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 2021

SPARC: MIndfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for Difficult Times

Not open to the Public

Instructor: Nina Thorne LMSW. 


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

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, this foundational series of classes review the essential elements of mindfulness meditation and guides several mindfulness practices.  Intended to help reduce stress, strengthen inherent capacities for wellness and resilience, and answer questions, attention will be paid to facilitating each participant's home practice.  Open to all.


Dates:  Thursdays, February 10, 17, 24, & March 3 

Time:    11:00am - 12:30 pm

Registration Fee:  $55


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 themed and include reflections on a selected aspect of mindfulness 

that are then highlighted in guided practices, personal inquiry and observations.

Come renew, explore and strengthen your practice!

Dates: Saturdays, 11:00 am -12:30 pm 

Saturday January 22; February 5, 19; March 5; April 2, 23; 

May 7, 21; June 4, 18

Registration fee:  $20/class suggested

Pre-registration only. Please indicate which date(s) you are interested in.  

If you would like to receive advance information regarding the week's theme, let me know and I'll add you to the email list.

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

Halt-Day Silent Retreat

For those with prior meditation experience, this half-day of intensive guided practice is held in the context of silence. Intended to offer a time and space to relax, to deepen your connection with yourself and with practice.

Date: Saturday, March 19, 10 am - 1:00 pm

Registration Fee: $45

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

Orientation Class: 

Classes #1-8:  

Daylong Practice Retreat:   

Registration Fee

$425 - MBSR Course

$375 - Early Registration, payment received prior to September 3

$325 - Student & MBSR ALUM discount

Limited # scholarships available


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