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 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. 

THE TEACHER

Shell Fischer, Mindful Shenandoah Valley’s founder and director, offers 25 years of mindfulness practice and study. She’s a full teacher and senior practitioner with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, D.C. (IMCW), trained in the 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

**8-WEEK WORKSHOPS: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Winter 2015: Three workshops starting Jan. 25, 29, & 30 (*Registration is available prior to the second class if space allows.)
Spring 2015: New workshops will begin May 17, 18, & 21 in Winchester, Front Royal, & Leesburg, VA

DAYLONG MEDITATION RETREATS
Mar. 21: Finding Freedom in Forgiveness
May 9: Claiming Our Innate Belonging: The Truth of Interconnection

3-DAY RESIDENTIAL MEDITATION RETREATS
March 27-29: “The Blessings of Self-Compassion” Weekend Women’s Retreat
Claymont Court Mansion in Charles Town, WV

PUBLIC CLASSES: (*registration for these will open soon)

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation workshops:
Apr. 10, Fri., 10-12 a.m., Hood College in Frederick, VA
Apr. 15, Wed., 6-8 p.m., at Wellspring in Winchester, VA
Apr. 17, Fri., 6:30-8:30 p.m., Blandy Experimental Farm in Boyce, VA

Mindfulness in Nature
Apr. 24, Fri., 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Blandy Experimental Farm in Boyce, VA

An Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Apr. 27, Mon., 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Warren Memorial Hospital in Front Royal, VA

TUESDAY NIGHT INSIGHT MEDITATION GROUP
7-8:45 p.m. in Stephens City, VA

 

MINDFULNESS TRAINING FOR BUSINESSES
Learn about bringing a  mindfulness workshop or presentation to your private group