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“A Mindful Approach to Stress: Moving From Reacting to Responding — One Breath at a Time”

Saturday December 1, 2012 / 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Stress is quickly becoming a national epidemic. In a society undergoing the kind of rapid, wide scale changes we are experiencing stress is part of the air we breathe.

The pace of life goes faster and demands of family, work, home and the windstorm of news from the 24/7 media can leave one feeling life is a treadmill. Many get caught up in this breathless cycle, living life as a human doing rather than the human being they are meant to be; reacting rather than responding to the challenge of the moment.

This pace can quickly erode physical and mental wellness and be the source of relationship conflicts, job burnout, eating disorders and substance abuse. Some turn to medications to deal with the stressful cycle of living apart from their natural state, but there is another approach that can be healing for many.

In this daylong workshop “A Mindful Approach to Stress: Moving From Reacting to Responding – One Breath at a Time” professional counselor Mark L. Taylor MA LPC will guide you in practical ways to put the being back into daily life. Through a blend of didactic and experiential leading Mark will introduce you to various mindfulness and Buddhist psychology practices that can reduce stress

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Presenter Profile: Mark L. Taylor MA LPC – Mark is the founder of the RoundRiver Institute LLC and a licensed professional counselor who uses many principles from Buddhist psychology and mindfulness in his work with a variety of clients and clinical issues. He believes our internal wisdom and capacity to care and heal ourselves is both the key to living a more peaceful and dynamic life and as available as the next breath. Mark has past blog entries on mindfulness available for students to read beforehand. To access the blog go to:

Personal Investment: As part of our effort to bring affordable workshops to as many people as possible in these stressful days, this workshop is a RoundRiver “Partner Pricing” event. Details on pricing for this event are on the online registration form. The $15 registration fee can be made out to the RoundRiver Institute LLC and mailed to: P.O. Box 35, Genoa, WI 54632-0035. Please note, cancellations after November 26 are non-refundable.

Lunch: RoundRiver soup pot will be filled with something delicious but the rest of the lunch is potluck in order to keep the cost of sponsoring the event down.

Schedule: The workshop is from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our new “Dragon Cloud” meditation cabin in the woods behind the main house was just dedicated in September and will be available for visiting during the day.

What to Bring: Pad or meditation cushion or zafu; blanket to lie on; journal, water bottle; pen and dish to share for potluck. RoundRiver is in the lovely rural Romance Valley and depending upon the weather, we may do some outdoor practice, so students should dress for the weather and wear sturdy footwear.

For questions or to inquire about late or same-day registration call (608) 483-2730.

How to register:

Click here for a registration form you can print and mail
or register by phone at at (608) 483-2730