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“In an age of constant movement, nothing is more urgent than sitting still” Pico Iyer

Workshops and Classes - ALL CURRENTLY ONLINE

Anchoring Ourselves in Presence Workshop

Cost: $25.00 (Workshop is 1hour, 45 minutes)

Date: Saturday, October 3rd 10:30-12:15pm 

Questions or more information, email theresa@blueskymeditation.com

We can all agree that we are living in a time of incredible uncertainty. It's how we respond to that uncertainty that is our choice.

We can respond by jumping from headline to headline, conversation to conversation, continually distracting ourselves with our phones, shows or busyness OR we can create space to connect to ourselves and cultivate a sense of stability and calm. We have an incredible reservoir of calm deep within us that we are called more than ever to discover during these times. Do we allow ourselves to get caught up in the distractions and fear, or do we anchor ourselves in presence cultivating trust that we will figure it out one moment at a time. This doesn't mean we ignore what is going on in our lives or in the world, instead we cultivate a more grounded presence into whatever arises.

During this workshop, using the practice of Mindfulness, we will sit together virtually and tap into this reservoir of stillness that is innate to us all. We will see how the mind likes to create stories and that we have a choice to go along for the ride.  We will look at how these "stories" affect the quality of our lives and relationships. We will bring more awareness to the activities that are nourishing and depleting in our lives and find strategies to create more balance.

Classes are for ADULTS, 18 years and older, maximum 10 participants, minimum 4 participants to run the workshop

Please note: all students will need access to a quiet space along with tablet or laptop computer with a working microphone, camera and a high speed internet connection. Zoom link will be emailed to you before the workshop start time.

ONLINE Mindfulness and Meditation for Beginners Information Session (40 minutes ) FREE with Registration

Are you curious to learn how Mindfulness and Meditation can help you?  Maybe you think its for other people and not for you.  

Maybe you're not sure whether an online class is right for you?

In the Mindfulness and Meditation for Beginners Information Session, we’ll walk you through how we practice.  We'll get to the essence of what mindfulness is and what it takes to make it part of your life.  We’ll end the session with a short guided meditation so that you can sample it for yourself.  This workshop allows the participant to learn more and decide if they are ready for the Mindfulness and Meditation for Beginners 8 week courses starting on October 31st and November 12th.  See details for the 8 week course below.

Cost: Free with registration

Date: October 3, 2020, Saturday 9-9:40 am EST  
 

Classes are for adults, 18 years and older, maximum 10 students per class, 4 students minimum to run the class

Please note: all students will need access to a tablet or laptop computer with a working microphone, camera and a high speed internet connection. Zoom link will be emailed to you before the workshop or class start time.

 

ONLINE Mindfulness and Meditation for Beginners * (8 week class)

*this class is based on the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction curriculum, MBSR, created by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Cost:  $225.00 online, $310 in person, when offered
PLEASE NOTE:  Online offering via zoom, need computer with camera/microphone, tablet or smartphone and a quiet room

All classes receive:  downloadable workbook and recorded guided meditations

Next Online session dates:  
Thursday evenings 7:00-9:00 pm, November 12,19 (NO CLASS November 5th or 26th); December 3, 10, 17 (no class 12/24 and 12/31; January 7, 14, 21  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Saturday mornings 9:00-11:00 am, October 31; November 7, 14, 21, 28, December 5, 12, 19   CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

All times are Eastern Standard Time, U.S.

Questions: contact Theresa in person or via text at 267-235-9730 or theresa@blueskymeditation.com

Meditation seems to be mentioned everywhere these days and is compared to another thing you “should” do....like going to the gym.  But it’s actually one of THE most important things we can do to live our lives with more clarity, meaning, compassion and joy.  When we meditate and do these simple practices, we are connecting to ourselves, which is a true act of self caring. We connect all day to those around us....but do we value and connect with ourselves every day?

This 8 week class is structured to begin and sustain your mindfulness and meditation practice in a supportive, small group environment. Class size is limited to 10 people. The course follows Jon Kabat-Zinn's Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction curriculum (MBSR) which is used in dozens of clinical trials to show the benefits of meditation and mindfulness practices, and is considered the "gold standard" of Mindfulness instruction.

Extensive research has shown the MBSR 8 Week course to be helpful for anxiety, chronic pain, depression, high blood pressure, digestive issues, sleep disorders, and weight management.

During this course, participants will learn how to....

  • Establish a meditation practice
  • ​Integrate mindfulness into everyday life
  • ​Increase self-compassion and compassion for others
  • Increase ability to relax while resting in the present moment
  • Improve ability to cope with stressful situations
  • Improve communication with friends, family and at work
  • Release tensions and increase energy
  • ​Cultivate skills in being present to bring more clarity, meaning, compassion and joy into everyday life

Additional Information:

Online offering via zoom, need computer or laptop with camera/microphone; tablet or smartphone and a quiet room

Classes are for adults, 18 years and older, maximum 10 students per class, 4 minimum to run the class

Attendance:  Regular attendance is important due to the nature of the course as the practices build week to week.  It is requested that when booking if you know you'll miss more than one class, that you wait for the next session. 
 
Home Practice:  30-45 minutes per day which includes dedicated meditation practice plus mindfulness practices which are built into the day

 

Art of Listening Workshop (2 hours)

CHECK BACK FOR DATES IN DECEMBER, 2020!
Online offering

Cost: $30

How do we really stay present for another?  We start by staying present with ourselves and then extend our presence out to them.  It is a gift more rich than anything else....it might even be the most important skill we can learn.  And yet, it can be so difficult. 

We are living in an age of distraction and it seems to keep ramping up, and so the odds might feel like they are working against us.  But in actuality we always have a choice. A choice to be present with intention. Come learn how to exercise your choice in a workshop where we will use mindful communication and learn how to “hold our seat” during intense emotions and learn the true art of listening.  We will do this by building our “attention muscle” which also happens to be our “mindfulness muscle.” Focused attention is something that we can grow stronger, every moment of every day, in our relationships and in everything that we do,

Please note:

Classes are for adults, 18 years and older, maximum 10 students per class, 4 minimum to run the workshop