Zen Meditation and Mindfulness for Health and Well-Being (8 weeks)
This 8-week mindfulness course is focused specifically on improving your overall health and well-being. We’ll be covering simple and effective techniques drawn from the Zen tradition that help one to deal with stress and pain, improve concentration skills, and boost one’s overall health, energy, and vitality. This course is geared towards anyone interested in an introduction to mindfulness and meditation practice, and/or anyone looking for a way of dealing with stress-related problems, anxiety, depression, pain, difficulty sleeping or chronic-fatigue.
Next Health and Well-Being Course: January 16 – March 5, 2020 from 7-8:30pm (8 Thursdays). See our Grounding and Insight course page for the course happening in Fall of 2019.
REGISTER NOW: send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (please enter the subject “8-Week Course”). You will receive registration details. Part of the LCC Continuing Education Program. Graduates will receive a certificate for 16 hours of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) centered on mindfulness-based stress relief, working through difficult emotions, and mindfulness/meditation study and practice. Our course is found to be very relevant for therapists and other mental health professionals.
We’re also connected to Skype people in who can’t attend in person.
Details: Health and Well-Being Course
Dates: January 16 – March 5 from 7-8:30pm (8 Thursdays).
Register: send an email to email@example.com (please enter the subject “8-Week Course”)
Questions: contact the above email or call 541-543-5049
About the Instructor: Health and Well-Being Course
Matt Shinkai Kane studied and taught Zen in Japan for over 7 years and is certified as a senior Zen teacher in the Hakuin-Inzan line of the Rinzai tradition. He has taught in the US, London, and in East Asia. One of his primary focuses is the on-going dialogue about how to be truly awake and alive in the busy modern world. More about Shinkai and Blue Cliff Zen Center here.
Topics: Health and Well-Being Course
Plan to meditate for 25-30 minutes each day!
Over the 8 weeks we’ll be exploring a variety of topics including:
Stress and time pressures
Difficult and strong emotions
Promoting good health, and taking care of yourself
How to live and function at an elevated level
The meditation techniques we cover include:
A Zen Body Scan
Counting the breath
Following the breath
Mindful movement including walking meditation
Incorporating presence and mindfulness in daily life
The practice of dwelling in the “un-born state”
Feedback: Health and Well-Being Course
“The course served as an excellent start to making meditation and mindfulness a part of my life. It was truly a transformative experience for me” Seiko (Oct. 2012)
“My sleep quality improved over the course of the eight weeks and I feel more able to handle the irritation and stress that I have been feeling at work.” Hiroko (Nov. 2011).
“…a whole life tool for well-being was made available to students.” Naomi (March 2015).
“I felt calmer/less prone to quick emotions or actions. I felt more able to process things and let them slow down and go through me rather than hit fast and knock me down. [My] focus was improved, also my patience.” Madeline (June 2015)
“I thought it was extremely beneficial to my state of mind and helped me to maintain sanity during an extremely stressful time in my life.” Vicky (April, 2016)
[Any benefits?] “Yes! Enlivening, activating (spiritual(y)), discoveries and insights with each practice. I enjoyed and felt nourished by the group. Overall, increased awareness and equanimity, less stress and pain.” Julie (January, 2016)
“I really enjoyed the Zen meditation course. I have a better picture of where the weaknesses are in my practice and the steps I need to take to stay on course…I have found it to be immensely beneficial practicing with others in a group setting. Connor (Nov. 2014)
“I am calmer despite the hurricane around me. I never thought the time was right to begin a practice.” Leilani (Jan. 2016)
“Worth the price.” Bonnie (Jan. 2018)
“My life is completely different than [it was] months ago.” Jacob (Nov. 2014).
“It has been a great experience for us to be in [the] class. Thank you.” Barbara (Nov. 2014).
“Meditating 49 days in a row really allows you to learn what works, what doesn’t, and helps to develop a life long meditation practice.” Patrick (Jan. 2018)
“[the course helped me] really get to know myself, be okay with who I am.” Katie (June 2015)
“Overall [this was] a very encouraging workshop and I hope to dive into a retreat and other group meditation [events].” Katherine (March 2015)
“…I have been practicing mindfulness in everything. It has had a profound effect, not only in how I live my life day-to-day, but how I consider the future. I am much less stressed and anxious because I know I don’t need to be and that I can pull myself out of those places…” Debra-Lynn (June, 2013)
“I was able to truly enjoy meditation in a new way, where in the past it felt more like drudgery.” Debbie (April, 2016)
“…good sequencing and building to more complex and subtle meditations. Helped people to be less fearful.” Ardas (April, 2016)
“I feel calmer and less stressed. I also feel as if my mind is more ordered, more in place.” Simrit (April, 2016)
“I felt this course showed me a path to being calmer and more at peace in my daily life. I found it tremendously valuable in coping with my anxiety.”
“I liked the idea of planning where I go from here. I think I have realistic goals set to include meditation as part of my daily routine.” (November, 2016)
“Better than Xanax.”
Previous Courses and Workshops
Zen Meditation and Mindfulness for Grounding and Insight (April 5 – May 24, 2018)
Zen Meditation and Mindfulness for Health and Well-Being Course (January 18 – March 1, 2018)
Zen Meditation and Mindfulness for Grounding and Insight (October 5 – November 23, 2017)
Zen Meditation and Mindfulness for Health and Well-Being Course (April 11-May 30, 2017)
Silver Falls Wellness Retreat (February 10-12, 2017)
Zen Meditation and Mindfulness for Grounding and Insight (October 6 – November 24, 2016)
Zen Meditation and Mindfulness for Health and Well-Being Course (September 27-November 15, 2016)
Fall Mindfulness Workshops (October 29 and November 12, 2016)
Zen Meditation and Mindfulness for Health and Well-Being Course (April 5 – May 24, 2016)
Spring Mindfulness Workshops (March 5, April 2, and April 9, 2016)
Zen Meditation and Mindfulness for Health and Well-Being Course (January 12 – March 6, 2016)
Fall into Wellness Workshop at the City of Eugene (October 23, 2015)
Zen Meditation and Mindfulness for Health and Well-Being Course (April 21 – June 9, 2015)
Zen Meditation and Mindfulness for Grounding and Insight (September 10 – November 22, 2015)
Zen Meditation and Mindfulness for Health and Well-Being Course (September 28 – November 16, 2014)
Zen Meditation and Mindfulness for Health and Well-Being Course (January 26 – March 16, 2014)
Zen Meditation and Mindfulness for Grounding and Insight Course (January 21 – March 11, 2014)
Zen Meditation and Mindfulness for Health and Well-Being Course (May 30 – July 18, 2013)
Zen Meditation and Mindfulness for Grounding and Insight Course (June 3 – July 22, 2012 in Japan)
Zen Meditation and Mindfulness for Health and Well-Being Course (June 3 – July 22, 2012 in Japan)
Zen Meditation and Mindfulness for Health and Well-Being Course (October 23 – December 11, 2011 in Japan)