Mindfulness Meditation & MBSR in the Shenandoah Valley

3f909365e1563d73a0abe3d48ad26f46Warm greetings; 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 wish to deepen their practice. All are welcome.

Along with 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) workshops  – offered in partnership with Valley Health’s Integrative Care Program – 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 more calm, joy, and sense of well-being through the practice of mindfulness.

We also offer tailored meditation workshops and classes for groups and businesses, as well as private coaching sessions for those who wish to explore and deepen their ongoing practice with an experienced teacher.

While offering the teachings of Insight Meditation, we place great emphasis on the metta (loving-kindness) practices. Our hope is to guide students in nurturing even more kindness and compassion for themselves, others, and for all the situations they find themselves in throughout their lives, through the heart-teachings and practices of mindfulness meditation.

With peace, Shell Fischer, founder and guiding teacher

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**Learn More:
What is MBSR?

P1170495SPRING: Two workshops offered in Winchester, VA
May 15 – July 10, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Sundays, The Dharma Studio
May 19 – July 6, 6 – 8:30 p.m., Thursdays, Winchester Medical Center
*Daylong Retreat included: Sat., June 25 in Stephens City, VA

*A free public 2-hour “Introduction to MBSR workshop” will be offered Thu., May 5 from 6-8 p.m. at the Winchester Medical Center for anyone interested in learning more.

*The Fall 2016 Workshops will begin Sept. 25 & 29

**Learn More: What Is A Retreat Like?
Mar. 19: Planting the Seeds of Joy
June 11: Cooling the Flames of Anger
July 23: Practices to Open & Nurture the Heart
Sept. 17: The Freedom of Self-Forgiveness

0101March 11-13: Women’s Weekend Retreat
METTA: Learning to Love Your Whole Life
Claymont Court Mansion
Charles Town, WV

P1160061April 29 – May 1, Weekend Retreat w/co-teacher Trisha Stotler
Returning to Balance: Re-Discovering Ease & Equanimity
Seven Oaks Retreat Center
Madison, VA

Main_EntranceAug. 26-28, Women’s Weekend Retreat
Nurturing Self-Compassion
Claymont Court Mansion
Charles Town, WV


Every Tuesday, 7-8:45 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church of the Shenandoah Valley
Stephens City, VA

*Starting Feb. 2, Shell will be offering a series of 10 meditation talks at this ongoing weekly group that will focus on what are called the 10 Perfections, or Paramis – qualities that we are urged to consciously cultivate that can help liberate us from suffering, and foster more joy and happiness in our lives. You don’t not need to attend all 10 talks to benefit; each talk will be complete on its own. We hope you can join us!


An Introduction to MBSR for Valley Health Nurses
Thu., Feb. 4: 11-:15-12:15 a.m.
Thu., Feb. 18: 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Winchester Medical Center Conference Center
1 CE credit for attendance

Mindfulness in Nature: A Guided Walking Meditation
Fri., April 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Blandy Experimental Farm at the Virginia Arboretum
Boyce, VA

Guest Teacher at Jonathan Foust’s Class in Arlington, VA
Mon., April 18, 7:30-8:45 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church
Arlington, VA

An Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation
Thurs., April 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Blandy Experimental Farm at the Virginia Arboretum
Boyce, VA

An Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Thursday, May 5, 6-8 p.m.
Winchester Medical Center
*This 2-hr class is free, but registration is required.

Guest Teacher at Jonathan Foust’s Class in Arlington, VA
Mon., June 6, 7:30-8:45 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church
Arlington, VA

Shell has been invited by her teacher, Tara Brach, to fill in as a guest teacher at her Wednesday evening class in Bethesda, MD. 
Tentative dates: May 11, July 13

Shell will be the featured speaker at the Sterling Women’s Luncheon Event at the George Washington Hotel in Winchester, VA

TueJuly 12 from noon-1 p.m.