about Elaine Retholtz

I am an acupuncturist and meditation teacher living in New York City. I have been practicing acupuncture since 1992 and meditating since the 60's. The more I worked with acupuncture clients, the more I began to see the value of sharing what I knew about mindfulness and the ways I myself had benefited from practice. Because of this, I undertook training to become a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher as well as a Dharma Teacher. 

I became interested in MBSR in 2004 after over a decade of practicing acupuncture and 16 years of dedicated meditation retreat and daily practice. What a powerful way to share the benefits of practice with clients and others!  In 2009 I co-founded the NYC MBSR Teacher Collaborative

I am also trained to offer the Interpersonal Mindfulness Program.

MBSR Teacher Training

I have been certified by the UMass Center for Mindfulness and authorized by the Mindfulness Center at Brown University as an MBSR teacher trainer. I am part of the Mindfulness Training ~ US Collaborative as well as the Global Mindfulness Collaborative. It brings me great joy to be part of communities of dedicated practitioners and teacher trainers Offering training and support to aspiring MBSR teachers is one of the most gratifying aspects of my work. 

Meditation / Dharma Teacher Training

I started meditating in the 60s under the deluded belief that by just concentrating on my breath I could somehow avoid dealing with the emotional turmoil of my teenage years. This is a common reason why many begin practice, and is commonly known as "Spiritual Bypass" - a term coined by John Wellwood. Luckily I encountered more skillful approaches to practice, and attended my first retreat in 1988. Since then, I have been dedicated to the practice and study of meditation, mindfulness, and Dharma. Over the decades I've learned that the power of mindfulness is that happiness and insight actually arise from turning towards rather than away from life experiences. It shouldn't be a surprise to learn that I have a deep interest in and commitment to helping students integrate mindfulness practice into daily life.

I am a graduate of the third Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leaders Program,  and I am on the Teachers Council of New York Insight Meditation Center.

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