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Foundations of Mindfulness: Introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress & Pain Management (MSPM) with Kessonga Giscombe, MS, L.Ac

Hosted by the Program on Integrative Medicine

Information about the course:

The UNC Mindfulness-based Program for Stress and Pain Management offers training in meditation and mind-body awareness that will teach you how to slow down, set priorities and stay calm, focused and relaxed in the midst of a busy life.  These practices will enhance your body's natural adaptive healing ability and will cultivate the mind's clarity and insight.

This evidenced-based program is based on Jon Kabat-Zinn's model that teaches Mindfulness is "the awareness that arises from paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally." It enables individuals to step out of 'automatic pilot', and to connect and respond to daily life with increased awareness and self-control.

There are 8 weekly classes that run 2 ½ hours each

  • You will receive recordings with guided meditations and stretching practices?


  • Participants are encouraged to practice home assignments for 30-40 minutes every day and to complete an initial questionnaire and a course evaluation.


  • This challenging, life-affirming course requires a strong commitment for maximal benefits. Your instructors are committed to and skilled at creating a safe, supportive, and deeply engaging environment


Class Dates: Mondays, January 27 through March 16, 2020

Instructor: Kessonga Giscombe, MS, L.Ac.

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

TBD Location: UNC School of Social Work, Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building, Room 500,  27599, 325 Pittsboro St #3550, Chapel Hill, NC 27516



TBD Day of Mindfulness:  Saturday, March 7, 2020

Please remember to bring a lunch on the Day of Mindfulness!

Fee: $350 UNC Affiliates | $375 General Public | UNC Payroll Deduction | $100 off for repeat participants!

Both Check and Credit Card will be accepted.

Checks can be made out to PMR/Medical Fund, & on Memo line, write "Mindfulness"


UNC Payroll Deduction is available to University of North Carolina Employees



Please send Checks to:

Mindfulness Course

Program on Integrative Medicine

CB# 7200, UNC School of Medicine Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7200

Refund policy

  • After orientation, before start of 1st class, full refund minus $75.00 handling fee
  • After 1st class, no refunds

NOTE:  If you have any of the following issues listed below that would present additional challenges in taking the class, please call 919-966-8586 to speak with an instructor prior to registering for the course.

  • Hospitalization within the last 6 months for any psychiatric reasons
  • Medically unstable situation
  • Problem with alcohol or drug abuse
  • Anger management issues that could potentially be disruptive to the group
  • Suicidal fantasies

For more information, please call 919-966-8586 or email mindfulness@med.unc.edu 

Please visit our website  for additional course information 

  Location: UNC School of Social Work, Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building, Room 500, 27599, 325 Pittsboro St #3550, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
  Date: Monday, January 27, 2020 - Monday, March 16, 2020
  Time: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  Sponsor: UNC Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - Program on Integrative Medicine
  Price: Registrant Specific
  Pay Methods:  Check  Credit Card
  Payment Notes: *UNC Affiliates are University and UNC Healthcare faculty, staff, students, volunteers, and active GAA members CHECKS: make payable to: PMR/Medical Fund, & on Memo line, write "Mindfulness" Send Checks to: Mindfulness Course Program on Integrative Medicine CB# 7200, UNC School of Medicine Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7200 **see event description for refund information
  Cutoff Date: 03/16/2020 You will NOT be able to register on or after this date!
  For more information, contact the event administrator: Kelly Eason kelly_eason@med.unc.edu