Detailed Class Descriptions

Starting with our studio: 

Below are Mindful Boston’s four foundation-building classes. You can attend any of them in any order that works for your schedule.  Beginners are welcome. Intermediate practitioners are encouraged to take these classes to familiarize yourself with our training pathway.

a) Community Meditation Night. b)  Bypassing Burnout Workshop.  c) Meditation Toolbox Course.  d) Cape Cod Retreat.

a) Community  Meditation  Night

An accessible way to see what Mindful Boston is about… and met our teaching staff

Our community meditation nights are the perfect way to give mindfulness a try. They are designed to be the most basic beginner-level intro to what mindfulness is, and what (who) Mindful Boston is.  These events are laid-back, welcoming, and completely free! 

Meditation Night seating

CMN, free event!

We begin with a brief discussion about meditation, where participants are encouraged to ask questions and share their thoughts.

The length of the meditation itself is usually about 15 to 25 minutes long. No previous experience is required; the meditation will be easy for beginners to understand.

The styles of meditation currently practiced at community nights include Lovingkindness (metta) Meditation, Seated Awareness Meditation, and Mindful Beat (Drumming). These are all different formats for mindfulness practice.

Local organizations partner with Mindful Boston to donate their spaces for these meditation events. For example, the picture above was taken at Ten Thousand Villages. We also have had events at our partner locations the Mel King Institute and the Boston Marathon Runbase.   

What should I bring?

Just bring yourself !
There are no special requirements for meditation practice. But if you do prefer to sit on the floor, it's fine to bring a cushion for yourself.

Seating: Depending on the location, there are sometimes chairs, and sometimes not. As you can see from the picture, many of us do sit on the floor.
If you require a chair for health reasons, make sure to RSVP at the Meetup page and let us know.

Teaching Staff: Community Meditation Nights are taught by Mindful Boston's Craftsman Level teachers-in-training under the supervision of senior teachers.  

Pricing: Free

b) Bypassing Burnout Workshop

Build your stress RESILIENCE

Using an instructional workbook, each participant will explore techniques that can be personally effective in real life at the office and at home. The workbook includes creating an individualized action plan for continued practice into the future.


Bypassing Burnout Workshop

In this 6 hour retreat workshop, participants will discover strategies for building strength in relationship to stressors.

Since some stress is immediate and other stress is chronic, we will discuss both on-the-spot strategies and long-term strategies.

The Fall day-long workshop will be offered on Friday November 1st 2019 in Boston’s Financial District near South Station.

Our workshops starts at 10am with snacks and a collaborative conversation about stressors. The afternoons include lectures, Q&A, a short meditation and stretching/yoga.  Snacks and a lunch are provided for mindful eating experiences.  

 Title: Bypassing Burnout: Building Resiliency Skills for Stress Reduction
Instructor: Gena Bean

Tuition Fee: $150 for the day. Includes lunch a workbook to take home.  There are a limited number of spots at a lower tuition rate for nonprofit organizations and individuals with budget concerns.

This workshop is scheduled twice per year, in the spring and in the fall. 
Spring Location: near Harvard Square, Cambridge, on the red line subway.   Parking lots and on-street parking are nearby.  Cambridge street metered parking is free on Sundays.
Fall Location: Boston’s Financial District near South Station, travel hub for the subway, commuter trains, and buses. Parking facilities are nearby for additional fees.

Registration will be open 30 days before the event. The standard tuition fee will be $150.

There are a limited number of sliding scale tuitions available for nonprofit employees and those on limited incomes.  If you are on the front lines of social justice work in some way, you are encouraged to apply. Contact us to apply for scholarships

c) Meditation Toolbox Course

Explore questions such as: "What kinds of meditations are there for me to try?" "Am I doing meditation right?" "How do I establish a foundational practice?"

The Meditation Toolbox gives you a structured introduction to what it means to meditate. Over the course of six weeks, this course introduces you to a number of the currently popular formats for meditation: Mindfulness, Creative Visualization, and Progressive Relaxation.

This course is a great place for any beginner to start. Also, it's a great next-step for anyone who has attended the Free Community Nights that are part of this meetup group.

This course goes deeper into the nuts-and-bolts foundations of how and why to meditate. It has more structure.

Usually offered as six Thursday nights 6:30pm to 7:45pm. See the Meetup group for exact dates and times each semester.


In The Toolbox Course

We spend 75 minutes together each Thursday night for six weeks.
Come to this course to explore:
What contemplative practices are available?
Where did the different forms of meditation come from?
Why would a meditator do any of these practices?


Cape Cod Retreat Day

Join Mindful Boston members and staff for a Saturday in August.

Mindful Boston members and staff gather each August for community. It is the highlight of our year where our aspiring Craftsmen get to present what they have learned and earn their meditation teacher certificates.

This year it’s Saturday August 10th in Eastham MA.

If you are staying overnight, there are many inns nearby. We also have a couple of spots for you to pitch your tent if you let us know in advance.