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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

    • 04 Apr 2017
    • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Collier County Public Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples, FL
    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, April 4, 2017 continuing on April 11, 18 and 25, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Classes will be held at the Collier County Public Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples, FL. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact Nancy Natilson, Mindfulness Institute Director at midirector@floridamindulness.org    

    Workshop Presenters:
    Beth Schroeder is long time dharma practitioner, artist, and teacher.  She recently retired from coordinating the Naples Healthcare Systems Arts in Healing program, having worked for twelve years developing and implementing activities using art to help people relieve the difficulties of being ill. She now teaches “Creating Art in Mindfulness” and is the author of Arts in Healing: An arts and crafts manual for volunteers helping people with a health crisis, which is pending publication.  

    Maria Winkler, MSc, has been studying and practicing mindfulness for over 20 years. Maria applies in her teachings a multi-disciplinary approach that focuses on wellness through mental training, mindful physical movement such as yoga, and nutrition. Maria owns a yoga/wellness studio in the Boston area. She is actively engaged in supporting and building a center for integrative health care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital in Boston. Maria is a retired educator who has studied and traveled throughout the world.
        
    • 29 Apr 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Mindfulness Institute 6501 N. Nebraska Ave. Tampa, FL 33604
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    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.

      



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


    Learning Objectives

    - Define leadership styles;
    - 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
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    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.

      



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