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

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WINTER RETREAT, January 13, 2018 ~ A Day of Mindfulness & Silent Meditation

snow covered trees against bright blue skyThis second annual January retreat, on January 13 from 10am to 4pm, is an opportunity to settle one's self into the new year. As we gather to meditate together in silence for six hours of guided meditations, the llamas, ducks and chickens at Dawn Farm's Barn will again keep us company.

We will alternate sitting meditations, walking meditations, and easy mindful yoga, concluding the day with a loving kindness meditation. All meditations will be led by members of the Ann Arbor Center for Mindfulness. Walking meditations can be done outside or in the Barn. We will end the day by briefly sharing reflections.

The cost for the retreat is $40. You can bring your own lunch or pay for a vegetarian box lunch ($10).

The retreat is a fundraiser for the Ann Arbor Center for Mindfulness. We will use the funds for scholarships, organizing workshops with nationally known speakers, and a space of our own.

Please register if you plan to come, so we know how many people to plan for. Click here to register.

We're looking forward to meditating with you. May you be well and happy.

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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, author and teacher, poses with teachers from Ann Arbor Center for Mindfulness.

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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