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 8-week 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.
Shell Fischer, Mindful Shenandoah Valley’s founder and director, 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, 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
*Registration and more information is available by clicking on any of the blue links
Aug. 2: Facing Fear, Finding Freedom
Oct. 25: Full Surrender: Riding the Waves of Annica (Impermanence)
3-DAY RESIDENTIAL RETREATS
Sept. 26-28: Weekend Women’s Retreat: “Nurturing Self-Compassion”
MINDFULNESS MEDITATION CLASSES & WALKS
July 31, Thu., 7-9 p.m.
An Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation at Blandy Experimental Farm, Virginia Arboretum in Boyce, VA
Sept. 4, Wed., 6:30-8 p.m.
Mindfulness in Nature: Guided Walking Meditation at Blandy Experimental Farm, Virginia Arboretum in Boyce, VA
Sept. 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Free “Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction” class at the Winchester Medical Center
TUESDAY NIGHT VIPASSANA MEDITATION GROUP
7-8:45 p.m. in Stephens City, VA