On-Going Events

8 Week (MBSR) Course - This 8 week course, held 3 times each year in winter, spring and fall requires a 30-45 minute daily commitment to mindfulness practice and inquiry. We begin with simple mindfulness practices of bringing a kind attention to our own body sensations and breath through the body scan practice. We expand our focus to include awareness during ordinary daily activities including moving, eating and interacting. Following brief audio-guided meditation instruction each day and doing what the course asks you to do, you will recognize a significant increase in your overall health and well-being. Practicing mindfulness on a regular basis brings ease and well-being to our own minds and bodies and contributes not only to your own happiness and ease but to that of others. This course led by Diana Shimkus, LCSW is offered in North County Encinitas at the Soul of Yoga. The SPRING 2019 MBSR orientation and course will begin on Friday, MAY 17 - JUNE 28, 2019 from 9:00 -11:30 AM.   Location of the spring course: Diana’s Office: 816 Passiflora Avenue, Encinitas. 

Weekly Meditations - Practice with a community is an essential support in developing and sustaining mindfulness. The Encinitas Mindfulness Community led by Diana is a group of practitioners with varied levels of experience who come together weekly to study, meditate and share their experiences. We meet Saturdays, 7:30 AM and Tuesdays at 7:00 AM at the Soul of Yoga, 627 Encinitas Blvd, Encinitas, CA IN THE MAIN DOOR AND TO THE RIGHT TO THE LOTUS ROOM.

ONLINE TEACHINGS: In addition, we will be starting our first in-person and on-line curriculum on AWAKENING JOY. The 18-week course will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 29th from 7:00-8:30 AM. Once you are registered as a ZOOM MEETING PARTICIPANT, you will be able to join the live stream or watch the video meditation and teachings at any time through the archived video that is available at everydaymind.com/joy. The link to register is below under Tuesday Study Group. There is no charge for this offering. All teachings through EMC are offered through the practice of dana (generosity). You can see the link below under Tuesday Study Group and can offer any dana (donations) there. Thank you always for your kindness and your generosity. Your dana is gratefully and humbly received.

Thursday evening sittings will be held on elected Thursdays of each month at our outdoor meditation space at 816 Passiflora Avenue, Encinitas from 6:00-7:25 PM. This sitting group will continue through the winter. The next Thursday sitting will be on May 16, 2019 at 6:30 PM in the backyard meditation circle. Parking is available on the street. All are welcome to attend.  There is no charge for the teachings and practice. Dana or donation is always gratefully received. There will be a box, bell or container available near the meditation space for offerings. It helps to RSVP so that we can provide sufficient space and chairs. Please RSVP to DIANA@EVERYDAYMIND.COM. THANK YOU!

Mindfulness Education for Groups and Corporations - Invite Diana to introduce mindfulness to your organization or group. Diana will focus her presentation to your organizations unique resources, culture, challenges, and aspirations. Previously, Diana has spoken to scientists, teachers, care-givers, seniors, medical patients, coaches, hospice and palliative care workers, inter-faith consortiums, professional development conferences, corporate executives, attorneys, medical professionals, technology groups, educators, students and others.

Upcoming 2019 Events

The events below are opportunities for single and multiple mindfulness practice and inquiry periods designed to further your personal and collective growth and development. Please scroll down for more upcoming events.

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Friday, May 17th
                9:00 - 11:30 AM                   
MAY 17 - JUNE 28, 2019
816 Passiflora Avenue, Encinitas

The orientation AND Class #1 for the SPRING 7-week MBSR course will be held on Friday, May 17th. All are welcome to join Class #1 as an introduction to the course at no charge. ALL ARE WELCOME!!

Payment for the course will need to be made after Class #1 to continue.

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10 Steps to Happiness

Tues., Jan. 29 - May 28, 2019

Diana will be guiding the course, AWAKENING JOY from the wisdom of your own direct experience, ongoing exploration and deep inquiry into the qualities of heart/mind that nourish and feed AWAKENING JOY and those that deplete, deny and disconnect us from joy in our present moment. This study group will incorporate several teachings including the text by James Baraz, AWAKENING JOY. We will be investigating the importance of joy as a means towards the end of dukkha, distress and suffering. These teachings will offer training in contacting and nourishing the inviolable spirit of joy that exists within each of us. The unconditioned kind of joy that lives within us, rather than the happiness and pleasant experience that is required when we seek joy as an external condition outside and beyond us.

Please go to this link to participate in the Zoom Meeting. All teachings will be videotaped through Zoom and archived on this site at AWAKENING JOY COURSE for review at any time.

DANA OFFERING: The suggested donation for the 18-week study group offering is $5-10 per session based on your intention and resources.  You can contribute weekly or on a one-time basis. 

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Oct. 14-19, 2019


This 6-day silent and guided retreat is designed to cultivate a deepened still and silent inquiry into mindfulness practice and teachings. Retreat will be held in NOBLE SILENCE of retreatants with guided practices offered by Diana and Sangha members from Wed - Saturday.

EMC is offering both residential and commuter options for this intensive 6-day practice period.  Go to: encinitasmindfulness.org for more information.

2019 Mindful All-Day Retreat
SATURDAY, June 29, 2019
SATURDAY, Nov. 9, 2019

The growth and development of your mindfulness occurs through the continued deepening and sustaining of longer practice periods.  Sustaining practice for one or more days in extended practice periods shifts our attention and awareness inward to assist in accessing more continuous stillness and silence.  Retreat practice is time out from your daily responsibilities, allowing for a rich and beneficial opportunity for practice and its benefits.

Retreat is held at Questhaven Retreat Center in San Marcos, CA. 

Mindfulness graduates and friends are welcome to attend from 9:00am – 4:00 pm (Half day options also available upon registration)
$35.00 for the full-day and $20 for the half-day is a requested donation to cover the cost of the space.  Dana or generosity offerings for the teachings and the teacher are gratefully accepted and always appreciated.  There will be a basket for such offerings at the retreat site on the day of the retreat or you can pay by selecting an option below.  Thank you always for your kindness and generosity!

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