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.
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. Fees are $5 per meeting for members and $10 per meeting for non-members. 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:
- Mindfulness of the Senses: May 27th from 2-3 pm at the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. Harvard researchers have found that we spend much of our time moving through our lives on auto-pilot. Cruising through our lives unaware and disconnected from the present moment tends to be associated with increased emotional distress and malaise. One of the simplest ways to reconnect with present moment awareness is through practicing mindfulness with the senses. Join us at the Overland Park Arboretum to learn more about harnessing the power of mindfulness to add more clarity, equanimity, and present moment connection to your daily routine. Admission to the arboretum is $3 for visitors, no fee for Friends of the Arboretum. We will meet by the Environmental Education and Visitors Center and then choose a good spot to gather. Bring something to sit on like a yoga mat or blanket and cushion. If the weather is prohibitive, we will meet at Tracy Ochester’s offices at 11100 Ash St. Ste. 202 Leawood, KS 66211 (we will let participants know in advance if this is the case).
- The Attitudes of Mindfulness Series: 8 Sundays from 2- 3pm at the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. 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). Admission to the arboretum is $3 for visitors, no fee for Friends of the Arboretum. We will meet by the Environmental Education and Visitors Center each day and then choose a good spot to gather. Bring something to sit on like a yoga mat or blanket and cushion. If the weather is prohibitive, we will meet at Tracy Ochester’s offices at 11100 Ash St. Ste. 202 Leawood, KS 66211 (we will let participants know in advance if this is the case). Sign up here:
- The Five Invitations Series: 5 Sundays July 1-Aug 5, 2018 (skip July 8 for the Roots of Mindfulness Retreat) from 2-3 pm on Hospital Hill (address provided upon registration). This study group will explore The 5 Invitations by Frank Ostaseski. Frank is cofounder of the Zen Hospice Project, and founder of the Metta Institute. He has worked with the dying and their families for many years and has developed “best practices for anyone navigating a life transition, coping with loss or serious illness, or a personal crisis.” His book offers a “meditation on the meaning of life and how maintaining an ever-present consciousness of death can bring us closer to our truest selves.” Participants can purchase the book on your own or bring $20 to the first meeting in exchange for a hardcover copy we will purchase for you. Sign up here:
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 Tuesdays (August 21 & 28, September 4 & 11) from 6:30 pm – 8 pm at 11100 Ash St. Ste. 101 Leawood, KS 66211 with Certified MBCT Teacher Tracy Ochester, PsyD, RYT-200