Beginners Mindfulness Workshop – for People in Caring Professions

Beginners Mindfulness Workshop – for People in Caring Professions

Sunday, Dec 6th, 10 am to 12 noon


Cost – $35

Please register online

Class limited to 10

People in caring professions such as teaching, social work and medicine face the challenge of learning to give without emptying ourselves, making do with limited resources, multitasking, and representing systems and institutions that may seem to care very little about those we are committed to caring for. All this can add a lot of stress to our jobs and our lives.  Left untended, stress leads to fatigue, irritability and burnout.

We are not often taught how to care and maintain balance for ourselves.  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.

Goals of class:

> Engaging 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 suffering.  burnout as a risk in the caring professions.

>Participants will learn simple sitting meditation, will learn about applications of mindfulness in daily life and and work.  Participants will also learn qi gong, a form of moving meditation.

>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.

About the teacher:

Laura Hawley, Lic Ac, MSW is an acupuncturist and social worker.  Her acupuncture practice includes a focus on the treatment of anxiety, depression and stress related disorders.    A graduate of the practicum in Teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at the Jefferson Myrna-Brind Center of Integrative Medicine, she incorporates meditation instruction into her treatment of patients
.  Her teaching includes Beginners Mindfulness at her practice, Open City Healing Arts, and seminars on Ethics and Communication for the Association of Professional Acupuncturists.  She is also a volunteer teacher at Mighty Writers, where she leads a monthly book club for teenage girls.