Take a Breath, Become Really Present… and Awaken to Your Life
My name is Donald Fleck. I’ve done quite a few things in my life. But, these days I spend a lot of time just being mindful in the present moment. This morning I probably did my 45 minute meditation, and enjoyed eating my oatmeal mindfully.
At my age I’m supposed to be slowing down, enjoying the fruits of my life (or so my friends tell me) but I’ve found this exciting gem. I’ve found a very helpful and fruitful way to combine two wonderful things: psychotherapy and mindfulness meditation.
I’ve raised a family. All grown up. I’m hugely proud of my children. I get involved in causes, garden (I love being in nature), walk in the woods and on the beach, read books, watch movies…
But what really gets me… is the continuing beauty, power…and fullness of the awakened mind.
Donald Fleck is a trained mindfulness-based therapist
Donald has been practicing meditation for 30 years, beginning with trainings by Jack Kornfield and Thich Nhat Hanh, and moving towards a medical practice of mindfulness based on studies with Tara Brach, Zindel Segal, and Susan Woods. Donald completed both the 5-day residential intensive training in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (2008) and the 5-day residential advanced Teacher Training Intensive (2011). His experiential training was with MBSR facilitator Elaine Retholtz (2009). He is an active participant in Rock Blossom Sangha, and maintains a daily meditation and mindfulness practice.
Most recently Donald wrote the book: Working the Present, Mindfully-Based: Bringing Mindfulness-Based Group Work into Individual Therapy.
Recommended training for MBCT facilitators: Fleck
-Foundation training in MBCT (5 day retreat) x
-Experiential learning in MBCT or MBSR(8-week workshop) x
-Advanced Teacher Training Intensive in MBCT (5 day retreat) x
-Personal meditation practice and sangha participation x
Donald is a Certified Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy teacher, and is available as a mentor for therapists aspiring to teach the workshop.
Donald Fleck’s other Mindfulness Trainings
Mindfulness 5-Day Retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh at Blue Cliff in Pine Bush, NY;
3-Day Retreat with Sharon Salzburg at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Mass;
5-Day training in Radical Acceptance work for therapists, taught by author Tara Brach; facilitator training at Rock Blossom Sangha, Brooklyn, NY. Numerous workshops and presentations.