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Wed 19

Free Weekly Wednesday Evening Meditation Sessions

September 19 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Wed 19

Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation Workshop

September 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Thu 20

Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

September 20 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm
Fri 21

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 8-Week Course

September 21 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Sat 22

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 8-Week Course

September 22 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Mon 24

Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

September 24 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm
Wed 26

Free Weekly Wednesday Evening Meditation Sessions

September 26 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Wed 26

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 8-Week Course

September 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thu 27

Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

September 27 @ 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

 

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 course (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.

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.” -MBSR Participant

“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


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. Peter is pursuing his Masters in Social Work at Ramapo College. 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.


Free Orientations – 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

Free MBSR Orientation Dates and Registration 2018

Please arrive 15 before your orientation to complete paperwork.

Wednesday, September 12 |  7-9pm  | Catherine Krame – To register and receive your parking pass, please click here.

Thursday, September 13 |  6:30-8:30pm  | Carol Bowman – To register and receive your parking pass, please click here.

Free MBSR Orientation Dates and Registration 2019

Wednesday, January 9  |  7-9pm  | Peter Shalit – To register and receive your parking pass, please check back.

Saturday, January 19  |  9:30 -11:30am  | Carol Bowman – To register and receive your parking pass, please check back.

Wednesday, April 24 |  7-9pm  | Catherine Krame– 
To register and receive your parking pass, please check back.

Friday, April 26  |   9-11am  | Ken Verni – To register and receive your parking pass, please check back.

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.


8-Week MBSR Course Sessions

Fall 8-Week Course Dates 2018

FRIDAY MORNING 8-WEEK COURSE DATES: FALL 2018

8-Week MBSR 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 click here.


SATURDAY MORNING 8-WEEK COURSE DATES: FALL 2018

8-Week MBSR 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 click here.


WEDNESDAY EVENING 8-WEEK COURSE DATES: FALL 2018

8-Week MBSR 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 click here.


THURSDAY EVENING 8-WEEK COURSE DATES: FALL 2018

8-Week MBSR 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 click here.

Winter 8-Week Course Dates 2019

WEDNESDAY EVENING 8-WEEK COURSE DATES: WINTER 2019

8-Week MBSR Course – Peter Shalit
January 23-March 13   |   7-9:30pm

Includes full-day retreat on Sunday, March 3  | 9am-4pm

Location: Course in Anisfield School of Business Building Room 420 and retreat in Student Center.  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 check back.


SATURDAY MORNING 8-WEEK COURSE DATES: WINTER 2019

8-Week MBSR Course – Carol Bowman Ed.D
January 26-March 16 | 9:30am-12pm
Includes full-day retreat on Sunday, March 3  |   9am-4pm

Location: Course and retreat in Anisfield School of Business Building Room 420 and retreat in Student Center. 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 Saturday morning MBSR course and receive your parking pass, please check back.

Spring 8-Week Course Dates 2019

WEDNESDAY EVENING 8-WEEK COURSE DATES: SPRING 2019

8-Week MBSR Course – Catherine Krame 
May 1-June 26   |   7-9:30pm (No class on June 5th)
Includes full-day retreat on Saturday, June 15  | 9am-4pm

Location: Course in Anisfield School of Business Building Room 420 and retreat in Student Center.  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.

FRIDAY MORNING 8-WEEK COURSE DATES: SPRING 2019

8-Week MBSR Course – Ken Verni
May 3-June 28   |   9-11:30am (No class on May 24th – Memorial Day)

Includes full-day retreat on Saturday, June 15  | 9am-4pm

Location: Course in Anisfield School of Business Building Room 420 and retreat in Student Center.  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.


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

Check back for 2019 dates.
Location: Ramapo College of NJ

About MBSR Intensive Program
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

Margaret Fletcher

Margaret Fletcher teaches MBSR and other mindfulness-based programs, professional trainings, and presentations in the various educational pathways of the Center including the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic, Oasis Institute, and the community and workplace mindfulness programs.  She brings over two decades of experience in corporate, small business and non-profit settings to her teaching and training at the CFM. Prior to coming to the Center, Margaret was guiding teacher for White Mountain Sangha, a non-dual meditation community in NH. She is a founding member of the NH Professional Mindfulness Community.

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.

 

 

 

 

Rebecca Eldridge

Rebecca has taught mindfulness to cancer survivors, people in chronic pain, medical and mental health professionals, lay ministers, and monastics, and was featured giving meditation instruction in two courses taught by Pema Chödrön: Making Friends with Yourself and How to Live with Compassion and Courage. She now teaches MBSR and MBSR graduate courses in the Stress Reduction Clinic, as well as education programs for teachers-in-training through Oasis Institute. Before joining the faculty at the Center, Rebecca co-founded The Integrative Medicine Community of Hampton Roads in Virginia and served as a hospice volunteer.

Cost, Application and Accommodations

Cost:

5-Day MBSR Intensive – “Mindfulness Tools”: $675 (CFM tuition fee)  Plus $485 (Krame Center program fees, i.e. venue, administrative, housekeeping, etc. and daily meals which include, breakfast, lunch, dinner and an all day service of snacks, nuts, fruit, coffee and tea).  Please note: There is not an option to opt out of this fee, including meals.

NOTE: Lodging is separate – Please refer to “Accommodations” below for more detailed information.

**Educators receive a tuition discount of $200**

Registration Deadline:  July 23, 2019

Cancelation Policy: A refund of  55% may be given if registrants cancel more than 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. Please make your own accommodations at the hotel below. If looking to share a double, please go to our Facebook page to find a roommate and then book your room together.

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  

View their website here

Double Accommodations:

Please check out Facebook page to find a roommate and then book your room together at the hotel.

For more information on traveling to Ramapo College, please see our Visit Us and What to Expect page.

Upon Arrival 

If you arrive early, please go directly to hotel to check-in, drop off luggage and have some lunch prior to coming to Ramapo College.

Please note, shuttle service will be provided from hotel to campus the first day of the program as participants will begin to arrange ride shares with fellow classmates who are commuting and/or have thier own transportation on-site.

Typical Schedule

ARRIVAL

On your day of arrival, Registration at the Krame Center begins in the Trustees Pavilion 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.

What Past Participants Have to Say

“I had a wonderful time on the 5-Day Tools Retreat at the Krame Center. The grounds and facilities are superb, the food was healthy and nourishing, and the additional support offered by the center (mats, cushions, yoga mats) was very appreciated. I would do this course again, thanks to the great teachers, their embodiment of the practice, and the diverse group of attendants. I got so much out of this, and look forward to learning more.” – S.H., 2017 retreat participant

“This program was a life-changing experience. I came to the program to learn how to manage a serious chronic illness. I found immediate benefit. Equally important, I learned to identify and solve persistent challenges in everyday life. This was the best investment I ever made.” – N.M., 2017 retreat participant

“I came here with no experience with meditation, but an interest in learning… It took me 3 days, but I learned that taking care of my mind and body and heart are my responsibility. I learned a great deal about myself and myself in relation to others. It is my intention to move forward, inch by inch, through continuing my practice…rediscovering myself and living a more open and authentic life.” -anonymous 2017 retreat participant

“The way in which the MBSR leaders conducted the retreat was beyond my imagination or expectations. Lynn and Margaret created a genuine atmosphere of love and trust, enabling me to express my authentic self free of judgment. I desperately sought a vehicle to a more peaceful existence and believe this MBSR Retreat has put me on the path of mindful living and genuine peace.” – P.C., 2017 retreat participant


More on MBSR Program

One Day Retreats for Graduates of past MBSR programs

All graduates of past MBSR programs have a permanent invitation to attend the current semester’s MBSR one day retreats.  Please check our website regularly for scheduled dates, times, locations and updates, and feel free to drop in.  We truly hope to see you there.  Thank you.

Sunday, August 5  |  Trustees Pavilion  |  9am-4pm
Saturday, October 27  |  Trustees Pavilion |  9am-4pm
Sunday, November 4  |  Trustees Pavilion |  9am-4pm
Sunday, March 3  |  Student Center |  9am-4pm
Saturday, June 15  |  Student Center |  9am-4pm


To request disability-related accommodations, please contact mindfulness@ramapo.edu.

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
201.684.6855
mindfulness@ramapo.edu