The Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness occasionally offers special events for our community. Check out our calendar to see what’s upcoming.
- Holiday Healing Virtual Mindfulness Gathering – selected holidays
- 2nd MAMiversary Celebration – January 31, 2020
- FREE Intro to MBSR – February 1, 2020
- FREE Mindful Town Hall Meeting April 23, 2020
- Self-Compassion Seminar with Chris Germer & Kristin Neff April 23, 2020
- Mindful Meal Collaborative – ongoing
- Mindful Acts of Kindness TBA
Holiday Healing Virtual Mindfulness Gathering
Holidays can be difficult for many of us. They come with an expectation of connecting with loved ones and sharing feelings of joy. For those of us who are under great stress, have experienced a loss, are estranged from or in conflict with family or friends, are far from home, or just not in a frame of mind for celebration, we can feel especially isolated, lonely or stressed out during these times. Join our trained mindfulness teachers for a half hour virtual mindfulness practice designed to provide connection, calm and self-compassion to help get you through your day. Absolute beginners and more advanced practitioners alike are welcomed. Use our calendar to register for the class(es) you wish to attend. Once you’ve registered for a meeting and signed the online waiver, instructions for attending the meeting will be emailed to you.
- FREE Valentine’s Day Friday Feb 14th from 12-12:30 pm with Tracy Ochester, PsyD (Use our calendar to register)
Its Our MAMiversary!
We’re turning 2! Come celebrate with us – there will be cake 🎂 If you’re new to MAM we’d love to show you around and introduce you to our teachers. If you’ve been on this journey with us for a while, we’d love to mark this special milestone with you. Photos and video may be taken at this event – your attendance indicates your permission for this.
When: Friday January 31, 2020 from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Pre-registration is required so we know how big to make the cake – register here
FREE Intro to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
This FREE introductory two- hour session is designed to introduce participants to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), the revolutionary program developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center by Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn. MBSR provides intensive training in mindful awareness practices to address issues that arise from dealing with chronic illness, pain and everyday life stresses. Participants cultivate mindfulness skills and explore common and unique life-challenges within a safe, supportive group learning environment. This introductory session is offered to help you decide whether MBSR might be a good fit for you. Time for Q & A is built into the session.
When: Saturday February 1, 2020 from 10am – noon with Erik Hulse (Pre-registration is required – register here)
If there is a waiting list for this session, please still sign up. There may be late cancellations, so you may still get a spot. If the waiting list gets large enough, we will schedule an additional offering.
Mindful Town Hall Meeting
Calling all curious observers, hesitant hopefuls, and cautious skeptics! Our mindful town hall meeting provides an opportunity for members of the Kansas City community to make your voices heard. Our trained mindfulness teachers and some experienced mindfulness practitioners will be gathering at Delta Athenaeum 900 E. Linwood Boulevard KCMO to hear about your most pressing concerns and needs and answer any questions you have about how mindfulness might be one useful tool among many to add to your resilience toolbox. Light refreshments will be provided.
When: Thursday April 23, 2020 from 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Preregistration is requested, but not required (register here)
Save the date! Kristin Neff, PhD and Christopher K. Germer, PhD, founders of the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion and developers of the empirically supported Mindful Self-Compassion program have generously offered to provide the Kansas City community with a FREE seminar on self-compassion! This particular seminar will focus on self-compassion as it relates to diversity and inclusion. Photos and video may be taken at this event – your attendance indicates your permission for this. Pre-registration is required as space is limited – register here.
When: April 23, 2020 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Delta Athenaeum 900 E. Linwood Boulevard, Kansas City, MO 64109
Drs Neff & Germer are also presenting their Mindful Self-Compassion Core Skills Workshop on April 24 & 25. A minimum enrollment must be met for the paid workshop in order to bring them to Kansas City for this free event.
Mindful Acts of Kindness
Gather with the Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness (MAM) Community to send some kindness where it’s needed most. This FREE event is focused on cultivating the most benevolent of mindful attitudes such as compassion, lovingkindness, appreciative joy, equanimity, gratitude and generosity. Developing these qualities within ourselves creates a ripple effect that spreads far and wide. Together we can change the world! Any cash donations participants might like to offer will go to a local philanthropic organization of the teacher’s choosing. Bring your own cushion if possible as we have limited supplies – folding chairs are also available. Space is limited so pre-registration is required. Photos and video may be taken at this event – your attendance indicates your permission for this.
- Next event TBA
Mindful Meal Collaborative
We invite you to become a more mindful consumer through our Mindful Meal Collaborative! Mindful eating and food preparation is a wonderful practice to take into our daily lives. We are inviting folks in our community to set aside some time to prepare and eat one meal mindfully, maybe giving a nod to the environment, personal and family health and wellbeing, non-harming of sentient beings, and/or the practicalities of daily life. Take some photos, include a recipe, and tell about your experience at email@example.com and we may choose your experience to share online with everyone!