Weekly Monday Evening Mindfulness Meditation Group, meets in Williamsville at the North Church every week.
The Monday Williamsville group is normally facilitated by Annette DeNies or Paul Lukasik.
Paul Lukasik founded Buffalo Mindfulness in 2003 and has been studying with Mindfulness teachers and innovators since 1988 and include Jack Kornfield, SN Goenka, Steve Armstrong, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Steve Flowers and other notable lay and monastic meditation teachers. Paul attended his first 10 day silent mindfulness retreat in 1988 at the Insight Medication Society and has since regularly attended mindfulness retreats (as is the requirement for people wanting to teach mindfulness per Jon Kabat-Zinn's Center for Mindfulness located within UMass Medical School) totally over 60 silent retreats ranging from 7 to 21 days.
Paul has been freely sharing mindfulness practices with the public for over a decade facilitating hundreds of events including mindfulness courses and day long retreats. He has been invited several times as a Mindfulness Teacher in weekly residence at the Chautauqua Institution. Paul has also has presented at Universities, to Not-For-Profits, Schools, Business Institutions, Lawyers, Physicians and other Institutions and Groups.
Annette M. DeNies, LMSW, is a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher who received her training through the Oasis Institute for Mindfulness-Based Professional Education and Training at the world-renowned University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness.
For the past five years, she has been facilitating a variety of mindfulness programs serving youth, adults, senior citizens, and health care practitioners throughout Western New York. She was one of the founders of Academe of Aurora, a Waldorf-based study center for home-schooled high school students, where she served as the Center’s Mindfulness Teacher. As a Licensed Social Worker, she spent over twelve years counseling senior citizens on how to better meet the changing terrain of aging. She is a member of the WNY Contemplative Faculty & Staff Group, whose mission is building a contemplative community within healthcare initiatives. Presently, her work promotes the development of mindfulness tools, enabling others to better navigate the challenges of everyday living, leading to improved wellness and healing.
People new to secular or the spiritually of mindfulness are welcomed to join us!
Before you attend please check out our Mindfulness Toolkit. The Toolkit includes guided meditations you can practice with at home!
You can freely download the Toolkit here, http://buffalodharma.org/toolkit#.