Newman University offers workshop on ‘mindfulness’

A workshop that aims to help people focus is planned for Thursday evening at Newman University.

Sponsored by the Master of Social Work program, Mindfulness 101 will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Dugan Gorges Conference Center inside the Dugan Library and Campus Center on the Newman campus.

The workshop is free and reservations are not necessary. Donations of soap, toothpaste, shampoo and other hygiene products for the Center of Hope would be appreciated.

The workshop will be led by Grove Burnett, who, according to a news release, is a mindfulness trainer and renowned environmental attorney. He also is co-founder of Vallecitos Mountain Ranch, a learning and retreat center in northern New Mexico.

Mindfulness 101 is designed to help calm the mind. According to the release, “by practicing mindfulness – defined as the art of self-awareness – people can learn to live consciously and fully present and relate directly to whatever is happening in their lives.”

During the workshop, Grove will introduce participants to the basics of mindfulness sitting and walking meditation, and guide them through specific mindfulness teachings and practices.