Fall/Winter 2022-23 MBCT Cohort
WHO: women 18+ years old
WHEN: Wednesdays 11:00-12:30 starting November 9th
(with a break on Dec 21 for Hannukah).
WHERE: a beautiful, serene yoga studio in the Rimon neighborhood of Efrat, Gush Etzion.
What is "Mindfulness"?
"The awareness that emerges through paying attention, in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally to the unfolding of experience moment to momentt" (Kabat-Zinn).
About the Program
The Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy Workshop is an 8-week program that integrates mindfulness with traditional cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
This system encourages an intentional and skillful relationship with our thoughts and feelings, moods and triggers with the purpose of improving our emotional and mental wellbeing.
What You'll Be Getting in the Program
-8 sessions of mindfulness education
-Group dialogue and discussions
-Guided mindfulness meditations
-Customized home practice tailored to you
Who This Program is Designed For?
-if you'd like more intentionality in your thought patterns, behaviors, relationships or life in general
-you're interested in learning new skills for managing emotions and ruminating thought patterns
-you'd like to increase your self-awareness
-you experience low or flat mood, anxiety, chronic worrying, depression, frequent mood changes, anger or other*
-you have a chronic pain or health condition
-you'd like a tool to manage stress
-you'd like to respond to situations instead of react
*Please see disclaimer at bottom of page
Research and History about MBCT
The MBCT program was originally designed by Segal, Teasdale & Williams and initially used for prevention of depression relapse.
Research demonstrated that depression relapse rates (for those with 3 or more episodes) were cut in half by attending the 8-week MBCT program.
The populations for MBCT expanded with time to include other populations: stress and anxiety, chronic pain, cancer, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and children.
"Participating in an 8-week mindfulness program appears to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress" (www.sciencedaily.com).
Brain scans of children in the MBCT-C program demonstrated statistically significant changes.
The findings demonstrated that the prefrontal cortex area of the brain thickened.
This area of the brain is associated with neurological mechanisms such as:
-insight or self-knowing awareness
Numerous research studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of MBCT programs on emotional well-being (https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.700916/full).
Taught by certified yoga & mindfulness instructor and somatic & focusing therapist Sarah Friedlander.
Learn more about Sarah and her background, education, certifications and trainings here.
How Much Does it Cost?
This workshop is offered according to a sliding-scale/suggested donation-based system.
A 250₪ deposit is required to secure placement in the course.
The deposit is refundable upon cancellation until 14 business days of the course beginning.
At completion of the course, participants may choose their contribution towards the teacher.
The deposit may be applied towards the total contribution to the teacher, or returned to the participant.
Suggested range of contribution is 500-1200₪ (but this is by no means meant to be a lower and upper limit and participants may go lower or higher than these numbers).
The intention of this flexible suggestion is to promote your free will and autonomy according to your individual financial situations as well as your desire to contribute to the livelihood of the teacher, and to support and continue the material for others to enjoy.
*It is a firm belief that money/financial circumstances need not prevent anyone from attending.*
After signing up, an intake form will be sent to you.
Upon completion of the intake form and 250₪ your placement in the course will be reserved.
This workshop is limited to only 10 people so please reserve early!
Looking so very much forward to learning and growing with you!
Have any questions?
Feel free to reach out HealingYogaWithSarah@gmail.com
Emotional Health Disclaimer
Though therapeutic in nature, this workshop is not intended to be therapy.
If you are currently experiencing moderate to severe depression, suicidal ideations, substance or alcohol abuse, psychosis, or severe symptoms of PTSD, this workshop is most likely not recommended for you.
Those with mental health concerns should be treated by their own mental health professional.
Feel free to reach out to Sarah if you have any questions about your individual circumstances.
If you need more personal attention with the course material, private one-on-one sessions with Sarah are also available.