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Course Schedule

Coming Home for the Holidays is a six-week course designed to help reduce the stress in life by providing tools and exercises that develop greater mind-body awareness and can be practiced and applied immediately to daily living. It involves paying close attenion to your thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations. Through this, practitioners will develop a greater awareness of their surroundings from moment to moment.

Mindful awareness has scienctifically-researched support that demonstrates it can be beneficial in reducing stress, improving attenion, boosting the immune system, reducing emotional reactivity and promoting a general sense of health and well being.


When: Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Nov. 8-Dec. 13, 2011
Where: the University Club on the UC Irvine campus
The retreat is on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Enrollment fee: $250 for the six-week course and one half-day retreat (UC Irvine Staff are eligible for a 15 percent discount.)

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Course Outline

Tuesday, Nov. 8
What Stress? The antidotes found in reconnecting with the body, coming home to our senses and finding our centers.

Tuesday, Nov. 15
Thinking, Thinking, Thinking. Are you missing meaningful moments of your life lost in your inner chatter? How to re-enter the present moment and the depth of our lives.

Tuesday, Nov. 29
Dealing with Difficult Emotions.

Tuesday, Dec. 6
The Pain in the Neck that Never Goes Away. How to deal with chronic pain.

Saturday, Dec. 10 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
A Day of Mindfulness

Tuesday, Dec. 13
Creating a sacred space to open "presence."

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Reconnect with their inner resources
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Mindful Awareness techniques
  • Apply these techniques in their daily life