Mindful Parenting: Series Beginning May 8

Mindful Parenting: Parenting from the Inside Out

In this series of classes, learn tools to bring mindful awareness into your everyday life for greater patience, compassion and effectiveness. Practice new ways of relating to the fast-paced and often frenetic world of parenting that allow you more joy and ease.

We’ll meet at Vineyard Lane on four consecutive Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 8, 15, 22, and 29.

These experiential classes will be taught by mindfulness educators Cezanne Allen, M.D., and Karolynn Flynn, M.Ed.


COST: $40 for four sessions

Learning Objectives

  • Understand from personal experience what is meant by mindfulness
  • Develop deeper understanding of mindfulness in day-to-day life
  • Create awareness that helps you to respond instead of react
  • Deepen compassion for yourself, your partner and your children
  • Facilitate connections with other parents in a safe and supportive environment
  • Expand body awareness
  • Understand arousal states that lead to reactive behavior


Formal and informal mindfulness practices that expand awareness including sitting meditation, reflective journaling and guided contemplation.

Class One: Gift of Response versus Reactivity
Class Two: What’s your Brain Got to Do With It?
Class Three: 
What’s Worth Paying Attention To?
Class Four: Love the One You’re With

Cezanne Allen, M.D. is a former practicing physician and mother of two budding young adults.  A recovering perfectionist, her journey to be kinder to herself prompted an interest in mindfulness meditation. Finding this very helpful in her life, she is now in a teacher training program in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction through the Center for Mindfulness at U Mass Medical Center. She is also a professional coach and has completed a program in Evidence Based Coaching through Fielding Graduate University.   Currently, her passion for supporting human well-being includes teaching mindfulness classes, life and executive coaching and community building through the local non-profit Raising Resilience, co-sponsor of the recent Bainbridge Healthy Youth Summits.

Karolynn Flynn has a M.Ed in Cognitive Studies and has completed a MA program in Theatre Arts. She has 15+ years teaching experience (children and adult), was a founding member and former teacher Hyla Middle School, has completed a 3 year training certificate through Mindsight Institute UCLA, and a 14-year meditation practice and training with variety of meditation teachers.