Hosting annual day-long retreats, organizing workshops with nationally-known teachers, and collaborating with other mindfulness organizations.

Trauma-Informed Mindfulness Workshop & All-Day Retreat with Trish Magyari ~ Oct 20–21, 2018

lake with reflection of autumn colors to represent reflection in meditation retreats.This workshop, Saturday, Oct. 20 from 9am to 4pm, will describe the theory, evidence, and strategies for using mindfulness and self-compassion to cope and recover from experiences of trauma. All are welcome. This program is designed for both mental health professionals as well as those who have experienced trauma and want to engage with a healing meditative path that fosters wisdom and self-compassion. The workshop will include didactic and experiential learning opportunities. Location for workshop: Pierpont Commons (U-M North Campus), 2101 Bonisteel Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48109.

The retreat, Sunday, Oct. 21 from 9am to 4pm, will focus on practicing trauma-informed mindfulness and self-compassion meditations, drawn from both Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) courses. This is a day to explore a variety of meditations, including mindful movement, and to rest in the safety of a welcoming and compassionate group. Location for retreat: Dawn Farm Barn, 6633 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti, MI 48917.

CEs pending for mental health professionals. Register for one or both days! Early Bird (by Oct 5) and student pricing available. CLICK HERE TO GET FLYER.

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PAST EVENT: A Day of Mindfulness & Silent Meditation ~ June 3, 2018

Orange flowers, for 2018 meditation retreat hosted by Ann Arbor Center for Meditation.

Thanks to all who joined us at Michigan Friends Center in Chelsea for a day of lightly facilitated mindful sitting and movement!

We had a lovely daylong retreat for beginning and experienced meditators. This event was offered as a fundraiser for the Ann Arbor Center for Mindfulness Scholarship Fund, with all teachers donating their time for this event.

 


 

PAST EVENT: A Day of Mindfulness & Silent Meditation ~ January 13, 2018

snow covered trees against bright blue sky

This second annual January retreat, on January 13 from 10am to 4pm, was a wonderful opportunity to enter the new year. We meditated together in stillness and movement, allowing the mind to settle into serenity and equanimity.

Although it was very cold outside, the llamas, goats, ducks and chickens at Dawn Farm's Barn again kept us company on short walking meditations outside. We hope to hold another retreat in the spring or summer and will be posting it here! We're looking forward to meditating together again.


 PAST EVENT: A Day of Learning with Ann Arbor Center for Mindfulness and Dr. Elisha Goldstein — “Imagine the Ripple Effects”

Elisha Goldstein with teachers from Ann Arbor Center for Mindfulness
Elisha Goldstein poses with AACFM teachers.

More than eighty people gathered on November 4, 2017, to learn from Elisha Goldstein about Mindfulness and Resilience. The Barn at Dawn Farm was a delightful setting for the all-day event. Dr. Goldstein began the day by reminding us to Pop into the Present, and moved on to focus on mindfulness, compassion and play.

He reviewed neuroscience research, provided opportunities for experiential learning and small group discussions. His final slide of was an invitation to “imagine the ripple effects” of paying attention in a different way, understanding our interdependence, and intentionally cultivating positive experiences.

It was an engaging and informative day!


PAST EVENT: Winter Mindfulness Retreat ~ January 14, 2017

AACFM teachers with Fred Luskin at the Forgiveness Workshop.
The barn at Dawn Farms was a cozy location for our first ever Winter Mindfulness Retreat.

The llamas, ducks and chickens were the perfect background for the first Ann Arbor Center for Mindfulness Winter Retreat, held on Saturday January 14. Over 50 people gathered for six hours to sit together in silence. The retreat was held at Dawn Farms, where the barn provided a wonderful space for meditators to create a temporary community.

Meditations were led by members of the Ann Arbor Center for Mindfulness, with the invitation to bundle up and move outside the warmth of the high-ceilinged, wood-paneled barn for walking meditations. We alternated with sitting meditations, walking meditations, mindful yoga, and lovingkindness meditation. We ended with group reflections on the day. We look forward to more retreats in the future.


PAST EVENT: Self Compassion Workshop ~ October, 2016

At this wonderful event, a crowd of 200 gathered in UM's Rackham Amphitheater to learn about self-compassion from one of the world’s leading researchers. Dr. Kristin Neff is an Associate Professor at the University of Texas, Austin and author of the book Self Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself. She presented research findings and invited the group of therapists, educators and community members to engage in informal and formal self- compassion exercises both individually and in small groups.

We were encouraged to breathe affectionately, listen compassionately, accept and befriend difficult emotions, and treat ourselves, as though we were our own best friends.

The lessons learned in the day and a half workshop are essential for living a life based on common humanity rather than isolation. Learning from Kristin took us one step closer to the vital understanding that suffering is part of the human condition and that treating ourselves with kindness leads to greater satisfaction, optimism and gratitude. For more information go to www.Self-Compassion.org.

*This workshop was a collaboration with The Michigan Collaborative for Mindfulness in Education.


PAST EVENT: Forgiveness Workshop ~ May, 2016

AACFM teachers with Fred Luskin at the Forgiveness Workshop.
AACFM teachers with Fred Luskin at the Forgiveness Workshop.

On May 6-7 Ann Arbor Center for Mindfulness sponsored a two- day workshop with Dr. Fred Luskin PhD. Dr. Luskins pioneered the study of forgiveness that spanned decades at The Forgiveness Project at Stanford University. His unique and personal style of teaching left us with powerful lessons and experiences of how forgiveness—although difficult at times to define—can lead to a healthier and happier life.

He reminded all who gathered that everyone has ‘stuff ‘ to forgive and everyone has ‘stuff’ that needs to be forgiven. According to Dr. Luskin, humans have a “deep loving intelligence that can be consulted, depending on where we place our attention.” It was two days very well spent.

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