Mindfulness Follow-Up Groups

The groups below are open to people who have completed one of the eight-week mindfulness-based stress reduction or mindfulness-based cognitive therapy programs at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, at the Carver College of Medicine, or at the University of Iowa (academic course). University of Iowa employees with flex spending accounts may be reimbursed for the fees. Many people find that the follow-up groups help them return to more consistent practice, deepen what they are already doing, and/or benefit from practicing and discussing mindfulness with others.

Renew and Review

“Oh, I've had my moments, and if I had to do it over again, I'd have more of them. In fact, I'd try to have nothing else.  Just moments, one after another, instead of living so many years ahead of each day.” - Nadine Stair, eighty-five years old, Louisville, Kentucky in Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn (1990) p.17

If you’ve stopped practicing mindfulness and want to begin again, or practice consistently but want some guidance, discussion and reminders, and/or just want to practice with others, this group is for you. We’ll review the basic mindfulness practices and attitudes, as learned in MBSR and MBCT, and explore a variety of ways to integrate mindfulness into daily living. Discussions also provide opportunities to raise questions regarding your individual practice. Class time will include sitting meditation and discussion. Email support and suggestions for practice between sessions will be given.

Schedule: Mondays, Sept. 16 to Oct. 21, 2019 (six sessions)

Time: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: Sept. 9, 2019

Location: University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics

Instructor: Chris Klug, MA

Fee: An online payment of $115 or a check (received at least one week before the group starts) will be required for this group. UI employees with flex spending accounts may be reimbursed for the fee. To enroll, please email us at mindfulness@uiowa.edu.

Cultivating Gratitude

“Many times a day I realize how much my own outer and inner life is built upon the labors of my fellow men, both living and dead and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.” -Albert Einstein

Is one day a year really enough to pay attention to the people and things in our lives that we are grateful for? As Jon Kabat-Zinn says, “In the U.S., it seems like we take one day a year to appreciate what we have and the other 364 days trying to get what we don't have.” We often become so focused on the ways in which we want things to be different that we forget to notice “what’s not wrong.” This group will explore this as well as wanting what we have and expanding our awareness of the interdependence by which we receive it. And what might it mean to live in a manner that “gives in return as much as I have received?” We will sit in meditation together each week, and suggestions for cultivating gratitude in daily life will be provided.

Schedule: Thursdays, Nov. 7 to Dec. 12, 2019 (five sessions, with no class on Thanksgiving Day)

Time: Noon to 1 p.m.

Registration Deadline: Oct. 31, 2019

Location: University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics

Instructor: Kerri Potter, MA

Fee: An online payment of $95 or a check (received at least 1 week before the group starts) will be required for this group. UI employees with flex spending accounts may be reimbursed for the fee. To enroll, please email us at mindfulness@uiowa.edu.

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