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 – we invite you to read our blog post about preparing for a retreat.

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.

The Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness offers the following opportunities for retreat practice:

Pop-Up Micro Retreat

micro mindfulness retreatFinding it hard to plan far ahead or fit a half day retreat into your life? Maybe a half day retreat sounds a little intimidating… If any of this describes your situation, these spontaneous, condensed retreats might be for you! We will engage in a micro version of gentle mindful movement, guided meditation, and mindful eating all within a 2 hour span of observed silence. Bring your own snack for mindful eating or try the simple snack we’ll provide. We also invite you to bring your own cushion and yoga mat if you have them (we have spares and folding chairs) as well as a hot/cold beverage container. 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):

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. We also invite you to bring your own cushion, yoga mat and beverage container. 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.


Coming to Kansas City April 23-24, 2021 Kristin Neff, PhD & Christopher Germer, PhD

MSC Core Skills Workshop SquareThe 2020 Core Skills program is now online 4/22 through 5/3 – read more here.

Kristin 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 2021. 

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 23 & 24, 2021 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at Regnier Hall Auditorium, University of Kansas Edwards Campus 12610 Quivira Road Overland Park, KS 66213

Register Here (coming soon)

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).

  • $300 Early Bird (by Feb 24, 2021)
  • $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, 2021.
  • No refunds are available after April 10, 2021, 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.

2020 Residential Retreat

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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 and 7.0 CEs are available for KS & MO licensed mental health providers who attend the entire retreat.

Learning Objectives for Continuing Education – participants will be able to:

  • identify and create a greater sense of self-compassion to support emotional resilience and help prevent compassion fatigue/burnout;
  • identify and create a greater sense of compassion for others to support clear and non-judgmental perspectives of the mechanisms of suffering;
  • build on existing meditation experience to better practice moment-to-moment mindfulness meditation and body awareness of thoughts, emotions, sensations, imagery and behavior to support self-awareness and self-regulation;
  • identify and skillfully tend to one’s emotional and physical distress by developing kind attention and the ability to make meaning of and tend to suffering, which will assist in working professionally with the suffering of others;
  • utilize a strong, developed quality of balanced observing awareness, which will support compassionate presence in professional settings with peers, clients, participants and patients;
  • strengthen their capacity to assess and advise clients as to the appropriateness of mindfulness practice for them.

When: Monday – Friday October 5-9, 2020

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

Registration (includes teachers fees, room and board. As we are a secular organization, no dana is expected or collected. A registration form will be sent to you upon purchase):

Early Bird Tuition (extended due to pandemic) – must be received by midnight Friday July 3, 2020

Regular Tuition – must be purchased by midnight Friday August 7, 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.