Mindful Shenandoah Valley

Shell Fischer



Along with the internationally-renowned 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) workshops  – offered in partnership with Valley Health’s Integrative Care Program – we offer a variety of meditation retreats, workshops, and classes throughout the valley and in the greater Washington D.C. area – all designed to help you reduce stress and pain (emotional and physical), and discover more calm, joy, and sense of well-being through the practice of mindfulness.

We also offer tailored meditation workshops and classes for groups and businesses, as well as private coaching sessions for those who wish to explore and deepen their ongoing practice with an experienced teacher.

Each Tuesday, we offer a donation-based class/meditation group from 7-8:45 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Shenandoah Valley.

The Teacher: Shell Fischer, founder and guiding teacher of Mindful Shenandoah, offers more than 25 years of mindfulness practice and study. She’s a full teacher and senior practitioner with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, D.C. (IMCW), trained in the two-year Meditation Teacher Training Institute of Washington, D.C. by IMCW’s founder and guiding teacher, Dr. Tara Brach – one of the nation’s leading Insight teachers. She’s a 1993 graduate of Naropa University, and a graduate of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher-training program led by Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of MBSR and the Stress Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. She’s also an educational partner with both Valley Health and the Foundation of the State Arboretum of Virginia. Prior to teaching, Shell wrote about mindfulness and yoga for national magazines.

Shell’s main focus as a teacher is on metta (loving-kindness) practice.  Her hope is to guide her students in nurturing even more kindness and compassion for themselves, and for all the situations they find themselves in throughout their lives, through the practice of meditation and mindfulness – which she believes everyone can learn.

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