The Four Foundations of Mindfulness 

with Gus Castellanos

Saturday April 7, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.


The wide spread practice of mindfulness and of mindfulness-based programs is hard to ignore. Mindfulness, as a method for relating directly with one's mind, has been associated with a reduction of a whole host of mental and physical symptoms as well as improvement in such attributes as resiliency, productivity and creativity. However, the original intention of the establishing mindfulness on the 4 Foundations was to achieve detachment and liberation. Indeed, from the original discourse, practicing mindfulness was stressed "for the purification of beings, for the overcoming of sorrow and lamentation, for the extinguishing of suffering and grief, for walking on the path of truth, for the realization of nibbāna (nirvana)."


The 4 Foundations of Mindfulness are described in The Satipatṭhāna Sutta: The Discourse on the Establishing of Mindfulness and the Mahāsatipatṭhāna Sutta: The Great Discourse on the Establishing of Mindfulness. These are two of the most important and widely studied discourses in Buddhism and are what all modern mindfulness-based programs are grounded on. The establishment or arousing of mindfulness is to be applied to four domains, namely mindfulness of the body, feelings/sensations, mind/consciousness, and dhammās.


In this workshop we will discuss the Four Foundations of Mindfulness as they apply to modern mindfulness-based programs. There will be time for talk, practice, dialogue and inquiry.


Dr. Castellanos is a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) & Mindfulness Based Attention Training (MBAT) facilitator, a mindfulness coach and mindfulness meditation practitioner. He is trained by the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society. He is a contributor and trainer with the University of Miami NeuroScience (Jha) Lab's M.B.A.T. program.


He currently teaches at a variety of facilities and venues throughout South Florida, including the Sari Asher Center for Integrative Cancer Care, University of Miami Medical School's UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center, FIU College of Medicine's Neighborhood HELP, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Employee Fund, Mindful Kids Miami, and the University of Miami Neuroscience Lab (the Jha Lab). He is the mindfulness co-facilitator at South Bay Correctional Facility and has facilitated programs for the Miami Dade Fire Rescue, Jupiter Police Dept., US Army, Hospice of Palm Beach County, Jupiter Medical Center, the Hanley Center, A New Day Treatment Center, and The Wellness Center at Ultima Fitness.


Currently, he serves as advisor to the Integrative Medicine Department at Jupiter Medical Center and UMass CFM's outreach MBSR program at Jupiter Medical Center and is involved in mindfulness research with the Mindfulness Based Attention Training program at the Jha Lab- University of Miami Neuroscience Lab.

$45 per person pre-registration / $55 at the door
(Space is limited. Pre-registration is highly recommended)