Resolved to stress less in 2020? Check out a mindfulness class.

Would you like to stress less this year? Give one of our popular mindfulness classes a try! Balanced You has partnered with Mindfulness Northwest to offer classes at county worksites, online, or in the community. Classes are available to King County employees free-of-charge, subject to availability. See the January to March 2020 calendar below.

Mindfulness classes are one more way King County is Investing in YOU. Contact Balanced You with questions at BalancedYou@kingcounty.gov or 206-263-9626.

Community-based classes

King County employees are invited to join Mindfulness Northwest’s community-based courses throughout the Puget Sound region. Learn more about the available classes, which are located both in-person and online. Please contact Balanced You before you register to obtain permission to sign-up (Note: Advance permission only applies to the community-based classes. You do not need advance permission from Balanced You for the onsite classes.)

Onsite classes

Balanced You has partnered with Mindfulness Northwest to develop a calendar of classes available only for King County employees. Please see below for class description and sign-up details.

Class name Description Class Details
Introduction to Mindfulness

 

In this 2-hour workshop, we will review the various aspects of mindfulness practice, the ways mindfulness can help reduce stress, reactivity and burnout, and the science that supports the practices. The workshop includes hands-on learning of several simple but effective mindfulness practices that participants can put to use in their lives right away.

 

Jan. 22, 2020Administration Building – 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Register here.

 

Getting Started with Mindfulness and Compassion (Webinar Series) The practice of mindfulness helps us find the calm center in the storm of life. And the practice of compassion helps us warm our hearts and meet the calm and the chaos with more kindness and curiosity. Our 8-week classes go into these two topics in depth. This 3-week class can help you get a feeling for this rewarding work and help you choose your path forward. With three sessions, a manual, support for practice between classes, and a warm classroom community you’ll get started in “the practice” in a solid way. Mondays – Jan. 27 to Feb. 10, 2020Webinar – 6-8:30 p.m.

Register here.

 

Getting Started with Mindfulness and Compassion (Webinar Series) The practice of mindfulness helps us find the calm center in the storm of life. And the practice of compassion helps us warm our hearts and meet the calm and the chaos with more kindness and curiosity. Our 8-week classes go into these two topics in depth. This 3-week class can help you get a feeling for this rewarding work and help you choose your path forward. With three sessions, a manual, support for practice between classes, and a warm classroom community you’ll get started in “the practice” in a solid way.

 

Wednesdays – Jan. 29 to Feb. 12, 2020Webinar – 6-8:30 p.m.

 

Register here.

 

Meeting Mindfulness Mindfulness helps us meet challenges with more resilience and embrace the joys of life with more appreciation and awareness. In this 6-hour workshop, we’ll meet the primary practices of mindfulness, learn about the scientific and cultural roots of these practices, and have time for a hands-on experiential immersion. The day will conclude with small group discussion and dialog with the instructor on your experience of the day and how mindfulness can be integrated into daily life at work and at home. Feb. 13, 2020Central Building – 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Register here.

Introduction to Mindfulness

 

In this 2-hour workshop, we will review the various aspects of mindfulness practice, the ways mindfulness can help reduce stress, reactivity and burnout, and the science that supports the practices. The workshop includes hands-on learning of several simple but effective mindfulness practices that participants can put to use in their lives right away.

 

Feb. 20, 2020West Point Water Treatment Plant– 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Register here.

Mindfulness and Emotional Resilience Emotional Resilience refers to a person’s capacity for meeting difficult emotional situations with greater equanimity and a person’s capacity for returning to a state of emotional balance more quickly. This 4-hour workshop introduces techniques specifically designed to enhance participants’ ability to be aware of and respond to difficult emotional situations with both mindfulness and compassion, a combination which cultivates emotional resilience.

 

Feb. 27, 2020King Street Center– 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Register here.

Mindfulness and Emotional Resilience Emotional Resilience refers to a person’s capacity for meeting difficult emotional situations with greater equanimity and a person’s capacity for returning to a state of emotional balance more quickly. This 4-hour workshop introduces techniques  specifically designed to enhance participants’ ability to be aware of and respond to difficult emotional situations with both mindfulness and compassion, a combination which cultivates emotional resilience.

 

Feb. 27, 2020 – Maleng Regional Justice Center –   8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Register here.

Introduction to Mindfulness

 

In this 2-hour workshop, we will review the various aspects of mindfulness practice, the ways mindfulness can help reduce stress, reactivity and burnout, and the science that supports the practices. The workshop includes hands-on learning of several simple but effective mindfulness practices that participants can put to use in their lives right away. Mar. 11, 2020Central Building– 1 – 3 p.m.

Register here.

 

Mindfulness Practice Intensive This workshop is deeply experiential follow up to Meeting Mindfulness I, offering a deep immersion into mindfulness, stress reduction, body awareness, and inner care.
In this 6-hour workshop, we’ll immerse ourselves deeply in a sequence of mindfulness training exercises in a quiet “retreat style” environment that has been shown to maximize benefit. The day will conclude with small group discussion and dialog with the instructor on your experience of the day and how mindfulness can be integrated into daily life at work and at home.
Mar. 12, 2020Chinook Building– 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 

Register here.

Mindful Eating Mindfulness is the capacity to bring full attention and awareness to one’s experience, in the moment, without judgment. Mindful Eating brings mindfulness to food choice and the experience of eating. Mindful eating helps us become aware of our thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations related to eating, reconnecting us with our innate inner wisdom about hunger and satiety. Mar. 18, 2020 – Central Building – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 

Register here.

Mindful Leadership A mindful leader embodies leadership presence by cultivating focus, clarity, creativity, and compassion in the service of others. This 4-hour workshop introduces techniques specifically designed to explore the intersection of mindfulness training and the qualities associated with leadership excellence. With dedication and practice, employees transform their leadership abilities and their environments into places of increased innovation, greater focus, improved productivity, and widespread compassion. Mar. 24, 2020 – Chinook Building – 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

 

Register here.

Introduction to Mindfulness

 

In this 2-hour workshop, we will review the various aspects of mindfulness practice, the ways mindfulness can help reduce stress, reactivity and burnout, and the science that supports the practices. The workshop includes hands-on learning of several simple but effective mindfulness practices that participants can put to use in their lives right away. Mar. 25, 2020Metro North Base– 9 – 11 a.m.

Register here.

 

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