About Betsy Fagin

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Betsy Fagin is a poet and educator who is committed to the cultivation of awareness and the alleviation of suffering. A meditation practitioner for more than 25 years, Betsy qualified as a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher through the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School with additional training from Brown University‚Äôs Mindfulness Center. A participant of Spirit Rock‘s Community Dharma Leader training (CDL6) and the Sacred Mountain Sangha two-year Dharmapala training, taught by her primary teachers Kittisaro and Thanissara, Betsy’s path and offerings are centered on developing resource for the work of social justice and collective liberation. Betsy supports people with practical tools for living and sensemaking through engagement with symbolic realms, exploration of ritual, the imaginal, metaphor and sacred sound.

Why Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction?

I periodically offer the MBSR course because it was a very important support for my own healing and growth and I’ve seen the benefits it’s had in many others’ lives. Considered the “gold standard” of mindfulness practices, I offer the traditional 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course that was developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center by Jon Kabat-Zinn back in the 1970s. More information about the history of MBSR is available here.