WHICH MINDFULNESS COURSE IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

Choose one of the 8-week classes described below or try our free drop-ins.

Mindfulness for Parents

Take a weekly breather from the busyness of family life. Make room for the arising of fresh insight into what is (and isn't) essential. Learn how to offer yourself and your loved ones the most precious gift of all: your true, full presence.

Each student will get personalized support for developing a daily meditation practice that’s appropriate for them (or fine-tuning it, if they have one already); cultivating mindfulness skills through everyday activities; and deepening connection with family members. Every class will include instruction, a guided practice exercise, student check-in and Q/A.

Some prior experience with mindfulness is helpful, but not required. Ages 17 and up.


Mindfulness-Based Forgiveness

An 8-week group psychotherapy sessions for those age 60 and over which is focused on using mindfulness to work on forgiveness of self and others.  We learn to  cultivate mindfulness, self-compassion, and insight about forgiveness in a very supportive environment.  Studies have shown that forgiveness can enhance our health and well-being.  The sessions are covered by Medicare and most insurance.


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

An 8-week class that meets for 2 to 2 1/2 hours per week and includes a one-day silent retreat. A variety of mindfulness practices are taught, including both meditation and more informal everyday practices. The course includes audio recordings of guided meditations and handouts.

MBSR is the most researched of the mindfulness-based interventions, and has been associated with reductions in stress, anxiety, chronic pain, and depression, and improvements in health and feelings of well-being. In addition, neurophysiological research has found changes in brain structures and function, indicating improved attention and cognitive ability and reduced reactivity.

What is the MBSR Intensive?

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Intensive, a 5-Day Program, is based on the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and is offered for those who may not be able to participate in the traditional 8-week course. Same great content in an intensive format.  The program consists of 4 days of two sessions each plus an all-day retreat.  Participants learn healthier ways to cope with stress and  live with greater ease, joy, and balance in everyday life.  Guided meditations, instruction, and a journal are provided.


Mindfulness-Based Dementia Care for Families and Caregivers

Are you a caregiver of someone with dementia? Mindfulness-based dementia care (MBDC) is an 8-week program to help you meet your own needs and lower your stress while caring for your loved one. Meeting once a week for 2 hours, care partners learn to incorporate mindfulness practice into their every-day lives. Through a combination of mindfulness instruction, discussion, sharing, inquiry and hands-on activities, care partners learn to adopt an integrative view of dementia, fostering stress hardiness and well-being for themselves and the person in their care.

The course includes a workbook and audio recordings of guided practices and meditations. To learn more, please visit www.presencecareproject.com and  www.alzheimers.med.umich.edu/wellness-initiative/.


Mindful Self-Compassion

The 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion course is designed to help us look more deeply at self-compassion and develop skills to work with difficult emotions. The inner critic’s voice can often rob us of our self-confidence and inner peace. Participants learn to respond to difficult moments with kindness, understanding, and self-care. This powerful tool helps us develop emotional resilience and enhances emotional well being.

Based on the ground-breaking work of Kristen Neff and Christopher Germer, benefits include lower levels of anxiety and depression, more satisfying personal relationships, and greater happiness.


The Mind of Love

Feeling trapped in the deep freeze, inside as well as outside? Does your heart sometimes seem to be two sizes too small? You can find the way back to the warmth inherent in every human heart. This course will help you cultivate genuine love and kindness for yourself and others.

Students will get support for establishing a daily meditation practice that’s appropriate for them (or taking it to the next level, if they have one already); building mindfulness skills through everyday activities; and loosening the grip of habitual patterns that block the natural capacity for love.

Every class will include instruction, a guided practice exercise, student check-in and Q/A.

Some prior experience with mindfulness is helpful, but not required. Ages 17 and up.


Class Schedule
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Drop-ins
Open sessions in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Saline. No registration required.
Meet the Teachers
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