Learning to Meditate Course
taught by Richard Berger, M.D.
This class will focus on instruction in formal meditation practice. Most of the instruction will be on a beginner level with no previous experience required. Guided meditations with be generally followed by discussion and experiential inquiry. Several types of meditation instruction will be offered: narrow focused attention meditation, wide focused meditation, loving-kindness meditation, and walking meditation. General discussions on the neurophysiology and scientific basis of meditation will be provided.
Objectives: At the end of this course, participants will be better able to:
1. Continue a home practice of meditation.
2. Understand the scientific basis of meditation on a beginning level.
3. Practice several forms of meditation and understand the potential results and basic neurophysiology of each.
Class size: 10 - 25 participants
Please note: CCFW requries a minimum of 10 participants to run this class. If we must cancel this class due to under enrollment, you will be notified no later than 1 week prior to the start date and you will receive a full refund.
4-Class Sessions: Select Wednesdays from 6:30 - 9:00 pm between April 15 and June 3, 2015 at CCFW
Daylong Retreat: Saturday May 16, 2015 (time and location TBA)
Wednesday, April 15, 2015: 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Wednesday, May 6, 2015: 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Saturday, May 16, 2015: TBA
Wednesday, May 20, 2015: 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Wednesday, June 3, 2015: 6:30 - 9:00 pm
About the Instructor
Richard (Rick) E. Berger, MD, Professor Emeritus in the Medical School at the University of Washington, is the primary teacher of Mindfulness NW. He received his undergraduate education and medical degree from The University of Chicago. He received his certification in the teaching of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness and received a Certification in Mindfulness Facilitation from the Mindful Awareness Research Center at the University of California in Los Angeles. Rick has taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPS) classes at the University of Washington Hospital, the University of Washington Intramural Activities Center and the Center for Child and Family Well-being. He also holds certificates to teach mindfulness to children and adolescents from Inner Kids and Mindful Schools and teaches mindfulness in the Seattle Public Schools. His ongoing practice includes daily meditation, yoga, silent retreats and continuing education in mindfulness and related areas.