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Mindfulness: Classes We Offer

At the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, our instructors offer several types of mindfulness classes. You can register for a class online or contact us at (615) 343-1554.

  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). A group-based treatment, originally developed for preventing depressive relapse, combines the practice of mindfulness meditation with the tools of cognitive therapy and modes of inquiry. This evidence-based therapy is designed to help you cope with persistent depression, mood disorders or emotional distress and help break the cycle of negative thoughts that can trigger depression.
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). An evidence-based intervention used to increase awareness of your thoughts, body and emotions. MBSR uses mindfulness-based meditation and gentle movement to teach you how to use innate resources and abilities to respond more effectively to stress, pain, and illness through present-moment awareness, emotional balance and acceptance.
  • Mindfulness Monday Drop-In. This 45-minute class is focused on a guided mindfulness sitting practice with optional mindful movement practices. During each session, our mindfulness instructors include time for questions and answers. This free class is open to the public every Monday from 5:45-6:30 p.m. There is no need to reserve your spot in the class – just walk in and join us. We encourage you to check our Osher class website every Monday for possible cancellations due to inclement weather or illness.
  • Mindfulness skills. A training that teaches the fundamental skills of mindfulness for beginners or for people who want to deepen their skills. In this class, you will try a variety of mindfulness practices. You will also discover habits or thoughts that lead to persistent negative and unhealthy life patterns.
  • Daylong silent retreats. We design these retreats to cultivate the sense of moment-to-moment presence and nurture the fundamental qualities of mindfulness. Practices will include seated and walking meditations, guided yoga, loving-kindness meditation and mindful eating. The day concludes by easing out of silence with dyad and group discussion.

Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt
3401 West End Ave., Suite 380 (3rd floor)
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 343-1554
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Mindfulness Professional skills development

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Mindfulness Teacher Training

This 50-hour training is designed for those who have experienced the transformative beauty of mindfulness practice in their own lives and wish to bring it into their work with others. There will be an emphasis on continuing to develop one’s own practice as we learn how to skillfully and compassionately guide others and to develop a well-rounded understanding of the contemporary field, research findings and historical origins. This program will be a benefit to people who are new to facilitating mindfulness practices as well as those who have already been using it in their work and seek structured mentorship and the richness of a learning community. There will be a day-long meeting once a month for six months, along with mentoring in small groups once monthly via a computer or in-person. A certificate of completion will be offered. Classes will meet on Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the following dates: August 23rd, September 13th , October 4th, October 25th, November 15th and December 6th . 

Questions or for more information call Program Coordinator at 615-343-1170 or email katrina.m.nelson@vumc.org 

CME and APA CEU credits are pending. 

Fee $1200.00 $240.00 deposit $960.00 due 1 week prior to class starting. 

Course is facilitated by: Michelle Foote-Pearce, DMIN, MSN, MA, LPC-MHSP, RN Director of Mindfulness Programs and Outreach, David Vago, PhD, Research Director for the Osher Center and Associate Professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Linda Manning, PhD and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Paloma Cain, MA Insight LA, Mindfulness Training Facilitator and Landrew Sevel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Mindfulness instructors at the osher center

Michelle Foote-Pearce, DMin, MSN, M.A., LPC-MHSP, R.N.


Michelle is the director of Mindfulness Programs and Outreach and the director of Health Psychology for the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. She has completed trainings as a mindfulness teacher and is a qualified teacher of MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy) and MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction). She is a licensed and nationally certified mental health service provider, an advanced practice registered nurse, and has a doctorate in health care ministry. Michelle has been meditating for over thirty years. 

Paloma Cain, M.A.


Paloma has been studying and practicing meditation since 1997. She is a senior teacher at InsightLA and serves on their teacher’s council. She has trained staff at Los Angeles area VA hospitals and at UCLA. She currently leads professional training- and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) classes at the Osher Center and retreats at St. Mary’s Sewanee. Paloma's work brings together her studies in traditional meditation and contemporary clinical psychology, including evidence-based findings.

Sonia Matwin, Ph.D.


Dr. Matwin is the director of psychotherapy education in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and runs the outpatient clinic there.   Sonia has been studying and practicing meditation since 2002.  She has been trained and is a qualified teacher of MBCT. Dr. Matwin’s areas of clinical expertise include: Cognitive-behavioral therapy, acceptance and mindfulness-based psychotherapy, health behavior change and related decision-making, psychological distress related to chronic disease management, anxiety, and depression. She received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Utah in 2007, her clinical re-specialization from Suffolk University in 2009, and post-doctoral training in both the Boston VA system, and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Matwin is also active in the development, testing, and teaching of novel mindfulness-based interventions for the treatment of anxiety and depression.

Landrew Sevel, Ph.D.


Dr. Sevel is a clinical health psychologist at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. He began personal study and practice of mindfulness meditation in 2010. He has received professional training in mindfulness-based interventions and is qualified to teach Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. His clinical work focuses on the application of mindfulness in the treatment of chronic illness and pain, with additional training in acceptance-based and mindful somatic modalities. Academically, Dr. Sevel has contributed to the Mindful Behavior Therapies and Psychophysiology Lab at Bowling Green State University and the Contemplative Neuroscience Lab at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt.  

Betsy Oleksa


Betsy has been a meditator for over eight years. After others noticed a change in how she interacted with the world, they wanted to follow a similar path. Knowing that she was looking to bring Mindfulness and Meditation to the business world, she began to investigate programs and paths. Betsy completed the training to be a qualified teacher with the Center for Mindfulness.  She is now a Mindfulness teacher for the Osher Center and is excited to share her experience with others.

Amy Black


Amy began her journey into the practice of mindfulness by attending a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course at The Osher Center. She was both surprised and changed by what she experienced, so much so that she made the practice a high priority in her life. Her personal experience led her to explore how she could help others connect with the benefits of mindfulness. She went on to receive facilitation training through Osher’s Professional Development for Mindfulness Facilitation (PDMF) program. Amy is currently a mindfulness facilitator for The Osher Center’s MBSR program, runs the mindfulness resource website Mindful615.com and is on the leadership team for Mindful Nashville. 

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Mindful Nashville

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Mindful Nashville is a collaborative of individuals and organizations committed to providing programs and events that help members of the Nashville community grow in their practice of mindfulness, develop community, and nurture their overall well being.  

They welcome all races, religions, countries of origin, ages, sexual orientations, genders, and abilities.

One Dharma Nashville

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One Dharma’s mission is to ensure that the practice of meditation and the joy of awakening are accessible to all who seek it.. One Dharma Nashville is an integrative Buddhist meditation and study group founded in 2006 by meditation teacher Lisa Ernst, who wished to offer a contemporary sangha that also maintains roots in Buddha’s teachings and practices.

Mindful Therapy Nashville


Led by Patrick M. Nitch, M.Ed., LPC-MHSP, Mindful Therapy Nashville is a psychotherapy clinic integrating Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Mindful Therapy Nashville provides a healing space to practice the art of non-judgmental awareness and acceptance of the present moment as it is, while also developing tools of change to find freedom from patterns and cycles of suffering. 

Nashville Mindfulness


Andrew Chapman has been engaged in teaching and facilitating mindfulness groups in Nashville over the past several years. Both his personal and professional work have been supported through intensive training and educational curriculums related to mindfulness-based stress reduction, dialectical behavioral therapy, and Buddhist practice, as well as through his work as a master's level social worker and addictions and mental health counselor.


Founded by Bella Herring, the Mindful School of Nashville is an outside provider of Mindfulness Practices, teachings, and support for schools, businesses, families, and individuals alike.

Mindfulness for Teachers/Educators

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A program part of the Metro Nashville Public Schools Employee and Family Health Care initiative and in partnership with the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) courses are offered regularly.  

Mindful Mondays at the Osher Center


Come sit in on a free community class at the Osher Center on Mondays 5:45-6:30 p.m. There is no need to reserve your spot in the class – just walk in and join us. We encourage you to check our Osher class website every Monday for updates

Music of the Heart Nashville


Music of the Heart Sangha is a cooperative sangha that practices in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh

Wild Heart Sangha


A non-profit organization committed to creating and supporting communities of people interested in integrating the Buddha's teachings into their everyday lives. 

Shambhala - Nashville


We are a community of meditators who are exploring our own basic goodness through meditation and studying the dharma. Shambhala Vision is rooted in the principle that every human being has a fundamental nature of basic goodness. 

Nashville Zen Center


The Nashville Zen Center (Bringing NoThing to Nashville Since 1982) was founded in 1982 by people interested in Zen Buddhist practice. Like each of us, our Center has no fixed Self, and has evolved and undergone many changes over the years. Currently, we offer Zen practice in the Soto tradition (Japanese), in the lineage of Zengaku Soyu Matsuoka, Roshi. Most sessions are led by students of Taiun Michael Elliston, Roshi, Abbot of the Atlanta Soto Zen Center and head of the Silent Thunder Order of Soto Zen practice. 

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#mindful615 is a website where you can learn about mindfulness related events, programs, communities and individuals in Nashville.