People in caring professions such as teaching, social work and medicine are not often taught how to care and maintain balance for themselves, despite the multiple stresses this work can involve. Left untended, stress leads to fatigue, irritability and burnout.
In this workshop participants will learn simple mindfulness practices, and participate in facilitated conversation about sources of stress, and about mindfulness as a means of stress management and self care.
- learn simple sitting meditation.
- learn simple qi gong, a form of moving meditation.
- Engage in conversation about sources of stress at work, participants will explore a range of stress responses, both physical and emotional. We will discuss cultural and professional messages about stress, pain and caregiving. We will examine burnout as a risk in the caring professions.
- Participants will learn techniques to bring mindfulness to daily life, to work and to stressful situations at work. Although these techniques can be taught to our students and patients, the focus of this class is on caring for the self while caring for others.
8 week Monday evening series begins Sept 19th. Meeting time is 6:30 to 8:15pm. Tuition is $330 with a $30 early bird discount before August 30th.
Space is limited to 8.
Email Laura@acuphilly.com with Mindfulness Class in the subject heading to reserve a spot or to ask questions. There will be a brief phone interview to ensure the class is a good fit.
About the teacher:
Laura Hawley, Lic Ac, LSW is an acupuncturist and social worker. Her acupuncture practice includes a focus on the treatment of anxiety, depression and stress related disorders. She incorporates meditation instruction into her treatment of patients. She is a graduate of the practicum in Teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at the Jefferson Myrna-Brind Center of Integrative Medicine. Her teaching includes Beginners Mindfulness at her practice, Open City Healing Arts, and seminars on Ethics and Communication for the Association of Professional Acupuncturists.