About Essential Mindfulness Training

Essential Mindfulness Training: An 8-week Intensive Course

Essential Mindfulness Training (EMT) is a program designed by Rob Riddell, Psy.D., and Catherine Shaddix, Psy.D., based on our own meditation and yoga training with many Eastern and Western teachers, and contemporary mindfulness research. The course is also informed by our doctoral training in clinical psychology and mindfulness-based techniques such as those found in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). We have been teaching EMT since Fall 2013.

As of 2017, Dr. Shaddix is no longer teaching EMT; it is taught by Dr. Riddell.

Please note that EMT is not an MBSR program; those seeking MBSR should consult local hospitals or search the web.

EMT practices include:

Formal practice

  • Hatha yoga breathing and yoga postures
  • Sitting and walking meditation
  • Compassion for oneself and others

Informal Practice

  • Mindful intention-setting
  • Mindfulness of emotional patterns
  • Mindfulness in daily activities

Over the past several decades, research has suggested that techniques such as these are effective in increasing psychological and physical well-being. More importantly, we ourselves have been profoundly affected by them, and have seen them work for our patients and students. We are committed to making these powerful practices practical for you, something you can incorporate in your life.

Please note: Gentle yoga is an integral part of EMT, and will be taught in 6 of the 8 classes. It is taught as a mindful movement and breathing practice. You do not need any prior yoga experience, and Rob can easily adapt the practices for anyone, even if you have injuries or physical limitations. Please contact Rob in advance if you have any concerns.

Who benefits from Essential Mindfulness Training? EMT is appropriate for nearly anyone who is suffering from: depression, anxiety, emotional challenges, interpersonal challenges, chronic pain, or other chronic ailments. EMT can also help if you aren’t particularly suffering, but are seeking more equanimity, clarity, and joy in your life.