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 WINTER 2018 course will begin on Wednesday, JAN. 16 - MAR.  06 from 6:15 - 8:45 PM.   The Mindful All-Day Retreat for the FALL course will be on Saturday, MARCH 19, 2019 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. The orientation for both classes is scheduled for Wednesday, JAN. 09th from 6:15 - 7:30 PM at TREE OF LIFE BIRTHING CENTER 617 SAXONY RD. ENCINITAS.  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 IN THE MAIN DOOR AND TO THE RIGHT TO THE LOTUS ROOM.

Our Thursday evening sittings 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. This group will continue through the winter. The next Thursday sitting will be on November 8th. 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. 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 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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Wednesday, January 09th
                       6:15-7:30 PM                         TREE OF LIFE BIRTH CENTER

January 16 - March 6, 2019
6:15-8:45 PM
617 Saxony Rd.  Suite 104, Encinitas

JANUARY 18 - MARCH 8, 2019

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

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Tuesday, January 15
7:00 - 8:30 AM

Tuesday, January 22 - April 2, 2019

Several sangha members along with Diana will be guiding from their direct experience after exploration and inquiry into THIS SACRED JOURNEY online retreat program with Pema Chodron. We will be investigating the bardos, mindful presence at the beginning, middle and end of life and how to hold a compassionate and steady heart/mind with ourselves and others in these universal life transitions. This retreat will offer training in establishing the compassion, wisdom and equanimity we all need as we experience the bardos of life: aging, illness and death.

 The suggested donation for this course is $5-10 per session based on your intention and resources.  

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APRIL 3-6, 2019

Resting In the Truth of Impermanence: THIS SACRED JOURNEY through aging, illness, death and beyond.

This 4-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

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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