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Free Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

May 24 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm
Fri 25
Mon 28

Free Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

May 28 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm
Wed 30
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Thu 31

Free Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

May 31 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course is an evidenced-based course created at Center for Mindfulness UMass Medical School by Jon Kabat-Zinn

 

What is MBSR?:   Developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn more than 22,000 patients referred by more than 6,000 physicians and hundreds of other health care providers have completed the internationally-acclaimed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program (MBSR). Grounded in science, MBSR is the most widely researched mind-body program in the world.

What is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction or MBSR?

Participants in this eight-session Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course will gain a first hand introduction to mindfulness practices involving breathing and gentle body movements and methods for incorporating mindfulness practices into their everyday life and work.

Mindfulness is a purposeful way of focusing attention in the present moment. Published research has shown that mindfulness training can be important adjuncts to conventional medical treatment of many disorders as well as powerful way of reducing stress and pain.

This program, which originated at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, has been on the cutting edge of mind/body integration medicine for 30 years. This unique technique helps participants develop an awareness of their bodies and their emotions and facilitates their ability to thoughtfully respond instead of react to situations. Participants learn to focus attention in the present moment. Physicians refer their patients to the MBSR course with conditions including asthma, chronic pain, GI stress, high blood pressure, anxiety and panic episodes and sleep disturbances, stress and heart disease.

The 8-Week MBSR program consists of

Orientation (required for enrollment, no charge)
Eight weekly classes, 2 1/2 hours each
One All-Day retreat on a Saturday or Sunday
Daily home practice assignments for 45-60 minutes each day
Support from your MBSR Instructor

Location

Location:  All classes will be held in the Anisfield School of Business room 420 at Ramapo College located at 505 Ramapo Valley Rd., Mahwah, NJ 07430. Please bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothes with layers as our rooms tend to get cool.

Cost information

Cost: Tuition for the eight-week course is based on household income. All educators, nurses as well as Ramapo faculty, staff, alumni and members of the Friends of Ramapo College are eligible for a discounted tuition of $395. Ramapo students are $295 (proof of identification must be presented on the first day of class). Space is limited. Sign up below. (This includes a $50 non-refundable registration fee. Refund less $100 after first class and no refunds after first class.)

Household Income                                            8-Week MBSR Course Tuition
$50,000k or greater                                                  $652
$40,000-$49,999                                                      $522
$39,999 or less                                                         $490

All Educators                                                               $395
Nurse Practitioners                                                      $395
Social Workers                                                             $395
Ramapo Faculty and Staff                                           $395
Members of Friends of Ramapo and Alumni               $395
Ramapo Students                                                        $295
Ramapo Mindful Fellows                                             Included when accepted to the Mindful Fellows program

Payment information: Payment is accepted via check or credit card (click below links to register).

Profession Credit Hours/CEU/PDH

Educators can receive 29 Professional Development credit hours for their participation, email mindfulness@ramapo.edu for more information.

What our MBSR graduates have to say about MBSR

“I would like to mention how your course changed my life for the better. My family stated how they noticed a difference in my behavior once I took your course. Similarly, I had a calmer approach to solving problems. Your course minimized my anxiety and it replaced my anxiety with strength and courage. I am forever grateful for taking your Mindful Based Stress Reduction Course at Ramapo College of New Jersey. After taking your course, I noticed how I let others dictate my life, instead of taking control of my life. This was until I took your Mindful Stress Based Reduction Course and I spent extra attention, noticing how I was feeling, and my emotions regarding events that happened within my life.” -MBSR Participant


Free Orientations Spring/Summer 2018. A requirement for the 8-Week MBSR Course.

The first step toward enrollment in the Stress Reduction Program is an Orientation Session – before the start of classes. These Orientation Sessions are free of charge and are required of all participants before beginning the program.

Information about the Free Orientation to MBSR

During these sessions you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about the Stress Reduction Program and explore whether it is right for you
  • Meet our program instructors
  • Experience, first-hand, mindfulness methods and approaches you will be learning during the program
  • Confirm your place in the class that fits into your schedule and enroll in the program.

Location: Anisfield School of Business Building Room 420

 

Tuesday, June 5  |  7-9pm  | Beth Sandweiss and Peter Shalit – To register and receive your parking pass, click here. Friday, September 7 |  9-11am  | Ken Verni – Please check back to register. Satureday, September 8 |  9:30-11:30am  | Beth Sandweiss – Please check back to register. Wednesday, September 12 |  7-9pm  | Catherine Krame – Please check back to register. Thursday, September 13 |  6:30-8:30pm  | Carol Bowman – Please check back to register.

 

NOTE: The free orientation is required for participants to attend the MBSR 8-weekcourse. Participants are welcome to attend any of our orientations as long as they take place prior to the taking of the course.


Our MBSR Instructors

Instructor Bios

Ken Verni

Dr. Ken Verni is a licensed Psychologist with over 20 years practicing mindfulness meditation. He has received advanced training as an instructor of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction curriculum at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts. As director of the NJ Center for Mindful Awareness, he is a frequent speaker and educator on the topic of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and offers trainings and workshops for professionals and the general public throughout New Jersey including leading an intensive MBSR program at the United Nations Headquarters in NYC.

Beth Sandweiss

Beth trained as an MBSR Instructor through the Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School, in MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy) and with the Mindful Schools Program. She teaches MBSR at Montclair State University, the VA Hospital in Orange, the Krame Center at Ramapo College and at Valley Hospital where she developed a Mindfulness for Teens program.

Beth has worked in the mental health field for over 25 years, and maintains a private therapy practice in Montclair, NJ where she uses mindfulness based interventions to treat families, adults and teens. Through her personal mindfulness practice and clinical work, Beth has come to value the power of mindfulness to enhance the capacity for joy and to develop greater awareness, wisdom, compassion and resilience in the face of inevitable challenges we all encounter.

As a consultant, Beth trains and supervises therapists, and provides Mindfulness Workshops for educators, parents, clergy, organizations and human service practitioners throughout the tri/state area.

She is the Director of Mindfulness Programs at Jewish Family Services of Metrowest NJ and serves on the Steering Committee of the NY/NJ MBSR Collaborative.

Carol Bowman

Carol Bowman, Ed. D., Associate Professor of Education at Ramapo College, is Director of Education for the Krame Center for Contemplative Studies and Mindful Living and Director of Yoga Studies Programs at Ramapo College. She grew up in a pacifist community in southern New York State and began her educational career as a teacher and then director of a Quaker Elementary School in California. A lifelong dancer and yoga practitioner, she danced with Jamie Nichol’s LA based contemporary dance company “Fast Feet” and continued to choreograph and teach dance at the Escuela Nacional De Danza in Nicaragua.

She became a Yoga Teacher in 2008 and initiated the Yoga Teacher Certification Program at Ramapo College.  During her teen years, she made the acquaintance of Thich Nhat Hanh when he came to stay in her community. Becoming more interested in mindfulness, she reconnected with his teachings in a deep way and continued her practice at Blue Cliff Monastery, eventually training at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center as a teacher of Mind Based Stress Reduction which she teaches through the Krame Center. Carol convenes the Contemplative Studies Minor and conducts research in yoga and mindfulness education, as well as teaching workshops for educators in mindfulness education. Her greatest motivation is the transformation of education to embrace both mind and heart.

Peter Shalit

Peter Shalit, a Graduate of Syracuse University with a BA in Psychology, studied Eastern Philosophy and Practices in Asia for several years. He is a qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher trained at the Center for Mindfulness UMass Medical School and is a Certified Yoga Instructor. Peter leads meditations and mindfulness practices, and develops talks and programs for the Krame Center.

Catherine Krame

Catherine Krame, co-founder of the Krame Center for Contemplative Studies and Mindful Living at Ramapo College, is an approved Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher completing her training at the Center for Mindfulness within the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  She is also certified in Positive Psychology, she has been a meditation practitioner for 20+ years, and is actively engaged with yoga and healthy living.

8-Week MBSR Course Sessions Spring/Summer/Fall 2018

SPRING 8-WEEK COURSE DATES 2018

FRIDAY MORNING – THIS COURSE IS CLOSED

MBSR 8-Week Course – Beth Sandweiss, MSW, MA
April 13-June 15 | 9:30-12pm  
Includes full-day retreat on Sunday, May 20 | 9am-4pm

Location: Course in Anisfield School of Business Building Room 420. Park in Mackin-Bischoff Lot.
Please note: The May 25th class (ONLY) will be held in the Trustees Pavilion Room 3.  Park in Mackin-Bischoff Lot.
Retreat in York Room, Birch Mansion-park in Mackin-Bischoff Lot.

NOTE: Attending one free orientation is required for participation in the 8-Week MBSR course.

To register and pay for Beth’s Friday morning MBSR course and receive your parking pass, please click here. 

WEDNESDAY EVENING-THIS COURSE IS CLOSED

MBSR 8-Week Course – Peter Shalit
April 25-June 13  |  7pm-9:30pm
Includes full-day retreat on Saturday, June 2  |  9am-4pm

Location:
Course in Anisfield School of Business Building Room 420 and retreat in the Student Center. Please park in Mackin-Bischoff Lot for both the course and the retreat.

NOTE: Attending one free orientation is required for participation in the 8-Week MBSR course.

To register and pay for Peter’s Wednesday evening MBSR course and receive your parking pass, please click here. 


SUMMER 8-WEEK COURSE DATES 2018

WEDNESDAY EVENING 8-WEEK COURSE DATES:

MBSR 8-Week Course – Peter Shalit
June 20-August 15 |  7-9:30pm (No Class July 4)
Includes full-day retreat on Sunday, August 5 | 9am-4pm

Location: Course in Anisfield School of Business Building Room 420 and retreat in Trustees Pavilion. Park in Mackin-Bischoff Lot for course and retreat.

NOTE: Attending one free orientation is required for participation in the 8-Week MBSR course.

To register and pay for Peter’s Wednesday evening MBSR course and receive your parking pass, please click here.

FRIDAY MORNING 8-WEEK COURSE DATES:

MBSR 8-Week Course – Beth Sandweiss, MSW, MA
June 22-August 17 | 9:30am-12pm (No Class July 6)
Includes full-day retreat on Sunday, August 5  |   9am-4pm

Location: Course in Anisfield School of Business Building Room 420 and retreat in Trustees Pavilion. Park in Mackin-Bischoff Lot for course and retreat.

NOTE: Attending one free orientation is required for participation in the 8-Week MBSR course.

To register and pay for Beth’s Friday morning MBSR course and receive your parking pass, please click here.


FALL 8-WEEK COURSE DATES 2018

FRIDAY MORNING 8-WEEK COURSE DATES: FALL 2018

MBSR 8-Week Course – Ken Verni, Psy.D
September 14-November 9    |  9-11:30am (No Class Sept. 28)
Includes full-day retreat on Saturday, October 27  | 9am-4pm

Location: Course in Anisfield School of Business Building Room 420 and retreat in Trustees Pavilion. Park in Mackin-Bischoff Lot for course and retreat.

NOTE: Attending one free orientation is required for participation in the 8-Week MBSR course.

To register and pay for Ken’s Friday morning MBSR course and receive your parking pass, please check back.


SATURDAY MORNING 8-WEEK COURSE DATES: FALL 2018

MBSR 8-Week Course – Beth Sandweiss, MSW, MA
September 15-November 10 | 9:30am-12pm (No Class Oct. 20)
Includes full-day retreat on Sunday, October 14  |   9am-4pm

Location: Course and retreat in Anisfield School of Business Building Room 420. Park in Mackin-Bischoff Lot for course and retreat.

NOTE: Attending one free orientation is required for participation in the 8-Week MBSR course.

To register and pay for Beth’s Saturday morning MBSR course and receive your parking pass, please check back.


WEDNESDAY EVENING 8-WEEK COURSE DATES: FALL 2018

8-Week Course – Catherine Krame 
September 26-November 14   |   7-9:30pm
Includes full-day retreat on Sunday, November 4  | 9am-4pm

Location: Course in Anisfield School of Business Building Room 420 and retreat in Trustees Pavilion.  Park in Mackin-Bischoff Lot for course and retreat.

NOTE: Attending one free orientation is required for participation in the 8-Week MBSR course.

To register and pay for Catherine’s Wednesday Evening MBSR course and receive your parking pass, please check back.


THURSDAY EVENING 8-WEEK COURSE DATES: FALL 2018

MBSR 8-Week Course – Carol Bowman Ed.D,
September 27-November 15  |  6:30pm-9pm
Includes full-day retreat on Sunday, November 4  | 9am-4pm

Location: Course in Anisfield School of Business Building Room 420 and Retreat in Trustees Pavilion. Park in Mackin-Bischoff Lot for course and retreat.

NOTE: Attending one free orientation is required for participation in the 8-Week MBSR course.

To register and pay for Carol’s Thursday Evening MBSR course and receive your parking pass, please check back. 


Summer 5-Day Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Intensive Program in collaboration with the Center for Mindfulness UMass Medical School (CFM) – Mindfulness Tools

August 10-15, 2018
Location: Ramapo College of NJ

This 5-Day Intensive Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course called Mindfulness Tools, is a 5-Day Residential Intensive Program™and is based on the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR), and is offered for those who may not be able to participate in the traditional 8-week course. The program consists of 5 days (38.5 hours) of direct instruction. Residential experience available, see optional accommodations below.

The program is highly participatory, supportive, and structured. You will learn and practice through:

  • guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
  • gentle stretching and mindful yoga
  • group dialogue and mindful communication exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life
  • individually tailored instruction

Educators can receive 38.5 Professional Development credit hours for their participation, email mindfulness@ramapo.edu for more information.

Mindfulness Tools Instructors:

Lynn Koerbel, MPH

Lynn Koerbel is the Director of MBSR Education and Curriculum Development at the the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and a Senior Certified MBSR Teacher, Trainer. She teaches MBSR and other mindfulness-based programs, professional trainings, and presentations in the various educational pathways of the Center for Mindfulness at UMass, including the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic, Oasis Institute, and the community and workplace mindfulness programs.

Bonita Jones

Bonita Jones is a CFM certified MBSR Teacher, a Stress Management and Wellness Educator, and a Program Manager and Developer for 36 years. Bonita has practiced meditation since 1975 and taught meditation since 1981.

Cost:

5-Day MBSR Intensive – “Mindfulness Tools”: $675 tuition (plus cost of 5-Day meal program. The program meals and fees includes,  breakfast, lunch, dinner and an all day service of snacks, nuts, fruit, coffee and tea is $485.
Lodging is separate.

Educators receive a tuition discount of $200.

Registration Deadline:  July 11, 2018

Cancelation Policy: A refund of 50% of tuition only may be given within 30 days before this program begins.

Acceptance and Registration:

As with all CFM  programs, acceptance into this course is required. Please do not make reservations or travel plans until you have received an official acceptance determination from the Krame Center.

Step 1: Application Process:

Please apply for the 5-Day Tools MBSR Residential Program by clicking here. NOTE: Please wait for the Krame Center to reach out to you with an official acceptance email before making any travel plans.

Step 2: Registration Process:
Once accepted into the program, you will receive a confirmation email from the Krame Center with a link that will lead you to a page to process your registration and payment. Once you complete the registration and payment process, you are ready to reserve accommodations.

Accommodations:

Program registration cost does not include room accommodations, but we need to know if you are choosing a single or double room. Please indicate your choice on the registration page. If you desire a double room, the Krame Center will work with the hotel to place you. If you desire a single room, please make your own accommodations at the hotel below.

Transportation to and from the hotel and Ramapo College will be provided via the hotel shuttle and rides from participants with cars.

Single Accommodations:

Approximately $132/day. Please call the below hotel directly to reserve your single room. Please make sure to mention the Krame Center Ramapo Event to receive the discounted price.  (Do not book online, please call to receive the Krame Center discount.)

Fairfield Inn & Suites, Mahwah, NJ. 201-529-4000  Website http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ewrfm-fairfield-inn-and-suites-mahwah/

Double Accommodations:

Approximately $66/day. The Krame Center will make these reservations for you based upon your registration application and send you a confirming email with all of your room reservation information.

For more information on traveling to Ramapo College, please visit https://www.ramapo.edu/kramecenter/testimonials-visit-us/  

Typical Schedule

ARRIVAL

On your day of arrival, Registration at the Krame Center begins in the Student Center room 156 at 5pm followed by dinner, and then Orientation, and ends around 9:30p.m.

COURSE DAYS

Course days begin with an early morning session at 7am, followed by breakfast at 8am, lunch around 12:30pm, and conclude after dinner around 7:30 p.m. The last evening will end around 9pm.

FINAL DAY

Your final day starts as a course day and ends after lunch, around 1:15p.m.

The detailed course schedule will be provided by your instructor at Registration.


One Day Silent Retreats for Graduates of past MBSR programs:

All graduates of past MBSR programs are welcome to attend the current semester’s MBSR one day silent retreat if there is space.  To register to attend one of the MBSR silent retreats, for registration or more information, please contact mindfulness@ramapo.edu. Thank you.

Sunday, May 20  |  York Room, Birch Mansion  |  9am-4pm
Saturday, June 2  |  Student Center  |  9am-4pm
Sunday, August 5  |  Trustees Pavilion  |  9am-4pm
Saturday, October 27  |  Trustees Pavilion |  9am-4pm
Sunday, November 4  |  Trustees Pavilion |  9am-4pm


MBSR Resource Page for Graduates

Information and resources for our MBSR graduates, please click here and enter your password.


For more on MBSR Standards of Practice and History from Center for Mindfulness, click here. 

Click here to enjoy this informative video from Jon Kabat-Zinn on MBSR.

Please click here for a map of Ramapo College’s campus.


 

Krame Center for Contemplative Studies and Mindful Living at Ramapo College of NJ
505 Ramapo Valley Rd, Mahwah, NJ, 07430 in Bergen County, New Jersey, Northern New Jersey
201.684.7475
mindfulness@ramapo.edu
Krame Center for Contemplative Studies and Mindful Living at Ramapo College of New Jersey MBSR silent retreat mindfulness-based stress reduction