Wednesday Evenings, 6:30-8:30, starting February 8
Saturday Mornings, 9:30-11:30, beginning February 25
Mindful Circle provides community for caregivers.
Mindful Circle is an eight-week workshop designed for people who care, support and love another person in need.
2017 Winter Workshops
Session 1 is a Wednesday evening workshop, 6:30-8:30, beginning February 8. Subsequent sessions will be on February 15, 22; March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2017.
Session 2 is a Saturday morning workshop, 9:30-11:30, beginning February 25. Subsequent sessions will be on March 4, 11, 18, 25; April 8, 22 and 29, 2017. (Please note that the class meetings are not consecutive and misses two Saturdays in April)
Both workshops will be held at First Unitarian Society ("FUS"), 900 University Bay Drive, Madison, Wisconsin 53705-2298.
The fee for the workshops is $50 for pledged members of FUS, and $60 for all others. Scholarships are available.
Mindful Circle gathers for 8 sessions, each for 2 hours.
The aim of Mindful Circle is threefold: (1) to learn and practice mindful techniques, (2) to learn and discuss the aspects and benefits of mindfulness for caregivers and finally, (3) to share the challenges and accomplishments of caregiving, and offer support to others in the Circle.
In each session, workshop participants learn practices, like Breath Awareness, Everyday Mindfulness, Japanese Crane Qigong and Loving Kindness Meditation, with an emphasis on practices that can become daily habits. Groups are small and supportive, and participants go home with practice hints, homework and lists of reading and listening resources. Time is set aside to discuss aspects and benefits of mindfulness, to share personal challenges and to offer support to members of the circle. Previous experience with meditation and other mindful practices is not necessary. Practices can be adapted for people with physical limitations.
"Mindfulness isn't difficult. We just need to remember to do it."
* Header photo by Susan Podebradsky. ** Farey-Ford tessellation and circle packing by Francis Bonahon.