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June 2017 : Event Details
Thu, Jun 1
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Chris Klug
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Information Session
Become deeply aware of what's happening without commentary or judgement
Chris Klug

Information Sessions: Tuesday, May 30, 8:30–9:30 a.m., or Thursday, June 1, 5:30–6:30 p.m. (please choose one)

Eight-Week Series: Tuesdays, June 6–July 25, 8:30–11 a.m., or Thursdays, June 8–July 27, 5:30–8 p.m. (please choose Tuesday mornings or Thursday evenings)

Combined Extended Class: Saturday, July 8, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

“Life unfolds in moments. The healing power of mindfulness lies in living each one as fully as we can,” writes Jon Kabat-Zinn in Full Catastrophe Living. Do you want to play a more active role in shaping your health and well-being? Do you want to learn to respond to life’s challenges in ways that lessen the suffering you and others experience and deepen your appreciation for the wonder, beauty and preciousness of life? The practice of mindfulness can help you realize these goals. Mindfulness is an open, kind, non-judging attention to what is happening in the present moment as it is happening. It shapes a wise and compassionate relationship with and response to experience as it unfolds moment by moment. As mindfulness teacher Joseph Goldstein writes in A Heart Full of Peace, “Mindfulness is the quality and power of mind that is deeply aware of what's happening—without commentary and without interference. It is like a mirror that simply reflects whatever comes before it. It serves us in the humblest ways, keeping us connected to brushing our teeth or having a cup of tea. Mindfulness also keeps us connected to the people around us, so we don't just rush by them in the busyness of our lives." Scientific research indicates that cultivating a more mindful way of being can positively affect stress resilience, physical and mental health, the ability to sustain attention, self-regulation of emotions, interpersonal skills, and general well-being and happiness.

The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program at Prairiewoods (120 East Boyson Road in Hiawatha) allows you to take an active role in caring for yourself, using your internal resources to cultivate health and well-being in a variety of circumstances. As a participant in this eight-week series, you will cultivate the skill of mindfulness through formal meditation practices and informal integrative practices. Through the daily repetition of these practices, the habit of mindfulness will be established and strengthened.

This program is modeled after the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program founded in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, and offered throughout the world in medical institutions, educational settings, businesses, the military and correctional systems. This format, facilitated by Chris Klug, consists of a two-and-a-half-hour class each week for eight weeks (either Tuesday mornings, June 6–July 25 [except class on July 5 instead of July 4], or Thursday evenings, June 8–July 27) and one extended six-and-a-half-hour Saturday class (on July 8). If you want to participate in this eight-week series, please attend an informational session (on May 30 or June 1).

Each weekly class consists of guided mindfulness practice, discussions, and guidance and teachings from the facilitator. By participating, you are committing to daily formal mindfulness practice (40 minutes of guided mindfulness through a website or CD), daily informal mindfulness practices, weekly brief written descriptions of what you noticed during the practices, and weekly reading of short articles (required) and assigned chapters in Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn (optional).

Facilitator Chris Klug has practiced mindfulness meditation for more than 30 years and has been an instructor in the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics since 2001. A grief counselor in private practice in Iowa City, he has more than 25 years’ experience teaching classes and facilitating workshops and retreats on mindfulness, nonviolence, creative conflict resolution, and grief and loss.

Thank you to our Community Partner Cedar Memorial, whose partnership is helping Prairiewoods provide members of our community this opportunity to seek peace and healing through a deeper understanding of life.

The information sessions are free. (Please register for the specific date you would like to attend.) If you then choose to join the eight-week series, the cost will be $400. (Partial scholarships are available. Online registration is not available for the full series but may be arranged by contacting Prairiewoods at 319-395-6700 or Chris at

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Regular Registration Fees
Free Commuter
Program Code: 17OED11649
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