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[I don't have any courses for the public scheduled right now. You can sign up for notifications about upcoming courses, or feel free to contact me if you have questions or are from an organization interested in this.]

[This course is full and registration is closed. You can sign up for notifications about upcoming courses, or feel free to contact me if you have questions or if you are part of an organization interested in this.] 

Imagine MSC

I will be offering the 6-week version of the Mindful Self-Compassion course for the good folks at Imagine Mindfulness, a non-profit dedicated to making these practices accessible to people around the world. You can find more info here

For paragraph at end about registering:

The fee for the course is $50 US. To register, please go to the course webpage at the Imagine Mindfulness website or use the button below---you will be redirected to their site since they are handling the registrations.

SC for Holidays:

I will be offering a free online 90-minute class on Self-Compassion for the Holidays on Saturday, December 9 at noon Eastern. You can find more info and register here.

SC for caregivers w Sondra

My co-teacher, Sondra Gudmundson, and I will be offering a 6-week course on Self-Compassion for Caregivers. Each session lasts an hour, although we'll stay after for questions. The course begins on Sunday, January 28 at 4:30 pm Eastern, and you can get more info here.

SCHC for CMSC:

I will be doing this course for the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (CMSC) starting on Tuesday, September 19 at 4:30 - 5:30 PM Eastern. That course is offered through CMSC, so you need to register at their site. They do have a fee for their courses; if that is an issue you will need to contact them. I teach for them as a volunteer, so all proceeds go to CMSC.

SCHC by me:

My next course will start on Sunday, July 23 at 1 pm Eastern. Each session will be an hour, although I'll stay an additional 15 minutes if there are questions. This course is freely offered so that anyone can attend---especially those in training! (Donations are welcome, however, if you find it useful.) To register, you can view the waiver and sign up here or use the button below. For testimonials, check out this page on offerings for organizations. Read on for more info...

MSC 8-week w Sondra, including after orientation for Offerings page:

We do not have any courses enrolling currently, but you can sign up for my email list to get updates, or contact me directly at modestlymindful@gmail.com. If you represent an organization interested in MSC, please email me because we can do programs most anytime during the year to meet your needs.

My co-teacher Sondra Gudmundson and I will be offering a free online introduction to self-compassion on Monday, March 18 at 6 pm Eastern. For more info and to register, click here. We will also be offering the full 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion course online starting Monday, April 1 at 6 pm Eastern; more info on that can be found here

My co-teacher Sondra Gudmundson and I will be offering the full 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion course online starting Tuesday, February 7 at 6 pm Eastern; more info on that can be found here

Our next course will start on Monday, April 1 at 6 pm Eastern, and will continue weekly for 8 weeks; each class is 2.75 hours, delivered via Zoom. There is a bonus 3-hour retreat midway through the course. To register, you can click here or use the button at the bottom of the course description. We will also be offering a free 1-hour introduction to self-compassion that serves as an orientation for the full course. That will be on Monday, March 25 at 6 pm Eastern; you can learn more and register for that session here

For orientation page (links to 1-hour registration page):

The next class will be on Monday, April 1 at 6 pm Eastern. To register for the session, click here or use the button at the bottom of the description.

For MSC when no courses:

We do not have any courses enrolling currently, but you can sign up for my email list to get updates, or contact me directly at modestlymindful@gmail.com. If you represent an organization interested in MSC, please email me because we can do programs most anytime during the year to meet your needs.

90 min M for busy people:

I'll be offering a free 90-minute online "Mindfulness for Busy People" session on Wednesday, August 16 at 7 pm Eastern. The class is about reframing mindfulness in a way that helps you fit it into your life in ways that work for you. For more info and to register, check out the webpage

Gratitude:

I'll be doing a free 90-minute session on gratitude on Sunday, July 9 at 1 pm Eastern. For more info check out the webpage here

 

Precautions:

Although practicing mindfulness meditation offers many benefits, there are situations where it can be problematic. This includes a history of unprocessed trauma or uncontrolled psychiatric disease (depression, anxiety, suicidality), as well as uncontrolled pain. Other potential contraindications include recent highly stressful events (death of a loved one, new onset severe illness), and it can also be difficult to do meditation if one is very early in recovery from substance abuse. If you have any concerns, please check with your physician and/or mental health provider.

MBSR for IMFW

I will be offering the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course starting at 1 pm Eastern time on Monday, August 22. (No class on Labor Day, Monday, September 5.) There will be a free 1-hour Introduction to Mindfulness class at 1pm Eastern on Monday, August 8 that also serves as an orientation for this course. There is a $75 fee for this course, and all proceeds will be donated to Insight Meditation Fort Wayne. Scholarships are available, and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Contact me if this is an issue. To register, click here or use the button below the course description at the bottom of the page. Details about the class follow.

Teachers:

Sondra Gudmundson, MS, RD, LD

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Sondra is a certified Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher through the University of California at San Diego Medical School’s Centers for Integrative Health, Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute. She inclines to help self & others meet difficulties in life with love and to facilitate opening the door to one's heart with greater ease. She is a graduate of both Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindful Self-Compassion Programs, and has been trained by internationally renowned pioneers of self-compassion, Kristin Neff and Chris Germer. 

With a passion for wellness, Sondra has devoted >¼ century clinical experience as a nutrition therapist and mindful eating professional. She practices heart centered meditations including gratitude, lovingkindness, and self-compassion daily and honors these as essential nutrients for the soul. Sondra’s intentional focus is to offer lifecare nourishment with love to guide. Nurturing one’s organic true nature within is her life’s practice, and she values the global communities & interconnectedness created through MSC course offerings. 

Jonathan Walker, MD

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Jon Walker, creator of Modestly Mindful, is a retired physician, and his full background is on the About Me page. He has done teacher training through UCLA, UC San Diego and UC Berkeley, and is a certified teacher in MSC through the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. He is certified through the International Mindfulness Teacher’s Association and the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program. But his main qualification is that he spent a large chunk of his life being neither especially mindful nor self-compassionate, so he is highly motivated to help you avoid a similar fate!

Jon & Sondra met on the path of their MSC teacher training adventures and are inspired to partner with you to help cultivate your own personal relationship with your inner teacher.

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