Welcome! Thank you for visiting us, and for your interest in pursuing mindfulness in the Northern Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. These offerings are available for those new to mindfulness, as well as more experienced practitioners who want to deepen their practice. All are welcome.
Along with Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) workshops, we offer a variety of Insight (Vipassana) meditation retreats, workshops, and classes throughout the valley and in the greater Washington D.C. area – all designed to help you reduce stress and pain (emotional and physical), and discover your deepest self through the practice of mindfulness. We also offer tailored meditation workshops and classes for groups and businesses, as well as personal sessions for experienced practitioners who wish to deepen their practice.
Mindful Shenandoah Valley’s founder, Shell Fischer, offers more than two decades of mindfulness practice and study. She’s a teacher and senior practitioner with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, D.C. (IMCW), trained in the two-year Meditation Teacher Training Institute of Washington, D.C. by IMCW’s founder and guiding teacher, Dr. Tara Brach – one of the nation’s leading Insight meditation teachers. She’s a 1993 graduate of Naropa University – a Shambhala Buddhist-based university in Boulder, Co. – and a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher trained by Dr. Jon-Kabat Zinn, founder of MBSR and the Stress Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Along with Insight Meditation, she teaches MBSR as an educational partner with the Foundation of the State Arboretum of Virginia, and Valley Health, a regional 6-hospital system in the Northern Shenandoah Valley, as part of its Integrative Care Program. *Listen to Shell talk about mindfulness on the Valley Today Show.
CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS
May 3: Planting the Seeds of Joy
May 24: Living With Lovingkindness
Aug. 2: Facing Fear, Finding Freedom
Oct. 25: Full Surrender: Riding the Waves of Annica (Impermanence)
Sept. 26-28: 3-Day Women’s Retreat: “Nurturing Self-Compassion”
FREE “INTRODUCTION TO MBSR” CLASSES
April 10, Thu., 6:30-8:30 p.m
May 1, Thu. 6:30-8:30 p.m.
May 8, Thu., 6:30-8:30 p.m.
MINDFULNESS MEDITATION CLASSES & WALKS
June 4, Wed., 7:30-9 p.m.: Mindfulness in Nature: Guided Walking Meditation at Blandy Experimental Farm, Virginia Arboretum in Boyce, VA
July 31, Thu., 7-9 p.m.: An Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation at Blandy Experimental Farm, Virginia Arboretum in Boyce, VA
TUESDAY NIGHT VIPASSANA MEDITATION GROUP
7-8:45 p.m. in Stephens City, VA