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.

PLEASE NOTE:  During this period of CoViod 19, all Mindfulness classes in the month of August (unless otherwise indicated) will be offered via the ZOOM Platform.

Beginning Mindfulness Meditation

A good way to start, or strengthen, your home practice, this foundational class reviews the essential elements of mindfulness meditation and guides several mindfulness practices.  Intended to strengthen inherent capacities for wellness and resilience.


Date: Thursday August 6, 11:00am - 12:15 pm

Pre-registration only.  This class is offered freely, no registration fee necessary.

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.  The August classes are designed as a series and are sequenced to build upon each other.  If you can join for the series, wonderful!  If not, they can also be taken as single classes. 

The Summer Series will explore three pre-eminent mindfulness qualities:

Cultivating Joyfulness (in Nature and elsewhere);

Developing Equanimity;

Manifesting Compassion

Come renew and strengthen your practice!

Dates: Saturdays, 11:00 -12:15pm 

Saturday August 8, 15, 22, 29

Registration fee:  $15/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: TBA

Please check back for future scheduling.

Pre-registration only.

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


Known as the "Gold Standard" for learning mindfulness meditation for stress reduction and wellness, MBSR is a structured and supportive 9-week, 27.5 hour course developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn 

at UMASS Medical School Center for Mindfulness in 1979.  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]