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
- FREE Intro to Mindful Self-Compassion – February 15, 2020
- FREE Mindfulness Seminar – various dates
- 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)
FREE Intro to Mindful Self-Compassion
This FREE introductory two- hour session is designed to introduce participants to Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), the revolutionary program developed by Drs. Kristin Neff & Christopher Germer. The MSC program teaches participants how to tame the harsh, inner self-critic and approach themselves with kindness and care. Research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional wellbeing, boosts happiness, reduces anxiety and depression, and can even help maintain healthy lifestyle habits such as diet and exercise. This introductory session is offered to help you decide whether MSC might be a good fit for you. Time for Q & A is built into the session. Anyone who completes this session can take 20% off the next MSC offering if they register before the deadline Feb 28th.
When: Saturday February 15, 2020 from 9am – 11am with Sydney Spears, PhD (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
FREE Mindfulness Seminar
Curious about mindfulness? In an effort to reach people who may otherwise not be exposed to the concepts and practices, we are offering a set of seminars FREE to anyone new to the Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness (those who have never attended any of our classes or events). Each seminar is led by trained mindfulness teachers and will include a review of the science, guidance through a sampling of practices, and an opportunity to ask questions.
Offered Sundays from 2-4 pm, these seminars will be video recorded to share with others. Your attendance indicates your permission for us to freely share your image and voice. Pre-registration is required as space is limited – click the seminar that most suits your interest or your schedule to register:
- March 29: What is Mindfulness & How Can It Help Me? with Erik Hulse & Tracy Ochester, PsyD at Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness, Leawood
- May 31: What is Mindfulness & How Can It Help My Relationships? with Cathan Kabrelian & Tatiana Padron (Spanish language guidance available as needed) at Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness, Leawood
- July 26: What is Mindfulness & How Can It Change the World? with Angela Caruso-Yahne, CCISM, CTSS & Julia Grimm, LMLP-T at Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness, Leawood
- July 26: Mindfulness for People of Color with Sydney Spears, PhD & Deah Robinson at Inner Space Yoga, KCMO
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!