~ Mary has been so patient, kind and inspirational. She has such a passion for her work and has helped me understand so much in a short period of time. I hope everyone would be able to take this time for themselves, because it is so enriching.
~ Mary is a great guide, kind, loving, insightful and real.
~ Thank you Mary, you have given my husband and me a lifetime lesson and gift for our marriage and communication.
About the MBCT course
~ This course has been such a pleasant surprise. I came with no expectations and learned so much about myself and the mind. Although it isn’t necessarily an easy course, because it forced me to look deeply into my thoughts, it has given me a sense of freedom I never imagined possible. I’ve learned to accept all feelings in order to let them pass instead of allowing self-hate to take over.
~ As someone who has had life-long clinical depression, with a major episode three years ago, this was invaluable. I am extremely motivated to not have a relapse, and so to be given a program and tools that specifically address that has been very useful. I found your teaching style to be clear, accessible, and especially compassionate, allowing me to have deeper compassion for myself (not a depressive’s strong suit). This program has also helped me to start building stronger internal abilities to challenge the inner (mostly negative) voices and not be so affected by them, and not believe them so readily. Thanks a ton, Mary!
~ I no longer have to rely on drugs or other coping mechanism to make me feel numb, but relying on mindfulness and being more able to face my fears and diffuse them in the most constructive matter possible.
~ This course has been a wonderful way for me to develop a real and strong sense of comfort and home-ness in my body. This is work, but it is well-worth-it work.
~ The practice itself is extraordinary. I’ve learned some amazing tools – the three minute breathing space being the most important – that have helped me in times of crisis. Even now, as I write this, I’m aware that there’s a sweet contentment resting in my body where, just under 30 minutes ago, I felt like I was starting to sink in the mire. I liked the group format and the openness and candidness with which everybody, including Mary, shared. I’m especially grateful for having a safe space to have shared, especially during the time I broke down and cried. That was a pinnacle moment. I could’ve hid away in shame, tried to suck it in, or hold in back. But instead, I sat with it and felt safe and supported here. I’m beginning to learn how to do that now even when I’m by myself. Thank you.
~ The class breaks down the practices to manageable size. It fosters a non-judgmental attitude toward the self and others and makes it easier to rest comfortably during episodes of illness or distress of other kinds, to regain strength and calm confidence.
~ I came into this program hoping to find tools to help me not to relapse into depression. At first I had some reservations in regard to meditation, asking myself: How could this possibly help me? Well, today I leave this group a different person. I’ve not been depressed for about 3-4 months. This is the longest time without depression that I can remember in my adult life. I have what I need; it’s up to me to use the tools. I try to keep it simple, and it works. I’m living in the present now, not the past. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!