Are you feeling stretched by too many demands and responsibilities?

Do you want to take better care of yourself?

Do you long for more ease in your life?

Do you suffer from a chronic medical condition?

Are you a habitual worrier?

Regular mindfulness practice offers a highly effective, evidence-based way to deal with stress, pain, illness, and the pressures of everyday living. Please consider joining us in one of our programs to see what mindfulness practice can do for you.   

Riverhead Fall 2019

SPARC: MIndfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for Pain

September 17-November 5 (not open to the public.)

Instructor: Nina Thorne LMSW. 



In the Barn & Field at

Avalon Park & Preserve

Stony Brook

Instructor: Cheryl Kurash, Ph.D.

The Barn at Avalon provides a perfect place for the practice of mindfulness meditation. Surrounded by a flower field, in the woods away from the busy-ness of daily life, the quietude of the space facilitates our innate capacity for mindfulness: to be awake to our experience, just as it is; to be present to the moment -- right here, right now and without resistance or judgment. Mindfulness reminds us to stop and pause, to turn inward and observe the natural working of mind and body, to respond and not simply react. We learn to reside in awareness. The practice strengthens attention and concentration, cultivates self-acceptance and compassion, 

develops greater resilience and equanimity in the face of stress.

We offer several different formats for learning and practicing mindfulness for both beginning and more experienced meditators.

Beginning Mindfulness Meditation

A good way to start, or strengthen, your home practice, these foundational classes review the essential elements of mindfulness meditation and provide beginning practice instruction. 

 The two classes below are a sequence to be taken together.

Dates: New dates TBA

Pre-registration only.

To pre-register and for additional program information, email: [email protected]

Deepening Your Practice Classes (DYP)

Single classes intended for those with some prior meditation experience.

Classes are often themed and include a brief talk on a selected aspect of mindfulness 

to encourage a deeper exploration of the practice. Guided practices include: sitting meditation, 

walking meditation, body scan, mindful yoga, mindful self- compassion (MSC), loving-kindness, 

yoga nidra, and mindful inquiry.

Come renew and strengthen your practice!

Dates: Saturdays, 10:30-12:15pm 

Due to the CoVid 19 pandemic, live classes in the Barn are presently suspended.

Hopefully we will be able to meet again in May but remain flexible depending upon

the health situation.

Programs offered online will be listed on this website as soon as they are decided.

Please check back and stay well during this challenging time.

Tentative Dates Depending upon CoVid 19 situation:

• May16

• June 13

• July 11

• August 15

• September 12

DYP classes are by donation, $20/class suggested,

Pre-registration only.

To pre-register and for additional program information, email: [email protected]

Half-day Silent Retreat

For those with prior meditation experience, this half-day of intensive guided practice 

is held in the context of silence.

Date: Saturday, April 4, 10:30-3:00  -- CANCELLED 

Please check back for future rescheduling.

Pre-registration only.

To pre-register and for additional program information email: [email protected]


The structured and supportive 9-week course, as developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn 

at UMASS Medical School Center for Mindfulness. Step by step guidance that teaches mindfulness meditation as a way to take better care of yourself, build resilience and live a healthier, more adaptive life. Instead of reacting to stress in habitual ways, you can learn to respond with new and constructive strategies. Consider joining us as we practice together in a supportive and nurturing environment.

Time and Dates: TBA.


For additional information and to pre-register, contact [email protected]