Warm 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.
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
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION (MBSR) 8-Week Workshops
**Learn More: What is MBSR?
FALL: Two workshops offered in Winchester, VA
Sept. 25 -Nov. 13 Sundays, The Dharma Studio
Sept. 22 – Nov. 17 Thursdays, Winchester Medical Center
*Daylong Retreat included: Sat., Nov. 5 in Stephens City, VA\
WINTER: One workshop offered in Winchester, VA
Jan. 15 – March 5, 2017
Sundays, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
The Dharma Studio, on the downtown walking mall
*Daylong Retreat included: Feb. 25 in Stephens City, VA
SATURDAY DAYLONG MEDITATION RETREATS
**Learn More: What Is A Retreat Like?
Nov. 12: Facing Truth: Finding Freedom
Jan. 21: Finding Peace in the Chaos
Mar. 25: Happy in the Heart – Practices to Generate Joy
WEEKEND RESIDENTIAL MEDITATION RETREATS
Mar. 10-12, 2017, Women’s Weekend Retreat
Finding Grace Through Facing Fear
Claymont Court Mansion
Charles Town, WV
July 20-24, 2017, A 5-Day Meditation Retreat
Opening the Heart in the Divine Abodes
w/co-teachers Ruth King and Mary Aubry
Sevenoaks Retreat Center, Madison, VA
TUESDAY NIGHT INSIGHT MEDITATION GROUP
Every Tuesday, 7-8:45 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church of the Shenandoah Valley
Stephens City, VA
MEDITATION CLASSES & EVENTS
Guest Teacher at Jonathan Foust’s Class in Arlington, VA
Mondays, 7:30-8:45 p.m. (*This is a 200+-person class)
2 upcoming classes: Nov. 14, May 1
Unitarian Universalist Church
Mindfulness in Nature: A Guided Walking Meditation
Wed., Oct. 19, 5:45-7:15 p.m.
Blandy Experimental Farm at the Virginia Arboretum