There is long tradition of retreat practice among mindfulness practitioners. We find a quiet, secluded place, away from the distractions and attachments of daily life, in order to focus exclusively on practice and reflection over a longer duration than our typical daily practice. Retreats provide a unique opportunity to deepen concentration and cultivate insight. The Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness offers the following opportunities for retreat practice:

Mini Mindfulness Retreat

Want to deepen your mindfulness practice or just get a taste of the mindfulness retreat experience? On selected 2nd Saturdays MAM offers half day, silent, teacher-led mindfulness retreats in the Peace Pod. Each retreat consists of periods of mindful movement alternating with periods of stillness practice. Bring your lunch to practice mindful eating. Pre-registration is required so we can plan accordingly.

Fees (click to purchase, then visit our calendar to register for the retreat date of your choice):

No refunds on or after the date of the retreat.

Just as a mosaic is a beautiful masterpiece composed of many diverse and interesting parts, this four-session series brings together a variety of practices and perspectives to help women become the artisans of their own lives. It is designed to provide busy women with a hard stop on the calendar, a place to breathe, a community within which to find a voice, and the encouragement to trust what they hear. Collaborators are mindfully chosen by the facilitator to provide experiential learning of concepts that can be fleeting and hard to grasp in rhythm of daily life. Together they will help you pause and breathe, investigate new concepts with curiosity through personal exploration, and engage in self-study between sessions to bring together the masterpiece that is your life.

Four Fridays from 9 am – noon September 13 – December 13, 2019 at Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness 11100 Ash Street Suite 103, Leawood, KS 66211

The Journey

Session 1 – (September 13, 2019) Embracing Your Space, Letting Go of Busy: What’s on the outside reflects what’s on the inside. When calendars, commitments and rushing around take the place of being right where you are, things get out of whack. Tapping into the quietness inside of you leads to clarity, peace, creativity and innovation. Trust me, YOU have quiet inside. Let’s find it together. Co-collaborators: Lisa Heston & Rachel Keck

Session 2 – (October 11, 2019) Embracing Enough, Letting Go of Scarcity: Most of us keep a harried pace so we avoid our feelings of lack. We prove our worth, hustle for our value, and drown out the voice inside saying YOU ARE ENOUGH. Getting even a brief glimpse of that place of worthiness and love transforms how you see yourself and the world. The spiral of scarcity keeps the hustle in place. We’ll practice accessing our enough-ness so we can help others do the same. Co-collaborators: Carrie Glover & Rachel Keck

Session 3 – (November 8, 2019) Embracing What You Want, Letting Go of Shoulds and Have Tos: What do you want? Why does it seem so elusive? We aren’t trained to listen deeply to ourselves. We’re trained to listen to the needs of others, especially as women. Our tendency is to get into the rhythm of others and lose the beat of our own hearts. Let’s explore what we want together; exploring what you want in community helps you differentiate your core motivation and see your own next steps more clearly. Co-collaborators: Anita Greenwood & Rachel Keck

Session 4 – (December 13, 2019) Embracing Your Voice, Letting Go of Competition, Comparison and the Inner Critic: You know those moments you feel empowered, alive, on purpose and connected? That’s the big idea here. What if you brought your whole self to every moment? What if we practiced listening to our voices together? Many times, we are overwhelmed by one voice inside our heads rather than giving all voices equal influence. For some, the critic is the loud mouth. For others, their emotions feel super loud. All of these voices inform and have influence. Let’s practice integrating them together. Co-collaborators: Molly Kampf & Rachel Keck


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Your Guides

Collaborator: Rachel Keck

Rachel Keck has always been drawn to what connects and disconnects people both to themselves and to others. Her mission is to integrate more unknown, unconscious parts of her self each day and invite others to do the same. She believes this is the driving force of success. Rachel has spent her professional life in the world of small business in nearly every role from project manager to founder. Straight out of college, she joined a small, woman-owned business fulfilling government contracts for trade show and event planning. She then worked with dental practices supporting small business owners with practice management, training, hardware and software. Her experience has led to strengths in strategy, operations, people and emotional intelligence. She continues to be a learner, intentionally seeking ways to grow and expand herself, her business, her clients and their businesses. Rachel brings a strong curiosity and the ability to listen in a way that deepens understanding and grows awareness.

Collaborator: Lisa Heston

Lisa Heston is passionate about relationships, wholeness, and transformation. She has spent the last 20 years on her own growth journey, facilitating experiential seminars for a nonprofit, and most recently participating in a spiritual direction program. As a Spiritual Director, Lisa provides a safe, non-judgmental, loving environment for persons to grow in their faith and explore their spirituality. To Lisa, “grow in faith” means to gain trust of themselves and the Divine. “Exploring their Spirituality” by actively engaging their soul in life experiences. Lisa enjoys spending time with family, friends, traveling, and being in the ocean.

Collaborator: Carrie Glover

Carrie Glover’s passion is coming alongside clients who have experienced trauma, wounding, disconnection from identity, major life changes, grief, and relationship difficulties. She is honored to sit with client’s as they wrestle with some of the difficulties created by the human experience. Carrie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the state of Kansas with experience working with individuals, families, and couples. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their two children, meaningful conversations with friends and family, reading, fishing, hiking, playing the piano, exploring the beautiful city of Kansas City… among other things this beautiful life has to offer.

Collaborator: Anita Greenwood

Anita Greenwood is a former Fortune 500 Sales and Marketing executive whose career spans London, Paris, New York and Kansas. She followed her passion, when in 2015, she left her successful corporate career to create Bridges and Wings, her Wichita-based firm. Bridges and Wings offers top-level coaching to women globally, who seek to lead authentically, achieve both professional and personal success, while avoiding overwhelm and burnout. Anita specializes in helping mid-to-senior level women gain clarity, direction and personal power when navigating high stress situations and has extensive global experience in male-dominated and multi-cultural work environments. Anita is a strong believer in the infinite potential of all women to power-up their career and life no matter where they start. She is a passionate advocate for survivors of domestic violence and trauma, a volunteer for the Wichita Women’s Initiative Network and Hope Ranch for Women, and actively supports Kids Alive in Haiti-where she built a house, a school, and coaches teenage orphans and sponsors a child. Anita is an ICF (International Coach Federation) Credentialed Career and Executive coach and one of only 5 “Amazing Career” certified coaches worldwide and a Kansas Leadership Center certified “Level II Leadership” coach. After years of global travel, Anita is delighted to call Kansas home and cherishes every moment she spends with her two teenage daughters, 12-year-old son, and two dogs.

Collaborator: Molly Kampf

Molly Kampf is the founder and teacher at Kansas City Alexander Technique and is a dance theater artist. Molly’s teachings are based in the Alexander Technique while drawing from a number of disciplines including Body-Mind Centering®, Contemporary Dance, Developmental Movement, Improvisation, Meditation and Roy Hart voice studies. Over the past 15 years, Molly has taught at many locations and universities including Interlochen Center for the Arts, Central Michigan University, Saginaw Valley State University and has presented at the Freedom to ACT Conference (NYC). She has performed, worked and facilitated in Colorado, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, New York and Philadelphia. She also specializes in artist business; and has worked for esteemed master teachers Barbara Dilley, Bruce Fertman, Leeny Sack, and Martha Hansen Fertman. Molly has a MFA in Contemporary Performance from Naropa University, a BFA in Modern Dance from Temple University, holds a teaching certificate in the Alexander Technique from the Philadelphia Alexander Alliance and is certified through Alexander Technique International.

Collaborator: Renee Bhatia

Renee Bhatia is a Spiritual Director living in Overland Park, Kansas. Renee has worked in faith formation in the Catholic Church in various parts of the country, in both parishes and diocesan offices. She has an undergraduate degree in psychology and a Masters of Divinity degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a graduate of the Souljourners Ecumenical Formation Program for Spiritual Directors at Mount St. Scholastica, where she continues to serve on staff. Renee has been shaped by her interfaith marriage, ecumenical education, Jungian psychology, and Benedictine spirituality. She is particularly interested in spirituality and the expressive arts, and considers art, dance, and drum among her personal prayer practices. Renee has been married for 26 years and has three children.

Coming to Kansas City April 24-25, 2020 Kristin Neff, PhD & Christopher Germer, PhD

MSC Core Skills Workshop SquareKristin Neff and Christopher Germer are pioneers in the scientific development of self-compassion. Self-compassion is an emotional skill that can be learned by everyone. It means being warm and understanding toward yourself when you suffer, fail, or feel inadequate. Burgeoning research shows that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional well-being, reduces anxiety and depression, and promotes healthy lifestyle habits. Drs. Neff & Germer have brought their respective experience together in the empirically-supported Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program. In collaboration with the UCSD Center for Mindfulness and the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (CMSC), MAM is bringing their expertise to the Kansas City community in 2020. 

This event is a benefit for the non-profit Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, which means that the teachers are donating all teaching fees to fund the operations of the organization. All proceeds support the mission of CMSC to make the world a more compassionate place.

MSC Core Skills Workshop

Friday and Saturday, April 24 & 25, 2020 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at Regnier Hall Auditorium, University of Kansas Edwards Campus 12610 Quivira Road Overland Park, KS 66213

Register Here

Please plan to arrive at 8:15 am each day for check-in and coffee, tea and snacks. There will be breaks throughout the day, as well as a longer lunch break. Lunch is on your own at any of the many convenient nearby restaurants.

This workshop is an introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), an empirically-supported training program based on the pioneering research of Kristin Neff and the clinical perspective of Chris Germer. During this workshop, Drs. Neff & Germer present the theory and core practices of the eight-week MSC training, a program designed to help participants become more self-compassionate using meditation, exercises, and group discussion.

This workshop will teach you ways to comfort yourself in difficult moments and to minimize “caregiver fatigue.” While the program is for everyone it can be particularly useful for those working in the helping or care-giving professions, for those who are caring for someone in their personal lives, and for those who have a strong inner critic.

Come, join this journey of self-discovery and self-kindness. Program activities include talks, meditation, experiential exercises, and group discussion. Participants will directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life. No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend the program.

Participants will Learn:
  • What self-compassion is and isn’t
  • Self-compassion practices for daily life
  • How to motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
  • The art of loving-kindness meditation
  • How to handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • How to explore challenging relationships
  • How to use self-compassion in care-giving situations
  • How to enjoy your life more fully

MSC Core Skills Objectives: At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the three key components of self-compassion
  • Describe key research that supports the benefits of self-compassion
  • Practice techniques to increase self-compassion in everyday life
  • Use self-compassion to alleviate caregiver burnout

Program fees: The tuition fees for the course are payable to the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (CMSC). Register Here.

  • $300 Early Bird (by Feb 24, 2020)
  • $350 Standard
  • Group Discount for 5 or more registrants = $50 off each registration
  • Student Discount = $50 off
  • Limited scholarships are available

Cancellation policy:

  • Your fee will be refunded if we are notified by March 24, that you need to cancel your registration.
  • A $50 USD service/cancellation fee will be retained if you cancel between March 24 and April 10, 2020.
  • No refunds are available after April 10, 2020, except on compassionate grounds.

In the unlikely event that the workshop is canceled, Center for Mindful Self-Compassion is responsible only for a full refund of the registration fee and not for transportation, hotel accommodations or any miscellaneous fees.

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Continuing Education: For an additional $30 fee, CE credits are available for the following professionals:

  • Psychologists: Continuing Education Credit for this program are provided by UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course offers 11.0 hours of credit.
  • Nurses: UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16351, for 11.0 contact hours. Please check with your local board to see if California BRN contact hours are applicable.
  • KS & MO Licensed Mental Health Professionals: MAM is approved by the KSBSRB, Provider Number 18-001, for 11.0 hours of credit.

In order to receive CE credits you must attend the whole course. Credit will not be given for partial attendance. Please bring your License number as you will be required to sign-in/out daily on a CE attendance list. There will also be an online evaluation to fill-out which will be emailed to you a few days after the workshop. CE Certificates will be emailed 4-6 weeks after the course.

Parking for this event is in the lot off of 127th Street. There is a bronzed Jayhawk sitting at the main entrance of Regnier Hall. Here is a link to the campus map:

Disability Access: If you require ADA accommodations please contact us 15 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.

Connect With Inner Wisdom 3

Finally – a secular residential mindfulness retreat is being offered near the Kansas City Metro! This is your opportunity to save on the cost of airfare and other associated travel expenses. Join Mindfulness and Somatic Self-Compassion Teacher Kristy Arbon at the peaceful Marillac Retreat Center in Leavenworth, MO on the beautiful campus of the University of Saint Mary for 5-days of silence, guided introspection and self-care. Practice a variety of teacher-led meditations alternating with mindful movement practices. Receive insightful teachings and support from trained mindfulness instructors. Experiment with mindful eating during all provided on-site meals. Engage in mindful walking throughout the shady manicured grounds, navigating fountains, statuary, and gazebos. Enjoy a guided mindful labyrinth walk, practice yoga, and sample the Feldenkrais Method. The Marillac Center’s private accommodations offer key card security and a fully accessible private bath in each room. Previous experience with retreat practice is recommended. This retreat is intended for the general public, but is also designed to meet requirements for ongoing practice for mindfulness teachers.

When: Monday – Friday October 5-9, 2020

Where: Marillac Center 4200 South 4th Street Leavenworth, KS 66048-5054

Registration (includes room and board. A registration form will be sent to you upon purchase):

Early Bird Tuition – must be received by midnight Friday April 3, 2020

Regular Tuition – must be purchased by midnight Friday July 3, 2020

  • Regular Fee Member = $1300
  • Regular Fee Non-Member $1800

** Become a member. No refunds are available after July 3, 2020. In the unlikely event that the retreat is canceled by us, a full refund will be provided.


MAM recognizes that the cost of residential retreat practice is out of reach for some individuals. If we are able to meet our minimum enrollment by April 3, 2020, we will offer a limited number of scholarships for individuals who can demonstrate extreme financial hardship. Priority will be given to applicants from underrepresented or vulnerable populations in an effort to increase program accessibility, promote equal opportunity, and in accordance with our mission, vision, and values. We will announce their availability if and when the registration threshold has been met.

**No refunds are available after July 3, 2020. In the unlikely event that the retreat is canceled by us, a full refund will be provided.

Kristy Arbon bio shotOur Teacher: Kristy Arbon

We are thrilled to have Kristy Arbon back to guide us! She is the Founder and CEO of HeartWorks Training LLC, supporting people in their practice of self-compassion, mindfulness, somatic awareness, shame resilience and tapping into emergent self-wisdom. Her work has deep roots in Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness, Somatic Experiencing, Sensory Modulation, Brene Brown’s shame resilience model, Mindful Self-Compassion, Internal Family Systems, Buddhist philosophy and exploration of archetypes.

Kristy is a qualified social worker, a certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher, a qualified fitness instructor and she has completed Somatic Experiencing Level 1 and Internal Family Systems Level 1 training. Her undergraduate training is in psychology. She is the developer of the Somatic Self-Compassion curriculum and she adapted the Mindful Self-Compassion curriculum for the online environment. She is passionate about supporting people in learning about old patterns of being that no longer serve them and transforming them into self-compassion practices so that they can go out into the world and courageously do the important work they are called for. She is also passionate about supporting contemplative teachers to be increasingly and safely embodied and trauma-informed. Kristy was born in Australia and has lived in the US for the last 15 years with her sweet American husband. She currently lives in St Louis, Missouri and Mylor, South Australia, teaching trauma-informed self-compassion and mindfulness in the US, Australia, New Zealand, Bhutan, Singapore, and online.