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    • 06 Feb 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Online (FCM Members)
    Register

    Dear Friends,

    Since the time of the Buddha, people have expressed their commitment to follow the Buddha’s teachings and the Buddhist path of practice by taking refuge in the Three Jewels and by receiving transmission of the five Buddhist precepts, or trainings.

    Our teacher, Fred, was formally authorized by Thich Nhat Hanh to transmit the refuges and trainings. He will be conducting a Transmission Ceremony at the Tampa Center and via zoom on Sunday morning, March 5, for any FCM members, including teenagers 13 years and older, who wish to formally Take Refuge and receive the Five Mindfulness Trainings.  For those seeking this transmission, a required preparatory class will be offered via zoom at two different times: Sunday, February 5, 1:00-2:30pm and Monday, February 6, 6:00-7:30pm.     
      

    Taking Refuge means to take refuge in the Three Jewels—the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha. By taking refuge we express our trust in our own capacity to awaken, in the path of practice and mindful living, and in the sangha community to provide a refuge of safety, guidance, and support.

    In the Thich Nhat Hanh tradition, this is expressed as:

    I take refuge in the Buddha, the one who shows me the way in this life.

    I take refuge in the Dharma, the path of understanding and love.

    I take refuge in the Sangha, the community that lives in harmony and awareness.

    Further information on Taking Refuge can be found on the FCM website under Formally Entering the Path.

    Thich Nhat Hanh has formulated the traditional five Buddhist precepts as The Five Mindfulness Trainings. They provide the basis for living in ways that create happiness and relieve suffering for ourselves and for others. They are not authoritative rules imposed from the outside to be blindly adhered to, but rather guidelines for reflecting on our own aspirations and on our actions and their consequences in order to live a more consciously aware life. The Five Mindfulness Trainings can be found on the FCM website under Teachings.

    The preparatory class will provide further explanation of the Three Refuges and the Five Mindfulness Trainings, explore ways they can be manifested in our daily lives and offer opportunities for questions and answers. Registering and attending the class does not obligate you to Take Refuge or Transmission.  You are welcome to attend if you are just interested in learning more about these two practices and traditions that are integral to the Buddhist path.

    Please note for the Transmission of the Five Mindfulness Trainings: 

    You must register and attend one of the two classes in order to participate in the Transmission Ceremony on March 5.

    The ceremony on March 5 will be the only time the Transmission Ceremony will be offered. To receive transmission, you must be present in person at the Tampa Practice Center or on zoom for the ceremony.


    The Transmission Ceremony is open only to members of FCM. Information about membership can be found on the website at this under Becoming a Member Of FCM.


    Registration for the preparatory class is open through January 31.

    Please register for only one of these classes:

    Sunday February 5, 1:00-2:30pm

    Or

    Monday  February 6, 6:00-7:30pm

    Teenagers 13 and older who are children of FCM members are eligible to take the Five Mindfulness Trainings at the same time as the adults. Parents, pleaser register for one of the preparatory classes and put your teen’s name and age in the indicated box in the registration form.

    Transmission of the Two Promises for Children

    The Two Promises are the mindfulness trainings developed by Thich Nhat Hanh for children. Children of FCM members who are in elementary school (grades 1-5) and middle school (grades 6-8) are eligible to receive Transmission of the Two Promises on March 5. If you are interested please contact Karuna by January 31 at Karunaee@gmail.com. The preparation sessions for Transmission of the Two Promises will take place in February during the Family Program, and by zoom, if needed.  You will find the Two Promises under the Family and Teen Program on our website.

    If you have questions regarding the Five Mindfulness Trainings preparatory class please contact Diane Powell at diane.powell2010@gmail.com.


    • 12 Feb 2023
    • 02 Apr 2023
    • 9 sessions
    • 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33604
    • 10

    with Angie Parrish


    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

    8-Week Program Beginning Sunday, February 12, 2023

    (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 in-person only 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. Registration closes February 1.


    Fee: $350. 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) - Monday, February 6, 7:00 - 8:30 pm (via Zoom).
    • 8 Weekly Classes, 2.5 hours - Sunday afternoons from 2:00 - 4:30 pm, February 12 through April 2.
    • 1 All-Day Retreat, 7 hours - Saturday, March 25, 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 Dharma Program Leader for FCM.


    * 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? Email us at info@floridamindfulness.org or call 813-237-0746.


    • 18 Feb 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33604
    Register

    with Fred Eppsteiner

    Introduction to Buddhist Psychology (Part 1)

    Buddhist meditators have investigated their minds for over 2600 years. Shakyamuni Buddha – the founder of Buddhism – saw clearly how the ways in which people think and behave contribute to their happiness or unhappiness. He also laid out the means by which negative patterns can be undone and positive ones developed. Centuries of experimentation have led to both a sophisticated philosophical and psychological understanding of life and the human mind/emotions, as well as practical and effective therapeutic interventions to produce change.

    In this half day workshop, Fred Eppsteiner will present an overview of Buddhist psychology and the meditative and mindfulness techniques it utilizes to help heal, retrain and transform the individual. He will explore:

    1. How Buddhism is a positive psychology, seeing all beings as intrinsically pure or unmarred, and having the goal of increasing personal happiness
    2. How our misunderstanding the true nature of reality, the mind, and the self is the root of our suffering
    3. How this habitual misunderstanding creates maladaptive life strategies, emotional afflictions and dysfunctional behaviors
    4. How Buddhist teachings and mindfulness practices help us identify and transform problematic habits of body and mind.

    This workshop is open to both members and non-members. Introduction to Buddhist Psychology: Yogacara (Part 2) will build upon these foundations and will be offered on April 22. The workshop will be offered both in person and online.


    Fred Eppsteiner has been a student of the psychology of Buddhist meditation for over 50 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. He is the founding teacher of the Florida Community of Mindfulness.

    This half-day workshop is presented by the Florida Community of Mindfulness at our Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave in Tampa. The fee for this workshop is $40 ($50 for Licensed Mental Health Professional CEUs).



    * 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 3.5 hours.


    Florida Community of Mindfulness 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.

    • 27 Feb 2023
    • Online (FCM Members)
    Register


    February 27 - May 23, 2023


    We are starting our winter session for the Dharma Buddies Program February 27 – May 24.  FCM members have found this program a great way to help us set and remember daily aspirations and intentions with support from a buddy whom you connect with briefly each day.

     

    An aspiration is a heartfelt wish of how we want to live our lives. It is our north star, the underlying force that guides us to do what we do.  An aspiration brings clarity and that helps us make decisions that bring us a happier life.  We want to look deeply into our hearts to find our aspiration. An example of an aspiration is to be more mindful and aware in my daily life.


    Daily intentions water our aspiration. It helps to visualize how your specific intention will materialize in your life each day. You want to decide where, when and how you will practice your intention.  An intention to water a mindfulness aspiration might be -- During my staff meeting today, I will be patient when others ask questions that have already been answered. I will respond with a calm understanding voice. Intentions will change daily based on what is happening in your life.

    More examples of aspirations and intentions are on the Dharma Buddies Resource page on our website.  You will be given access to this webpage on February 27 at the start of our session. 

     

    Dharma Buddy Commitments:

    • Please make a commitment to yourself and to your buddy to connect daily for the duration of this Dharma Buddy session, February 27 – May 23. 
       
    • Schedule an initial meeting with your new buddy to get to know them. This first visit may be longer than subsequent contacts, and could be in-person, on Zoom, or by phone (Facetime if possible). Share your aspirations with each other. 

    • Daily method of contact should be agreed upon at your first meeting such as a short text or email. When responding to your buddy you might just send an emoji thumps up or a short comment of encouragement in addition to your intention for the day. You want to keep your responses short to keep the process flowing. 

    • Set up a schedule which will work for both of you. What time of day will you typically send your intention?  Many buddies do this first thing in the morning.

    • Responses may come late in the day or even the next day when unavoidable situations come into your lives. If your buddy is unable to respond due to certain situations, you will still benefit from sending your intentions daily and they can respond later.

    • Reflect each evening before sleeping how your intentions watered your aspiration that day.  This helps to keep you more honest and accountable with yourself.

    Intensive participants will be paired with someone in their current intensive after registration is completed. But you do not have to be in an intensive to participate.  You may also request a specific buddy but if you are in an intensive, select someone in your intensive.  When asking for a specific buddy, both buddies should send an email to evelynhaseman@gmail.com in addition to registering for the Dharma Buddies Program.  


    Please note that participation in the Dharma Buddies Program is open to only members of FCM.  There is no fee for this opportunity to “buddy up”. Registration ends on February 12.


     If you have any questions, contact me at evelynhaseman@gmail.com


    • 07 Mar 2023
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • In-Person
    Register

    with David Braasch and Scott Nissensohn


    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 7, 14, 21 & 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes will be held in-person. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org.


    Class Instructors:

    David Braasch has been a student of mindfulness and meditation at the Florida Community of Mindfulness since 2015. He has taught Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation, Buddhism: The Basics, and Mindfulness for Educators. David is currently Senior Faculty in the English Language Program at USF, where he regularly runs workshops, classes and training on mindfulness for students and teachers.


    Scott Nissensohn has been a practitioner with the Florida Community of Mindfulness and a student of FCM's teacher Fred Eppsteiner since 2018. Aspiring to be of service to the community, he is on the Leadership Council overseeing Operations and is a member of Thich Nhat Hahn's Order of Interbeing (OI).



    • 04 Apr 2023
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Online
    Register

    with Carol Meyer and Nina Hatton


    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, April 4, 11, 18 & 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes will be held online. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org.


    Class Instructors:

    Carol Meyer met Fred Eppsteiner in 2009 when she was the Director of Southern Dharma Retreat Center in NC and Fred came to teach a 7-day silent retreat.  In June 2012 she received the Five Mindfulness Trainings, joined Florida Community of Mindfulness, and became Fred’s student.  Carol was ordained in the Order of Interbeing at Magnolia Grove in September 2017 and currently serves in the role of FCM’s OI Leader.  She has also served as a member of the Board, Board Secretary, and co-author of key FCM documents, such as FCM’s Organization Manual and Sangha Harmony Guide.  Carol currently also serves as Solitary Retreat Coordinator and is a Facilitator in the Meditation in Recovery program.  Her professional experience includes teaching as an MIT faculty member, design and development of employee training programs, and 15 years of service as a Unitarian Universalist parish minister giving sermons and leading adult religious education programs. 


    Nina Hatton has been a member of FCM since January, 2017. She took refuge in the Five Mindfulness Trainings in In Plum Village in July, 2003, and was ordained in the Order of Interbeing in Plum Village’s first online OI ordination in May, 2021. Nina has participated in numerous intensive and retreats, a Spiritual Friends group, Death Cafe, an FCM listening circle on racism, and has recently facilitated an FCM book club discussion group. She is deeply appreciative of having found FCM and her teacher Fred, and is enthusiastic about being of service to others along the path.

    • 05 Apr 2023
    • 26 Apr 2023
    • 4 sessions
    • In-Person

    with Fred Eppsteiner


    What is behind the growing interest in Buddhism in the United States? Have you wondered why the Buddha's teachings are so relevant today, whether one considers themself a "Buddhist" or is simply curious about how the teachings of Buddhism may support and harmonize with other spiritual traditions?


    On Wednesday evenings beginning April 5, and continuing through April 26, Fred Eppsteiner, founding teacher of the Florida Community of Mindfulness will offer a four-week introductory course, Buddhism: The Basics, at the FCM Center in Tampa and via Zoom for those who cannot attend in person. The course is suitable for people with a general interest in Buddhism, as well as for both new and experienced practitioners who want to expand their understanding of the Buddha and his fundamental teachings.


    We will begin with the actual life of the historical Buddha, Shakyamuni, an archetype of a human being awakening to the true meaning and purpose of life. Then we will delve systematically into the fundamental teachings of the “path of awakening” that he promulgated during the course of his nearly forty-five years of active teaching. Finally, we will examine the various practice and meditative paths that have developed within the Buddhist tradition over the past 2600 years.


    Talks will be supplemented by a list of suggested readings. Cost for this six-week class is $80.


    If you have any questions, please contact Angela Parrish at Dharma-Programs-Leader@floridamindfulness.org.


    • 22 Apr 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Tampa Center

    with Fred Eppsteiner


    Save the dates for this class on Buddhist Psychology - Yogacara with teacher and retired therapist Fred Eppsteiner . More details and class registration will be available soon.

    • 03 May 2023
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • In-Person
    Register

    with Eleanor Cecil and Rosy Sharma Sedhain


    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 3, 10, 17 & 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes will be held in-person. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org.


    Class Instructors:

    Eleanor Cecil became a member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness (FCM) in August of 2014. She participates in a number of FCM programs including co-leading the Meditation in Recovery Program (MIR) and overseeing Housekeeping. Eleanor is a student of Fred Eppsteiner and took refuge and the Five Mindfulness Training's in May of 2016 and was ordained in the Order of Interbeing at Magnolia Grove Monastery in August of 2019.


    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 joined FCM in 2017. She has completed three year in the Dharma Transmission Program. Rosy is married and the mother of two children, aged 11 and 16. 





    • 09 Jul 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • In-Person
    Register

    with Maria Teresa Jaureguizar and Bill Mac Millen


    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 Sunday, July 9, 16, 23 & 30 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Classes will be held in-person. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org.


    Class Instructors:

    Maria Teresa Jaureguizar first took refuge and the Five Precepts from Gyokoko Carlson in 1999 at the Dharma Rain Zen Center in Portland Oregon. Upon moving to Florida with her spouse, she became a formal student of Fred Eppsteiner in 2012 and was ordained into the Order of Interbeing in 2019. Maria Teresa completed the three-year Dharma Transmission Program in 2018 and has taught various classes related to meditation, mindfulness, and basics of Buddhism. She finds joy in nature, in mentoring those on the meditational path and serving the community. She currently serves as the Community Care Leader. She also works for Hillsborough County Government -Healthcare Services Department.


    Bill Mac Millen has been a practitioner with the Florida Community of Mindfulness and a student of FCM's teacher Fred Eppsteiner since 2013. Aspiring to be of service to the community, he is on the Leadership Council overseeing the area of Center Care, a member of Thich Nhat Hahn's Order of Interbeing (OI), and participated in FCM's first Dharma Transmission Program.







    • 06 Sep 2023
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • In-Person
    Register

    with Eleanor Cecil and John McHarris


    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 6, 13, 20 & 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes will be held in-person. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org.


    Class Instructors:

    Eleanor Cecil became a member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness (FCM) in August of 2014. She participates in a number of FCM programs including co-leading the Meditation in Recovery Program (MIR) and overseeing Housekeeping. Eleanor is a student of Fred Eppsteiner and took refuge and the Five Mindfulness Training's in May of 2016 and was ordained in the Order of Interbeing at Magnolia Grove Monastery in August of 2019.


    John McHarris has been a practitioner with the Florida Community of Mindfulness and a student of FCM's teacher Fred Eppsteiner since 2011. Aspiring to be of service to the community, he is on FCM's Board of Directors and is currently involved in a Residency Program in Tampa. John is also a resident here at Bermuda Greens. 

    • 01 Nov 2023
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • In-Person
    Register

    with Jacqulyn Schmitt and Bill Mac Millen


    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, November 1, 8, 15 & 22 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Classes will be held in-person. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org.


    Class Instructors:

    Jacqulyn Schuett stepped on the Path of Dharma in 1999 when she visited Plum Village for her first retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh. The sign at the entrance, ‘You Have Arrived,’ foreshadowed the sense of home she felt in the intimate environment of this small retreat. Her study with Fred Eppsteiner, through retreats and Intensive studies, began shortly thereafter. In 2015 she was ordained into the Order of Interbeing (OI) and provides support for both the Tampa Practice Center and the St. Petersburg Friends on the Path. Jacqulyn also serves as a mentor and leader of introductory classes.


    Bill Mac Millen has been a practitioner with the Florida Community of Mindfulness and a student of FCM's teacher Fred Eppsteiner since 2013. Aspiring to be of service to the community, he is on the Leadership Council overseeing the area of Center Care, a member of Thich Nhat Hahn's Order of Interbeing (OI), and participated in FCM's first Dharma Transmission Program.

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6501 N. Nebraska Avenue
Tampa, FL 33604

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