Mindfulness Practice
to Awaken Your
Unlimited Potential

 

Courses and Events

Below is a current list of Amanda’s courses she will be teaching. Please note, all “More Info / Register” buttons will lead you to an outside website to complete your registration and make your payment.

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ALIGNING YOUR MIND + BODY TO CONNECT PEACE WITHIN

Overview

The GPS to your Wellbeing is within. To access this inner guidance system, we must align the mind/body with the present moment. This 8-week series is a TRANSFORMATIVE journey using simple tools in a high vibrational, no judgement safe space, that will keep pointing you back to present moment awareness. This level of practice and focus is the catalyst to reprogramming your brain and entire nervous system. This program will transform the way you operate in your daily life, so you can live from wholeness and wellness.

 

Transformations

❤ Be the observer of your experience.
This simple lens shift will be practiced and integrated throughout the entire 8 weeks.

❤ Restore the body’s natural rhythm.
The practice of meditation and awareness are the catalyst to calming the mind and nervous system, and connecting to our well-being.

❤ Default to the present moment.
The practice of using awareness to determine if you are in the present moment, or in the thoughts of past or present, will be integrated throughout the entire 8 weeks.

 

Specifications

❤ Monday Nights for Eight Weeks
September 13th to November 8th
from 4pm-5:30pm PST / 7pm-8:30pm EST

❤ Weekly Zoom
Each week we will gather via Zoom on a recorded LIVE for 90 minutes. We will begin each session with a relaxing, guided meditation that allows your body and mind to settle. We will be teaching and integrating wellness concepts that you will apply in your daily life.

❤ Weekly Meditation
Each week you will receive a  recorded, guided meditation (approximately 10 minutes in length), that you can practice daily for 7 days.  This will be a required daily practice that you can choose a time each day to listen in.

❤ Private FB Group
There will also be a support page on FB with daily inspiration and guidance.

❤ 2:1 Coaching
Within the 8 weeks, you can schedule a 90 minute, 2:1 coaching session with Amanda and Staci. We will listen to your specific needs, pinpoint and guide you to turn your challenges into opportunities that are ultimately driven by your inner guidance system aligned with your wellbeing.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction: Daytime Course

Copper Beech Institute, West Hartford, CT

 

 

IDEAL FOR: All levels, including beginners; Approved for 24 Continuing Education Credits from the NASW-CT

Mindfulness is a way of learning to relate directly to whatever is happening in your life. It is a way of taking charge of your life, a way of doing something for yourself that no one else can do for you – consciously and systematically working with your own stress, pain, illness, and the challenges and demands of everyday life. Restoring within yourself a balanced sense of well-being requires increased awareness of all aspects of self, including body and mind, heart and soul. Mindfulness-based stress reduction is intended to ignite this inner capacity and infuse your life with awareness.

MANDATORY ORIENTATION: Monday, September 13, 2021, 9:30am – 11:00am

CLASS DATES: Mondays, September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1 and 8
CLASS TIME: 9:30am -12:00pm, with the first class extended by a half hour and last class by one hour
ALL-DAY RETREAT: Sunday October 30, 2021, 9:00am – 4:30pm

MBSR is an 8-week program that provides you with tools to help you cultivate greater mindfulness in your day-to-day life. Each session is highly participatory, and the training encompasses a wide array of mindfulness practices, including sitting and walking meditation, mindful eating and mindful communication.

Two decades of published research indicates that the majority of people who complete the MBSR course report:

  • Increased well-being and happiness
  • Less stress and anxiety
  • Strengthened immune system
  • Less emotional reactivity
  • Greater focus and cognitive flexibility
  • Greater empathy and compassion
  • Lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms
  • Reductions in pain levels and an enhanced ability to cope with pain

MBSR is for everyone. The only requirement is the desire for greater awareness, balance, ease, and happiness.

To join the live, virtual session, a link and specific instructions will be provided and sent to you before the class is scheduled. You can learn more about zoom platform here.

TUITION:
$590: covers all the expenses of the course and supports others who cannot afford to attend.
$515: covers most of the expenses of the course.
$415: covers some of the expenses of the course.

If you would like to retake this course we are pleased to offer a 30% discount to returning students.

Mindful Self-Compassion

Copper Beech Institute, West Hartford, CT

 

 

WHEN: September 21, 2021 to November 9th, 2021; 6:30pm to 9:00pm EST

IDEAL FOR: All levels including beginners

Mindful self-compassion is a practice that directly cultivates goodwill toward ourselves, especially when facing challenges. This course combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to promote healing and well-being. While mindfulness teaches how to turn toward our challenges (whether physical, emotional or mental), self-compassion allows us to respond to these challenges with kindness and understanding. This course teaches how to befriend ourselves rather than judge, how to soothe ourselves in times of difficulty and how to to maintain a sense of well-being despite our challenges.

This is the standard 8-week course Mindful Self Compassion course developed by Kristin Neff, Ph.D. and Chris Germer, Ph.D., both world-leading experts in self-compassion.

Studies have reported benefits of self-compassion practices, which include less depression, anxiety, and stress, improved coping skills, and greater social connectedness, optimism, and happiness.

In this 8-week course you will learn how to:

  • Handle challenging emotions with greater ease.
  • Quiet the inner critic.
  • Befriend yourself.
  • Relate to suffering from kindness.
  • Transform difficult relationships.

Class Format will include lecture, discussion, guided meditation, written reflection, and small group sharing.

TUITION:
$485.00: covers all the expenses of the program and supports others who cannot afford to attend
$325.00: covers most of the expenses of the program
$150.00: covers some of the expenses of the program

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The Present Parent: A 4-Week Virtual Mindful Parenting Course

Online

 

WHEN: February 7th, 2022 to February 28th, 2022; 7:00pm to 8:30pm EST

IDEAL FOR: Parents

This is a 4-week virtual course that will explore how parenting makes fertile soil for mindfulness practice. More than anything, our children want our loving presence. However, as parents, we can feel pulled in many different directions. We may feel as though we fall short when it comes it giving our children the presence and love they need.

Together, we will explore how to:

  • Build present moment attention when interacting with our children. 
  • Remain grounded when we feel activated by our children and learn how to respond instead of reacting. 
  • Connect with our children and recognize the needs beneath their behavior. 
  • Uncover false expectations and beliefs contributing to stressful parenting. 
  • Embrace our flaws as parents and learn to raise ourselves alongside our children. 
  • Build a container of safety and love for our children to thrive. 

This course will include teachings, guided practices, and discussion with real life parenting struggles to explore mindfully.

*This course is appropriate for parents with children of any age; the principles are universal whether dealing with a toddler or teenager. 

TUITION:
$175: covers all the expenses of the program and supports others who cannot afford to attend
$125: covers most of the expenses of the program
$75: covers some of the expenses of the program

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Befriending Our Whole Self

Online

 

WHEN: March 7th, 2022 to March 28th, 2022; 7:00pm to 8:30pm EST

IDEAL FOR: All levels including beginners

In this 4-week virtual experience, we will actively cultivate our innate capacities for clarity, curiosity, compassion and courage to work with the inner and outer constraints that shape our lives. It is easy to accept the parts of ourselves that we view as “good.” Some of these parts may include the caretaker, the achiever, the creator. However, it is not as easy to acknowledge and accept parts of ourselves that we do not like, such as the critic, the worrier, the saboteur. By understanding the role of our parts, we can release judgement and move into curiosity, tolerance, and eventually acceptance. Through self-compassion and mindfulness practice, we will build comfort and awareness as we courageously shed light on parts of our inner selves that long for attention, connection, and compassion. 

Together we will: 

  • Revisit the power of your practice in grounding your attention and choosing how to attend to challenging moments.
  • Learn about the different parts of yourself.
  • Become more aware and responsive to the parts that respond to challenges in habitual and perhaps unskilled ways. 
  • Access your “Self”; become more familiar with your resources of compassion, equanimity and courage in the face of challenges and open up to the possibility of healing hurt parts of yourself (including working with shame).

This course will include guided self-compassion and mindfulness practices, journaling, movement, and discussion. This course is open to anyone but prior mindfulness and/or self-compassion practice is beneficial. 

TUITION:
$165.00: covers all the expenses of the program and supports others who cannot afford to attend
$115.00: covers most of the expenses of the program
$65.00: covers some of the expenses of the program

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Mindfulness is a limitless tool for self-discovery. It is an experiential process, meaning that you cannot just read about mindfulness to understand the process and receive its benefits. You actually have to practice and develop the skill to be present.

 

-- Amanda Votto

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