Fall 2019: Mindfulness For Teachers — EDIS 5012

Teaching is one of the most rewarding professions, but it can also be one of the most stressful. Mindfulness for Teachers will introduce students to a series of evidence-based practical skills that will help them cultivate the inner resources needed to support their students' social, emotional, and academic growth.

* 3 Credits

Instructors: Carly Dirghangi (, Patricia (Tish) Jennings (

Fall 2019: The Trauma Sensitive Classroom — EDIS 5014

Growing numbers of schools are faced with the task of supporting students who are living in adverse conditions and may be exposed to trauma. The terms trauma, adversity, toxic stress, chronic stress refer to exposure to ongoing, overwhelming stressors that erode our health and well-being. The term “trauma” is typically associated with a specific event that is so overwhelming that it taxes the individual’s ability to cope. Adversity, toxic stress, chronic stress refer to traumatic conditions that occur over time. These conditions impact students’ cognitive abilities and behavior in ways that

Mindfulness Renewal

If you’d like to renew a personal practice of mindfulness, this four-week course is designed to support your intention to begin again or to deepen your current practice. With the support and inspiration of a class, we’ll revisit mindfulness practices – awareness of breath, sensation, thought and emotion, simple mindful movement, body scan, and the cultivation of kindness. Discussions will focus on attitudes and routines that support ongoing practice, including how awareness can be cultivated informally throughout the day.

Mindfulness for Healthcare Providers

Daylong Retreat: Saturday, November 2, 2019
Developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is the core program of the Mindfulness Center. MBSR classes include instruction in mindfulness meditation, mindful movement, and other mindfulness practices. This mindfulness program includes these elements and has been adapted specifically for healthcare professionals.

The 8-week course meets for 2.5 hours each week. An all-day silent retreat is also part of the program. CME credits are offered.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a seminal mindfulness course. Taught internationally for decades, MBSR is an 8-week, practice-based, interactive learning program. Research shows MBSR to be an effective complement to a wide variety of medical and psychological conditions. These include anxiety, asthma, cancer, chronic pain, depression, diabetes, fibromyalgia, gastrointestinal disorders, heart disease, hypertension, mood disorders, sleep disturbances, and stress disorders.

Fall 2019 YOGA

The Contemplative Sciences Center offers a robust schedule of yoga classes taught by experienced instructors. CSC collaborates with partners across Grounds and Charlottesville.

The Fall 2019 Yoga schedule has been announced. See the flyer below.


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