Looking to reduce stress? More mindfulness classes added for 2019!

Balanced You offers a variety of health and well-being options to support employees so you can feel good, get the most out of life, and do your best work for the people of King County.

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 Fall/Winter 2019 schedule 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 don’t 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.

 

Sept. 26, 2019Transit North Base – 9-11 a.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.

 

Oct. 3, 2019 – King Street Center – 9-11 a.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.

 

Oct. 17, 2019King County Administration Building – 8 am.-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.

 

Nov. 7, 2019Transit East Base – 9-11 a.m. Register here.
Getting Started with Mindfulness and Compassion 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.

 

Nov. 13, 2019Webinar – 6-8:30 p.m. Register here.

 

Mindful Leadership A mindful leader embodies leadership presence by cultivating focus, clarity, creativity, and compassion in the service of others. Mindful leaders can feel the space even in fast-paced high stress situations and work to create a culture of trust. Leadership presence is a tangible quality. This requires full and complete attention, with curiosity and openness, in the present moment. Those around a mindful leader see and feel that presence.

 

Dec. 5, 2019Renton Roads Maintenance Facility – 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Register here.
Mindful Communication Mindful Communication is a 4-hour course focused on exploring communication tools that foster a healthier work environment through improving communication, decreasing stress and building a foundation for a safe, supportive and nourishing workplace. Mindful Communication helps to increase awareness around multiple levels of interaction that occur in interactions beyond just the content and information that is being conveyed. Mindful Communication asks what can I bring to this communication, rather than just what can I get from it. What qualities, such as kindness, acceptance, patience, lightness, humor and strength can I offer? When we communicate mindfully, every interaction is fresh with opportunity and open to discovery. Mindful Communication also concerns itself with foundational issues of social justice and inequity which color all communication.

 

Dec. 11, 2019Bellevue District Court – 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Register here.

 

Meeting Mindfulness II 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.

 

Dec. 12, 2019 – Transit Atlantic / Central Base – 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Register here.

 

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