Introduction to Mindfulness Course

Each semester AMRIG and the Campus Health Counseling and Psych Services Mindfulness Initiative offer a free Introduction to Mindfulness course.  The course for the Fall semester of 2016 will begin on September 21st in the Main Library, room B414.  The class begins at 6:30 pm and lasts for an hour.

The Introduction to Mindfulness course is designed for complete beginners, but those with some meditation experience may also benefit.  The course includes discussion of theoretical background, supplemental reading and viewing materials, discussion of meditation techniques, guided meditation practice, and opportunities for Q & A.  Although participation from the beginning is optimal, students will benefit by dropping in at any time during the semester as the conceptual material will be repeated and the guided practice during each class will stand alone.

The course instructor is Blake Ashley (Kaishin). Kaishin began mindfulness training at the Tucson Community Meditation Center (TCMC) in 2001 and attended his first residential retreat with mindfulness teacher Shinzen Young that year. He has studied continuously with Shinzen since then. Kaishin has been leading weekly meditation classes at TCMC for about eight years. Kaishin also leads weekly meditation classes for the City of Tucson and Pima County Employee Wellness Programs, and teaches an annual Stress Management through Mindfulness class to attorneys for the Arizona State Bar Association.

Questions about the class may be directed to, or 520-240-5065
Kaishin’s website can be found at:


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