The Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness (MAM) values community and understands the importance of practicing together. We offer weekly mindfulness practice meetings, some of which 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.
- General Community Mindfulness Practice Meetings Thursdays 7 pm
- Community of Color Mindfulness Practice Meetings Mondays 7 pm (starts Nov 4)
- First Responders Mindfulness Practice Meetings Fridays 5:45 pm (starts July 19th)
- Mindful Attitude Adjustment Tuesdays (except 2nd) 5:45 pm
- Inner Revolutionaries 2nd Tuesdays 5:45 pm
- Recovery Friendly Ashtanga Yoga Thursdays 5:45 pm
- Qigong Mondays 5:45 pm
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
Community Mindfulness Practice Meetings
MAM offers weekly practice meetings guided by trained mindfulness teachers. Gentle mindful movement and a variety of guided meditations and stillness practices are offered. Participants are invited to wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat and meditation cushion. Props, folding chairs and a limited supply of mats are also available on location.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.
When: Thursdays 7 – 8 pm
Fees (click to purchase):
- FREE to members (membership is as low as $15 per month)
- Nonmember single drop-in = $10
- Nonmember 10-class pass = $90
After you purchase your passes, please visit the calendar to preregister to save your spot. Please arrive at least five minutes early for class. 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. Remember, no refunds are provided for missed classes. 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.
Community of Color Practice Meetings
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 Tatiana Padron Perich lead participants in a variety of mindfulness practices and discussion. Spanish language instruction is available during Tatiana’s classes.
When – Starts November 4, 2019! Mondays from 7-8 pm. Visit the calendar to preregister to save your spot.
Fees – Our intention is to make these offerings accessible to any person of color who would like to attend. Those who can contribute more help sustain the community:
- MAM Members = FREE (become a member for as little as $15 per month)
- Accessibility Single Class Pass for Non-Member = $1 (this pass will also work for our General Community and First Responders Practice Meetings as well as Leawood Recovery Friendly Ashtanga Yoga)
- Sustaining Fee for non-members = $10
- Sustaining 10-class pass for non-members = $90
First Responders Mindfulness 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
When: Join retired police officer and trained mindfulness teacher Erik Hulse Fridays (beginning July 19) from 5:45-6:45 PM
Fees (click to purchase):
- MAM Members = FREE (become a member for as little as $15 per month)
- Single Class Pass for non-members = $10
- 10-class pass for non-members = $90
- Accessibility Single Class Pass for Non-Member = $1 (this pass is meant for people with extreme financial hardships and will also work for our General Community, Community of Color Mindfulness Practice Meetings as well as Leawood Recovery Friendly Ashtanga Yoga)
Once your purchase your pass(es), please visit the calendar to preregister to save your spot.
Please bring your badge or commission card with you to your first class and arrive at least five minutes early. 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). 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.
*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. Passes expire within one year of purchase date.
Mindful Attitude Adjustment
Time for an attitude adjustment! A rotating group of mindfulness teachers will offer a guided mindfulness practice themed on one of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s attitudes of mindfulness. Then we will discuss practical applications and relevance to everyday living.
- Every Tuesday of the month at 5:45 pm except 2nd Tuesdays (Inner Revolutionaries) – use our calendar to register
Cultivating the interconnected attitudes of mindfulness helps to strengthen our mindfulness practice, which, in turn, enhances wellbeing. We can create fertile ground in which mindfulness can best grow by setting an intention to think, feel and behave in particular ways. Purchase your pass(es), then use our calendar to register for the dates you’d like to attend.
Fees (click to purchase passes – save by becoming a member for as low as $15 mo)
- $5 per class for members
- $25 for a 6-class pass for members
- $10 per class for non-members
- $55 for a 6-class pass for non-members
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).
- 2nd Tuesdays 5:45 pm – 7:15 pm (use our calendar to register)
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.
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):
- Aug 13: No Class
- Sep 10: Radical Compassion – Love Without Discrimination or Attachment with Tracy Ochester, PsyD, RYT-200 (suggested resources: Loving-kindness – The Revolutionary Art of Happiness -and- Real Love-The Art of Mindful Connection by Sharon Salzberg, Headstuck – What is Experiential Avoidance)
- Oct 8: Mindful Communication with Tracy Ochester, PsyD (suggested resources: Nonviolent Communication by Marshall B Rosenberg, Metta Center 30-Days of Non-Violence online course, Non-Violent Communication: A Language of Life)
- Nov 12: 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.