Drop-in Meditation Sessions

CCFW is pleased to offer free monthly drop-in meditation sessions. A different instructor will lead each month’s session so that participants can experience different mindfulness practices and instructor styles. These sessions are also intended to support participants from previous mindfulness courses in strengthening their home practice. All levels of experience are welcome.

Monday, November 19, 2018
Drop-in Meditation Sessions
Blair Carleton
6:00pm - 7:00pm  »  CCFW, 3903 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Drop-in meditation sessions are free. Register here

About this Session

Qigong is an ancient physical art and a moving meditation that can be a powerful tool for self-healing.  It is easy to learn and can be done anywhere – standing, sitting, or lying down. Qigong combines mental focus, breathing techniques, and body movements to promote balance and healing at the physical and emotional levels. It can be easily adapted and beneficial for people with limited mobility. This session is called “Mostly Qigong” because although we begin and end with qigong, we may add in additional mindfulness techniques. People from all experience levels are welcome.

About the instructor

Blair Carleton is a Recovery Coach trained by Washington State and the Connecticut Center for Addiction Recovery (CCAR). Blair received her B.A. from Yale University. She received her MSC Teacher Certificate from UCSD's Center for Mindful Self-Compassion with Dr. Kristin Neff and Dr. Chris Germer. Blair has also studied Shame-Resilience with Brene Brown, and went on to teach the curriculum. Blair credits her mindfulness practice to her teachers: Dr. Keesha Ewers, Ajayan Borys, Sylvia Boorstein, Joel and Michele Levey, and her friend and colleague, Yaffa Maritz, who was her instructor for the MSC course Blair took at the Center for Child and Family Well-Being.

Monday, December 10, 2018
Drop-in Meditation Sessions
Diane Hetrick
6:00pm - 7:00pm  »  CCFW, 3903 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Drop-in Meditation is free. Register here

About this session: 

It’s that time of year when the days are short, the weather is more challenging, and our stress is increased as we try to make the most of the holidays and family time. It’s a great time to cultivate some compassion!  You are invited to join us for an offering of gentle and restorative guided meditations and movement practices,  and some 'on the spot' practices to use in the day to day during this busy season. These offerings are designed to help you de-stress and face your days with more energy and joy.  


About the Instructor 

Diane Hetrick has been studying and practicing in the areas of mind-body healing, mindfulness, meditation, and compassion cultivation most of her adult life. Her more than 30 years of experience as a Physical Therapist working with patients with chronic pain and/or illnesses lead her to explore various body and movement practices, including yoga, dance and qigong, and to explore the area of Mindfulness meditation, in order to help people with stress, pain or dysfunction find more ease, and well-being in their lives.

She completed the Certificate in Mindfulness Facilitation training through the Mindfulness Awareness Research Center (MARC) at UCLA. After completing the Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) Teacher Certification Program, offered through the Center for Compassion, Altruism, Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford, she became one of the first certified CCT teachers in the Seattle area. More at: 

Monday, January 14, 2019
Drop-in Meditation Sessions
Richard Berger, MD
6:00pm - 7:00pm  »  CCFW, 3903 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Drop in meditation sessions are free. Please register here.

About the Session 

In this session we will practice the Body Scan, one of the foundational practices in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). The Body Scan is an opportunity to tune into our breath and observe things as they are without judging. Together, these skills allow us to strengthen our present moment awareness, increase our emotional awareness, and cultivate a friendlier attitude towards ourselves. This session will introduce participants to practices and methodologies that Dr. Berger will offer in his fall Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course.

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 a medical degree from The University of Chicago. He received his certification in the teaching of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at 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 taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Awareness Practice (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 he teaches in the Seattle Public Schools. His ongoing practice includes daily meditation, yoga, silent retreats and continuing education in mindfulness and related areas.