Mindfulness Class

14 Apr

I remember it like it was yesterday the fall of 2009. There was such a crisp October smell in the air. Me, a frazzled post-graduate student who had just spent the last three years in utter chaotic stress from school had the desire to do nothing but BE STILL. However, I didn’t know how. I had tried mediating once or twice in the past but was discouraged with what I perceived as my inability to sit still for longer than one minute.

The opportunity came to enroll in the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Class from Heather Donahue and Kristin Koskella and it was after that class that I walked out of the fog and saw my life clearly before me. It couldn’t have come at a better time.

You see, I was about 20 some weeks pregnant and had just found out that my baby boy may have some “complications” and there was a chance he may not survive.  Naturally, my mind ran wild with obsessive thoughts and fear with the inability to control the outcome and the future for this child. Through this class, I was able to become free from the paralyzing worry that was holding me hostage.

Living moment-to-moment, day-to-day I pressed forward breathing along the way . I am blessed to say that my little baby boy is now a healthy happy little one-year-old boy and such a joy in my life. Vowing to never take a moment for granted,  I am continually practicing being present with him each and every day. I am truly a better mother, wife, friend, sister, daughter, photographer, and counselor because of this class. -Cristi Dame, LPC, NCC

This class is amazing. I would recommend it for ANYONE- Below is the information on the next upcoming class:

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction – MBSR (Program modeled on the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Stress Reduction Clinic)

WHERE: 5203 West Silverlake Lane Boise, ID 83703

WHEN:  Starting May 5, 2011- 8 consecutive weeks on Thursdays  from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. with an All Day Saturday Class – June 11th

TUITION: $300 includes class materials

CONTACT INFO: Heather Donahue, LCSW 208.871.6412 and Kristin Koskella 208.866.2801


Mindfulness is the practice of consciously and systematically working with your own stress, pain, illness and challenges: thereby meeting each moment with greater clarity peace of mind. This course is true MBSR – the outgrowth of over 30 years of research by the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Stress Reduction Clinic. The facilitators participated in professional training program under the direction of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Dr. Saki Santorelli of the UMMS.


-Enduring and decrease in physical and psychological symptoms

-Increased ability to relax and reduce stress

-Greater energy and enthusiasm for life

-Improved self-esteem

-Idaho State CEU hours available



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