Mindfulness-based practices can help put a spacer between us and the negative symptoms of depression. With that bit of breathing room, we can begin to make small changes that, when practiced over time, can help manage downward mood swings and negative thinking. This introductory workshop will include mindfulness meditation with guidance, information-packed talks, skill-building exercises, and a supportive community environment to get you started in these helpful practices.
Open to anyone with depression.
Kitsy Schoen, LCSW is a core teacher at EBMC and ran a mind-body mental health education program at Kaiser Oakland for many years. Kitsy knows firsthand how powerful the combination of mindfulness and cognitive therapy skills are in reducing depression.
Mushim (Patricia Y. Ikeda) is an EBMC core teacher. She teaches meditation retreats for people of color, social justice activists, and women nationally. Her Buddhist training has included both monastic and lay experience in North America and Asia since 1982, and she is also an author, mother, and diversity consultant. See www.mushimikeda.com
The East Bay Meditation Center operates using a generosity-based, gift economics model. This means we charge no set registration fees to attend our events and instead rely on the generous giving of our community. All classes at the Center do come with a financial cost. Class participants are offered an opportunity to make a voluntary gift to EBMC during the registration process or at an event itself.
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EBMC TEACHERS ARE NOT PAID BY THE CENTER and and you can offer a voluntary financial gift to them at the class.
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