The Dancing Elephant, 14 School Street, Rockland, will launch an eight-week mindful eating group on Sunday, January 19, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The drop-in group is facilitated by Beverly Feldt and Amy Wappler. Everyone is welcome; participation is by donation. Drawing on the book “Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food” by Jan Chozen Bays, M.D., participants will learn techniques to bring nonjudgmental awareness, curiosity, and compassion to food choices and habits. Each gathering will include reading, guided meditations and discussion in a relaxed and friendly setting. Beverly Feldt has studied in the Shambhala and Zen Buddhist traditions since the 1980s. She is a retired clinical social worker. Amy Wappler is a former middle school teacher, an artist, and a gardener. She has been practicing meditation for several years and taught mindfulness in the classroom beginning in 2005. For more information, visit, email Rachel Nixon at or phone 594-1694.