needed.

Essential Mindfulness Practices You Will Learn

Formal Practices

  • Individuals exploring self-development

  • Body Scan

  • Simple Breath

  • Breath and Body

  • Mindful Walking

  • Mindful Eating

  • Standing

  • Noting

  • Coming to Our Senses

  • Mindful Movement

  • Choiceless Awareness

  • Loving Kindness

  • Awareness of Face

Informal Practices

  • Dropping In

  • A Minute to Arrive

  • Five Simple Breaths

  • 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

  • Generous Listening

  • Where is My Mind

Sources Used in the Program

  • Full Catastrophe Living by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn

  • The Body Keeps the Score by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk

  • Why Zebras don't get Ulcers by Robert Sapolski

  • Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuk

  • Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body
    by Dr. Daniel Goleman and Dr. Richard Davidson

  • Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening by Joseph Goldstein

  • And more...

About the Instructor
Claudio Barrientos, LMSW

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Claudio’s path in the helping profession began in 2010 when he became a certified Mindfulness Instructor. Since that time, he has been on a mission to integrate his education in mindfulness with therapeutic interventions such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Claudio has worked with adolescents and adults in a DBT Intensive Outpatient Program, provided mental health services in Spanish to unaccompanied minors in the Office of Refugee Resettlement, and taught mindfulness to thousands of people across boardrooms, classrooms, and the general public.

Program Cost: $360

Every student receives over 14 hours of class instruction, weekly handouts, at-home practice in the form of guided meditations, and one-on-one support from your instructor, as needed.