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. Having trouble sustaining a personal practice? Many of our classes can contribute to participation in our Annual Meditation Challenge.


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, LMSW Tuesday July 16th and 30th from 7-8 pm.

Fees (click to purchase passes):

Once you’ve purchased your pass(es), email us with the date(s) you wish to attend and we will get you registered.

**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.

Upcoming Courses:

  • Four Wednesdays 7-9 pm November 4-25, 2019 in the Peace Pod with trained MBSR teacher Erik Hulse and Certified MBCT Teacher Tracy Ochester, PsyD, RYT-200 (this is a hybrid course with an online option for those who cannot attend on site – read important information about our online offerings here) Register Here

Once you’ve registered for the course you wish to attend, please purchase your pass below:

Fees:
$80 members
$160 non-members

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 unlikely event that the course is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of the registration fee, but you will not be reimbursed for pre-arranged transportation, accommodations, or any other miscellaneous expenses. 


Four Attitudes of Love

The Four Attitudes of Love: Cultivating Sublime States of Mind

Lovingkindness, Compassion, Appreciative Joy and Equanimity are four beneficial and interconnected states of mind that can be cultivated with practice. Each class will offer a teaching and a guided meditation themed on one of these four attitudes. Research suggests that a subset of these practices are associated with increased positive and  decreased negative mood states, reduced stress-induced subjective distress and immune response, and enhanced activation of brain areas involved in emotional processing and empathy.

When: Join trained mindfulness teachers Tracy Ochester, PsyD, RYT-200, Aimee Eckhardt  & Erik Hulse the following Wednesdays from 5:45-6:45 PM:

  • August 7, 2019 Lovingkindness – Erik
  • August 14, 2019 Compassion – Tracy
  • August 21, 2019 Appreciative Joy – Tracy
  • August 28, 2019 Equanimity – Aimee

Fees (click to purchase):

Once your purchase your pass(es), please visit the calendar to preregister to save your spot. Wear comfortable clothing and feel free to bring your own cushion – we have some spares to share as well as folding chairs if you’d like to be up off the ground. The interior office area is kept locked for privacy and security reasons. So, if you arrive late and class has already started, the facilitator may not hear you to let you in. Arriving early also allows time to set up a cozy spot with any equipment and props you might need to be comfortable before the class begins.

*No refunds are given on the day of the class for which you are registered. You must cancel before the day of the class if you would like to use your pass on another date.


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:

  • 8 Tuesday evenings from 7-9 pm starting October 1, 2019 + half day retreat Nov. 9th from 9 am – 1 pm 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:
$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.