"Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives. It is about perceiving the exquisite vividness of each moment. We feel more alive. We also gain immediate access to our own powerful inner resources for insight, transformation, and healing." Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D
Classes / Workshops / Individual Coaching
Mindfulness coaching helps you develop and enhance the skill of mindfulness using the key principles of non-judgment, openness, acceptance, curiosity, and compassion. Mindfulness is a simple and direct practice of moment-to-moment observation of the mind-body process through calm and focused awareness without judgment. Dispassionately observing your mental processes allows great insight into habitual ways of thinking, and it has a profound power to alleviate stress and suffering. Rather than rehearsing or rehashing our lives, we can allow ourselves to live in the here and now.
You will experience guided meditation practice and receive helpful tools to take with you throughout your week. Practices include sitting meditation; awareness of breath; walking meditation; awareness of sounds, thoughts, & emotions; body scan meditation; and written reflection.
Your practice can be tailored to meet your specific needs. Whether you’re an absolute beginner, looking to create a regular practice, hoping to incorporate mindfulness into your work or home life, or someone who has experienced meditation practice before and seeking a fresh look, mindfulness coaching will support you in your journey.
Click HERE for free guided meditations led by Lisa.
Individual Sessions: $85 / 60 min
Group Session: $120 / 60 min (up to 10 people )
OM Sanctuary Holistic Retreat Center: 87 Richmond Hill Drive, Asheville, NC
Mindfulness Classes & Workshops
Schedule weekly mindfulness classes tailored for your group, or a traditional eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction series (as created by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn from the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society). These hour-long classes involve guided meditation (lying down, seated, walking), mindful movement that is accessible to all, large and small group discussion, and opportunity for reflection. Lisa is also able to facilitate workshops for your faculty/staff, department, residents, students, or parents.
Almost 40 years of medical research has shown “consistent, reliable, and reproducible demonstrations of major and clinically relevant reductions in medical and psychological symptoms across a wide range of medical diagnoses, including many different chronic pain conditions, other medical diagnoses and in medical patients with a secondary diagnosis of anxiety and/or panic, over the eight weeks of the MBSR intervention, and maintenance of these changes in some cases for up to four years of follow-up.” (www.umassmed.edu/cfm/mindfulness-based-programs/mbsr-courses/about-mbsr/history-of-mbsr/)
Meet Your Coach
Lisa Varno designed and implemented a mindfulness-based stress reduction program at Confluence Behavioral Health, a wilderness therapy retreat center in Thetford, VT where she began as a mindfulness coach. She has led numerous mindfulness classes, workshops, and series for the general public at Open Door Integrative Wellness and River Valley Club, for staff and residents at Kendal at Hanover, and for staff at Health Care & Rehabilitation Services in Hartford, VT and Adimab in Lebanon, NH. Lisa has also worked with several clients one-on-one for mindfulness coaching. She received her training at the UMASS Medical School Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society.