Mindfulness Practice Communities

Jesse Class 8_2018The Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness (MAM) values a diverse community, champions equity and inclusion, and understands the importance of practicing together. We offer regular mindfulness practice meetings, including both general community and affinity groups, in Leawood, KS and online. Many of these practice opportunities are FREE to our members. These classes are designed to offer an opportunity to start, build, maintain or deepen a practice and connect with like-minded individuals. The best way to browse our offerings is to use our online calendar.


Purchase Passes

Our intention is to make these offerings accessible to any person who would like to attend. Those who can contribute more help sustain the community. Once you’ve purchased your passes, please visit the calendar to preregister to save your spot:

*Except for first responders, 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. Passes expire within one year of purchase date

Wear comfortable clothing and feel free to bring your own cushion and yoga mat (we have some spares to share as well as folding chairs if you’d like to be up off the ground). Please arrive at least five minutes early for class. Our inner suite is locked for privacy and/or 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.


2020 Recurring Class Schedule

Recurring Class Calendar


General Community Practice Meeting

Community Practice MeetingMAM offers weekly practice meetings guided by trained mindfulness teachers. A variety of guided practices and teachings are offered and time is set aside for discussion. Absolute beginners and more advanced practitioners alike are welcomed. Your first visit with us is FREE – we just ask that you please please preregister to save your spot and sign the waiver form online. FREE to members – nonmembers purchase passes here.

When:

  • On Site: Thursdays 7 – 8 pm
  • Online: Sundays 7 -8 pm 

Advanced Community Practice Meeting

This community practice meeting is for people who have an established mindfulness practice and are looking for longer periods of silence with minimal guidance. We will sit for 30-40 minutes and then engage in group discussion. FREE to members – nonmembers purchase passes here. Please also visit the calendar to preregister to save your spot.

When: Starts in 2020! Third Tuesdays from 5:45 – 6:45 pm


Mindful Relationships Practice Meeting

Bring greater mindfulness to your interpersonal world. Relationships are some of the most important and highly valued aspects of our lives, yet they are often difficult and complicated. Mindful connection and communication are key to enhancing our relationships by helping us navigate difficult conversations and challenging emotions. This monthly mindfulness practice, led by Cathan Kabrelian, can help participants deepen connections by leading with presence, focusing on what truly matters, and shifting towards empathy and compassion for self and others. Dyadic and small breakout group exercises and practices will be a highlight of these meetings. All are welcome, including beginner to advanced mindfulness practitioners – please visit the calendar to preregister to save your spot. FREE to members – nonmembers purchase passes here.

When: Starts in 2020! Fourth Mondays from 5:45 – 6:45 pm


Community of Color Practice Meeting

MAM’s Community of Color offers a protected space of ease and support for people of color to practice mindfulness together and cultivate inner freedom. Sydney Spears, PhD and Deah Robinson lead participants in a variety of mindfulness practices and discussion. Absolute beginners and more advanced practitioners alike are welcomed. Your first visit with us is FREE – we just ask that you please please preregister to save your spot and sign the waiver form online. FREE to members – nonmembers purchase passes here.

When: 2nd Mondays 5:45 – 6:45 pm through 2019

  • 2020: 2nd Tuesdays 5:45 – 6:45 pm

LGBTQIA+ Community Practice Meeting

LGBTQ Community.jpgMAM’s LGBTQIA+ Community practice meeting offers a protected space of ease and support for people across the sexuality and gender identity spectrum to practice mindfulness together and cultivate inner freedom. Angela Caruso-Yahne & Deah Robinson lead participants in a variety of mindfulness practices and discussion.Absolute beginners and more advanced practitioners alike are welcomed. Your first visit with us is FREE – we just ask that you please please preregister to save your spot and sign the waiver form online. FREE to members – nonmembers purchase passes here.

When: 2nd Fridays from 5:45- 6:45 pm


Comunidad de Mindfulness

Comunidad de MindfulnessDo you identify as Latinx or Hispanic and would like to practice mindfulness and meditate with your community? The Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness offers a monthly practice meeting just for you – and Spanish language instruction is available! Join mindfulness teacher and native Spanish speaker Tatiana Padrón Perich on the first Tuesday of each month at 5:45 pm for an hour of inner exploration and resilience building (purchase a pass).

¿Te identificas como Latino o Hispano y te gustaría practicar Mindfulness y meditar con tu comunidad? Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness ofrece prácticas mensuales solo para ti, y las meditaciones en español están disponibles. Únete con Tatiana Padron Perich, nuestra instructora de Mindfulness quien ofrece las clases en español e inglés el primer martes de cada mes, a las 5:45 PM para exploración interna y resiliencia (comprar una pase).

When (Cuando): 2020: 1st Tuesdays (primeros Martes) 5:45- 6:45 pm


Virtual Community Practice Meeting

Virtual Practice CommunityWhile onsite attendance is encouraged (due to the unique and powerful benefits of in-person group practice), we realize that this is not possible for everyone. Our goal is to make these concepts and practices available to anyone who wants them in their lives. Therefore we are pleased to offer a weekly online mindfulness practice meeting led by a rotating group of trained mindfulness teachers. Absolute beginners and more advanced practitioners alike are welcomed. Your first visit with us is FREE. Read more about what to expect from online offerings here. FREE to members – nonmembers purchase passes here.

When: Sundays at 7-8 pm via Zoom through 2019

  • 2020: 4th Sundays at 7-8 pm via Zoom

Once you are paid and registered for a meeting, instructions for attending the meeting will be emailed to you.


First Responders2First Responders Practice Meeting

This practice meeting is specifically tailored to the unique experiences and needs of first responders including active and retired law enforcement officers, firefighters, military personnel, EMT/paramedics and dispatchers. First responders are exposed to critical incidents and chronic stressors that contribute to a higher prevalence of negative health outcomes compared to other occupations. Psychological resilience, a learnable process of positive adaptation to stress, has been identified as a protective factor against the negative impact of burnout. Research is showing that mindfulness training can be an effective approach to preventing and reducing negative health outcomes. Mindfulness practices have been demonstrated in the research to:

  • Increase resilience and emotion regulation
  • Enhance attention, focus and alertness
  • Reduce the effects of stress
  • Decrease symptoms of depression and anxiety
  • Improve sleep patterns
  • Aid in better decision-making amidst chaos

We offer this practice community on an “on demand” basis – please contact retired police officer and trained mindfulness teacher Erik Hulse if you are interested. FREE to members – nonmembers purchase passes here.

Please bring your badge or commission card with you to your first class. Due to the unpredictable nature of first responder schedules, our cancellation policy doesn’t apply to this class and last minute cancellations will not be penalized.


Inner Revolutionaries Practice Group

A teacher led group of particularly passionate folks in our community who truly wish to embody a mindful revolution from the inside out, doing the difficult, inner work of the heart so that we can be the change we want to see in the world. This group is meant to complement and deepen a mindfulness practice (including our weekly practice meetings).

Our rotating schedule of trained mindfulness teachers join participants in tending the “inner garden”, preparing and maintaining fertile ground for cultivating the seeds of social justice and world peace. This is accomplished through a triad of reading/listening, practice, and reflection.

When: Various dates through 2019 from 5:45 pm – 7:15 pm in Leawood (use our calendar to register)

Fees (click to purchase a pass):

*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.

Each session introduces a timely topic addressing some of the most pressing social issues of our time or one of the more paradoxical/culturally radical aspects of mindfulness practice. Guided practices, supportive resources, and facilitated “truth sharing” will be offered. Opportunities for practice between sessions will also be suggested.

2019 Meeting Schedule – Use our calendar to pre-register for the meetings you plan to attend (topics are subject to change depending upon what is happening in the world. Suggested resources are optional and not necessary for participation):

  • Dec 2: Love Warriors – Mindful Social Activism with Angie Hardage, LMLP (suggested resources:  Relational Mindfulness: A Handbook for Deepening Our Connections with Ourselves, Each Other, and the Planet by Deborah Tull, Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society by Thich Nhat Hahn, and Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness:  Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing by David Treleaven and Willoughby Britton)
  • Dec 10: Threats to Compassion with Shelby Clark, LSCSW (suggested resources: The Places that Scare You by Pema Chodron & Standing at the Edge by Joan Halifax)

MAM membership offers many benefits beyond the recurring practice meetings. Visit our membership page to connect with our growing community of mindfulness professionals and practitioners. You can also join us online on Facebook.

It is said that geese fly together in formation and that the lead goose makes the flying easier for the others, and each goose in front of the other also helps the geese behind – and they all take turns. I think [a practice community] is a lot like that – when we sit together, our presence together creates a slipstream for others – to support their practice and our practice together. It is mutually beneficial – and a field seems to be created… it’s palpable. Imagine aligning all of our energetic focus – that has to do something to the energy within a room…  – Anonymous Commenter