meditation summer school

Nourish Your Soul

The summer meditation school program offers instruction and a supportive community to help sustain a personal practice of meditation. Each session includes a presentation on an aspect of Mindfulness Meditation, 30 minutes of silent sitting with periodic guidance, and practice-oriented discussion. It is an opportunity for deepening into the silence that allows for an awakening of the heart.


Meditation Summer School 2019

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

• May 7, 14, 21, 28, June 4, 2019 • Two weeks off
• June 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 2019


Suggested donation

  • $20 per session

  • OR $150 for all 10 sessions, if paid in full

    at beginning of the program.

  • Some scholarships are available.


Meditation Summer School 2019

10:00-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays



May 7 – “From Chaos to Calm: Meditation as a Path to Inner Peace” - Fr. Joe Mitchell


May 14 – "Being Mindful with Children in Today's Busy World" - Nellie Springston 


Being a parent or grandparent of a young child presents a wonderful, complex set of challenges.  Mindfulness practices are invaluable tools can help both children and adults become more present to themselves and in their relationship with each other.  


May 21 – “Dharma and Drama” -  Glenda Hodges-Cook


Dharma becomes drama when there appears a “me” to whom everything is happening.  We will explore how this affects our lives and what alternatives there might be.


May 28 – “Loosening the Chains of Self”-  Glenda Hodges-Cook


We often don't see the view of “self” as limiting. What would happen if we were not who we imagine, a noun, but rather a verb, a process?


June 4 – “Christian Contemplation and Centering Prayer” - Sr. Mary Otho Ballard, OP 


This session explores the long, rich tradition of Christian contemplation.  Participants will have the opportunity to learn about and practice Centering Prayer, a form of Christian contemplative prayer.  


June 25 – “Breath and Body Awareness in Mindfulness Meditation” - Karen Newton


This session is the first of four in our “Back to Basics” meditation series, which are part of our summer meditation sessions.  Come learn or re-learn the fundamentals of diaphragmatic and dynamic breathing as well as the body scan practice.  


July 2 – “Meditation in Motion: Simple Steps to Focus a Chaotic Mind” - Karen Newton


The second of our “Back to Basics” meditation series explores ocean breathing, chair yoga, walking meditation, and gatha meditation poems to help you focus your wandering mind.  


July 9 – “Exploring the Inner Landscape: Guided Imagery and Listening to your Thoughts” - Karen Newton


The third of our “Back to Basics” meditation series teaches guided imagery, thought labeling, and reflective writing as ways to navigate the inner world. 


July 16 – “Putting Meditation into Practice: Mindful Eating, Mindfulness of Feelings, and Loving Kindness” -  Karen Newton 


The last of our “Back to Basics” meditation series offers several practical meditation tools that you can use both on the cushion and in the course of everyday life.  


July 23 – "Introducing Tactilely Enhanced Active Meditation™  - Harry Pickens


"Introducing Tactilely Enhanced Active Meditation™ (TEAM): A Simple Tool To Deepen Your Practice, Enhance Your Capacity for Mindful Awareness, and Rewire Your Brain For Less Stress and More Joy 




Instructor Bios:


Fr. Joe Mitchell, CP, a Catholic priest and member of the Passionist religious community, is president of the Earth & Spirit Center. He studied theology at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and earned a graduate degree in Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness from the California Institute of Integral Studies. His ministry includes presenting retreats in spirituality, meditation courses, religious environmental programs, as well as workshops in the new cosmology and Great Work.


Glenda Hodges-Cookhas been practicing insight meditation for thirty-five years. Her initial instruction was with Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield.  She is a graduate of the Community Dharma Leader training program offered through Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Marin County, California. She has led the Louisville Vipassana Community for the past ten years. Glenda has a master’s degree in psychiatric/mental health nursing, and is on the adjunct faculty at Indiana University Southeast. 


Nellie Springstonis the founder of Calma (Calm and Loving Minds Achieve), which provides mindfulness resources for educators, parents, and children.  As a first-time mom, Nellie has a deep passion to raise a kind, smart & happy generation of children. She graduated first in her class with a M.Ed. School Counseling & Psychology, then spent years working in Psychology research learning about trauma, stress and the brain before making her way back to a school setting as a behavior interventionist, where she used mindfulness techniques with her most troubled students, and saw incredible results. 


Sr. Mary Otho Ballard, OPis a Dominican Sister of Peace with a Master’s Degree in Religious Education from Fordham University in New York City.  She has taught in parochial schools, worked as a religious education administrator at the diocesan level, ministered as a missionary in Belize, and served as vocation and formation director for her congregation.  She has practiced Centering Prayer for over 25 years has been a Centering Prayer instructor for twelve years. 


Karen Newton is the former director of the University of Louisville’s Health Promotion Office and a UofL faculty member.  With degrees in dietetics and public health, Karen is also a certified KORU mindfulness instructor and has taught meditation to a wide variety of audiences.  


Harry Pickensis an award-winning performing artist, educator, positive psychology practitioner, and life transformation coach.  Harry has served as a classroom teacher on elementary, middle, and high school and collegiate levels; presented seminars and workshops nationally on leadership, personal mastery, team building, communication, and social entrepreneurship; and created/promoted community-wide celebrations that tap the power of the arts to inspire positive social change. As a positive psychology practitioner and life transformation coach, he develops and shares practical applications of cutting-edge research in the science of wellbeing. 


Classes can be taken individually at a drop-in rate of $20. No pre-registration is required.


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