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
- Soundscape Meditation with Amado Espinoza December 8, 2019
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Peace Meditation January 21, 2020
- 2nd MAMiversary Celebration – January 31, 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.
- Thanksgiving Day Thu Nov 28th from 9-9:30 am with Tracy Ochester, PsyD
- Christmas Eve Tue Dec 24th from 5-5:30 with Aimee Eckhardt
- Christmas Day Wed Dec 25th from 9-9:30 am with Tracy Ochester, PsyD
- Valentine’s Day Friday Feb 14th from 12-12:30 pm with Tracy Ochester, PsyD
A Holiday Gift from MAM to Our Members
As a thank you to our beloved members, we are offering you a FREE special sound meditation event with the talented Amado Espinoza. Amado was born in Cochabamba, Bolivia and moved to Kansas City in 2014. He is musical director of the Latin American band, Ayllu, a past Charlotte St. Foundation Performing Arts Fellow, and recipient of an ArtsKC inspiration grant. Amado has dedicated himself to the investigation, recuperation, interpretation, and construction of native instruments from different parts of the world. Says Espinoza, “I travel through my music. Through these instruments, and the quality of the sounds that they can produce, [I am transported] to landscapes that I have never seen in this lifetime… We can cross time and space together.” Enjoy a relaxing end to your weekend meditating to the indigenous sounds of this local musical talent. Photos and video may be taken at this event – your attendance indicates your permission for this.
When: Sunday December 8th, 2019 from 5-6 pm
Where: Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness 11100 Ash Street Suite 103 Leawood, KS 66211
Fees (click to register/purchase):
Space is limited, so pre-registration is required to guarantee your spot. Please bring a meditation cushion if you have one. We will also have a limited supply of folding chairs and meditation cushions onsite.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day World Peace Meditation
Dr. Sydney Spears will lead us in a meditation for world peace in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This is a donation based event and all contributions will go to Uzazi Village, a Kansas City non-profit dedicated to improving health inequities in our community with models of care that can be community supported and sustained and replicated throughout the country. Photos and video may be taken at this event – your attendance indicates your permission for this.
When: Monday January 20, 2020 5:45 – 6:45 pm (Register Here)
Its Our MAMiversary!
We’re turning 2! Come celebrate with us – there will be cupcakes. 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 many cupcakes to bring – 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may choose your experience to share online with everyone!