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Caregiver Support & Advocacy
with Magda Alden, MSW, LCSW and Tina Pettingill, MPH, MaineHealth Learning Resource Center
Being a caregiver for someone you love can be wonderful and difficult all at once. If there were ways to make this complex experience a little less stressful and more enjoyable for both you and your loved one, wouldn’t you want to know them? What if you could learn information that might impact the health of the person you are caring for? Join us to learn from a cancer patient navigator and a caregiver who will discuss advocacy tips, self-care for the caregiver and how to traverse the journey that is caregiving for the ill patient.
DIY Stress Relief Activities
with Bonnie Carleton, Health Educator, BS, CHES, MaineHealth Learning Resource Center
Life can be stressful. Stress can have harmful effects on our bodies and minds. It is important to take time to reduce stress levels to keep ourselves healthy. Join us for an evening of relaxing activites. Listen to soothing music and sip tea while making your own stress-relief projects, including:
- Glitter jar
- Mini Zen garden
- Mermaid stress ball
Please note: We will be using an essential oil diffuser in this class.
Fundamentals of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
with Liz Korabek-Emerson, MaineHealth Learning Resource Center
This 4-week class is an introduction to the practice of mindfulness; training the mind to be awake and aware in the present moment. Mindfulness can help reduce stress, support healing and improve well being. The class will include practice, discussion and suggestions for integrating mindfulness into our busy lives. You do not need any previous experience.
Mindful Walking in Nature
with Mary Bitterauf, BS, CHES, CHWC, Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher, MaineHealth Learning Resource Center
Learn how to take a meditative walk in nature with mindfulness experts from MaineHealth’s Learning Resource Center. Explore the Blackstrap Hill Preserve’s trails while taking time to become more aware of your own body’s sensations and experiences in nature. Being mindful in nature allows us to reconnect to the present moment and can be the perfect antidote for all of life’s daily stressors.
We will be walking a 1.8 mile loop over moderate terrain. For the safety of participants and your pets, please leave all dogs at home.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Morning Session
with Tim Blair, MaineHealth Learning Resource Center
The 9-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program is designed to help you cope more effectively with both long and short term stressors. Developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn from the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, MBSR has been scientifically proven to enhance pain management and reduce pain levels, improve focus, resilience and the capacity to recover more quickly from challenging life events. Taught by an approved teacher of MBSR, instruction involves mindful meditation practices, discussion, gentle stretching and yoga (appropriate for all fitness levels.)
For more information on the class and requirements, visit www.mainehealth.org/LRC.
Registration deadline: Apr. 9
Participation is required on:
- Wednesday, Apr. 11, 5:30-7:00 pm (Orientation)
- Saturday, Jun. 2, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm (Retreat)
Workshop: Teaching Mindfulness to Children
with Erica Marcus, MAT, Certified Mindfulness in Schools Instructor, MaineHealth Learning Resource Center
Please note: This workshop is only open to those who have attended our 1-night Teaching Mindfulness to Children introductory class.
Erica will lead this 3-part series building on the foundation of Teaching Mindfulness to Children, the introductory class. Each week, through modeling, discussion, and practice, you will learn how to teach mindfulness strategies to children as you cultivate our own personal practice.
Each class will focus around a theme: class one will look at senses and body, class two will focus on emotions and the mind, and class three will revolve around compassion practices. There will be light homework required, in which you will be asked to complete at home practice sessions and deliver material to young people in your life.
Classes will be held on March 5, March 19 and April 2. It is strongly encouraged that you attend all 3 classes. Certificates of attendance will be available after the workshop.