We offer mindfulness-based classes, drop-in meditations, workshops, retreats, presentations, and workplace training; provide resources; and support each other’s teaching and personal practice.
Claire Weiner, LMSW, RYT-200
Claire teaches: Mindfulness Meditation to cancer patients and their supporters.
Claire is a licensed clinical social worker with decades of experience in academic settings, where she taught and supervised graduate students. She recently retired from a mindfulness-based private psychotherapy practice in Ann Arbor. Claire received advanced training in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and taught the first MBCT groups at UM Department of Psychiatry. She was a founding member of the PsychOncology Clinic at the Rogel Cancer Center. She has been involved in two research projects providing mindfulness-based intervention to patients with cancer diagnoses. She volunteers at the Cancer Support Community in Ann Arbor, where she regularly teaches meditation and occasionally yoga. Claire is a RYT200 (Registered Yoga Teacher), a practice that furthers her understanding and appreciation of mind-body connection.
Claire is a published poet and author.
Libby Robinson, PhD, MSW, MPH
Libby teaches: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
A Certified teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Libby also leads drop-in mindfulness meditation sessions and retreats, and offers presentations to groups and organizations. She has practiced mindfulness since 1979 and has attended over 25 one-week silent mindfulness retreats. Her mindfulness teacher training includes trainings at U. Mass. Center for Mindfulness, the Centre for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto, and UC-SD Center for Mindfulness. I began teaching MBSR in 2007 and have taught over 50 classes to a wide range of groups, predominantly to members of the community in Ann Arbor, but also to individuals in recovery, psychotherapists, UM medical school faculty, nurses, and other health professionals.
Laura Rice-Oeschger, LMSW
Laura teaches: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Dementia Care (MBDC)
Laura has been a licensed clinical social worker since 1997 with advanced certifications in aging, dementia, and contemplative clinical care. As a long-time meditator, she began teaching mindfulness meditation in 2010. Laura has extensive professional training in Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) from the UMass Center for Mindfulness as well as Mindfulness-based Dementia Care (MBDC) through the Presence Care Project. Laura leads the Wellness Initiative at the University of Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center where she creates virtual wellbeing and mindfulness programs for caregivers. She also serves as an officer of the Presence Care Project, which brings mindfulness to family care partners and training for dementia experts, internationally. Laura is committed to sharing contemplative programs to assist caregivers of all kinds in their desire to live meaningful and healthy lives.
Pam Bifano Schweitzer, PMHCNS-BC
Pam has been working at being more mindfully aware in her daily life since participating in a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course in 2007.
As she established her own meditation practice, Pam began incorporating mindfulness-based interventions into her work with patients experiencing anxiety and depression. After participating in a course on Mindfulness in Psychotherapy led by Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD, she developed a 4-week Introduction to Mindfulness group, which she provided for outpatients in the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry, where she worked for 30 years.
Now in her own psychotherapy practice in Ann Arbor, Pam continues using and teaching mindfulness-based interventions in her work with individuals and families. She leads and participates in guided meditations at Saline Open Meditation, and in retreats and workshops offered by AACFM.
Barbara Newell, JD
Barbara teaches: Mindfulness Mini-Courses: The Mind of Love; Mindfulness for Parents; Riding the Waves; Self-Care in the Busy Season
Mindfulness, compassion and meditation have been a central focus of Barbara’s life since 1995. For twelve years she lived, trained, and taught continuously in a monastery and around the world with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. She is certified as a mindfulness teacher by the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley program taught by Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach. She also has studied and practiced extensively in Inner Relationship Focusing. Since 2016 Barbara has worked full-time as a mentor both privately to individuals and in online
courses with Tara Brach. She finds joy in helping people rediscover how to embody genuine presence, connect meaningfully with others, tap into fresh insight, and enliven the everyday.
Paulette Grotrian, MA
Paulette teaches: Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Paulette is a certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher and a Minfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher, trained by Krisitn Neff, Christopher Germer, and Jon Kabat-Zinn and colleagues. She is a founding member of AACFM and Open Mindfulness Meditation, an experienced mindfulness teacher, has a daily meditation practice, and attends mindfulness retreats annually.
She is also Professor Emeritus at Washtenaw Community College, teaching Family Communication Online. She is a grandmother, has a fun-loving Havanese, and raises orchids. Living from the heart and helping others cultivate inner peace, awaken joy, and gain insights into daily life is her passion!
Mariko Foulk, LMSW, ACSW
Mariko teaches: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT); Mindfulness-based Chronic Pain Care; Mindfulness-based Forgiveness, all group therapies with 8 weekly sessions, for those age 60 plus.
Mariko Foulk is a mindfulness-based psychotherapist, who has been practicing at the University of Michigan Geriatrics Center working with those over age 60, for the last 30 years. She received both basic (2008) and advanced (2011) training in MBCT from Zindel Segal and Susan Woods.
She has been teaching Mindfulness-Based and Mindfulness-Informed therapies since 2010. Currently she is working on designing a course on Mindfulness-based Aging with Compassion and Wisdom.
Anne Asker, JD, MSc
Anne teaches: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.
Anne has been practicing yoga and meditation since 2001. She believes her steady mindfulness practice has helped her be present, accepting, and resilient—especially during challenging moments in her work as a lawyer, a wife and mother of three boys, a daughter of aging and dying parents, and as a sister of terminally ill siblings.
Her passion for the practice led her to the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness in Medicine where she received her training to become a qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher.
In addition to teaching the MBSR course, Anne offers mindfulness presentations and workshops to law firms and businesses as well as private instruction. She regularly co-leads retreats and is a lead teacher for Ann Arbor Open Meditation and Mindful City.
Deepest gratitude to founding members Lynn Sipher, Denise Kozikowski, Julie Woodward, Rita Benn, Sharon Mudd, and Laurel Hicks.