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Outdoor Meditation

Programa de Reducción de Estrés Basado en Mindfulness 

The 8-week online stress reduction course, including a 90-minute orientation and day-long retreat, is based on intensive training in mindfulness. This course is being offered via Zoom. 26 CE credits upon completion for psychologists, licensed mental health care counselors, social workers, and educators.

Orientation Session 


Course Dates 

To Be Announced


Day Long Retreat 

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Description of the Course


The 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course was initially targeted to individuals with chronic health problems, helping them to cope with the effects of pain, illness and the impact of these conditions on their lives. Today MBSR is taught to people throughout the world who are experiencing challenges in all areas of life. Psychologists, Licensed Mental Healthcare Workers, Social Workers, and Educators can earn 26 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) upon completion. The motivation for many to enroll in MBSR begins with a sense of wanting to live in a way that incorporates key aspects of mindfulness, presence, awareness, and a sense of being in touch with oneself. Through the regular training in mindfulness that an MBSR course offers, participants become familiar with their own behavior patterns, especially in relation to stressful situations. They also learn that though they cannot always change the circumstances in which they find themselves, they can choose how to respond to them. In MBSR this process is described as going from reacting to responding, with the latter involving a clearer perception of the circumstances through being in touch with the thoughts, sensations and emotions that are present.

Course Type

Experiential program for small or large groups, with systematic training on mindfulness and meditation practices. The standard MBSR course consists of eight, weekly sessions of 2.5 to 3 hours each, plus an all-day session after the sixth week that includes a full day of mindfulness practice in a modified retreat format.

Each session starts with a mindfulness exercise that the participants have learned during the weekly sessions. The main exercises of the MBSR program are the body scan, gently yoga, and sitting meditation. Through the course of the program, participants will practice one of these exercises every day. In addition, there are various exercises centered on incorporating mindfulness practice into daily life. Other exercises train mindful awareness in relation to thoughts, sensations, and emotions.

Each session focuses on a particular topic that is explored with specific exercises, as well as presentations from the teacher and in dialogue among the group participants. Some topics in an MBSR course are mindful communication, working with difficult emotions, and how perception influences our relationship to stressful events,

There's also time for participants to share what they experienced during the exercises as well as to talk about their daily mindfulness practice outside class. 

Learning Objectives

1. A broad repertoire of informal and formal  meditation and mindfulness practices and cultivate a systematic way to integrate them in their everyday lives.

2. Approach your life with more composure, energy, understanding and enthusiasm.

3. Develop the ability to cope more effectively with both short-term and long-term stressful
situations, gaining insight into response rather than reaction.

4. Enhance your ability to manage and reduce pain levels.

5. Improve your focus, resilience, and capacity to recover quickly from challenging events.

6. Cultivate a natural capacity to actively engage in caring for yourself and find greater balance, ease, and peace of mind.

7. Articulate the key aspects of mindfulness as it relates to stress reduction, coping with pain and
illness and enhancing well-being

8. Practice and apply mindfulness techniques in both personal and professional settings as a means of contending more effectively with the demands of life, and to facilitate more effective and mindful

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Scholarships: Upon completion of all classes, scholarship applicants may be awarded a discount.






Live Online via Zoom


To Be Announced

Registration Closed

If you are able to give at the Benefactor level, thank you! You are becoming an agent of change, as your contribution, above the Sustain level, helps to break down barriers of access to mental health and wellness education. Together, we are fostering collective healing, one person at a time.


Keeping our program affordable to all is part of our mission. If you are unable to meet the minimum Scholarship level, we invite you to contact us. We do not want to turn anyone away who is committed to cultivating inner healing.


*Any amount paid over $275 will be considered a tax-deductible donation, and a receipt will be issued for the tax-deductible amount.

About the Instructor


Carolina Bautista-Velez is a Latinx social changer who believes in the power of individual and collective liberation. Through her work as a Certified Mindfulness Teacher, Certified Professional  Coach, and Diversity & Trauma Informed Consultant, Carolina works with individuals, groups and organizations by co-creating spaces where her clients can focus on learning sustainable tools to navigate stress, societal conditioning, goals, life/work balance and difficulties. 

Carolina is the founder of CVelez Consulting & Metamorphosis-Coaching. She holds a degree in clinical psychology with a specialization in social psychology and psychoanalysis. Certified Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher by the University of California San Diego. Certified in the Mindfulness Teacher Certification Program (MMTCP).

CE Credit Guidelines

  • APA: The HeartWell Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education credits for psychologists. The HeartWell Institute maintains responsibility for this program and content.

  • NBCC ACEP: The HeartWell Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider ACEP No. 7058 for licensed mental health care counselors. Programs that do not qualify for CE credit are clearly identified. The HeartWell Institute is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

  • NASW - MA Chapter: Application for social work continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contact us at for the status of social work CE accreditation.

  • MA-DESE: The HeartWell Institute is an approved provider for Professional Development Points (PDPs) for educators. PDPs are awarded after a minimum of 10 hours of programming has been completed. Programs can be combined for this purpose.

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