Growing Grit!
Nov
14
to Dec 12

Growing Grit!

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Aspire toward heartfelt aspirations with Ellen Donoghue, PhD!  Check out this class...

Courage, determination, confidence, resilience, and patience are all qualities of grit. These are some of the inner-strengths essential for sticking with a task and working toward an aspiration. This class is for anyone who aspires to fulfill a heartfelt wholesome goal or deeply held longing – whatever it may be! Learn simple mindfulness practices to cultivate inner-strengths important to you. Overcome fears that often hold us back from living life fully. Explore how to aspire toward goals without sensations like “This better happen or else!” or “clinging and attaching” to outcomes. Reframe unconstructive “I should…” self-talk into supportive inner-guidance. Whether you desire to compete in an extreme sport, learn to play the ukulele, start a new business, or live life more fully, the presentations, discussions, and guided practices of this class will enable you to grow your grit!

Wednesday evenings, November 14th – Dec 12th,  6-7:30pm, Hood River Campus. $79. Registration required.

To register, please visit cgcc.edu/schedule or call CGCC student services at (541) 506-6011

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Joyful Holidays Seminar
Nov
5
6:00 PM18:00

Joyful Holidays Seminar

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Empower yourself for joyful holidays with Ellen Donoghue, PhD!  Check out this new class...

Let the stress of holidays be gone! Holidays are joyous times to share with loved ones, friends, and communities.  And yet for many of us, holidays trigger tension and anxiety, creating background stress that negatively impacts our natural tendency to feel gratitude, generosity, and joy.  For some, stress or anxiety may arise when we reconnect with loved one.  For others who have experienced loss or change, the absence of loved ones may arouse sensations of disconnect and loneliness.  This seminar offers teachings and practices that help us cultivate positive sensations as we approach the upcoming holidays.  Learn why it is easy to get triggered as we “rev up” for holiday events and activities.  Explore how when we become more mindful of our reactive tendencies we learn that we have the power to choose how we react to anything. Yes, anything, from your reaction to the person who almost slammed into your car while snatching the parking space you were approaching to the relative whose very presence launches you back to unhealthy patterns and difficult sensations you thought you had outgrown.  Learn simple practices done in the everyday flow of life to bring you back to calm, love, and heartfelt joy for the holidays!

Monday, November 5th, 6-8:30pm, HR Campus. $39. Registration required. 

To register, please visit cgcc.edu/schedule or call CGCC student services at (541) 506-6011

 

 

 

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Cultivating Self-Compassion
Oct
18
to Nov 8

Cultivating Self-Compassion

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Anchor in your aliveness with Ellen Donoghue, PhD!   Check out this upcoming class...

Self-compassion is a key inner-strength that supports an overall sense of well-being and buffers us from effects of life’s inevitable challenges. Many people have difficulty cultivating self-compassion. We are often much more harsh on ourselves than we would be to a friend or loved-one. Psychological research indicates that harsh inner-criticism can be debilitating over-time, wearing us down, and making it harder for us to progress toward goals. In this class we explore ways to grow a sense of being on your own side and practicing self-nurturing. We will learn how to silence an over-vocal inner-critic and create an enriching voice of inner-guidance. As we cultivate self-compassion we become more resilient to the ebbs and flows of life and live with greater ease and contentment. Classes include presentations, discussions, and guided practices.

Thursday evenings, October 18th – November 8th, 6-7:30pm, HR Campus. $79. Registration required. 

To register, please visit cgcc.edu/schedule or call CGCC student services at (541) 506-6011

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"Letting Go" Workshop
Oct
9
6:00 PM18:00

"Letting Go" Workshop

Join Ellen for this FREE workshop as part of Gorge Happiness Month!

“Letting go” is a rejuvenating and enriching practice to do in the everyday flow of life.  If you are holding on to ruminating thoughts, grudges, hurts, limiting beliefs, or perhaps clinging to sensations of wanting or insistence that situations “must be” a certain way, this workshop  offers teachings and mindfulness practices to help you (a) be with difficult sensations, (b) let go of what is no longer serving you, and (c) let in and grow positive traits to enhance a lasting sense of well-being.  Jack Kornfield’s saying that “we can be very loyal to our suffering” is a gentle reminder to be open to the various ways we cling to that which does not feel good, even though clinging perpetuates our suffering.  Learn to let go and allow ease, contentment, and equanimity to flow. 

Hood River Library, Tuesday, November 9th, 6-8pm, downstairs conference room. 

Free event. No registration required, although a courtesy rsvp to Ellen at ellen@ardentnature.com is appreciated! 

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Cultivating Happiness
Sep
26
to Oct 10

Cultivating Happiness

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Anchor in your aliveness with Ellen Donoghue, PhD!  Check out this upcoming class..

Learn to cultivate inner strengths to create a lasting sense of happiness. Whether you desire enhanced confidence, ease, resiliency, gratitude, compassion, patience, or other healthy traits, this class offers teachings and simple mindfulness practices to create a foundation of well-being. We’ll learn to train our attention to “take in the good” of our lives and hardwire our brains away from what neuropsychologists call the “negativity bias of the brain.” We inherited from our Stone Age ancestors a brain that tends to over-focus on the bad, exaggerate threats, minimize our capabilities, and judge ourselves and others. The good news is we can create neural structure inclining our brains toward happiness.  This a stand-alone class.  For some people, this introductory content allows them to hit the ground running in the other more topical classes.

Wednesday evenings, Sept 26th – October 10th, 6-7:30pm, HR Campus. $59. Registration required.  

To register, please visit cgcc.edu/schedule or call CGCC student services at (541) 506-6011


 

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Gorge Mindfulness Meetup: Let's Review Practices and Renew Heartfelt Intentions
Aug
22
6:00 PM18:00

Gorge Mindfulness Meetup: Let's Review Practices and Renew Heartfelt Intentions

This Meetup gathering is open to everyone, whether or not you have taken classes, workshops, or done one-on-one coaching with me, or if you are a member of Meetup.  Let’s get together to discuss and share how mindfulness practices are going!

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Courageous Heart Workshop: Learn to Release the Grips of Anxiety and Fear
Jul
14
10:00 AM10:00

Courageous Heart Workshop: Learn to Release the Grips of Anxiety and Fear

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Loosen the grips of anxiety, fear, doubt, and judgement by cultivating inner strengths that create a foundation of well-being.  Return to a place of contentment and joy – a place where the mind is not so easily “triggered” or hijacked into negative rumination.  Learn how to cultivate strengths such as compassion, gratitude, and resiliency and feel more at ease with the inevitable ebbs and flows of life.  Uh, too serious a topic for a sunny summer morning?  Well, the sub-title of this workshop is “Making Fear Fun.”  We will keep it light, informative, and perhaps even mildly entertaining!  You will leave the workshop with practical information and easy-to-do mindfulness practices to enrich your life and therefore the lives of all beings you encounter.  The workshop includes presentation, discussion, and guided practices that help us lay down positive neural structure and tilt our brain away from what neuroscientists call the “negativity bias” of the brain.  Recommend bringing notebook and pen.  $39, Registration required through Columbia Gorge Community College. 

For more information or to register, please visit cgcc.edu/schedule or call student services (541) 506-6011.

 

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Culture Fest, Columbia Gorge Community College
May
19
11:00 AM11:00

Culture Fest, Columbia Gorge Community College

I have the great honor of leading the community meditation at 11:00am at the Culture Fest event.  The community meditation will kick-off this wonderful day of celebration of culture and diversity.  The day is full engaging performers and opportunities to participate, such as an African Drumming workshop, Salsa Dancing Lesson, Warm Springs tribes N'chi Wanapum Canoe Family Dancers, and more!  The Culture Fest provides an chance to celebrate the diverse backgrounds of those in our community and experience cultures other than your own. Bring your family and friends, all are welcome to this free event!

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March for Science! White Salmon, WA
Apr
28
9:30 AM09:30

March for Science! White Salmon, WA

Join residents of the Gorge as we celebrate the role of science in improving life for all beings on this planets.  Visit booths, listen to inspiring talks, and march with heartfelt aspirations to inspire learning, knowledge, truth, and goodwill for all.  Yes, Ellen will be giving a little talk at this marvelous event, most likely leading the group in the practice she calls "Wooing Wonder, Amassing Amazement, Courting Curiosity, Awakening Awe."  Fun! 

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Earth Day Celebration! Hood River, OR
Apr
21
4:00 PM16:00

Earth Day Celebration! Hood River, OR

Earth: Think the world of it! 

Join residents on the Columbia River Gorge in celebrating the diversity of ways we cherish, adore, care for, and connect with live on Earth.  Consider renewing your intention or vow to life on Earth.  Put your hand on your heart, touch the ground or something meaningful, and gently state your aspiration "May I ..." 

Ellen will be offering a short inspirational talk, inviting participants to let go the grips of anger, frustration, anxiety, doubt, and fear (even if just for this special day) and rekindle aspirations to do good things for this Earth from a heart-centered orientation.  As Gary Snyder said in response to a question about what are we to do with the dire environmental situation, "Save it because you love it."  Let your intentions for the Earth come from your heart.  The Dalai Lama reminds us, "The more you are motivated by love the more fearless and free your actions will be."  

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