A SANGHA FOR WELL-BEING
Compassionate listening and loving speech are the foundations of our sharing practice. As mindfulness deepens awareness of our experience we find new ways to enhance our own well-being. We become able to transform our suffering and find freedom in the present moment, embracing a feeling of wellness.
We offer guided meditation and relaxation exercises to help promote a calm, clear mind and a peaceful, loving heart. This energy supports us in accepting our challenges just as they are and leads to increased well-being and wellness.
Join us for a drop in support group that enhances well-being.
Support groups have been shown to increase wellness and prolong life.
Wednesday evenings – 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Pine Street Clinic
124 Pine Street
San Anselmo, CA 94960
Free, but donations accepted for the Pine Street Clinic
Jerome Freedman, Ph.D., is a cancer survivor since 1997. He brings to these sessions more than 35 years of teaching relaxation and mindfulness experiences. His purpose is to inspire people to take charge of their own well-being and actively participate in their healing.
Carolyn de Fay, L.C.S.W. is an experienced psychotherapist, group leader, and mindfulness practitioner. Her therapeutic approach to health issues incorporates mindfulness practice as a proactive path to healing and well-being.
This group is open to all people free of charge, who want to experience the path to well-being. No prior knowledge or experience is needed. Access to the web site permits us to continue sharing when outside of sessions.
The Mindfulness In Healing Sangha was founded by me, Jerome Freedman on the summer solstice of 2009. This is my effort to give back to the community for all the support I had received as a cancer patient since 1997. I invited Carolyn de Fay to co-facilitate with me from the very beginning. We had participated in two other local sanghas together since 2001.
At first, we met to support people who were going through some health crisis. They could be patients or care givers, and we would sit them down in the comfortable environment of the Pine Street Clinic. They would talk about their concerns and we would listen. We would then come up with a guided meditation which could ease their suffering.
This model worked quite well for many years until another sangha in San Rafael, California needed to disband due to the leader changing jobs. We absorbed the other sangha into Mindfulness In Healing and morphed into the meditation sitting group that we are today.
We sit for thirty minutes followed by a short stretch break and tea offered by the clinic. This is followed by a program of some sort such as a reading, dharma talk, dharma sharing, dharma discussion, guided meditations and the like. In summer months, we might even do walking meditation in the neighborhood of the Pine Street Clinic. We end with bows to the community and the world.