Hello, I'm Yvonne!
My passion is to explore and learn – to explore and learn about the world, life, people, myself – and to support others to do the same.
Life is the “full catastrophe” (Jon Kabat-Zinn) – joys and sorrows. I believe living this full catastrophe, every moment of it, is what it means to be human – experiencing and being with all that life presents to you.
"I cannot make you happy but I can support you in the creation of your own happiness."
Discover Your Own Wisdom
South Reno Mindfulness – Mindfulness in Daily Life
Every 3rd Saturday - Virtual
This FREE, 1-hour session typically begins with a short Transitioning and Arriving practice and includes a 15 to 20-minute guided meditation. The focus of this session is the practical application of mindfulness in daily life. Yvonne offers a short presentation on a specific mindfulness topic and invites participants to contribute by asking questions and sharing their own insights. The session concludes with a poem specifically selected to align with the session topic.
June 10: 10:00am - 12:00
This program addresses the role of mindfulness in the three stages of life
changes - separation, transition, integration. Specifically, this course explores life changes and transitions associated with becoming a parent, career changes, and retirement.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program
Free Introductory Session
Jan 25 - 6:00pm
This FREE introductory session describes the 8-week MBSR curriculum which is designed to help counter habitual thought processes that can create anxiety and resistance to what is happening in the present moment.
Mindfulness and Mindful Self Compassion Retreat
June 18 - 9:30am - 3:30pm
This one-day retreat is designed for all who desire to learn about mindfulness and mindful self-compassion. No prior experience is required. This retreat offers an opportunity to take time out of our busy lives to experience calm, ease and joy or to rekindle a mindfulness practice. The facilitators will
guide participants through many practices such as the body scan, walking meditation mindful movement, loving-kindness meditation, compassionate meditations and visualization practices, and
In Harmony with Nature
2-day Retreat for South Reno Mindfulness
August 19-21, 2023
This – long awaited, very small – retreat is available to members of the South Reno Mindfulness community. It will be held in Bandon, Oregon, at a beautiful coastal location with private access to the
beach. This retreat is designed to allow participants to pause and step away from the demands of their busy, daily lives by re-connecting with nature.
Mindfulness for Judges Retreat
Date and locations TBD
This four-day program is an opportunity to pause from the many complexities of being a judge and find some space to breathe and reflect. It is a practice of learning to pay attention to our thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations and acknowledging whatever is present and using
that information to respond to the unfolding of our work and lives.
2023 Mindfulness Practice Days
Mar 4 / Sep 8 /Dec 9
These half-day retreats are offered without charge to members of the South Reno Mindfulness (SRM) community. Much of the retreat will be in silence and will be focused on mindfulness practices, such as the body scan, mindful movement, and sitting meditation.
Free Introductory Session Oct 18 at 6:00pm
In this 6-week in person course, you will learn a three-step process to meet overwhelm and face challenges with confidence. The purpose of the program is to support participants in building a kinder relationship with yourself. This program is led by Kara Taormina and co-facilitated by Yvonne Stedham.
Take a breath and step back so that
you can see clearly.
--- Yvonne Stedham
What a life changing experience it was! I, too, have meditated every day since. Every night at bedtime and most mornings. The change I have experienced is amazing. I'm always sharing with people the benefits of meditation and sharing how it has improved the quality of my life. Priceless!