I am honored to be a part of the events listed below. In the case of multi-day events,  I have indicated the days of my presentation. Visit the event link to view dates, location and registration information.

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Past Events

 

Meditation for Less Anxiety & More Inner Peace

Date: June 25, 2017

Time: 10:00am - 6:00pm

Location: Universal Yoga & Wellness Center, New Hartford, NY

Heather will be offering this daylong retreat in Upstate New York for beginning and experienced mediators. Reduce anxiety, improve health and wellness, find emotional balance, manage work stress, and cope with life’s changes. These are just a few reasons people learn to meditate, and the proof is in the research. Thousands of studies show that a regular meditation practice can not only reduce suffering, it can improve the quality of your life.

Live On NY

Date: June 24, 2017

LiveOnNY is meant to convey the duality and positivity of organ and tissue donation. Through donation, recipients and donors live on. Recipients live on through the selfless act of donors. Donors live on via a legacy made stronger as a result of their donation, and they live on through others.

Heather will be offering Relaxation Meditation for Grief for donor families as a service offered by LiveOnNY (This is a closed event for donor families).

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MHEI Palliative Care Conference

Date: June 7, 2017

Time: 8:30am - 4:00pm

Location: : Maryland Hospital Association Pierson Conference Center, Elkridge, MD

Heather will be offering the closing keynote, Mindfulness In the Trenches: Self-Care for the Palliative Caregiver. This event is open to medical professionals, therapists, and other people seeking training and CEUs.

Palliative care professionals choose to provide whole-hearted care to those with life-limiting illnesses. However, tending to our own suffering is often placed on the back burner. Even when faced with our own personal loss and hardships, we often turn away from our suffering and attempt to “push through” the pain. This can overwhelm our stress response system and in turn contribute to depression, anxiety, stress-related illnesses, and even lead to professional burnout.

As hard as it may seem, we can tend to our own suffering using self-compassion techniques that are rooted in ancient spiritual practices, and proven effective by contemporary research. Once we apply the “oxygen mask” to ourselves, we can model and even share these techniques with our patients and their families, empowering them to remove some of the suffering from their pain.

This session will explore how self-compassion—in other words, simply treating ourselves as we would a beloved friend—can help us manage our difficult emotions, reduce our suffering, and exemplify self-care for both patients and colleagues alike. The presenter will review current self-compassion literature as it pertains professional burnout, discuss mindfulness-based interventions, and share a case study that will illustrate how self-compassion can support palliative care professionals and patients alike.

TAPS 23rd Annual National Military Survivor Seminar

Start date: May 25, 2017

End date: May 29, 2017

Location: Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, Virginia

“Each Memorial Day, our country remembers those who have served and died. As our country reflects on the costs of freedom, we come together to tell the stories of patriots. We name our heroes, celebrate their lives and decide again to live bigger and better on their behalf.” – TAPS.org

The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) Annual National Military Survivor Seminar takes place each Memorial Day weekend in Arlington. People who are grieving the death of a loved one in the military, whether a family member, friend or fellow service member, are invited and encouraged to attend the National Military Survivor Seminar. No matter where you are in your grief journey, support and connection await you.

Heather will be offering three workshops during the event: Drawing your Griefscape, Relaxation and Compassion Meditation for Grief, and The Power Of Being Kind: Self-Compassion As Self-Care for Grief.

American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Annual Conference 2017

Date: April 25, 2017

Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm

Location: Hyatt Regency in New Orleans

aaohn-logoMindfulness & Leadership Excellence

Concurrent Session 3: In a world where multi-tasking, digital distractions and continuous partial attention are the norm, it is challenging for 21st century leaders to find the time, energy and creativity to innovate. Fortunately, the practice of mindfulness – paying attention to the present moment with an attitude of open awareness – can wire your brain for leadership excellence despite the chaos – and even help with self-care. During this session, you will be introduced to mindfulness-based exercises that will help cultivate focus and insight, so you can lead from a place of choice, rather than reactivity.  Learning Objectives:

  • Define mindfulness and give examples of formal and informal practices
  • Discuss the history and benefits of practicing mindfulness for leadership excellence
  • Experience mindfulness-based techniques at work to cultivate focus, clarity, creativity and compassion

ADEC 2017 Conference

Date: April 8, 2017

Time: 1:30 - 2:30 pm

Location: Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront • Portland, OR

Mindfulness & Grief: Self-Compassion as Self-Care

If you can not attend this conference in person, this session will be available as a live web-cast.

Association for Death Education & CounselingAs bereavement professionals, we choose to provide whole-hearted care to those who are in need of compassion. However, tending to our own suffering is often placed on the back burner. Even when faced with our own personal loss and hardships, we often turn away from our grief and “push through” the pain. This can overwhelm our stress response system and in turn contribute to depression, anxiety, stress-related illnesses, and even lead to professional burnout.

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As hard as it may seem, we can tend to our own suffering using self-compassion techniques that are rooted in ancient spiritual practices and proven effective by contemporary research. Once we apply the “oxygen mask” to ourselves as professionals, we can then use the same techniques to support our bereaved clients who might be struggling with feelings of guilt, loneliness and low self-efficacy.

This session will explore how self-compassion—in other words, simply treating ourselves as we would a beloved friend—can help us manage our difficult emotions, reduce our suffering, and exemplify self-care for both clients and colleagues alike. The presenter will review current self-compassion literature as it pertains to grief and professional burnout, discuss mindfulness-based interventions, and review a handful of case studies that will illustrate how self-compassion can support the bereaved client and grief professional alike.

Pennsylvania Council of Children, Youth & Family Services (PCCYFS) Annual Spring Conference Keynote

Date: April 5, 2017

Time: 8:30 - 10:00 am

Location: Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey Hotel

Keynote: Transform Suffering to Hope: Coping With Grief In The Wake of Personal & Public Tragedy

We don’t need to look at the FBI statistics to know that mass shootings and domestic terrorism are on the rise. Repetitive exposure to these traumatic events via television and social media can trigger psychological distress, especially when we feel there is nothing we can do to help. If left unexamined, the difficult emotions that arise in the wake of tragedy can negatively impact our health, our relationships, and our ability to serve and support our clients and colleagues. This is the bad news.

The good news is that if we skillfully turn toward our suffering, rather than suppress it, we can transform any difficult emotion into compassion. In turn, that compassion becomes inspired action that motivates us serve our clients, our community, and ourselves in a more whole-hearted and helpful way. We can even improve our health and feel more connected to our loved ones, those we serve, and the world at large.

During this inspiring keynote, author Heather Stang will illustrate how mindfulness-based compassion practices can transform empathic distress into hope, connectivity, and action that is rooted in our shared human desire to be happy, safe, and free from suffering. Through motivational stories, a look at evidence-based best practices, and a brief period of guided meditation, attendees will learn how to be the spark and tend to global suffering with transformational loving-kindness and compassion.

Holiday Loss Survival Tips to Make Your Yule Tide Merry!

Date: November 4, 2016

Time: 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Location: CTR Radio Network (Online)

grief-holidays-aging-greatfullyThe holiday are considered the most joyous time of year for most! But for some, they are a challenging time following the loss of a loved one; or for those in a state of grief or bereavement.
“I am excited to host this show near and dear to my heart and have invited field expert and one of my favorite professional colleagues, Heather Stang to join me in bringing this all-important topic to listeners!” said Holley Kelley of the Aging GreatFULLy Podcast.

  • Visit www.CTRNetwork.com and click “Listen Live” on any page.  You may also listen direct from your phone by dialing 401-347-0767. For more ways to access the show, visit: http://ctrnetwork.com/page/how-to-listen.
  • You can also call into the show with questions yourself by dialing (844) 390-TALK.

NHPCO Intensives 2016

Start date: October 31, 2016

End date: November 2, 2016

Location: Diplomat Hotel, Hollywood, Florida

National Hospice & Palliative Care OrganizationHeather will lead a Self-Compassion workshop for participants in the Advances and Innovations in Bereavement Care group. She will also offer three early morning self-care meditation practices, which are open to all NHPCO Intensive participants, including:

Self-Compassion: Managing Personal Loss in a Professional World: As bereavement professionals, we choose to provide whole-hearted care to those who are in need of compassion. However, tending to our own suffering is often placed on the back burner. Even when faced with our own personal loss and hardships, we often turn away from our grief and “push through” the pain. This can overwhelm our stress response system and in turn contribute to depression, anxiety, stress-related illnesses, and even lead to professional burnout. This workshop will explore how self-compassion—in other words, simply treating ourselves as we would a beloved friend—can help us manage our difficult emotions, reduce our suffering, and exemplify self-care for both clients and colleagues alike. Not only will you experience a guided self-compassion meditation and review current research on this crucial topic, but you’ll leave with simple strategies to make self-compassion part of your daily life.

Early Morning Self-Care Meditation Classes:

  • MondayRelaxation Response Meditation for Anxiety, Grief & Stress: Focus-based meditation that reverses the negative effects of stress.
  • Tuesday: Compassion & Lovingkindness Meditation: Heart-based meditation that cultivates self-compassion and acknowledges that all beings want to be happy, safe and free from suffering.
  • Wednesday: Intensives Integration Meditation: Contemplative meditation during which participants will reflect on their experience at the Intensives, explore how the experience relates to their life and commit to an action step based on their experience.

October Caregiver Teleconnection

Date: October 12, 2016

Time: 12:00-1:00 PM

Heather will be participating in October’s Caregiver Teleconnection event.
According to their website, The Caregiver Teleconnection is:
. . . a free, bilingual, and confidential program that connects caregivers and family members to information and support through the telephone or “tele-learning”. The Caregiver Teleconnection provides learning sessions on a variety of useful topics, hosted over the phone by professional facilitators and experts. Family caregivers have the opportunity to connect and share with others in their situation during the sessions.
Family caregivers know all too well how stress can impact on their minds and bodies. The good news is that your body has a powerful antidote to stress known as the “relaxation response,” which is the opposite of the stress response known as fight or flight syndrome.  Join us for this session to learn easy easy ways to relax using “mindfulness” techniques.  Speaker Heather Stang will do relaxation exercises based on a system developed at Harvard Medical School and her own experience and research.  These techniques have been proven in studies to reduce a variety of stress related complaints, including some illnesses.
Heather’s message is grounded in research and her real world experience teaching and practicing mindfulness. From grief and caregiving to leadership and personal growth, Heather makes mindfulness relevant in today’s world even though the techniques are ancient.