Stress-reduction class series begins Aug. 24

Stress-reduction class series begins Aug. 24


Stress-reduction class series begins Aug. 24

By Mike Cook

Las Cruces Bulletin

Las Cruces registered nurse Gerri January will offer her fourth Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) class series from 6 to 9 p.m. beginning Wednesday, Aug. 24, and continuing for the next seven Wednesday evenings through Oct. 12.

All classes will be held in the Rotary Room at Mesilla Valley Hospice, 299 Montana St. The series also includes a day-long retreat from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, at the hospice.

An orientation session will be held at a date to be announced.

The cost of the classes is $119.

“If cost is a significant difficulty, I encourage those who are truly interested and able to attend the full training to speak with me,” January said.

She is offering the course at a reduced rate of $79 for those aged 18 to 34.

January has been a registered nurse for 40 years and has a master’s degree in nursing. Adult psychiatric/mental health has been her primary area of focus throughout her career. She most recently worked parttime at the hospice.

January has been qualified by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School to teach MBSR. She has been training with the school for the past three years.

“MBSR is a program that has been shown to help with a wide range of chronic medical conditions and mental health challenges,” January said. “In a world as complex and fast-paced as ours, MBSR offers tools that can assist us in coping with complex stressors within ourselves and our communities.

“The premise in MBSR is, ‘There is more right with you than wrong with you as long as you are still breathing,’” she said. “We are already whole, even if we carry around scars from long ago.

“MBSR can help an individual experience the full range of what it means to be human. We work with whatever comes up despite the difficulty. Practicing mindfulness means grounding yourself in your body and more fully recognizing the experience of being alive in the present moment, which is the only time we have to really live, learn and change if we choose,” she said.

“MBSR is not a cure-all by any means,” January said. “In fact, we don’t strive to ‘get rid of’ anything. Through practice, we can come to know who we are in the face of upset and change. We turn toward difficulty and begin to know it more fully, and in that process, we come to see we are more than we believed and that we have choices.

“MBSR is a challenging program and not right for everyone,” January said. “I would welcome anyone who is willing to work to improve their own well-being to attend the orientation session.”

Contact January at wilddesertmindfulness@

or at Gerri January, P.O. Box 168, Radium Springs, New Mexico, 88054.


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