Many of our clients who have started a mindfulness practice as a part of therapy have found it to be a valuable tool in promoting life satisfaction. While initial experiences with mindfulness can have a big impact, mindfulness can be regarded as a “practice” that has its greatest benefits and is best enjoyed as an ongoing activity, much like gardening, bathing, exercising, or playing an instrument.
We’ve put together the following list of resources for people in the Portland area who are interested in help in developing and sustaining a mindfulness practice.*
- MBSR Portland is a guide for the upcoming classes in the Portland area offered by highly trained and experienced MBSR instructors.
- Centerpoint Network LLC offers Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and yoga classes. The facilitators were trained by Jon Kabat-Zinn.
- Hush is a studio in Portland offering classes and workshops on meditation and mindfulness training. You might think of them as a “mental fitness” gym.
- Breath by Breath: OHSU Center for Women’s Health offers a mindfulness-based stress reduction drop-in class. All sessions are held in conference room 13000A, on the 13th floor of Kohler Pavilion. There is no cost to attend. Classes are every second & fourth Monday from 5:30-6:30p.m. and every third Friday from 9:30-10:30a.m.
- Pacific Psychology and and Comprehensive Health Clinic at Pacific University offers MBSR classes.
- Portland Mindfulness offers mindfulness classes for a fee and guided sittings for values-based donations. The facilitators include licensed psychologists and mental health practitioners.
- Portland Psychotherapy offers various classes and groups based in Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT). The services include guided meditations and coaching in using mindfulness to help pursue greater life satisfaction. The facilitators include licensed psychologists and mental health practitioners.
Buddhist Affiliated Organizations
- Bright Way Zen offers sittings and day long meditation retreats. They are located on the west side.
- Dharma Rain Zen Center offers meditation retreats, sittings, and various Buddhist services.
- Dharma Punx of Portland offers walk-in meditation sittings and discussions for values-based donations.
- KCC Tibetan Buddhist Center offers meditation retreats, sittings, and various Buddhist services.
- No-Rank Zendo offers sittings and Dharma talks.
- Portland Buddhist Priory offers meditation sittings and various Buddhist services.
- Shambhala Meditation Center of Portland offers meditation sittings and various Buddhist services.
- Touching Earth Sangha is a Buddhist organization offering meditation instruction and retreats.
- Zen Community of Oregon in conjunction with Great Vow Monastery offers meditation retreats, sittings, and various Buddhist services.
- Zen Center of Portland offers meditation retreats, sittings, and various Buddhist services.
- Breitenbush Hot Springs Retreat & Conference Center offers a variety of workshops and retreats or you can book your own.
- Cloud Mountain offers meditation retreats from various traditions; it is a nonsectarian Buddhist center.
- Northwest Vipassana Center offers Buddhist meditation retreats.
- Portland Mindfulness offers secular sittings hosted by a licensed psychologist. Pay according to your means and the value of the service to you (values-based fee).
App and Online Resources
- ACT Companion is an app offering mindfulness recordings and tools for tracking valued action.
- Conscious delivers daily mindfulness experiments (also on iTunes).
- HeadSpace delivers daily guided meditations online or via mobile app.
- The Mindfulness App includes guided meditations focusing on the body (including a special app for pregnant couples) and developing compassion.
- Mindfulness Daily offers daily excercises to help build a practice in just a few minutes a day.
- I-Here-Now is an ACT and mindfulness app for managing stress and increasing wellbeing.
- Stop, Breathe & Think asks for your current feelings and suggest matching guided meditations.
- Living Zen Podcast delivers recorded talks about Zen and mindfulness online, via podcast, or via mobile app.
- Portland Psychotherapy offers ACT-consistent mindfulness meditation exercises online.
- UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center offers guided mindfulness meditation exercises online.
- Guided meditations from mindfulness guru, Tara Brach.
- Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn
- Mindfulness in Plain English by H. Gunaratana Mahathera (free partial text online)
- Evidence Based Self-Help Books on ACT (follow link)
* While community support can be a great way to help cultivate healthy habits, Portland Psychotherapy is not affiliated with these organizations and we do not vouch for their quality. As such, you will need to contact these organizations yourself to determine whether they are a good match for you.