Formal mindfulness classes offered

See below for program descriptions and details.

  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (in-person)
  • Growing Resilience with Mindfulness (in-person and online)
  • Mindfulness on the Spot (online – scheduled by request)
  • Mindfulness in the Workplace (For LVHN colleagues only. Find it here. You must be on the network to access this link.)

How to enroll in our classes

To learn more about our programs, call Preferred EAP at 610-433-8550 and 1-800-327-8878 or email at preferredeap@lvh.com.

Register and view schedules

Costs

We have three tiers of availability:

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
LVHN employees: $50
EAP corporate clients: $275
General public: $375

Growing Resilience with Mindfulness (in-person and online)
LVHN employees: $25
EAP corporate clients: $125
General public: $175

Free information session required for Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Class participants must attend a free information session to register. There you will learn first-hand about our programs. At the conclusion of this session, if you are interested in learning more you can schedule a brief interview with a teacher who will answer any questions you have and make sure your personal goals of participation are consistent with the program’s goals. If so, you will then be able to register for the eight-week program.

Print the MBSR registration materials. Please scan and email completed forms to Michelle.McEvoy@lvhn.org or mail to Preferred EAP at 1728 W. Jonathan St., Allentown, PA 18104.

Program scholarships and continuing education credits are available. Download scholarship application here.

Graduate Practice Group and your support

This group is open to all graduates of MBSR, Mindfulness Training for Medical Professionals (MTMP), and the Growing Resilience with Mindfulness (GRM) program. The group meets virtually the first Tuesday and third Wednesday of each month. Please email Michelle.McEvoy@lvhn.org and request an invitation. The Graduate Practice Group is offered free as a service to the community by our teachers.

We encourage you to donate to our Center for Mindfulness Fund when you participate in this group. Learn more.

About mindfulness and our signature programs

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a universal human capacity to bring our full attention to the present moment with an attitude of curiosity, openness and receptivity. It’s easy to be mindful. Anyone can do it! But it’s often hard to remember to be mindful!

By letting go of worries or preconceived notions, we can experience our lives with more awareness. Greater relaxation, ease and joyfulness are common effects. Recognizing our common humanity, graduates treat themselves and others with more compassion.

Mindfulness can be practiced through meditation or simply practicing paying attention, moment by moment with curiosity.

What is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction?

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is an eight-week group program that teaches participants to practice mindfulness. Designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center 40 years ago and extensively researched, this work has generated a body of literature in both scientific and popular publications which describes its many benefits.

About half of every 2½-hour class is spent learning and practicing mindfulness meditation. The practices include learning to pay attention to breath or body sensations while the body is still or in motion. There is also discussion about learning to recognize how each of us experiences stress and the relationship of stress to illness and behavior. Participants learn about their own patterns of reactivity and how, with mindfulness, they might choose to respond. Classroom discussion includes:

  • How to cultivate awareness of physical sensations in the body
  • Meditation practices that improve focus and attention
  • How to recognize signs of stress and intervene earlier
  • How to change your relationship with stress, anxiety, chronic pain or illness
  • Strategies to improve confidence and self-esteem
  • Practices to improve communication through deep listening and mindful speech
  • Relaxation techniques

The program also includes a half-day retreat on a Saturday which is a wonderful opportunity to practice all that you have been learning.

Our classes are facilitated by two trained teachers who create a safe, cohesive environment, whether the class is conducted in-person or online. The connection that occurs between participants and facilitators is one of the most valuable aspects of the experience.

“When I slow down, I realize how much beauty and sweetness I miss by rushing around. I can be more present to others and to my own experience. I actually feel more alive.” – Program participant

Who can benefit from Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction?

Everyone! Mindfulness has been shown to support health and well-being, facilitate coping, reduce burnout and enhance communication, to name a few of its most significant benefits. MBSR reduces the distress resulting from a wide variety of chronic medical and psychological conditions. People attend to seek relief from chronic pain, sleep disturbances, high blood pressure and headaches. Other reasons include anxiety, depression or other stress symptoms.

Although children and teens can benefit greatly from mindfulness training, our program is designed for adults 18 and over.

There are some conditions which may make participation more difficult. For instance, if someone is severely ill, has recently lost a loved one or has suffered severe trauma in the recent past, this group process may not be appropriate. Please attend an information session and discuss any concerns with your teacher.

How is Growing Resilience with Mindfulness different?

This alternative to MBSR offers shorter classes and a shorter time span, while still providing an in-depth experience with mindfulness and self-compassion. The group meets for 90-minute sessions over a six-week period. Participants will practice a variety of formal exercises. We discuss their impact as we develop practical skills for use at home and in the workplace. A detailed manual is provided that includes background information and resources for continued practice.

Overall objectives:

  • Identify internal and external stress and how it is experienced in the body
  • Recognize habitual patterns of appraisal and reactivity
  • Realize that there are alternative ways of seeing and understanding
  • Open new possibilities for seeing, responding and communicating
  • Focus on self-compassion to build resiliency through replenishing our capacity to work with challenging experiences

A short history

The Lehigh Valley Health Network Center for Mindfulness

LVHN Center for Mindfulness was established in 2001 as a collaborative effort of the departments of family medicine and psychiatry to develop mind/body techniques which complement standard medical treatments. Co-founded by Susan Wiley, MD, Psychiatrist, and Joanne Cohen-Katz, PhD, Psychologist, the Center for Mindfulness at LVHN is the leading provider of mindfulness workshops in the Lehigh Valley. Over our many years of service, we have helped thousands of people transform their lives. Our teachers have years of supervised training to assure participants will have an experience which is both health-promoting and transformative.

Meet our founders and teachers

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susan wiley

Susan
Wiley, MD

Psychiatrist, Co-Founder, LVHN Center for Mindfulness

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joanne cohen-katz

Joanne
Cohen-Katz, PhD

Psychologist, Co-Founder, LVHN Center for Mindfulness

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carol sorrentino

Carol
Sorrentino, MSN, APRN, BC

Clinical Nurse Specialist

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nancy matheny

Nancy
Matheny

Mindfulness teacher

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maureen wendling

Maureen
Wendling

Mindfulness teacher

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Marylynn Windish, MS, LPC, MAC

Marylynn
Windish,
MS, LPC, MAC

Mindfulness teacher

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Lisa Wolk, RDN, LDN

Lisa
Wolk,
RDN, LDN

Level 1 Instructor of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Certified Therapist in Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training

Support Our Work

The LVHN Center for Mindfulness benefits from generous donations so we can continue offering mindfulness to our colleagues and community. Funds go toward new programs, teacher training and scholarships to support those who need assistance with enrollment costs. We encourage you to donate.

Mindfulness Development Fund

 

Continuing education and LVHN colleague information

Growing Resilience with Mindfulness

LVHN* is accredited by the Pennsylvania Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. LVHN designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 9.0 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s) (must attend all six sessions). Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the educational activity.

LVHN is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Completion criterion: Registered nurses attending the entire program will receive 9.0 Contact Hours (must attend all six sessions).

LVHN has been designated a pre-approved sponsor provider of professional continuing education for social workers, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors by the State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors. License # 002613. This educational activity has been approved for 9.0 CEUs (must attend all six sessions).

*It is LVHN’s policy to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all of our sponsored educational programs. Faculty and all others who have the ability to control the content of continuing education activities sponsored by Lehigh Valley Health Network are expected to disclose all financial relationships.

Growing Resilience with Mindfulness will satisfy the patient safety/risk management requirement:

  • Professional conduct and ethics: Through values clarification, physicians can reconnect with their motivations for becoming physicians.
  • Improving communication among physicians with other health care personnel: Mindful communication is a key skill set practiced in every session.
  • Communication between physicians and patients: Mindful communication is a key skill set practiced in every session.
  • Health care quality improvement: The reduction of burnout and the building of resiliency have been shown to improve health care outcomes.

My Total Health colleague program

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Growing Resilience with Mindfulness are available to eligible LVHN colleagues at a reduced cost. Participating in these classes helps you accumulate points in the My Total Health incentive program. All you need to do is record your wellness activities in the My Total Health portal for your chance at various prizes and vouchers. Visit the My Total Health page in CRC-Lawson for more information.

All members of the LVHN medical staff are eligible for the employee discount.

Download recorded sessions

MP3 files with class meditation practices and mindful movement exercises can be downloaded from this page. Other materials will be provided to you in class. The practices under “Mindfulness Meditation III” can be downloaded by double-clicking on a practice and, as it is playing, right-clicking on the bar and “save as” to wherever you want it downloaded.

These guided meditations are made available to the community in the spirit of supporting your mindfulness practice. They are intended for your personal use only. Please seek permission for any other use by contacting Michelle.McEvoy@LVHN.org.