Mindfulness

Overview

The practice of mindfulness can help you use your physical, emotional and spiritual resources to cope, heal, grow and improve your health and well-being. Research shows that mindfulness can help you reduce stress, anxiety and depression, as well as help you manage chronic pain and illness. Learn how to calm your body and mind from experts at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt.

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Vanderbilt's Osher Center for Integrative Medicine offers a range of services, classes and training focused on your total health mind, body and spirit.

Conditions We Address

Care Team

Mindfulness teachers at the Osher Center receive special training and mentoring. Teachers include:

Paloma Cain

Paloma CainMA

    Mindfulness Instructor
Michelle Foote-Pearce

Michelle Foote-PearceDMin, MSN, MA, LPC-MHSP, RN

    Director of Mindfulness Programs and Outreach
Landrew Sevel

Landrew SevelPh.D.

    Clinical Health Psychologist

Why Choose Mindfulness Courses at Vanderbilt

  • Knowledge and experience

    Our specialists are trained in mindfulness-based instruction, making them uniquely qualified to care for you.

  • Personalized care

    In addition to group classes, we offer one-on-one sessions. You can meet privately with a mindfulness instructor to review your medical history and current health challenges. Your instructor will customize a treatment plan just for you and your health goals.

  • Comprehensive care

    Mindfulness works alongside your traditional medical care. It strives to improve your total well-being — mind, body and spirit. Together, traditional and complementary treatments can help you better manage your overall health and enjoy a better quality of life.

Location

Mindfulness Classes

Register online for any of these classes, or call (615) 343-1554.

  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

    Backed by scientific research, this therapy uses meditation to break the cycle of negative thoughts that can lead to depression, mood disorders and emotional distress.

  • Mindfulness for Stress Reduction

    Backed by scientific research, this therapy uses meditation and yoga to increase present-moment awareness, deep relaxation and gentle movement.

  • Mindfulness Monday Drop-In

    This free class is open to the public every Monday, 5:45-6:30 p.m. It includes a guided mindfulness sitting practice, optional mindful movement practices, and time for questions and answers with a mindfulness instructor. No need to register. Just walk in and join us. Check our online schedule for cancellations due to weather or illness.

  • Mindfulness Skills

    Ideal for beginners or anyone wanting to develop their mindfulness skills, this class teaches the fundamentals. You will try a variety of mindfulness practices. Instructors also help you discover habits or thoughts that lead to persistent negative and unhealthy life patterns.

  • Daylong Silent Retreats

    Spend a full day cultivating moment-to-moment presence and nurturing mindfulness qualities. The retreat includes seated and walking meditations, guided yoga, lovingkindness meditation and mindful eating. At the end of the day, ease out of silence with quiet conversation and group discussion.

  • Mindfulness Foundations

    This four-session course covers the essentials of mindfulness meditation. It is ideal for those who are curious about mindfulness, want to learn about the practice or want to begin a practice.

  • Professional Development in Mindfulness Facilitation

    This course is for those who have transformed their own lives through mindfulness practice and want to teach others. Training emphasizes deepening your own practice as you learn to skillfully and compassionately guide others. This course includes six full-day meetings and monthly mentoring in small groups (in person or by videoconference).

Related Information

For details on cost and registration, see the Mindfulness Courses tab on our online schedule.

We accept payment by cash, check or credit card. View our billing frequently asked questions document for more information about our payment process.

For Referring Clinicians

To refer a patient to the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt:

  1. Download the referral form.
  2. Fax the completed form to (615) 936-6144.

Vanderbilt clinicians also may refer patients through the electronic medical record system.

If you have questions, call (615) 343-1554.