Yoga Vacation Program
November 4 — 6, 2024

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: Cultivating Practices to Increase Equanimity and Resilience

Kate Mitcheom and Lucia McBee

Thousands of lives have been improved with Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), the 8-week course created by Jon Kabat-Zinn in the 1970s. MBSR is a practical and evidence-based course offering an array of mindfulness practices grounded in yoga, meditation and Buddhist teachings that has shown benefits in reducing the stress that negatively affects us mentally, emotionally, and physically.

We are always practicing something – and many continue to practice habits that are unhealthy for mind and body. Awareness is the first step. Mindfulness practice teaches us to see clearly, to know things as they are in non-judgmental awareness.  Seeing clearly, and learning to pause, helps us make wise, informed choices, rather than habitual, reactive ones. Practicing mindfulness allows us to relate directly with whatever is happening in life, a way of taking charge, of consciously noticing and compassionately responding to stress and pain, and to the challenges and demands of living as well.

Offered as 2 satsangs and 2 workshops (subject to change)

The presentations associated with this Yoga Vacation Program begin with an 6am satsang on the first day of the program and conclude with a 90-minute noon workshop on the last day of the program.  Click here to read more about the Yoga Vacation Program details and view the ashram schedule for yoga classes and meals during your stay. We suggest you arrive at least one day prior to the start of your program for the optimal experience.

Kate Mitcheom MSN, CNM, RYT has been practicing and teaching yoga, mindfulness, and meditation for more than 20 years. She trained with Jon Kabat-Zinn and founded the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) at the Fair Haven Community Health Center and is a Senior Certified MBSR Teacher Trainer for Brown Mindfulness Center at Brown University School of Public Health. Kate has taught mindfulness to a wide ranging audience from high school students to executive management teams, and leads Mindfulness-based Travel to locations around the world along with silent retreats, workshops, and courses.

Lucia McBee, LCSW, MPH, CYI, has taught MBSR and adapted mindfulness and yoga practices since 1994 to a wide variety of populations including frail elders and caregivers, college students, persons with HIV, those recently released from incarceration, and health care professionals, as well as courses for the general population. Currently, Lucia is a Senior Lecturer at Columbia University School of Social Work as well as a freelance author, speaker and consultant. Mindfulness-Based Elder Care: A CAM Model for Frail Elders and Their Caregivers, her book describing her work with elders and caregivers, was published in 2008. Lucia has co-led silent retreats with Kate Mitcheom since 2019.

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