SUNDAY NIGHT MINDFULNESS MEDITATION GROUP​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Every Sunday night 7:30 – 8:45 pm

• Drop-in group, no registration required $10 suggested donation

• St. George's Church, Parish Hall, 550 Ridgewood Rd., Maplewood, NJ 07040

(entrance is at the back of the church, by the parking lot)

• We will not meet on the following days in 2020: 2/16, 5/24, 6/28, 7/5, 8/9, 8/16.

Whether you are new to meditation or already have a practice, we welcome you to join us. The evenings will have guided, walking, and silent meditation periods. Some instruction will be given. Together we practice the tools of mindfulness that bring us into the present moment, develop greater compassion, strengthen our concentration, and allow our body and mind to rest right here, right now. By stopping, focusing on our breathing, and observing our thoughts and feelings we gain clarity, spaciousness and the ability to stay present to whatever arises without reacting habitually. By practicing with the support of community, our commitment to living mindfully is strengthened. There is also time to share (optional) about our practice and deepen our skills of mindful listening and mindful speech.

Please arrive early and avoid wearing fragrances for the comfort of the group. Chairs and cushions available. 

A MINDFUL RETURN FROM SUMMER ZOOM WORKSHOP

Monday, August 31, 2020.  9:30-11:30 am (EST)

• Early registration by 8/17 $35

• After 8/17 $40

• Workshop will be limited to 14 participants.

I know most of us don't know what this fall will bring. For that reason, I am bringing back a workshop I haven't done in a few years to help us approach whatever comes with as much ease, grounding, compassion, and presence as possible. We need to keep our mind and heart space healthy so that we can meet these coming months maintaining some peace of mind, humor, strength of spirit, and gratefulness. Feel supported by a mindful community as we welcome this new season.

Join me for this Zoom workshop that will include mindful exercises such as:

  • mindfulness meditation 

  • awareness exercises that can help us gain insight about ourselves and our needs this fall

  • strengthening our ability to tend to what may be before us with compassion and self-kindness 

  • tapping into curiosity about ourselves and our aspirations in the midst of uncertainty

  • remembering gratefulness within it all

STRENGTHENING SELF-KINDNESS​ - a mindfulness workshop nurturing compassion

We are often our biggest critics. Learning to respond to our self-critic with kindness is something we can strengthen. Join me for a workshop on building the tools we can use to take care of ourselves with mindfulness and loving-kindness. Through awareness and compassion we prevent ourselves from being dominated by voices that don’t serve us, the ones that get in the way of us living the way we aspire to live. We can free ourselves from self-limiting perceptions and tap into more joy and connection. Please bring a childhood picture (for your use only) and a journal if you prefer one (paper provided). 

Date/Time TBD

MANAGE STRESS WITH MINDFULNESS WORKSHOP SERIES

2 Week Series, Wednesday February 14 & 21 

11:00 am - 1:00pm

$130.00; advanced registration required; limited to 10

Contact jean@jeanvitrano.com or 917-859-1073

Wellspring Health Collective, 697 Valley Street, Maplewood

Join Jean Vitrano for an experiential workshop to learn mindfulness tools to manage our reactions to stress and to strengthen the pathways to happiness. We all encounter stress in small and large ways on a daily basis. Whether it is an underlying sense of anxiousness, feeling overwhelmed by life, or dealing with anger or despair, we can prevent these difficult states from getting lodged in our bodies and minds and learn how to cultivate a more readily available sense of contentment and joy. Through mindfulness meditation, learning how to stay with ourselves in difficult or unclear moments, and finding the positive in mind/body practices, we can make profound shifts in how we are in the world. We can stop our habitual, unhelpful patterns with compassion and kindness and find the clarity and spaciousness to feel more ease and greater aliveness.

MINDFUL WALK IN SOUTH MOUNTAIN RESERVATION

Join me for an easy trail walk. We will walk at times in silence and sometimes not. We will sit/stand for a short time. Please wear clothes/shoes appropriate for trail walking. Advanced registration requested by 11/1. Please email me to let me know if you are coming.

Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 9:00 - 10:15 am

• South Mountain Reservation at Old Short Hills Park. The trail entrance is next to Greenwood Gardens 274 Old Short Hills Rd. The parking lot is on the right as you pull in (don't go to the Garden's gate). 

• $10 suggested donation.

8th Annual New Year's Day Guided Meditation & Bell Ringing

Please join Jean Vitrano and the mindfulness community for a guided meditation that reflects on the past year with gratitude and presence. With an open heart we will set our intentions for the New Year. This will be followed by the Buddhist tradition of ringing the bell 108 times. Please bring a bell if you have one and join me in creating a sense of community and support as we embark on another year of practicing the art of mindful living.  Please arrive 10 minutes early as a larger crowd is expected.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020  4:00 – 5:15 pm

Please arrive early! A larger than normal group is expected.

• Drop-in group, no registration required $10 suggested donation

• St. George's Church, Parish Hall, 550 Ridgewood Rd., Maplewood, NJ 07040

(entrance is at the back of the church, by the parking lot)

MINDFULLY SET YOUR INTENTIONS FOR 2020

Gather some friends and be with community to reflect on the past year and set intentions for 2020. We will start with a guided meditation, followed by time to write out our experiences of the previous year and what we would like to move towards in the New Year. With the mind of kindness and compassion let's have some fun and be together as we start anew. 

Thursday, January 2, 2020

9:30 - 11:30 am

$40 pre reg/ $50 day of

Bhakti Barn Yoga, 391 Millburn Ave., Millburn

Saturday, January 4, 2020 

3:30 - 5: 30 pm

$35.00; advanced registration required; limited to 18

Wellspring Health Collective, 697 Valley Street, Maplewood

BEGINNING MINDFULNESS MEDITATION SERIES ON ZOOM

Do you often think that meditation would be helpful to do, but don't really know how to start a practice? Do you have an idea that you're just not "good" at meditation because your mind is too busy? Do you want to learn tools to find greater space between your thoughts? Do you want to learn to be less reactive, more present, and steady in the face of what comes?

Join me for a three week beginning mindfulness meditation series. Each session will include instruction, practices, and personalized Q&A time. You will have a chance to learn in a warm, supportive setting, and get the basics so that you can continue to practice on your own, join a group, or use a meditation app more successfully. 

​Wednesdays, July 22 & 29, & August 5, 2020

9:30 - 10:15 am on Zoom

• $45 for the series.

• Must register by 7/20.

• No refunds/make-ups for missed classes.

Online Mindfulness Courses Now Available!

If you haven't been able to make it to one of her in-person groups or classes, this is your opportunity! Do them in your own time, wherever you are. Strengthening Self-Kindness, a two hour workshop is available and A Mindful Life, a six week course is also up and running. Click here to register.

Jean Vitrano, Mindfulness Facilitator & Teacher 

​917.859.1073

NJ Location:  Wellspring Health Collective, 697 Valley Street, Maplewood  07040​

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