Mindful Stress Reduction

  • Grant Park Meditation & Contemplative Arts Center Grant Park Meditation & Contemplative Arts Center
  • 1030 Grant St. #3, Atlanta, GA 30315
  • Sep 5 - 28, 2019 (24 days)
  • $250.00 to $300.00 – Please pay what is right for your circumstances. If you can afford more, you will help to make this program available to others.

About This Event

I cannot make your work or your lives less stressful. But I can offer you a program that teaches you how to relate skillfully to how stress is affecting you. If you become familiar with how your body feels and how your mind thinks in different situations, you find that you can “take things” differently. You have choices.  Learn what they are.

Class 1:                     Mindfulness of Body

Class 2:                     Mindfulness & Awareness of Ordinary and Pleasant Events

Class 3:                     Mindfulness & Awareness of Unpleasant Events

Class 4:                      Awareness of Stressful Reactivity

Full Day:                   A day of practice activities being fully with yourself in slience

The work you do in these classes and in daily homework does require commitment on your part. You have to be willing to show up, to practice a new skill, and to let go of expectations. But of course you would not be doing this unless you did have expectations, e.g. a more balanced, stress-free life. Therein lies the paradox and one among many topics that we will discuss.

Group work is a valuable part of this program. People generally find that the experiences they report on from the past week are appreciated by others in the group. We can relate to and learn from the experiences of others.

My role will be to guide you, lead you in lujong (Tibetan body exercises), answer your questions about mindfulness, meditation, and body practices; facilitate discussions; and support you in any way that I can. I will provide you with recordings and other materials for the course.

Dr. Norma Harris has been practicing meditation for more than 20 years. She is a former Asst Professor at Morehouse College, a retired Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist, and currently a Buddhist Chaplain. Norma has been teaching mindfulness and meditation to individuals and groups for 10 years. She is a three time cancer survivor.

Venue Highlights

Meditation is for everyone.  

We all have a body, so we nourish it, and exercise to keep it healthy.  Our minds need the same kind of attention and care.  Meditation training allows our mind to focus, relax and open.  This is how we join our head, heart and life.


  • Air Conditioning in Rooms
  • Free Parking


From Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, take on I-85 N to exit 245 (7 min (6.7 mi), turn right at Atlanta Ave SE(4 min (1.4 mi, turn right at Grant St and proceed to Common Ground Meditation Center, 1030 Grant St SE #3, Atlanta, GA 30315, on the left..

Cancellation Policy

100% deposit refund for cancellation 30+ days before event.
50% deposit refund for cancellation 15-29 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-14 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due upon arrival.
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