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 FALL 2018 course will begin on Wednesday, SEPT. 26 - NOV.  14 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM and POSSIBLY Fridays from 9:30 - 11:30 AM, SEPT. 19 - NOV. 7.  The Mindful All-Day Retreat for the FALL course will be on Saturday, NOVEMBER 3rd, 2018 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. The orientation for both classes is scheduled for Wednesday, SEPT. 12th from 6:30 - 7:30 PM.  Please go BELOW to: Upcoming Events to register.

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.

Our Thursday evening meetings will be held on elected Thursdays of each month at our outdoor meditation space at 816 Passiflora Avenue, Encinitas from 6:30 7:55 PM  Aug. 16  through October 18.  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 receiveted.

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 challenges, stressors, and concerns. 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 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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ORIENTATION:                                     WED., SEPT. 12                                             TIME:  6:30-7:30 PM

COURSE: WED. SEPT. 19 - NOV. 7              TIME: 6:15-8:30 PM                                      FRIDAY AM CLASS WILL BE OFFERED IF THERE IS SUFFICIENT SIGN-UP.

This is the orientation for FALL 8-week MBSR courses for Wednesday evenings and Friday mornings.  Please attend if you are interested in the FALL series, as this is the ORIENTATION before for the course begins. The orientation is offered at no charge.

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 ORIENTATION:                           TUESDAY, SEPT.  11     7:00 AM

COURSE: SEPT. 18 - NOV. 12, 28, 2018 

Mindfulness alone is not sufficient to invite the complete release of our suffering.  The naturally tender and boundless heart's response to the recognition of the truth of distress in this human life is needed.  We will explore opening this good heart that resides within each of us, and study teaching, practices and reflection of the limitless qualities of the Four Heavenly Abodes: Lovingkindness, Compassion, Joy and Equanimity.  This is the path to true happiness and freedom.

 The cost for this course is $5-10 per session based on your abilities and resources.  


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  OCTOBER 15 - 20, 2018

This 6-day guided retreat is designed to cultivate a deeper inquiry and practice into mindfulness practices and teachings.

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

2018 Mindful All-Day Retreat                                SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd

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)
$25.00 is a requested donation to cover the cost of the space.  Dana or offering for the teachings and the teacher are graciously accepted and always welcome.  There will be a basket for such offerings at the retreat site.  Thank you always for your kindness and generosity!

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