Beaumont Center for Mindfulness

The Beaumont Center for Mindfulness is an evidence-based, empowering community. We address the causes of suffering and illness rather than treating the symptoms. 

We are a comprehensive center for mindfulness that offers experiential learning to physicians, team members, patients, and the community, and studies the outcomes of these interventions.

We offer life changing, experiential community learning, that works for diverse groups and can be tailored to the needs of a specific population. Our program adheres to the curriculum, spirit and intention of MBSR as developed and taught at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Our Services

  • Living With Ease - eight week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) open to the general public. Sessions include meditation, gentle yoga, mindful eating, mindful communication and how to use mindfulness to decrease stress in various situations. For more information please contact us.
  • Living With Ease After Cancer - a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course intended for adult oncology patients and family members. This eight week course teaches meditation, gentle yoga, mindful eating, mindful communication and how to use mindfulness to decrease stress in all kinds of situations. Currently there is no cost to participate.
  • All day retreats - Available to current and previous MBSR students.
  • Living With Ease Summer Drop-in Series - 45 minutes of gentle yoga followed by 45 minutes of meditation instruction. No charge.
  • Mindfulness Corporate Training and Consultative Services - We are experienced in designing and offering presentations, workshops and courses for organizations wanting to improve communication, focus, and happiness in their workforce.
  • MBSR Teacher Training - this MBSR Fundamentals course fulfills the requirement as the first course for the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness Teacher Training pathway.

What is Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the awareness that rises from paying attention on purpose in the present moment, non-judgmentally. This involves tuning into bodily sensations, emotions and thoughts with kindness and curiosity. These are equally practices of the mind and the heart.

Practicing mindfulness is a way of cultivating a happy and healthy life. Research shows that mindfulness-based stress reduction can help alleviate anxiety, depression, stress, chronic pain and other various conditions.

Through mindfulness one learns meditation and mindful practices of yoga, eating and communication to reduce stress through non-denominational practice.

Our Instructors

Ruth Lerman, M.D.
Medical Director, Beaumont Center for Mindfulness

  • recognized Teacher Trainer through the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness
  • received teacher certification from the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness in February 2014 making her one of the first 100 teachers worldwide to receive this credentialing
  • has taught specialized programs for oncology patients,  physicians,  medical students, nurses, attorneys, social workers, healthcare leaders and others
  • has attended more than twelve, five to ten day silent meditation retreats
  • has published research and presented her team’s research on the mindfulness classes she teaches in the Annals of Surgical Oncology, American Society of Breast Surgeons and the American Conference on Physician Wellness

Lucy Sternburgh, Ph.D.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher, Speaker and Coach

Lucy is a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Registered Yoga Teacher, National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach, Certified Worksite Wellness Program Manager, Intrinsic Coach®, Certified Wellness Speaker, and earned her Ph.D. in Health Promotion & Wellness. She has been working in various clinical, community and corporate wellness settings since 2001. Lucy specializes in a holistic approach to health and wellbeing, specifically by cultivating mindfulness and resiliency.

She completed training as a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction teacher through the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare and Society at UMASS Medical Center. She is also a trained teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion through the UCSD Center for Mindfulness.  She teaches and coaches on topics including mindfulness meditation, mindful eating, mindful movement, mindful communication, relationships, and working with change.

Lucy is especially interested in helping participants connect with their own inner strengths, innate wisdom, and a sense of shared humanity.

Our instructors have personally studied with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Saki Santorelli, Florence Meleo-Myer and other senior teachers at the UMass CFM and are currently certified or have completed the training requirements for certification.