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(Re)Establishing a Mindfulness Practice with Ease

taught by Richard Berger, MD


Class Description

Many people find beginning the practice of mindfulness to be somewhat daunting. This course is meant for individuals both new to mindfulness and those who want to enhance their daily practices.We will use the methods of “Immunity to Change” established by Kegan and Lahey to investigate reasons we may be resistant to mindfulness practice. We will also use the Kaizen (often called Toyota method) method to make small incremental progress in our practice without initial major life changes. Lastly, we will introduce practice techniques that develop the direction of the mind toward more balance of positivity/negativity and reduce the negative reinforcing consequences of guilt when we don’t practice.


Each student will be allowed to progress at their own pace. At the end of the 4 classes, students should:


1. Be able to practice several techniques that promote a more positive attitude as well as self-compassion towards oneself and others

2. Become familiar with the concept and science of taking very small steps to make significant changes in one's life

3. Become more adept at allowing and making steady progress in self growth and in identifying obstacles to growth and fulfillment of intentions

4. Be better able to manage the fear of making changes in a more systematic and productive manner


Class Schedule

Every other Thursday evening from 6:30pm-8:30pm

October 9 thru November 20, 2014


1. October 9, 2014: Reasons for not establishing a mindfulness practice

2. October 23, 2014: Small steps to a meaningful practice

3. November 6, 2014: Testing your practice immunity with small steps

4. November 20, 2014: Going forward after class


About the Instructor




Richard (Rick) E. Berger, MD, Professor Emeritus in the Medical School at the University of Washington, is the primary teacher of Mindfulness NW. He received his undergraduate education and medical degree from The University of Chicago. He received mindfulness teaching training at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness (certification in MBSR under final review) and received a Certification in Mindfulness Facilitation from the Mindful Awareness Research Center at the University of California in Los Angeles.


Rick has taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPS) classes at the University of Washington Hospital, the University of Washington Intramural Activities Center and the Center for Child & Family Well-being. He also holds certificates to teach children and adolescents from Inner Kids and Mindful Schools and teaches mindfulness to children in the Seattle Public Schools. His ongoing practice includes daily meditation, yoga, silent retreats and continuing education in mindfulness and related areas.


Cancellation policy

If you are unable to attend, please cancel your reservation so your spot may be made available to someone else. If you cancel up to 1 week prior to the event (10/2/14), you will receive a full refund, less a $5 processing fee. If you cancel within the week leading up to the event, you will receive a partial refund of 50% of your registration fee, less a $5 processing fee. Refunds unfortunately cannot be granted after the class start date.


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The Center for Child and Family Well-being promotes positive development for children and families by translating research for practical application.We share knowledge through education, professional training and outreach to the community.