Free Summer Programs at the Center for Mindfulness

Free Summer Programs at the CFM
Join us this summer for free courses and workshops designed to bring greater balance, ease, and peace of mind to your life. Whether you are new to mindfulness or a regular practitioner, make time for yourself and engage with us and with your fellow participants.  Find out what mindfulness is all about, connect body and mind through mindful yoga, explore mindful eating or just join us for a sit.  Register now and make a difference in your own life and of those around you.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

All programs are free and filled on a first come, first served basis.

Worcester County Food Bank

Help to create a hunger-free community
We will be accepting non-perishable food item donations for these programs to benefit the Worcester County Food Bank.

Monetary donations will be accepted for the Center’s scholarship fund, Hearts Open Wide, for those in need of financial support during these uncertain times. 
Click here to make a donation.

Rebecca Eldridge

July 26 - August 9 | 3 Sessions | Wednesdays, 6:00 - 7:30pm | Shrewsbury, MA

Introduction to Mindfulness

(This program is full)
A gentle introduction to mindfulness for accessing the wisdom, well-being, and wholeness that reside within each of us. Course consists of 3 classes and covers 3 meditation practices: sitting, walking, body scanning. Benefits of mindfulness meditation range from the physical, such as reduced symptoms of pain and lessened insomnia, to the emotional, such as increased confidence and joy. A body scan audio is provided to each participant for continued practice beyond the course. Attendance at all 3 classes is required.

Rebecca Eldridge

Éowyn Ahlstrom

July 17 - August 14 | 5 Sessions | Mondays, 5:30 - 6:45pm | Shrewsbury, MA

Mindful Yoga for Everyone

Learn and explore mindful yoga in a gentle, accessible way. This five week course will build on the principles used for yoga in MBSR, emphasizing awareness and self-care in the processes of yoga movements and positions. Each session will include a period of guided yoga practice followed by some time for discussion. Attend the community sitting afterward if you wish!

Éowyn Ahlstrom

Saki Santorelli

August 5 | Saturday, 10:00am - 2:00pm | Shrewsbury, MA

Half-day Retreat with Saki Santorelli, Executive Director
Love: Learning to Inhabit the Heart

Each time you give up your heart to love is a moment of true joy…   -Hafiz 

To be of any real use meditation and mindfulness need to offer us an effective means of meeting the stresses and strains, demands and challenges of everyday life.   In my own life, and in the lives of tens of thousands of people around the world who have participated in mindfulness and MBSR programs, the discovery of stability and resiliency in the midst of everyday life appears to be consistently affirmed. As these capacities unfold, people often ask me questions like, “What’s next?”  “Now that I’ve learned to survive and sometimes thrive, is there something more to me and to this life?”  “What has mindfulness practice got to do with my heart, my soul, my deeper sense of wellbeing?” In your own way, you too may have wondered about these and other questions. The questions themselves are pointing to something within us - like fragrances to be inhaled, signs to be followed, hidden treasures in your chest calling to you. Every one of us, despite what we say or think, is drawn by love, called forth by the force of love. And when we get comfortable with this “call," we can actually learn how to lean into the feeling of love, how to linger in love, how to fall open into what we actually are—and know it beyond knowing itself - even for the briefest of moments.  This is the treasure we’ll explore in this half-day retreat.

Saki Santorelli

Patti Holland  Jennifer Fournier

August 26 | Saturday, 10:00am - 3:00pm | Shrewsbury, MA

Mindful Eating:  Making Food Fun Again

Is your relationship with food satisfying and enjoyable, or a source of concern and stress?
Come learn how mindfulness can help us to cultivate a healthier relationship with food    and eating – one bite at a time.  In this workshop we will:

  • Engage in mindfulness practices that can support us to make wise – and satisfying – food choices
  • Sample foods as a way to experientially understand what’s behind a nutritional label
  • Learn how our brain influences our food choices and eating habits
  • Practice mindful eating by sharing lunch together (please bring a brown bag lunch)

Patti Holland, Jen Fournier

Judson Brewer  Ted Meissner  Margaret Fletcher

Mondays, 7:00 - 8:00pm with dialogue
Wednesdays, 7:30 - 8:15am no dialogue

Weekly Community Mindfulness Practice Sessions

We extend an open invitation to the greater Worcester community to join us for the weekly CFM Meditation Community or "Sit" hosted at our center in Shrewsbury.

Mondays - Judson Brewer and Ted Meissner
Wednesdays - Margaret Fletcher

Monthly Movie Night

Last Friday of the Month, 7:00pm

Monthly Movie Night

Join us at the Center for Mindfulness for our monthly movie night! Held in our beautiful auditorium, the evening includes popcorn and a discussion led by one of our team members. Open to the Greater Worcester Community, and donations are accepted to support future movie nights.

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