Center for Mindful Living















The Center for Mindful Living is pleased to offer workshops and seminars designed for health care practitioners. Our offerings include professional development seminars, some with continuing education credits, and retreats to enhance personal well being and the integration of mindfulness into one's professional life. In additional to our scheduled programs we are available for individual professional consulting. Please contact the Center for more information.




The intersection of mindfulness, eating and our relationship to food is the focus of this Mindful Eating/Conscious Living professional training. Inherent within that juncture are the thoughts, emotions and physical sensations that impact how we relate to food and our body in skillful and unskillful ways.
The training emphasizes experiential engagement in mindfulness meditation practices and mindful eating awareness exercises, so that the participants will be able to pass the benefit of these exercises on to clients and patients in a variety of settings. These practices and exercises are integral components of the eight- session Mindful Eating Syllabus designed by Bays and Wilkins, which provides the organizing structure for creating a program appropriate to the individuals and groups you serve. This training centers on building skills as you explore, experience and learn to teach core aspects of mindful eating.

Note: This is a required course for MECL Teacher Qualification and Certification. More information

Facilitators: Char Wilkins, MSW, LCSW and Jan Chozen Bays, MD

April 6-11, 2016 MECL 1
Centre for Mindful eating and Nutrition, Brussels, Belgium
In English
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October 4-9, 2016 MECL 1
Great Vow Monastery,Clatskanie, OR
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This training is designed for professionals who have completed ME-CL1 or an equivalent mindful eating professional training program, have an ongoing formal meditation practice, and have led one or more 8-week mindful eating programs or equivalent.

While it is true that any aspect of life can be an entry way to becoming more mindful, disordered eating often comes with a complex history that can manifest in reactive behaviors. We will examine the importance of meeting ourselves and our participants with steadiness and kindness, and carefully contemplate the place of compassion in this program. This training will focus on the cultivation of intentional presence, authenticity, integrity and mindfulness-informed boundaries that support both the teacher and participants.

Note: This is a required course for MECL Teacher Qualification and Certification. More information

Facilitators: Char Wilkins, MSW, LCSW and Jan Chozen Bays, MD

March 30-April 3, 2016 MECL 2
Centre for Mindful Eating and Nutrition, Brussels, Belgium
In English
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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an empirically-supported 8-week psycho-educational group intervention that teaches mindfulness meditation as a health intervention. Created by Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979, MBSR offers participants the possibility to develop a different relationship to stress resulting from chronic physical and psychological illnesses. Research outcomes have demonstrated positive improvements in physical and psychological symptoms, as well as changes in health attitudes and behaviors. This 5-day teacher training retreat will provide health care professionals and educators the opportunity to study and experience the foundational underpinnings, mindfulness meditations and specific exercises that are the framework of the MBSR program. The themes, rationales, intention and practice skills of each MBSR class session will be reviewed, discussed and practiced.

Facilitators: Char Wilkins, LCSW and Susan Woods, LICSW

May 21-27, 2016
Centro Espírito Santo e Missão, Barcelos, Portugal
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November 12-18, 2016
EarthRise Retreat Center, Petaluma, CA
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