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.

Stress. Just reading that word can evoke a feeling of tension. For some of us, it is an occasional feeling; for others, it is a frequent, chronic condition — perhaps one with notable health consequences.

In an article in Businessweek magazine, Dr. Herbert Benson of Harvard Medical School attributed at least 60 percent of doctor visits to stress related ailments.

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. It can be cultivated, and the the regular practice of mindfulness meditation is a well-respected approach to supporting health and well-being.



“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



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Current Offerings:

Upcoming Courses
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Our next
MBSR courses are scheduled
to begin soon:

Monday evenings
February 8 - March 28, 2016
6:00–8:30 pm
Florence (Northampton), MA

Tuesday mornings
February 9 - March 29, 2016
9:00–11:30 am
Florence (Northampton), MA

Thursday evenings
March 3 - April 21, 2016
6:00–8:30 pm
Amherst, MA

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and to register.

Additional MBSR courses will begin
in the spring and summer of 2016.

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)
Offered in two different formats.

8-week course:
Wednesday evenings, 6:00 - 8:45 pm
March 2 - April 20, 2016.
Florence (Northampton), MA

Additional 8-week MSC courses
will begin in the
late spring and early summer of 2016.

5-day retreat course:
June 5-10, 2016
Hartford, CT

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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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