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Group Session Format

Guided Meditation

Each session includes a guided meditation. Participants will be introduced to Anapanasati, the mindfulness meditation practice focusing on the breath. 

Topic Talk

The session continues with a talk on the topic with an emphasis upon how mindfulness practice can serve as a tool for navigating the challenges surrounding the subject. Emphasis is on using mindfulness "on the spot" as issues arise in life. Naturally, for such skillful means to take place, we need daily practice to make mindfulness available in the moment.

Workshops and seminars include visual illustrations and activities to add further dimensions to the learning.

Q & A

After the talk has concluded group time is allotted for questions from participants and further explanation. Discussion focuses upon themes common to everyone, rather than concerns that would be more appropriately addressed in individual coaching or therapy.

About Blue Heron Mindfulness Living

Founded by John Thomas Dodson, Blue Heron Mindfulness Living explores challenging life topics through guided meditation, individual coaching, group session talks, workshops, retreats and extending courses. While the basis of this mindfulness teaching grows out of Eastern religious traditions, Blue Heron Mindfulness Living is a secular approach to interior development and espouses no religious affiliation.

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John Thomas Dodson is a musician and mindfulness teacher.  He has developed an enduring interest in the teachings of mindfulness, intuitive awareness and skillful means as ways to navigate through the challenges of the modern world. His interest in Buddhism has encompassed both academic study and practice experience. Dodson was selected to study Buddhist Traditions in the Himalayas through a program led by faculty from Harvard and Holy Cross universities and sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. He was further grounded in the tradition by a life-long student of Tibetan Buddhist master, Trungpa Rinpoche, and has participated in numerous silent retreats focused on Vipassana meditation as taught by the Burmese-Indian teacher Satya Narayan Goenka. Currently Dodson is enrolled in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course offered by UMass Memorial Health Care Center under Elena Rosenbaum and the Mindfulness Awareness Practices Course under Gloria Kamler at UCLA's Mindfulness Awareness Research Center. John Thomas Dodson has led mindfulness sessions at colleges and conservatories in the US and abroad including Oberlin College-Conservatory, Washington College and the National Conservatory of Music in the Dominican Republic.


John Thomas Dodson is Music Director of the Lexington Bach Festival and Artistic Director of Conciertos de la Villa de Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. His career includes over thirty years as an orchestral conductor and teaching on colleges and university faculties. He has conducted concerts in renowned venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Severance Hall, Athens' Megaron Concert Hall and Budapest's Hungarian State Opera House.  Dodson studied conducting at Peabody Conservatory of Music and has degrees from Johns Hopkins University and Tennessee Technological University. He received the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from Siena Heights University in 2016.

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