Introduction to Mindfulness Course

Mindfulness meditation has been shown to improve our ability to handle stress and can help with anxiety, depression, and pain. Back by popular demand, on January 20th we’re kicking off a six-part virtual course led by mindfulness expert, Tessa van der Willigen. The course will teach the fundamentals of mindfulness and equip you with the tools to help you begin your own meditation practice.

HA is offering this very popular patient-centered and community-based course in exchange for a minimum donation of $50! Participants will meet on Zoom for 75 minutes a week for six weeks. In order to allow everyone to participate fully, the course will be limited to 16 participants, and participants will be expected to practice for at least ten minutes a day between sessions.

We are offering this course for patients with hydrocephalus aged 18 and up and for parents of children with hydrocephalus, as support for handling everyday stressors. If you have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder, please check with your mental health provider whether they consider mindfulness meditation a suitable modality for you at this time.

Starting Wednesday, January 20, 2021
12:30-1:45 PM ET
Introduction to Mindfulness Virtual Course



Tessa van der Willigen is trained to deliver workshops in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and is currently completing further training as a mindfulness teacher under the guidance of Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield (of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington and Spirit Rock Insight Meditation Center, respectively). Following a long career in international economics, Tessa recently completed a Master’s degree in Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Tessa is a Board member of the Hydrocephalus Association and has a 24-year-old son with hydrocephalus.Tessa’s mindfulness workshops at our 2018 and 2020 Conferences were among the most popular sessions.

To take part in this special course, complete this application form. The cost is a $50 donation to the Hydrocephalus Association.

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