Mindfulness and Self-Compassion for Learning, Growing and Healing
Welcome to Learn, Grow, Heal Mindfulness. We are dedicated to offering high-quality mindfulness programs grounded in the science of participatory medicine. Through practicing mindfulness, we develop an improved awareness of the mind-body connection enabling us to tap into our own inner resources for learning, growing, and healing. With this improved awareness, health and overall well-being can be transformed. Our Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) programs are a complement to traditional medical and psychological care. These programs are suited to those ready to commit to taking better care of themselves by actively engaging in these experiential teachings. Our vision is not just to teach mindfulness skills, but to embody mindful awareness, moment by moment, and inspire others to live a more mindful and fulfilling life.
NEW this Fall!
Live Online Course
Are you more compassionate with others than you are with yourself? This can be the norm. Self-compassion is treating ourselves like we would treat a dear friend. A compassionate relationship to yourself is the foundation for healthy relationships, strength, resiliency and emotional wellbeing.
Research on self-compassion shows that it increases happiness while decreasing anxiety, depression, shame and burnout.
October 12 - December 7, 2021
Tuesdays 1:00 - 4:00 PM
(includes retreat on
Sun. Nov. 28 from 9 am - 1 pm)
Cost: sliding scale Base Fee $395, Mid Fee $495, Full Fee $695
What is Mindfulness?
“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally.” - Jon Kabat-Zinn
It is being here right now, paying attention to your experience whether it is your external environment or internal world of sensations, thoughts and emotions and doing so with an attitude of openness and curiosity.
Testimonials from our MBSR Participants
“Best gift you could give yourself. Self-care.”
“It gives me the tools and knowledge to take care of my mind, body and spirit for life.”
“Changed my life path – got quiet enough to hear what I really wanted – got tools to become calm anytime.”
“Yes, I would tell them to try it and take the little lessons that arise as you go through the journey. I have learned a great deal about myself and how being mindful and taking the time has been incredibly beneficial.”
“After I understood that I was my worst enemy, stress went down. Give yourself a chance.”
“Awakening! And you will find tools to learn about yourself.”
Proven Benefits Backed by Research
Mindfulness has been shown to be beneficial for many conditions including:
What is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)?
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction was founded in 1979 by world re-known author and scientific researcher Jon Kabat-Zinn. What started as the Stress Reduction Clinic is now known as the Center for Mindfulness, in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and has 38 years of research behind it. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is an 8-week program designed to cultivate life-long tools which can be integrated into your daily life to foster resilience, balance and peace of mind even when facing life challenges such as stress, pain and illness. Participants learn to move from reacting to stress to responding more skillfully while being supported by a structured and safe group learning environment.
What is Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)?
Mindful Self-Compassion is an 8 week program developed by Kristin Neff, PhD and Christopher Germer, PhD, world renowned experts in the field of self-compassion. It teaches core principles and practices that are primarily steeped in self-compassion skills of responding to difficult life moments by embracing ourselves with warmth and tenderness.
Joan is a physician, psychotherapist, meditation practitioner and facilitator of mindfulness and self-compassion programs. She has taught mindfulness in Kingston since 2013. She trained with the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. She added Mindful Self-Compassion to her program offerings in 2018, training with the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.