Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workshop

Next class starts January 27, 2020.

An 8-week workshop, meeting Monday evenings from 6 – 8:30 p.m.; plus a Day of Mindfulness

Ancient wisdom and modern science are blended in this workshop, creating one of the most effective programs for healthy and happy living available today. Learn how to reduce your stress, change your relationship to physical or emotional pain, and cope better with everyday demands. Deepen your relationship with yourself, others, and your world. You will receive guided instruction in mindfulness meditation, body-scan, yoga and more. These practices lead to less stress – greater health and happiness, in your life. The workshop also includes how to be more mindful when communicating and explores ways to integrate mindfulness more fully into your life. A day of mindfulness retreat is included, a time to deepen your mindfulness practices. This MBSR workshop is based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s MBSR program at the Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts and the instructor is certified to teach MBSR by the UMass. School of Medicine, Center for Mindfulness.

The workshop is held at the Healing Lodge next to the Loran Smith Center at 240 Talmadge Drive, Athens, GA 30606, on the campus of Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center


There has been over thirty years of scientific research at medical centers all over the world. The MBSR workshop is the “gold standard” for mindfulness studies. For peer reviewed journal articles on mindfulness research visit http://www.goamra.org for the American Mindfulness Research Association. Research shows mindfulness reduces stress, anxiety, and increases general well-being, health and happiness.

Benefits of Mindfulness

  • Learn to be able to respond in difficult situations, rather than react

  • Realize greater health and happiness

  • Live with more balance, energy, understanding and enthusiasm

  • Better manage and reduce pain levels in many instances

  • Improve concentration and focus and resilience

  • Gain insights into what works in your life, and what is not working

  • Learn how to relax and more fully enjoy your life

  • Enjoy a calm energy, peace

  • Develop more compassion for yourself and others

In short, Mindfulness allows you to change your relationship with stress, anxiety, fear, depression, and other difficult thoughts and emotions. Lean how to be more responsive and less reactive to challenging situations. Create more clam energy or peace in your life. Gain insights into skillful and unskillful choices you may be making in your life. And deepen compassion for yourself, others, and your environment.

Who Will Benefit from this Workshop

  • Mindfulness is proven to be effective in helping with: chronic, work, family, or financial stress; anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, GI distress, chronic illnesses, pain, insomnia, and more.

  • Participation is not limited to those who have or have survived cancer.

  • This workshop is offered to complement traditional medical and psychological treatments, not as a replacement.

Registration fee – $336.00 includes instruction, a day of mindfulness, workbook and handouts, and guided mindfulness practices.

To Register

More Information: Please email mfhealy@bellsouth.net or call 706-543-0162 or 706-248-8918.

Included in the workshop: Day of Mindfulness Retreat from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., a chance to deepen your mindfulness practice through several guided mindfulness practices and additional activities.

Free Mindfulness Practice and Discussions

A free offering from the Loran Smith Center, Piedmont Athens Regional

Mindfulness Practice Evening – meets the second Friday of each month from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. These mindfulness instruction sessions explore different aspects of mindfulness through discussions and practices and are free. All are welcome – whether you are just curious about mindfulness and its benefits or have a regular practice. Free parking. Held at the Healing Lodge, see below for location and contact details.

Dedicated Mindfulness Practitioners Group meets, every Saturday, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m., an opportunity to practice and discuss your mindfulness practice. This group practices meditation, often focusing on a selected topic, and discusses how the meditation. For more information contact Jasey Jones atJaseyJones@gmail.com.

Where: These two free mindfulness practice opportunities and are held at the Healing Lodge, next to the Loran Smith Center, Piedmont Athens Regional, at 240 Talmadge Dr., Athens, GA 30606.

More Information: Please email mfhealy@bellsouth.net or call 706-543-0162.

Talks and guided meditations are by Mike Healy, (Mindful Living Center) Certified to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction by the Univ. of Massachusetts, Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare and Society. For more information about these mindfulness classes, yoga class, free talks and mindfulness practice please Contact Us.

Online – Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workshop

An online MBSR workshop is available using email, Zoom, Skype or phone. We cover the same practices and topic as in the group workshop. Includes workbook, individual instructions, guided mindfulness practices – meditation, body scan, and yoga (or gentle stretching with awareness). Flexible schedule. Contact Mike Healy for details – 706-543-0162 or email us via the contact form below.

Individual Sessions Available for the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workshop

If you live in or near Athens Georgia a one-on-one workshop is available. We cover the same practices and topic as in the group workshop. Includes workbook, individual instructions, 2 CDs with guided mindfulness practices – meditation, body scan, and yoga (or gentle stretching with awareness). Flexible schedule. Contact Mike Healy for more details – 706-543-0162 or email us via the contact form below.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is awareness that arises when you pay attention, on purpose, in the present moment, without judgment. Being fully present in the moment is the heart of this workshop. Learn practices that will enable you to be more present and more engaged in whatever you do. You will learn how to show up for your life in a new way. Mindfulness can be successfully learned and practiced by people of all ages and backgrounds. No prior experience is necessary.

Have Questions?

If you have any questions regarding our upcoming classes or workshops, we invite you to contact us today!