We’re always pleased to see collaboration among our mindful friends, and here’s one in the Boston area we thought you might like to know about. Our old friends Tami Ireland and Tara Healy, who head up the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care’s mindfulness initiative in Wellesley, have some interesting programs in the works with our new friend Ed Hauben, who runs the Newton Community Education’s (NCE) mindfulness program.
Ed is just about to launch his 6th four-week mindfulness series, this one titled Mindfulness: The Adventure of Living Well. The first time he ran this series was the most successful program NCE had ever experienced, and it continues to very popular. The program takes place on May 2, 9, 17 and 23 and is held at Newton South High School, 140 Brandeis Rd, Newton Center, MA, at 7 p.m.
As Ed shared with us after polling the NCE program participants, “It turns out what they enjoyed most was the actual practice of sitting quiet and just being present.” And he should know because he’s an old hand at this sort of thing, having taught mindfulness for many years at the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) at Barre, MA. Ed is also an architect and was involved with the design of the IMS’s Forest Refuge.
The success of Ed’s program led to people wanting more, and this is where the collaboration part comes in. Ed, Tara, and Tami are now exploring a number of offerings they will do together in order to make mindfulness teachings more accessible for this community.
Check out the Newton Community Education’s mindfulness program and support this emerging collaboration. Every step we take out of our silos will help strengthen our ability to make mindfulness practice available to more people, and as we see it, more people want to learn about it every day.
Bravo Ed, Tara, and Tami!