Events

September 23, 2015 to November 19, 2015
Courses and Workshops
Elizabeth H. B. Lin, MD, MPH
Fall 2015 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course
2 sections: Wednesday and Thursday evenings 6:00 - 8:30pm  »  CCFW

Registration required (closes 9/14/15). Add your name to the waitlist here for the Wednesday section (full) or register here for the Thursday section. 

You may view the class waiver here, which will be distributed, signed, and collected on the first day of class. Please review this note from Dr. Lin BEFORE registering to ensure that this class will be a proper fit for your needs.

Class Description

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a scientifically proven program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. to reduce stress and increase well-being. It is flourishing worldwide. This 8 –week course combines contemplative practices based in Eastern philosophy, western psychology, and cutting-edge neuroscience.  Attitudes of kindness, acceptance and patience provide a foundation for the practices of sustained focus, self-regulation and self-exploration.  A greater sense of balance, choice and freedom is cultivated.

Benefits of MBSR: Participants have remarked, “Mindfulness has changed how I live and see the world, how I interact with others”. This course contributes to:

1. Reduced stress and chronic pain
2. Improved mood
3. Overcoming sleep problems
4. Decreased anxiety
5. Increased immunity
6. Enhanced resilience, joy, and compassion
7. Healthy aging

In this 8-week experiential course consisting of weekly classes, and home practices, participants will learn exercises to:

1. Increase awareness of body sensations (body scan)
2. Mindful movement and stretching (yoga)
3. Awareness of pleasant and unpleasant experiences
4. Awareness of thoughts and emotions
5. Increase compassion for ourselves and others
6. Latest research on mind-body response to stress and change
7. Practices to cultivate mindfulness throughout the day, living each moment to its fullest

Schedule: 8-week course from 6:00 - 8:30pm (except for class 1, which will end at 9pm)

Wednesday section: Sept 23 (6-9pm), Sept 30, Oct 7, Oct 14, Oct 28, Nov 4, Nov 11, Nov 18
Thursday section: Sept 24 (6-9pm), Oct 1, Oct 8, Oct 15, Oct 29, Nov 5, Nov 12, Nov 19
Retreat on Sun Nov 8, 9-3 pm (both sections)

About the Instructor

The course will be taught by Elizabeth H. B. Lin, MD, MPH. Dr. Lin is a family medicine physician, clinical professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and an affiliate scientific investigator at the Group Health Research Institute. As a physician researcher, Dr. Lin is well-known for scientific studies on improving mental and behavioral health for patients in general medical settings. Elizabeth has trained with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the Center for Mindfulness at U of Massachusetts, as well as other leading professors and teachers in this field. She has had a daily meditation practice for more than 20 years, and has taught MBSR for the last 4 years.

"Dr. Lin is a wonderful, caring, respectful and well-prepared instructor and did a fantastic job teaching this class. I particularly appreciated her taking time to answer questions in a thoughtful way. This, along with the content of what she said, was most enlightening for me, because I have begun to pause and take more time in my own communications with other people." -Spring 2015

"Elizabeth is a welcoming and receptive instructor and communicated her own enthusiasm for a mindfulness approach to life in general. I liked how she used her own experience as a student of mindfulness over many years." -Spring 2015

"Elizabeth is wonderful. She walks the talk which is just as important as being the excellent MBSR instructor that she is." -Spring 2015

"Elizabeth is very thoughtful, non-judgmental, humble, and caring." -Spring 2015

Scholarships

If you are a professional working with children and families, especially high-risk families, you may qualify for one of our financial scholarships. To apply for a scholarship, please review and complete the application form at https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/mindful/237140. The deadline to apply for a scholarship for our Fall MBSR class is 8/23. Any applications received past this date will be considered on a space available basis. We will notify you no later than 9/2 of our decision. Thank you again, we look forward to considering your application!

October 6, 2015 to November 24, 2015
Courses and Workshops
Richard Berger, MD
Cultivating Happiness: A Mindfulness-Based Path
Tuesday evenings, 6:30 - 9:00pm  »  CCFW

Registration required (closes 10/5/15). 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.

Course Goals:

•    To become aware of scientifically proven factors in happiness and how happiness is contagious
•    To become more aware of what makes experience pleasant and unpleasant
•    We will become proficient in practices that can mold our brains, minds, and consciousness to allow more happiness in our lives and the lives of others
•    To become more compassionate of the unhappiness of ourselves and those around us
•    To increase our happiness and equanimity

Course Dates: 8 week course of 8 weekly 2.5 hour classes

Oct 6, Oct 13 Oct 20, Oct 27, Nov 3, Nov 10, Nov 17 , Nov 24
All day retreat Nov 14
Daily meditation and life practice at highly recommended.

Class size: 10 - 25 participants
Please note: CCFW requries a minimum of 10 participants to run this class. If we must cancel this class due to under enrollment, you will be notified no later than 1 week prior to the start date and you will receive a full refund. 

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 his certification in the teaching of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness  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 and Family Well-being. He also holds certificates to teach mindfulness to children and adolescents from Inner Kids and Mindful Schools and teaches mindfulness in the Seattle Public Schools. His ongoing practice includes daily meditation, yoga, silent retreats and continuing education in mindfulness and related areas.

"The best part of the class was interacting with Dr. Berger, experiencing his good heart, the daily practice of meditating, and the frequent practice of mindfulness during each day. As a result of the class activities, I feel much more connected to myself, more calm and peaceful, happy."

"I like the way Rick led the class with gentleness and patience. He led us, but at the same time made it seem he was on the journey with us."

"Rick did a great job at teaching the material and was welcoming and accessible and made it seem so easy. I appreciated his humor too!" 

"Rick Berger was wise, present, patience, funny, and accepting."

"I enjoyed Richard's cheerful patient attitude."

"Rick was great- he made the class very safe."

Scholarships

If you are a professional working with children and families, especially high-risk families, you may qualify for one of our financial scholarships. To apply for a scholarship, please review and complete the application form at https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/mindful/237140. The deadline to apply for a scholarship for our Fall Cultivating Happiness class is 9/6. Any applications received past this date will be considered on a space available basis. We will notify you no later than 9/15 of our decision. Thank you again, we look forward to considering your application!

October 11, 2015 to November 15, 2015
Courses and Workshops
Ann Hollar, M.Ed.
Fall 2015 Mindfulness 101 for Teens
4:00-5:15pm  »  CCFW

Registration required (closes 10/8). Register here

Is your teen driven to distraction? Overwhelmed with keeping up socially on-line and off? Stressed about homework? Caught up in negative thinking? In this six week course we will touch on many aspects of mindfulness that will help your teen navigate these exciting and complex high school years. This course is intended for high school aged teenagers (14-19 years old). Class size will range between 10 and 20 students. 

Last year, 100% of teens who took this class at CCFW said they would recommend it to a friend. Mindfulness helped...
  • 100% of the class calm down when upset or stressed
  • 93% be better listeners
  • 79% make better decisions
  • 71% avoid fights or arguments

After taking Mindfulness 101, teens said: 

"I use at least one thing I learned in the mindfulness class every day, and it's been very helpful to keep my mind organized and keep myself centered. The breathing exercises help me relax in stressful situations."

"I learned how to listen to others way better (friends, family, teachers). The breathing exercise also helps me fall asleep."

"Life can be overwhelming and this helps a lot."

"Mindfulness has helped me put more effort into trying to discern what is real vs. imagined."

"If I just focus on one thing at a time I am better off."

"I was pretty upset going to a class at school, and I used mindful walking to calm down."

"Bad grade on a quiz - I acknowledged sadness but didn't let it hold me back. Missed a shot in soccer - moved past it and scored."

Tentative Schedule

Week 1 October 11: Brain, Body, Breath - Understanding the basics

Week 2 October 18: Home Sweet Home - Creating a sense of ease within ourselves

Week 3 October 25: Driven to Distraction - Learning how to focus attention

Week 4 November 1: Making Sense of your Senses - Slowing down and noticing

Week 5 November 8: Riding the Storm - Being with, not thrown, by strong emotions

Week 6 November 15: Giving Thanks - The power of gratitude and kindness

About the Instructor

Ann Hollar is a mindfulness instructor in Seattle. She has a M. Ed from the University of Washington, focusing her thesis on “Mindfulness in Education:  The Secular Intersection of Buddhism and Neuroscience.” She currently teaches mindfulness to students in both public and private elementary, middle and high schools. She has been trained in both the MindUp and Mindful Schools curricula and has recently completed Mindful Schools Year-Long Instructor Certification Program. Her personal integration of mindfulness is constantly being kept alive via interactions with her three tween and teenaged boys.

"Thank you for creating a safe, nurturing space for our children to establish their own practice of mindfulness and appreciation. Through your course, we saw a gentle shift as our kids practiced noticing their thoughts, focusing their attention, and expanding their capacity for gratitude. Having "homework" helped them naturally establish a practice that carried over long after your classes were complete. Thank you for laying the groundwork for a practice that can help them through the inevitable stress of adolescence and beyond."

October 19, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Courses and Workshops
Richard Berger, MD
Adopting Mindfulness and Compassion Practices in a Busy Schedule
Monday evenings, 6:30 - 9:00pm  »  CCFW

Registration required (closes 10/18/15). Register here

Course Description: Many of us wish to start a mindfulness practice but do not know how to work it into our busy schedules. Our schedules may be too erratic and hectic to take a regular time out.  Yet there are many mindful practices that can be worked into our everyday lives and that take no extra time at all.  Others can be accommodated in 10-20 minutes a day.  These practices can still make major differences in our attitudes and quality of life and provide major benefits.

This 4-class course will provide:

Course Goals:

•    Instruction and practice in working mindful practice into your everyday activities
•    Instruction and practice in calming, compassion and awareness expanding
•    Information on the scientific basis of the above practices
•    Provide a sound basis for further growth in awareness and compassion

 

Course Dates: Four 2.5 hour classes every other week from 6:30 - 9:00pm

Oct 19, Nov 2, Nov 16, and Nov 30
Optional all day retreat Nov 14

Class size: 10 - 25 participants
Please note: CCFW requries a minimum of 10 participants to run this class. If we must cancel this class due to under enrollment, you will be notified no later than 1 week prior to the start date and you will receive a full refund. 

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 his certification in the teaching of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness  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 and Family Well-being. He also holds certificates to teach mindfulness to children and adolescents from Inner Kids and Mindful Schools and teaches mindfulness in the Seattle Public Schools. His ongoing practice includes daily meditation, yoga, silent retreats and continuing education in mindfulness and related areas.

"The best part of the class was interacting with Dr. Berger, experiencing his good heart, the daily practice of meditating, and the frequent practice of mindfulness during each day. As a result of the class activities, I feel much more connected to myself, more calm and peaceful, happy."

"I like the way Rick led the class with gentleness and patience. He led us, but at the same time made it seem he was on the journey with us."

"Rick did a great job at teaching the material and was welcoming and accessible and made it seem so easy. I appreciated his humor too!" 

"Rick Berger was wise, present, patience, funny, and accepting."

"I enjoyed Richard's cheerful patient attitude."

"Rick was great- he made the class very safe."

Scholarships

If you are a professional working with children and families, especially high-risk families, you may qualify for one of our financial scholarships. To apply for a scholarship, please review and complete the application form at https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/mindful/237140. The deadline to apply for a scholarship for our Fall Mindfulness and Compassion class is 9/19. Any applications received past this date will be considered on a space available basis. We will notify you no later than 9/28 of our decision. Thank you again, we look forward to considering your application!

December 7, 2015
Free Public Lectures
Philip Zelazo, Ph.D.
Executive Function and the Developing Brain
7:00 - 8:30 pm  »  Kane Hall 210

Registration opens Fall 2015. If you are not aleady signed up for our mailing list, please sign up here to be notified about registration. Be sure to add "mindful@uw.edu" to your contact book to ensure you receive updates. 

Abstract: The deliberate control of thought, action, and emotion depends importantly on a set of attentional skills called executive function (EF) skills. EF skills support school readiness, academic success, socioemotional competence, physical and mental health, and other desirable developmental outcomes. This lecture discusses EF, its development in childhood, and effective ways to support this development. One example is mindfulness training—using age-appropriate activities to exercise children’s reflection on their moment-to-moment experiences. Mindfulness training may support the development of self-regulation by targeting top-down processes while modifying bottom-up influences (such as anxiety, stress, curiosity) to create conditions conducive to reflection.

Philip David Zelazo is currently the Nancy M. and John E. Lindahl Professor at the Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota. Professor Zelazo’s research has helped shape current scientific understanding of executive function and its development, including the key roles of reflection, rule use, hierarchical complexity, mindfulness, and emotion (hot versus cool EF). This work has led to the design of widely used standardized measures of EF skills and to the creation of effective interventions for promoting the healthy development of EF in early childhood. Professor Zelazo’s research has been honored by numerous awards, including a Boyd McCandless Young Scientist Award from the American Psychological Association (APA), and a Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award. He is editor of the two-volume Oxford Handbook of Developmental Psychology (2013), and the lead developer of the executive function measures for the NIH Toolbox.

April 1, 2016
Courses and Workshops
Yaffa Maritz and Elizabeth Lin
Spring 2016 Mindful Self-Compassion 8-Week Course
Actual dates and time TBA  »  CCFW

If you are not aleady signed up for our mailing list, please sign up here to be notified about registration. Be sure to add "mindful@uw.edu" to your contact book to ensure you receive updates. 

Mindful Self-Compassion or “MSC” is an empirically-supported 8-week training program developed by Drs. Chris Germer and Kristin Neff.  It helps participants cultivate the mental and emotional habit of mindful self-compassion by learning the process of infusing our moment-to-moment experience with kindness, especially when we feel frustrated, hurt, inadequate, or overwhelmed. Mindful self-compassion is the first step in emotional healing—being able to be-friend oneself, turn inwardly and acknowledge our difficult thoughts and feelings with a spirit of openness, curiosity and love, rather than self-judgment, or self-criticism.

Perhaps most importantly, cultivating self-compassion means that we honor and accept our humanness. Things will not always go the way we want them to. We often encounter frustrations and losses. We make mistakes and bump up against our limitations, or fall short of our ideals. This is the human condition, a reality shared by us all. The more we open our heart to this reality instead of constantly fighting against it, the more we will be able to feel compassion for ourselves and all our fellow humans.

Research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional well-being. It boosts resilience, happiness, reduces anxiety and depression, and can even help maintain healthy lifestyle habits such as diet and exercise. Being both mindful and compassionate leads to greater ease and well-being in our daily lives. MSC can be learned by anyone. It’s the practice of recognizing moments of difficulty, and repeatedly evoking good will toward ourselves. It extends cultivation of that same desire beyond ourselves to all living beings to live happily and free from suffering.

In the weekly program, participants will learn through activities such as meditation, experiential exercises, short presentations, group discussion and home practices. Learning is mostly experiential and includes current theory and research on self-compassion. 

About the Instructors

Yaffa Maritz, LMHC is a co-founder of Listening Mothers and clinical director of both Listening Mothers and Reflective Parenting, two research based parenting programs. She is the founder and director of the Community of Mindful Parenting. Yaffa was born and trained in Israel as a clinical psychologist. She is also a licensed mental health counselor with advanced training in infant mental health. She is an advocate for the well-being of children and their families and served on several local and national boards that promote this agenda, including the Governor’s Commission for Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention. Yaffa believes that by supporting parents and creating nurturing communities for them, we can set the foundation for the positive growth of children’s social, emotional, and mental health. Yaffa participated in the Stanford yearlong teachers training program called CCT (Compassion Cultivation Training) that was offered   through CCare, and also completed the advanced training program in MSC (Mindful Self-Compassion) with Drs. Kristin Neff and Chris Germer. She is looking forward to working together with Elizabeth Lin and sharing the wisdom of this program with our community. 

Elizabeth H. B. Lin, MD, MPH.  Dr. Lin, a family medicine physician, is a clinical professor at the School of Medicine, University of Washington and an affiliate scientific investigator at the Group Health Research Institute. As a physician researcher, Dr. Lin is well-known for research on improving mind-body health in general medical settings. Elizabeth has had a daily meditation practice for more than 20 years.  She has trained extensively with leaders in mindfulness programs, and began teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 4 years ago. Dr. Lin recently trained with Drs. Chris Germer and Kristen Neff, to become a teacher in Mindful Self-Compassion. She is very much looking forward to co-teaching this course with Ms. Yaffa Maritz. 

April 7, 2016
Courses and Workshops
Elizabeth Lin, MD, MPH
Spring 2016 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Actual dates and time TBA  »  CCFW

If you are not aleady signed up for our mailing list, please sign up here to be notified about registration. Be sure to add "mindful@uw.edu" to your contact book to ensure you receive updates. 

You may view the class waiver here, which will be distributed, signed, and collected on the first day of class. Please review this note from Dr. Lin BEFORE registering to ensure that this class will be a proper fit for your needs.

Class Description

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a scientifically proven program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. to reduce stress and increase well-being. It is flourishing worldwide. This 8 –week course combines contemplative practices based in Eastern philosophy, western psychology, and cutting-edge neuroscience.  Attitudes of kindness, acceptance and patience provide a foundation for the practices of sustained focus, self-regulation and self-exploration.  A greater sense of balance, choice and freedom is cultivated.

Benefits of MBSR: Participants have remarked, “Mindfulness has changed how I live and see the world, how I interact with others”. This course contribute to:

1. Reduced stress and chronic pain
2. Improved mood
3. Overcoming sleep problems
4. Decreased anxiety
5. Increased immunity
6. Enhanced resilience, joy, and compassion
7. Healthy aging

In this 8-week experiential course consisting of weekly classes, and home practices, participants will learn exercises to:

1. Increase awareness of body sensations (body scan)
2. Mindful movement and stretching (yoga)
3. Awareness of pleasant and unpleasant experiences
4. Awareness of thoughts and emotions
5. Increase compassion for ourselves and others
6. Latest research on mind-body response to stress and change
7. Practices to cultivate mindfulness throughout the day, living each moment to its fullest

Schedule: 8-week course 

Class dates and retreat date TBA

About the Instructor

The course will be taught by Elizabeth H. B. Lin, MD, MPH. Dr. Lin is a family medicine physician, clinical professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and an affiliate scientific investigator at the Group Health Research Institute. As a physician researcher, Dr. Lin is well-known for scientific studies on improving mental and behavioral health for patients in general medical settings. Elizabeth has trained with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the Center for Mindfulness at U of Massachusetts, as well as other leading professors and teachers in this field. She has had a daily meditation practice for more than 20 years, and has taught MBSR for the last 4 years.

April 12, 2016
Courses and Workshops
Richard Berger, MD
Spring 2016 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course
Actual dates and time TBA  »  CCFW

If you are not aleady signed up for our mailing list, please sign up here to be notified about registration. Be sure to add "mindful@uw.edu" to your contact book to ensure you receive updates. 

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.

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 his certification in the teaching of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness  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 and Family Well-being. He also holds certificates to teach mindfulness to children and adolescents from Inner Kids and Mindful Schools and teaches mindfulness in the Seattle Public Schools. His ongoing practice includes daily meditation, yoga, silent retreats and continuing education in mindfulness and related areas.

 

April 13, 2016
Courses and Workshops
Richard Berger, MD
Spring 2016 Cultivating Happiness: A Mindfulness-Based Path
Actual dates and time TBA  »  CCFW

If you are not aleady signed up for our mailing list, please sign up here to be notified about registration. Be sure to add "mindful@uw.edu" to your contact book to ensure you receive updates. 

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.

Course Goals:

•    To become aware of scientifically proven factors in happiness and how happiness is contagious
•    To become more aware of what makes experience pleasant and unpleasant
•    We will become proficient in practices that can mold our brains, minds, and consciousness to allow more happiness in our lives and the lives of others
•    To become more compassionate of the unhappiness of ourselves and those around us
•    To increase our happiness and equanimity

Course Dates: 8 week course of 8 weekly 2.5 hour classes

Class dates abd all day retreat date TBD
Daily meditation and life practice at highly recommended.

Class size: 10 - 25 participants
Please note: CCFW requries a minimum of 10 participants to run this class. If we must cancel this class due to under enrollment, you will be notified no later than 1 week prior to the start date and you will receive a full refund. 

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 his certification in the teaching of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness  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 and Family Well-being. He also holds certificates to teach mindfulness to children and adolescents from Inner Kids and Mindful Schools and teaches mindfulness in the Seattle Public Schools. His ongoing practice includes daily meditation, yoga, silent retreats and continuing education in mindfulness and related areas.