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Upcoming Classes

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.


    • 03 Feb 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33604
    Register

    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

    8-Week Program Beginning Thursday, February 3, 2018

    (24 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 January 20; $350 after January 19. Limited scholarship funds are available.


    Cancellation Policy: Full refund prior to Class 1 on February 3. No refunds after Class 1.


    Course Components and Class Dates:

    • 1 Orientation Class, 90 minutes (required) - Monday, January 29, 7:00-8:30 pm (the Orientation Class will be conducted live at the Tampa Center but may also be attended online using Zoom.
    • 8 Weekly Classes, 2.5 hours - Saturday mornings from 9:00 - 11:30 am, February 3 through April 7 (no class February 24, and March 24 is the All Day Retreat)
    • 1 All-Day Retreat, 7 hours - Saturday, March 24 from 9:00 - 4:00 pm


    COURSE INSTRUCTOR


    Angie Parrish is a Qualified Teacher of MBSR as defined by 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.


    * 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.


    • 27 Feb 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave. Tampa, FL 33604
    • 49
    Register

    Have you ever wondered what would happen if you had a serious accident or illness and were unable to speak for yourself? Would your family know what medical interventions you wanted? Would they be able to ensure that your wishes are met?


    Arwyn Elden, from Empath Choices For Care, will offer a class on advance care planning for FCM members and their families and friends. Participants will be given the opportunity to explore personal values and preferences about how you would like to be cared for if you were unable to care for yourself. This valuable tool can give you and your family the confidence and peace of mind to carry out your wishes.   


    You can register to attend this class in-person at the Tampa Practice Center or via Livestream.  Please include the names of guests that will participate with you.


    The objectives for this class are for participants to:

    • Assess values to determine needs at the end of life
    • Learn how to initiate essential conversations about quality of life and goals of care in regard to medical decision-making
    • Understand how and why we need to choose a health-care surrogate
    • Review how to complete and utilize a living will 
    This class is sponsored by Empath Choices for Care.

    Arwyn Elden, LCSW is the Community Outreach Counselor for Empath Choices for Care, a member of Empath Health. Arwyn provides professional education, community outreach and information, and individual or group assistance with creating living wills.

    Arwyn has been involved in advance care planning since 2000. Her experience includes clinical work in hospice and hospital settings, as well as public education and teaching. She holds a Master’s degree from Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for the State of Florida. 


    Arwyn Elden, LCSW

    Hospice Counselor

     

    Empath Choices for Care| Empath Health

    5771 Roosevelt Blvd.,

    Clearwater, FL 33760 desk: 727.536.7364 fax: 727. 536.7365 arwynelden@empathhealth.org

     

    Live more at EmpathHealth.org



    • 27 Feb 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave. Tampa, FL 33604
    Register

    Have you ever wondered what would happen if you had a serious accident or illness and were unable to speak for yourself? Would your family know what medical interventions you wanted? Would they be able to ensure that your wishes are met?


    Arwyn Elden, from Empath Choices For Care, will offer a class on advance care planning for FCM members and their families and friends. Participants will be given the opportunity to explore personal values and preferences about how you would like to be cared for if you were unable to care for yourself. This valuable tool can give you and your family the confidence and peace of mind to carry out your wishes.   


    You can register to attend this class in-person at the Tampa Practice Center or via Livestream.  Please include the names of guests that will participate with you.


    The objectives for this class are for participants to:

    • Assess values to determine needs at the end of life
    • Learn how to initiate essential conversations about quality of life and goals of care in regard to medical decision-making
    • Understand how and why we need to choose a health-care surrogate
    • Review how to complete and utilize a living will 
    This class is sponsored by Empath Choices for Care.

    Arwyn Elden, LCSW is the Community Outreach Counselor for Empath Choices for Care, a member of Empath Health. Arwyn provides professional education, community outreach and information, and individual or group assistance with creating living wills.

    Arwyn has been involved in advance care planning since 2000. Her experience includes clinical work in hospice and hospital settings, as well as public education and teaching. She holds a Master’s degree from Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for the State of Florida. 


    Arwyn Elden, LCSW

    Hospice Counselor

     

    Empath Choices for Care| Empath Health

    5771 Roosevelt Blvd.,

    Clearwater, FL 33760 desk: 727.536.7364 fax: 727. 536.7365 arwynelden@empathhealth.org

     

    Live more at EmpathHealth.org



    • 03 Apr 2018
    • 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, April 3, 10, 17 and 24, 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.     
    • 14 Apr 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33604
    • 27
    Register


    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


    Bill Mac Millen has been a practitioner with the Florida Community of Mindfulness and a student of FCM's teacher Fred Eppsteiner since 2013. He is an aspirant in Thich Nhat Hahn's Order of Interbeing (OI) and a student in FCM's Dharma Transmission Program. Previously Bill worked in law enforcement with the Tampa Police Department and as an investigator in the communications industry before retiring in 2016.


    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. She teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and is a frequent teacher of mindful living classes.


    • 10 Jul 2018
    • 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 10, 17, 24, and 31 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.     
    • 16 Oct 2018
    • 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 16, 23, 30 and November 6 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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