Sundays, March 12 – May 7 + Saturday April 22 Day-Long Retreat OR Mondays, March 13 – May 8 + Saturday April 22 Day-Long Retreat
Join us for the renowned 8-week MBSR course, the experiential learning program that teaches new skills to manage stress and pain. Learning occurs through guided activities, and the interactions of the participants with each other and with the teacher. You will learn to recognize your own sensations, feelings and thoughts in times of difficulty, which is the first step to healing and stress reduction. People who have attended this program report many benefits, including: A decrease in chronic physical and psychological symptoms, improvements in the ability to manage stress, feeling calmer, and coping with change better. They also eliminated behavioral patterns that were causing distress and developed more compassion and patience with others and with themselves.

We teach body-centered skills to awaken awareness. The act of noticing or knowing what you are doing when you are doing it is awareness. Mindfulness is bringing the mind back to the present moment. Being present in the moment is central to reducing stress and managing pain. The student does guided body scans, simple yoga and other meditative movements to learn how to listen deeply to the cues coming from the physical body in the present moment.

The program runs for eight weeks, which includes a full-day session in complete silence after week six. The program is designed to give you the opportunity to experiment with new behaviors while having the support of a learning community. At the end of the eight weeks, most participants report that they have gained personal insights that allow them to modify their behavior to reduce stress and manage pain better.

This course follows the teaching protocol established by the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The approach has been proven effective in numerous research studies. See www.umassmed.edu/cfm and click research to view the studies.

Class schedule:

8 Sunday (some Saturday) afternoon classes, March – May, 2017

on GWU Campus, WDC from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm*
and one all-day retreat from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
March 12, 19, 26 
April 2 
April 8, 15 
April 22 (retreat day)
April 30
May 7
*Classes 1 & 8 will be 3 hours and end at 4:30 pm.
8 Monday morning classes, March – May, 2017
in Takoma Park, MD from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm*
and one all-day retreat from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
March 13, 20, 27
April 3, 10, 17
April 22 (retreat day)
May 1, 8
*Classes 1 & 8 will be 3 hours and end at 12:30 pm.
COST: $485

Instructor: Grace Ogden.

If you have questions or want to talk about the course, please contact Grace by e-mail at grace.gwcim@gmail.com or call GWCIM front desk at 202-833-5055.

Registration payments are accepted either online or by calling the Center at 202-833-5055.

If you are paying online:

1.  Go to the New Patients section.
2.  Choose Schedule an appointment.
3.  Within that screen click on Schedule a follow up visit.
4.  Then choose the Classes tab.
5.  Once on the Class Schedule page, enter the start date of the program you wish to attend.
6.   Select Sign up Now and follow the prompts.

Once you have completed the registration process, contact Grace by e-mail and she will send you the intake documents.

Refund Policy:
If you cancel before the start of the program, there is a $50 processing fee. If you cancel after the first class, there is a $100 fee.  No further refunds are available.

For cancellations please contact Tatiana Rosten at trosten@gwcim.com. As a courtesy, please also notify the teacher at grace.gwcim@gmail.com.