Practicing together as a community helps provide the support and accountability needed to sustain a dedicated mindfulness practice. This is why we offer a variety of regular mindfulness practice meetings, including both general community and affinity groups, in Leawood, KS, in the Crossroads, KCMO, 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
In light of the pandemic, all of our classes will be offered online until further notice. Register for the class you wish to participate in and, if its not a free class, purchase your pass. The Zoom link will be provided for you in your registration confirmation.
- General Community Mindfulness Practice Meeting in Leawood Thursdays & KCMO Mondays
- Advanced Community Mindfulness Practice Meeting 3rd Tuesdays 5:45pm
- Mindful Relationships Practice Meeting 4th Mondays 5:45 pm
- Community of Color Mindfulness Practice Meeting 2nd Tuesdays 5:45pm
- Comunidad Virtual de Mindfulness
- LGBTQIA+ Community Mindfulness Practice Meeting 2nd Fridays 5:45pm
- Comunidad de Mindfulness Practice Meeting 1st Tuesdays 5:45pm
- Virtual Mindfulness Cafe Practice Meeting Wednesdays at noon
- First Responders Mindfulness Practice Meeting by demand
- Chai & Chat Fellowship Hour after selected practice meetings
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:
- MAM Members = FREE (become a member for as little as $15 per month)
- Community Practice Non-Member Sustaining Single Class Pass = $10
- Community Practice Non-Member Sustaining 10-class pass = $90
- Non-Member Accessibility Single Class Pass (extreme financial hardship) = $1
*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
General Community Practice Meeting
MAM 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. On 2nd Thursdays we invite practice meeting participants to stay for our Chai & Chat Fellowship Hour to share decaf chai tea and conversation from 8-9 pm.
- KCMO: Online only during the pandemic Mondays 7-8 pm
- Leawood: Thursdays 7 – 8 pm
- Online: 4th 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 and people visiting us for the very first time – nonmembers purchase passes here. Please also visit the calendar to preregister to save your spot.
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 and people visiting us for the very first time – nonmembers purchase passes here. After class when the space is free, we invite mindful relationships participants to stay for our Chai & Chat Fellowship Hour to share decaf chai tea and conversation from 6:45 – 7:45 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 and people visiting us for the very first time – nonmembers purchase passes here.
LGBTQIA+ Community Practice Meeting
MAM’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 and people visiting us for the very first time – nonmembers purchase passes here.
Comunidad de Mindfulness
Do 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, then use our calendar to register).
¿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, luego usa nuestro calendario para registrarte).
Comunidad Virtual de Mindfulness (en Español)
Comparte con la comunidad virtual una hora de Meditación Consciente. Únete a Tatiana Padron Perich, Coach Ontologico y facilitadora de Mindfulness para una reunión de práctica virtual.
- Lunes 30 Marzo 1:00 pm – En esta meditación nos enfocaremos en trabajar las emociones. A través de la respiración y reconocimiento de nuestras sensaciones iniciaremos juntos un ejercicio guiado – RAIN- en donde aprenderemos a reconocer y validar nuestras emociones. (comprar una pase, luego usa nuestro calendario para registrarte). Sur America y Centro America: exento de tarifas.
- Miercoles 01 Abril 1:00 pm – Tómate un descanso y suavemente “vuelve a casa” con esta experiencia de meditación de atención plena virtual guiada por Tatiana Padrón Perich, Coach Ontologico y Facilitadora de Mindfulness. Únete a nosotros para una nutritiva práctica comunitaria de 1 hora. Crearemos un espacio en el que puedas dejar de hacer, pensar y preocuparte, calmar el cuerpo y la mente, y aprovechar los recursos internos que siempre están disponibles para ti, independientemente de lo que esté sucediendo en el mundo externo. (comprar una pase, luego usa nuestro calendario para registrarte). Sur America y Centro America: exento de tarifas.
Una vez que haya comprado su pase, regístrese en la clase a la que desea asistir utilizando nuestro calendario. Al registrarse, recibirá la URL de la reunión de Zoom para esta clase, así como instrucciones para participar. Tenemos una política de cancelación de 24 horas para estas clases y no se otorgan reembolsos por clases perdidas.
Virtual Mindfulness Cafe Practice Meeting
While 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 first timers and members (as little as $15 per month) – nonmembers purchase passes here.
When: Wednesdays 12-1 pm via Zoom
Once you are paid and registered for a meeting, instructions for attending the meeting will be emailed to you.
First 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.
Chai & Chat Mindful Fellowship Hour
After our general practice meeting on 2nd Thursdays from 8-9 and our Mindful Relationships practice meeting 4th Mondays from 6:45 – 7:45 pm, we invite practice group participants to stay to share chai tea (decaf) and fellowship together. This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know our teachers and community members a little better. You’re also welcome to ask questions you might have about mindfulness in general, your practice in particular, or MAM’s various offerings and services. Bring your own hot beverage container if you’d like to protect the environment. Your registration for the practice meeting that day is all we need.
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