Strengthening Resilience--Powerful Meditation Practices for Bouncing Back   **Ongoing Group That Meets Weekly at AC4W
Feb
4
to Jan 27

Strengthening Resilience--Powerful Meditation Practices for Bouncing Back **Ongoing Group That Meets Weekly at AC4W

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Presenter: Jennifer Finch, MA, LPC, CBCT®, Certified Meditation Instructor

Jennifer combines her wealth of knowledge of ancient practices and neuroscience with years of clinical work to create a masterful guide to building flexibility and stability, both essential ingredients to resilience.

On-going Weekly Group **Schedule might be effected by holidays and school breaks

Mondays

11:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.

$20

Location: Atlanta Center for Wellness 6100 Lake Forrest Dr. Unit 450 Sandy Springs, GA 30328

Group Description:

Many people come to therapy because they are somewhere on the continuum between presence and overwhelm.

Presence and Well-Being

Creativity and Flow

Discipline and Productivity

Busy-ness and Pressure

Stress and Overwhelm

Self-Combustion, Shut-Down and Suffering

How in the world do we bounce back from disappointment, difficulty, disaster, trauma, overwhelm and fatigue? Strengthening resilience is the capacity to have a solid-flexible self. You can bend with the wind, go with the flow, and bounce back from adversity. Strengthening resilience is essential to the survival and thriving of human beings. It is teachable, learnable and truly recoverable.

Using powerful, efficient and effective, experiential meditation exercises, this group is designed as a guide to resilience specifically as a brain-training program to help you strengthen your capacities to bounce back.

This is not only meditation and mindfulness. It is resilience training. You can learn to see yourself as someone that can cope and help you bounce back from any adversity so you can get back to thriving and flourishing in your life in every way.

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Beginning Level I Somatic Experiencing™ Individual Session
Mar
18
to Dec 16

Beginning Level I Somatic Experiencing™ Individual Session

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Appointments Available:

Mondays 2:00p to 3:00p; and Mondays 3:00p to 4:00p

All appointments are held at:

Atlanta Center for Wellness

6100 Lake Forrest Dr. Suite 450

Sandy Springs, GA 30328

What is Somatic Experiencing™?

Somatic Experiencing® (SE) “is a potent psychobiological method for resolving trauma symptoms and relieving chronic stress. It resets the nervous system, restores inner balance, enhances resilience to stress, and increases people’s vitality, equanimity, and capacity to actively engage in life.”—SE Institute

It is Dr. Peter Levine’s life’s work of over 45+ years of successful clinical application. He overlays a multidisciplinary study of stress physiology, ethology, biology, neuroscience, indigenous healing practices, medical biophysics over psychology methodologies.

How Does SE™ Work? What is a typical session like?

Dr. Peter Levine says, “Trauma is a fact of life. It does NOT, however, have to be a life sentence.” The SE approach broadly covers the spectrum of releasing shock trauma from an unexpected traumatic event, which is key to transforming PTSD, all the way to the wounds of emotional and early childhood developmental attachment trauma.

When you come to an SE session, it does NOT require the traumatized person to re-tell or re-live the traumatic event. Dr. Peter Levine has said, “trauma does not rest in the event but in the individual’s nervous system.” The practitioner is paying attention to the body talk by closely attuning and aligning to the person’s nervous system. The practitioner helps the client support their experience and encourages the nervous system to regain resiliency. “SE offers the individual the opportunity to engage, complete, and resolve—-in a slow and supported way—-the body’s instinctual fight, flight and freeze responses. This resets the nervous system, restores inner balance, enhances resilience to stress, and increases people’s vitality, equanimity, and capacity to actively engage in life.”

Sessions are one hour in length and we will work introspectively for about 20-30 minutes of that with time to process.

What you should know about my SE™ Training:

I am a Level I Beginning Practitioner of SE™

Somatic Experiencing Practitioners (SEPs) attend a 3 year training accumulating 216+ hours of training, as well as professional consultations and personal one on one sessions of their own.

As a beginning practitioner, I am allotted with deep alliance to the professional and therapeutic standards to only practice the techniques that I am currently training in. As I continue on my SE journey my repertoire and skill sets will advance.

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Dharma Talks with Jen: Online Meditation Series
Apr
22
to Jun 20

Dharma Talks with Jen: Online Meditation Series

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Dharma Talks with Jen

What are Dharma Talks with Jen?

Short three-week mini mindful classes held online. They are themed three-week courses on topics ranging from forgiveness, self-care, setting up a meditation practice, compassion and psychology.

When are they?

They usually take place in the evenings. You can check the schedule here.

How much are they?

$45 which includes the cost of the entire 3-week series as well as any accompanied downloadable files, slides, or readings.

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CBCT® Compassion Training for Clinicians and Healthcare Providers
Jun
21
to Jun 23

CBCT® Compassion Training for Clinicians and Healthcare Providers

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Compassion Training for Healthcare Providers

CBCT® (Cognitively-Based Compassion Training) for Therapists, Doctors, Nurses, Social Workers, and other Healthcare Providers

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CBCT® has helped many healthcare providers to gain increased resilience to stress and to cultivate a more sustainable sense of compassion for oneself and for others.

CBCT® is a structured sequence of analytical meditation exercises designed to strengthen mental stability, deepen awareness and understanding of thoughts and emotions, and support the growth of our inherent capacity to care for others. Designed at Emory University by Geshe Lobsang Negi, Ph.D., it is now being researched and taught around the globe. The aim of the practices is to generate and sustain a robust, inclusive, and warm-hearted responsiveness, while protecting from the side effects of empathetic distress, burnout, and vicarious or secondary trauma that are common for healthcare professionals. Previous meditation experience is not required to take this training.

CBCT® can help support you in continuing your work as a healthcare provider and aims to buffer you from the deleterious impacts of vicarious trauma. This research based, educational program is designed to cultivate compassion for self and others and shield you from compassion fatigue. Using systematic and analytical meditation, the program aims to increase your resiliency, grit and confidence. It aims to help you feel more connected to others, and ultimately provide you with an overall sense of wellbeing. CBCT® is being researched and taught around the globe.

The “cost of caring” doesn’t have to be a sacrificial price when we prepare ourselves for our work with CBCT®.

**It is offered for 20 Core Continued Education Credits for LPCs or equivalent for other healthcare licensure. Continuing education credits recognized by various professional accrediting organizations are available for a number of CBCT Courses including CEUs for psychologists, therapists, social workers and educators, CNEs for nurses and CMEs for physicians. See more details below.

***Please check with your licensing board to see how this would apply.

Instructor:

Jennifer Finch, M.A., LPC, NCC, CMI, CBCT®, SE Level I

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Jennifer Finch, Founder and Director of Be Here Now Mindfulness, LLC has been a psychotherapist and longtime meditator for 20+ years. I specialize in Somatic Experiencing™ and contemplative sciences to help individuals who are struggling to manage Complex Trauma or Chronic Unpredictable Stress. I also provide educational trainings and lectures on the Treatment of Trauma and supports for those who work in the clinical field, or for those who work collaboratively with clinicians, such as those in Family Law, Social Services or Emergency Services. In addition, I am a public speaker on compassion, mindfulness meditation, and polyvagal theory, and create workshops within these topics for adults, teens and children.

Date:

June 21-23, 2019

Time:

Friday (9:00am to 6:00pm)

Saturday (9:00am to 6:00pm)

Sunday (9:00am to 4:00pm)

**Light snacks, coffee, tea and water will be provided. A one hour lunch off campus will be from 12:00p-1:00p daily.

Location:

Atlanta Center for Wellness

6100 Lake Forrest Dr. Suite 450

Sandy, Springs, GA 30328

Registration Cost:

Early Bird rate through Friday, May 31st: $350

June 1 through course start: $400

20 CE Core Credits

available for Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologist, Doctors and Other Healthcare Providers

for $50 additional cost paid to Emory University

50% off for AC4W and CHOA staff

Contact for details.

Contact:

jencfinch@gmail.com | 678-428-2730

Will You Be Coming From Out of Town?

Hear What Others Are Saying:

“I came to the CBCT course with the hope I would combat burnout in my own work. I never knew how applicable this practice would be in my personal life. It’s my hope that all caregivers, all people, can find the same level of support from this course that I have.”

“Jennifer’s style is so nurturing and accessible. I enjoyed her incorporation of science, personal anecdotes, etc. The course left me wanting more.”

“I found a side of myself through this compassionate work and through Jennifer’s guidance, that I didn’t know existed.”

“This course change my life both professionally and personally. It sharpened my mind.”

“This class changed me from the inside. It gave me hope. It gave me confidence.”

“Very informative and eye-opening. Jennifer was wonderful and offered a safe inviting space to completely understand how to apply compassion to one’s self and towards others.”

Other 2019 dates to look forward to:

Dec. 13-15 9:00a to 6:00p (Friday and Saturday), 9:00a to 4:00p (Sunday)

Early Bird price through November 1, 2019: $350

November 2 through class start date: $400

$50 additional charge to Emory University for CEU's paid to Emory on the last day of class.

If you would like to read more about the program and watch a short video message from the Founder of CBCT® Dr. Negi, please click here. 

Full Blog Post and Course Details

If you would like to visit the website for The Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion- Based Ethics to review the history and on-going research with this program, please click here. 

Link to Research 

**More dates for Fall and Winter of 2019 TBD

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Those who complete any CBCT Foundation Course or CNE or CME course are entitled to apply for continuing education credits (CEUs, CNE credits or CME credits).  CBCT continuing education credits have been approved in the past for licensed counselors as well as other groups; however, we strongly encourage you to confirm acceptance of the credits with your professional organization’s governing body before enrolling. Continuing education credits require attendance at 8O% of all classes. Upon receipt of the $50 processing fee and successful completion of the course, a letter certifying the award of CEUs will be issued to the individual. For CNE credits and CME credits, please contact us in advance of the course you wish to take. E-mail: Jennifer Finch, jencfinch@gmail.com or Email Zipporah Slaughter, Zipporah.Slaughter@emory.edu, for more information. 

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Kintsugi: Turning Your Wounds Into Wisdom
Jul
27
8:30 AM08:30

Kintsugi: Turning Your Wounds Into Wisdom

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Kintsugi: Turning Your Wounds Into Wisdom

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019

Time: 8:30a to 1:00p

Place: Atlanta Center for Wellness: 6100 Lake Forrest Dr. Sandy Springs, GA 30328

Cost: $150 (includes $50 worth of materials)

Continental Breakfast and snacks are provided.

Kintsugi

is an ancient Japanese art of repairing something broken with gold. It thus makes the object stronger and more beautiful than before, accentuating its flaws.

In this experiential workshop Jennifer shares what she has learned and guides us through her favorite Japanese art of Kintsugi for cultivating inner strength and living a gracious life. It is a hands-on workshop where each participant will experience the introspective power of Kintsugi.

This workshop is interwoven with the science of forgiveness, and meditation practices providing the tools we all need to reclaim the art of living well.

Here is What Others Are Saying:

“ Great Course! Very applicable to my areas of my own life. Highly Recommended! Thank You!'“

“My experience was wonderful. I felt as if it was realistic and comforting for everyone to be themselves and help each other through life.”

“This workshop got to the heart of trauma work. It’s about taking your (perceived) brokenness and putting it all back together in a different, beautiful way. Definitely an ‘ashes to beauty’ exercise that can instill hope, tenacity, and persevere as someone who continues on a personal growth/recovery journey.”

“This workshop is filled with wisdom, stemming from a tradition that goes back hundreds of years. It’s also fun and very insightful. I highly recommend it!”

“Excellent workshop! Much more than I had expected! Phenomenal!”

“Very experiential and insightful/reflective workshop. Very well done and informative. Lessons that I’ll take with me throughout life.”

“I loved every aspect of this workshop and the research material you shared with us. Hearing your voice under meditation is very nice and easily lets me focus. You are a gem.”

“It was much more reflective and healing than I anticipated. I am grateful for my new perspective: my scars make me more unique and beautiful.”

“A day with Jennifer is always a day well spent. The material is profound and yet Jennifer doesn’t make it intimidating. It is accessible, useful and applicable for everyday life. I could have spent more time but feel I got so much out of it. Thank you, Jen!”

Will You Be Coming From Out of Town?

Other 2019 dates to look forward to:

Friday, September 6th 8:30a to 1:00p

OR

Friday, December 20th 8:30a to 1:00p

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CBCT® Cognitively-Based Compassion Training at Atlanta Center for Wellness
Aug
6
to Oct 1

CBCT® Cognitively-Based Compassion Training at Atlanta Center for Wellness

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CBCT® Cognitively Based Compassion Training

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Office Location: 6100 Lake Forrest Dr. Suite 450 Sandy Springs, GA 30328

P: 404-343-4162 Website: www.atlantacenterforwellness.com

Tuesdays: Aug. 6, 13, 20, 27, Sept. 3, 10, 17, Oct. 1 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Beginning August 6th, 2019 Ending Oct. 1st, 2019

8-week course

Early Bird Investment before July 15, 2019: $350

July 16 through class start date: $400

**20 Core CEUs for MHPs and equivalent for other healthcare providers for additional payment of $50 directed to Emory University on last day of class. **It is offered for 20 Core Continued Education Credits for LPCs or equivalent for other healthcare licensure. Continuing education credits recognized by various professional accrediting organizations are available for a number of CBCT Courses including CEUs for psychologists, therapists, social workers and educators, CNEs for nurses and CMEs for physicians. See more details below.

***Please check with your licensing board to see how this would apply.

CBCT® Cognitively-Based Compassion Training is an educational program designed to cultivate compassion for self and others.

Using systematic and analytical meditation, the program aims to increase your resiliency, help you feel more connected to others, and ultimately provide you with an overall sense of well-being. Designed at Emory University by Geshe Lobsang Negi, Ph.D., it is now being researched and taught around the globe.

Hear What Others Are Saying:

“I came to the CBCT course with the hope I would combat burnout in my own work. I never knew how applicable this practice would be in my personal life. It’s my hope that all caregivers, all people, can find the same level of support from this course that I have.”

“Jennifer’s style is so nurturing and accessible. I enjoyed her incorporation of science, personal anecdotes, etc. The course left me wanting more.”

“I found a side of myself through this compassionate work and through Jennifer’s guidance, that I didn’t know existed.”

“This course change my life both professionally and personally. It sharpened my mind.”

“This class changed me from the inside. It gave me hope. It gave me confidence.”

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Presenter: Jennifer Finch M.A., LPC, CBCT®, Certified Meditation Instructor

Jennifer combines her wealth of knowledge of ancient practices, neuroscience and resiliency research with years of clinical work to create a masterful guide to building compassion through the work of CBCT.®

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CBCT® is designed to support anyone who wants to cultivate compassion and take a deep dive into meditation practice for greater wisdom, confidence and compassion. This includes coaches, therapists, caregivers, educators, healthcare professionals, executives, nurses, M.D.s, public servants and all change agents.

••CEUs are available and issued from The Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion Based Ethics—Emory University

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Those who complete any CBCT Foundation Course or CNE or CME course are entitled to apply for continuing education credits (CEUs, CNE credits or CME credits).  CBCT continuing education credits have been approved in the past for licensed counselors as well as other groups; however, we strongly encourage you to confirm acceptance of the credits with your professional organization’s governing body before enrolling. Continuing education credits require attendance at 8O% of all classes. Upon receipt of the $50 processing fee and successful completion of the course, a letter certifying the award of CEUs will be issued to the individual. For CNE credits and CME credits, please contact us in advance of the course you wish to take. E-mail: Jennifer Finch, jencfinch@gmail.com or Email Zipporah Slaughter, Zipporah.Slaughter@emory.edu, for more information. 

Click here for more information.

For further reading and empirical research on CBCT® please visit www.compassion.emory.edu

To read about my personal story with CBCT®: Click Here.

Or read this blog post on making a case for a more compassionate community: Click Here.

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Copy of The Be Here Now Dharma Sangha: A Book Club Like No Other   **ONLINE
Aug
12
11:00 AM11:00

Copy of The Be Here Now Dharma Sangha: A Book Club Like No Other **ONLINE

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Do you like to read? Are you interested in redefining your life? Come interested, leave inspired! This book club is like no other. For starters we meet online, so you don't have to schlep over to anywhere. We also single-handedly focus on books that delve into a deeper reflection of self. To be absolutely clear, this is not self-help. This is self-curious and self-discovery. The books range on topic but the common thread is meditation, mindfulness, growth mindset and resiliency.

What is Dharma?:

Dharma is a Sanskrit word with diverse meanings as “nature”, “teachings”, “justice”, “truth”, “phenomena”, “virtue”, “morality”, even “religion”. In Buddhism it commonly is used to mean “the teachings and doctrine’s of the Buddha.” In Hinduism it refers to “the power which upholds the universe and society.”

In here it means nothing more than reading to redefine life. Dharma in this context is seeking an aspect of truth or clarity of our reality, through reading great books on self-discovery and self-curiosity.

If you like to read and reflect and discuss: philosophy, neuroscience, meditation, motivation, empowerment, catalyst strategies for inner change, psychology, resiliency and how to bounce back after difficulty then this is a landing platform for you.

What is Sangha?:

Sangha is a word in Pali and Sanskrit meaning, “association”, “assembly”, “company”, and most commonly refers to “community”.

Thich Nhat Hanh always explained sangha as much more than a community, however. He would talk about sangha as a deep, spiritual practice.

So what is The Be Here Now Dharma Sangha?:

A sangha (or “community”) of friends practicing the dharma (or “reading” and “teaching”) together in order to bring about and to maintain deeper awareness. This is a community of people devoted to a spiritual search. How ever you define spiritual is arbitrary. It just means if you are a seeker, a dreamer, a wisher, a hoper, a pray-er, a person curious about life and how you are living it….then welcome!

About Be Here Now Dharma Sangha:

What happens now? We meet once a month to discuss a book. Meditate. Grow. Enrich ourselves. Enlighten Others. Connect. Laugh. And Dance.

The book of the month will be posted a month or more prior to our meeting to discuss it.

There is an ongoing list of suggested books below. The book will be picked from the formed list based on continuity from our previous month, discussion, and possibly a vote. However we choose our next book is fine by me. Just keep reading and connecting.

If you have books that you have read, or would like to read, and you do not see them on the list, please reach out and let me know and I will gladly post them.

The only guideline is the books in here maintain the theme of meditation, mindfulness, growth mindset, and compassion.

You are responsible for purchasing or checking out from your local library the book we will be discussing. And the timeline of completing it is up to you. If you don’t finish the book by the time we meet, please continue to join us for the discussion. There is no judgment and your participation is valuable.

Investment:

The cost per month is $15 and pre-registration is required.

The cost is a minimal fee and pays for the usage of the online Zoom platform, some marketing, and my time in keeping us connected and informed of our books. You will also be linked to a closed e-mail forum, so we can continue to discuss our book between the meet-ups.

Next Meeting:

The book is: Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body, by Daniel Goleman & Richard J. Davidson

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Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body by Daniel Goleman & Richard J. Davidson

The meeting will be Monday, August 12th, 2019 11:00 a.m. to 12:30p.m. EST

We will meet online through the Zoom platform.

Once you register for this months meet-up you will be sent a zoom link to join the discussion.

Suggested Reading List:

The book for our next meet-up will be pulled from this list. If you would like to suggest or add a book for discussion, please contact me.

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The Yes Brain by Dr. Daniel J. Sigel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D

Dancing with Life: Buddhist Insights for Finding Meaning and Joy in the Face of Suffering by Phillip Moffit

Start Where You Are by Pema Chodron

The Four Noble Truths of Love by Susan Piver

Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach, Ph.D.

The Four Things That Matter Most: A Book About Living by Ira Byock, M.D.

No Time Like the Present by Jack Kornfield

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

The Art of Happiness by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics by Dan Harris

The Emotional Life of Your Brain by Richard Davidson, Ph.D. and Sharon Begley

The Things Can See Only When You Slow Down by Haemin Sunim (suggested by group member Jennifer Del Castillo)

Love for Imperfect Things by Haemin Sunim (also suggested by group member Jennifer Del Castillo). 

The Hidden Life Awakened by Kitty Crenshaw and Cathy Snapp, PhD

Books We Have Already Read:

This is for those of you just joining us, so we buffer against duplicate suggestions.

Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm by Thich Nhat Hanh (March 2019)

Seven Thousand Ways to Listen by Mark Nepo (April 2019)

Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body by Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson (August 2019)

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Mindfulness for Teens ages 11+--8-week course
Aug
14
to Oct 9

Mindfulness for Teens ages 11+--8-week course

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Investment: $200

8-week Course

Wednesdays 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Starting August 14th, 2019 to October 9th

(no class the week of the Sept. 25th)

Aug. 14, 21, 28; Sept. 4, 11, 18; Oct. 2, 9 (8-weeks)

Location: Atlanta Center For Wellness

Secure your spot today!

 

Mindfulness for Teens (ages 11+)

Kids are busy! The last thing anyone needs is one more thing to do.....or somewhere else to be. But the research is proving how our kids need more mindfulness skills. Anxiety and depression are at an all time hight and loneliness is becoming an epidemic even though we are socially connected through media. After numerous people reached out to me to help them with their teen/pre-teen with mindfulness skills, I have decided to host another 8-week course. Kids need mindfulness now more than ever. Taking a class in an engaging format is an effective way to reach our teens today. It gives them a sense of “I am not in this alone” feeling. This program aims to help reduce anxiety, stress, depression; and increase well-being, focus and attention. 

 

Mindfulness for Teens (ages 11+) is a 8-week course that uses the .b, curriculum from The Mindfulness in Schools Project. Pronounced (dot-be) which stands for 'stop and be' is a simple practice at the heart of this course for ages 12-18. Each .b lesson is expertly crafted for teaching distinct mindfulness skills. The .b materials are colorful, engaging and designed to engage even the most skeptical of young minds. 

.b aims to help young people:

  • To experience greater well-being (e.g. feel happier, calmer, more fulfilled)

  • To fulfil their potential and pursue their own goals e.g. be more creative, more relaxed, academically, personally

  • To improve their concentration and focus, in classes, in exams and tests, on the sports field, when playing games, when paying attention and listening to others

  • To work with difficult mental states such as depressive, ruminative and anxious thoughts and low moods

  • To cope with the everyday stresses and strains of adolescent life such as exams, relationships, sleep problems, family issues

To learn more about .b and Mindfulness in Schools you can go to: https://mindfulnessinschools.org

 

.b | Mindfulness for Teens

.b stands for ''Stop, Breathe and Be''.

Introducing the life skill of mindfulness to 11-18 year olds in a series of 9 engaging and practical classroom lessons.

 

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Please contact me to learn more and discuss how the .b course can fit into your organisation.

Course Overview

.b introduces mindfulness to pupils aged 11-18 and is delivered in a classroom style environment as a series of 9 practical, fun and engaging lessons. The course develops: 

  • Skills for greater happiness and well-being.

  • Strategies for relaxing and finding peace and calm.

  • Healthy coping strategies for stress, anxiety and every day worries.

  • Better focus - supporting learning, behaviour, performance and decision making.

  • Improved relationships with peers, teachers and family.

  • Understanding of one’s own mind and what makes for a happy, healthy person.

Each lesson brings to life a different theme of mindfulness; students learn simple mindfulness practices and techniques that they can begin to use straight away in their everyday lives. By training our attention to be in the present moment we develop the ability to calm the mind, improve focus, manage stress and to step back from negative thoughts. The benefits to the individual and to his/her direct environment i.e. classroom, home, soccer field….. can be striking.

I am a certified .b Teacher, as well as a certified meditation instructor and am experienced in delivering the program to kids/teens and adults. I have been practicing mindfulness/meditation since the late 1990s. I am truly passionate about equipping young people with the skills they need to live a happier and more fulfilling life.

Explore the resources below, created by the Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP), to learn more about the course and visit mindfulnessinschools.org to discover more about the brilliant work they are doing.

What is Mindfulness?

What is .b? (brief)

What is .b? (full)

Why teach Mindfulness in schools?

Watch this captivating TED talk as Richard Burnett, founder of .b, guides us through a short mindfulness meditation, shares his experience of teaching mindfulness in schools, and reveals some of the amazing benefits being mindful can bring to the classroom.

What’s the Evidence?

Explore the clinical research behind .b at www.mindfulnessinschools.org

''We very rarely teach young people to best use the lens through which all of their experience, both at school and at home, is being filtered - and that is the faculty of their attention. A lot of research is telling us that our mental health and happiness are profoundly shaped by what we do with our attention.”

Richard Burnett, Co-Founder of the Mindfulness in Schools Project

Overview of Sessions

The 9 lessons teach a different theme each week, building on our understanding of the mind while practicing and developing our skills. Students learn simple & effective mindfulness exercises they can begin using straight away. A short home practice is given after each session to encourage students to bring the benefits of mindful awareness into their everyday lives.

Introductory session: Introducing the concepts of mindfulness and training the brain, and how these are relevant to student's lives.

Session 1: Directing our attention is the core skill of mindfulness. We practice focusing on the breath and the body as a way of directing our mind toward calm, and returning our attention when it wanders.

Session 2: By cultivating an attitude of acceptance and kindness towards our thoughts and feelings we develop a more harmonious relationship with them. Our practice focuses on 'being with' all experiences, pleasant or unpleasant.

Session 3: Dealing with worry and recognising negative thoughts as they arise enables us to shift our mode of mind from one of rumination and anxiety to a more relaxed state of quiet.

Session 4: Being here, now, in the present moment is the key to living our life fully. We practice shifting out of auto-pilot mode and being awake to our experience - with this fuller awareness we are able to respond consciously to life rather than react to it out of habit.

Session 5: Moving Mindfully - we learn how to bring mindful awareness to all our daily activities (walking, working, interacting with others). Our ability to be focused and present influences influences every aspect of our lives, including our performance in our work, in sport, art, music and exams.

Session 6: 'Don't believe everything you think' - we practice the skill of stepping back from the thought traffic of our mind and 'watching' thoughts from a distance. From this position we can recognise our tendency to get caught up in thoughts and make conscious choices as to our response.

Session 7: Understanding the nature of stress and the effect it has on our mind and body. We utilise all the skills we have learned throughout the course to respond better to stressful situations - learning to breathe with difficult experiences and turn towards them.

Session 8: Bringing it all together - on completing our learning journey we review the practices learned each week and reflect on what mindfulness can offer our broader lives in the future.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens in a typical .b lesson?

Exercises

Each lesson is presented with vibrant, engaging materials and focuses on teaching a particular theme of mindfulness. We practice simple, guided mindfulness exercises so that students learn new skills they can use easily at home and in their own lives. Sessions are carefully structured to allow feed back to the teacher on their practical experiences of mindfulness.

Student Booklets

The course is accompanied by a bright and engaging Student Booklet containing worksheets for pupils to complete during or after each lesson.

Home Practice

After each lesson students are encouraged to have a go at a mindfulness exercise at home or in their own time before the next lesson. The Home Practice isn’t compulsory; it is left to the students to choose if and when they practice. Many do and speak enthusiastically about their experience during the week.

 

Is .b just for students with attention problems, emotional or behavioural challenges?

No, the course is intended for all young people to benefit from mindfulness. You may have particular students in mind who could benefit from specific aspects of learning mindfulness. For example, if attention and distraction is a problem then it may be particularly beneficial to those children by equipping them with strategies for focusing their attention and handling distraction.

Are there ways to bring mindfulness back into school life?

You may choose to set up an extra-curricular program for students who have completed .b to enable them to continue their mindfulness practice. Drop-in sessions at lunchtime or after-school provide an informal way for students to maintain their practice and offer them a peaceful space in which to pause, breathe and be still.

 

Is this course only for schools?

No, in fact .b as I teach it is just as successful and relevant to groups and organizations outside of schools and colleges:

Services for young people

Student referrals, young offender groups, youth engagement programs, community programs, youth clubs, young leadership programmes etc.

Sport and music groups for young people

Team sport clubs (golf, football, lacrosse, rugby, swimming, soccer, dancing) and musical performance groups.

Charities 

Charities supporting young people with challenging lives at home or school, supporting young carers, young people who are ill and their siblings.

Community groups

Parent support groups, youth club groups, scouts and, church groups etc.

Contact me if you would like to discuss how mindfulness and the .b program could help young people in your organization or group.

 

Do you offer introductory sessions, assemblies or one-off presentations?

Yes, you may like to arrange an introductory talk for students, staff and/or parents. Please contact me if you are interested in this. I also provide a Mindfulness for Parents Workshop (see below).

 

Can parents take part in the course?

There is often a lot of interest from parents who are enthusiastic about their child learning mindfulness and many choose to begin learning for themselves. Students get the most out of .b through learning independently within their normal peer to peer environment but I do encourage families to embrace mindfulness at home. If there is interest from parents, I can provide a Mindfulness for Parents Workshop to help parents discover what we are doing in class and show them simple practices that can be used at home for a calmer, more mindful and harmonious family life!

 

Do you work one-to-one with young people?

Yes. I provide personal One-to-One Mindfulness Coaching for young people either in-person or online via Skype. See this page for more information.

 

Do you teach mindfulness to school staff?

I am trained to deliver the 8-week CBCT (Cognitively-Based Compassion Training) course to adults.

Teachers and school staff live and work with increasing levels of stress as part of their everyday life so it is natural that they too will benefit enormously from the clarity and calm that mindfulness brings. The well-being of staff is crucial to the school as a whole and of course it impacts directly on the classroom. If you are interested in bringing mindfulness to staff at school or college, please see details of my CBCT® course and contact me for further information.

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Please contact me to learn more and discuss how the .b course can fit into your organization. 

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Meditation Coaching for Clinicians
Dec
1
to Nov 30

Meditation Coaching for Clinicians

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Meditation Coaching is currently being offered online as well as in-person.

Investment: $200.00/hour or 5 sessions for $800.00

Please contact us directly at 678-428-2730 or e-mail us here to schedule. 

In 2013, I became founding director of Be Here Now Mindfulness, LLC. As a practicing meditator and psycho-therapist for almost two decades, it was time for me to take a leap of faith and truly combine my own spiritual practice with my work. It was the best thing I have ever decided to do. I began incorporating meditation of many forms into my therapy practice and my clients were healing faster and more profoundly. They were developing meaningful lives, staying steady amidst the chaos, and opening their hearts back up compassionately to the world, even though in many cases it had hurt or even broken them. The most miraculous thing perhaps from this wise practice of meditation, is I became the first recipient of the compassion my clients were cultivating. Watching their resiliency and confidence grow, lifted me up, so I was able to give more. My helping profession became electrically charged and I still feel like I have an endless reservoir to give. Teaching clients meditation and compassion, seems to link me to what I like to call “Big Compassion.” A resource that I can tap into and prevent burn-out from a regularly empathy fatigued job.

Here is what I can offer you:

Presence: Training in meditation and stillness provides you with a unique gift of presence. You learn to listen more effectively. As a therapist you are most likely already an above average listener, but you will be surprised how much more you will hear when you are meditating regularly. You will also learn to “track” their body language more accurately, which is when you discover that the wisdom of the body speaks louder than your clients words. And, you will engage in exercises that train you to listen from your heart. This takes “fixing it” off of the menu. You become a trail guide, verses a trail manager, and you witness your clients being able to put their own soul-skins back on and take responsibility for their lives.

Compassion: I have extensive training in compassion and for the past decade have been absorbed in the neuroscience and research that is emerging in this exciting field. You will learn about this incredibly complex body and mind state, not only in how it can prevent burn-out in you as a healer, but also how empowering it can be when instilled in your clients. Compassion is not “nice” training. It is really quite a meaningful endeavor providing you with the endurance and sense of agency to hold on to yourself. As caregivers, we often fall in the category of having poor boundaries ourselves. I used to be a 2 on the enneagram, and many other therapists relate to this as well. Compassion is good boundaries set from heart intentions. From here, we can help from a sense of confidence, strength and wisdom.

Patience: Have you ever sat in a session with a client where you can see the entire path of your client light years ahead of what they can see with their narrowed vision? And, you can also see the entire yellow brick road they need to get on to literally alleviate all of their suffering? And then in good old fashioned advice giving, we lose patience and just hand them the directions to their life. Meditation slows all of this down and you can sit in awe, wonder, curiosity, and non-judgement. Freeing you from impatience and from “fixing” it all. It all becomes part of the curriculum and you gain much more happiness from the journey when your client discovers “aha” moments on their own accord.

Flexibility: I love the analogy of the willow tree. As a healer you are rooted, and solid, know your own values, have been extensively trained in ethics and hopefully have a strong moral code as your guiding compass. But, we are often rigid in our “having to be right” or “seeing what’s best” for others. With meditation coaching, you can maintain your own psychological shape, but bend, sway, and be flexible like a willow tree in a breeze. You are able to bring in more humor, spontaneity, childhood pluck, and model effective and healthy traits for your clients. We train in coaching how to have a solid-flexible self.

Resilience: This is my favorite word as of late, because I think it captures the quality of all of the above. How do we bounce back from all that we see and hear in an average work day? Vicarious trauma impacts 70-80% of counselors. If you don’t think you fall into this category, see if you can identify with any of these symptoms by reading a recent publication in the ACA here.

Meditation and compassion is an effective and proven way to prevent vicarious trauma, burn-out, compassion or empathy fatigue and keep you doing what you do best.

Signing up for meditation coaching will help you keep on helping others. Not only will your clients gain from it, but you will see that you will be the first recipient of its benefits as well.

 

To check availability and schedule please contact us here or call 678-428-2730

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Bring Mindfulness to Your Corporation, Executive Meeting, School, Work, Mom's Group, Team etc. Schedule an Educational Talk
Dec
1
to Aug 1

Bring Mindfulness to Your Corporation, Executive Meeting, School, Work, Mom's Group, Team etc. Schedule an Educational Talk

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Mindfulness in the Workforce =

Compassionate Economics + Caring Capitalism + Collaboration with Ease

Bring Mindfulness to Your Corporation, Executive Meeting, School, Work, Mom's Group, Soccer Team, Garden Club etc...Inform other Parents and Educators about Mindfulness and Compassion Training with an Educational Talk

Investment: $150/hour

If you are interested in bringing a mindfulness program to your school, place of work, or wherever you would like to gather with a group of friends, please contact Be Here Now to schedule a unique public speaking engagement. Be Here Now offers many courses to adults, an 8-week Cognitively-Based Compassion Training Course, an 8-week program for children and parents ages 5 and up; as well as a 10-week curriculum for teens. You can learn more about the .b Mindfulness in Schools Project 10-week curriculum for teens here. You can learn more about Compassion Training (CBCT) hereIf you would like to inform your staff or parents about mindfulness and compassion training, please contact me to schedule an educational talk. 

All programs are specifically crafted and catered to your populations needs.

 

For more information or to schedule please e-mail us here or call 678-428-2730

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Individual Mindfulness & Compassion Mentoring
Dec
1
to Nov 30

Individual Mindfulness & Compassion Mentoring

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For more information or to schedule please e-mail us here or call 678-428-2730

I am now booking private, one-to-one training sessions. This is not psychotherapy, this is mindfulness and compassion training. Sessions are geared to cultivate and develop life skills that are essential to a sustained sense of well-being. We work collaboratively to enhance your meditative practice and assess what is out of balance in your life, define your core values and we take inventory of your life skills to determine in what areas you need to develop in order to implement your plan using meditation as your tool. Individual sessions can help with:

* Anxiety/depression * Stress * Relationship Issues * Psychospiritual Development * Reduction of Physical or Emotional Distress * Elevation of Physical or Emotional Fulfillment * Deeper Insight * Positive Behavioral Change * A Spirit of Love and Self-Compassion Toward Self and Others

Individual Sessions are 1 hour                                                                                   Fee: $200.00/hour

Commitment Package: $800 for 5 sessions (5 sessions for the price of 4)                                                                                                                                      

Please email here or call 678-428-2730 to schedule. 

Location Sandy Springs, GA. If you do not reside in the Atlanta area, other arrangements can be made available on-line. 

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Kintsugi: Turning Your Wounds Into Wisdom
Apr
20
8:30 AM08:30

Kintsugi: Turning Your Wounds Into Wisdom

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Kintsugi: Turning Your Wounds Into Wisdom

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019

Time: 8:30a to 1:00p

Place: Atlanta Center for Wellness: 6100 Lake Forrest Dr. Sandy Springs, GA 30328

Cost: $150 (includes $50 worth of materials)

Continental Breakfast and snacks are provided.

Here is What Others Are Saying:

“Excellent workshop! Much more than I had expected! Phenomenal!”

“Very experiential and insightful/reflective workshop. Very well done and informative. Lessons that I’ll take with me throughout life.”

“I loved every aspect of this workshop and the research material you shared with us. Hearing your voice under meditation is very nice and easily lets me focus. You are a gem.”

“It was much more reflective and healing than I anticipated. I am grateful for my new perspective: my scars make me more unique and beautiful.”

“A day with Jennifer is always a day well spent. The material is profound and yet Jennifer doesn’t make it intimidating. It is accessible, useful and applicable for everyday life. I could have spent more time but feel I got so much out of it. Thank you, Jen!”

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Holding On to Your Self--Dharma Talks with Jen: January Series
Jan
15
to Jan 29

Holding On to Your Self--Dharma Talks with Jen: January Series

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What are Dharma Talks with Jen?

Starting this January, I will be delivering four (4) 3-week meditation series online over the course of 2019. They will each follow the format of:

20:20:20

20 minute Dharma talk by Jen

20 minute guided meditation led by Jen

20 minute discussion, reflection, contemplation, and answering of questions

What is the Schedule?

January 15, 22, 29: Holding On to Your Self

6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. EST

Online

$45

Course Description: As we brace ourselves to enter 2019, we will learn techniques in how to Hold On to Our Selves. We will be examining the psychology of differentiation and dive into self-exploration and personal development to help us reconnect, heal and grow intimately with others. Through a path to self-discovery and meaningful relationships it is essential that we know how to Hold On to Our Selves.

REGISTER NOW FOR JANUARY SERIES



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CBCT® Cognitively Based Compassion Training at THE MODERN APOTHECARY
Nov
16
10:00 AM10:00

CBCT® Cognitively Based Compassion Training at THE MODERN APOTHECARY

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CBCT® COGNITIVELY-BASED COMPASSION TRAINING W/ JENNIFER FINCH

245.00

CBCT® Cognitively-Based Compassion Training, is a cognitively-based training using analytical meditation and systematically works to cultivate compassion. Through progressive meditation exercises (beginning with the development of attentional stability and progressing through various analytical meditations), one gains insight into how one's attitudes and behaviors support or hinder compassionate response. The practice of CBCT intensifies the desire to help others, allowing compassion to become more natural and spontaneous in one's everyday life. It also helps increase personal resiliency by grounding one in realistic expectations of self and others. This is a 16 hour training with CEU’s available for professionals. It was developed at Emory University in 2004 by Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi, PhD, and is now being broadly implemented and researched world-wide.


Dates and Times:

November 16th 10:00am -12:00pm: Overview and Resting in a Moment of Nurturance

November 30th 10:00am -12:00pm: Module I -Attentional Stability & Clarity

December 7th 10:00am - 12:00pm: Module II -Insight into the Nature of Mental Experience

December 14th 10:00am -12:00pm: Module III -Self-Compassion

December 21st 10:00am -12:00pm: Module IV -Cultivating Impartiality

January 11th 10:00am -12:00pm: Module V -Gratitude & Affection

January 18th 10:00am -12:00pm: Module VI -Empathic Concern & Engaged Compassion

January 25th 10:00am -12:00pm: Dig a Little Deeper, Refections & Closing Meditation


Investment: $245

CEU’s: additional $50 paid to Emory University upon completion of course (GA LPC board recognizes 20 CE Core Credits **please check with your licensing board to find out conversion of credits to be applied for your specific license)


**Limited space to the first 12 that register!

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Guest Host at Sacred Chill West
Nov
5
to Dec 17

Guest Host at Sacred Chill West

Sacred Chill West—-Guest Host

Monday evenings at 6:15 pm to 7:00 pm beginning Nov. 5th through Dec. 17th I have been invited to host a series meditation class. This is the hottest studio in Atlanta for meditation and yoga! You will not want to miss this one-of-a-kind event!

2030 Bolton Rd. NW #400, Atlanta, GA

We encourage you to take advantage of all of the events and group classes at Sacred Chill West and you can scroll through their listings using the button below.

I will be hosting 2 meditation series each 3 weeks long.

November 5, 12, 26 (3-week series): HOLD ON TO YOURSELF

As we head into the holiday season, it is important that we remain vigilant in our ability to hold on to ourselves. In fact, often times, this season can be tumultuous where our demands and needs are outweighed by our internal resources.  And in some cases, we need to learn to tie ourselves to the mast. In this 3-week series we will be excavating our innate tools to help us make sure that we are being resourced in the most beneficial ways. We will examine the science around empathic distress and learn how to keep from being overwhelmed by another’s suffering. And we will go beyond Self, in learning how we can connect to a source of compassion that surpasses our normal human limits, thus always feeling confident, strong and capable no matter what life stressors we are facing. 

December 3, 10, 17 (3-week series) : EMERGENCE OF COMPASSION

The holiday season is upon us and we are often faced with overwhelming environments and difficult family situations and our compassionate motives to stay grounded in a caring and kind social mentality can feel far-reaching. In this 3-week series we will examine the biology of compassion and utilize the empowering findings from the latest compassion research to keep us on course. We will look at the unique challenge of self-compassion and learn three keys for offering loving support to ourselves. We will learn how to sustain openheartedness and how to overcome the common challenges of “compassion fatigue” and “compassion collapse.” Compassion can become difficult, but it is trainable, and we have the ability to broaden our compassion to ever-widening circles of people. When we can connect to a source of compassion that is altruistic, impartial and based in tenderness, we will find the determination to emerge as our best selves and flourish this holiday season. 

To learn more and to save your spot click here.

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No Drama Mama--Mindfulness for Mothers *8 CORE CE Credits for MHPs
Sep
21
8:30 AM08:30

No Drama Mama--Mindfulness for Mothers *8 CORE CE Credits for MHPs

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Investment: $199

Location: Santosha 896 Davis Dr. NW, Atlanta, GA 30327

Space is limited to first 12 participants! Secure your spot today!

 

 

 

This transformational workshop builds calm, confidence, kindness and connection. This intensive one-day workshop instills mindfulness stress reduction and compassion based strategies to help teach mothers how to navigate anxiety, depression, stress and feeling overwhelmed. Stabilizing secure attachment skills within our clients and the ones they care for. 

What is Included:

¤ Take Away Skills for Your Meditation Practice

¤ Practical Ways to Use Meditation in Your Everyday Life

¤ Soul Replenishing Breathing and Meditation Techniques

¤ An Inspiring Group of Powerful, Strong & Resilient Women

¤ Private Facebook Group to Stay Connected and Share Resources

¤ Lifetime Membership and Discounted Admission to Annual No Drama Mama Village Retreats and Events

What You Will Learn:

• How to Start a Meditation Practice (And The Tricks To Keeping It Up)

• What is Self-Care (It’s Not What You Think) and How Does Science Prove That It Is Mandatory In Our Life?

• The Science of Compassion

• Mind Traps & How to Work With Our Internal Dialogue & Scripts

• Perfectionism Is For The Birds, How To Give It Up Gracefully

• Our Transformation Into Resiliency and Vulnerability

• What To Do When Everything Falls Apart/How to Rupture & Repair

• How To Meet Our Children (And Other Relationships) From a Place of Strength & Calm

What People Are Saying About This Class:

“I really enjoyed the class. I have always been curious and intrigued by mindfulness. I wanted to learn more about it and how I could incorporate it into my daily life. Jen did a great job of teaching me the history, practices and ways to be more mindful. Her class notebook is amazing and provides a wealth of knowledge that I can always look back on anytime. The class made me realize how stressful life can be, but being more mindful helps bring a peace amongst the craziness! I would definitely recommend this class to friends. It was an awesome experience and kudos to Jen....she is the best!!”
“I enjoyed every single minute that I sat through the course. I loved the environment of respect and safety that was created. It felt like a sacred space. The time spent together definately flew by for me, I think there’s enough material to either add another session to the course or make each one of sessions a bit longer. Sometimes it felt a little rushed. I can’t wait to go through the material that was given to us during the summer. I’m hoping to find more references in the folder and be able to look into them closely and calmly for more growth and knowledge. I’m looking forward to more courses from you. I have found that they are one of the best gifts I can give to myself ;) Thank you! Have a lovely summer!”
“Parenting is not easy to say the least. We all struggle at times to find moments of peace. I took this insightful class “No Mama Drama” hosted by my friend Jennifer Chase Finch. She is amazingly knowledgeable about sharing techniques on how to be mindful and find peace in the crazy things life throws your way. ”
“Awesome!”
“To all my mama friends in the Atlanta area, I highly recommend that you check out, and try to find the time on your schedules to take a very insightful workshop called “No Drama Mama”, offered by the very wise and knowledgable Jennifer Chase Finch I took the workshop in the spring and loved every minute of it. Jennifer creates a space filled with respect and safety -that felt almost sacred to me- where we moms could talk about our most challenging experiences as parents and how to move through those challenges without beating ourselves up and creating dignity and less suffering for everyone. The workshop was a wonderful gift of self-care I gave to myself and the teachings I received have become more entrenched in my daily life.”

 

 

 

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What is Mindfulness? And Why Should We Be Teaching It To Our Kids? Growing Mindful
Sep
10
to Sep 17

What is Mindfulness? And Why Should We Be Teaching It To Our Kids? Growing Mindful

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Cost: $10
Locations: 4939 Lower Roswell Rd. Marietta, GA

Dates and Times this one hour workshop is available:

11:00 am Monday, Sept. 10th

6:30 pm Monday, Sept. 10th

11:00 am Tuesday, Sept. 11th--SOLD OUT

11:00 am Monday, Sept. 17th

6:00 pm Monday, Sept. 17th

Whether you've never tried mindfulness or you have a daily practice, come hear licensed psycho-therapist and certified mindfulness instructor, Jennifer Finch, talk on mindfulness and its researched based benefits for you and your loved ones. You do not need to be a parent to attend. Jennifer will be addressing why she believes whole-heartedly that mindfulness instruction should be taught to our kids today, and how it can easily be integrated into our daily lives. 

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Inward Bound for Kids ages 5-10 Mindfulness & Compassion
Jul
25
1:00 PM13:00

Inward Bound for Kids ages 5-10 Mindfulness & Compassion

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Please Schedule Ahead This is not a drop in program.

$50 scheduled rate

Multiple dates and times are available. Please see schedule on sign up page here. 

Thursday, June 28th 9a-12p SOLD OUT

Thursday, June 28th 1p-4p SOLD OUT

Still have some availability for Tuesday, June 26th 9a-12p; and Wednesday, June 27th 9a-12p; July dates are available. Please register early to hold your spot, space is limited. 

All events will be held at: Gathered & Grounded-- 533 W. Howard Ave. Decatur, Ga 30030

Kids will learn basic mindfulness and compassion skills. When we invite more compassion into our lives it's good for all starting at a young age. It allows kids to learn more about themselves and how they react to their realities. Exploring stillness and kindness in playful and engaging exercises that your kid will love. 

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Compassion 2 hour workshop at Gathered and Grounded
Jul
10
6:30 PM18:30

Compassion 2 hour workshop at Gathered and Grounded

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Investment: $20

This workshop will be offered this summer at three different dates and times:

May 16th, 2018 7:00p-9:00p SOLD OUT

June 7th, 2018 10:00a-12:00a SOLD OUT

July 10th, 2018 6:30p-8:30p

We hope you can join us for at least one of these dates/times.

All events will be held at the new Gathered & Grounded in Decatur 533 W. Howard Ave, Decatur, GA 30030

 

Compassion is needed now more than ever. I think many of us feel this way. We are now aware more than ever of global suffering and that can feel overwhelming. We are more connected than we ever have been, but not in a compassionate way which leaves us feeling socially disconnected with rising rates of loneliness and anxiety. We desperately need the courage and the energy and the hope that compassion can provide. 

 

 

For the sake of compassion itself, come see how you can learn to help. Consciously choose compassion and register today for this 2 hour class. Go to: www.gatheredandgrounded.com

 

In this experiential class we will focus on:

 

* Compassion is always a possibility, but it can also be sometimes really hard to access. What blocks it?

* A neuro-scientific overview of what is happening in our bodies and brains when we train   in compassion

* What gets in the way of compassion and how to dissolve those barriers

* Explore the many dimensions of compassion and how it can directly benefit us and impact our loved ones immediately

* Why compassion is so powerful

* Learn contemplative meditation techniques to allow our body and brain to access compassion more readily

 

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Will Compassion Be Missing From the Story of Your Life? A FREE one-hour talk.
Jul
10
9:00 AM09:00

Will Compassion Be Missing From the Story of Your Life? A FREE one-hour talk.

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Tuesday, July 10th 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Whole Foods/East Cobb: Will Compassion Be Missing from the Story of Your Life?

WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO COMPASSION?

Last year we witnessed, 

A young man killing a young woman by using his car to run down a crowd protesting against bigotry and injustice.

A pastor shutting his church doors and turning away people needing shelter after the destruction of Hurricane Harvey.

Do we still believe in compassion, basic goodness, optimism, over all care, health and well-being of our communities? Does this leave you wondering like me, what in the world has happened to compassion?

DO YOU WANT TO CONTINUE DOWN THIS PATH AND GO DOWN LIKE THAT? OR WOULD YOU LIKE TO HELP AND MAKE LASTING CHANGE IN THE STATE OF OUR WORLD?

Compassion training is a skill that needs to be practiced, understood, and applied. It is actually a very complex mental state and our "un-trained" brains can hijack the compassionate process at any moment. 

CBCT® Cognitive Behavioral Compassion Training can help us rediscover our purpose in life. Do you want to leave a legacy that never once leaves a doubt about how compassionate you were?

CBCT® will help you do just that. CBCT® is a structured sequence of meditation exercises designed to strengthen mental stability, deepen awareness and understanding of thoughts and emotions, and support the growth of our inherent capacity to care for others. The aim of the practice is to generate and sustain a robust, inclusive, and warm-hearted responsiveness, while protecting ourselves from the side effects of empathic distress, burn-out, fatigue, secondary trauma and shut-down immobility responses. It restores dynamic equilibrium where we can train in relaxed alertness. From this place of stability and a brain that is in-check, we can extend compassion not only to ourselves but to all others, especially those whom we love and care for. 

So the question for you is…

WILL COMPASSION BE MISSING FROM THE STORY OF YOUR LIFE?

One of these days you and I will no longer be here. When we are gone people are going to talk about us. What do you want them to be able to say about you?

How will you ensure they will say, amongst other things, that you were compassionate? That you did your complete best and all that you could to love your neighbors, open your heart and be kind. 

That is what I will be discussing in this FREE one-hour talk.

 Be our hope for humanity.

SPACE IS LIMITED SO PLEASE RESERVE YOUR SEAT HERE. 

 

 

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What is Mindfulness? Growing Mindful FREE 1-hour Talk
Jul
2
9:00 AM09:00

What is Mindfulness? Growing Mindful FREE 1-hour Talk

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Investment: FREE

Event date and time: Monday, July 2nd at 9:00a.m. to 10:00a.m.

Where: Whole Foods/East Cobb 1311 Johnson Ferry Rd. Marietta, GA 30068

Limited spaces so please REGISTER HERE TO HOLD YOUR SPOT.  

 

Whether you've never tried mindfulness or you have a daily practice, come hear licensed psycho-therapist and certified mindfulness instructor, Jennifer Finch, talk on mindfulness and its researched based benefits for you and your loved ones. You do not need to be a parent to attend. Jennifer will be addressing why she believes whole-heartedly that mindfulness instruction should be mandatory for our kids today, and how it can easily be integrated into our daily lives. Join us for this one- hour talk of immersion into mindfulness, stress reduction, increased focus, body awareness and inner care. Jennifer's work is based on scientifically proven methods that are very effective in helping with many stress-related issues. 

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Beginning Mindfulness for Kids (ages 5-10)
Jun
4
to Jun 25

Beginning Mindfulness for Kids (ages 5-10)

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Session One: June 4-6 9:00a to 12:00p

Session Two: June 18-20 9:00a to 12:00p

Investment: $150

Location: East Cobb/Marietta 850 Indian Hills Pkwy, Marietta, GA 20068

This course offers simple, playful ways to introduce kids to the basics of mindfulness.  Mindfulness is nothing other than present-moment awareness, an open and friendly willingness to understand what is going on in and around you.  When children learn to be mindfully present, they’ll have the tools they need to deal with stress, sleep better at night, improve concentration, increase self-confidence, creativity, and compassion.  And above all, they learn to be kind, to themselves and others.  They become familiar with their inner-world, without having to make any immediate judgments about what they (or others) think, feel or experience.  They learn to deal with calm and turmoil when these emotions present themselves.  An “un-stressed” mind learns better, finds different solutions for the same problems, reacts less impulsively from automatic pilot, and can handle difficult emotions throughout a lifetime.

         Studies have demonstrated that children who have done, or are doing mindfulness, deal    differently with stressful situations and are better able to empathize with others.  They make different choices in conflict situations: more conscious and from a place of calm. Mindfulness   is good for children’s developing brains.  So why not support this wholeheartedly?  Put your child at the forefront of a rapidly growing movement to give mindfulness a permanent    place in the 21st century school curriculum.  It’s something every child deserves.

If you are interested go to CLASSES to learn more or register your child for a class or summer camp.

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Kintsugi & Self-CompassionWorkshop: Turning Your Wounds Into Wisdom
May
10
6:30 PM18:30

Kintsugi & Self-CompassionWorkshop: Turning Your Wounds Into Wisdom

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Investment:

Early Bird and VIP Registration: $65

After April 28th, 2018: $80

Location: Gathered & Grounded 533 W. Howard Ave, Decatur, GA 30030

What if you could go on a 3 hour retreat with a psychologist who would spend three hours offering you tools to unlock the unlimited potential inside of you. Pushing past the stuckness and the reactionary habitual patterns, freeing the insight of your creativity and cultivating the felt sense of inner peace and purpose. This workshop and @beherenowwithjen has got you covered.

Space is limited to the first 18 people to sign up! This is a one of a kind intimate mindfulness workshop that you will not want to miss! REGISTRATION EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT CLOSES NEXT WEEK! Register today at www.beherenowmindfulness.com 

 

 

We all get broken in one way or another in this life. It's an unavoidable part of living. In this workshop we will explore mindful ways of repairing our broken pieces with gold using the centuries-old Japanese art of Kintsugi.

When a bowl, teapot or precious vase falls and breaks into a thousand pieces, we throw them away angrily and regretfully. Yet there is an alternative, a Japanese practice that highlights and enhances the breaks thus adding value to the broken object. It’s called kintsugi (金継ぎ). Literally it means: golden (“kin”) and repair (“tsugi”).

By repairing broken ceramics it’s possible to give a new lease of life to pottery that becomes even more refined thanks to its “scars”. The Japanese art of kintsugi teaches that broken, flawed objects are not something to hide but to display with pride. The scars become what to exhibit, making us stronger and more beautiful than before. 

With this contemplative art, we can learn a healing way of making the tears and the pain become the source of joy and growth. We cannot choose when or how adversity and trials will come, but we can choose how to use them to get our life in line with a larger purpose for which we were meant to live out. 

With this technique it’s possible to create true and always different works of art, each with its own story and beauty, thanks to the unique cracks formed when the object breaks, as if they were wounds that leave different marks on each of us.

Mindfulness and making art with our hands are tools that used in combination can befriend and bring healing to difficult emotions. Through artful creation of putting the broken pieces back together to make something even more beautiful all while accessing the inner still place of peacefulness that is always there, will create stability, resiliency, confidence and strength in your forward vision for yourself.

Please join me in this workshop so that together, we can find out how to turn brokenness into a living miracle of inner healing, by placing it in our own capable hands with renewed strength, clarity and wisdom. 

Workshop includes light snacks and all materials. You may bring your own additional food and/or drink if you choose.                                                                                                                               Click here to schedule.

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Awakening Compassion Day Retreat
Apr
29
10:00 AM10:00

Awakening Compassion Day Retreat

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To teach love and compassion, we need to BE love and compassion. How do we do this? 

Investment: $180.00

To Register, please go to this link at Santosha Yoga Studio's scheduling page. Be sure to click on the bold date on the calendar once you click the link. It will take you to the completion of the registration. 

Retreat for a Day with Jennifer Finch, M.A.,LPC, NBCC, and Amanda Trevelino, C-IAYT, RYT500 for a nurturing exploration of self love using somatic psychology, neuroscience and yoga. We'll discover what makes compassion powerful—and how you can cultivate it in your life. We will introduce you to a comprehensive framework that integrates our bodies through accessible yoga led by Amanda, and our minds through analytical meditation shaped by current research, social-emotional learning, mindfulness, and eastern influenced psychology. This approach aims to support you in whole body/mind self care and give you a rejuvenated sense of ownership of self to enter into the transformative season of spring. 

Jennifer is a licensed psycho-therapist and a Certified Meditation, Mindfulness & Compassion Instructor with a mind for science and a heart for positive change. She is passionate about bridging universal wisdom of meditation and mindfulness with today's research, neuroscience and psychology to share the art of thriving with those seeking it. Amanda leads experiences to embody self-discovery.

$180 includes light vegetarian lunch. During this eight hour experience, all mats props, water and tea service will be provided. You have an option to spend your lunch hour at nearby hiking trails, or picnic by the pool.

For more about Jenn see: www.beherenowmindfullness.com.
For more about Amanda see: www.santosha-studio.com

 

To Register, please go to this link at Santosha Yoga Studio's scheduling page.

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Mindful Photography
Apr
2
to Jun 2

Mindful Photography

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This Course is Not Currently Being Offered--Please Subscribe to stay updated on when this course will available. To be placed on a waiting list for this course please e-mail us here. 

Mindful Photography workshops are intensive and experiential. In this 2 hour class, you will learn how to intuitively use your camera and enhance the fun ability to see, capture, inspire, and embody the natural beauty that exists and surrounds us everyday. You will begin to notice what was previously unnoticed. Through the use of mindfulness techniques you will enhance an awakened sense of connection to the world's beauty and discover the unseen; noticing the cracks in the sidewalks where the flowers grow. Open to your creative side and use your camera as a powerful vehicle for self discovery. See the effortless beauty around you and use your camera  as an extended expression of your eye, mind and heart.

To check available times and register, click here, or go to Classes.

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