Monday, November 17, 2014

MBSR Class 2015

UPDATE February 16th 2015 


 Learn About MBSR: 

The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program 

  and decide if it Feels Right For You.


FREE Orientation* and Information Night

  • Monday, February 16, 2015

    Riddle Brook School

    230 New Boston Road

    Bedford, NH 

  • Time: 7:00 PM - 9:15 PM

    Actual Classes will run on Monday evenings 7PM to 9:15PM:
    March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 April 6, 13, 20 and Saturday April 11th 8:45 AM to 3PM 

    Course Cost for Spring 2015 is $295 with an additional  $100 discount offered to any current school employee throughout NH or MA. Please keep in mind, if the full cost for the actual 8-week, traditional class seems beyond your reach or puts undue strain on your budget, please let me know. My personal aim is to bring the MBSR program to as many people as I can, by whatever means possible. I am most willing to work with you to make it affordable. Please, do not hesitate to email or call me so we can make it work for you to take this wonderful class together!

    *Orientation is required of all participants who intend to enroll in the Spring 2015 session. The orientation is so important to attend. It is a chance for you to hear firsthand,  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 determining if an MBSR program seems right for you. You do not need to pay for the full 8-week program until orientation night.

    Please Note: If you cannot attend the orientation, you will need to pick another MBSR class. I cannot offer the orientation over the phone, as it is not a good way to determine whether or not you will connect to the material and the class. Thank you for understanding.

    You need to pre-register for the FREE Orientation and Information Night. Deadline to register is Friday the 13th of February. Space is limited, so email me at or call 603-801-8945 to reserve your spot.

    The 8-week, traditional MBSR program enables participants to learn and develop powerful inner resources for coping with stress, anxiety and uncertainty while enhancing stability in the midst of difficult situations. The result of which is greater health, balance, ease, clarity and peace of mind.

    Participants will experience and learn guided instruction in mindfulness meditation, gentle stretching and mindful yoga, methods of mindful communication, as well as both group and individualized instruction.

    Founded in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn, University of Massachusetts Medical School Professor Emeritus, the internationally acclaimed Stress Reduction Program is the place where the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) all began. To date it has given rise to over 750 programs worldwide, as well as led the way toward over 30 years of research to substantiate its effectiveness.

    This carefully laid out program closely follows the current format used by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. It will enable participants to continue on with what they have learned long after the 8-weeks are over. The class itself is highly supportive and well structured and the instructor, who received training at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness, is well versed in guiding the program.

    Potential students should contact the instructor as soon as possible to register, as space is limited. Please call 603-801-8945 or email me at

    NOTE: Cecilia teaches the traditional, consecutive 8-week program that was developed and launched by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn over 30 years ago at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, that to date has given rise to well over 750 MBSR programs worldwide.  Cecilia Howard, was professionally trained to teach MBSR and completed both the practicum teacher training at UMASS Medical School and the 7-Day MBSR Professional Training Retreat for health care providers and educators: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Mind-Body Medicine led by Jon Kabat-Zinn,PhD. and Saki Santorelli, EdD, MA. Cecilia is a long time meditator and yoga practitioner, having practiced both for over 21 years. In addition to this program, she teaches meditation classes for the Town of Bedford, teaches Mindful Living classes at Goffstown HS through the Adult Education program and runs a mindfulness meditation practice group that meets at BYPC in Bedford once a month on a Sunday from 10AM to 11:15AM. She is also a professionally trained and educated artist, writer of a Blog called The Mindful Matrix and a former banking and sales/marketing professional who in addition to her early management career, developed and taught a myriad of leadership, business development and team building programs. She is a trained public speaker and true motivator. Her humor and enthusiasm, as well as her open-minded approach to life are invaluable assets to her when teaching or guiding students.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Love, Loss and Saying a Final Goodbye

The day my father met our son Ty for the first time!

How odd to think that a few years a go I posted about my mothers ill health and thought the time to say goodbye might be soon. Fast forward a few years, and it is my father who left this earth in a sudden rush, while my mother survives him! In less than 24 hours time I went from hearing my father say "I love you" on my sister's cell phone,  to whispering in his ear that it is is OK to go, when I arrived the following day to be by his side."

So much to process in a rapid fire period of time. 

Dad was not in ill health, per say. Although, he was 84, losing weight, had cataracts and a confused mind at times, despite this he was spry, active and my mothers primary caregiver. My mother has COPD and congestive heart failure, among many other ills that cause her to take a pill regime on a daily basis that is outrageously long and complex. Dad took a handful or so of pills daily, of which a few of them were vitamins.

It would seem that what came to cause Dad to leave this life within 24 hours of time was an abdominal aortic aneurysm that had burst, causing him to lose a tremendous amount of blood. How ironic for this proud, ex-Marine, to die from something his doctor told us has the same effect as a gun shot to the stomach. 

I will indeed miss my father, and will continue to mourn his loss, however I know he lived life on his own terms and made wise choices that made for a very comfortable life. Dad was someone who would not want people to forget him, but he also would not want us to wax on about it endlessly. Ever the Marine, he would feel, accept and move on.

He will be missed, but not forgotten and I have a deep appreciation in my life for his guidance over the years. He became someone I consider to be one of my very best friends after he retired. Living the life of a busy executive and world traveler did not make for companionable conversation in our earlier years.  

I know he was so vastly proud of who I am, and what I have done in my life, and our weekly phone conversations for years mirrored this simple fact. We may not have always agreed, but from him I gained my outspoken directness, business acumen and a keen intellect, which has helped me to weather many a storm and find the courage to be who I need to be in this life.

So, good bye Dad! You will remain in my heart forever and something of you, is a big part of who I am today. Thank you!!!