The Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness offers and facilitates a number recurring classes each year to help people develop and maintain a mindfulness practice. Having trouble sustaining a personal practice? Many of our classes can contribute to participation in our Annual Meditation Challenge.
Intro to Mindfulness
This four part experiential workshop for adults teaches the fundamentals of mindfulness and offers an introduction to many of the formal and informal practices. No previous experience with yoga or meditation is required. Each meeting begins with gentle, mindful yoga to reconnect with the body, provide grounding, and prepare the mind for the stillness practices.
Instruction and guidance are provided in several forms of mindfulness meditation as well as mindful eating and mindful walking. The attitudes of mindfulness are explored and time for discussion is included. Participants are asked to bring a yoga mat for movement. If you have a favorite cushion for meditation you are welcome to bring it as well.
Rental mats ($3 cash), chairs and props are available for those who need them. No refunds are given after the deadline for enrollment, which is one week prior to the start of the course. In the unlikely event that the course is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of the registration fee, but you will not be reimbursed for pre-arranged transportation, accommodations, or any other miscellaneous expenses.
Four Wednesdays 6-7:30 pm Nov 28 – Dec 19, 2018 in the Peace Pod at 11100 Ash St. Ste. 103 Leawood, KS 66211 with Certified MBCT Teacher Tracy Ochester, PsyD, RYT-200
Acceptance & Commitment Training (ACT) – 6 Session Series
Learn the processes of Acceptance and Commitment Training to increase psychological flexibility – the ability to contact the present moment more fully as a conscious human being, and to change or persist in behavior when doing so serves valued ends. Each session of this sersies includes a combination of didactic and experiential learning and also address 1) barriers that make it difficult to “do the know” along with 2) specific examples of translating the conceptual into our daily lives. Bring your meditation cushion if you like – we have a few on hand if needed and folding chairs are also available. Attend one, or all 6 sessions. FREE for Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness (MAM) members, $20 per session for non-members (purchase passes here):
Classes are led by Angie Hardage, LMLP and meet Fridays from 1-3 pm at Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness – click each course to register:
8/10 – Values authorship and clarification, Creating a Life of Vitality
9/7 – Translating Values into Goals and Behavior
10/5 – Getting Unstuck – Psychological Flexibility/Emotional Agility
11/2 – Defusion – Having a Thought vs. Buying a Thought
11/30 – Increasing Present Moment Awareness – Expanding Your Life Space in the NOW
12/14 – The Role of the Self/Compassionate Perspective Taking
Mindfulness in Relationships – 4-Part Series
Learning to be mindful in our relationships is perhaps one of the most difficult mindfulness skills we can master. Each session in this four part series includes a combination of didactic and experiential learning and also address 1) barriers that make it difficult to “do the know” along with 2) specific examples of translating the conceptual into our daily lives. Attend one, or all 4 sessions. FREE for MAM members, $20 per session for non-members.
Classes are led by Angie Hardage, LMLP and meet Saturdays from 4-6 pm at Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness – click each course to register:
Sept. 8: Mindfulness in Communication
Sept. 15: Navigating Emotions Mindfully
Sept. 22: The Role of Psychological Flexibility/Emotional Agility in Relationships
Sept. 29: Navigating Difficult or Complicated Relationships Mindfully
Heart-Mind Study Group
In support of our values of community and education, our teachers offer focused group learning opportunities on a variety of mindfulness-related topics. Group meetings include discussion, practice and inquiry. Some topics may include a book, which you may purchase on your own or though MAM. Locations vary by topic. Attend any or all meetings as each is a standalone experience. Pre-registration is required
- Purchase a pass:
- Once you’ve purchased your pass, register for the meetings you wish to attend using our calendar
Upcoming Study Groups:
- The Attitudes of Mindfulness Series: 8 Sundays from 2-3:30 pm in our practice space, the Peace Pod, at 11100 Ash Street Suite 103 Leawood, KS 66211. Each meeting will address one of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s fundamental attitudes of mindfulness from his book Full Catastrophe Living. Group guides will offer a short teaching on the topic of the day, lead a related practice and moderate a group discussion (Zinn’s book is useful, but not necessary for this Study Group). Bring a cushion to sit on if you like – we have a limited number of cushions and folding chairs on site:
Sept. 23: Gratitude & Generosity
Sept. 30: Compassion
Coming in 2019
Piercing the Veil of Implicit Bias: A Mindful Dismantling of the Lenses That Skew Perception and Fuel Reactivity
Implicit bias is a function of the subconscious feelings, attitudes and/or stereotypes that affect our perception, actions, and decisions. They are activated involuntarily, outside of our conscious awareness and intentional control and affect our real world functioning in ways that can cause ourselves and others harm. Fortunately, these biases are changeable and we can mindfully train our brains to see more clearly through a variety of practices.
- Session I: Understanding explicit bias, practices for clearer seeing, daily life applications
- Session II: Insight and exploration, applications for systems, structures and institutions
- Session III: Insight and exploration, deepening the practice
Mindful Consumption: Experiencing More With Less
Based on the work of Judson Brewer and Willem Kuyken, learn how to use the power of mindfulness to make intentional and values consistent choices while embedded in a culture that encourages chronic, and at times maladaptive, consumption. Explore how to reconnect with your intrinsic values and resist the commercial exploitation of our natural desires for connection, meaning, and self-efficacy. (Register Here)
Six Fridays Feb 22 – March 29, 2019 with Angie Hardage, LMLP from 11:30 am – 1 pm
Attitudes of Mindfulness 8-Week Series
The attitudinal factors of mindfulness “constitute the major pillars of mindfulness practice” according to Jon Kabat-Zinn. Each meeting in this series will address one or more of Kabat-Zinn’s fundamental attitudes from his book Full Catastrophe Living. Group guides will offer a teaching on the topic of the day, lead a related practice, moderate a group discussion, and suggest between session “homework”. Zinn’s book is useful, but not necessary for this course. Bring a notebook for journaling and other written exercises and a cushion to sit on if you like – we have a limited number of cushions and folding chairs on hand.
- May 6: Non-judging (Tracy)
- May 13: Patience (Angie)
- May 20: Beginner’s Mind (Angie)
- May 27: Memorial Day No Class
- June 3: Trust (Tracy)
- June 10: Non-striving & Letting Go (Angie)
- June 17: Acceptance (Angie)
- June 24: Gratitude & Generosity (Tracy)
- July 1: Compassion (Tracy)
Inside-Out – A Body Awareness Workshop: Take Control of Your Stressed-Out Body, Mind and Nervous System
Four-90 minute sessions with Sydney Spears, PhD, LCSW
This important group health-based educational and supportive workshop will explore key information regarding your stress response, body awareness, nervous system, and brain-based sensory skills. Somatic (body-based) wisdom is critical to developing greater awareness, health and control over how toxic stress tends to chronically reside in your body and mind. The lack of awareness of how your body holds and maintains stressors and negative thoughts can keep you and your nervous system trapped within various health problems, anxiety and bodily symptoms. Many of these unhealthy symptoms often originate or become worse from the inability to effectively manage certain stressors. Consequently, many people can experience ongoing stress lodged in their bodies and nervous systems with symptoms such as: chronic pain/aches, low immune system, higher blood pressure, chronic fatigue, sleep problems, over-eating/under-eating, dietary issues, digestive issues, contracted muscles, contracted postures, headaches, many colds/flu, negative thinking, constant worrying, anxiety and states of feeling overwhelmed.
Your body is the grand container of all human experiences and your nervous system is finely tuned to support every bodily function as well as your reactions to stressors. It is very important to understand how you can use key somatic knowledge, skills and practices to enhance your potential to take control of your bodily-sensory responses to stressors through nervous system awareness. By bring mindfulness to your body, you can also experience the opportunity to increase your energy, sense of greater self-control, reduce discomfort, worry less and finally have useful tools to self-manage and self-soothe your day-to-day stress in the moment. Fine-tuning your nervous system can fine tune and improve your “inside-out health.
In this course you will gain:
- Greater understanding of the:
- realities and true impact of chronic stress on the mind and body
- symptoms and signs of chronic stress and their relationship to mental-emotional activity
- workings of the autonomic nervous system and how to fine tune and manage it
- benefits of practicing skills of mindful body awareness and connection
- Brain based skills, sensory practices and simple mindful movements for:
- tuning into the language of the body to discover health and wise choice-making
- mindfully calming the nervous system in the moment
- creating cues within your day-to-day life to practice skills naturally
- Support from your group members and the instructor
- Instruction in how to develop greater self-control, impulse control, mental control, and inner calmness when stress arises for personal empowerment
Once you’ve purchased your pass, register for the upcoming course here: