Class Schedule

Eric Nelson facilitates all classes for Stress Less Kzoo. He has 30 year experience in Complementary Medicine and Contemplative Science/Practice (22 years as Program Developer for the Fetzer Institute). Eric’s has received formal mindfulness training from  Center for Mindfulness @ UMass Medical School from Bob Stahl, Contemplative Studies Program with Miles Neale, Chelsea Meditation from Carol Blotter and  Non-Dual Practice from Lama Surya Das.

Free Monthly Mindfulness Zoom Class

Join us ever 4th Wednesday at 7 pm for a free 45-minutes mindfulness practice session.  

During the Zoom session, Eric Nelson will guide you through practices that cultivate attention, acceptance, non-reactivity, kindness and compassion. You will learn to shift from unconsciously reacting to life, based on past habits and conditioning, and instead learn to respond to life with curiosity, compassion and wisdom.

Click link below to access live monthly practice session the 4th Wednesday of each month at 7 pm: 

Topic: Mindfulness Drop-in 4th Wednesday of the Month
Join Zoom Meeting link:

Meeting ID: 883 5090 0441

Winter 2024

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Tired of being self-critical and judgmental?

The 8-week Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living class supports the development and training of (self-) compassion to enhance physical, emotional and relational health and well-being. It is grounded in science and integrates the research of  Compassion Focused Therapy, Mindful Self-Compassion and Compassion Focused Mental Health.

The training can be particularly supportive for individuals suffering from shame and self-criticism, social isolation, depression, anxiety, trauma, chronic pain or illness. It was originally developed in the mental health setting but the scope of its application extends much further. It can be helpful to anyone – care-seeker or care-giver – wishing to deepen mindfulness with ‘heartfulness’.

During the course, relevant scientific insights underpinning compassion training will be interwoven in the teaching, including: 

Week 1 – Our brain is wired to survive not thrive

Week 2 – Embracing our inner demons: from threat to self-compassion

Week 3 – Treating habits kindly: untangling desires and patterns

Week 4- Out of the mud and into the light: embodying compassion

Week 5 – Receiving and giving: practicing self and other compassion

Week 6 – Making friends for life: growing happiness

Week 7 – Heartful mind, mindful heart: weaving wisdom and compassion into daily life

Week 8 – Healing Life: living with heart

Click here to Register 

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Registration $265.  Includes workbook, guided practices and on-line resources. If you have questions contact Eric Nelson @  1-269-254-0771 or email [email protected]

Class Location:  TBA Kalamazoo westside, Tuesdays 1-3 pm. November 8, 15, off for Thanksgiving, November 29, December 6, 13, off for Winter holiday, January 10, 17, and 24. Call Eric @ 269-254-0771 for additional information.


Fall 2024 Classes

 1. Mindful Living Skills 1  (8 Sessions).  Meets on TBA @ 7-9 pm  @ Kazoo Books on Parkview. Course includes a Saturday retreat, tba, 9:30-3:30 pm.  Total Couse fee only $195. Scholarships are available, call Eric at 269-553-6621. For more information or to register click here.
2. New Year’s Workshop: Connecting Mindfulness, Values and Intentions for a Happy and Healthy 2022 – December TBA, 9:30-3 pm @ Unitarian Church in Portage.  Fee $40, scholarships available call Eric at 269-553-6621.  For more information or to register click here.

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