April 2016

Teens are facing greater demands on their time and attention than ever before.  They have very little time to take a much-needed “brain break” during their busy week and simply breathe.  I am thrilled to be leading a free lunchtime workshop at Mamaroneck High School for any teen wanting to find a little time in their day to simply breathe and learn mindfulness tools to help them lower their levels of stress, increase their focus and attention, and add a little joy to their day.

This lunchtime workshop is open to all MHS students.

We will meet during the High School lunch period, every Wednesday starting May 11th.

For more information contact cheryl@2bpresent.com or Helene Fremder at hfremder@mamkschools.org.


We are thrilled to be teaching mindfulness in and around the New York Area.  Here are a few of the places where 2bpresent will be teaching mindfulness this Fall . . .



August 31, 2016 – Lakeland School District Mindfulness Training Screen Shot 2016-04-29 at 12.57.51 PM– Cheryl will be leading a half-day mindfulness training for the Superintendents and Administrators of Lakeland School District  This interactive workshop will give educators an introduction to mindfulness, the science behind it and how mindfulness is being used in schools and in classrooms to help children and teachers strengthen intra and inter personal skills, foster better coping mechanisms and offer students life-long tools to promote their health and wellness.  We will also discuss disticit-wide initiatives and programming for developing mindful programs district-wide.



Screen Shot 2016-02-13 at 3.49.02 PMSeptember 2, 2016 – Rye Neck High School Mindfulness Teacher Training.   Cheryl is pleased to be working with teachers, parents, students and administrators at Rye Neck Schools to develop a ditrict-wide initiative to bring mindfulness to the Rye Neck Schools.  We begin this year with a in-depth teacher training before the start of the school year.  Cheryl is thrilled to be working with dedicated teachers, staff, parents and students throughout the school year to bring mindfulness programs and initiatives that will help promote healthy habits of the mind, which include lowering stress and anxiety, sharpening focus and attention, and improving overall health and wellbeing.  



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October 27, 2016 – University of Pennsylvania Law School – Cheryl is excited to be teaching a class at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law with Family Mediation, LLP entitled Mindfulness and Mediation.  In all situations, but particularly helpful when working in conflict resolution, we can learn to become more aware of our own inner experiences and learn how to use our inner world to benefit our clients and create a more constructive process.  In this interactive class for law students, we will learn and experience tools of self-awareness and self-reflection, which can help us pay attention to our own emotions, thoughts and judgments.  Skillfully working with both our internal and external worlds, we can learn to best navigate each situation, be fully present with our clients and help parties determine their best course of action.


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Keep Calm & Carry On at Mamaroneck High School.  Cheryl is looking forward to continuing her work this year conducting workshops and grade-wide assemblies for high school students in the 2016-2017 school year.  As teens are facing greater demands on their time and attention than ever before, they have very little time to take a much-needed “brain break” during their busy week and simply breathe.  Cheryl is thrilled to be back at MHS leading classes and workshops to teach mindfulness tools to help teens lower their levels of stress, increase their focus and attention, and improve their overall health and wellbeing so they can thrive.




June 6, 2016 – Family & Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New

Screen Shot 2016-01-12 at 3.51.33 PMYork – Cheryl will be the guest speaker at the FDMC Continuing Education Series and presenting a workshop on  mindfulness as a powerful tool in both our personal and professional lives to relieve stress, focus attention, and be more compassionate to ourselves and to others.  We will also discuss the benefits of mindfulness when working in dispute resolution.




stress teensStarting May 11thh – Keep Calm & Carry On! –  Mamaroneck High School Lunchtime Mindfulness Series.  Teens are facing greater demands on their time and attention than ever before.  They have very little time to take a much-needed “brain break” during their busy week and simply breathe.  Cheryl is thrilled to be back at MHS leading a free lunchtime workshop for any teen wanting to find a little time in their day to simply breathe and learn mindfulness tools to help them lower their levels of stress, increase their focus and attention, and add a little joy to their day.



Screen Shot 2015-10-05 at 11.29.13 AMMay 23, 2016 – Ardsley High School. Cheryl is pleased to be the guest
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school where she will present an interactive workshop for parents and students on The Benefits of Mindfulness: How Parents and Teens can Use Mindfulness to Cope with Stress.   




April 21, 2016 – Lakeland School District Superintendent’s Screen Shot 2016-04-29 at 12.57.51 PMConference Day – Cheryl and her colleagues will be conducting mindfulness teacher trainings for 200 teachers from grades K-12.  These interactive half-day workshops will give teachers an introduction to mindfulness, personal practice in mindfulness, as well as an overview of the science behind these practices and how mindfulness is being used in schools and in classrooms to help children thrive.




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April 4, 2016 – Rye Neck High School.   Cheryl is pleased to be the guest speaker at Rye Neck High school where she will present an interactive workshop for parents on The Benefits of Mindfulness: How Parents can Use Mindfulness to Help Their Teens Cope with Stress.    Mindfulness: The word is everywhere, but what does it actually mean?  What are the benefits of Mindfulness?  How can we use Mindfulness to lessen anxiety, lower stress, sharpen our focus and attention and improve our overall health? How can we use Mindfulness as parents to help our children thrive? In this interactive presentation, we will explore the growing body of scientific evidence from the fields of mindfulness, neuroscience and positive psychology that show how mindfulness can help increase our focus and attention, lower our levels of stress and anxiety, and create more opportunities to add happiness to our days.  Cheryl will also share practical tools for parents on how to use mindfulness to help our teens relax, navigate the stresses of school and social pressures, as well as cultivate a greater sense of happiness, inner resilience and optimism.



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March 2, 2016 – Hillside Elementary School, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.  Cheryl will be speaking to the teachers and staff about the Benefits of Mindfulness in Education and How to Incorporate Mindfulness into the Elementary School Day.  





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January – April 2016  – Cheryl will continue this series  leading workshops on Meditation for Mediators, in which we explore ways to lower our levels of stress, focus our concentration and be more compassionate to ourselves and to others through mindfulness meditation practices.  We learn how mindfulness can be a powerful tool in both our personal and professional lives. This is a continuation of series in which we explore the benefits of mindfulness meditation for mediators and those working with dispute resolution. 



Screen Shot 2016-01-12 at 3.53.30 PMJanuary – May 2016 – Murray Avenue School   – Cheryl conducts full-day Mindfulness Curriculum Teacher Training workshops once a month to work with teachers on mindfulness curricula and best practices to integrate mindfulness into their school days.  Cheryl also presented a workshop for the Teacher Aides on Mindfulness in the Classroom.



To learn more about 2bpresent’s programs, contact us at info@2bpresent.com





“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”  – Ralph Waldo Emerson

In this four week series, we will explore Mindfulness Meditation practices and dive deeper into what it means to be present.  We will also learn more about the science of happiness, mindfulness of the body, and getting unstuck from unhealthy habits of the mind.  We will practice meditating together each week and explore these interesting topics.

This is intended for those with some basic understanding of mindfulness and meditation, as well an established personal meditation practice.

Wednesday Mornings:  9:00 am to 10:15 am, May 4, 11, 18, and 25.

Location: Suite 9, 132 Larchmont Avenue, Suite 9, Larchmont, New York.

Investment: $160

To RegisterThis class has currently reached the maximum number of attendees.  To be added to the waitlist, please contact cheryl@2bpresent.com.

Testimonial’s from recent 2bpresent classes . . .

“Just a quick note to thank you so much for being such a wonderful instructor.  I am enjoying your class so much, and I really love practicing being mindful.  I enjoyed my coffee so much this week, and my kids got a fabulous belly laugh about listening to the raisins.  I am trying hard to be present in every moment, and am filled with gratitude that I signed up for the class.  It’s been great, and I’m looking forward to what comes next!”

– Rosemary, Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation course participant, 4/12/16


“Your classes are helping refocus my mind from the chronic pain and anger I have been carrying for over 7 yrs . It will be a long process to let go but I know I need to. I took your advice and walked ‘the loop’ around the water today with my dog.   There are hundreds of daffodils in bloom that some generous soul planted years ago, I saw a sweet rabbit and listened to the birds.  So enjoyable.   Many thanks.”

– Barbara, Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation course participant, 4/07/16


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In our fast-paced, busy lives, we all have many demands on our time and on our attention. We need more time to slow down and enjoy where we are and who we are with, and to simply be.  Mindfulness can give you the tools to live a more peaceful, joy-filled life.

Join Cheryl Brause of 2bpresent for an exploration of Mindfulness Meditation.  In this four week class, we will learn practical and accessible mindfulness tools that you can use everyday to help you lower your levels of stress, increase your focus and attention, and find more joy in each day.

We will learn the foundations of mindfulness meditation, discuss how to introduce mindfulness into your day, explore the latest scientific research on mindfulness and its health benefits, and practice together each week.

Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation include:
  • Lowers Stress
  • Improves Sleep
  • Increases Focus and Attention
  • Boosts Your Immune System
  • Increases Happiness & Optimism

For more on the Benefits of Mindfulness, click here.

Since many of us are busy parents, we will also have many Mindfulness Tips for Parenting, like

  • Understanding our own stress reactions
  • Increasing calm and stability in ourselves and our children
  • Fostering a greater connection between parent and child
  • Enriched appreciation of the ordinary moments of life
  • Learning to listen with kindness to yourself and to your child

Class Dates & Times: Tuesday evenings, 4/26,  5/3, 5/10 and 5/17  from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm.

Location:  615 Broadway, Hastings-On-Hudson, New York

Investment: $275

To Register: Registration for this class is now closed.  Please contact us for future class information at, info@2bpresent.com

About the Instructor . . .  Cheryl Vigder Brause is the Co-Founder of 2bpresent. She has practiced meditation and mindfulness for many years, and has worked in the field of teaching mindfulness meditation for the past five years.  Cheryl teaches adults, teens and children practical and accessible ways to introduce mindfulness into everyday life.   She has completed her Level I and Level II Meditation Teacher Training from Om Yoga.  She is trained in Learning to BREATHE – a mindfulness curriculum for adolescents, completed her K-12 Mindful Schools Curriculum Training, and is certified in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Teens.  She has also created and taught mindfulness programs in schools and corporations on stress reduction techniques and mindfulness tools to help people thrive.  She is thrilled to be sharing her journey with you.

What people are saying about 2bpresent classes and workshops. . .

“Every now and then you come across a class or a person who helps you to be a better person. Cheryl offers just that. I am a better person because of all the things that I have learned- I am a better spouse, a better mother, a better friend, a better co-worker, and actually even more compassionate with myself. And what’s the best part? That I got all this by simply learning how to slow down and calm down. I will be forever grateful!

Taking the beginning meditation class is the single most important thing I have done for myself in the last decade. I can honestly say that my family and I are all happier because of my taking this one step to learn how to be calmer and more mindful.” – Psychologist, mother and participant in Real Happiness and Mindful Living

“Cheryl’s class taught me not only how to meditate, but how to incorporate mindfulness into everything that I do. Cheryl is extremely knowledgable about the practice of mindfulness and has a teaching style that is very easy to understand and accessible. It was a truly life changing experience. I can’t wait for my next class!” – MBA, mother, participant in Mindful Living

“I took Cheryl’s mindfulness class last spring and the effects have stayed with me. The tools and techniques she showed the class were fun and easy to use and the discussion really brought everything down to a real level that can be applied. Cheryl has a unique way of speaking about mindfulness that is very insightful and practical. I thoroughly enjoyed the class and would highly recommend it!” – Organizational Development Consultant, mother, participant in Mindful Living