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Be in the present moment

Mindfulness practice helps people relax, focus and breathe, which calms the mind and body. 

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MSBR) training has been studied scientifically and found to improve physical symptoms (such as chronic pain, high blood pressure, shortness of breath and insomnia) and to decrease emotional and psychological distress (such as anxiety and depression). Brain MRIs before and after an eight-week course show growth of temporal lobe areas (memory, emotional stability) and shrinkage of the amygdala (anxiety, anger, fear).

Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, a physicist trained at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and founder of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, first developed the program in 1979. The course is now offered by medical centers, healthcare organizations and other sites around the world. Mindfulness was the topic explored by Anderson Cooper on CBS' 60 MinutesNational Public Radio did a story on how mindfulness can beat painkillers for treating chronic low back pain.


Half-hour mindfulness sittings are held weekly for the public and HOV staff. All are welcome. No fee and no registration, just drop in!

Phoenix Art Museum

Thursday noon mindfulness now on Zoom!

Every Thursday, 12–12:30 p.m.
April 9, 16, 23, 30 • May 7, 14, 21, 28

Join Zoom Meeting: https://hov.zoom.us/j/705719545
Meeting ID: 705 719 545 

To join by phone:
+1-669-900-6833, then enter meeting ID 705 719 545#

Questions or help with Zoom?  Contact Gill Hamilton ghamilton@hov.org, 602-748-3692

Listen now

Can't wait for a class? Listen to an audio recording and experience a relaxing session right now. 

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Mindfulness classes are held at various locations Valleywide. Pre-registration is required for all sessions. Discounted classes are available. If you have questions or would like to be notified of new classes, please contact us or call (602) 636-5334.

Virtual Mindfulness Gatherings

This class is for graduates of previous mindfulness classes

Every month on the first Saturday, until Dec 5
9:30–11:30 a.m.

May 2 • June 6 • July 4
August 1 • Sept. 5 • Oct. 3
Nov. 7 • Dec. 5

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 513 284 001

Or Call:
Meeting ID: 513284001, then press #

Questions or help with Zoom? Contact Gill Hamilton ghamilton@hov.org, 602-748-3692

4-week Mindfulness Class for Dementia Care Partners

Tuesday March 24–April 14
10–11:30 a.m.
Online Class

No charge Dementia Care Partners


4–Week Mindfulness for Self-Compassion

Wednesdays, April 22–May 13
4–5:30 p.m.
Online Class

No charge staff
$50 volunteers
$100 community members


One-Day Mini Retreats
One-Day Mini-Mindfulness Retreat

Saturday, May 9; 9:30 a.m.– 2 p.m.
Online Class

No charge staff or volunteers
$25 community members


One-Day Mini-Mindfulness Retreat

Saturday, May 16; 9 a.m.– 2 p.m.

Hospice of the Valley – NE Clinical

16117 N. 76th St., Scottsdale 85260

In-person retreats may be postponed.
Please email your interest to Emailmindfulnesstraining@hov.org, and we will let you know closer to the date.

No charge staff or volunteers
$25 community members

Meet the teachers
Gillian Hamilton, MD, PhD

Gillian Hamilton is a physician with a doctorate in clinical psychology. She serves as Hospice of the Valley’s administrative medical director and is a CFM Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction teacher and practitioner. She is also certified in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression through the UC San Diego School of Medicine.


Maribeth Gallagher, DNP

Maribeth Gallagher is a doctor of nursing practice and psychiatric nurse practitioner. She directs Hospice of the Valley’s dementia program. She is a CFM Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction teacher and practitioner.

Kathy Melamed, LCSW

Kathy Melamed is a licensed clinical social worker and clinical communication director for Hospice of the Valley. She is a Mindfulness teacher.


Ashley Millett, BSN

Ashley Millett is a nurse case manager based at Hospice of the Valley’s northeast office. She is a CFM Qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction teacher and practitioner as well as a certified yoga teacher.

Here’s what people say:

“Mindfulness-based practice has been transformative for so many of our patients. It helps us respond to the inevitability of suffering and stay present with moment-to-moment experiences. By offering these courses, Hospice of the Valley is doing such important work.”

—Cynthia M. Stonnington, MD
The Mayo Clinic, Phoenix

“This class has helped me to be more present in the moment and enjoy life. I do not dwell on the stressors of work until the moment I have to, as a result, I enjoy my job again. Overall, I feel less stressed and anxious. Mindful meditation will be part of my life, for the rest of my life.”

—A physician participant

“I suffer from anxiety and found this class to be life-changing in such positive ways. I find myself much more able to flow through my days with significantly less stress and much more awareness of my body and my mind, thus diminishing my stress in a way I did not think possible. ”

—A participant