Mindfulness Classes


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Scientific studies show how beneficial practicing moment-to-moment awareness can be for our physical and emotional health and well-being, especially during these difficult times.  If you struggle with stress, worry, rumination, anxiety, low mood, insomnia, chronic pain, heart disease, diabetes, or an autoimmune disorder, one of our mindfulness classes may help.


The Mindful Way Through Stress and Worry  ________________________________________________________________________

During this six week class, you’ll learn how to practice mindfulness meditation, or strengthen your practice if you already meditate. We’ll examine the causes and consequences of stress and worry and explore ways to change patterns of behavior that may be making things more difficult for you. You’ll also learn simple, practical mindfulness techniques to use throughout your day to help reduce the stress and worry so many of us are experiencing right now.

The class is experiential, interactive, and engaging.  It’s also a lot of fun.  During our 90 minutes together, there’ll be periods of guided meditation, didactic training, and group discussion.   You’ll be asked to practice mindfulness at home for 15-20 minutes each day, throughout the week.   During class we’ll explore the successes and challenges you experienced practicing at home and review strategies to overcome any struggles you’re having.  At the end of class, you’ll receive resources and helpful tips to help you maintain your mindfulness practice.

Dates: Six Tuesdays from May 24th until June 28th
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: 3829 Grand Ave.  Des Moines

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You must be 16 or older to attend.  To keep everyone safe, Covid vaccination(s) and booster(s) are required.  We’ll follow CDC masking guidelines during class.  Currently, masks are not required indoors when participants are vaccinated but you’re welcome to wear one if you choose to.

Mental health providers receive 9 CEUs for completing the class.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction™ _____________________________________________________________________________

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction™ (MBSR) is a highly acclaimed, scientifically proven program developed  more than 30 years ago by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.   MBSR is taught at over 1000 major medical centers, universities, and corporations across the US and around the world.

This is an intensive, highly experiential program.  We meet for 2 1/2 hours a week for eight weeks and there’s an all-day retreat on the Saturday after the sixth week.  Participants are asked to practice mindfulness 45 minutes each day between weekly classes.

Mental health providers receive 26 CEUs for completing the class.

Introduction to Mindfulness________________________________________________________________________________________

This is a great class for people 16 and older who are interested in exploring what mindfulness is and how to be more mindful in everyday life.  During our four classes, you’ll learn how to practice mindfulness meditation sitting, walking, and lying down.

You’ll be asked to practice mindfulness at home for 15-20 minutes each day.   During class we’ll explore the successes and challenges you experienced practicing at home and review strategies to overcome any struggles you’re having.

Mental health providers receive 6 CEUs for completing the class.

About the Instructor_________________________________________________________________________________________

Emily Smith, LISW is a mental health therapist and mindfulness instructor.   Emily completed her MBSR™ teacher training at the University of California, San Diego Medical School’s Center for Mindfuless.  She participated in 65 hours of additional MBSR™ training with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D.

Emily meditates daily and attends at least one 10 day silent meditation retreat every year to strengthen her practice and teaching skills.  Over the years,  Emily has attended silent meditation retreats with Joseph Goldstein, Tara Brach, Jack Kornfield, and Sharon Salzberg.  She’s currently enrolled in a sixteen month advanced training program that includes five meditation retreats and biweekly meetings with her meditation teachers.

Registration, Payment Information, and Questions____________________________________________________________________

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Mindfulness Class Registration Form

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Payment Information for Mindfulness Classes

For questions about classes, please email mindfulness@prairiewellness.com


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