Mindfulness Classes

The Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness offers and facilitates a number recurring classes each year to help people develop and maintain a mindfulness practice.

In light of the pandemic, all of our classes will be offered online until further notice. Register for the class you wish to participate in and, if its not a free class, purchase your pass. The Zoom link will be provided for you in your registration confirmation.




Mindful Together: A Parent-Child Mindfulness Class

Mindfulness can help children and adults alike develop self-awareness and self-regulation skills for greater wellbeing and resilience. We are inviting parents and their children ages 6-12 to learn about mindfulness and its benefits and to practice some fun and calming mindful games and activities with Sarah Glavin, LSCSW, Julia Grimm, LMLP-T, RYT-200 & Cathan Kabrelian.

When (use our calendar to register): 4th Tuesdays at 5:45 pm (no meeting in March)

Fees (click to purchase passes – become a member):

Once you’ve purchased your pass(es), use our calendar to register for the class(es) you wish to attend and email us us with the name and age of your child.

**No refunds are given on or after the day the class for which you are registered starts. Passes expire within one year of purchase


Intro to Mindfulness

We’re awake on one level, but on another we are merely sleep walking. Pulled by countless distractions, ruminating on the past, or worrying about the future – we’re often not really present in our lives. Mindfulness is a state of moment-by-moment non-conceptual awareness. As Jon Kabat-Zinn would say, the process of cultivating mindfulness is “advanced training in mobilizing deep inner resources for coping & healing”. The practices reconnect us with the innate ability to focus and shift attention, inhabit and feel at home in the body, and relate to difficulty with compassion and wisdom.

This four part experiential workshop for adults teaches the fundamentals of mindfulness and offers an introduction to many of the formal and informal practices. No previous experience with yoga or meditation is required. Instruction and guidance are provided in a number of practices, the attitudes of mindfulness are explored, and time for discussion is included. Participants are asked to bring a yoga mat for movement and reclining practices. If you have a favorite cushion for meditation you are welcome to bring it as well. Yoga mats, chairs and props are available for those who need them. If there is enough demand, this course can be offered concurrently online.

Upcoming Courses:

  • Four Mondays 7-9 pm April 6-27, 2020 with Certified MBCT Teacher Tracy Ochester, PsyD, RYT-200 and Tatiana Padron. Spanish language instruction is available as needed during this offering
  • Four Mondays 7-9 pm November 2-23, 2020 with Sarah Glavin, LMSW and Marla Herron, EdD

Fees: (once you’ve purchased your pass, use the calendar to register for the desired dates – become a member)

No refunds are given after the deadline for enrollment, which is one week prior to the start of the course. No makeup meetings are offered for missed classes. In the case of under-enrollment, the course will be cancelled and you will receive a full refund of the registration fee. No reimbursements will be provided for pre-arranged transportation, accommodations, or any other miscellaneous expenses.


iRest Yoga Nidra – 4-Week Intensive

This four week intensive version of the full iRest Yoga Nidra 8-week course teaches a form of meditation, based on ancient yogic wisdom, made accessible for modern day life. The practice strengthens parts of the brain that allow for greater insight and quiets parts that are responsible for distressing thoughts, feelings, urges, and sensations. Through regular practice, participants make space for wise responding to challenging situations, rather than emotionally reacting.

Upcoming Offerings:

  • Tuesdays July 7 – 28, 2020 from 7-9 pm with Sydney Spears, PhD at the Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness 11100 Ash Street Suite 103 Leawood, KS 66211 (deadline to enroll is one week before the start of the course – pre-registration is required because space is limited)

Yoga nidra is often called “the yoga of sleep”. There is only one posture – lying down. Participants are guided through the deepest forms of effortless yogic relaxation, inducing a meditative state somewhere between wakefulness and sleep. Studies have shown that yoga nidra may be a helpful complimentary approach for conditions such as post-traumatic stress, insomnia, anxiety, depression, addiction, and chronic pain. It can calm the nervous system, decrease emotional reactivity, and improve self-regulation.

Fees: (click the appropriate link below to purchase your pass)

Make-up classes and refunds are not available for missed classes in the series. Payment in full is due by the course deadline and there are no refunds after this date.


Mindful Eating: Nourishing Our Relationship with Food & Body

Mindful EatingMany of us (and many of those we care for) struggle with our relationship with food, eating, and body image. Learning to source, prepare, and consume our meals more mindfully can help us develop a friendliness towards the foods we eat and the body we nourish. This full day workshop teaches the principles of mindful eating through the three wisdom pathways of study, reflection, and practice. Angie Hardage, LMLP, Tracy Ochester, PsyD and Cathan Kabrelian will take you on an experiential journey toward healing your relationship with food and helping others to do so. A simple lunch will be provided for practicing the concepts and skills learned. Periods of gentle mindful movement will be incorporated into the day. This workshop is appropriate for the general public, but 6 CEs are also available for KS and MO licensed mental health professionals.

When: Saturday July 11, 2020 from 9 am – 3 pm

Fee (click to purchase your pass, then visit the calendar to register for the class):

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn and practice basic principles of mindful eating
  • Understand the benefits of mindful eating for health and wellbeing
  • Review the different types of hunger
  • Unpack the relationships among food, body, emotions, and the sense of “self”
  • Explore the concepts of body image flexibility, body vitality, and control as a problematic strategy maintaining body image dissatisfaction
  • Contrast a mindful approach with more traditional norms for healthful eating and body appearance
  • Harness the power of your nervous system to make peace with your relationships to food and body
  • Establish a plan for incorporating mindful eating and body image flexibility into daily living

Suggested Reading:

No refunds are given after the deadline for enrollment, which is one week prior to the start of the course. No makeup meetings are offered for missed classes. In the case of under-enrollment, the course will be cancelled and you will receive a full refund of the registration fee. No reimbursements will be provided for pre-arranged transportation, accommodations, or any other miscellaneous expenses.


Mindfulness & Stress Reduction for Men (MSRM): Wisdom in Action

Have you struggled with your role or identity as a man at work and/or within your close family or partner relationships? Do you criticize yourself in an overly harsh way? Do you find yourself demanding more and more of yourself? Are you running yourself down trying to ‘get it right’? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this 8-week program  designed especially for men may be helpful to you.

Men face a myriad of challenges that can negatively impact their health and well being, but tend to refrain from seeking help as a result of personal and societal barriers. The effects of male gender socialization, societal shifts in the areas of masculine roles, identities and expectations often conspire to prevent men from pursuing the very practices that can offer the greatest relief from suffering.

At the Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness, we believe there is a way to navigate life’s challenges in a more constructive and supportive manner than to react instinctively and often negatively to them. Perhaps we can actually thrive in the midst of pressures and challenges. As Jon Kabat-Zinn, creator of MBSR said, “…as long as you are breathing, there is more right with you than wrong with you, no matter what challenges you are facing”. Here are some ways some well known men in the US are are utilizing the powerful practices of mindfulness in their personal and professional lives:

  • Basketball coach Phil Jackson incorporated mindfulness meditation practice into his championship winning Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers training regimens.
  • Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan has practiced mindfulness for many years and wrote the book A Mindful Nation: How a Simple Practice Can Help Us Reduce Stress, Improve Performance, and Recapture the American Spirit
  • Broadcast journalist Dan Harris is a long time mindfulness and meditation practitioner who wrote 10% Happier and Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics. He says of mindfulness. “It has boosted my focus and productivity while also making me less emotionally reactive. I think it has also made me calmer, more patient and generally easier to be around.”

Mindfulness and self compassion aren’t qualities that most men are explicitly taught in childhood, however they are essential skills for all people to live happy and productive lives. In this class you will learn to cultivate greater emotional self-regulation, empathy and relational skills. During this 8-week course, we’ll draw from the latest research and best practices of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) and Emotional Intelligence to explore the causes of human distress, and offer pathways to relieving suffering through formal and informal mindfulness practices within the context of the contemporary male experience. The curriculum is informed by theories and practices from contemplative traditions, science, medicine, psychology and education. Each participant in the course will receive:

  • 20 total hours of instruction, which includes carefully sequenced mindfulness, self-compassion, and emotional intelligence exercises, guided meditations, and group discussions
  • Weekly handouts to reinforce the learning and provide support and reminders for home practice
  • Weekly home practice suggestions
  • Between session support from the teachers
  • Access to guided practice audio recordings

Upcoming Offerings:
Join us at the Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness for the following 2019 course offerings:

  • TBA 2021 with Erik Hulse & Sydney Spears, PhD. Deadline to enroll is one week before the program starts. A free initial screening with the teacher is required to make sure the program is right for you – call Erik Hulse at 913-609-2660 or Sydney Spears at 913-406-5176 to schedule.

Fees: (become a member)
$495 for non-members – purchase your pass here
$450 for members – purchase your pass here

Payment in full is required to reserve your spot and there are no refunds after the course deadline. In the unlikely event that the course is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of the registration fee, but refunds will not be provided for any pre-arranged transportation, accommodations or other miscellaneous expenses. The teachers maintain responsibility for the implementation and content of this course.


Mindful Communication 8-Week Course

Mindful Communication WaterfrontRelationships are some of the most important and highly valued aspects of our lives, yet they are also some of the most difficult and complicated. Communication is key to navigating these most precious of resources. Join Cathan Kabrelian, trained in Nonviolent Communication, Mindful Educator Essentials, and Mindful Communication, for this important set of teachings based on Oren Jay Sofer’s Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication and Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life: Life-Changing Tools for Healthy Relationships. People who practice mindful communication report greater authenticity in their communication, increased understanding, deepened connections, and improved conflict resolution. This workshop is appropriate for the general public, but up to 16 CEs are also available for KS and MO licensed mental health professionals.

When our communication supports compassionate giving and receiving, happiness replaces violence and grieving! – Marshall B. Rosenberg, PhD

When: Eight Mondays 7-9 pm August 10th – September 28th

Fees (click to purchase passes):

Agenda

  • Week 1 – Cultivating qualities of mindful presence and inner awareness for effective communication
  • Week 2 – Exploring how intention can be the most powerful and transformative ingredient in dialogue
  • Week 3 – Listening with inner stillness and a willingness to be changed by what we hear
  • Week 4 – Understanding the blame game and taking responsibility for feelings
  • Week 5 – Expressing oneself honestly, transforming judgments, and gaining resilience
  • Week 6 – Learning self-empathy and making requests instead of demands
  • Week 7 – Navigating the phases of difficult conversations
  • Week 8 – Staying grounded with strong emotions and noticing transformation

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the foundations of Mindful Communication and the components of focusing attention
  2. Practice methods for cultivating greater presence in conversations through the use of the “mindful pause” and bringing inner awareness to both listening and speaking
  3. Compare and contrast needs and strategies, empathic and non-empathic communication, observations and judgments, and requests and demands
  4. Demonstrate the ability to link feelings with underlying needs and transform judgments into observations
  5. Practice ways of calming the nervous system during conflict

No refunds are given after the deadline for enrollment, which is one week prior to the start of the course. No makeup meetings are offered for missed classes. In the case of under-enrollment, the course will be cancelled and you will receive a full refund of the registration fee. No reimbursements will be provided for pre-arranged transportation, accommodations, or any other miscellaneous expenses. Passes expire within one year of purchase


The Art of Precious Scars – Mindful Kintsugi

Art of Precious Scars Kintsugi 2We live in a throw away culture – one that chases perfection and sees brokenness as equal to worthlessness. The Japanese art of Kintsugi highlights beauty in imperfection, honors history, and accepts the inevitably of change. It embodies the Zen ideals of Wabi Sabi helping us to cultivate respect for humility, vulnerability and impermanence. This workshop will provide some background on the culture and philosophy behind this symbolic art form. The teachers will guide you through several brief meditations reflecting Wabi Sabi philosophy. Participants will be instructed in creating a unique piece of art out of a broken ceramic vessel they can take home to gift or to admire. Personal Kintsugi kits (up to 8 uses) are provided with the cost of the workshop. Participants must bring in their own broken vessel – we encourage you to bring something meaningful to you or that brings you aesthetic pleasure. Space is limited and pre-registration is required by the deadline so we can order your kit. No refunds will be provided after the deadline.

When: Sunday June 14, 2020 from 1 pm – 4 pm with Angie Hardage, LMLP & Tracy Ochester, PsyD

Fees: (click to purchase passes, then use the calendar to register for the desired class)

No refunds are given after the deadline for enrollment. In the case of under-enrollment, the course will be cancelled and you will receive a full refund. Passes expire within one year of purchase


Mindful Resilience: Facing Difficulty with Balance & Presence

Mindful ResilienceMindfulness and meditation have been hailed as significant moderators for stress reduction and increased well-being. Many of us find once we start practicing that we encounter more challenges than anticipated. The invitation of mindfulness is to open up to experience the full range of life’s experiences, including difficulties and challenges. In this three session workshop series, Deah Robinson will lead participants through a number of practices that can help us learn to turn towards suffering in a compassionate way so that we can make wise choices about how to best care for ourselves and others.

When: Three Saturdays from 2-4pm March 28, April 4 & April 11, 2020

Fees (click to purchase passes, then use the calendar to register for the desired series):

No refunds are given after the deadline for enrollment, which is one week prior to the start of the course. No makeup meetings are offered for missed classes. In the case of under-enrollment, the course will be cancelled and you will receive a full refund of the registration fee. No reimbursements will be provided for pre-arranged transportation, accommodations, or any other miscellaneous expenses. Passes expire within one year of purchase.


Mindfully Exploring the Meaning of Whiteness in American Society

Many of us who would check off the “White American” box in the racial categories section of the census have never had to intentionally explore what it means to be white in America. So in our racialized culture, white people are racial beings moving through life with very limited racial literacy. Mindfulness can help empower us all by expanding our racial perspective, helping us make more informed decisions that are in closer alignment with our deepest values, and changing our relationship to whiteness in service to the greater good. Through experiential exercises, guided meditations, and group discussion, we will mindfully explore:

  • the social construction of race and associated concepts
  • the history of racism in America
  • implicit bias and colorblind racism
  • the ongoing cultural, social and interpersonal effects of racism on human relationships, institutions/organizations, systems and the environment
  • strategies for breaking free from toxic socialization and connecting with the true nature of our histories, stories, and hearts
  • ways we can personally help build a more just and sustainable society

If by reading this class description you notice some strong feelings arising, know you are not alone – we invite you to adopt “curiosity mind” and take this opportunity to explore the reactivity that arises in a protected space with compassion, courage and presence. All experience levels in racial justice work and mindfulness meditation are welcome to attend. A vegetarian lunch will be provided. Although this program is suitable for the general public, up to 6 CEs are available for KS & MO licensed mental health professionals. Register Here

Teachers: Tracy Ochester, PsyD & Sydney Spears, PhD with Guest Speaker Sami Aaron of The Resilient Activist
Date & Time: Friday Nov 13, 2020 from 9 am – 4 pm
Fees (click to purchase passes, then use the calendar to register for the desired workshop):

No refunds are given after the deadline for enrollment, which is one week prior to the start of the course. No makeup meetings are offered for missed classes. In the case of under-enrollment, the course will be cancelled and you will receive a full refund of the registration fee. No reimbursements will be provided for pre-arranged transportation, accommodations, or any other miscellaneous expenses. Passes expire within one year of purchase.


Cultivating Creativity with MindfulnessCultivating Creativty

Research is demonstrating that mindfulness can enhance creativity through promoting psychological flexibility, enhancing spontaneity, and making space for insight. Mindfulness practitioners throughout the ages have created incredible works of art such as calligraphy, soulful poetry, intricate sand paintings, colorful thangkas, and flower arrangements. Learn to set aside self-judgment, foster self-trust, and express yourself wholeheartedly through the practice of mindful creation with these two unique workshops. Take one or both – each held on Saturdays from 10 am – noon.

Workshop #1: Mindful Sketching & Coloring June 27th with trained mindfulness teacher Julia Grimm, LMLP-T (deadline to enroll is June 13th) – participants will receive an original art booklet to take home with them containing images created by our teachers and community members for coloring and including blank pages for creating your own creations. The relationship between mindfulness and creativity will be explored and participants will be guided through the process of incorporating drawing and coloring into a mindfulness practice. Tips and strategies will be offered for continuing to cultivate creativity through mindfulness on your own after the workshop ends.

Workshop #2: Mindful Mandala Making July 25th with trained mindfulness teacher and graphic designer Pam Hausner (deadline to enroll is July 11th) – participants will receive a copy of the book Creating Mandalas: For Insight, Healing, and Self-Expression by Susanne F. Fincher. Some background information will be provided regarding the history and cultural significance of mandala making as well as its potential for healing and self-expression. Participants will be guided through the process of creating their own unique mandalas for coloring. All necessary materials will be provided.

Fees: (per workshop – click to purchase passes, then use the calendar to register for the desired class)

No refunds are given after the deadline for enrollment. In the case of under-enrollment, the course will be cancelled and you will receive a full refund of the registration fee. Passes expire within one year of purchase.


Ikebana: Art of Mindful Flower Arrangement

Ikebana Floral ArrangementIkebana, or mindful flower arrangement, is one of three classical Japanese arts of refinement and discipline. Emerging from a long tradition of appreciating native seasonal flowers and plants, several systems developed to bring these natural elements alive in their vases representing nature’s beauty and elements, communicating emotions and intentions without words, and uniting nature with humanity. All of Japan’s most celebrated generals were Ikebana masters because it provided them with valuable training, calming the mind, cultivating patience and acceptance, and facilitating clear decision making.

Join Cathan Kabrelian for this two hour workshop designed to help participants deepen their mindfulness and creativity through the practice of Ikebana. A variety of flowers and a simple vase will be included in the cost of the class, but you are also welcome to bring in your own materials if preferred. A brief history of the art form will be offered, you will be guided in meditative practices, and instructed in the design of a unique creation to take home with you or gift to a loved one.

When: Saturday May 2, 2020 from 1 – 3 pm (enrollment deadline April 17th)

Fees (click to purchase your pass, then visit the calendar to register for the class):

No refunds are given after the deadline for enrollment. In the case of under-enrollment, the course will be cancelled and you will receive a full refund of the registration fee. Passes expire within one year of purchase.


Mosaic Series: Breathing Space for Women

Mosaic SeriesJust as a mosaic is a beautiful masterpiece composed of many diverse and interesting parts, this four-session series brings together a variety of practices and perspectives to help women become the artisans of their own lives. It is designed to provide busy women with a hard stop on the calendar, a place to breathe, a community within which to find a voice, and the encouragement to trust what they hear. Collaborators are mindfully chosen by the facilitator to provide experiential learning of concepts that can be fleeting and hard to grasp in rhythm of daily life. Together they will help you pause and breathe, investigate new concepts with curiosity through personal exploration, and engage in self-study between sessions to bring together the masterpiece that is your life.

Four Fridays from 9 am – noon September 4 – December 4, 2020 at Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness 11100 Ash Street Suite 103, Leawood, KS 66211

The Journey

Session 1 – Embracing Your Space, Letting Go of Busy: What’s on the outside reflects what’s on the inside. When calendars, commitments and rushing around take the place of being right where you are, things get out of whack. Tapping into the quietness inside of you leads to clarity, peace, creativity and innovation. Trust me, YOU have quiet inside. Let’s find it together. Co-collaborators: Lisa Heston & Rachel Keck

Session 2 – Embracing Enough, Letting Go of Scarcity: Most of us keep a harried pace so we avoid our feelings of lack. We prove our worth, hustle for our value, and drown out the voice inside saying YOU ARE ENOUGH. Getting even a brief glimpse of that place of worthiness and love transforms how you see yourself and the world. The spiral of scarcity keeps the hustle in place. We’ll practice accessing our enough-ness so we can help others do the same. Co-collaborators: Carrie Glover & Rachel Keck

Session 3 – Embracing What You Want, Letting Go of Shoulds and Have Tos: What do you want? Why does it seem so elusive? We aren’t trained to listen deeply to ourselves. We’re trained to listen to the needs of others, especially as women. Our tendency is to get into the rhythm of others and lose the beat of our own hearts. Let’s explore what we want together; exploring what you want in community helps you differentiate your core motivation and see your own next steps more clearly. Co-collaborators: Anita Greenwood & Rachel Keck

Session 4 – Embracing Your Voice, Letting Go of Competition, Comparison and the Inner Critic: You know those moments you feel empowered, alive, on purpose and connected? That’s the big idea here. What if you brought your whole self to every moment? What if we practiced listening to our voices together? Many times, we are overwhelmed by one voice inside our heads rather than giving all voices equal influence. For some, the critic is the loud mouth. For others, their emotions feel super loud. All of these voices inform and have influence. Let’s practice integrating them together. Co-collaborators: Molly Kampf & Rachel Keck

Registration

Click to purchase your pass, then visit the calendar to register for the class or classes you wish to attend (Deadline is one week before each class or the series begins)**:

Your Guides

Collaborator: Rachel Keck has always been drawn to what connects and disconnects people both to themselves and to others. Her mission is to integrate more unknown, unconscious parts of her self each day and invite others to do the same. She believes this is the driving force of success. Rachel has spent her professional life in the world of small business in nearly every role from project manager to founder. Straight out of college, she joined a small, woman-owned business fulfilling government contracts for trade show and event planning. She then worked with dental practices supporting small business owners with practice management, training, hardware and software. Her experience has led to strengths in strategy, operations, people and emotional intelligence. She continues to be a learner, intentionally seeking ways to grow and expand herself, her business, her clients and their businesses. Rachel brings a strong curiosity and the ability to listen in a way that deepens understanding and grows awareness.

Collaborator: Lisa Heston is passionate about relationships, wholeness, and transformation. She has spent the last 20 years on her own growth journey, facilitating experiential seminars for a nonprofit, and most recently participating in a spiritual direction program. As a Spiritual Director, Lisa provides a safe, non-judgmental, loving environment for persons to grow in their faith and explore their spirituality. To Lisa, “grow in faith” means to gain trust of themselves and the Divine. “Exploring their Spirituality” by actively engaging their soul in life experiences. Lisa enjoys spending time with family, friends, traveling, and being in the ocean.

Collaborator: Carrie Glover’s passion is coming alongside clients who have experienced trauma, wounding, disconnection from identity, major life changes, grief, and relationship difficulties. She is honored to sit with client’s as they wrestle with some of the difficulties created by the human experience. Carrie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the state of Kansas with experience working with individuals, families, and couples. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their two children, meaningful conversations with friends and family, reading, fishing, hiking, playing the piano, exploring the beautiful city of Kansas City… among other things this beautiful life has to offer.

Collaborator: Anita Greenwood is a former Fortune 500 Sales and Marketing executive whose career spans London, Paris, New York and Kansas. She followed her passion, when in 2015, she left her successful corporate career to create Bridges and Wings, her Wichita-based firm. Bridges and Wings offers top-level coaching to women globally, who seek to lead authentically, achieve both professional and personal success, while avoiding overwhelm and burnout. Anita specializes in helping mid-to-senior level women gain clarity, direction and personal power when navigating high stress situations and has extensive global experience in male-dominated and multi-cultural work environments. Anita is a strong believer in the infinite potential of all women to power-up their career and life no matter where they start. She is a passionate advocate for survivors of domestic violence and trauma, a volunteer for the Wichita Women’s Initiative Network and Hope Ranch for Women, and actively supports Kids Alive in Haiti-where she built a house, a school, and coaches teenage orphans and sponsors a child. Anita is an ICF (International Coach Federation) Credentialed Career and Executive coach and one of only 5 “Amazing Career” certified coaches worldwide and a Kansas Leadership Center certified “Level II Leadership” coach. After years of global travel, Anita is delighted to call Kansas home and cherishes every moment she spends with her two teenage daughters, 12-year-old son, and two dogs.

Collaborator: Molly Kampf is the founder and teacher at Kansas City Alexander Technique and is a dance theater artist. Molly’s teachings are based in the Alexander Technique while drawing from a number of disciplines including Body-Mind Centering®, Contemporary Dance, Developmental Movement, Improvisation, Meditation and Roy Hart voice studies. Over the past 15 years, Molly has taught at many locations and universities including Interlochen Center for the Arts, Central Michigan University, Saginaw Valley State University and has presented at the Freedom to ACT Conference (NYC). She has performed, worked and facilitated in Colorado, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, New York and Philadelphia. She also specializes in artist business; and has worked for esteemed master teachers Barbara Dilley, Bruce Fertman, Leeny Sack, and Martha Hansen Fertman. Molly has a MFA in Contemporary Performance from Naropa University, a BFA in Modern Dance from Temple University, holds a teaching certificate in the Alexander Technique from the Philadelphia Alexander Alliance and is certified through Alexander Technique International.

**No refunds are given after the deadline for enrollment. In the case of under-enrollment, the course will be cancelled and you will receive a full refund of the registration fee. Passes expire within one year of purchase.


Mindfulness of Touch Workshop


Exploring the Amazing Power of Mindful Touch

Remarkably, the largest organ of the human body is the skin, which is directly connected to the activation of our nervous system that regulates the stress response. A vital part of caring for our skin is through the power of touch, because we all have an innate, natural need for caring physical contact throughout our lifespan. However, we live in world that tends to create and maintain nervous system imbalances of high reactivity and chronic stress. This can rob us of our ability to attend to our deep need for soothing touch, which can be very useful in bringing our bodily systems back to balance. The benefits of both mindfulness and touch have been well studied and can bring greater health and wellbeing to our lives. Experiencing respectful mindful touch can activate the nervous system in ways that can generate a greater sense of presence, soothing and connectedness, reduce discomfort and pain, and decrease symptoms of depression and anxiety.

So, what happens when we use touch as a mindfulness practice? Mindfulness teacher Sydney Spears , PhD and licensed massage therapist Brooke Taylor, LMT will be offering this unique, experiential workshop to support your exploration of this question. You will be guided individually in various types of mindful self-compassionate touch and in pairs with a partner of your choice in simple, mindful-massage techniques. Please know that this invitation is about bringing more attention, curiosity and awareness to the potential benefits of safe and appropriate touch. Throughout this experience you will also practice cultivating more mindful presence and connection to your body by deepening your awareness of the array of sensations that can occur within.

No experience with meditation or massage is necessary, But we recommend wearing clothing that allows for movement, as well as attending with a friend or partner you are comfortable sharing touch with. All massage techniques will be explored over clothing. You may bring a yoga mat or blanket to use for the massage, or MAM has a limited number to offer as well.

When: Saturday November 7th from 1-3 pm (enrollment deadline Nov. 1)

Fees (click to purchase your passes, then visit the calendar to register for the class):

No refunds are given after the deadline for enrollment. In the case of under-enrollment, the course will be cancelled and you will receive a full refund of the registration fee. Passes expire within one year of purchase.


Creating a Life of Vitality – Increasing Psychological Flexibility and Emotional Agility (ACT 8-Week Course)

Creating a life of vitalityAcceptance and commitment training (ACT) is an evidence-based, cutting-edge paradigm that corresponds with increased quality of life and decreased prevalence of a variety of problems in living, including stress, anxiety, depression, and substance use. Join Angie Hardage, LMLP for this 8-part series to learn in-depth this mindfulness-based approach to increasing wellness, decreasing suffering, and creating a life of vitality, meaning and purpose. Participants will learn how to observe and describe difficult thoughts, feelings, urges, and sensations with curiosity and compassion, while taking effective and committed action in service of intrinsic values. The primary target of ACT is cultivating the skill of psychological flexibility, a concept that is correlated with decreases in psychological symptoms and distress and with increased quality of life.

Each class includes a combination of didactic and experiential learning and will also address 1) barriers that make it difficult to “do the know,” and 2) specific examples of how participants can translate the material into their daily personal and professional lives. Participants will create their own customized ACT Toolkit to support their continued integration of their learning into their activities of daily living.

In this 8-week course you will:

  • Explore the utility of utilizing ACT in the face of self-criticism, self-judgment, and internalized shame
  • Relate the ACT model to the four emotion system
  • Explore the synergy of ACT and self-compassion in service of increasing psychological flexibility
  • Develop core strategies for applying the ACT model and compassionate perspective taking to effectively respond to shame and self-criticism/self-judgment
  • Explore common “stuck points” when beginning to apply ACT strategies
  • Create your own ACT toolkit

When: 8 Wednesdays from 7-9 pm Starting August 5th, 2020 (enrollment deadline Friday July 24th)

Fees: (click to purchase your pass by the enrollment deadline, then visit the calendar to register for the course):

**No refunds on or after the enrollment deadline. No makeup classes will be offered for missed classes. In the case of under-enrollment, the course will be cancelled and you will receive a full refund of the registration fee. Passes expire within one year of purchase.