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Tue 17

STRESS REDUCTION AT THE LIBRARY

October 17 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wed 18
Wed 18

FREE WEEKLY EVENING MEDITATION SESSIONS

October 18 @ 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm
Thu 19

FREE WEEKLY DAY MEDITATION SESSIONS

October 19 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm
Thu 19

MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION 8-WEEK COURSE

October 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri 20

MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION 8-WEEK COURSE

October 20 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Mon 23
Mon 23

FREE WEEKLY DAY MEDITATION SESSIONS

October 23 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm
Wed 25

An evidenced-based course created at Center for Mindfulness UMass Medical School by Jon Kabat-Zinn

mindfulness-based stress reduction

 

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. 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.

This course helps develop an awareness of the body and emotions and thoughtfully respond instead of react to situations. 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.

Educators can receive  22 Professional Development credit hours for their participation, email mindfulness@ramapo.edu for more information.

The 8-Week MBSR program consists of:

Orientation (required for enrollment, no charge)
Eight weekly classes, 2 1/2 hours each (31 hours direct instruction)
One All-Day retreat on a Saturday or Sunday,
Daily home practice assignments for 45-60 minutes each day

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.

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
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).

Please bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothes with layers as our rooms tend to get cool.

“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

 


Winter/Spring 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. 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.

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

 

Free Orientation to 8-Week MBSR  
Date to be announced, please check back.
Anisfield School of Business Building Room 420

 

Attending one free orientation is required for participation in the MBSR course. 


Fall 8-Week Course Sessions

THURSDAY EVENING FALL 8-WEEK COURSE DATES:carol bowman

MBSR 8-Week Course – Carol Bowman Ed.D, and Catherine
Krame
September 28-November 16  | 7-9:30pm (NOTE New Dates)
Includes full-day retreat on Sunday, November 5.  | 9am-4pm

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

Catherine Krame

 

Bio Carol Bowman

Carol Bonilla Bowman, Ed.D., Associate Professor of Education at Ramapo College of New Jersey, holds a doctorate in Applied Linguistics from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her specialties include elementary education, portfolio assessment, bilingual education, and mindful education. She is the Associate Director of the Krame Center for Contemplative Studies and Mindful Living and Director of Yoga Programs at Ramapo. She was trained at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School to teach Mind Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Her training to teach .b mindfulness curriculum to middle and high school students was completed in July 2015. A yoga practitioner most of her life and a yoga teacher for the last 10 years, her practice has expanded to include a variety of contemplative practices of Zen and Tibetan Buddhism.

Bio Catherine Krame

Catherine Krame has been an active participant in the community, particularly in education, for over 15 years. A desire to help children build a brighter future began with her involvement in the Mahwah Schools Foundation where she served as Vice President. Catherine was exposed to Mindfulness and began a meditation practice 20 years ago, cultivating skills that had such a profound impact on her life that she set out to share the benefits with others. This passion, coupled with her and her husband’s strong commitment to education, led to a partnership with Ramapo College to create the Krame Center for Contemplative Studies and Mindful Living. Catherine is a qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher, completing a rigorous training program at the Center for Mindfulness within the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is also certified in Positive Psychology.

Carol and Catherine’s Thursday evening MBSR course is currently full. To be placed on the waiting list email pshalit@ramapo.edu 


FRIDAY MORNING FALL 8-WEEK COURSE DATES:

mindfulness-based stress reduction

Ken Verni

MBSR 8-Week Course – Ken Verni, Psy.D
September 29-November 17  | 9-11:30am
Includes full-day retreat on Sunday, November 5.  | 9am-4pm

Location:
Course in Anisfield School of Business Building Room 420 park in Mackin-Bischoff Lot
Retreat in Student Center rooms 156-158 (also called Alumni Lounges) park in Main Lots C&D

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. 

Bio for 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.


SATURDAY MORNING FALL 8-WEEK COURSE DATES:Beth Sandweiss

MBSR 8-Week Course – Beth Sandweiss, MSW, MA
September 16 -November 18 | 9:30-12pm (not September 30 or October 21)
Includes full-day retreat on Sunday, November 5. | 9am-4pm

Location:
Course in Anisfield School of Business Building Room 420 park in Mackin-Bischoff Lot
Retreat in Student Center rooms 156-158 (also called Alumni Lounges) park in Main Lots C&D

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

Beth’s Saturday morning MBSR course is now in progress. 

Bio for 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.


A One Day Silent Retreat for all Graduates of past Krame Center MBSR programs:

All graduates of past Krame Center MBSR programs are welcome to attend the current semester’s MBSR one day silent retreat.  Please contact mindfulness@ramapo.edu for more information.


Enjoy this information video on MBSR and mindfulness:

For answers to frequently asked questions about the 8-Week MBSR course, click here.

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 [ Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course ] and I spent extra attention, noticing how I was feeling, and my emotions regarding events that happened within my life.”

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