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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.


    • 10 Jul 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    • 6
    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.     
    • 21 Jul 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • FCM Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa
    • 45
    Register

    Beginning Anew is a practice of the Plum Village tradition that allows us to maintain harmony in our relationships and in our community by addressing and healing difficulties and conflicts as they arise. As Thich Nhat Hanh writes in the book Happiness, “To begin anew is to look deeply and honestly at ourselves, our past actions, speech, and thoughts and to create a fresh beginning within ourselves and in our relationship with others.” It can be done between spouses, partners, parents and children, friends, work colleagues, sangha friends, or any two people who are in relationship with each other.


    Beginning Anew is a three part ceremony that provides the opportunity for everyone participating to first express appreciation for the good qualities of another (water their positive seeds), then express any regrets for any hurt or suffering they may have caused the other person, and finally express any sufferings that they have experienced that they believe was caused by the other.


    In this workshop, Fred will introduce to members the practice of Beginning Anew, demonstrate what a Beginning Anew ceremony actually looks like, and guide participants through a demonstration of the ceremony. Then there will be time to practice it under Fred’s guidance.


    This is an opportunity for members of FCM to learn this ceremony for use in their own personal relationships and to incorporate this key practice into the fabric of our community so we can continue to be a sangha that lives in harmony and awareness. As Fred believes the practice of Beginning Anew is so beneficial and effective, he is offering this workshop to members without cost.


    Registration is open for FCM members Attending In-Person in Tampa or Attending via Zoom. You are welcome to register your significant other or family members as guests.


    • 21 Jul 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Zoom
    Register

    Beginning Anew is a practice of the Plum Village tradition that allows us to maintain harmony in our relationships and in our community by addressing and healing difficulties and conflicts as they arise. As Thich Nhat Hanh writes in the book Happiness, “To begin anew is to look deeply and honestly at ourselves, our past actions, speech, and thoughts and to create a fresh beginning within ourselves and in our relationship with others.” It can be done between spouses, partners, parents and children, friends, work colleagues, sangha friends, or any two people who are in relationship with each other.


    Beginning Anew is a three part ceremony that provides the opportunity for everyone participating to first express appreciation for the good qualities of another (water their positive seeds), then express any regrets for any hurt or suffering they may have caused the other person, and finally express any sufferings that they have experienced that they believe was caused by the other.


    In this workshop, Fred will introduce to members the practice of Beginning Anew, demonstrate what a Beginning Anew ceremony actually looks like, and guide participants through a demonstration of the ceremony. Then there will be time to practice it under Fred’s guidance.


    This is an opportunity for members of FCM to learn this ceremony for use in their own personal relationships and to incorporate this key practice into the fabric of our community so we can continue to be a sangha that lives in harmony and awareness. As Fred believes the practice of Beginning Anew is so beneficial and effective, he is offering this workshop to members without cost.


    Registration is open for FCM members Attending In-Person in Tampa or Attending via Zoom. You are welcome to register your significant other or family members as guests.


    • 18 Aug 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Mindfulness Institute 6501 N. Nebraska Ave. Tampa, FL 33604
    Register

    We all carry wounds from the past.  We have a small self inside who feels vulnerable, afraid, confused and we hear its voice every day.  This is too much.  I can’t handle it.  I try so hard but everything seems to go wrong.  Why is this happening to me?”


    We’ve tried to ignore and/or discount this voice, yet it persists and will continue to persist until we stop and give it the support it needs to grow in confidence and stability.  Inner healing takes place when we bring the energy of mindfulness, unconditional lovingkindness, to the places that hurt.


    Join us for a day of guided instruction in simple yet effective mindfulness practices that enable us to support our inner child while strengthening our adult capacity for patience and kindness and compassion.


    Learning Goals/Objectives: Participants will:

    1.      Learn a working definition of mindfulness

    2.      Understand the key role mindfulness plays in emotional self-healing.

    3.      Learn to recognize the voice of their own inner child

    4.      Train in the mindfulness practices of breathing, sitting and walking as they relate to            inner healing.


    Date:  August 18, 2018

    Registration:  8:30 – 9:00 am

    Class:  9:00 – Noon (break for lunch)

                  1:00 – 4:00 pm

    CE’s:  6  (Mental Health Professionals


    Presenter: 

    Darlene Stewart, LMHC


    Darlene Stewart, a Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor, has worked in areas of family counseling, individual & group counseling, substance abuse, childhood trauma from abuse/neglect and adult survivors of childhood trauma since 1983.  She has practiced mindfulness since 1997. 



    *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

     


    • 18 Aug 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    • 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33604
    Register

    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

    8-Week Program Beginning Saturday, August 18, 2018

    (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 July 20; $350 July 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) - Saturday, August 11, 9:00 - 10:30 am.
    • 8 Weekly Classes, 2.5 hours - Saturday mornings from 9:00 - 11:30 am, August 18 through October 13.
    • 1 All-Day Retreat, 7 hours - Saturday, September 29 from 9:00 - 4:00 pm


    COURSE INSTRUCTORS


    Stephanie Bachmann Mattei was born in Florence, Italy, where she earned a Bachelor in Languages and a Ph.D. in Philosophy. Stephanie moved to the USA in 1993, when she married her husband. Together they are parenting and educating their three children.


    Stephanie is a certified trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication and is a Qualified Teacher of MBSR through the UC-San Diego (UCSD) Mindfulness-Based Professional Institute. Stephanie lived for over 8 years in ashram and has expansive training in yoga, as well as a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification. Stephanie also has extensive training in vipassana meditation and mindfulness practice. She is passionate about teaching and experienced in developing workshops and retreats that integrate communication skills, interpersonal skills, effective conflict resolution, and emotional intelligence with mindfulness. Stephanie is a well published certified Parent Educator recognized for clarity and the ability to make intellectual connections between subjects and topics. She is a member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness. She also hold a certificate through Mindful Schools: the "Mindful Educator Essential."


    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.


    • 04 Sep 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa 33604
    • 27
    Register

    On Tuesday evenings beginning September 4, and continuing through October 9, the Florida Community of Mindfulness will offer a six-week Introduction to Buddhism course at the Practice Center in Tampa. Classes will be 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.


    Classes will be held Tuesday evenings, 7:00 to 8:30 pm, September 4th through October  9th in the Meditation Hall of the FCM Practice Center, 6501 North Nebraska Avenue in Tampa. Cost for this six-week class is $60.


    If you have any questions, please contact Bill Mac Millen at bmacm21@gmail.com


    Course Facilitators:

    Maria Theresa Jaureguizar began her Buddhist  practice in 1994 with Gyokuko Carlson at the Dharma Rain Zen Center in Portland Oregon.  In 2011 she found a home with the Florida Community of Mindfulness and became a student of Fred Eppsteiner.  She is active in the Order of Interbeing (OI) as an aspirant, OI council member and  a student of the Five Year Dharma Transmission Program. She enjoys sharing time with sangha friends and  helping others by leading classes in meditation and mindful living. She currently works in the senior services field with county government.


    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.





     


    • 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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