Cultivating Mindfulness for Health and Wellbeing


  • 2023 Fall Retreat

    The Ann Arbor Center for Mindfulness (AACFM) is delighted to offer an in-person retreat this Fall, our first since 2020. Experienced AACFM teachers will gently guide the retreat alternating sitting meditation with mindful movement. Weather permitting, the grounds of the farm will be open for walking meditation.

    Please bring a healthy lunch. Snacks and tea will be served. This retreat is for persons 18 years and older. Beginning and experienced meditators are welcome.

    Where: Dawn Farm, 6633 Stony Creek, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

    When: November 11th, 2023, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

    Cost: $50.00

    Scholarships are available and veterans may attend free; you may contact to apply and/or register as a veteran or for a scholarship. Proceeds of this retreat will be used towards scholarships for Mindfulness Teacher Training for underserved community members.

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  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Fall 2023 Virtual Classes

    We are offering two MSBR classes this Fall. Both classes are virtual, highly interactive, and experiential.

    MBSR is the original mindfulness class developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and is the class studied in most of the research. Participating in MBSR is associated with reductions in stress, pain, depression, anxiety, and chronic unhappiness. MBSR started the current wave of mindfulness-based strategies for coping with a wide range of human struggles. 

    The class focuses on practicing mindfulness—compassionate awareness of the present moment—in the class and between classes with recommended home practices.

    Read more about the course.

    Class Schedules:

    A complimentary Introduction to Mindfulness and MBSR is offered prior to the 8-week course, which includes concepts, principles, and some basic practices. It is required before the MBSR 8-Week course; exceptions are possible with prior experience and/or the teacher’s approval.

    The MBSR course follows that Introduction and meets for 8 weeks, for two and one-half hours each week. It includes a retreat between weeks 6 and 7, as well as weekly home practice recommendations.

    Saturday afternoon class:

    Teacher: Libby Robinson, MSW, Ph.D. Certified MBSR Teacher, have taught over 50 MBSR classes, co-founder and leader of drop-in sessions offered by Open Mindfulness Meditation, co-founder and Council member of Ann Arbor Center for Mindfulness.  

    Schedule—Corrected: Complimentary Introduction to Mindfulness and MBSR: Saturday, Sept 16, 2:00 – 4:30 p.m. ET
    MBSR 8-Week course: Saturdays, Sept 23 to Nov 18, 2:00 – 4:30 pm ET,
    Retreat on Saturday, Nov 4, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET

    For more information, cost, or to register, contact Libby at or her website:

    Tuesday evening class:

    Teacher: Brenda Lindsay, CPC, PRP, CPA. MBSR teacher trained through Brown University, Certified Mindfulness Instructor from AIHCP, Certified Yoga Teacher (CYT-200), Council Member of  the Ann Arbor Center for Mindfulness

    Schedule: Complimentary Introduction to Mindfulness and MBSR: Tuesday, Oct 3, 6:30 – 8:00 pm ET
    MBSR 8-Week course: Tuesdays, Oct 10 – Nov 28, 6:30 – 9:00 pm ET
    Retreat: Sunday, Nov 19, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm ET

    All classes and the retreat will be online. For more information or to register, contact Brenda at or visit