Tuesday, May 20, 2014



MBSR: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

FREE Orientation and Information Session**
Riddle Brook Elementary School
230 New Boston Road
Bedford, NH 03110


7PM to 9PM

Room 218, 2nd floor
Call 603-801-8945 or email cbhoward@mac.com to register.

Please, no calls to the school. The instructor Cecilia Howard must be contacted directly to register

If you have been curious about what an MBSR program is like and how it may work for you, the orientation on Monday September 15th is a great way to learn more. 

You will hear how and why the MBSR program was started at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and discover where it is being taught today as well. You will also learn how the classes are typically structured, plus get to experience a bit of the meditation and gentle stretching that is a key component of the program. There is ample time for questions and answers as well. So, it is a great way to introduce yourself to a program that has been so well-researched and has provided so much support, to so many in the 30 plus years since it was introduced by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

If you decide to enroll in the fall MBSR session you will need to pay for the full, traditional 8-week program at either the conclusion of orientation or prior to the start of the first class, but only if you decide to become a participant.

**The Orientation class is FREE of CHARGE for anyone to attend, regardless of whether or or not you decide to enroll.  It is however required for all new incoming students to be there.

See Below for the specific class details.

Classes are held on the following Mondays, 7PM to 9:15PM:

September 22, 29   October 6, 20, 27   November 3, 10, 17  PLUS one "All Day" class on Saturday November 8th 8:45AM to 3PM.

Regular attendance is integral to the programs ongoing and lasting success so let me suggest if you have to miss two or more classes, please try to schedule the MBSR class for another time that is more convenient for you to participate more fully.

The Program Fee for Fall 2014 is $295 
This includes all 8 classes, the "All Day,"  the orientation,  a workbook, handouts and set of 4 CD's. 
This fall 2014,  I am offering a $100 discount to all educators/school employees who teach/work currently within a school system, both private and public, at any grade level or in any capacity, including support/administrative personnel.

Payment is accepted, in full, at the conclusion of the orientation class. I accept cash, check, Visa and MasterCard. 
A full refund will be given prior to the start of the first class on September 22nd.
A 50% refund will be given prior to the start of the 2nd class on September 29th.
No refunds after Class Two.

The orientation is important to attend. It is a chance for you to hear a course overview and learn some of the history behind the development of this outstanding program.  It is also a tried and true measure of deciding if MBSR is right for you. You do not need to pay in full for the classes until orientation night.


TIME Magazine's cover story for the week of February 3, 2014,  Vol. 183 No. 4, is entitled: "The Mindful Revolution, The Science of Finding Focus in a stressed-out, multitasking culture"

It details some of what an actual MBSR program is like, and interviews Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD as well as why more and more educators are incorporating aspects of MBSR training into their classrooms.  

Please, take a look:

TIME Magazine -- U.S. Edition -- February 3, 2014 Vol. 183 No. 4 http://content.time.com/time/magazine/0,9263,7601140203,00.html#ixzz2rhRpwb

Monday, May 19, 2014

Meditation Class NH

 A Taste of Mindfulness Meditation Practice Group

BYPC: Bedford Youth Performing Company
155 Route 101 and Bell Hill Road Bedford, NH

DATE: Sunday July 20th, 2014
(New Monthly Sunday Dates Posted Each Month on this Site) 

TIME: 10 AM to 11:15AM
Our room is located in the REAR of the building at BYPC, the Bedford Youth Performing Company, lower level, so follow the painted arrows indicating how to enter the parking lot. BYPC is located at 155 Route 101 and Bell Hill Road, Bedford, NH. Plenty of parking out back and if needed, up front on the second level. Enter through the back entrance door and we are just inside the foyer, to your right.

Whether you are new to meditation or more practiced, please come out and join our monthly Sunday practice group! This is a fun, relaxed and comfortable group of like-minded individuals who come together each month to learn how to meditate, reinforce their mindfulness practice or to discover something new about meditation. So, it is a time for both discovery and insight about yourself and your practice. 

Each month we will alternate with a variety of guided meditations, silent sitting time, gentle mindful stretches, and perhaps a walking meditation or reading relevant to mindfulness. Please try to be on time as we start promptly at 10AM. If you arrive late, enter quietly and find a seat. Turn all cell phones off or place on vibrate.

The format for the class allows ample time for Q and A at the conclusion of the meditation(s) and is also a time for you to discuss anything related to the morning practice. You do not have to stay for the Q&A portion, which occurs around 11AM, but can leave at this time.

Regular attendance truly does make a difference, however please come join us any time you are able to schedule the time. If that means one Sunday every few months  or so, that's perfectly fine! Please feel free to bring anyone along with you anytime as well.

PLEASE NOTE: Donations, in any amount, are requested of all participants at the conclusion of our time together.  I do not charge a set fee, but I do share half of what is in the box each Sunday with BYPC for lending me the room, free of charge. Needless to say, I retain the other half for myself. What you leave is entirely up to you, but please note I give BYPC something regardless of what is in the box. Plus, if you like all that I am doing, teaching and guiding, your donation lets me know this as well! 

Thank you all for taking this into consideration when you come out to practice and reflect this in your donation. It is SO deeply appreciated and helps me to know that the time I give to provide this practice is in fact, appreciated in return!


I am hosting a "Morning Mindfulness Retreat" on Sunday June 22nd, 9AM to 12:30 PM (There will be no Taste of Mindfulness Practice group in June due to this Morning Retreat)  Same location, BYPC. This is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in the practice of meditation, gentle mindful yoga/stretching, some mindful eating and journaling.

 If weather cooperates, we will go outside for a bit to further explore a mindfulness activity. 

 I plan on offering this "mini retreat" twice per year, so if you have to miss this one, look for one after the holidays, in early 2015.  

 Fee is $25 per participant and you need to email cbhoward@mac.com or call 603-801-8945 to register in advance. Space it limited, so register as soon as you are able to reserve a spot.