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Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

Juliet Soopikian, MFT

June 15 - July 27, 2012
10:30 AM - Noon

This class will introduce students to the first step in the practice of what is often called insight, mindfulness or Vipassana meditation.

We will focus on the often-neglected nuts-and-bolts of what to do and how to train our minds. We alternate short periods of silent meditation with an exploration of what actually happened while we were meditating.

We will cover the practical aspects of posture, how to cultivate your attention, work with your thoughts, and develop an attitude that fosters our openness to experience.

This class meets weekly on Friday mornings.

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Juliet Soopikian, MFT, is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist (MFT #38746) in private practice in West Los Angeles. She is co-founder of the Insight Center, and teaches mindfulness meditation and its application to personal and professional lives.

Prior to private practice, Juliet worked as a therapist in inpatient and outpatient settings, including the Department of Health and Human Services for the City of Long Beach. She served as program director of an acute outpatient program for Glendale Memorial Hospital, social services coordinator counselor for a group home in San Gabriel Valley, group and family therapist for a community clinic of Kaiser outpatient services, and a discharge planning coordinator for Kaiser inpatient psychiatric hospital.

Juliet is a near-death-experience survivor and lives with a medical condition. These experiences have given her a deeper and more intuitive sense of others' challenges as well as profound compassion for each person seeking her help. She has used her psychotherapeutic skills and meditative practices to develop a step-by-step approach to managing chronic illness and pain. Her motto in life: "Helping one heart at a time."

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation
When June 15 - July 27, 2012,  10:30 AM - Noon
General Info This class will introduce students to the first step in the practice of Vipassana meditation. We will cover the practical aspects of posture, and focus on the often-neglected nuts-and-bolts of what to do and how to train our minds. We will alternate short periods of silent meditation with an exploration of what actually happened while we were meditating on the cushion, to cultivate your attention, work with your thoughts.

For further information contact Michael Shiffman by email at shiffman@InsightCenter.org or by phone at 310-445-2160.
Registration Please use the online registration process for this class.
Preregistration is require and space is limited to 8 students to assure personal contact.
Cancellation Policy: Due to limited space, a cancellation notice is required in writing five days prior to the start of an event for a refund less a 25% processing fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellation requests received less than five days prior to the start of an event.
If you have any difficulties or concerns contact Michael at 310-445-2160.
Cost The cost is $450 for the 18 hour class.
Payment may be made by credit card on the Insight Center website or by arrangement with the teacher. The cost includes 6 two-hour classes and the six-hour daylong retreat.

A payment plan is available to divide the cost into multiple payments and ease any financial burden. To setup a payment plan contact Michael Shiffman by email at shiffman@InsightCenter.org or by phone at 310-445-2160.

Donations / Dana Dana is the Pali word for generosity. In the Buddhist tradition, teachers do not receive a fee for their instructions because the teachings are considered priceless and are thus given freely. Instead, they rely on the appreciation, kindness, and generosity of their students. For this class, the teachers are compensated from the course fee. Additional contributions to the center to assist in operating costs are greatly appreciated. Checks should be made payable to the "Insight Center."
At the Event Each session begins promptly at 11:00 AM and ends at 1:00 PM.

Doors open at 10:30 AM. Students are encourage to arrive by 10:45 AM for tea and to transition from their drive. Our Center has central air so if you get cold easily please bring a shawl, socks and other layers of quiet warm clothing. Tea and water are provided.
What to Bring Chairs, cushions and benches are available.
We suggest wearing modest, comfortable clothing and socks if your feet tend to get cold. Some participants like to wear a shawl or light blanket while meditating. >p> Please do not wear any scented perfumes and turn-off pagers, cell phones and digital watch alarms during the class. For the daylong class you may wish to bring your lunch.

We have a refrigerator but no microwave or stove. The Center is located next to a park which is available in which to eat lunch. There are also many restaurants within 3 blocks of the Center on Westwood Blvd.
Continuing Education Continuing Education Units are available for this course.

Psychologists:The Insight Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Insight Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course is provides 18 CE units.

MFTs / LCSWs / LPCCs: The Insight Center, as an APA CE Provider offer continuing education units that are accepted by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. This course provides 18 CE units.

Nurses: The Insight Center, Provider Number 14914, is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing. This course provides 18 CE units.

There is a $20 fee for the CEU certificate.

Directions Location:
All of our classes are held at The Insight Center in West Los Angeles, near Sepulveda and Santa Monica Blvds.

For exact location, directions and parking suggestions, go to:
http://insightcenter.org/directions