Mindfulness Practice Groups

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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. 

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 Practice Meetings

MAM offers weekly practice meetings that are FREE for its members. Drop-in passes are also available to non-members. Your first visit with us is free as well – we just ask that you please please preregister to save your spot and sign the waiver form online.

Meetings are guided by trained mindfulness teachers. Participants are invited to wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat and meditation cushion. Props, chairs and a limited supply of mats are also available on location.

  • Thursday Evening Practice Group: 7-8 pm in our practice space, the Peace Pod, at 11100 Ash Street Suite 103 Leawood, KS 66211. This meeting is FREE to members and begins with gentle mindful movement to prepare the body for stillness, shifts into a guided meditation practice, and ends with inquiry and discussion. Visit the calendar to preregister to save your spot. Not ready to become a member yet? Purchase a single drop-in for $10 or a 10-class pass for $90

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.

*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.

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)

*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.

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.

We request that you commit to a year of monthly meetings so we can build a community of trust, openness and authentic connection. Use our calendar to pre-register for the meetings you plan to attend.

2019 Meeting Schedule (topics are subject to change depending upon what is happening in the world. Suggested resources are optional and not necessary for participation)

  • Jan 8: Radical Acceptance – Maintaining an Open Heart in Trying Times with Tracy Ochester, PsyD, RYT-200 (suggested resources: Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach, When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron, A Lamp in the Darkness by Jack Kornfield, Letting go of expectations by Heather Marshall, You’re Already Awesome. Just Get Out of Your Own Way! by Judson Brewer, MD, Learning to Stay by Pema Chodron)
  • Feb 12: Mindfully “Coming Home” to Yourself in the Era of Overwhelm, Anxiety, and Social Disconnection – “Grounding” with Sydney Spears, PhD, LCSW (suggested resources: Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle, The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict by The Arbinger Institute, Insight: The Surprising Truth About How Others See Us, How We See Ourselves, and Why the Answers Matter More Than We Think by Tasha Eurich)
  • March 12: Relating Mindfully – Embodying Our Practice in Difficult Relationships with Angie Hardage, LMLP (suggested resources: Thank You for Being Such a Pain: Spiritual Guidance for Dealing with Difficult People by Mark Rosen, Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life by Susan David,  Where to Draw the Line: How to Set Healthy Boundaries Every Day by Anne Katherine, and The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion by Christopher Germer)
  • April 9: Letting Go – Mindful Forgiveness with Shelby Clark, LSCSW (suggested resources: The Book of Forgiving – The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World by Desmond Tutu)
  • May 14:  Mindfully “Coming Home” to Yourself in the Era of Overwhelm, Anxiety, and Social Disconnection – “Reflection” with Sydney Spears, PhD, LCSW (suggested resources: Locating and Losing the Self in the World: Cross-Cultural Reflections on Self-Awareness and Self-Transcendence by Masato Ishida and Laura Specker Sullivan, DeColonize Your Self.: An effort for reconnection to the natural world, and the dismantling of European supremacy by Teja Jonnalagadda, The Myth of Equality: Uncovering the Roots of Injustice and Privilege by Ken Wytsma)
  • June 11: Navigating the “Mine-Field” of the Ego with Tracy Ochester, PsyD, RYT-200 (suggested resources: Daring Greatly by Brene Brown, Radical Self-Acceptance by Tara Brach, Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation by Daniel J. Siegel, The Self-Conscious Emotions: Theory & Research edited by Jessica Tracy, et. al (youtube course on this topic),  The Self is an Illusion by Sam Harris)
  • July 9:  Weathering the Storm Clouds of the Heart – Mindfulness of Grief and Loss with Angie Hardage, LMLP (suggested resources:  When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chodron, Grieving Mindfully – A Compassionate and Spiritual Guide to Coping with Loss by Sameet Kumar, and The Other Side of Sadness: What the New Science of Bereavement Tells Us About Life After Loss by George A. Bonanno)
  • Aug 13: Threats to Compassion with Shelby Clark, LSCSW (suggested resources: The Places that Scare You by Pema Chodron & Standing at the Edge by Joan Halifax)
  • 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: Mindfully “Coming Home” to Yourself in the Era of Overwhelm, Anxiety, and Social Disconnection – “Being” with Sydney Spears, PhD, LCSW (suggested resources: Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts by Brené Brown, Healing Justice: Stories of Wisdom and Love by Jarem Sawatsky)
  • 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: Shelby Clark, LSCSW

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.