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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with Beth Mulligan & Ian Challis

February 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until March 12, 2020

One event on February 22, 2020 at 10:00 am

Experience the original 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program! Expertly designed, and research-backed, the MBSR course will teach you how to understand and work with the mind-body connection in order to reduce stress and improve self-regulation. The program, which will be taught in Palm Springs, provides fun and effective training in a variety of mindfulness techniques, including mindfulness meditation instruction, relaxing body awareness practices, and gentle yoga-type exercises.

In this 8 week series you will learn through discussion and exploration to develop a personal awareness and understanding of stress physiology and the mind-body connection. You will learn to apply effective mindfulness techniques which you can practice whenever you need to reduce stress and increase self-regulation. 

Each class builds upon the previous session. In addition to training and experiencing mindfulness skills, there will be lively discussions on stress management, coming off auto-pilot, the mind-body connection, how mindfulness changes our relationship to thoughts, feelings, emotions, and pain, as well as other health-related subjects.

What are the benefits of MBSR?

  • Cultivates the ability to pay attention in an open, non-judgmental way to our surroundings and what is contained in the present moment.
  • Provides clearer appraisal of the reality of situations.
  • Reduces reactivity and stress, and stress related illnesses.
  • Builds resilience around health, thoughts, feelings, and emotions.
  • Enhances mindful communication and problem solving.
  • Adds richness to our daily lives by increasing awareness of everyday activities, such as: walking, driving, eating (tasting food without distractions), etc.

Class dates: Eight consecutive Thursday evenings 6:00pm to 8:30pm, beginning January 23 and ending on March 12. Plus daylong retreat, Saturday, February 22, 10:00am to 4:00pm.

NOTE: This class is now full. If you try and can not register, please contact Ian@desertinsight.org We may have cancellations or otherwise be able to accommodate you.
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The cost for all 8 class modules, the daylong, class materials and teacher support is $295. Some work-study and scholarships are available, please contact an organizer for details.


This course is taught by highly experienced teachers Beth Mulligan and Ian Challis, who have trained with the Centers for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts, and UC San Diego. The MBSR-Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program is the most widely researched and highly acclaimed mindfulness program in the world.

Beth Mulligan, PA-C is a certified MBSR teacher, teacher trainer, and adjunct faculty through the UMASS Center for Mindfulness. She has been teaching MBSR for over a decade to diverse populations; from the critically ill, to non-profit organizations, the underserved, educators, and corporate leaders. She currently teaches at the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine at UCI and Insight LA. Beth teaches the 10-week and nine-day practicum for teachers in training nationally and internationally. Beth is a certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher and teacher trainer and does international training for the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. Beth has a background in primary care medicine as a Board Certified Physician Assistant having graduated Magna cum Laude from Duke University and has practiced medicine for over thirty years. She is a long time student of Charles Tenshin Fletcher, Roshi at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center where she has lived in residence. Beth is a past Guiding Teacher at Insight Community of the Desert and is a certified yoga instructor.

Ian Challis is a teacher of MBSR and mindfulness techniques based in Palm Springs. Inspired by Beth Mulligan’s teaching, it is always a special joy for him to teach alongside her. Ian has maintained a dedicated meditation practice for fifteen years. He has spent hundreds of days in silent retreat with remarkable teachers. In 2017 he completed a multi-year training and became certified to teach Insight Meditation by Spirit Rock Meditation Center. After a career in art and product design, he became a founding board member of Insight Community of the Desert, which has grown into a thriving meditation center. He currently serves as the center’s Guiding Teacher offering weekly teachings, workshops, and residential retreats. Supporting the creation of inclusive and aware communities is a core practice for Ian, along with his own personal development of cultural humility and sensitivity. Identifying as gay/queer, Ian has a passion for supporting anyone who feels marginalized in practice communities.


February 20
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Insight Community of the Desert
1111 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Bldg C - 2nd Floor
Palm Springs, CA 92264 United States
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