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Mindfulness Meditation as Medicine

Cultivate Healthy Living and Personal Well-Being

September 29 - October 1, 2017

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

$295 Tuition

Plus 2 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately

Registration Closed

Program Description

12.5 CE Hours Available

In this weekend retreat with Bob Stahl PhD, mental health professionals of all levels will experience mindfulness meditation as a way to help their clients access powerful inner resources for health and vitality. Bob Stahl is a senior teacher at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, where the original Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD and featured in Bill Moyer’s series, Healing and the Mind.

The workshop will be a synergy of the didactic principles of MBSR and mindfulness meditation practices. Mental health professionals will learn how to apply MBSR skills in their practices in a highly experiential setting that includes presentations, practice, discussion, and inquiry in both small and large groups.

In a highly experiential setting, you will learn:

Discuss the latest scientific research on mindfulness and its efficacy

Utilize precise language to enhance clarity of communication in all phases of instruction

Describe the mechanisms through which stress exacerbates and often precipitates illness and specific medical conditions

Identify the theoretical, philosophical, pedagogical, and scientific underpinnings of mindfulness facilitation

Employ instruction and guidance of others in the formal and informal methods of mindfulness facilitation

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  • Faculty Bio
    Bob Stahl, PhD

    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher

    Bob Stahl has founded eight Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programs in the San Francisco Bay Area and currently directs MBSR programs at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz, California, El Camino Hospital at both the Mountain View and Los Gatos campuses, and Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Gatos.
    A longtime practitioner of insight meditation, Dr. Stahl lived in a Theravada Buddhist forest monastery for more than eight years and is now the guiding teacher at Insight Santa Cruz, as well as a visiting teacher at Spirit Rock. He conducts mindfulness-meditation retreats and workshops for many people as we as to health care professionals, corporations, and educational institutions, and has extensive experience working with individuals facing physical disabilities, chronic pain, life-threatening illnesses, and stress-related conditions.
    Dr. Stahl serves as a senior teacher for the Oasis Institute, which offers mindfulness-based professional education and innovation at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
    He is coauthor of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, Living with Your Heart Wide Open, Calming the Rush of Panic, A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook for Anxiety, and MBSR Everyday.

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  • Why Attend
    • Enhance your physical and mental well-being, creating the energy and vitality to thrive in your life.

    • Experience a lasting reduction in pain, stress, and other challenges to living the life you desire.

    • Master simple, practical, scientifically proven tools for healthy living that don't require a whole new belief system.

  • Things to Know/Schedule

    Program Schedule

    Friday, Sept 29
    7:30 PM- 8:00 PM:    Welcome and Outline of this weekend workshop


    8:00 PM- 8:45 PM:    Meditation/Reflection: (What brought you here?)
    8:45 PM- 9:00 PM:    Closing Meditation. Good mindful night

    Saturday, Sept 30

    6:30 AM–7:45 AM:   Yoga and Meditation classes

    7:00 AM–8:30 AM:   Breakfast

    9:00 AM- 9:15 AM:   Sitting Meditation

    9:15 AM – 9:30 AM: Welcome and overview this day of practice. Some didactic this morning to understand on how MBSR is applied to health care.

    9:30 AM- 10:15 AM: History of MBSR

    • What is the program, and Q & A?
    • Research: Brain, Immune System, Pain, Telemeres…

    10:15 AM- 10:30 AM: Break

    10:30 AM – 11:00 AM: Mindfulness and Perception:

    • How mindfulness and perception supports decreasing stress, pain, or illness…
    • Raisin exercise

    11:00 AM- 11:45 AM: Body Scan Meditation

    11:45 AM – 12:00 PM: Small Group Discussion

    12:00 PM-12:30PM:  Large Group Discussion

    12:30 PM- 1:30 PM:  Lunch

    1:30 PM-2:00 PM:     Free Time

    2:00 PM- 2:30 PM:    Sitting Meditation; end with reflection on how you experience an unpleasant event with your thoughts, emotions, and the body

    2:30 PM- 3:00 PM:    Mindfulness and stress reduction: Reacting/Responding

    • Put on Board: Thoughts, emotions and picture of human body.
    • Gary Schwartz Diagram

    3:00 PM- 3:15 PM:    Break

    3:15 PM-3:30PM:      Entering into Intensive Practice with Silence

    3:30 PM- 4:00 PM:    Sitting Meditation

    4:00 PM- 4:30 PM:    Mindful Movement

    4:30 PM- 5:00PM:    Sitting Meditation

    5:00 PM – 5:30 PM: Walking Meditation

    5:30 PM – 6:00 PM:  Loving Kindness Meditation

    6:00 PM- 7:30 PM:    Silent Dinner

    7:30 PM- 7:45 PM:    Sitting & Integration Meditation

    7:45 PM-8:00 PM:     Small Group Discussion

    8:00 PM – 9:00 PM:  Large Group Council-discussion about impact of practicing and experiencing mindfulness meditation professional and personally. Good Night.

    Sunday, Oct 1

    6:30 AM–7:45 AM:   Yoga and Meditation classes

    7:00 AM–8:30 AM:   Breakfast
    8:30 AM-9:00 AM:    Free Time

    9:00 AM- 9:30 AM:   Sitting Meditation/Reflection: What has been left unsaid?

    9:30 AM- 10:00 AM: Walking Meditation

    10:00 AM-10:45 AM:            Council/Discussion on what is alive inside you now?
    10:45 AM- 11:00 AM: Break
    11:00 AM-12:00 PM: Reflection and then Discussion – How will you bring what you’ve learned into your professional life?

    12:00 PM –12:30 PM: Closing Circle

    12:30 PM-1:30 PM:   Lunch

    1:30 PM: Farewell



    None required.

    Experience Level

    Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, MFTs, Counselors, Substance Abuse Counselors, Occupational Therapists, Nurses. All levels.

    CEs Available

    This course has been approved for 12.5 CE hours for qualified participants.  To receive your CE Credits ($30 processing fee), click HERE.

    Cancellations and Refunds
    If You Cancel

    • If you cancel 14 or more days prior to your arrival date, payments made will be refunded in full (less a $50 processing fee).
    • If you cancel between 13 days and 1 day prior to your arrival date, a nonrefundable credit (less a $50 processing fee) will be held for one year from the date of issue.
    • No credit or refund is available if you cancel on your arrival day, if you do not show up, or if you leave a program or event early.
    • No refund will be available if you attend a program and are dissatisfied with its presentation or content.

    If 1440 Multiversity Cancels

    On rare occasions, due to unforeseen circumstances, 1440 Multiversity may need to cancel a program. Should this circumstance arise, you will receive a full refund.


    Participants of approved continuing education courses may register complaints with the approval entity with an option to appeal to their licensing Board if displeased with the results of the process.


    Special Interest To

    Open to all:  mental health professionals, medical care providers and anyone interested in learning about mindfulness as medicine

  • About 1440 Multiversity

    Beautifully nestled in the California redwoods near Santa Cruz, our 75-acre campus is within easy reach of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

    1440 Multiversity is a place to spend time engaging some of life's most meaningful personal questions and to enjoy, restore, and reenergize yourself as you do it.

    You'll find new energy through immersion learning—setting aside daily urgencies and dedicating uninterrupted time to focus on important, but often elusive, priorities. Our unique collaboration with world-class faculty coupled with an original, inspirational curriculum and magnificent grounds make this a place like no other. Add in fresh, redwood-scented air, delicious and healthy food, deep reflection, fun exercise, and good sleep and you've pretty much captured what you'll experience here.

  • Accommodations

    At 1440 Multiversity, you’ll find a wide range of accommodations to meet your preferences and budget. All of our rooms have been thoughtfully designed to provide comfort, promote reflection, and foster connection with others.

    Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in.

    Per-person per-night rates include:

    • nourishing locally sourced, seasonal meals
    • daily meditation and yoga classes
    • non-ticketed evening events
    • use of all facilities, including the Fitness Center, steam rooms, and infinity-edge hot tub.

    Guests also enjoy access to woodland trails, cafés, and shops.

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