Nina Thorne, LMSW 

a licensed social worker and certified MBSR teacher has developed and taught academic courses in Mindfulness and Human Services at SUNY, Empire State College for over 17 years.

A long time Vipassana meditation practitioner, Nina has also studied Hatha and Yin Yoga, as well as Qi Gong and Tai Chi with masters Chen Wei Gun and Dr. Yang Yang.

Since completion of the MBSR Teacher Training at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at UMass Medical School, Nina has brought mindfulness programs to the East End of Long Island. She has offered workshops in mindfulness in public schools, hospice settings, libraries, and professional organizations. Nina has completed Level ll of the MindfulSchools Program. Her special focus for the past several years has been on helping individuals with cancer, HIV, and other health challenges in the area of stress management. She has completed a year long study in the Integrated Study and Practice Program at Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and is a certified Evidence-Based QiGong (EBQ) Instructor.

During the pandemic Nina has taking some time to mindfully explore the complexities and the subtleties of the interior world through a daily practice of painting and writing. Some of this work can be viewed under the link "Mindful Creativity" and it will be periodically updated. A more detailed elaboration of Nina's mindfulness-based art will appear in the Newsletter in the winter of 2021/22.

For more information contact Nina at 631 793 4466 or email [email protected]

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Cheryl Kurash, PhD, 

a licensed psychologist, certified MBSR teacher and Kripalu yoga teacher, has been offering mindfulness training in healthcare, education, and community settings for the past 35 years.  Her interest in the ways these disciplines intersect, diverge and inform each other deepens her understanding of mind-body-spirit integration and guides her teachings.

After completing a postdoctoral fellowship in psychology at Yale University School of Medicine in 1981, she took a position in college mental health at Stony Brook University, Long Island, where she served for several decades in various capacities including Coordinator of Mindfulness Programs.  Her commitment to bringing mindfulness training to the university community led her to develop a wide range of educational and clinical programs for students, staff and faculty.  She completed MBSR teacher training (2010) and certification (2017) through the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, under the auspices of Jon Kabat-Zinn, Saki Santorelli and Florence Meleo-Meyer.

Cheryl's study and practice of contemplative traditions include Vipassana, Tibetan Buddhist (Shambhala) meditation; Yoga (Registered Kripalu Teacher, 2017); and East-West psychology (with spiritual teacher/psychologist John Welwood).  A year-long course in the Integrated Study and Practice Program through the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies (2013) reinforced and deepened a continuing passion in Buddhist teachings.

Early on in her study of yoga and meditation, Cheryl was fortunate to journey with the Himalayan Institute for Yoga Science and Philosophy to Gangotri and Gomuk, India, the source of the Ganges River, where she actually took the plunge into glacial waters!  More recently, she has taken to plunging into the Long Island Sound, where she enjoys bringing the practice of mindful movement to water.