I teach Mindfulness 2.0 classes to all sorts of groups, and am so grateful for every FUN, inspiring moment!
Mostly, my classes are dedicated to specific groups (it would be frowned upon to include you a prison class, a company health initiative, or private session!) But check below or contact me, and I'll help you find a session to remember your way to mindfulness!
Upcoming Public Events:
Fast-track your spark
The Truth of is us joy…
you still remember that, right? Either way, I invite you to join us as we dive deep to rise higher than ever!
While meditation/mindfulness research abounds (ranging from news that meditation can be as effective as pharmaceuticals for depression, to finding that teens with a gratitude mindfulness practice enjoy better GPAs!), a GINORMOUS amount of confusion exists over how to get “there.”
In this workshop, we’ll discuss and practice three of the most powerful forms of meditation, AND share what I’ve found to best ignite the daily joy most of us have forgotten. In other words, we’ll be learning techniques for the other 23 hours and 45 minutes every single day> This is my favorite compilation based on what I've experienced through decades of meditation, and years of teaching.
Please come and ignite (or RE-ignite) the spark of True Being that always resides in us…even if we’ve temporarily forgotten!
When: Saturday, April 13th, 1-4 pm
Where: Westlake, Austin (details upon sign-up)
Cost: $55.00 (supplies included)
Master self-Talk: Creating a New Dialog
I didn't capitalize the "s" in self talk because it's ONLY our small self who says mean things to us! The "True Self" knows all about our innate perfection!
The thing is, negative self-talk acts like such an expert, we believe it! "I'm too fat!" "Why can't I control myself? Loser." "I can't believe I said that! What an idiot I am!" "When did I get so old? I look terrible!"
If you can relate--and wish you couldn't--please join Melinda Young and me for our upcoming workshop, where we will share techniques to quell that small, not-at-all-helpful voice! (It's all about being mindful and upgrading the story.)
When: Saturday, March 30
Where: Westlake (details on sign-up)
Cost: $60 before March 22
$70 after March 22
(Side effects have been documented that include weight loss, spontaneous singing, calmer interactions with the world, etc.)
Hundreds of Ways
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.
So, there's meditation, that mind-quieting activity we set aside time to do. But what about all that time between the meditating, how are we to be? How do we become the CEO of Our Thoughts during those other 23.75 hours in a day?
Luckily, there are HUNDREDS OF WAYS to find equanimity for those in-between-meditation times. By being in control of our brains, we re-wire them for better, and experience a greater overall joy from learning how to consciously That's exactly what my upcoming class is about. I'll share easy and fun techniques to help mindfulness feel easy AND keep that monkey-mind quiet!
Treat yourself to this how-to-get-happier class, and remember the joy and magic that really, really want to show up for you! Won't it be awesome to wake up joyful every day and see Love everywhere we look?!
When: Tuesdays, Feb. 19, 26, & March 5
1:00-2:30 pm, OR 6:30-8 pm
Where: Westlake (details on sign-up)
Cost: $55 for series/$20 drop-in
(No meditation experience is required, but it's helpful if you like to laugh!)
The Power of Grateful
In my own experience of radical gratitude, I've noticed the sky has gotten more show-off-y, and my morning tea seems so much more delicious. Oh, and I definitely wake up happier.
If you're curious about how juiced-up gratitude can upgrade our perceptions and experiences in surprising ways (from better grades in school to weight loss!), please join us in this weekend's GRATITUDE INTENSIVE.
When: Saturday, February 9, 1-4 pm
Where: Westlake (details on sign-up)
Cost: $40 (materials included)
Quickstart Meditation Series, 2019
OPEN UP TO your best YEAR:
learn how to meditate!
Have you tried to meditate but feel it’s not your “thing?” Do you believe you don’t have “time?” Worried meditation won’t match your religious affiliation? Have no idea where to start with meditation? (Oh, and for the new year, is “finally lose that weight!” on your resolution list?)
Join this Quickstart Meditation Series to learn which style is right for you, and why! In just 3 classes, you will learn the basics of meditation; how things have progressed; and at least 6 different styles to help you open up to the joy and peace just waiting for you to remember. There’s a perfect meditation practice for you!
When: Thursdays, January 17, 24, and 31, 1:00-2:30 pm OR 6:30-8:30 pm (come to either one—you can switch it around!
Where: Private Residence in the Westlake area of Austin
Cost: $55 for the series, or $20 per class if you can only fit in one or two
Sign up: just contact me for registration information!
Give yourself a break!
Old Zen saying: Meditate for 20 minutes…unless you think you don’t have time to meditate. Then meditate for an hour!
Especially if you think you “don’t have time” during this busy season, please join me for a semi-private, best-gift-you-could-give-yourself meditation class! We’ll discuss and practice several different ways to find peace in the moment, and then carry it everywhere. Some techniques take just 60 seconds!
Sign up for this intimate class where we’ll adapt the practice to your specific needs…and get ready to tra-la-ahhhhhh your way to the new year, feeling more like a holiday song than a bundle of nerves. Oh, you’ll be sooooo ready for reuniting with family!
When: Friday, December 14th, 1 pm - 3 pm
Where: Private home in Austin, Westlake area
Cost: $40 per person
Sign up: Email me!
Online Webinar: 7
Joy Hacks for the Holidays...and Life!
Sponsored by HERdacity
Hi HERdacity Community and beyond! We’d love for you to join us for another installment in our webinar series. On December 6, from noon to 1, we are going to hear from Kelly Corbet who teaches mindfulness through her company Center|Change in the most diverse settings: corporate, academic, private, and prison.
On almost a daily basis, scientific studies confirm the power of mindfulness and meditation to improve brain power, self-confidence, memory, inner-peace, outer performance, and even happiness. Still, some people feel intimidated:
Where do I start?
How do I know if I’m doing it right?
I don’t have time.
I can’t meditate! My brain won’t turn off!!!
Kelly’s joy-related mindfulness tips are a FABULOUS way to incorporate mindfulness into your life. The joy hacks are simple, they take very little time, and the pay-offs are so big, you’ll want to keep practicing even after the holidays! (Kelly’s students have reported improvements in all sorts of arenas, from weight loss to relationships)
You will leave feeling empowered and uplifted knowing:
YOU are the president of your happiness
Finding more joy isn’t hard, it’s just different than your standard operating procedures!
Mindfully watching your thoughts is key to remembering—or choosing—joy.
You will be shocked that such a small “investment” like meditating a few minutes daily can rock your whole world (your grey matter actually grows!)
It’s free! Just SIGN UP HERE, and 48 hours prior to the webinar HERdacity will send out the Zoom link to access it.
Joy Hacks 101
Learn the brain-backed tips for a more joy-filled life!
If you always wake up singing with the birds, go ahead and skip this happy hack-fest. But if you are looking for ways to scatter more joy in your dailyness, this is the class for you. You’ll learn centuries-old meditation techniques AND the latest in neuroscience, biology, epigenetics, and physics to launch yourself back into your natural state of joy (we were all born happy, after all!) It’s fun, ridiculously easy, and laughter is guaranteed! Oh, and those long-term benefits (Your brain will actually improve. Yep, neuroscientists have proven it!)…
We’ll go over simple, quick ideas (and by “quick,” I will show several that can cause physical changes in as little as 5 seconds!) that can send your day (and ultimately, your life!) into a much happier spot. Who doesn’t want more happy?!
SATURday, November 10, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Meditation Bar, 8108 Mesa Drive, Suite B103, Austin
Sign up HERE
Come comfy. Get happy!
Consecutive pictures of a brain on meditation
The longer he meditates, the more he "lights up!" (This particular brain performed better on a verbal fluency test; increased concentration levels; and improved heart rate and breathing.)
Meditating for Better Brain Power
“Prove it,” we Americans say about pretty much everything. “I’ll believe it when I see it,” we pronounce defiantly. So, it is with great delight and appreciation that I read studies (there are more every day!) that scientifically, measurably “prove” the value of meditation on the brain (and other parts). Recently, for instance, I noted these studies:
Central & Autonomic Nervous System Interaction is Altered by Short-term Meditation
Brief Meditation Training Induces Smoking Reduction
Short-term Meditation Training Improves Attention and Self-regulation
Effects of Mindfulness Meditation on Serum Cortisol of Medical Students
Cognitive-Affective Neural Plasticity Following Active-Controlled Mindfulness Intervention
So now that all this proof is in, what are you waiting for? Is it time to upgrade your brainpower, legally and with no dangerous side effects?! Join this short series, and learn several neuroscience-backed techniques to improve your focus, decision-making, analysis, logic, productivity and “inter-hemispheric activity (intuition), among other—DOCUMENTED—benefits!
Please join the upcoming 4-week series, Meditating for Better Brain Power!
When: Mondays, 6:30-8 pm
September 17, 24, and October 1, 8
Where: Body Business Fitness Club,
2700 West Anderson Lane, Austin
How Much: $79/Members | $85 Guests (for the series)
Sign Up Here
Cicero called gratitude “the mother of all virtues.” That guy really knew what he was talking about! Remembering—and basking in—gratitude is one of the most joy-filled, transformative gifts we can offer ourselves and the world. Practicing gratitude can not only make us happier, but improve health (while reducing the feelings of pain), upgrade self-esteem, extend lifespan, better relationships—oh, this list goes on and on and on (thank you, diligent researchers!)
Please join us as we identify ways to invite gratitude to the center of our lives, and enjoy its unbounded benefits. We will practice several meditation techniques, and discover “gratitude hacks” we can easily include in our dailyness. Oh, and wear super comfortable clothes and come ready to laugh!
When: Saturday, September 1, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Where: Meditation Bar, 8108 Mesa Drive Suite B103, Austin
Why: To create a more joy-filled life!
Recommended reading: Already Here: the matter of Love.
Already Here is a passionately-considered and beautifully-presented work on staking your claim to joy and sanity in a world where so many are now convinced that the opposite must necessarily be the norm… there are those who may describe Already Here: the matter of Love as an instant modern classic…They just might be right in that assessment.
Meditation 101 and Signing
Come visit one of Austin's oldest literary treasures, and experience an evening of peace and inspiration! I'll offer a meditation primer, and share my favorite mindfulness hacks! Come with questions and we'll explore them!
When: Wednesday, August 15, 7-8:30 pm
Where: 5501 North Lamar Blvd., A-105
Please join my next Meditation 101 class, and find your peace over 4 sessions! Ahhhh!
You've heard great things about it, like how meditation helps:
Grow a bigger brain (think: memory and concentration)
Shrink the “YIKES, I’M SCARED!” part of your brain (AKA, amygdala)
Get healthier (including weight loss!!)
SO much more!
But how do you even start to meditate in the middle of all life's noise? This class covers everything you need to know about meditating!
How to do it: we’ll review several different styles (not all: there are as many ways to meditate as there are pictures of the Kardashians!)
Why meditate: thankfully, science has documented lots of reasons, plus you will just feel it!
The history of meditating: meditation may actually be as old as dirt!
Tips for maintaining a practice: oddly, the more you sit and “do nothing,” the more you get done!
We are offering two (simultaneous) classes:
Mondays, July 9-30 at 6:30, OR Thursdays, July 12-Aug. 2, at noon
Body Business Fitness Club, 2700 West Anderson Lane, Austin
$79 for the series for members/$85 for Non-Members
I look forward to seeing you!
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. This is my only public class for July, so feel free to Share this INfo with anyone who may want a little more ahhhhhh in their life!
Past public events:
Science and Spirituality
Please join us for this fun and surprising class...yes, scientific proof of our connectedness IS fun and surprisingly surprising!
I'm excited to be teaching an upcoming Gratitude Workshop at Body Business on Anderson Lane! Gratitude Workshops have turned out to be everyone's favorite (check out my June 12 blog about an attendee who used what she learned at a recent Gratitude Workshop to find her best weight-loss tool ever!)
When: Tuesday, July 25, 6:30-8:30
Where: Body Business Fitness Club, 2700 West Anderson Lane, Austin (I LOVE this place! It's not just about building bodily strength, but inner strength, as well!)
Cost: $35 for Body Business members. $40 for non-members.
Sign up here
I look forward to seeing you there. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes, and--as always--be ready to laugh!
Science AND Spirituality
My whole world rocked when I started finding study after study that supported my belief in Something Bigger. Thank you so much, Science! So, fast-forward to August 14th, when I'll be leading a workshop entitled "Science and Spirituality."
It turns out, the two are NOT at odds, and in fact, science is measurably backing up what meditators, and believers in Something Bigger have known for eons: consciousness matters. And a Pew Research Poll even found that practically 60% of US Scientists don't even dis the idea of a higher power. Come find out the (often hilarious) details from a wide array of sources: from NASA to HeartMath, covering topics as diverse as physics, chemistry, genetics, biology, and biocentrism. No knowledge of chemical equations or physics jargon necessary :) Just come ready to learn some surprising insights that may change your view of the world!
When: Monday, August 14, 6:30-8:30
Where: Be Well Yoga House, 1906 West Koenig Lane, Austin
Sign up here: BeWellYoga@gmail.com or call 512.658.2654
In May, I'm happy to be leading a workshop on my FAVORITE topic:
Please join us for the fun, and learn how to bring so much more to be grateful for into your life!
The location is beautiful, and much laughter is guaranteed.
Be sure to wear comfortable clothing!
If you are in west Austin, you may be interested in my upcoming 4-week series at Sarasana, and look for this image:
On May 20 and 21, I'll be doing a 6-hour workshop at Be Well Austin called "Mobilizing Mindfulness: Peace In, Peace Out." Here's the description:
Even if we aren’t in charge of government policy or our neighbor’s idea of “beautiful” landscaping, we are—fortunately—each in charge of our own happiness! This laugh-filled, interactive workshop includes lecture, discussions, fun (often surprising) exercises, meditation practices, and peace hacks (maybe the best part).
Meditation is one of the most self-helping, world-peacing things we can do. By consciously superintending those 70,000-ish (same-ish) daily thoughts routing through our brains, we can remember our innate Peace. But inward examination and release are only the beginning, they are the chorus of a new song. “Mobile Mindfulness” moves us beyond zafu-sitting and into the world; consciously wrapping the peace from our meditations around our dailynesses. And how that shows up every day is the new verse.
This weekend is about the new verse. How do we take responsibility for the conversation in our heads and outwardly bless ourselves and the world? Join the fun and find out! All are welcome.
Email us for more information on/to sign up for this fun workshop.
And if you can't make it in person...