Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Survivors Empowered option two

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) has a 41 year history of being the gold standard of a meditative, contemplative, evidence based, approach to stress reduction. This internationally respected, and well researched program will be offered to victims and survivors of mass gun violence, who intend to go on to pursue MBSR Teacher Training. This introductory class is offered so participants have a chance to take the class with the focus on building skills for their own stress reduction and develop a personal Mindfulness practice.

Times lare isteed in PST. classes are open to folks from all over the country.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Survivors Empowered option two

January 16th - 23rd 2021

9:00 am - 11:30 am

Led by Hugh O’Neill and Korantemah Pierce Williams

47055 Wonderland Drive
Banning, California 92220
United States
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Started by Dr, Jon Kabat-Zinn, a molecular biologist and long time meditation and yoga practitioner; MBSR developed at the UMASS Medical school, and has spread all over the world to serve diverse populations. This eight week program meets 2 1/2 hours per week , includes written and audio materials and  a daylong retreat . The programs will be taught by diverse, certified trauma informed teachers with many years of experience both teaching MBSR to a variety of populations , as well as training and mentoring future MBSR teachers.

These classes are offered in collaboration with a national anti Gun violence organization; Survivors Empowered .

Unique to these classes is that the participation will only be open to  people who are victims, survivors and families effected by gun violence. We aim to create a safe place for participants to come together to learn ways to work with trauma,  emotion regulation and enhance resilliance and well-being.


For Beth Mulligan, email beth@mindful-way.com or call 760-799-7847

For Hugh O'Neill, email hugh@mindful-way.com or call 951-750-9020

These on-line MBSR classes will take place on Saturdays; beginning with an orientation session on January 16th th 9:00-AM PST-10:00 AM PST and continuing for the following eight weeks; Satrudaya Jan 23rd  9:00-11:30 AM PST through March 13th . There will be a daylong retreat on Sunday,February  21st 9:00 AM-4:00 PM. PST

Wh ile the times posted are in PST, the class is open to participants from all over the country, as long as you’ve been reccomended by Survivors Empowered founders Sandy and Lonnie Phillips and Shelly Tygielski,  Trauma Therapists with experience with this populations will be present for support during and between classes.

Once you have applied and been accepted, you’ll recieve the zoom link, a digital workbook and Audio recordings of the Mindfulness practices. This class is limited to 20 participants. This class is intended to support people affected by Gun violence,  and they are also  specfically for people who would like to go on to pursue MBSR Teacher training and bring this life changing program to your local community.  If you have questions about registration, please contact Beth Mulligan at beth@mindful-way.com 760-799-7847  if you have questions about class content please reach out to Hugh O’Neill hugh@mindful-way.com 951-750-9020


Hugh O’Neill

Hugh O’Neill

Hugh O’Neill is co-owner of Mindful-Way.com, and a certified MBSR Teacher and International teacher trainer and retreat leader.  Hugh has studied and practiced meditation and yoga for more than 20 years. His many years of creative and management experience in the media industry, including significant time working in international news and documentary production, combined with his intensive training in Mindfulness Meditation programs enable him to skillfully relate the concepts and practices of mindfulness to a wide range of populations.  His experience working in the news bussiness in Ireland and Northern Ireland has given him personal experience with Gun Violence; combined with his training in Trauma Informed Mindfulenss makes him a key part of our work with offeringg MBSR to Survivors Emowered.. Hugh has taught more than 100 MBSR courses and dozens of other mindfulness programs at universities, medical centers, corporations and government agencies including the US Navy.  He is the lead instructor on a multi year- multi site NIH study on MBSR for Parents of developmetally delayed children. Hugh has also been a presenter at the International Scientific Conference on Mindfulness, is a regular event speaker, and is the lead mindfulness teacher in a number of clinical research projects. Hugh has trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with the originator of the MBSR program, Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn Ph.D. He has studied and lived in residence at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center under the guidance of Zen Master Charles Tenshin Fletcher, Roshi, and is Certified as an MBSR teacher through the UCSD Center for Mindfulness.

Korantemah Pierce Williams

Korantemah Pierce Williams

Nana Korantema is a qualified MBSR Teacher, on the certification pathway through the UCSD Mindfulness Based Professional Training Institute. For more than 20 years, she has been an educator, counselor, and senior priest practitioner (Nana Okomfo Panyin) in the Akom Tradition, Ghana, West Africa. Krantemah is a  diversity and equity trainer for multiple organizations, in her life long passion to bring healing to the racial opression in our country. A such she is a key part of UCSD’s Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute’s BIPOC MBSR teacher training. Her experience with trauma informed Mindfulness also makes her the perfect teacher for UCSD’s work with Survivors Empowered. We are so fortunate to have  her on the team

By embracing mindfulness meditation, Nana Korantema serves as a bridge between traditional practice and modern existence. She remains humbled by the healing powers of compassion, forgiveness, and love.

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I understand that mindfulness programs include meditation practices, and physical movement including gentle yoga type stretching.

I am aware that inner exploring of mental, emotional and physical states may cause me to become more aware of my thinking patterns, buried emotions, repressed feelings and physical discomforts. I understand that I am wholly responsible for these states and any other experiences I may have arising out of participation in the mindfulness program. And for any additional help that awareness of these states may require. I have disclosed to the program teachers and organizers any and all information that might be relevant to determining my suitability to participate in the Mindfulness program. I also understand that I may in now way hold Mindful-Way, Insight Community of the Desert, it's teachers, agents, affiliates, facilities, landlords or property owners responsible in any way for any physical, mental, or emotional discomfort, illness or injury of any kind whatsoever arising out of my participation in the program. And I release and indemnify to the fullest extent of the law the above named parties on behalf of myself and my agents and heirs against any claims for distress, injury or illness, including death resulting from or in any way connected to my participation in these mindfulness programs.

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