Facilitator: Marie Olson

“My path toward the career of counseling and teaching mindfulness has been a natural progression of curiosity about human psychology and spirituality since a young age. An important personal catalyst for my professional work was my own suffering. When intense suffering occurred in my family over a decade ago, I felt hopeless. Sudden losses and changes in my reality felt unbearable. I was introduced to meditation as a practice 11 years ago. During this time I found myself calling on internal resources to navigate what had happened, and came to learn about asking for help from professionals, mentors, and my higher power. As a Licensed Associate Counselor and an expressive art therapist in training I dedicate my skills to be with others in suffering and collaborate on tools and methods of healing. I focus on modalities that deepen the ability to experience reality on reality’s terms, such as meditation. In the past five years, I have intentionally deepened my meditation practice through pursuing teachings in Thailand, and training in a Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program led by Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield. Vipassana, pali for “seeing clearly,” is my primary form of mediation practice. This form of meditation is commonly known in the United States as “mindfulness” meditation.”

About Mindfulness Meditation:

“The reason I care about mindfulness is it’s beautiful simplicity. Mindfulness meditation is a practice in experiencing the aliveness of every moment with curiosity and compassion. This training has personally impacted me and many others I have worked with in the journey toward liberation from suffering. I offer mindfulness as a teaching to support stress reduction, redirect thoughts, navigate emotions safely, make peace with pain, practice forgiveness, and grow the capacity to experience compassion and joy.”

Workshop structure:

“Arrive up to 15 minutes early to make a cup of tea, have a snack, and connect with others.

2-5 minutes to stretch, settle in, and find a comfy place in the group room.

5-10 minutes to check in and set intentions.

10-15 minutes of teacher talking on a topic to inform mindfulness practice.

20-25 minutes of guided meditation practice in seated, lying down, or standing posture.

5-10 closing with journaling reflections and Q&A with the teacher.

The meditation instruction may direct standing, sitting, or laying down posture. The meditation posture is to allow for relaxation without falling asleep. While it is common to feel some discomfort during sitting meditations, caring for yourself is welcomed. Variations, moving around and changing positions are highly encouraged in order to get the most from the practice!”

Current Workshops

Details:

WHERE: The Well Group Room @ 37 N Hibbert, Mesa, AZ 85201

COST: 1 Sessions – $30 | 4 Sessions – $100

GROUP BUNDLE: Try each of our groups (your choice of dates) = $100

Current Groups – Art Journaling, Mindfulness Meditation, Therapeutic Yoga

Upcoming dates:

Thursdays 7-8pm: Oct 14th, 21st, 28th | Nov 4th, 11th, 18th

Sign up for one or all of them by registering and paying here.

Without payment your spot will not be reserved.

Space is limited to 8 participants per workshop.

Contact Noel@thewellmesa.com for any questions.