Upcoming Courses

Upcoming Courses

 

Spring 2018 Course Schedule

8-Week Course- Mindful Emotional Balance. Starts  MONDAY April 9-June 4th, 7-9pm (no class Memorial day May 28th) @ Kazoo Books. Tuition was $260, now $235.

Our eight-week course is based on the practices and research from the fields of contemplative science, secular mindfulness and compassion practice, emotional intelligence and neuroscience.  And uses emotion theory and mindfulness-based techniques to help you manage difficult and challenging thoughts and feelings that can cause pain and suffering in your life.

You’ll learn to approach your thoughts and emotions with less judgement, understand their sources and learn to be more forgiving and kind toward yourself and others. Instead of trying to bury difficult thoughts and emotions or lashing out and hurting relationships, you’ll learn to cultivate emotional balance through the practices described in this workbook. Each 2 hour class uses presentations, experiential activities, group discussions and home practice assignments to support your learning experience.

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Skills you learn:

  • Mindfulness of thoughts, emotions and body
  • Emotional awareness, balance and resilience
  • Compassion and forgiveness for self and others
  • Anger and fear management

Benefits:                   

  • Reduced self-criticism
  • Improved attention and concentration
  • Increased kindness toward oneself and others
  • Reduced occupational stress and burnout
  • Greater emotional resilience
  • Less anxiety and depression

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Registration was $260, now $235.  Includes workbook, guided practices and on-line resources. If you have questions contact Eric Nelson @  1-269-553-6621 or mail EricVnelson1@gmail.com

Location:

Kazoo Books, 2413 Parkview Avenue, Kalamazoo. Park in rear of building.  Take Barnard Street just west of Kazoo Books, go 100 feet turn left on Book Alley and take second drive on left to parking lot. If you need to reach me the day of call Eric @ 269-254-0771.

 


Spring  2018

Mini-Retreat

May 12th 9:30-3:00 in Kalamazoo.

If you’re a beginning meditator wanting to learn the fundamentals or a seasoned meditator wanting to tune-up your practice.

For those of you who are new to mindfulness practice, mindfulness is defined as the capacity to be aware of our moment to moment experience with less judgment, fear and grasping. Instead of unconsciously reacting to life based on past habits and conditioning we learn to consciously respond to life with greater curiosity, openness, acceptance, and kindness. Cultivating mindfulness results in many benefits for mental and physical health, wellbeing, and happiness.

Workshop learning objectives:

  • Introduction to  the Four Foundations of Mindfulness Practice i.e., working with body, feelings, thoughts/emotions and mind states, plus simple practices you can use during your day i.e. 3-minute breathing space (working with difficult emotions) and R.A.I.N. technique.
  • Working with the 5 major challenges to meditation i.e., agitation/restlessness, greed/addiction, anger, dullness/sleepiness, wanting quick results.
  • 4 Part mindful walking
  • Mindful Yoga
  • Mindful eating

Together these practices are scientifically shown to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, helping to move you beyond fear, uncertainty, and attachment.

Registration $35, includes: 17 pg. instruction manual on the Four-Foundations of Mindfulness Practices.

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What to bring: water bottle, a bag lunch, blanket, yoga mat and pillow (optional), a cover up just in case you get cold (coffee and tea provided).

What to wear: comfortable clothing suitable for stretching and lying down comfortably and walking outside if you choose.

Workshop Location:  Unitarian Univeralist Community Church, 10441 Shaver Road, Portage, MI.

For additional information or questions, call Eric Nelson @ 1-269-553-6621 or email EricVnelson1@gmail.com


Fall 2018

Fall 8-Week Mindful Compassionate Living  

Courses offered Mondays: TBA Tuition. Fee $270.

Tired of being self-critical and judgmental?

The Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living course,  is a nine-session research based and tested class designed to help you deal in a healthy way with pain, stress and/or suffering, in whatever form it presents itself– physical, mental, emotional or relational.  Every human being has a capacity for  mindfulness and compassion and our 8-week course teaches you the skills to increase: emotional balance, relationship harmony, self and other compassion and forgiveness and improve your overall  health and well-being.

Course learning objectives:

  • Week 1 – Explore three emotional regulations systems: threat, drive and soothing
  • Week 2 – Stress Reduction and Self-Compassion
  • Week 3 – Inner destructive emotional, thought patterns and finding balance
  • Week 4 – Cultivating Self-Compassion and forgiveness
  • Week 5 – Compassion for Self and Other
  • Week 6 – Connecting to our common humanity i.e. life is challenging for everyone, I am not alone
  • Week 7 – Cultivating Compassion in Everyday Life
  • Week 8 – The healing power of compassion

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Registration $260.  Includes workbook, guided practices and on-line resources. If you have questions contact Eric Nelson @  1-269-553-6621 or email EricVnelson1@gmail.com

Class Time and Locations: 

Monday evening class: Time TBA, 7-9pm, (1/2 day retreat TBA, 9:30-2:30pm) Kazoo Books, 2413 Parkview Avenue, Kalamazoo. Park in rear of building.  Take Barnard Street just west of Kazoo Books, go 100 feet turn left on Book Alley and take second drive on left to parking lot. If you need to reach me the day of call Eric @ 269-254-0771.

Retreat time and location:

Time TBA, 9:30 to 2:30pm @ Stryker Nature Preserve, 2315 Angling Road, Kalamazoo. Turn off Angling onto gravel drive, take first drive on right and go 200 feet to Carver House.  If you need to reach me the day of call Eric @ 269-254-0771.

6 – Week Mindfulness Fundamentals
Tuesday evening class begins September 17-October 22, 2018, 7-9pm

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Research shows secular Mindfulness Meditation to be a powerful antidote to the stress of modern life. Mindfulness  practice is uniquely effective in addressing a wide range of health issue, emotional stressors, and interpersonal challenges and is increasingly used by: business, health care, psychotherapy, education and sports.

Our 6-week course teaches you essential mindfulness practices that can be used throughout your day to help you more effectively work with difficult thoughts, emotions and even physical pain.  With practice you become less judgmental and reactive and you increase your curiosity, kindness, and equanimity and task effectiveness.

Mindfulness training helps you see that when you resist reality, by either grasping onto pleasant experiences or pushing away unpleasant experiences, you create stress and suffering in your life.  You learn that by being mindfully present in your everyday life you can ride the ups and downs of life we all encounter with less stress, fear or anger.

What you learn:

  • Letting go of unhealthy habits of thinking and behaving
  • Sensing life directly through fresh eyes
  • Living in the present and being less preoccupied with thoughts of past and future
  • Working creatively with difficult thoughts and emotions
  • Acknowledging life as it is without resistance, while acting wisely and responsibly
  • Developing self and other compassion
  • Mindfulness @ Work

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Registration $175.   Includes workbook, guided practices and on-line resources.  If you have questions contact Eric Nelson @  1-269-553-6621 or email EricVnelson1@gmail.com

Class Time and Location: 

Evening class: September 17 -October 22,  7-9pm, Kazoo Books, 2413 Parkview Avenue, Kalamazoo. Park in rear of building.  Take Barnard Street just west of Kazoo Books, go 100 feet turn left on Book Alley and take second drive on left to parking lot.

 


Weekend Compassionate Living Workshop Summer 2018, TBA. Friday evening and all day Saturday. 

Compassion Practices are essential to living a happy and healthy life and complement Mindfulness Practice. When practiced together we nurture both heath and mind resulting in improved health, well-being and enhanced interpersonal communications.

Every human being has a capacity for compassion. It is a universal human quality, inherently present in everyone, but, for many reasons, often not fully cultivated. Fortunately compassion can be developed and deepened through practice, and this is the aim of compassion training.

Workshop learning objectives:

  • Introduce Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living Principles
  • Understanding emotional regulation systems – drive, threat, calming
  • Learning core practices: Loving Kindness, Self-Compassion and Forgiveness

Registration $45, includes handouts on compassion practices.

What to bring: water bottle, a bag lunch, blanket, yoga mat and pillow (optional), a cover up just in case you get cold (coffee and tea provided).

What to wear: comfortable clothing suitable for stretching and lying down comfortably and walking outside if you choose.

Workshop Location:  TBA.

For additional information or questions, call Eric Nelson @ 1-269-553-6621 or email EricVnelson1@gmail.com 


WEEK OF MINDFULNESS TBA

Joins us any day this week to experience a variety of mindfulness and compassion practices.  Classes include: 1) Mindfulness Fundamentals, 2) Mindfulness & Emotional Balance and  3) Self-Compassion, details below (free will donation, $10 suggested). The class teacher, Eric Nelson, has worked in the mind-body health field for 28 years, at the Fetzer Institute and as an independent teacher/trainer. His mindfulness training is through the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Chelsea Meditation.

  • Monday- Mindfulness Basics I: Breath & Body Awareness. Introduction to the theory and practice of mindfulness.
  • Wednesday – Mindfulness II: Working with Difficult Emotions. Understanding how to accept and heal difficult emotions i.e., anxiety, fear and anger. 
  • Friday – Mindfulness & Self-Compassion III: Taming Your Inner Bully.  Understanding the emotional brain and how it influences self image and practices to support self-compassion and friendliness.