Mindfulness Stress Busting Retreat

Description: This is a helpful group for patients who are experiencing difficulty coping with life’s inevitable stressors.  Mindfulness is a particular way of training ourselves to be aware of the present moment.  It is a helpful modality and complementary treatment to traditional medical and psychological interventions. It has been proven effective for a variety of conditions including depression, anxiety, chronic pain, sleep disturbances, headaches, stress and many others. An emphasis is based on the importance of committing to undertake a formal mindfulness practice at home, usually for about 30-45 minutes a day, six days out of a week. This practice is critical in order for participants to be able to quiet an anxious mind, soothe bodily sensations, remain grounded and feel a sense of confidence in dealing with the stressors of daily life.

Learning Objectives:

  • To formally learn the “how to” of meditation
  • To learn about the brain and the physiology of stress
  • To learn about and embody the attitudinal foundations of being mindful
  • To learn techniques that help with relaxation, grounding and soothing emotionally and physically painful sensations
  • To learn how to decrease symptoms associated with depression, anxiety and stress

Length: Four all-day retreats (9:30am – 3:30pm) on Fridays and Saturdays

Maximum Class Size: 8-10

Group Leaders: Registered Social Workers

Referral: Primary Care Provider to refer to Mental Health Program.