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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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Mindful Self-Compassion: 8-Week Course with Amanda Votto and Emily Williams

Copper Beech Institute, West Hartford, CT


CLASS DATES / TIMES: Upcoming dates will be announced soon, please stay tuned.

IDEAL FOR: All levels, including beginners

DESCRIPTION: 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 eight-week 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.



Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Copper Beech Institute, West Hartford, CT


IDEAL FOR: All levels, including beginners

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.

REQUIRED ORIENTATION: Tuesday, April 23, 2024, 9:30 – 11:00 AM

CLASS DATES: Tuesdays, April 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28, June 4, 11, and 18, 2024
CLASS TIME: 9:30am -12:00pm

ALL-DAY RETREAT: Saturday, June 15, 2024 from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

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.



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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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