40254171_mlCascadia Mindfulness Institute (CMI) exists to reduce stress, foster resiliency and promote wellbeing of mind, body, and spirit. Together we offer high quality, evidence-based mindfulness education and training.  CMI’s array of evidence-based mindfulness interventions are designed to meet the varied and unique needs of our community. The cornerstone of our offerings is the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.

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As the field of mindfulness training expands and diversifies, confidence in the integrity, training and experience of mindfulness teachers is essential.  Cascadia Mindfulness Institute values the highest level of training offered for mindfulness teachers in accord with standards set by the UMass Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society (CFM). All members of the CMI teaching team have completed the highest level of training as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teachers through the Center for Mindfulness’ rigorous, multi-year training program.

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The core insights that underlie mindfulness teaching cannot be learned in a book or seminar.  All CMI instructors are dedicated mindfulness practitioners within a variety of rigorous meditative disciplines, drawn from traditional Buddhist practice, that form the roots of the MBSR/MBI curricula. CMI teachers also have significant training in body-centered mindfulness practices and other complementary disciplines, which inform their teaching. The foundation for teaching mindfulness is the teacher’s own direct experience of insight drawn from rigorous daily practice of mindfulness. All CMI teachers have demonstrated a commitment to this lifelong path of training and awakening as the foundation for their work.

Our Team

 Kurt HoeltingKurt Hoelting, MDiv

Kurt is a Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher through the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society. A Zen student for thirty years, he has taught mindfulness in a variety of contexts for over twenty years. Kurt has taught MBSR for ten years in the Seattle Area, at venues including the VA Hospital, King County’s Healthy Incentives Program, the Samaritan Center of Puget Sound. Kurt grew up in Seattle, and has a lifelong love affair with the Cascadia bio-region. Since 1994 he has led mindfulness-based wilderness retreats in Alaska through his Alaska wilderness guide company Inside Passages, Inc. (www.insidepassages.com), where he brings decades of experience as a commercial fisherman in Alaska, and his lifelong love of the Northwest Coast bio-region, into his teaching.

Kurt has an MDiv. degree from Harvard Divinity School, and is an ordained United Church of Christ (UCC) minister. He has led numerous mindfulness trainings for clergy, rabbis, environmental leaders, and health care professionals, at venues including the Garrison Institute in New York, the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, North Cascades Institute and the Whidbey Institute.

In 2008 Kurt took a sabbatical to live car-free for a year, as a personal response to our climate crisis, exploring a close radius of his Whidbey Island home on foot, by bicycle and sea kayak. His book, The Circumference of Home: One Man’s Yearlong Quest for a Radically Local Life, chronicles that experience, and was a finalist for the 2011 Washington State Book Award.

 Janice Sack-OryJanice Sack-Ory, MSN, RN

Janice is a Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher through the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society. Janice is also a trauma-sensitive Yoga Therapist and a retired Nurse-Midwife with 25 years of clinical and administrative experience in the healthcare arena. She is deeply committed to the process of compassionate inquiry and deep listening to one’s own body as a source for inner wisdom and in support of self-discovery, balance, and wellbeing.

Janice is certified in multiple modalities of mindfulness education within the yoga and meditation fields. Janice holds certificates in: Integrative Restoration (iRest), a form of trauma-sensitive meditation and yoga; Mindful Yoga and Meditation through Spirit Rock Insight Meditation Center; Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting Preparation (MBCP); and has trained as a facilitator in Insight Dialogue.

In addition, Janice is a trained Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher through the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. She has been teaching MBSR since 2011 in both community and corporate settings, as well as with community-based physician groups. Janice also teaches iRest meditation to women veterans with Military Sexual Assault through the Federal Way Vets Center.

 Jonas Batt, MA, LMHC

Jonas is a Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher through the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society. He is passionately committed to helping others learn, grow, and change through the simple power of paying attention in the present moment. Jonas has practiced and studied mindfulness and meditation since 1997, is a trained yoga instructor, holds a Master of Arts in Counseling from Seattle University, and is a licensed mental health counselor in private practice with a specialty in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

Since 2011, Jonas has taught MBSR to veterans with PTSD at the Seattle/Puget Sound VA in support of research by Dr. David Kearney. In 2014, he began co-teaching for a multi-year study measuring the effects of Loving-Kindness Meditation (LKM) on PTSD. Jonas was previously a Clinical Supervisor and Case Manager with the Crisis Respite Program (CRP) at Seattle’s Downtown Emergency Services Center (DESC); the CRP is a King County-funded, 24-hour residential psychiatric crisis respite for severely and persistently mentally ill homeless adults.

Jonas’ teaching is strongly influenced by the Western Theravada/Vipassana tradition and the mindfulness teachings of Joseph Goldstein, Steve Armstrong and other leading teachers. Extensive silent retreat experience and the application of mindfulness in daily life are also foundational to his teaching.

CMI’s Affiliate Teachers

Josh Berkowitz

Joshua is a qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher through the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society. He has practiced and studied mindfulness and meditation since 1996 with a variety of teachers, and has practiced intensively in the Theravada Vipassana/Insight Meditation tradition for the past 15 years.

Joshua has taught mindfulness in a variety of settings including hospitals, prisons, organizations, and companies, and enjoys guiding people to trust in their own capacity for presence, wholeness and healing. He specializes in using mindfulness to work with chronic pain and illness, grief and loss, and effective communication, among other aspects of human life.

Having also trained and worked in organizational management, communications, and group facilitation, mediation, and conflict resolution, he uses mindfulness to improve organizational dynamics and resolve disputes and contentious processes. In addition to his work with CMI, he runs a consulting practice specializing in public policy, stakeholder engagement, facilitation, and strategic communications and leadership. He also currently serves as a Meditation Coach with 10% Happier, the meditation app started by ABC News anchor Dan Harris. Joshua holds an M.A from Tufts University, a B.A. from Wesleyan University, and has also completed additional professional trainings in leadership, organizational management, and group facilitation and mediation.

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