Mindfulness in Art & Nature

This blog contains reflections on mindful practices while engaged in art-making or in nature.

Class Offerings


I am now guiding classes in Mindfulness Meditation.  Upcoming classes will be held at:

Sandwich Public Library
Thursday evenings, 7 pm, Room 2, Free
register at Event Link at Sandwich Public Library

  • May 23
  • June 20
  • July 18
  • August 22

Sandwich Council on Aging

  • 270 Quaker Meetinghouse Road
    East Sandwich, MA 02537
  • Wednesday afternoons, 1 pm. $5 session; continuing thru August
  • Call the COA, you will need to sign up and pay for the month in advance.
  • You may try the first class of the month for free

Mashpee Council on Aging
Tuesday afternoons, 1 pm. $5 session

  • This is a drop in session, no registration required
  • Starting May 21, continuing though end of June, and most likely July and August as well

These 1-hour sessions include light stretching, and several and guided meditations.  We will be standing briefly and sitting in chairs for most of the session. Yoga pads are not needed.  Other topics that may be covered include mindful walking, mindful eating and mindful relationships.

Mindfulness is paying attention, on purpose, non-judgmentally, in the present moment. While mindfulness brings a sharp focus, awareness sees the whole picture.  Awareness centers us by allowing us to step back and observe each thought, emotion, and physical stimulus without letting any or all of them take over our consciousness.  Awareness helps us discover how the conscious being within each of us is aware of who we really are.

Pete Cormier, Ph.D. is an adjunct professor at Lesley University and Worcester State University.  He teaches courses in community arts, nonprofit marketing, philanthropy and donor engagement.  Pete has practiced yoga for more than 20 years and mindfulness for 10 years.  He has attended a 5-day Mindfulness Tools training course offered by the Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical Center and has volunteered as a technical assistant in their lab.  He has a certificate in mindfulness from Cape Cod Community College.

Image Credit: Doug Neill
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