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Cultivating Presence in Relationships with Florence Meleo-Meyer, M.S.,M.A, Center for Mindfulness UMass

Wednesday, September 14
Trustees Pavilion, Ramapo College of New Jersey                   

Florence Meleo-Meyer

Florence Meleo-Meyer

Mindfulness, the innate human capacity to be aware in the present moment, with interest and curiosity, can be directly experienced and cultivated with meditation practices. Mindfulness meditation, is practiced both formally and informally. Formal practice includes setting aside time on a regular basis with the specific intention to be present and awake, moment to moment. Informal practice is an invitation to pause many times in a day and choose to be present. Mindfulness, also known as “heartfulness”, is present in all moments of a day, and all days of a life. The potential mental stability, awareness, and greater ease that are associated with the practice of mindfulness can be integrated with intention in relationships with other people. Many people share that, for them, relationships are a source of great joy and, at times, stress. Interpersonal mindfulness offers a means to experience greater freedom as we interact with others.

In our evening together, you will be guided with mindfulness practices, sample a practice of relational mindfulness, explore how we as social beings, long for connection and also can infuse our interactions with greater awareness and compassion, which can enhance quality of life.

Cost:  $15 for community members |  Free for Ramapo faculty, staff and students.

For more information on speaker Florence Meleo-Meyer

Florence Meleo-Meyer, MS, MA, is director of Train the Trainer Program in Oasis Institute, Mindfulness-Based Professional Education and Training at the Center for Mindfulness, in Medicine, Healthcare and Society, (CFM) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, in Worcester, Massachusetts. At the CFM for twenty-two years, her work has focused on training MBSR teachers for over 18 years. As director of the Train the Trainer Program, she is dedicated to the development of trainers of MBSR teachers with the intention of extending the potential benefits of MBSR to future generations, and across cultural, and socio-economic groups.

She has taught and presented at medical centers, clinics, non-profit and private sector organizations around the world. She has consulted and collaborated on mindfulness-oriented healthcare provider education programs with colleagues at the Drexel College of Medicine and the University of Rochester Medical School. She is author and narrator of a DVD for young adults, Living Awake, a contributor to the books, Mindfulness in the Therapeutic Relationship, The MBSR Workbook for Anxiety, and author of a book chapter about teaching MBSR to be published in the summer of 2016.

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Forgive For Good with Fred Luskin, Ph.D, Stanford University

Thursday, October 13
6:30-7pm Book Signing
7-8:30pm Lecture
Trustees Pavilion, Ramapo College of New Jersey

Fred Luskin

Fred Luskin

The 9 steps of forgiveness from the Stanford Forgiveness Project will be highlighted.  This ground breaking approach offers insights into the healing powers and medical benefits of forgiveness. Dr. Fred Luskin offers a powerful method in which the emphasis is of letting go of hurt, helplessness and anger while increasing confidence, hope and happiness. Through these powerful techniques individuals can learn how to release unwanted hurts and grudges.  Gratitude and compassion will also be explored as aspects of human goodness that can be developed and nourished.

Copies of Dr. Luskin’s book, “Forgive For Good” will be available for sale from 6:30-7pm.

Cost:  $15 for community members |  Free for Ramapo faculty, staff and students.

For more information on speaker Fred Luskin

Dr. Fred Luskin has completed extensive research on the training and measurement of forgiveness therapy. His research demonstrates that learning forgiveness leads to increased physical vitality, hope, greater self–efficacy, enhanced optimism and conflict resolution skills. It also shows that forgiveness lessons the physical and emotional toll of stress, and decreases hurt, anger depression and blood pressure.

Dr. Luskin is the author of the best seller Forgive for Good: A Proven Prescription for Health and Happiness and Stress Free for Good. He has worked with many organizations and has trained lawyers, doctors, church leaders and congregations, hospital staffs, teachers and other professionals to manage stress and enhance forgiveness all over the United States. Dr. Luskin’s work has been featured in Time magazine, O magazine, Ladies Home Journal, U.S. News and World Reports, Parade, Prevention as well as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, U.S.A. Today and the Wall Street Journal.

Frederic Luskin, Ph.D. is the Director of the Stanford University Forgiveness Projects and an Associate Professor at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. He also serves as the Co Chair of the Garden of Forgiveness Project at Ground Zero in Manhattan.

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Self-Healing for Caregivers with Dr. Michael Kearney and Dr. Radhule Weininger

Friday, November 18  
9am-4:00pm Lecture
4-4:30pm Book Signing
Trustees Pavilion, Ramapo College of NJ                                                

Michael Kearney & Radhule Weininger


In this one day seminar for clinicians and caregivers of all disciplines (including parents and those caring for the elderly or chronically ill as well as healthcare professionals) who are interested in formulating an ongoing practice for resilience and self-care, Drs. Kearney and Weininger will exam be the different occupational stress syndromes–burnout, vicarious traumatization and moral distress syndrome.

Participants will explore ways to experience healing through the inner-path of mindfulness meditation and the outer-path of sensory engagement with nature.  They will formulate their own customized self-care plan and discuss how to bring these insights back into the clinical setting.

Social workers participating in this course will receive 6.0 hours (Clinical) continuing education clock hours for this intermediate course. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

Copies of  A Place of Healing: Working with Suffering in Living and Dying, Spring Journal Books (2009) and  Mortally Wounded: Stories of Soul Pain, Death and Healing, Spring Journal Book (2007) will be available for purchase from 4-4:30pm.

For more information on Michael Kearney, MD., FRCPI and Radhule Weininger, MD, Ph.D

Michael Kearney has over 30 years experience of working in end-of-life care. Having trained at St Christopher’s Hospice, London and St Thomas’ Hospital, London, he worked at St Christopher’s Hospice, London and later at Our Lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross, Dublin. His particular interest is in integrated whole-person healthcare and in psychological and existential aspects of end-of-life care. He has written two books, which explore these issues. He has worked with Professor Balfour Mount as Visiting Professor at McGill Medical School, Montreal helping to develop teaching programs on Healing in Medicine in the undergraduate curriculum. He is currently based in Santa Barbara, California where he works as Medical Director of the Palliative Care Service at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and Associate Medical Director at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care.

Radhule Weininger was trained as a physician in Germany and as a clinical psychologist in North America. She has worked for the past 20 years as a psychotherapist in private practice in Santa Barbara, California. Since staying in a monastery in Sri Lanka in 1981, she has been studying Buddhist philosophy and Mindfulness Meditation. She has a special interest in bridging Western and Buddhist psychology. Radhule teaches meditation and dreamwork in individual as well as in group and retreat settings and has just completed a book entitled, “Heartwork: Practicing Compassion in Daily Life.”

Cost: Full day workshop cost including lunch, tea and coffee is $120. Ramapo students cost is $25.

Selected Publications:
Kearney M, et al. (2009), Self-Care of Physicians Working at the End-of-Life, JAMA. 2009; (11) 301: 1155-1164. .
Kearney, M., (2009), A Place of Healing: Working with Suffering in Living and Dying, Spring Journal Books, New Orleans.
Kearney, M., (2007), Mortally Wounded: Stories of Soul Pain, Death and Healing, Spring Journal Book, New Orleans.
Weininger, R (2016) Heartwork: Practicing Compassion in Daily Life. 

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In order to cover the costs of our outside speakers, the Krame Center must now charge a small fee for speaker events. We still offer a number of free programs. We hope to see you at a Krame Center event soon. Please note, we are unable to give refunds if you are unable to attend for any reason.