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Miami MBSR Programs Offered

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South Florida Center for Mindfulness
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Mindfulness-Based Silent Retreat Weekend
"Each Day, A New Beginning"

Thursday afternoon to Sunday afternoon

September 21st to 24th

at The Duncan Conference Center
15820 Military Trail, Delray Beach, FL  33484


Sharon M Theroux, PhD, and Valerie York-Zimmerman


If you would like to practice living in the present moment, join us for a nourishing weekend to cultivate Beginner's Mind.  Renew your mind, body, and spirit. Discover that each day is a new beginning.

"To see the richness of the present moment, we need to cultivate what has been called, 'Beginner's Mind,' a mind that is willing to see everything as if for the first time."                         Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn

This retreat is modeled on the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) principles developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli at the Center for Mindfulness in the University of Massachusetts Medical School. In order to help participants discover a sense of stillness and deep listening, silence will be maintained throughout the retreat except during question/answer periods and interviews with our teachers. Daily guided mindful eating and mindful movement sessions will be offered.

Check-in begins at 4 pm on Thursday. Retreat ends at 1 pm Sunday.

Meals at the Duncan Conference Center will be lacto-ovo-vegetarian. Please note on your registration if you have any special dietary restrictions.

Duncan Center ~ An Oasis of Hospitality
A spirit-filled, life-giving environment. Five wooded acres of peace and serenity, delicious and nutritious food, state of the art meeting spaces, clean and spacious accommodations, and a caring staff. This beautiful facility features two labyrinths (indoor and outdoor), a sparkling pool and hot tub.



After 7/22:  $640 Double occup., $730 Single occupancy.
(All rooms have private bath.  Meals included)

About our Teachers

Valerie York-Zimmerman PhotoValerie York-Zimmerman has been a teacher and tireless advocate for Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy in South Florida since 1998 and 2002, respectively. Valerie received both her training and certification from the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts where that work was pioneered by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979. She is one of only two CFM Certified MBSR Teachers in the state of Florida at this time. Ms. York-Zimmerman is also affiliated with the prestigious Professional Training Institute in the Center for Mindfulness at the University of California San Diego.

Sharon M Theroux PhotoSharon M Theroux is a licensed psychologist and board certified neuropsychologist, working in private practice since 1995. She is founder of the South Florida Center for Mindfulness, and International Seminars Group, with their missions of educating the South Florida Community on mindfulness-based interventions. She is certified to teach MBSR by the Oasis Institute at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society at the University 0f Massachusetts Medical School.

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* Single occupancy is limited on a first-come, first-served basis.

Duncan Conference Center
15820 Military Trail, Delray Beach, FL 33484

Valerie York-Zimmerman
Miami Mindfulness ~ 305-668-3590

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Finding "Second Circle":
An Embodied Path to Power and Presence in Every Moment
Monday, February 13th, 6-8 pm
Do you find yourself shrinking from valuable opportunities for connection or driving others away with unintentional intimidation? Based on the work of renowned British acting coach Patsy Rodenburg, this experiential workshop will show you how to inhabit “Second Circle,” a physical and attitudinal way of being that generates resilient confidence, creative power, and authentic connection.
Through safe and playful movement, breathing, and speaking exercises, we’ll learn how to return easily and consistently to this place of grounded, mindful presence. We’ll also see how we often inhabit the less productive spaces of “First Circle” (hesitant hiding) and “Third Circle” (overconfident overbearing) and how they each can prove useful or productive at limited times. Lastly, we’ll explore how Second Circle applies to mindfulness and body awareness in general.
Guaranteed to shift how you move in the world!
The Way of the Mindful Improvisor:
A Playful Path to Courage, Creativity, and Connection
Wednesday, February 15th, 6-9 pm
Modern research suggests that mindfulness makes a powerful tool for developing young people’s resilience, self-confidence, emotional intelligence, and performance in academics, athletics, and the arts. Growing evidence shows that improvisational theatre does the same.
Woven together, the two transform into a single, compelling cloth. Mindfulness gains a playful, interactive expression. Improv develops a well-grounded depth. Working in concert, they cultivate the kind of charismatic, creative, connected presence that helps kids—and teachers—respond artfully to the challenges of any given moment.
This workshop will offer participants a glimpse into the power of these combined traditions. Together, we’ll create a safe learning lab that uses experiential exercises to sharpen self-awareness and revitalize relationship with the outside world. We’ll train the muscles of playful attention, introduce the power of “Yes, and,” retrain our reactions to so-called “failure,” and learn to connect with ourselves and others more resourcefully. And we’ll do all that while laughing a lot.
Enrollment for this second workshop will be limited to 18 participants.

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2017 Schedule of Special Events

Miami Mindfulness and ANIMA Learning are proud to collaborate with Ransom Everglades School to offer these Mindfulness-Based Trainings in education and special events:

Mindfulness and Improvisation Workshops

Taught by Ted DesMaisons

ANIMA Learning will lead fun, creative, and inspiring workshops to develop presence, confidence and resilience.

Presented at Ransom Everglades School:

1. Finding Second Circle: An Embodied Path to Power and Presence in Every Moment  ($40)

Monday, February 13th, 2017, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

2. The Way of the Mindful Improvisor: Connected Presence through Interactive Play  ($50)

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017, from 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Discount price for both February workshops: ($75)

Location To Be Announced

3. Fully Present, Deeply Connected:  The Way of the Mindful Improvisor  ($75)
~ A playful intensive for actors, drama educators, and their friends

Saturday, April 8th, 2017, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

.b 4-Day Teacher Training for Teens (Non-Residential)
Taught by Ted DesMaisons

Pronounced [dot-be] stands for 'Stop and Be!' forms the foundation for an MBSR-MBCT-Based 10-lesson training for middle and high school students.  It includes: PowerPoints, lesson plans, video/audio clips, manual, student booklet, and complimentary access to Teachers' Network for the first 6-months after the course.  ($995)

Monday-Thursday   April 10-13, 2017   8:30 am-5:00 pm   Ransom Everglades School  

Prerequisites for this .b Teacher Training

  • 1. Prior completion of an 8-week .b Foundations, IJ-MBSR, MBSR or MBCT Program
  • 2. Formal practice of at least 20 consecutive minutes daily for at least 6 months prior.

Ted DesMaisons, founder of ANIMA Learning, is the Mindfulness in Schools Project U.S. partner and will lead us in the .b Teacher Training. A long-time teacher and performer of improvisational theater, he infuses trainings with interactive play. Ted co-hosts a new podcast:
Monster Baby: A Curious Romp through the Worlds of Mindfulness and Improvisation.