Upcoming  Classes/Seminars in Spring 2016

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1.  Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction

Spring 2016 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course (Tues)
Tuesdays 6:30 - 9:00pm | Retreat on Saturday May 7, 9:00am - 5:00pm  »  CCFW

Registration is required. Please register here.

Course Description: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a program originally designed over thirty years ago by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. The course has a basis in eastern psychology but is very applicable to modern secular life. Mindfulness is the practice of sustained focus, self-regulation, self-exploration, and self-liberation with an accepting, open and kind attitude. This practice can produce calmness and expanded awareness. Neurophysiological studies have shown increased brain growth and function in areas of emotional control and executive function in as little as 8 weeks. Research shows decreased stress, improved self-image, and improved emotional regulation. Improved concentration and less anxiety are common outcomes.

Class Dates: 8-week course on Tuesday evenings for 2.5 hours
March 29 - May 17, 2016 from 6:30 - 9:00pm
Retreat on Saturday May 7 from 9am-5pm (Location TBD)



2.  "Cultivating Happiness: A Mindfulness-Based Path

Thursdays 6:30 - 9:00pm | Retreat on Saturday May 7, 9:00am - 5:00pm  »  CCFW

Registration is required. Please register here.

This class is intended to be an educational class and not therapy for depression. In light of this, the instructor recommends you read this self-screening questionnaire to determine whether now is a proper time for you to take the course.

Course Description: Everyone in the world wants to be happy. Happiness is an elusive and complicated emotion.  It is impermanent. Yet we have input into our own happiness and even the happiness of others. By developing our awareness of what makes ourselves and others happy, we can make conscious decisions about where to concentrate our efforts to be happier. Furthermore, happiness can improve our productivity, creativity, and energy.

Neuroscience tells us that our brains are changed by what we think and what we do. We can purposefully and skillfully change our own brains and minds. In this series of classes we will systematically learn a mindfulness-based approach to becoming more aware and happy. Read more about why happiness is good for your health in this article on the Greater Good website.


3.  Classes for Children and Adolescents.

Dr. Berger also teaches classes for children often within the school System.  These classes teach mindfulness skills of concentration, self-regulation, resilience, and empathy in a secular context.  Some places where these classes have been taught are-

John Hay Elementary

Coe Elementary

Scriber Lake High School

Lakeside School

St. John Catholic School

Robinson Center for Capable Youth at U of Washington

Intramural Activities Center at  U of Washington.

Contact Dr. Berger for more information/