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Mindful and Music Programs at Integrative Mindfulness

David Sawtelle

Paulette Grotrian, co-founder of the Ann Arbor Center for Mindfulness, will be a guest instructor at Integrative Mindfulness, in Bonita Springs, offering an eight-week mindful self-compassion (MSC) program for the first time in Southwest Florida. Following a free introductory talk at 9:30 a.m., February 13, participants will learn how self-compassion can help them work through difficult emotions from 9:30 a.m. to noon Tuesdays from February 20 through April 10. A retreat will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., March 25.

The inner critic’s voice can often rob us of our self-confidence and inner peace. MSC participants learn to respond to difficult moments with kindness, understanding and self-care. Featuring up to 25 continuing education credits for psychologists, dieticians, social workers and mental health professionals, this powerful tool is based on the groundbreaking work of Christopher Gerner, Ph.D. and Kristen

Paulette Grotrian
Paulette Grotrian
Neff, Ph.D. Benefits include lower levels of anxiety and depression, more satisfying personal relationships and greater happiness.

In addition, David Sawtelle, former symphony orchestra conductor, professional musician and music teacher, is leading the new Mindful Orchestra Project at Integrative Mindfulness from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays. The intimate chamber orchestra program is intended for violin, viola, cello, upright bass, flute, clarinet, bassoon and harp musicians. Music students should bring their own instrument, music stand, and a one-inch, three-ring notebook.

Cost: $400 for MSC program includes retreat, MSC journal and guided meditation recordings. To register, call 734-276-7707 or email [email protected]. Cost of Mindful Orchestra Project: $15 per class or $120 for 10-class pass. To register, call 239-201-6648 or email [email protected]. Location: 3372 Woods Edge Cir., Fountains Professional Park, Ste. 102. For more information, visit

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