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Introduction to Mindfulness

September 8 @ 12:30 pm - October 13 @ 1:45 pm EDT

Mindfulness meditation has been shown to improve our ability to handle stress and alleviate anxiety, depression, and pain. Back by popular demand, on September 8th we’re kicking off a six-part virtual mindfulness course led by mindfulness expert, Tessa van der Willigen, TvdW, MPhil, MAPP. 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 for those who are able. 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 12-16 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 caregivers of children and adult patients 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.

Thursdays, September 8 – October 13, 2022
12:30-1:45 PM ET



About the Instructor:
Tessa van der Willigen, TvdW, MPhil, MAPP qualified 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 retrained in Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, and is now a Visiting Scholar in the Psychology Department at Georgetown University. Tessa is a Board member of the Hydrocephalus Association and has a 26-year-old son with hydrocephalus. Tessa’s mindfulness workshops at HA’s Conferences are among our most popular sessions.


September 8 @ 12:30 pm EDT
October 13 @ 1:45 pm EDT


Hydrocephalus Association