Cultivating MINDFULNESS is a practical, effective, and accessible approach for enhancing quality of life and for reducing the harmful effects of stress, pain and illness.

Mindfulness has been defined (by teachers such as Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD) as awareness that arises from paying attention, on purpose, to life as it is, moment-by-moment. The capacity for mindfulness is innate to all human beings; it can be cultivated and strengthened. The regular practice of mindfulness meditation is a well-respected approach to supporting health and well-being.

Self-Compassion has been defined (by teachers such as Christopher Germer, PhD, and Kristin Neff, PhD, as the capacity to meet pain, discomfort, and distress in our own lives with the same kindness and understanding that we would naturally offer to a friend or loved one. Mindful Self-Compassion combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion, providing a powerful tool for emotional resilience.



“There is mounting evidence that cultivating mindfulness can increase our enjoyment of life, expand our capacity to cope with illness, and possibly improve our physical and emotional health… It can reduce stress and may help other treatments work better.”
Harvard Women's Health Watch , February 2004, Harvard Medical School


"Self-compassion offers tremendous social, psychological, and physical health benefits."
Psychology Today


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Important News

In September, Valley Mindfulness will be opening a new mindfulness education and training center in Northampton, MA.

Additional information will be posted here soon. Please visit our web site again for more details and sign up below to recieve our email announcements.

Current Offerings:

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Our next
MBSR courses are scheduled
to begin in the fall:

Wednesday evenings
September 14–November 16
(no class November 2 and 9)
6:00–8:30 pm
Northampton, MA

Thursday mornings
September 15–November 17
(no class November 3 and 10)
9:00–11:30 am
Northampton, MA

Thursday evenings
October 13–December 8
(no class November 24)
6:00–8:30 pm
Northampton, MA

* Click here for more information
and to register.

Additional MBSR courses will begin
in the winter and spring of 2017.

Mindful Self-Compassion
Our next
MSC course is scheduled
to begin in the fall:

Tuesday evenings
September 20–November 22
(no class October 11 and November 8)
6:00 - 8:45 pm
Northampton, MA

Additional MSC courses
will begin in the winter of 2017.

* Click here for more information
and to register. *

Private sessions and classes
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Mindful Self-Compassion
and customized training programs
for individuals and organizations,
in-person and online.

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"A short program in mindfulness meditation produces demonstrable effects on brain and immune function."
Richard Davidson, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin

Valley Mindfulness is based in western Massachusetts (Northampton, MA) and offers Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programs to individuals and groups in person and online. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., at UMass Medical School in Worcester, MA more than 35 years ago and is widely utilized in clinics, hospitals and health education centers worldwide to support people coping with stressful life circumstances and with a wide range of health challenges including chronic pain, anxiety, depression, cancer, fibromyalgia, heart disease, insomnia, and diabetes. Extensive clinical and basic science research has been conducted using MBSR as the intervention. Through this research, a new field of contemplative neuroscience has emerged. Valley Mindfulness also offers courses in Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) as developed by Kristin Neff, Ph.D. and Chris Germer, Ph.D. Valley Mindfulness was founded by David Spound, a certified teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).
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