Berkeley Mindfulness Class

Berkeley Mindfulness Meditation Class starts April 23

The 8-week class in mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is designed to bring about profound and lasting changes in the way people relate to their lives. This intensive mindfulness training provides participants with practical tools for living life with more ease, wisdom, joy, and effectiveness, helping people access their own inner resources to promote better health, healing, and well-being. The evidence-based program began in 1979 with the pioneering work of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Classes are two and a half hours long, and the course includes a 7-hour silent retreat. Learn more about the teacher.
Dates/Time: Monday nights, April 23 – June 18, 7-9:30 PM, plus a daylong session on June 9.
Location: Harmony Yoga Studio, 1533 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley.
COST: Sliding Scale: $500-$425-$350-$275
Register Above: Please select the rate that most truly reflects your economic status. Paying at the Benefactor rate supports low-income participants. People of all ethnicities, sexual orientations and gender and cultural identities are welcome.

Cancellation Policy: More than 15 days before first class: 100% refund; 15 to 8 days: 50%; 7 days or later: no refund. There are no refunds for missed classes. Missed classes cannot be transferred.

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About the Teacher

Bill Scheinman has been teaching mindfulness since 2001 and brings a deep knowledge of meditative disciplines from over 23 years of intensive practice. He teaches 8-week courses in mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), works with individuals as a mindfulness coach, teaches online mindfulness courses, and has taught mindfulness for a variety of corporate clients. Bill is a graduate of the Community Dharma Leaders Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Dedicated Practitioner’s Program. Through the Buddhist Alliance for Social Engagement, Bill taught meditation at San Francisco’s County Jail for nine years. He is the former President of the Board of the San Francisco Insight Meditation Community and is the author of the mindfulness guide Moment By Moment (available on Amazon).

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course Outline

The course in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction takes place over eight weeks. Classes are approximately 2 1/2 hours long and are held on a weekday evening. Each class consists of guided meditations, gentle movement exercises, didactic lecture, and group discussion. The course also includes an all-day class on a Saturday during the sixth week. The curriculum includes the following components:

  • Week 1: Introduction to Program ° Foundations of Mindfulness ° Body Scan meditation
  • Week 2: Working with perceptions ° The STOP exercise
  • Week 3: Introduction to Awareness of Breathing Meditation ° Mindful Lying Yoga ° Attention vs. Disattention
  • Week 4: Sitting Meditation ° Standing Yoga ° Research on Stress & Stress Hardiness
  • Week 5: Reacting vs. Responding ° Large Group discussion on Practice
  • Week 6: Avoiding Difficulty vs. Entering and Blending
    Daylong Session
  • Week 7: Learning How to Practice on One’s Own °Mindfulness in Everyday Life
  • Week 8: Course Review & Group Reflection