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De-Stress in December!

A 5-week course on mindfulness meditation practices

— to create peace in the holiday season and beyond.

As the year comes to an end, night falls sooner, and the holidays approach, people sometimes feel increasingly stressed. Mindfulness practice helps us release the inner tensions that keep us entangled in unhealthy or unhappy physical and mental reactions. By letting go of stress and becoming more balanced, contented, and present with life, we can relax through the holiday season and more fully enjoy its spirit of goodwill, generosity, and joy.

No previous meditation experience is necessary.

  • December 07 — Mindfulness of breathing.
    Finding a place of rest in the here and now.
  • December 14 — Mindfulness of sensations.
    Being at ease with experiences as they occur.
  • December 21 — Mindfulness of emotions.
    Responding with balance to all of life’s events.
  • January 04 — Mindfulness of thoughts.
    Disentangling your inner stories by becoming fully alive to the reality of this moment.
  • Note: We will not meet December 28.
  • January 11 — Establishing Mindfulness
    Integrating mindfulness in the reality of daily activities.

Led by Shaila Catherine and Sharon Allen
Visit our Teacher Page for teacher biographies and photographs.

Registration is now open.

COURSE LEVELS:
This course is designed as a level 1 course, but it is open to all practitioners. Click this link for a key to course level designations.

REGISTRATION:
Registration has opened and is required for this course. Registration fees are non-refundable. To register, select an option under the Tickets heading at the bottom of this page. If you are viewing this page more than two months in advance of the course, the ticket feature may not have yet appeared, so please check back later to register.

The sliding scale fee range is from $310 to $85 and will be shared between IMSB and the teacher(s). The lower end of the sliding scale is intended for those with limited means. The basic rate of $85 is estimated to cover the most basic costs such as rent and insurance for the specific class period. It does not factor in compensation for teachers or ongoing administrative expenses for IMSB. The scholarship rate of $50 offers an even lower rate for those with very limited financial means.

By choosing to give at the mid to high range of the sliding scale your generosity supports those with limited income to attend our programs, and it supports IMSB and the teachers, enabling the dhamma to thrive in the South Bay Area. We encourage you to choose the highest level that is appropriate for your economic situation. If you need additional scholarship assistance and can volunteer to help, please inquire with the registrar about service scholarships by contacting ThursdayClassAddress_at_imsb.

Ticketing Tip: You may purchase series tickets on any day of the series. When you purchase a ticket you are registering for the entire class series. So you only need to register once.

TAX DEDUCTIBILITY:
The basic registration fee is not tax deductible and non-refundable. Donations above the base rate will be considered voluntary tax deductible contributions. Each January the IMSB treasurer sends donors letters that acknowledge the accumulated deductible donations from the previous year. This annual letter will acknowledge the amount given that is above the basic rate and serve as documentation for tax deduction purposes.

CANCELLATION POLICY:
All fees and payments are non-refundable. If it becomes necessary to cancel participation in a course, and the registrar is notified prior to the start of the first class meeting, your registration fee will be converted into a voucher creditable towards the fee for a future IMSB Thursday Class. Vouchers must be used within one year of the initial course start date. Cancellations that occur after the start of the first class are not eligible for the voucher credit.

To redeem a voucher, send an email to the registrar for the appropriate course and request to use your voucher credit as payment of the registration fees. If the voucher does not cover the base rate for the new class, the balance will be due to complete the registration process. Credits vouchers can be transferred to only one future course.

Tickets

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DeStress-Scholarship Rate$50.00The scholarship rate is intended for those with very limited means.

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DeStress-Base Rate$85.00The base rate is intended for those with limited means.

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DeStress-Sustaining Level 1$160.00Base rate plus support for teacher and IMSB

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DeStress-Sustaining Level 2$240.00Base rate plus support for teacher and IMSB

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DeStress-Sustaining Level 3$310.00Base rate plus support for teacher and IMSB.

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