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Mindfulness Institute Events/Calendar

Our Mindfulness Institute Calendar lists upcoming classes and workshops at the Tampa Center and in Naples and St. Petersburg. Please click on an event for more information or to register. The full FCM calendar with all teachings, workshops and events can be found via this link.


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Upcoming events

    • 29 Apr 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Mindfulness Institute 6501 N. Nebraska Ave. Tampa, FL 33604
    • 16

    There’s a mean, judgmental voice in our head that never shuts up.  It’s the Inner Critic, our worst nightmare playing day and night creating stress, worry, anxiety and confusion.  The good news is that with mindfulness we can identify and inquire into these destructive thoughts so they lose their power to cause suffering, so that we can really find peace in ourselves and in the world. 


    Learning Objectives

    - Participants will learn the definition of “mindfulness”.

    - Participants will experience mindfulness from the inside through guided meditations.
    - Participants
    will practice mindfulness techniques that enable us to identify and inquire into the nature of self-critical thoughts so they lose their ability to

    cause harm to self and/or others.


    Workshop Facilitator

    Darlene Stewart, LMHC, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, retired Vice President of Clinical Services for The Children’s Advocacy Center of Volusia County, a mental health facility providing abuse-related trauma services to child victims and family members.  She also has experience in family counseling, play therapy, substance abuse treatment, elementary school counselor and teacher.  She has been a mindfulness practitioner since 2000.


    *Florida Community of Mindfulness, Inc. is approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling to provide continuing education credits through CE Provider # 50-14766


    *Mindfulness Institute Grievance Procedure - Mail a statement describing your complaint to: Director of Continuing Education, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604.

      



    - Participants will learn the definition of “mindfulness”.

    - Participants will experience mindfulness from the inside through guided meditations.
    - Participants
    will practice mindfulness techniques that enable us to identify and inquire into the nature of self-critical thoughts so they lose their ability to

    cause harm to self and/or others.

    • 02 May 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Mindfulness Institute 6501 N. Nebraska Ave. Tampa, FL 33604
    • 35

    Does the subject of money stress you out? Do you avoid dealing with financial issues because of fear or shame? Do you often feel you are spending too much money?


    It is possible to develop financial well-being by increasing your awareness of your relationship with money and aligning your financial in-flows and out-flows with your aspirations.  This two-session workshop will introduce you to mindfulness tools to help you manage your finances more effectively and create more ease and happiness in your life.


    Join us for this two-sessions workshop beginning on May 2 and ending on May 16.


    Learning Objectives

    - Increase awareness of your  attitude about money and your relationship with money

    - Learn the characteristics of financial well being

    - Understand how to transform afflictive emotions regarding money

    - Follow a six-step approach to achieve financial well-being by aligning your aspirations and energy with money management to achieve balance and happiness


    Workshop Facilitator

    Nancy Natilson has 30 years of experience as an international banker and microfinance consultant.  She specializes in budgeting, strategic planning and access to credit.  Nancy has a Masters in Business Administration in international finance from New York University.  She is treasurer on several boards of directors, including the Florida Community of Mindfulness.


      



    • 27 May 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Mindfulness Institute 6501 N. Nebraska Ave. Tampa, FL 33604
    • 13

    Leadership is not about a position at the top of the hierarchy. Everyone can exhibit leadership competencies at all levels of an organization and in their communities.  Great leaders are mindful and emotionally intelligent; they seek to live in full awareness of the situation, of themselves and others.   They inspire through clarity of vision, compassion, and a profound belief in their own and others’ ability to transform their lives, their organizations and their communities. 


    Workshop Intentions

    - Explore mindful leadership competencies;
    - Understand the contribution of emotional intelligence to the research and practice of leadership;

    - Identify contributions that mindfulness makes to creating and maintaining effective leadership;

    - Identify strengths and areas for improvement in personal leadership.


    Workshop Facilitator

    Candace Watson is an international organization and leadership development consultant and coach with over 25 years experience working with the public and private sectors.   She specializes in change management, team development, and strategic planning.  She graduated from Indiana University with an MA in Communications.


    Nancy Natilson has been a consultant specializing in microfinance and health financing in developing countries for 20 years.  Prior to that, she represented a US bank in Venezuela.  She serves on several boards, including Planned Parenthood, Global Doctors for Choice and the Florida Community of Mindfulness.  She has an MBA in international finance from New York University.


      



    • 22 Jun 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Mindfulness Institute 6501 N. Nebraska Ave. Tampa, FL 33604
    • 26

    A didactic presentation with PowerPoint and practical experiences of mindfulness exercises discussing the relevance of "mindfulness" to changing of habit patterns of addiction and maintenance of newly acquired healthy behavior.


    Learning Objectives

    - Describe the function of mindfulness in behavior change and maintenance of newly acquired healthy behavior.
    -
    Demonstrate three behavioral practices that develop Mindfulness.

    - Discuss the use of mindfulness practices to manage or change problematic thinking.

    - Discuss the use of mindfulness practices to manage or change difficult emotions.

      


    Workshop Facilitator

    Charles Stewart, LMHC (retired), retired from Stewart Marchman Act Corporation, a not-for-profit substance abuse, mental health treatment agency where he had served in various positions of administration and supervision for clinical services for 20 years. From 1970 to 1990, Charles held positions of Clinical Supervision as well as counselor with adults, adolescents, and families at outpatient substance abuse and mental health centers in Oregon and Florida. Charles has practiced mindfulness in his daily life and at work since 1997. From 2001 to present he has taught mindfulness practices to the public, therapists and recovering clients.


    *Florida Community of Mindfulness, Inc. is approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling to provide continuing education credits through CE Provider # 50-14766


    *Mindfulness Institute Grievance Procedure - Mail a statement describing your complaint to: Director of Continuing Education, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604.

      



    • 11 Jul 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    • 40
    Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation
    A Four-Week Series

    Do you live in your thoughts about the past or worries about the future? Do your emotions often cause stress and confusion? Do you get carried away by dramas?

    Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation is a four-week course designed to support the practice of mindfulness, helping us develop the skills and attention to be fully present to our lives in the present moment, and to touch each moment deeply.  It is intended for those new to mindfulness and meditation, as well as for those who want to review the basics and establish a more consistent daily mindfulness and meditation practice. The course includes basic instruction as well as an exploration of practical ways to bring mindfulness into daily activities.  

     Learning Objectives:
    • Systematically explore mindfulness of breathing, the body and physical sensations through sitting and walking meditation and the body scan practice.
    • Establish and maintain a daily meditation practice.
    • Practice mindful meditation to explore the emotions, thoughts, and  overall awareness.
    • Apply mindfulness to difficult emotions and thoughts to avoid getting caught up in dramas.
    • Cultivate daily meditation and mindfulness practices so that mindfulness becomes an integral part of your daily life.        
    This four-week course will begin on Tuesday, July 11, continuing on July 18, 25 and August 1, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes will be held at the FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, in Tampa. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org.     
    • 22 Jul 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33604


    The quality of virtually every relationship in our lives – family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and more – is greatly influenced by how skillfully we listen and speak. For many of us, mindful communication can be a challenge as well as a source of suffering for ourselves and others. Leaning to listen and speak wisely can greatly enrich and bring healing to all of our relationships. 


    Our learning objectives in this workshop are to cultivate speaking and listening with presence and caring, incorporating the following six guidelines which have been developed by Gregory Kramer in his work on “Insight Dialogue”:

    • Pause, to be mindful and see clearly
    • Relax, to cultivate tranquility and acceptance
    • Open, to support emotional availability and spaciousness
    • Trust Emergence, to engender flexibility and “letting go”
    • Listen Deeply, to develop receptivity and attunement, and
    • Speak the Truth, to nurture integrity and care.

    Together, these guidelines offer essential support for awakening amid the rich challenges of interpersonal encounters.


    The workshop will include meditations, instruction, and practice opportunities through interactive exercises.


    The workshop will be held at the FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, in Tampa from 9 am to 2 pm on Saturday, July 22. The cost is $45. If you have questions, please email us at info@floridamindfulness.org.


    Workshop Leader

    Angie Parrish has been a student of Buddhism and mindfulness for over 20 years. After a 1999 retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh, she became a student of Fred Eppsteiner's and a member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness. Angie brought the fruits of her experience in mindfulness and meditation into her professional career as an employee benefits consultant for a wide variety of organizations, including many employee training programs. She teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and is a frequent teacher of mindful living classes.



    • 24 Sep 2017
    • 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33604
    • 24

    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

    8-Week Program Beginning Sunday, Sept 24, 2017

    (25 hours CE available*)


    Do you have a “problem” or “challenge” that causes you to suffer in some way, physically, emotionally, or mentally? Among the difficulties people report when they come to our mindfulness classes are stress and anxiety, chronic pain or illness, depression, relationship difficulties, and more.


    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD., is an eight-week program that systematically teaches mindfulness practices and therapeutic yoga to help reduce stress, increase well-being, and support health, healing and personal growth. The weekly meetings help participants integrate the practices into daily life.


    The MBSR program at the Florida Community of Mindfulness includes a free information session and a 20-minute private interview with the instructor before the first class. Attending the informational session is strongly encouraged. The program also includes one all-day session on a Saturday.


    Note: While the class will be held at the FCM Center, it is important to point out that MBSR has been designed specifically to be non-denominational and, therefore, complements any existing religious or spiritual practice (or lack thereof).


    Please visit our MBSR webpage for more in-depth information about our program.


    Advance registration is required. Class size is limited to 20.


    Fee: $285 ($250 tuition + $35 materials fee) before August 25; $335 ($300 tuition + $35 materials fee) after August 24. Limited scholarship funds are available.


    Cancellation Policy: Full refund (less a $30 registration fee) prior to Class 1 on September 24. Nor refunds after Class 1.


    Important Dates:

    Orientation Session

    Class Dates

    TBD

    Sun, 9/24 - 11/12

    2:30 - 5:00 pm

    All-day session 11/4

    9 am - 4 pm


    COURSE INSTRUCTORS

    Stephanie Bachmann Mattei was born in Florence, Italy, where she earned a Bachelor in Languages and a Ph.D. in Philosophy. Stephanie moved to the USA in 1993, when she married her husband. Together they are parenting and educating their three children.


    Stephanie is a certified trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication and is a Provisionally Qualified Teacher of MBSR through the UC-San Diego (UCSD) Mindfulness-Based Professional Institute. Stephanie lived for over 8 years in ashram and has expansive training in yoga, as well as a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification. Stephanie also has extensive training in vipassana meditation and mindfulness practice. She is passionate about teaching and experienced in developing workshops and retreats that integrate communication skills, interpersonal skills, effective conflict resolution, and emotional intelligence with mindfulness. Stephanie is a well published certified Parent Educator recognized for clarity and the ability to make intellectual connections between subjects and topics. She is a member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness. She also hold a certificate through Mindful Schools: the "Mindful Educator Essential."


    Angie Parrish has been a student of Buddhism and mindfulness for over 20 years. After a 1999 retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh, she became a student of Fred Eppsteiner's and a member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness (FCM). She is currently the Executive Director of FCM.


    Angie brought the fruits of her experience in mindfulness and meditation into her professional career as an employee benefits consultant for a wide variety of organizations, including many employee training programs. She is enrolled in the UC-San Diego (UCSD) Mindfulness-Based Professional Institute and is a Provisionally Qualified Teacher of MBSR through UCSD. Angie has developed and taught classes on Mindful Dialogue, Mindfulness and Stress Reduction, Mindfulness and Money Management, and Introduction to Mindfulness classes for both the general public and for employee groups.


    * Florida Community of Mindfulness, Inc. is approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling to provide continuing education credits through CE Provider # 50-14766. Total in-class time is 27 hours over 8 weeks. 


    Mindfulness Institute Grievance Procedure

    Mail a statement describing your complaint to: Director of Continuing Education, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604.



    Questions? E-mail us at info@floridamindfulness.org or call 813-237-0746.


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