Finding Joy in the Present Moment (8-weeks)

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Richard Berger & Karen "Karb" Bullard

Finding Joy in the Present Moment (8-weeks)

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
CCFW, 3903 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA

Course Description

This class will blend teaching methods and practices, including conscious breathing, interactive discussions, self-inquiry, Yoga and other mindful movement practices, as well as sitting and lying down meditation. Practice in daily experience and conversation will be emphasized. In each session, we will begin with concentration practice, move to mindfulness practice, combine the practices and demonstrate and promote practice in daily life. By emphasizing present moment awareness, we will promote the aliveness of our being and how well we are designed to interact and ultimately playfully dance with our inner and outer world. Practices are drawn from Hatha Yoga, Eastern Mindfulness practices, Non-Violent Communications and contemporary insights. Gentle movement, breath and body awareness will be emphasized; our practices will be welcoming for people with all physical abilities, shapes, and sizes. 
Through this class, you will:
  1. Start a lifelong journey of having confidence and having fun with your joy of being alive.
  2. Learn methods of becoming mindfully in touch with the body and mind/body synchrony.
  3. Learn methods of practicing body awareness, meditation and breathing practices that promote grounding in the only moment we have, the present one.
  4. Practice and gain skills in formal practices and in-the-moment practices of these skills to be used in daily life during and after the course.
  5. Gain competence by group and self-inquiry into addressing hinderances and formation of life long stress relieving habits.
Weekly topics include:

Week 1: The Meaning, Methods, and Practice of Being Grounded in the Present 
Week 2: Concentration as the Doorway to the Present Moment
Week 3: Learning to Shift and Maintain Concentration
Week 4: Combining Concentration and Mindfulness
Week 5: Using Mindfulness of the Body as a Model for Accessing Your Full Potential
Week 6: Interactive Mindfulness and Social Mindfulness
Week 7: Continuing and Further Developing Concentration, Mindfulness and Presence
Week 8: Taking Away Practices that Work for You
Class Logistics:
  • We will be doing some form of gentle movement in each class. Please dress comfortably. 
  • There is no need to bring a Yoga mat, though you are welcome to bring one if you wish. You will have options for doing Yoga in a chair, standing, as well as sitting or lying on the carpeted floor. 

Course Fees

$320.00: Regular registration
$325.00: Registration with clock hours or a certificate of completion to use for CEUs

UW Affiliate Discount

20% off for current UW faculty and staff.

If you are interested in financial assistance, CCFW offers two options:

  • Income-based reduced fee of $230, available to individuals with an annual household income from all sources of $60,000 or less. For more details, please email 

  • A limited number of scholarships are available per course. To apply for a scholarship, please review criteria and complete the application form at   Important note: Scholarship applications are due two weeks before class start. Applicants will be notified 2 weeks prior to the first day of class. Applicants must wait to register for the course until a decision has been made in order to qualify. 

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Register for a Certificate of Completion and get CEUs. Our CEUs are available for licensed psychologistsmarriage and family therapistsmental health counselors,  and social workers in Washington State. We cannot gurantee that these CEUs will be accepted in other states. 

About the Instructors

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.


Karen "Karb" BullardE-RYT 200, RYT 500 Karen "Karb" Bullard has been practicing yoga since 1998. She has completed three teacher training programs and is a Certified Mindfulness Instructor via Mindful Schools. Karb was introduced to yoga shortly before her first pregnancy and it has led her to tools that have helped her embrace parenting and life with its continual challenges and rewards. It is the physical practice of asana that led Karb to discover an inner quiet and peace that is leading her along this journey called life. Her gentle low-key style and ability to relate to and connect with others are what bring her students (age 8 - 89) returning to her classes time and again