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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 Health at Vanderbilt.

Mindfulness Classes

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 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

Beginning August 25

This 44-hour training course is designed for those who have experienced the transformative beauty of mindfulness practice and want to bring it into their work with others. There will be an emphasis on continuing to deepen one’s own practice as you learn to guide others skillfully and compassionately.

This course was created for psychologists, professional counselors, marital and family therapists, physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, educators, business professionals and others who desire to facilitate mindfulness practices with patients, clients and colleagues.

Participants will be offered a well-rounded understanding of the contemporary field, research findings and historical origins. Both those who are new to facilitating mindfulness and those who are already using it in their work will benefit from the structured mentorship and richness of a learning community.

Registration is open through August 5.

Care Team

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

Paloma Cain

Paloma CainMA

    Mindfulness Instructor

Why Choose Mindfulness Courses at Vanderbilt

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    Knowledge and experience

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

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    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.

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    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.


Related Information

For details on cost and registration, see 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 Health 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.