is part of the Stanford Center for Integrative Medicine and heads Stanford’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program. He teaches at Stanford's School of Medicine and is on staff at Stanford Hospital.
This program is designed to integrate the practice of mindful awareness with directed heartfulness to facilitate growth, healing, and change. It is based on Fred Luskin's research at Stanford Medical School on the healing effects of forgiveness and heartfulness and Mark Abramson's work as the director of Stanford's Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program.
The impact of stress on health is well recognized. Now the efficacy of stress reduction as an adjunct to medical treatment is being recognized in more and more health care settings. In 1996 Dr. Mark Abramson founded a program at Stanford University Medical Center using the 2,500-year-old technique of Mindfulness Meditation to train patients as an adjunct treatment for many different medical conditions.
Meditating in noble silence offers a special opportunity to focus inward, and to deeply connect with oneself, create intentions, and reflect on life goals. New Year's Eve, with its connection to the winter solstice and new beginnings, is the perfect time to silently journey inward. This will be Esalen's first silent New Year’s meditation retreat. Participants will set intentions and explore, through seated and moving meditation, themes of self-kindness, self-care, and nurturing.