Mindfulness 

The Innerwork Center is Richmond’s premier source for high-quality mindfulness programs including:

  • Mindfulness Essentials - In this introductory program, learn about the proven benefits of a mindfulness practice and ways to integrate it into your everyday life. A good starting place, or a refresher for those seeking to re-start a mindfulness practice.

  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) - Decades of research show that this 8-week course, established by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, makes structural changes in the brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and compassion, measurably reducing stress. Learn to take better care of yourself through paying attention to the connections between your mind and body.

  • Self-Compassion Essentials - Learn tips for better self-care and mindfulness techniques to help you practice self-compassion in this introductory session. No meditation or mindfulness experience necessary.

  • Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) - In this empirically-supported course taught in 20+ countries, learn to treat yourself as well as you’d treat a friend. Gain powerful tools for healing, building inner strength, cultivating more compassionate self-talk, and increasing confidence and self-respect.

  • Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) - This 8-week program was developed at Stanford University using insights and techniques from psychology, neuroscience and contemplative practice. Train yourself to intentionally choose compassionate thoughts and actions - even with difficult people.

WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?

Mindfulness is the practice of purposefully paying attention to the present moment. It can be practiced formally through different forms of meditation, and informally through specific techniques we can use as we go about our days. Mindfulness teaches us to observe our thought patterns and the information we gather through our senses. When we focus our attention on the present moment, we enhance our ability to gain clarity, act with intention, reduce stress, and embrace life more fully.

WHAT IS MEDITATION?

Meditation is simply practicing concentration. Our minds generate thousands of thoughts a day and become easily distracted, which is magnified by our modern lifestyles of constant connection and interruption. Many of us suffer from a lack of down time for rest, solitude, and reflection. We can train our concentration muscles much like we train our bicep muscles at the gym through regular attention and repetition of a particular exercise - specifically, through meditation. Neurons in the brain that fire together begin to wire together, and over time, regular meditation practice allows us to focus better at home, at work, with our loved ones, and in any parts of our lives where we seek more presence.

What is NOT meditation? 

Mindfulness meditation is not an out-of-body experience, nor is it tied to any particular religion. The meditation practices at The Innerwork Center are secular and appropriate for everyone.

WHAT IS MINDFULNESS TEACHER TRAINING?

Led by Philip and Kay Davidson, PhDs, our Mindfulness Teacher Training Program is an intensive curriculum designed to prepare you to share your mindfulness practice as a teacher to others, enabling you to lead practice groups and workshops on your own. 

NOTE: This program is currently full.  Please check back for details on when a new class will begin, or contact Sherry Klauer at sherry@innerworkcenter.org for more information.