Course: Navigating Life Changes and Challenges

Fibromyalgia research has shown that the nervous system of those living with fibromyalgia is particularly stress sensitive and over reactive. This plays a key role in the persistence of symptoms. The good news is that current neuroscience research shows evidence that we actually have the capacity to modulate our brain’s reactivity to stressful situations thru simple mindful awareness practices. 

This seven-hour, two-class course taught by Elaine Merryfield and sponsored by The Frida Center for Fibromyalgia guides you through various ways of practicing present moment awareness to support your nervous system in becoming less stress sensitive and more resilient. In addition, you will learn ways to extend kind attention to both yourself and your life situation which will further support you in modulating your brain’s stress alarm system.

The fee for the seven-hour, two-class course is $140, and class size is limited to four participants. You can register for the course by clicking here and scrolling down the page to "Packages."

Upcoming Schedule

  • April/May 2017: April 29 (1-5PM) and May 6 (1-3PM)


Elaine Merryfield, BS, has been a wellness educator for more than two decades, with prior background in professional nursing. She has taught at both Tuality and Legacy Health Education Centers, Pacific University, The Frida Center for Fibromyalgia, and more. Teaching is one of her passions, and specific interests include the body-mind health connection and mindful awareness. She was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 1989 and has found it to be one of her most profound life teachers.