On October 13-16, 2011, The Mindfulness Center (TMC) hosted Mind-Body Week D.C. (MBW-D.C.) 2011â€”a ground-breaking public health initiative designed to increase awareness about the science and practice of evidence-based mind-body therapies for health and well-being. MBW-D.C. 2011 was a huge success with over 1,000 attendees participating in lectures and classes featuring pioneering researchers and practitioners in the field of mind-body medicine including Dr. Herbert Benson, Director Emeritus of the Benson-Henry Institute (BHI) for Mind-Body Medicine, and Mr. John Schumacher, Founder and Director of Unity Woodsâ€”one of the first and highly respected local yoga studios in the D.C. Metropolitan area. On the heels of this success, TMC is looking forward to MBW-D.C. 2013 with a focus on the role of mind-body therapies for the prevention, management, and treatment of chronic disease.
MBW-D.C. events have been inspired by earlier efforts of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with the 2008 NIH Yoga Week and 2009 NIH Conditioning and Relaxation Week events. MBW-D.C. is now a private venture that has been gaining momentum through partnerships with other academic and wellness centers and practitioners from the D.C. Metropolitan area including American University and Suburban Hospital of Johnâ€™s Hopkins Medical Center. Equally important, the event has garnered significant community response in the past several years which we hope will continue to evolve.
Want to Get Involved? Please feel free to contact us if you are interested in working with us either as a sponsor, speaker, or participant. Together, we hope to help us build an alliance of mind-body researchers, practitioners, and consumers to further advance the field of mind-body medicine within the context of rapidly rising rates of chronic disease that are threatening the health and well-being of far too many individuals from our local, national and global communities.
The Mindfulness Center and other mind-body Centers and practitioners in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area are committed to promoting and improving the health of our community, and thereby also contributing to the health of the nation. Mind-Body Week D.C. takes these efforts into the private sector, and considers evidence-based medical research and knowledge as the foundation for the appropriate application of mind-body therapies, and their role in the standard of medical care.