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The SkillfulMeans 12 Week Program

September 19, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - December 12, 2022 @ 7:00 pm UTC+4


Feel like you have a solid practice and are a source of stable insight for family, friends and work.

The SkillfulMeans Program is a systematic training for integrating mindfulness and meditation into your life in a very personal and meaningful way. The structure of our training program is a clear and straightforward process that you can utilize not just for yourself but also for working with meditation, yoga or therapy clients as well.

Meet Your Guide:

William Jackson, PsyD has spent the last 20 years studying and teaching mindfulness-based meditation. His teaching style incorporates core methods from Vietnamese Zen, Burmese Theravada and contemporary evidence-based mindfulness practices. William began practicing Pa Auk Theravada tradition while on intensive forest retreats with 7,000+ hours of total time in retreat during his six years as a fully ordained Buddhist monk.

Dr. Jackson is also a trained clinical health psychologist, founder of Skillful Means and has researched and created mindfulness-based interventions with National Institute of Health, The Benson Henry Institute of Mind-Body Medicine at MGH, Tufts University, The Center of Mindfulness and Compassion and Harvard Medical School. William is currently the founder and CEO of SkillfulMeans.

Format of the Program:

The SkillfuMeans Program is a 12 week, 20+ Hour hybrid live and pre-recorded course. You will have access to hours of videos, exercises, a community forum of resources, and live group meetings.

Course Structure:

Each week will cover a different topic, with short videos, writing exercises and meditation practices adding up to about 1 hour of work each week, plus daily meditations. We will explore weekly, real-life assignments, reflection questions and practice on our own and with accountability partners during the week.

Each week we will discuss themes of the week and explore questions to deepen our practice, teaching skills and in the live group call.

Included in the program:

Educational Teachings
Weekly videos covering topics such as the physiology and psychology of meditation, Zen stories and applying meditation to your daily life.

Weekly Live Calls
Get answers to burning questions about your practice and share success and struggles with fellow meditators on weekly calls.

Insight Journal
These are personal exercises to help you recognize insights and plan ways to bring this practice into your real life.

Partner Exercises
Start creating your supportive community. Get paired with a partner to meet on a weekly basis to practice applying mindfulness skills and get personal feedback.

Daily Meditation Recording Prompts
Guided meditation recordings that build in a systematic program to get you steady clear results.

Community Platform
Continue the conversation from our live meetings, access free challenges and resources from world-class meditation teachers and share your personal meditation expereince and questions on our integrated platform.

Weekly Themes:

Part 1. Foundations of Mindfulness

Week 1 – Orientation: The State of Things/Personal Definition of Well-being

– Structure of the course and platform
– The Four Noble Truths
– What does the science say about how much to sit and for how long?
– Your personal Anatomy of Wellbeing

Week 2 – Mind and Body are One:

– The Integrated Nervous System
– The wisdom vs science perspective of reality
– Dealing with distractions
– Applying meditation to personal priorities

Week 3 – Evolutionary Psychology as Context for Practice

– Where we came from and where we are going
– The expereince of the default mode network vs a mindful brain
– Anatomy of well-being our innate ability

Week 4 – Nerds: Ancient Technique & Research Models

– Tradition and Religious Roots of Practice
– The 8 Fold Noble Path
– The 10 Perfections

Week 5 – Mindfulness in Daily Life

– Who are you creating?
– Stages of Integrating Mindfulness in your daily life

Part 2. Learning to love

Week 6 – Love

– Metta and the network effect of positive emotion
– Stages of the practice of Loving Kindness

Week 7 – Loving

– Unconditional love
– The Four Brahma Viharas (Divine Abodes)
– Creating Loving Conversation

Week 8 – Personalizing Loving Kindness

– Like the a mother and her only child
– Loving Kindness in action: Motivational Interviewing & Beginning Anew
– Commincating with loved ones

Part 3. Looking Deeply, Seeing Clearly

Week 9 – Looking Deeply and Seeing Clearly: Body

– Introduction to Vipassana
– Kayanupassana: Mindfulness of The Body and Ultimate Materiality
– Anatomy of Well-being: Body

Week 10 – Looking Deeply and Seeing Clearly: Feeling

– Vedanupassana: Mindfulness of Feeling & responding vs reacting
– Compactedness of Feeling
– Anatomy of Well-being: Feeling

Week 11 – Looking Deeply and Seeing Clearly: Mind

– Cittanupassana – Mindfulness of The Mind
– Recognizing States of Mind
– Reflections of the mind in environment and relationships

Week 12 – Looking Deeply and Seeing Clearly: Personal Truth

– Relationships, values, habits and goals
– Integrating Insights
– Personal Dharma
– Community Support

*Extra: Nowhere to go, Nothing to do/Retreat package and resources

Event Details

September 19, 2022 @ 6:00 pm UTC+4
December 12, 2022 @ 7:00 pm UTC+4
Event Category:
Mode of Attendance:
Specific Audience:
Meditation Practitioners that have already finished an MBSR, MBCT, MSC, MTPC course.
Event Mindfulness Approach:
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
This event will be taught by:
Heather Wise MPH, Christopher Willard PsyD, Kate Grahm LMHC

Partner Profile

SkillfulMeans LLC

SkillfulMeans LLC

Registered Feb 2022
Professional Partner


At SkillfulMeans, based in Easton, MA, we blend the best of science and tradition in our online mindfulness-based meditation courses and in-person retreats. For parents, spiritual junkies, and professionals, our programs are designed to help you integrate mindfulness into your daily life.




Easton, United States