TUCSON, IN-PERSON Tools For Transformation (Discounts Still Available – See Below)

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 5 customer ratings
(10 customer reviews)



A 6-Week Course for Overcoming Stress, Recurring Patterns of Distress, Strong Emotions, Pain, and Urges

Starts Sunday, April 22nd at 10 AM

If you’ve had it with the struggle and are desperate for relief, take a class that will teach you to develop the changes you’re seeking. You’ve heard the bad news: stress degrades both your mental and physical health. Stress-related patterns run the gamut, from recurring relationship difficulties to depression, anxiety, insomnia, phobias, addictions, chronic pain, OCD, PTSD, ADD/ADHD, autoimmune disease, eating disorders, and more.

But, what you may not know is that behind all stress-related patterns is a mental state called “attentional fixation.” Like having tunnel vision, fixated people lose perspective. When this happens, upsets AMPLIFY into vicious cycles of emotional reactivity.

Blinded by emotion, fixated people lose track of their values, agreements, integrity, and intentions. In the end, attentional fixation leads to all the unconscious, automatic, repetitious and destructive patterns mentioned above. That’s why people stuck such patterns find it difficult, if not impossible to change or heal.

Interestingly, fixated people are usually not upset for the reasons they think. Patterns of fixation are most often related to past upsets and traumas. For this reason, understanding and working with past programming can and does lead to change and healing.

SkillfullyAware was developed to provide you with the understanding and tools to overcome all patterns of fixation. Dr. Mark Pirtle created this evidence-based course over ten years ago while working at one of the most exclusive residential recovery centers in the world. His former patients spent upwards of $65,000 to experience what is now available to you in this affordable 6-module class.

Dr. Pirtle also used this SkillfullyAware program as the foundation for his full-length documentary, IS YOUR STORY MAKING YOU SICK? This film intimately records eight courageous people as they work through traumas and health issues in four, 4-day retreats spanning six months. Expert interviews of Gabor Maté, Dan Siegel, Ellen Langer, Carl Hart, Bruce Lipton, Lissa Rankin, Ann Marie Chiasson, Eric Garland, and others, inject credible science into the story as you watch the participants’ healing journeys unfold.

  • Registrations received ON OR BEFORE April 8th, 2018: $495 (early-bird rate)
  • Registrations AFTER April 7th, 2018: $595

Registration includes all classes and lifetime access to Dr. Mark Pirtle’s “Tools for Transformation” online class ($295 value) and students online forum (priceless).


  • THE FIRST 40 PEOPLE to register receive a free SkillfullyAware 13-month Guided Meditation Program ($225 value). This bonus is offered to first-time class participants only.
  • Register with friends or family members and each person receives an additional $50 discount (contact lynda@skillfullyaware.com for the coupon code)
  • LOFT MEMBERS receive an additional $50 discount (contact Lynda for the coupon code)
  • Seniors (65 and older) receive an additional $50 discount (contact Lynda for the coupon code)
  • Take it again! Students who have already taken the SkillfullyAware TFT class receive a 66% discount off the regular price of the course (Contact Lynda – no other coupons or offers apply)


  • 6 weekly two-hour in-person classes personally taught by Dr. Mark Pirtle
  • Unlimited LIFETIME access to a pre-recorded online version of the TFT course ($295 value)
  • A hard copy and a downloadable color version of the 6-Module Study Guide
  • 24/7/365 access to the online forum where you can ask questions and get support from Dr. Pirtle and partake in the experience, strength, and hope of others (priceless)


  • Anyone seeking relief from tiresome and repetitious stress-related patterns.
  • Anyone working through difficult life challenges (divorce, loss, trauma, you name it)
  • Anyone wanting more joy, self-love, strength, energy, focus, and purpose
  • Anyone seeking a deeper spiritual connection to life
  • Anyone eager to learn to use meditation and mindfulness to feel better


  • Know how to meditate—anyone can do it! You will also know how to use meditation and mindfulness therapeutically—so you feel better!
  • Gain proficiency with proven mindfulness techniques and virtues practices that fit seamlessly into and enhance every aspect of your life, especially your relationships
  • Understand the mind-body connection so you can start functioning more like your own therapist. Meaning, you’ll get good at being good to yourself.
  • Understand how early childhood experiences cause you to think and act as an adult, and moreover, how to become aware of and change those long-held reactive patterns of thinking and feeling
  • Become more self-aware so your communications and relationships with others improve, deepen, and become more fulfilling
  • Feel better, with increased energy and passion, which can ignite a full-on pursuit of your life’s purpose. How great is that?

Space is limited! To receive the all the bonuses and early-bird discounts click the link below and register now.


The 6-Module SkillfullyAware class meets once a week, starting on Sunday, April 22nd from 10 AM to 12 PMTo allow for Mother’s Day and Memorial Day holidays, we will skip classes on Sunday, May 13th and Sunday, May  27. Class 6 will be held on Sunday, June 10th, from 10 AM to 12 PM.

City of Tucson – Ward 6 Building
3202 East First Street, Tucson, AZ 85716 (just behind Walgreens across from the Loft Cinema)

Cancellations must be requested before April 6th due to fixed costs associated with bonuses, rental fees, and other incentives. Refunds are issued in the form of credit toward any future event, minus the value of 13-month program (when applicable).

Mark Farris Pirtle, DPT, is a pioneer in integral thinking in stress relief and recovery. He is a clinician, writer, public speaker, filmmaker, and true “innerpreneur.” Synthesizing the disciplines of living systems theory and mindfulness meditation, he developed an evidence-based program for people suffering from stress and stress-related conditions he calls SkillfullyAware. This curriculum was used to establish the first ever pain program at Sierra Tucson, a world-renowned residential treatment hospital. Subsequently, he joined the faculty at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine Fellowship Program. He teaches meditation and mindfulness to empower his private clients to work through stress-related patterns including depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and more.

Dr. Pirtle produced the feature-length documentary film, Is Your Story Making You Sick? The film features 8 participants engaged in much the same programming presented in this class.

Contact lynda@skillfullyaware.com or call 520-981-9911 with questions!

10 reviews for TUCSON, IN-PERSON Tools For Transformation (Discounts Still Available – See Below)

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    I have been meditating since the early ‘70’s. Years ago I spent time in India studying and practicing with meditation masters. I took Mark’s Skillfully Aware class and I must say, it enriched my practice. The best part for me was learning a simple language to describe the seemingly indescribable. Strange, but a few new words can make a big difference. Whether you are a beginner or long-time meditator, you’ll learn authentic meditation, but from a guy who understands the science behind it and can teach it in a way that is both simple and deep. If you’re considering taking Skillfully Aware, I highly recommend it.

    L.Stievers, Arizona

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Cathy Lee

    For me the workshop was phenomenal! All the great tips and techniques for mediation and response that helps me keep my harmony through the “lousy things” is a real benefit and is helping me with emotional and spiritual growth. I see and feel the changes!
    Thanks again for the great workshop!

    C. Lee

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    T.V., Washington

    “I wanted to openly thank Mark & Lynda for their kindness and help this week! I’ve learned SO much in just days!!! The mediating techniques have been lifesaving as I lean into a new awareness that my trauma is an energy, not a thing I carry with me (like rocks). Mark shared this with me on my 20-min complimentary call. I had immediate relief when I heard that. I am a survivor of trauma, diagnosed with “complex” PTSD. That means I’ve had a lifetime of on-going traumatic events. I am also almost 2 years into remission from alcoholism. I’ve invested a lot of time, money and energy into treatment over the years. While I feel I’ve healed and grown throughout the years, I felt I had lost my tools this year, buried under the traumatic stories I had been attached to.
    Within just mere days of starting module 1, I had a breakthrough I never thought possible.
    When I learned that the trauma is just energy, I found that I was able to view my daily virtue log from a birdseye view. I saw the behaviors for what they are and not who I am. This is a big deal for me as I’ve carried the heaviness of my stories with me, unaware of my behaviors. And even with years of clinical treatment, I still could not feel released from the stories until this week. For the first time, I finally feel a heck-of-a-lot lighter and more able to utilize my tools as well as incorporate the new tools taught in module 1.
    I work for a commercial contractor and this morning we hosted a breakfast for our field crews. I was around 100+ men and before this week, this experience would have triggered the PTSD. I’m a deep thinker and I tend to deeply process EVERYTHING, but today I was the observer of the energy that was in and around me. I detached from the stories of my past traumas when they arose and I made sure to focus on my breathing the moment I felt anxiety. I knew that I had an opportunity to fill in positive behaviors into my virtue log today, so I consciously made an effort to offer supportive and meaningful speech in gentle and kind tones.
    I’ll tell you what, the energy passed through me and I was able to be in the moment not scared and I was smiling and enjoying conversations with all the guys. I did not feel depleted or terrified at the end of the event. Something like this would have paralyzed me for at least a few days, but not today. Today, I genuinely smiled and felt the presence of the other without fear.
    This is a MAJOR milestone for me in my recovery.
    I am so deeply thankful today for what I’ve learned this week and the support I feel from Mark and Lynda. I’m also thankful to Ryan for opening up this opportunity for his followers.”

  4. Rated 5 out of 5


    Mark, I was so moved by the last class that I was just almost speechless. The way you brought it all together at the end was exquisite. I’ve been doing “A Course in Miracles” since 1981; your work has even enriched that aspect of my life. I have a whole new sense of the world and my place in it.

    When I came to you it was because I heard “the call” in the form of your flier (through the global chant yahoo group.) My purpose was to get help with what I realized had become a sad and negative attitude about my physical condition. I was determined to do what was needed to help myself out of the hole I had dug for myself, but I also sensed that this was the beginning of a new phase in my life and had some excitement about that.

    I had no idea what a beautiful experience it would be. By the time the class was over, my attitude was adjusted and my new purpose was to practice just for the love of the experience. I can’t say that my practice is tidy and completely smooth, but there’s no sense of urgency about it now. In a sense it feels like part of me is already “there” and the rest of me just needs to keep allowing.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gary Womack

    Hi Mark and Lynda, and All Others who may read this,

    I wanted to share an update with you, and maybe provide some encouragement to those working the program. Having taken the in-person TFT class twice in the past year now, I can certainly identify with how patterned my behavior was. I understand in much more depth how the patterns arose out of my own “complex system.” Yet, despite the truth that was obvious to me in your teachings, there was a strange resistance (an anxiety perhaps) associated with meditating and working the Prospective Memory and Book of Virtues exercises. I now understand that much of this resistance had to do with a lack of self-confidence.
    I continue to meditate now nearly daily, often 30 minutes a day. I have been using your Guided meditation program for continued encouragement and guidance, and as a periodic refresher on the material taught in the TFT class.
    Regarding the Prospective Memory Exercise, I have finally found this to start to come more naturally now. I find myself even taking a few moments shortly after a triggering event and creating an Intention for what I’d like to do differently in such an event next time. This is much different than ruminating on my unhealthy reactivity, replaying my negative behavior and thoughts in my mind over and over again, which actually did nothing except ensure I felt crappy about myself and actually led me to repeat the same unhealthy patterns the next time such an event occurred.
    I’m honestly still struggling with discipline on the Book of Virtues, but am again working on integrating it more consistently into my day. I think we all want to be kind. I think that starts with being kind to ourselves.
    It’s now like I can feel my brain and the greater space of my self “healing”, for a lack of a better word…
    For those struggling with discipline, I want to encourage you to keep at it. It likely took a while for unhealthy patterns to develop, and it thus may take a while, but with Intention to change the patterns, coupled with techniques and exercises to enable the change, you can become “unstuck” and feel better !

  6. Suzanne

    “When Dr. Mark Pirtle explained his theory of
    “attentional fixation” and “skillful awareness” to me,
    I was beyond excited. Not only because I experienced
    the healing effects of it personally, but also because
    I realized that he had discovered an absolutely
    revolutionary and original theory, one which I think
    will bring about a paradigm shift in the way our
    society views and thinks about psychology and
    recovery. His is a new and empowering recovery model that works!

    Suzanne Cleminshaw, Ph.D.
    Author of the widely reviewed and acclaimed novel,
    The Great Ideas, shortlisted for the Whitbread Award
    for best first author.

  7. Lorelei

    One year ago, I had the great pleasure of hearing Dr Pirtle speak at
    Miraval ,which enticed me to take his 6 week Skillfully Aware
    classes. My son and husband also attended these, and each of us
    gained new insights into the power of meditation in managing our
    stressful lives. Since that time I have utilized his 13 month
    meditation program which helps me in my struggle to reclaim peace in
    my life. As an Adult and Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, I have
    recommended meditation to many patients, as it is a critical piece in
    managing stress related illnesses. For many patients, insomnia,
    palpitations, chronic pain, tension headaches and migraines, high
    blood pressure, eating disorders, etc can all be traced back to a
    hyper-aroused state of stress. Many of my friends who have
    utilized his programs are amazed at how much better they sleep at
    night even after the first session! I strongly recommend to my
    friends and my patients to consider taking his classes, or utilizing
    Dr Pirtle’s programs to improve one’s physical and mental health. It
    has made a huge difference in my health!

    Lorelei Kaczmarski RN, MS, ANP/GNP-BC
    ( Adult and Geriatric Nurse Practitioner)

  8. Betsy

    I just finished taking Mark’s Skillfully Aware 6 Week Workshop, and feel that it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself. Mark went into great detail teaching about the workings of the human mind and specific exercises in how to become aware of and start to change our own thought patterns and therefore, behavior. He presented an almost overwhelming amount of information in such a scientifically detailed, yet thoroughly entertaining, patient, and compassionate way. We laughed, we cried, but mostly we learned. He is truly a gifted teacher.

    Although I had attempted to meditate for years, I never quite got the hang of it and would give up. Now I look forward to getting “my tush to the cush”, which has been life changing. Although the day to day realities and responsibilities of my life have not changed, my response to them is completely different. This class was a blessing in my life.

    Thank you, Mark


  9. Fran

    “Ah………Midlife. Divorce, now grown kids, hormones, gravity, all that comes with the learning, and the changing spirit we have. Regardless of the joy, the happiness and positive outlook- within our journey those really annoying little voices tell you otherwise. For me, they were a guide to hurt, and take up space in our own minds to play out many different ways, but never to move forward, just to the side and the same recording over and over. For once, after Mark’s class, I am not at fault, and I can now challenge the voices to new tones, and new scripts, that I choose. Although the neutrons, and physical elements and science was specific and interesting, the more important part to me is to change my behaviors to make positive spins on the old ways. New doors are opening and now I have the tools to open them and see what may unfold in a positive way. Demons be gone!!
    This class will change you. It is not simple, it is not easy, but it is a new horizon that is now a focus for my future. Still seeing how this will unfold, but alas, the road is paved and has less pot holes than it ever has had.”
    F. Nowlin

  10. Klaire

    “When I took Mark’s class, I felt inspired. His teachings have positively affected me in my everyday life—I am able to see patterns in my thinking, which help me respond more thoughtfully, rather than acting out of habit. Mark’s empathy and understanding have allowed me to live more mindfully. I am grateful to him for expanding my emotional space, allowing me to live fully in the present, to accept the past, and to look forward to the future. And, the class was also lots of fun! We are all on this journey together. Thank you for an enriching experience, Mark. I enthusiastically recommend this class to anyone.” KP

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