Staff and Leadership Development

We offer programs for Staff Development and Mindful Leadership. These programs are customized to fit the schedules and needs of agencies and groups throughout the region. Please contact us for more information.

Introductory Programs:

Introduction to Mindfulness – 2-4 hours

In this workshop we will review the various aspects of mindfulness practice, the ways mindfulness can help reduce stress, reactivity and burnout, and the science that supports the practices. The workshop includes hands-on learning of several simple but effective mindfulness practices that participants can put to use in their lives right away.

Meeting Mindfulness I – 6 hours

This workshop is a day of immersion into mindfulness, stress reduction, body awareness, and inner care. Mindfulness helps us meet challenges with more resilience, and to embrace the joys of life with more appreciation and awareness.

In this 6-hour workshop we’ll meet the primary practices of mindfulness, learn about the scientific and cultural roots of these practices, and have time for a hands-on experiential immersion. The day will conclude with small group discussion and dialog with the instructor on your experience of the day and how mindfulness can be integrated into daily life at work and at home.

Our mindfulness workshops are based on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) - a well-researched course that has proved very effective in helping with many stress related issues.

CORE Programs:

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an 8-week course on mindfulness practice and stress reduction developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979. Since then over 18,000 people have taken MBSR, and an extensive research base has proven its benefits make it truly the gold standard for mindfulness training.

These benefits include increases in focus and creativity at work; coping effectively with short- and long-term stressors in the workplace; greater physical, emotional and psychological resilience; and more productive engagement with co-workers and management, less burnout and turnover. 8 classes, one extended session, and daily home practice.

Mindfulness Intensive for Professionals

Mindfulness Intensive for Professionals will train organizational leadership and staff in the core elements of MBSR over a shorter time period. As with the full MBSR curriculum, research has shown that this training can have significant benefits for participants’ job satisfaction, their relationships with customers and co-workers, and their focus and creativity at work. 4 classes, one extended session, and daily home practice.

Follow up Programs:

Mindful Communication – 4 hours

Mindful Communication is focused on exploring communication styles that foster a healthier work environment through improving communication, decreasing stress and building a foundation for a safe, supportive and nourishing workplace. Mindful Communication asks what can I bring to this communication, rather than just what can I get from it. What qualities, such as kindness, acceptance, patience, lightness, humor and strength can I offer? When we communicate mindfully, every interaction is fresh with opportunity and open to discovery.

Mindful Leadership – 4 hours

A mindful leader embodies leadership presence by cultivating focus, clarity, creativity, and compassion in the service of others. Leadership presence is a tangible quality. It requires full and complete attention in the present moment. Those around a mindful leader see and feel that presence.

This workshop introduces techniques specifically designed to explore the intersection of mindfulness training and the qualities associated with leadership excellence. With dedication and practice, employees transform their leadership abilities and their environments into places of increased innovation, greater focus, improved productivity and widespread compassion.

Mindfulness and Emotional Resilience – 4 hours

Emotional Resilience refers to a person’s capacity for meeting difficult emotional situations with greater equanimity and a person’s capacity for returning to a state of emotional balance more quickly. The key to both is combining mindfulness and compassion.

This workshop introduces techniques specifically designed to enhance participants’ ability to respond to difficult emotional situations with both mindfulness and compassion, a combination cultivates emotional resilience.  Mindfulness allows a person to face difficult situations squarely and clearly, and compassion allows us to respond with kindness and understanding, reducing the felt sense of pain and the internal story-telling that creates suffering.

Meeting Mindfulness II – 6 hours

For those with previous training in mindfulness, we'll learn new practices that build on and add to the practices learned in previous workshop(s). More immersive and intensive than our other workshops, Meeting Mindfulness II offers the opportunity to explore both the possibilities and the difficulties of deepening our practice and integrating it more fully in work and home life. Look for a full experience of hands-on practices closing with discussion and dialog about integrating mindfulness more fully into life at work and at home.

From Participants

As a provider in the mental health realm I went into the one-day Mindfulness for Stress Resilience and Burnout Prevention course already aware of the research and best practices to prevent burnout. And yet, this training shifted my therapy practice and day to day personal awareness, serving as a much needed "reset button." 

Mindfulness can seem intimidating and elusive, but the instructor had a gentle way of sharing that put me at ease. I attended this one-day training with a group of co-workers and highly recommend it, especially for those in the healing professions. 

— Emily Wood, MA, LMHCA, NCC

The instructor's presentation was the perfect combination of background about mindfulness and active learning exercises. Many on my team expressed their thanks, and they felt it demonstrated that leadership really cared about employees because we helped them learn about this valuable stress-reducing technique. Plus, we all felt energized after our participation!

— Beth S. Thompson, Senior Director, Marketing, Fortune 500 company

Everyone very much enjoyed our 6-hour Meeting Mindfulness staff retreat. I was excited that people seemed to be really engaged and open to all of the new experiences.

— Sue Selman, Director of Property Management, Bellwether Housing

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