Tools for Transformation: Meditation and Mindfulness for Stress Relief, Jan23 – Mar6 2018

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 5 customer ratings
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A 6-Week Meditation and Mindfulness Course for Overcoming Stress, Pain, Strong Emotions and Urges

You’ve heard the bad news: stress degrades both your mental and physical health. But, what you may not know is the cause of all stress-related illness is directly traceable to a mental state called “attentional fixation.” In simple terms, that’s when you’re stuck in your head.

Once triggered, fixated people often miss much of what’s going on in the present moment. They can lose track of their values, agreements, integrity, intentions, and emotions, all of which can then worsen stress reactions. In the end, attentional fixation leads to unconscious, automatic and repetitious patterns of thinking and behavior. That’s why people stuck in patterns of fixation find it difficult, if not impossible, to change or heal.

The good news is that attentional fixation is just a mental state; it’s not who you are. And attentional fixation has specific causes. Remove the causes and you change and heal. Mindful awareness is a remedy for attentional fixation. The state of mindfulness also has causes. By practicing the causes of mindfulness you become more mindfully aware. Letting go of the former and practicing the latter, that’s how it works. If you relate to falling into fixation due to the stress in your life, don’t despair. That pattern is breakable!

Dr. Mark Pirtle created this meditation and mindfulness-based course over ten years ago while working at one of the most exclusive residential recovery centers in the world. The same curriculum his clients spent upwards of $65,000 to experience is now available to you in this 6-module class.

Come join the SkillfullyAware Tools for Transformation class and learn a new and altogether healthier way to move through your life. Learning to mindfully observe your triggers, thoughts, and sensations will make all the difference.


  • People seeking relief from stress-related conditions (anxiety, addiction, sleep issues, depression, fibromyalgia and much more).
  • People going through difficult life challenges (divorce, loss, trauma and more)
  • People wanting more joy, self-love, strength, energy, focus, and purpose in their lives
  • People seeking a more personal spiritual connection to themselves and others
  • Anyone wanting to learn to meditate or deepen their existing meditation practice

Since its development, the SkillfullyAware curriculum has helped thousands of people with stress and stress-related patterns feel better. So, if you have unmanaged stress or a condition related to stress, this class will help!


  • 6 weekly two-hour in-person classes taught by Dr. Pirtle
  • Lifetime access to the online 6-module course—over 11 hours of professionally produced and edited video
  • A hard copy and a downloadable Study Guide full of teachings and practices comes with each module
  • Access to a 24/7/365 online forum where you can ask questions and get support from Dr. Pirtle and partake in the experience, strength, and hope of others
  • Admission to bi-weekly “Office Hours” classes with Dr. Pirtle

The six-class SkillfullyAware program will give you insight into how your mind and body work together to “produce,” and then react, to what happens in and around you. As the lessons and practices give you a better sense of your emotional states, you’ll find yourself positively influencing how you show up in the world.


  • 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
  • Understand the mind-body connection so you’ll start functioning 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
  • Become more self-aware so your communications and relationships with others improve, deepen and become more rewarding
  • Feel better, with increased energy and passion, which can ignite a full-on pursuit of your life’s purpose. How great is that?

For more information, to register, or to hold your spot email us at, or call Lynda at 520-981-9911.

This 6-week SkillfullyAware class meets once per week, on Tuesday evening from 6PM to 8PM, starting January 23rd and ending March 6th, 2017. To allow students time to practice and dive deep into the material, the class will skip Tuesday, February 13th.

To be announced
Call (520) 981-9911 for up to date information on the location

Registrations before January 15th, 2018: $495 (early-bird rate)
Registrations on or after January 16th, 2018: $595
The rate includes all workshop meetings and lifetime access to Dr. Mark Pirtle’s “Tools for Transformation” online class ($295 value). This online course prepares participants for the workshop and helps them maintain their gains afterward. The class also includes an online forum and live, bi-weekly, web-based, “office hours” student meetings.

Due to fixed costs associated with hosting this workshop, refunds are issued in the form of credit toward any future event we host. Registrants who initiate a cancellation before 12/15/17 receive full credit good for any future event. Cancellations after 01/01/18 receive 50% credit for any future event.

Dr. Mark Pirtle

Mark Farris Pirtle, DPT, is a pioneer in integral thinking in stress relief and recovery. He is a clinician, author, 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 Skillfully Aware®. 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 hosts weekly lectures and private retreats at Canyon Ranch, Tucson, Arizona.

Dr. Pirtle recently completed filming the feature-length documentary film, Is Your Story Making You Sick? The film features 8 participants engaged in much the same programming presented at this workshop. “Story” will release in Fall 2018 at film festivals around the country. This class will be the first to get a sneak peek at the finished film!

Contact or call 520-981-9911 with questions!

10 reviews for Tools for Transformation: Meditation and Mindfulness for Stress Relief, Jan23 – Mar6 2018

  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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