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Mindfulness: A Path to Freedom and Well-Being

All-Day Program with Lunch

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Code: 1H0318

The turmoil of daily life has left many of us coping with stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental, physical, and emotional problems. One promising source of relief has been uncovered through scientific studies: mindfulness. A contemplative practice rooted in Buddhist teachings, mindfulness cultivates inner calm and emotional balance. It’s even been shown to cause structural changes to the brain. More and more, individuals, companies, and institutions are discovering its benefits in work and daily life.

This daylong workshop led by Hugh Byrne explores the Buddhist origins of mindfulness, discusses the benefits demonstrated in research studies, examines its role in changing harmful habits, and provides skills and practices to use in daily life. Each session includes experiential practices of mindfulness. No experience or special equipment is required.

10–11 a.m.  Origin of Mindfulness in Buddhist Teachings

Introduction to the Four Noble Truths and Eightfold Path

11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.  Mindfulness—What It Is and Isn’t

Scientific research on the benefits of mindfulness

12:15–1:15 p.m.  Lunch (boxed lunch is provided)

1:15–2:15 p.m.  Mindfulness and Habit Change

Transforming unhealthy habits and developing beneficial ones

2:30–3:30 p.m.  Bringing Mindfulness into Daily Life

Introducing skills and practices for creating greater peace and well-being through mindfulness.

Byrne is a guiding teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW) and cofounder of the Mindfulness Training Institute of Washington. He is the author of The Here-and-Now Habit: How Mindfulness Can Help You Break Unhealthy Habits Once and for All.


S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)