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Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation: A 10-week Beginning Meditation Course

Meditation is an ancient spiritual practice that has remarkable practical benefits for both body and mind. This class offers practical, step-by-step guidance for developing a personal meditation practice using mindfulness. This class includes: basic instruction in the techniques of mindfulness meditation; the psychological principles and spiritual underpinnings of the practice; and clear guidance for bringing the fruits of the meditation practice into professional and everyday life.

18.5 hours of instruction: six-hour orientation retreat plus ten 75-minute classes.

Ten Tuesday classes 8:15am-9:30am: February 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25, 2017. Class location is at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts.

Orientation Retreat: Thursday, February 9, 2017 OR Saturday, February 11, 2017 – 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Retreat location is at the Earth & Spirit Center, 1924 Newburg Road, Louisville, KY 40205.

  • Instructor: Fr. Joe Mitchell, CP
  • For more information, please contact the Earth & Spirit Center at 502-452-2749 or email info@earthandspiritcenter.org.

About the Instructor:

Joe Mitchell is a Catholic priest and member of the Passionist religious community. He is the founder and president of the Earth & Spirit Center.  He studied theology at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and earned a graduate degree in Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness from the California Institute of Integral Studies.  He has taught mindfulness meditation for over 15 years and also teaches classes around the environment and the new cosmology.

About the Earth & Spirit Center:

The Earth & Spirit Center is a non-profit organization located in Louisville, KY.  Its mission is to cultivate a mutually enhancing human-Earth relationship through transformative learning experiences and service opportunities in spiritual development, social compassion and Earth literacy.  To learn more about the organization and our other class offerings visit: http://earthandspiritcenter.org/

“In this day and age the greatest challenge for any leader is to remain patient, thoughtful, focused, centered, and open minded. Through the Mindfulness and Meditation course, I found the most effective discipline for achieving this level of clear-headedness.” – Jim Welch, former Vice Chairman of Brown-Forman Corporation

“Mindfulness practice helps build resilience, compassion and mental focus. Few organizations have offered outstanding meditation courses for as long as the Passionist Earth and Spirit Center. Their courses are a terrific opportunity for people in the business community, metro government and healthcare organizations to explore mindfulness practice.” – Jon Klein, M.D., Ph.D., Vice-Dean for Research, University of Louisville School of Medicine

“Mindful meditation has been truly revolutionary for me. I highly recommend this course for anyone wishing to develop a greater sense of internal serenity or a stronger understanding of self.” – Sarah Davasher-Wisdom, Chief Operating Officer for Greater Louisville, Inc.

“I would highly recommend the introduction to mindfulness meditation course to everyone. It has had a profound effect on me and how I view and handle all aspects of life.” – Jane Morreau, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Brown-Forman Corporation

“Most powerful course I’ve ever taken! I learned how to clear my mind and make a path for my emotional intelligence to guide me. I’m healthier, happier and more productive.” – Barbara Sexton Smith, Chief Liaison for Compassionate Schools Project and member of the Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Council

“Taking the 10-week class provided an awakening on how to take the practice of mediation into being a strong, empathetic business leader.” – Dan Forte, Vice President for Programming and Events, Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts

“I’d recommend this class to anyone searching for a deeper meaning to their existence, more purpose to their daily activities, or simply peace amidst the general chaos of life.” – Brian Riendeau, Executive Director, Dare to Care Food Bank

“The course was amazing and I highly recommend it, as it truly helped bring focus, clarity and peace of mind to my business and life.” – Joshua Rose, Attorney at Law, Abell Rose LLC

“Even if you have done meditation before, this wonderful class provides the opportunity to deepen your experience by learning from a master teacher. It brings mindfulness meditation alive with engaging and clear presentations.” – Cynthia Campbell, Pastor, Highland Presbyterian Church

“The course made it easy to turn a mysterious concept, mindfulness, into a simple and generative practice that will serve me for a lifetime.  I would recommend it to anyone!” – Tom Williams, attorney at Stoll Keenon Ogden and co-chairman of the Partnership for a Compassionate Louisville

“The Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation class launched me on a remarkable journey into an awareness of myself and the world around me, giving me a renewed sense of freedom and inner peace.” – Jim Wayne, member of the Kentucky House of Representatives

“This course on mindfulness meditation offers a beacon of hope for those who search for meaning. A balm for Earth and life itself.” – Marianne Welch, Environmentalist and Philanthropist

“With weekly sessions to guide practice and inspiring daily messages, developing a regular meditation practice for calm and serenity has been natural and enriching.” – Linda Valentine, former Executive Director, Presbyterian Church (USA) and corporate attorney.

“The mindfulness meditation course offered by the Earth & Spirit Center has helped me in a compassionate and highly effective manner.” – Dr. Robb Shrader, M.D., Ophthalmologist

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