Mindfulness is waking up to the life you are living in its full range of experiences. Discover and develop the empowering gifts of awareness and compassion.
In the one-hour introduction, you will learn and experience what mindfulness is, how it cultivates wakefulness, the benefits of mindfulness, and how to come home in your own life.
We presented the Introduction to Mindfulness six times since October 2021
*** The First Fullness of Life Introduction to Mindfulness from 2021 can be seen on Youtube: https://youtu.be/kUQtYF8pAiM
*** Mindfulness Introduction focusing on Seniors:
*** Afrikaans Language Version:
(See also the six week Afrikaans Course)
All courses are presented with the utmost respect for your own religious conviction.
Mindfulness is much more an enlightened way of living and being, as a list of things to do. Cultivating a life where you live truly presents being fully aware with healthy attitudes takes time and practice.
All courses are presented with the utmost respect for your own religious conviction.
The 4-week and 6-week courses were presented five times and will be repeated in Fall 2023.
Recorded sessions of a previous version are available here:
RECORDED 6-WEEK COURSE
1 The Two Wings of Mindfulness:
The First Wing:
Attention and Awareness
2 The Two Wings of Mindfulness:
The Second Wing:
Compassion and Acceptance
3 Why the Body?
4 Dealing with the Difficult
5 Flourishing Joy in all the Seasons of Life
6 Thriving Relationships and the Secret to Liberation
*** FULL 6 Week course in AFRIKAANS can be found here: https://mindfulness.art/lewe
Mindfulness empowers you to discover and develop Inner Recourses for flourishing life art in all the seasons of life.
The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program was founded in 1979 at the University of Massachusetts (UMASS) Medical Center. It is the most well-researched mindfulness-based stress reduction program worldwide.
The MBSR offers intensive training in formal and informal mindfulness-based practices. It is an approach that combines meditation, dialogue, reflective inquiry, and mindful movement.
Immanuel van Tonder did his post-graduate studies in Mindfulness-Based Interventions at the University of Stellenbosch based on the standardized UMASS MBSR. The IMISA accredited course could have a profound impact on your life!
The MBSR course will be presented in person on eight consecutive Thursdays. The new course is to be announced soon. Contact Immanuel by texting him at 347 328 4037 or email@example.com for more information or to register.
There will be two MBSR Courses presented in 2023. The first MBSRCourse was completed, and the second will commence at the end of 2023.
COST: CCRC members are welcome to attend without charge. Non-members are invited to donate to CCRC for the course according to their financial situation. (Guideline of $100 proposed) Please don't let the cost stop you from joining this life-changing path.
All courses are presented with the utmost respect for your religious conviction.
"Being in the 8 week mindfulness course was life-changing. The extraordinary teaching, the group's support, and home practice helped me develop the discipline of daily meditation. I'm experiencing more serenity, contentment, and joy. I look forward to continuing this journey with Immanuel."
Several Retreats and Mindfulness Hikes in Nature are offered that differ in length and levels of experience with meditation and silence. Some of the options are thematic retreats, silent retreats with guidance, nature retreats, and reading retreats.
I lead the previous Mindful Hike at Moreau Lake State Park.We did Walking Meditation, Lake Meditation, Mountain Meditation, and probably also a Tree meditation.
*** Pictures of our first Mindful Hike: https://www.facebook.com/747872455278433/posts/4437748529624122/
*** Revitalizing 3-day Mindfulness Retreat. Dates to be confirmed in due time.
The Art of Being a Mindful Family
A child’s life depends on their parents' or caregivers' presence, acceptance, values, faith, and love. Imagine what happens if a child must rely on someone who is absent, neglectful, easily upset, erratic, indifferent, or even abusive. Even if the parent or caregiver has genuine faith, the attempts at faith formation drown in the unhealthy pool of the psychological context.
Mindfulness is a way of being fully present with love. Some scholars even use the word "kindfulness" or "heartfulness" to convey lovingkindness and compassion. Numerous studies have shown that mindfulness can improve well-being, spirituality, and relationships. Families benefit significantly from embodying the values of mindfulness.
The best place to integrate mindfulness principles is in a family where we can support each other. Imagine a family where we are truly present with compassion towards each other. In this fertile ground, everyone in the family can flourish. Mindful Parenting courses aim to create mindful families.
Our next Mindful Parenting Course will take place in January 2023
.b, pronounced [dot-be], is the UK’s leading mindfulness curriculum for 11-18-year-olds in schools. .b stands for ‘stop and be,’ a simple practice at the heart of this ten lesson course.
Each .b lesson (between 40 minutes and 1 hour) is expertly crafted for use in the classroom to teach a distinct mindfulness skill.
The .b materials are designed to engage even the most skeptical of young minds.
A significant body of evidence from research projects ‘ demonstrates evidence of a significant positive child outcome through an efficacy study’ and ‘additional consistent positive evidence from other evaluations.’
*** The PawsB course was presented for two years at the Summer Vacation Bible School. In total more than 50 kids attended.
*** We presented the DOT B MISP course for high school youth at 1010 Route 146 Clifton Park.
Paws b [pause be] is a leading mindfulness curriculum for children aged 7 -11 in schools and was initially developed in collaboration with experienced primary school teachers, senior mindfulness teachers, and researchers at the UK Mindfulness in Schools Project.
The lessons are flexible and varied and can be taught as twelve 30 to 60-minute lessons or grouped into pairs and delivered over six sessions. A significant body of evidence from research projects ‘demonstrate evidence of a significant positive child outcome through an efficacy study’ and ‘additional consistent positive evidence from other evaluations’ .
The Breathing Buddy Course is for children aged 3-13 and parents who want to support children in a skillful way of relating to life.
A very interactive course presented by Immanuel full of fun and energy. Children learn powerful but simple skills to feel safe, learn self-regulation of emotions and empower them at a very young age. Based on the sound science of breathing.
What about an optimal life? We tend to think of and focus on problems only. In the Mindfulness-Based Intervervention sessions, we discover and develop your resources for you to flourish in life. Inspirational messages and reminders between sessions to motivate you. Individual confidential mindfulness-based counseling via zoom, my office, or in the comfort of your own home.
A two-hour course teaching mindfulness skills to Real Estate Agents for managing their inner world and presence in the midst of their unique challenges and opportunities. The program can be tailored for any business context.
Recent presentations were also done for:
- ExeControl 2023 (Stress in the Workplace)
- Clifton Park Neighbors Connecting (3X)
- WSWHE Boces Teachers and Therapists
- Care Links
A Deepening of Faith through Contemplative Spirituality Series will be offered in 2022.
Follow an Introduction to Contemplative Spirituality here: https://youtu.be/5NPtCe1Vxzo
Recorded Wednesday Contemplative Worship sessions are available here:
There is a deep resonance between the principles of Mindfulness and Christian Contemplative Traditions. Where the two streams meet, there is profound enrichment.
Walk with an experienced "Soul Friend": SPIRITUAL ACCOMPANIMENT.
Having a "soul friend" walking the spiritual path with you can be deeply enriching. Through the ages, people experienced profound spiritual growth with a skilled Spiritual Director.
*** A FREE Afrikaans course is available online: (Mindfulness: 'n Volbewuste Vervullende Lewe! Hoekom Mindfulness? ) Find the recorded video of the zoom presentation on Mindfulness.art YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/4y0TYQij3HY.
*** Die LiefdeVOLbewuste Lewenskuns kursus (MINDFULNESS IN AFRIKAANS) is nou aanlyn beskikbaar! Volg dit teen jou eie pas en jou eie prys! Die kursus wat oorsponklik op Zoom aangebied is, is onmiddelik tot jou beskikking!Volg hierdie skakel vir volledige kursus: https://mindfulness.art/lewe
Mindfulness is kindly waking up to the life you are living. Some even use the word Kindfulness. Mindfulness refers to the two wings to fly through life: kindness and awareness. Through Art of Life offerings you can create your unique, beautiful lifeart within and without!
Numerous studies have shown that mindful living births a healthier and longer life. Anxiety, depression, and irritability all decrease. Regular meditators enjoy better and more fulfilling relationships. Read more about the benefits of Mindfulness here:https://mindfulness.art/f/why-mindfulness
The Art of Life Mindfulness Center is a community project of the Christ Community Reformed Church Clifton Park, New York, on 1010 Route 146, Clifton Park, 12065. www.ccrc-cpny.org
Immanuel van Tonder is passionate about life and empowering people to discover the inner resources they already have. He did his post-graduate studies in Mindfulness-Based Interventions at the University of Stellenbosch & IMISA. Accreditation for the .b (dot be) and paws b(paws be) courses were acquired in London for teaching Mindfulness to primary and secondary school children and the Breathing Buddies course for 3-13-year-olds. After two years of training in Spiritual Accompaniment and experience in accompaniment, he taught Spiritual Accompaniment at the Centre for Spirituality, where he served as director for ten years. He has 33 years of experience in teaching, speaking, and counseling as a reverend of Reformed Congregations after studies (BA & BD) at the University of Pretoria.
Currently in training for accredited QiGong teacher: www.qigong.health
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