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April 10: Workshop discusses stress reduction techniques

FREDERICK, Md.—Stress reduction techniques will be the topic of a workshop Friday, April 10 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Whitaker Campus Center at Hood College.

Shell Fischer, founder and director of Mindful Shenandoah Valley, will conduct a free, two-hour workshop that focuses on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, a program that uses a combination of mindfulness meditation, body awareness and yoga to improve quality of life. She will lead guided mediations, talks and other mindfulness exercises and demonstrate how to respond more effectively to stress to lead more calm, joyful and balanced lives.

Fischer has more than 25 years of mindfulness practice and study. She is a full-time teacher and senior practitioner with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, D.C., trained in the two-year Meditation Teacher Training Institute of Washington, D.C., by one of the nation’s leading Insight teachers. Prior to teaching, Fischer wrote about mindfulness and yoga for national magazines.

The event is sponsored by the Hood’s Social Work program, the counseling center, the dean of students’ and the chaplain’s offices.

For more information on the workshop, contact Lynda Sowbel, Ph.D., associate professor of social work, at