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Our calendar lists upcoming classes of FCM at the Tampa Center and in Naples and St. Petersburg. Please click on an event for more information or to register. More information about FCM's full menu of classes can also be found in our Programs section.


    • 09 Jan 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    • 0
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    Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation
    A Four-Week Series

    Do you live in your thoughts about the past or worries about the future? Do your emotions often cause stress and confusion? Do you get carried away by dramas?


    Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation is a four-week course designed to support the practice of mindfulness, helping us develop the skills and attention to be fully present to our lives in the present moment, and to touch each moment deeply.  It is intended for those new to mindfulness and meditation, as well as for those who want to review the basics and establish a more consistent daily mindfulness and meditation practice. The course includes basic instruction as well as an exploration of practical ways to bring mindfulness into daily activities.  

     Learning Objectives:
    • Systematically explore mindfulness of breathing, the body and physical sensations through sitting and walking meditation and the body scan practice.
    • Establish and maintain a daily meditation practice.
    • Practice mindful meditation to explore the emotions, thoughts, and  overall awareness.
    • Apply mindfulness to difficult emotions and thoughts to avoid getting caught up in dramas.
    • Cultivate daily meditation and mindfulness practices so that mindfulness becomes an integral part of your daily life.        
    This four-week course will begin on Wednesday, January 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes will be held at the FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, in Tampa. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org

    Class Instructors
    Nancy Natilson has been a student of Buddhism and mindfulness for 20 years. She is an active member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness and has facilitated many workshops including Mindful Leadership, Mindful Eating and Mindfulness at Work.


    David Royal has been a member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness since 2013 and was an on-again-off-again meditator for many years before that. He helps facilitate the Meditation in Recovery program and recently completed the three-year Dharma Transmission Program.

       
    • 13 Jan 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33604
    Register

    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

    8-Week Program Beginning Sunday, January 13, 2019

    (25 hours CE available*)


    Stress is seen by many as a "given" in today's world, but in fact it is neither normal nor healthy. Stress actually compounds difficulties in our lives, creating greater challenges for our health, relationships, work productivity, and more. Among the difficulties people report when they come to our mindfulness classes are stress and anxiety, relationship difficulties, feeling out of control, chronic pain or illness, depression, and more.


    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD., is an eight-week program that systematically teaches mindfulness practices and therapeutic yoga to help reduce stress, increase well-being, and support health, healing and personal growth. The weekly meetings help participants integrate the practices into daily life.


    Please note that while the class will be held at the FCM Center, it is important to point out that MBSR has been designed specifically to be non-denominational and, therefore, complements any existing religious or spiritual practice (or lack thereof).


    Please visit our MBSR webpage for more in-depth information about our program.


    Advance registration is required.


    Fee: $300 before December 20; $350 December 20 and after. Limited scholarship funds are available.


    Cancellation Policy: Full refund prior to Class 1. No refunds after Class 1.


    Course Components and Class Dates:

    • 1 Orientation Class, 90 minutes (required) - Thursday, January 10, 7:00 - 8:30 pm (live or via Zoom).
    • 8 Weekly Classes, 2.5 hours - Sunday afternoons from 2:00 - 4:30 pm, January 13 through March 3.
    • 1 All-Day Retreat, 7 hours - Saturday, February 23, from 9:00 - 4:00 pm


    COURSE INSTRUCTOR


    Angie Parrish is a Qualified Teacher of MBSR through the UC-San Diego Mindfulness-Based Professional Institute. She brought the fruits of her experience in mindfulness and meditation into her professional career as an employee benefits consultant for a wide variety of organizations, including many employee training programs. Angie has developed and taught classes on Mindful Communication, Mindfulness and Stress Reduction, Mindfulness and Money Management, and Introduction to Mindfulness classes for both the general public and for employee groups.


    Angie has been a student of Buddhism and mindfulness for over 20 years. After a 1999 retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh, she became a student of Fred Eppsteiner's and a member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness (FCM). She is currently the Executive Director of FCM.


    Rosy Sharma Sedhain is a Qualified Teacher of MBSR through the UMASS Center for Mindfulness and a certified yoga teacher. Prior to teaching mindfulness classes, Rosy attained a degree in Information Systems and an MBA, concentrating her work in the pharmaceutical industry. She teaches mindfulness to children, teens and adults and feels that teaching mindfulness gives her the greatest learning opportunity.


    Rosy is married and the mother of two children, ages seven and 12.


    * Florida Community of Mindfulness, Inc. is approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling to provide continuing education credits through CE Provider # 50-14766. Total in-class time is 25 hours over 8 weeks. 


    Mindfulness Institute Grievance Procedure

    Mail a statement describing your complaint to: Director of Continuing Education, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604.



    Questions? E-mail us at info@floridamindfulness.org or call 813-237-0746.


    • 19 Jan 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33604
    • 22
    Register

    Relationships as a Path of Healing and Transformation

    A Four Hour Workshop for FCM Members Only

    Presenters:  Fred and Angie


    In our modern age, creating and maintaining harmonious, caring, emotionally mature, and loving relationships seems to be a chronic challenge for many. Whether these relationships are of the intimate variety or familial or societal, establishing rewarding and meaningful relationships seems to be an challenge that demands never ending ‘work’. For many persons following a spiritual path, their relationships with family members, co-workers, and others are often viewed as an obstacle or diversion from the "real spiritual work” they are undertaking.


    This four hour workshop will present an opposing view. Rather than an obstacle to spiritual growth, relationships will be shown to be a remarkably relevant path to developing all the positive emotions and mind states that spiritual and meditative practice promise. Actually, relationships are perhaps one of the most direct and experiential means to developing a truly wholesome and selfless life.


    The objectives for this workshop are for participants to have the opportunity to:


    • Explore a conceptual and practical pathway for developing relationships that are nurturing and meaningful, and have the capacity to heal, transform and awaken us.
    • Recognize how everyday conflicts that arise within relationships are opportunities for spiritual growth and practice.
    • Identify values and aspirations for how we want to be in life and in relationships.
    • Learn mindfulness awareness practices that cultivate our natural capacity for love and promote the healing of emotional wounds triggered within relationships.
    • Learn communication skills that support awareness and healing within relationships. 

    The workshop leaders will use their training in Buddhism, mind-fulness, meditation, counseling, plus their own personal journeys with relationships to create an environment for workshop participants to learn practical and easily applicable means to facilitate the workshop’s goals.  Presentations, mindfulness practice, and guided experiential meditations will all be utilized during the workshop. The suggested donation for this workshop is $40.


    Workshop Leaders

    Our Teacher Fred will be using his training as a family therapist, plus his experience as a meditation and Dharma teacher, to create a challenging and opening environment for workshop participants to learn practical and easily applicable means to facilitate the workshop’s goals. Theoretical and psychological presentations, mindfulness practice, and guided experiential meditations will all be utilized during the workshop.


    Fred has been a student of the psychology of Buddhist meditation for over 40 years, and was a psychotherapist for more than 30 years. He has trained extensively in the Buddhist meditative traditions the U.S. and Asia. He received permission to teach from Thich Nhat Hanh in 1994 and is the editor of two books: The Path of Compassion and Interbeing.


    Angie Parrish has been a student of Buddhism and mindfulness for over 20 years. After a 1999 retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh, she became a student of Fred Eppsteiner's and a member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness. Angie brought the fruits of her experience in mindfulness and meditation into her professional career as an employee benefits consultant for a wide variety of organizations, including many employee training programs.


    Angie is a Dharma Leader with FCM, having been given permission by FCM’s teacher Fred Eppsteiner to share the Buddha’s teachings with the sangha. She is also a Qualified Teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and is a frequent teacher of mindful living classes.

    • 05 Mar 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    • 30
    Register
    Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation
    A Four-Week Series

    Do you live in your thoughts about the past or worries about the future? Do your emotions often cause stress and confusion? Do you get carried away by dramas?


    Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation is a four-week course designed to support the practice of mindfulness, helping us develop the skills and attention to be fully present to our lives in the present moment, and to touch each moment deeply.  It is intended for those new to mindfulness and meditation, as well as for those who want to review the basics and establish a more consistent daily mindfulness and meditation practice. The course includes basic instruction as well as an exploration of practical ways to bring mindfulness into daily activities.  

     Learning Objectives:
    • Systematically explore mindfulness of breathing, the body and physical sensations through sitting and walking meditation and the body scan practice.
    • Establish and maintain a daily meditation practice.
    • Practice mindful meditation to explore the emotions, thoughts, and  overall awareness.
    • Apply mindfulness to difficult emotions and thoughts to avoid getting caught up in dramas.
    • Cultivate daily meditation and mindfulness practices so that mindfulness becomes an integral part of your daily life.        
    This four-week course will begin on Tuesday, March 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes will be held at the FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, in Tampa. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org.     
    • 06 Apr 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa

    Introduction to Buddhist Psychology


    Save the date!


    More information to come in January 2019.

    • 20 Apr 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33604
    • 29
    Register

    Mind Your Anger:

    Loosening the Knots of Anger Through Mindfulness
    A Daylong Workshop

    Presenters: Betsy Arizu and Andrew Rock


    The afflictive emotion of anger – including the range of emotions from low level irritation, frustration, resentment and jealousy to full blown rage – is one of the most destructive forces we face as human beings. This is true of anger experienced in our personal lives as well as societal anger that wreaks so much havoc upon people everywhere.


    We have each acquired our own personal anger patterns due to our conditioning in life; we certainly don’t consciously choose to be irritable, resentful or angry. Thus, we can be gentle and understanding of ourselves as we are today, while at the same time knowing that with mindfulness we can create new conditions that will help to uproot anger and bring more joy into our lives.


    Buddhist psychology offers much wisdom for working skillfully to transform anger through the practices of mindfulness and the cultivation of understanding and patience. These teachings have proven beneficial for over 2600 years in helping individuals to uproot anger and experience more joy in their lives. 


    In our workshop we will explore the following fundamental principles essential for loosening the knots of anger, including:

    • What is anger
    • The destructiveness of anger and how it has manifested in our lives
    • The sources and causes of anger
    • Is anger ever useful
    • Using understanding to unknot anger and cultivate patience
    • What to do when anger has already arisen in the mind

    The workshop will include instruction, reflections and practice opportunities through interactive exercises.


    The workshop will be held at the FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, in Tampa from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm on Saturday, April 14. The cost is $75. If you have questions, please email us at info@floridamindfulness.org.


    Workshop Leaders


    Betsy Arizu has been interested in Buddhism for over 30 years as a counselor and artist. Her formal study began in 2011 when she became a student of Fred Eppsteiner and a practicing member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness. In 2015 she was ordained as a member of the Order of Interbeing, a community of lay and monastic practitioners established by the Venerable Thich Nhat Hahn. She leads mindfulness workshops for educators, psychologists, school and mental health counselors and social workers. 


    Andrew Rock took refuge as a Buddhist in 2003, and has been an active member of Florida Community of Mindfulness and student of its teacher Fred Eppsteiner since 2005. He is an ordained member of the Order of Interbeing, and has led numerous workshops and programs at FCM. Andrew is a co-founder of the Buddhist Climate Action Network, and also practices within the Earth Holders Sangha of the Plum Village community.




    • 01 May 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    • 30
    Register
    Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation
    A Four-Week Series

    Do you live in your thoughts about the past or worries about the future? Do your emotions often cause stress and confusion? Do you get carried away by dramas?


    Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation is a four-week course designed to support the practice of mindfulness, helping us develop the skills and attention to be fully present to our lives in the present moment, and to touch each moment deeply.  It is intended for those new to mindfulness and meditation, as well as for those who want to review the basics and establish a more consistent daily mindfulness and meditation practice. The course includes basic instruction as well as an exploration of practical ways to bring mindfulness into daily activities.  

     Learning Objectives:
    • Systematically explore mindfulness of breathing, the body and physical sensations through sitting and walking meditation and the body scan practice.
    • Establish and maintain a daily meditation practice.
    • Practice mindful meditation to explore the emotions, thoughts, and  overall awareness.
    • Apply mindfulness to difficult emotions and thoughts to avoid getting caught up in dramas.
    • Cultivate daily meditation and mindfulness practices so that mindfulness becomes an integral part of your daily life.        
    This four-week course will begin on Wednesday, May 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes will be held at the FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, in Tampa. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org.     
    • 09 Jul 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    • 30
    Register
    Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation
    A Four-Week Series

    Do you live in your thoughts about the past or worries about the future? Do your emotions often cause stress and confusion? Do you get carried away by dramas?


    Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation is a four-week course designed to support the practice of mindfulness, helping us develop the skills and attention to be fully present to our lives in the present moment, and to touch each moment deeply.  It is intended for those new to mindfulness and meditation, as well as for those who want to review the basics and establish a more consistent daily mindfulness and meditation practice. The course includes basic instruction as well as an exploration of practical ways to bring mindfulness into daily activities.  

     Learning Objectives:
    • Systematically explore mindfulness of breathing, the body and physical sensations through sitting and walking meditation and the body scan practice.
    • Establish and maintain a daily meditation practice.
    • Practice mindful meditation to explore the emotions, thoughts, and  overall awareness.
    • Apply mindfulness to difficult emotions and thoughts to avoid getting caught up in dramas.
    • Cultivate daily meditation and mindfulness practices so that mindfulness becomes an integral part of your daily life.        
    This four-week course will begin on Tuesday, July 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes will be held at the FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, in Tampa. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org.     
    • 17 Aug 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa

    Digital Detox


    Save the date!


    More information to come in early 2019.

    • 04 Sep 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    • 30
    Register
    Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation
    A Four-Week Series

    Do you live in your thoughts about the past or worries about the future? Do your emotions often cause stress and confusion? Do you get carried away by dramas?


    Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation is a four-week course designed to support the practice of mindfulness, helping us develop the skills and attention to be fully present to our lives in the present moment, and to touch each moment deeply.  It is intended for those new to mindfulness and meditation, as well as for those who want to review the basics and establish a more consistent daily mindfulness and meditation practice. The course includes basic instruction as well as an exploration of practical ways to bring mindfulness into daily activities.  

     Learning Objectives:
    • Systematically explore mindfulness of breathing, the body and physical sensations through sitting and walking meditation and the body scan practice.
    • Establish and maintain a daily meditation practice.
    • Practice mindful meditation to explore the emotions, thoughts, and  overall awareness.
    • Apply mindfulness to difficult emotions and thoughts to avoid getting caught up in dramas.
    • Cultivate daily meditation and mindfulness practices so that mindfulness becomes an integral part of your daily life.        
    This four-week course will begin on Wednesday, September 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes will be held at the FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, in Tampa. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org.     
    • 29 Oct 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    • 30
    Register
    Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation
    A Four-Week Series

    Do you live in your thoughts about the past or worries about the future? Do your emotions often cause stress and confusion? Do you get carried away by dramas?


    Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation is a four-week course designed to support the practice of mindfulness, helping us develop the skills and attention to be fully present to our lives in the present moment, and to touch each moment deeply.  It is intended for those new to mindfulness and meditation, as well as for those who want to review the basics and establish a more consistent daily mindfulness and meditation practice. The course includes basic instruction as well as an exploration of practical ways to bring mindfulness into daily activities.  

     Learning Objectives:
    • Systematically explore mindfulness of breathing, the body and physical sensations through sitting and walking meditation and the body scan practice.
    • Establish and maintain a daily meditation practice.
    • Practice mindful meditation to explore the emotions, thoughts, and  overall awareness.
    • Apply mindfulness to difficult emotions and thoughts to avoid getting caught up in dramas.
    • Cultivate daily meditation and mindfulness practices so that mindfulness becomes an integral part of your daily life.        
    This four-week course will begin on Tuesday, October 29 and November 5, 12, & 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes will be held at the FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, in Tampa. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org.     

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