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Introduction to Mindfulness: Letting Be with Kind Awareness

Introduction to Mindfulness: Letting Be with Kind Awareness

This 6-week series of classes introduces you to mindfulness meditation practices. Because the class curriculum builds on itself, please begin the course no later than week 3 (Monday, March 11). Registration is recommended. Those who register will be given priority.

Grounded in ancient wisdom traditions and adapted for modern life, mindfulness practice can help us lower psychological and physical stress, communicate more effectively, improve focus, and increase self-awareness and compassion.

Topics to be covered include Putting a Pause in Autopilot, Being Right Where You Are, The Storytelling Mind, and Re-wiring the Brain for Joy and Happiness. Practices taught include mindfulness of body, breath, thoughts, and feelings, as well as meditation practices that cultivate compassion for self and others. Each class will begin with a gentle mindful movement practice, such as Chi Gong (Qi Gong). 

This is an experiential class and the skills developed come directly out of the class practice as well as a home practice. Small and large group discussion (bringing the quality of kind awareness to listening and talking) help us come to a more clear understanding of the practice. 

Classes are taught by Ann Bolger Peruzzi, PhD.

Dates & Times:
6:30pm - 8:00pm, Monday, February 25, 2019
6:30pm - 8:00pm, Monday, March 4, 2019
6:30pm - 8:00pm, Monday, March 11, 2019
6:30pm - 8:00pm, Monday, March 18, 2019
6:30pm - 8:00pm, Monday, March 25, 2019
6:30pm - 8:00pm, Monday, April 1, 2019
Downtown Upstairs Meeting Room
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Registration has closed. (This event has to be booked as part of a series)
Ann Bolger Peruzzi has a PhD in Clinical Psychology, specializing in addictions.  She began a mindfulness practice 15 years ago through the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program with teachers Jon Kabat-Zinn, who originally developed MBSR in 1979 to help people heal from chronic pain, and Bob Stahl.  Ann incorporated mindfulness principles and practices into her clinical work, trained to teach MBSR and Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP), and eventually became an instructor of these programs. Through the years she has deepened her practice through longer retreats and study.  In addition, she is certified to teach Qi Gong, an ancient healing movement practice through Master Lee Holden.  Currently, as a student in the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training Program (Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach teachers) she is teaching mindfulness and Qi Gong to men in recovery from addiction at an inpatient treatment facility in Watsonville.  She is so grateful to be living and working here on the coast, raising boy-girl twin teenagers with her husband of 20 years.  She is passionate about helping others find access to their own inner healing wisdom and achieve a greater sense of happiness and well-being.

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