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 to our members and the general public. Meetings are led by a rotating group of mindfulness professionals and offer an opportunity to start, build, maintain or deepen a practice and connect with like-minded individuals. Having trouble maintaining a personal practice? Our weekly meetings can contribute to participation in our Annual Meditation Challenge.

Community Practice Meetings

MAM offers weekly practice meetings that are FREE for its members. Drop-in passes are also available to non-members. 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 – please preregister to save your spot.  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.

**Not ready to become a member yet? Purchase a single drop-in for $10 or a 10-class pass for $90 **

  • 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.
  • Mindfulness Cafe: Mondays & Wednesdays from 12-12:45 pm in the Peace Pod. FREE to members. Take a mindful lunch break where the menu includes gentle mindful movement and a variety of mindfulness meditation practices. Return to your busy day filled with increased balance, focus and presence. Visit the calendar to preregister to save your spot.

Inner Revolutionaries Practice Group

2nd Tuesdays 5:45 pm – 7:15 pm (starting Jan 8, 2019)

Fees (click to purchase a pass):

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).

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.

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: Shelby Clark, LSCSW
  • 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.