Fall class enrolling now
Exploring mindfulness after an 8-Week Course
Start anywhere in Beyond the Basics. Take a class, meet individually with a teacher, return for a daylong retreat, join weekly meditation, come to our holiday class in December, study poetry and Zen, and check out our Urban Retreat idea (under construction).
Explore, learn, practice
MBSR establishes fundamentals. Beyond the Basics programs build on MBSR principles and give 8-Week Course alumni and others a variety of ways to explore mindfulness as a way of being.
All I have to do is let go….what happens if I can’t let go? What happens if I can?”
Regular meditation is fundamental to total health
Sometimes just getting out of bed is an act of courage. Dealing with daily physical pain is an act of courage, coping with a loss, or persistent stress at work or at home – these and other stresses are an indication of the “size of the cloth” – the fabric of the difficulties that we will all face at times in our lives. Mindfulness for a lifetime requires patience, grit and heart.
The healing we are looking for
In the face of difficulty, we remain optimistic. We find courage and even joy when we do this work together. Mindfulness becomes more than a technique or a method – it becomes a way of responding, and finally a way of being. We enact the healing we are looking for, and we can relax.
Advancing in Stillness: a 10-week class
Advance your practice while addressing the roots of anxiety
Advancing in Stillness features active investigation of personal values and resources, uncovering of facts and myths about anxiety and depression, realistic acceptance of unwelcome thoughts and feelings, discovery of the limits of personal control, skillful ways of handling perceived barriers, and practical methods of taking valued action. Learn more and register
Song of Silence: a 6-week class
Guided meditation exercises for healing and transformation
Song of Silence features full awareness of breathing and guided meditation exercises for transforming stress and fear. Each week brings a new guided exercise designed to open doors in the heart and mind, based on the systematic approach developed by Thich Nhat Hanh – allowing ease and freedom to bloom. Basic MBSR principles will be reviewed. Learn more and register
Holiday Renewal: a 2-hour refresher in December
Extra support and meditation for the holidays
The holiday season is when many of us could benefit from extra support. It is also a wonderful time to pause and step back from the busyness of our lives. There will be time for meditation, reflection, and inquiry. Nourish yourself and the people who depend on you with the gift of this class. Coming soon
All-day Retreats: four Saturdays each year
Return for guidance in the fundamentals
Urban Retreats: long retreat day in the summer
Make time for simplicity and deep rest
Read about it on our Retreats page
Ocean Sangha: ongoing weekly group practice
Build a whole life practice with a group of dedicated people
Alumni and other meditators inspired to commit to regular group practice in a simplified Zen style may join Ocean Sangha, a sister organization to StressCare. In addition to sitting meditation, we work with contemporary and traditional texts, poetry, and Western psychological exercises to enhance our understanding of meditation and its applications to daily life. Sangha is a Sanskrit word that means ‘people who practice together.’ Learn more about Ocean Sangha
Meet with a teacher
Explore your particular stressors and life questions
in Alumni Sessions with Karin
Read about it on our Mindfulness 1-on-1 page
Beyond the Basics programs are for anyone who has completed an MBSR 8-Week Course or has basic experience in meditation.