Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Courses
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction is the seminal 8-week curriculum first developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center’s Center for Mindfulness. The class uses meditation, yoga and inquiry as a way of training people to relate differently to stresses in their lives and in fact, relate differently to each moment of their lives . Click here for more information about MBSR.
A few times per year four to six week classes are offered which are suitable for graduates of the 8-week MBSR class. These classes focus one ways of bringing mindfulness practices directly into all aspects of our daily lives—in relationships, work environment, family life, etc. These classes are a wonderful way to revitalize or remain connected to one’s meditation practice.
Buddhism and Meditation
Jon offers classes and talks that explore the Buddha's teachings of Dharma. These classes are not academic but rather allow time for in-depth study of practical application of the core 2500 year old Buddhist teachings and how the relate to living in the 21st Century. Jon is affiliated primarily with the Insight Meditation Community and teaches regularly at the New York Insight Meditation Center, as well as at other centers as a guest teacher.
and Drop Ins
For the last 12 years years, Jon has offered a weekly one hour sitting as part of the JCC of Manhattan’s Makom Meditation program. Offered each Wednesday at 5:45pm, the session includes a 30 minute guided meditation, some mindful movement and inquiry. Everyone is welcome regardless of their level of experience. Jon also teaches once a month at the Tuesday night drop in sitting group of New York Insight.
Days of concentrated practice offer an opportunity to energize and expand one's practice. Jon offers both single day (primarily at NY Insight) and more extended residential retreats which provide a supportive environment for continuity of practice. Day-long retreats offered as part of the MBSR 8-Week program are open to MBSR Alumni and anyone with meditation experience (with prior approval).
Business, Government and Non-Profits
Jon is a Senior Trainer and Consultant with The Potential Project, and in this context he leads workshops, seminars and courses on mindfulness in the workplace for both non- and for-profit organizations. He works with senior leaders and teams to increase focus, attention, effectiveness, empathy and resilience in their busy and "always-on" lives.
Working one-on –one is often the only option for people who are either exceptionally busy or home-bound and for whom a class situation is not possible. The program is customized for the needs of the individual. Long-distance sessions are also available via Skype or Facetime.
Somatic Experiencing® is a body based therapy for work specifically with trauma developed by Peter Levine, PhD founder of the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute. As a certified SEP therapist, Jon works one-to-one using SE® in conjunction with meditation techniques to support individuals in working through the challenges of trauma and PTSD. This work is most effective when done in conjunction with more traditional therapy.