Oct 112012

Where do walking and wellness meet? Find out when the Nashua River Watershed Association (NRWA) and the Nashoba Valley Medical Center invite the public to a free “Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation” on Tuesday, October 23, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., at the Nashoba Valley Medical Center, 200 Groton Road in Ayer, MA.

Our presenter will be Kathy Parliament Benson, LICSW. This orientation lecture is based on the methods developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at University of Massachusetts Medical Center for the treatment of stress related disorders. Experience the practice of slowing down and learn about the benefits of being present through mindfulness meditation. This method is useful for anyone coping with stress related symptoms such as anxiety, sleep disorders and chronic pain. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction curriculum is based on mind/body medicine and aims to develop life habits and coping skills that can support the participant in all areas of their life.

The program is part of a series of Healthy Lifestyles and Wellness Lectures and Films in support of NRWA”s Outdoor Wellness Walking Program. A schedule for the series, along with a list of trail walks in eleven communities and information on our weekly Outdoor Wellness Walking program on the Nashua River Rail Trail, can be viewed by visiting Upcoming Programs and Events at www.NashuaRiverWatershed.org http://www.nashuariverwatershed.org/.

Kathy Parliament Benson, LICSW, is a clinical social worker with over twenty years experience working with children, adults and families. She has worked as a psychotherapist, emergency service clinician and is currently the clinical social worker at Nashoba Valley Medical Center . She has completed trainings at UMMC Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program, Internal Family Systems and multiple trainings at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.

This lecture is free and open to the public, funded in part by a grant from the Nashoba Valley Community Healthcare Fund. Pre-registration is required; please contact Rosanna at the Nashoba Valley Medical Center by calling (978) 784-9204, or email rosanna.casavecchia@steward.org.