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Navigating Life’s Challenges (NLC) is a 5-Day residential adaptation of the empirically-supported 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program.


In this program you will experience the key components of the 8-Week MBSR program as developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Participating in Navigating Life’s Challenges is an ideal experience for anyone who does not have access to being able to participate in a formal 8-week MBSR program. Holding the heart of the 8-week MBSR program, we journey together to mindfully explore ways of navigating and cultivating a new healthier relationship to the challenges and struggles in our lives. Navigating Life’s Challenges is for anyone who would like to learn more effective coping skills that have the potential to lower and change their relationship to stress.


This Highly Participatory Program will Include:

  • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices

  • Gentle stretching and mindful movement

  • Inquiry exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life

  • Individually tailored instruction

  • Group dialogue

  • Links to guided audio files for home practice and workbook


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

  • Receive practical suggestions for how to integrate mindfulness into everyday life and break reactive patterns.

  • Differentiate NLC from relaxation and other distraction techniques that may seem similar but are fundamentally and theoretically quite different in contending with difficulty and enhancing quality of life

  • Practice and apply mindfulness techniques in both personal and professional settings as a means of contending more effectively with the demands of both settings

  • Integrate mindfulness into social interaction with colleagues, supervisors, family and friends to facilitate more effective and mindful communication.

Target Audience, Training & Guidelines

Target Audience:

This intensive training is designed for members of the general public, as well as for professionals who wish to integrate mindfulness into their work.  Meditation experience is not necessary to participate in this 5-day Residential Intensive. All are welcome!


Program activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and reflection. The goal is to access and cultivate one’s own inner wisdom for the ability to be non-judgmental, compassionate, passionate, present, and aware. Through this way of being, one can cultivate and navigate a different relationship between themselves and the things that challenge them in life. For more information on mindfulness and it’s potential benefits, please visit the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction webpage.

Participant Guidelines:

Although participants take primary responsibility for their own safety and well-being in an NLC program, we would also like to be sure that this program is a good fit for you at this time. In order to assist you and the teachers in making this determination, you will be asked to fill out a survey (application form) during the registration process. The information you provide will only be reviewed by NLC teachers and not by administrative personnel. After completing the registration, you will be notified of your formal acceptance to the NLC program. Please do not make any travel arrangements until you receive a formal acceptance.

With great gratitude to Allan Goldstein for co-developing this program.


Please visit our Schedule page to enroll in this course. Contact us if you are interested in learning more.

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