Mindfulness in YOUR Workplace

Organizational health is about creating a work environment where people are happy, healthy, resilient, and productive. It’s about cultivating a culture of genuine caring that values people for who they are and not only for what they do. This in turn inspires greater loyalty and increased organizational creativity and productivity.

Mindfulness is a practice that can improve workplace functions, focus, and how employees work together. It will change the way you will run your business.


Short term benefits:

Long term benefits:

  • Increase energy level
  • Override habitual thinking
  • Make room for new ideas
  • Foster creativity
  • Stay calm and maintain focus
  • Have clarity to solve problems
  • See the bigger picture
  • Arrive with a presence that is powerful, vulnerable, and skillful
  • Increase productivity
  • Build stress resilience
  • Live more fully and less on “automatic pilot”
  • Improve workplace happiness
  • Decrease health care costs


What We Offer

Our teachers will work with your organization to design a mindfulness-based program that best meets your needs. Our mindfulness programs, which are described in greater detail below, include:

  • 90-Minute Introduction to Mindfulness Workshop
  • Staff Retreats
  • Weekend Retreats
  • Mindfulness Consulting
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in the Workplace 


90-Minute Workshop

The Eye of the Storm: Creating a Radiant Life with Mindfulness

Copper Beech Institute can help you develop a workplace community that is more resilient, more productive—and happier. Increasingly, Copper Beech Institute teachers are being called upon to meet the urgent challenges in business—rising healthcare costs, toxic stress and ever-increasing demands.  

Our expert mindfulness teachers will guide you in exploring how mindfulness and meditation can transform the stress, chaos and conflicts of work-life into opportunities for connection, creativity and deeper wellbeing. Work doesn’t need to be disheartening and burdensome, but can be uplifting and gratifying as we join with our colleagues for a common purpose. This lively workshop will include guided meditation, conversation, storytelling and laughter.


Staff retreats

A staff retreat day integrated into the regular work life of an organization can be a source of great renewal and reinvigoration. Spending time with coworkers in a way that is fun, relaxed, and reflective can be nourishing as well as productive.

At Copper Beech Institute, we believe that the dedication to pausing on an organizational level can lead to a transformative and creative re-orientation toward work, mission, community, and how we see ourselves in the world. We look forward to working with you and the unique needs of your staff to create an experience that is supportive and engaging.

Weekend Retreats

Through the generosity of the Hemera and Aetna Foundations, Copper Beech Institute makes full and partial funding available for healthcare and nonprofit professionals, educators, and artists to attend select weekend retreats. These contemplative fellowships support training at a weekend retreat in which individuals can cultivate mindfulness, compassion, personal wellbeing, and professional efficacy – qualities that can extend into their professional lives and improve workplace culture.

Mindfulness Consultation

Copper Beech Institute also works with leaders who would like to integrate mindfulness into workplace culture and individual lives. We can help to coach individuals, develop mindfulness-based programs for your organization and create a strategy to cultivate a culture of mindfulness in the workplace.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course (MBSR)
8-Week Course for Teams

Bring the world-renowned mindfulness course to your workplace. Since its inception, more than 20,000 people have completed the eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course and learned how to use their innate resources and abilities to respond more effectively to stress, pain, and illness.

The central focus of the course is intensive training in mindfulness meditation and its integration into the challenges and adventures of everyday life. Two decades of published research indicates that the majority of people who complete the course report benefits that range from lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms to greater resilience, improved self-esteem, and the ability to cope more effectively with both short and long-term stressful situations.



Copper Beech Institute Workplace
Consultant Team

Brandon Nappi

Dr. Brandon Nappi, founder and executive director at the Copper Beech Institute and the associate director at Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, is a spiritual teacher, speaker, and writer who passionately believes in the capacity of the human spirit to awaken. Inspired by the common wisdom of the world’s spiritual traditions, he has dedicated his life’s work to sharing the transformative power of mindfulness practice. 


Miranda Chapman

Miranda Chapman is a compassionate soul with a heart for helping others find peace in their real lives. A master teacher at Copper Beech Institute and the Institute’s founding program director, Miranda has been teaching yoga, meditation, and transformative workshops and retreats for nearly a decade. She studied meditation, yoga and Ayurveda in India and Canada, and has taken her practice all over the world. She is also an avid community builder and social and environmental activist.


Anne Dutton, MA, MSW, LMSW

Anne Dutton is an MBSR instructor at Copper Beech Institute, and a psychotherapist, yoga teacher, and published Buddhist scholar. She teaches mindfulness at the Yale Stress Center, Yale University, and Yale-New Haven Hospital. She is also a psychotherapist at the Branford Counseling Center. Anne holds a master’s degree in Buddhist Studies from Yale and a master’s of social work from Southern Connecticut State University. She also has completed the professional training program at the UMass Medical School Center for Mindfulness. 


Sharon Gutterman, Ph.D.

Sharon Gutterman is an inspiring international speaker on mindfulness, stress reduction and well-being. Her integration of life experience and dedication to life-long learning provides a unique blend of wisdom, sensitivity, humor and passion.

Sharon’s background includes teaching self-care to physicians at Yale, University of Connecticut, and Bay State medical centers and facilitates mindfulness workshops and retreats in the U.S., Israel, on cruise ships and in yoga studios, schools, hospitals, and correctional institutions. She trained in the intensive Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program directed by Drs. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli and completed the practicum at University of Massachusetts Medical Center Center for Mindfulness.

Sharon’s mantra: The quality of care you give others is related to the quality of care you give yourself. Sharon is the founder of Mindful Wow! Wake Up to Your Life.


Sandrine Harris

Sandrine Harris is passionate about the connection between awareness, movement explorations, and the health of the mind. She is a movement educator and mindfulness facilitator with a deep interest in sharing practices to enrich our daily lives, as a part of self-care, well-being, and connection. Blending tools including restorative movement, awareness practices, breathwork, and guided meditation, Sandrine offers a dynamic, experiential learning process, accessible to people from all walks of life.


Tracey Sondik, Psy.D.

Tracey Sondik, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who works in both hospital and private practice settings. She completed the MBSR professional training at the UMass Medical School Center for Mindfulness under the direction of Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., and Saki Santorelli, Ed.D, and has been teaching MBSR for the past 8 years in hospitals, outpatient clinics, and yoga studios.


Amanda Votto

Amanda Votto is a mindfulness teacher trained at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center for Mindfulness. She has extensive experience with mindful meditation, including leading a weekly meditation group, mindful parenting courses, and her own blog, www.divinewithin.me. Amanda is a practicing physician assistant in cardiology and her particular areas of interest include mindful parenting, education and mindfulness in the healthcare setting. 


Joanna Curry-Sartoriis

Joanna Curry-Sartori is a licensed marriage and family therapist who has a private practice in Rocky Hill, CT. Joanna is also on the faculty at Central Connecticut State University for the Master's program in Marriage and Family Therapy. Having studied and taught yoga and mindfulness for over 20 years, Joanna presents and consults widely with schools and community organizations to integrate mindfulness and social and emotional learning programs for the benefit of children, as well as parents and educators. In all of these endeavors, Joanna is passionate about supporting people of all ages to access and share their innate resources of calm, compassion, courage and clarity to uplift our families, schools and communities.

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Phone: 860.760.9750 | Fax: 860.521.1929
Email: info@copperbeechinstitute.org

303 Tunxis Road
West Hartford, CT 06107-3119




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