Episode 076 :: Tara Healey :: Mindfulness-Based Learning at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

| October 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Tara Healey

Tara Healey joins us to speak about developing a world class mindfulness program in the corporate world.

When you attend a mindfulness program on your own, perhaps MBSR or MBCT, you will probably find yourself in a heterogeneous group of fellow participants. Everyone is there from a different background, and for different though sometimes overlapping reasons. When attending a program at work, however, there’s a shared experience of being employees within that environment, and that can change your experience. There are particular cultural norms which may be taken into account, particularly in the corporate world.

Tara Healey, M.Ed in Health Education, is a longtime practitioner of mindfulness meditation with over twenty years experience in organizational development. Tara is the architect of Harvard Pilgrim’s program adapting the principles of mindfulness meditation to a corporate environment. The comprehensive suite of mindfulness courses developed at Harvard Pilgrim have been conducted at corporate worksites including Google, Harvard Medical School, Sun Life Financial, Springfield College, and Smith College. Additionally, Tara has been a featured presenter for the Northeast Human Resources Association, the Center for Mindfulness’ 9th Annual International Scientific Conference, the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies’ Creating a Mindful Society Conference, and several American Heart Association Go Red for Women events. In 2006, Tara was qualified to teach Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction by the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Most recently Tara has expanded Harvard Pilgrim’s mindfulness program to include e-learning resources, and oversees the Mind the Moment website and Facebook page.

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Ted Meissner is the host of the podcast Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science. He has been a meditator since the early 90’s, has been interviewed for Books and Ideas, Mindful Lives, and The Whole Leader podcasts, spoken about mindfulness with various groups including Harvard Humanist Hub, and has written for Elephant Journal and The International Journal of Whole Person Care. He is the Executive Director of the Secular Buddhist Association, host of the SBA’s official podcast The Secular Buddhist, and is on the Advisory Board for the Spiritual Naturalist Society. Ted’s background is in the Zen and Theravada traditions, he is a regular speaker on interfaith panel discussions, and is interested in examining the evolution of contemplative practice in contemporary culture. Ted teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care & Society, where he is the Manager of Online Programming and Community Development.

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