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Mindfulness

Be in the present moment

Mindfulness practice helps people relax, focus and breathe, which calms the mind and body. 

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MSBR) training has been studied scientifically and found to improve physical symptoms (such as chronic pain, high blood pressure, shortness of breath and insomnia) and to decrease emotional and psychological distress (such as anxiety and depression). Brain MRIs before and after an eight-week course show growth of temporal lobe areas (memory, emotional stability) and shrinkage of the amygdala (anxiety, anger, fear).

Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, a physicist trained at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and founder of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, first developed the program in 1979. The course is now offered by medical centers, healthcare organizations and other sites around the world. Mindfulness was the topic explored by Anderson Cooper on CBS' 60 MinutesNational Public Radio did a story on how mindfulness can beat painkillers for treating chronic low back pain.

FREE SESSIONS

Half-hour mindfulness sittings are held weekly for the public and HOV staff. All are welcome. No fee and no registration, just drop in!

Phoenix Art Museum

Dorrance Sculpture Garden or Wolfswinkel Education Center, depending on weather.
1625 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85004
Thursdays, 12–12:30 p.m.
Contact: Kathy Melamed

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MINDFULNESS CLASSES

Mindfulness classes are held at various locations Valleywide. Pre-registration is required for all sessions. Discounted classes are available. If you have questions please contact us or call (602) 636-5334.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

For anyone who wants to learn about mindfulness practice.

Tuesdays, Sept. 25–Nov. 13; 6–8:30 p.m. 
Saturday, Nov. 3; 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Hospice of the Valley Northeast Clinical Office
16117 N. 76th St., Scottsdale AZ, 85260

$200 for community members
$50 for family caregivers, HOV staff & HOV volunteers

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Mindfulness for Dementia Care Partners

For caregivers of people with dementia.

Mondays, Oct. 1–22; 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Gardiner Home Education Center
1522 W. Myrtle Ave., Phoenix AZ, 85021

$25

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Mindfulness

For anyone who wants to learn about mindfulness practice.

Free introduction Thursday, Sept. 20; 6–7 p.m. 
Wednesdays, Oct. 3–24; 6–8 p.m.

Hospice of the Valley East Clinical Office
2020 E. Woodside Court, Gilbert AZ, 85297

$50 for community members 
$25 for family caregivers, HOV staff & HOV volunteers

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Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression and Anxiety

For those with a history of at least one episode of depression.

Free introduction Monday Oct. 1; 6–7 p.m. 
Mondays, Oct. 15–Dec. 3; 6–8 p.m. 
Saturday, Dec. 1; 9 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Gardiner Home Education Center
1522 W. Myrtle Ave., Phoenix AZ, 85021

$200 for community members 
$50 for family caregivers, HOV staff & HOV volunteers

After registering, we will contact you for a 30-minute interview to be sure the class is a good fit. Limit 15 participants. 

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Mindfulness for Beginners and Advanced Students
Mindful Eating Online Class

Develop a healthier relationship with eating. The 4-week course, combines daily practices with a weekly one-hour online class. It has been scientifically proven to reduce cravings by 40%. An iPhone or Android smartphone is required to access the Eat Right Now app which costs an additional $25 per month.

Those who have not taken the classes before must attend the one-hour Introduction to Mindful Eating online class on Tuesday, Oct. 30; 6–7 p.m.

Tuesdays, Nov. 6–27; 6–7 p.m.

$50 for community members 
$25 for family caregivers, HOV staff & HOV volunteers

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Meet the teachers
Gillian Hamilton, MD, PhD

Gillian Hamilton is a physician with a doctorate in clinical psychology. She serves as Hospice of the Valley’s administrative medical director and is a CFM Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction teacher and practitioner.

 

Maribeth Gallagher, DNP

Maribeth Gallagher is a doctor of nursing practice and psychiatric nurse practitioner. She directs Hospice of the Valley’s dementia program. She is a CFM Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction teacher and practitioner.

Kathy Melamed, LCSW

Kathy Melamed is a licensed clinical social worker and clinical communication director for Hospice of the Valley. She is a Mindfulness teacher.

 

Ashley Millett, BSN

Ashley Millett is a nurse case manager based at Hospice of the Valley’s northeast office. She is a CFM Qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction teacher and practitioner as well as a certified yoga teacher.

Here’s what people say:

“Mindfulness-based practice has been transformative for so many of our patients. It helps us respond to the inevitability of suffering and stay present with moment-to-moment experiences. By offering these courses, Hospice of the Valley is doing such important work.”

—Cynthia M. Stonnington, MD
The Mayo Clinic, Phoenix

“This class has helped me to be more present in the moment and enjoy life. I do not dwell on the stressors of work until the moment I have to, as a result, I enjoy my job again. Overall, I feel less stressed and anxious. Mindful meditation will be part of my life, for the rest of my life.”

—A physician participant

“I suffer from anxiety and found this class to be life-changing in such positive ways. I find myself much more able to flow through my days with significantly less stress and much more awareness of my body and my mind, thus diminishing my stress in a way I did not think possible. ”

—A participant