To sign up for the course, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information (forms, payment information, building access information) will be sent via email.
Registration and Attendance Mechanics
- The course is FREE.
- Attendance to the first session is mandatory, since it will cover background material needed for subsequent sessions.
- To reserve a spot, a deposit of $100 ($50 for full-time students) is required, refundable upon attending at least four of the six sessions.
- If a student attends fewer than four sessions, they will forfeit their deposit. This is to limit casual flaking.
Exemptions from Deposit
- BitSight Technologies employees.
- HPST Cambridge regular attendees.
- Anyone with health issues who cannot predict whether they will be well enough to attend on a particular day. Please discuss your situation with the teacher ahead of time.
- Attendance to first session is still mandatory.
How to check I am legit (i.e., I am not scamming people out of deposit money)
- Prospective course attendees can contact my employer, BitSight Technologies, to (a) confirm that I work there, (b) that I am indeed hosting the course in their offices with their knowledge (although BitSight is not directly involved with the course itself). BitSight Technologies is an established Boston tech company, and the course is in their 111 Huntington (Prudential Center Complex) offices, so their legitimacy is easy to verify.
- If you don't want to go through the trouble of making a phone call (this is 2020 after all) another option is to connect to me via LinkedIn (please mention the mindfulness course in your invitation, so I accept it). You will be able to see that I have posted information about the course, with a link to BitSight, and the post has been 'Liked' by a number of other BitSight employees, including some fairly senior ones. That is also evidence of legitimacy.
- Alternatively, prospective attendees can tell me know they heard about the course, and I can try to establish a 'chain of trust' between them and me.
- Attendees are my guests on my employer's premises, and I am accountable for them. Both the building and the office itself is badge-access only (attendees will receive temporary badges for each session), so attendees have to be registered with building security. The deposit is a collateral of sorts for building access, in addition to a safeguard against casual flaking.