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Learn Mindfulness-based Stress Management Techniques
10.15.12 |
Lebanon Valley College invites community members and students to an interactive introduction of mindfulness-based stress management techniques presented by Joshua David O'Brien, O.M., founder of the Mindfulness Community of Central Pennsylvania. The free workshop will take place Wednesday, Oct. 17 at noon in Miller Chapel, and pre-registration is encouraged by emailing

Specializing in interventions for chronic-pain management, stress reduction, and parenting challenges, O'Brien brings to his work almost 16 years of continuous personal practice in mindfulness and meditation disciplines. He is the principal of Meditation Science and founder of the Mindfulness Community of Central Pennsylvania.

"Practices related to mindfulness are increasingly sought by professionals to deal with stressors of various types. UPenn Medicine has a thriving Program for Mindfulness in Philadelphia. So we were overjoyed to learn about a similar program right here in Central Pennsylvania," stated Paul Fullmer, Chaplain at Lebanon Valley College.

Commenting on O'Brien's other areas of expertise, Fullmer remarked that "community members dealing with long-term pain or parenting challenges are also welcome to bring their questions for consideration."

O'Brien teaches a contemporary and research-based meditation program in a variety of venues including health and wellness centers, psychiatric facilities, and physician referred pain-management programs and is a registered provider of mindfulness-based services for the State of Pennsylvania.

His passion lies in promoting personal growth, transformation, and inner-health. Through ongoing weekly classes, individualized training programs, workshops, and staff-development programs he has helped hundreds come home to themselves and reconnect with their innate capacity for wholeness, wellbeing, and emotional freedom.

The event is free and open to the public. A light pizza and salad lunch will be provided. To register, please call the Office of Spiritual Life at 717-867-6135 or email

An endowment at the College dedicated to diversity in programming-as well as the collaboration of several departments at the College-has contributed to what promises to be an enlightening lunch presentation. The program has been made possible by a grant from the Woomer Diversity Program Endowment. The event is co-sponsored by the Office of Spiritual Life, the 2012–2013 Colloquium on Happiness, the Office of Counseling Services, and the Department of Psychology.

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