Introduction to Mindfulness Spring Series

  • 12 Apr 2023
  • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Common Ground Healing Arts Center at the Jefferson School

with Michelle Montserrat Oliva

This four-week series is being offered by the Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville (IMCC) in partnership with Common Ground Healing Arts, located in the Jefferson School City Center (JSCC).

For more information and to register:

You can also sign-up on the MindBody app, look up “Common Ground Healing Arts”.

When: Wednesdays, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3
Time: 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Location: Common Ground Healing Arts
2nd floor of the Jefferson School City Center
233 4th St NW, Suite 219
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Mindfulness practice builds your moment-by-moment, nonjudgmental awareness of your thoughts, feelings, breath and body, and the surrounding environment, through a gentle, nurturing lens. Thousands of studies have documented the physical and mental health benefits of mindfulness.

Are you:
  • Interested in learning what mindfulness is and how it can benefit you?
  • Eager to explore a variety of practices in a condensed format, and find ways to incorporate practice into your daily life?
  • New to mindfulness or seeking a refresher?

This introductory program will support you to:

  • Be more present and aware at work and at home
  • Reduce auto-pilot reactivity in stressful situations
  • Enhance attention and connection in relationships
  • Offer yourself and others kindness and compassion in times of challenge

Additional Information

We aspire to create a safe, supportive community. We welcome everyone with an interest in mindfulness, regardless of identity, orientation, or background. The teacher will offer ways to adapt and accommodate the practices when needed.

We recommend that if your schedule will not allow you to attend the first session, or prevents you from attending any two sessions, you wait until a future offering of the program.

If you have any questions after reviewing the program description about whether the series is right for you, please feel free to contact the teacher, Michelle, at

Payment for this course is on a sliding scale option from $20-100.

About the Instructor
The program will be led by Michelle Montserrat Oliva, MBA, PCC. She completed her teacher training through the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program (MMTCP), led by Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach, through the Greater Good Science Center, University of California at Berkeley. She holds an Executive Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University and an MBA from ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain. Michelle has coached, trained, and advised leaders and teams for over 15 years, partnering with corporate, nonprofit, and public sector organizations across the US and internationally.

Michelle is a lifelong student of insight meditation and mindfulness. A conservatory-trained musician (Manhattan School of Music), after a 20-year hiatus, she returned to music in 2017, expanding from her classical roots to improvisation, free jazz, and composition. She has logged more than 20,000 kms in self-drive 4x4 road trips across Southern Africa and is a rescue scuba diver. She volunteers on the board of MIMA (Modern Improvisational Music Appreciation), a local educational nonprofit that builds community through collaborative music-making, and for Charlottesville Lady Arm Wrestlers (CLAW) which raises money for women-initiated causes in her community. Walking is her best medicine (Hippocrates).

Michelle lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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