bare trees with light shining through to represent the clarity of mindfulnessShort Course in Mindful Self-Compassion- Cancelled 

Offered Online during these challenging times and designed for those who cannot easily take an 8-week course. Learn the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion. Respond to difficult moments with a deeper understanding and more self-care. Develop emotional resilience and enhance emotional well-being.

Instructor: Paulette Grotrian.


Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (for ages 60 plus)honeysuckle to represent the sweetness of mindfulness

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) combines cognitive-behavioral techniques with mindfulness strategies in order to help individuals better understand and manage their thoughts and emotions relieve distress and enhance a sense of wellbeing and ease. This 8-session course has a well-established foundation of research on its effectiveness in preventing relapse of depression and anxiety, equivalent to psychotropic medication. It has been adapted to fit the needs of individuals 60 and older and is covered by Medicare and most insurance.

Note: participation involves a screening interview with Mariko or Halla.


Course Schedule:

Fridays, September  25, 2020 to November 13, 2020 1:30-3:30 pm

Teachers: Mariko Foulk. LMSW and Halla Motawi, LMSW

Call for more information & schedule the initial interview at (734)764-2556

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Offered online, this 8-week course includes a 2 ½ hr. class each week, a 4 hr. retreat, recordings of guided meditations, and handouts. The course provides lots of opportunities to practice mindfulness using a variety of techniques and approaches from meditation to informal mindfulness in daily life. The emphasis throughout is on developing the mental habit of being more present with our awareness of this present moment, in all its vastness and range of difficulty and ease.

Course Schedule:

The course begins with a free introductory session on Monday, September 21, from 6-8:00 pm. This is an opportunity to learn some basic practices, meet the teacher, and ask any questions you may have. Please contact me if you want to attend and I will get you the Zoom link.

The 8-week class meets on Mondays, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, from September 28 to November 16, with a 4-hour retreat on Saturday, November 7, 12 (noon) to 4:00 pm. Registration involves filling out a registration form and paying a deposit (amount self-determined) on the course fee.

Course fee:

Discounted to $200, during this pandemic in recognition of the importance of tending our well-being at this time. CE’s available separately.

Teachers: Libby Robinson, Ph.D., MSW, Mindfulness Teacher and Presenter, and Pam Schweitzer, PMHCNS-BC, Psychotherapist and Mindfulness Teacher, Ann Arbor Center for Mindfulness

For questions or to register, contact Libby directly at or 734-476-3070.

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Serenity Now - 7 days of Sanity

Welcome to the Serenity Now online retreat.  Whether you are new to meditation practice or ready to re-new a committed practice, this is one way to help yourself stay grounded, connected, and calm this season.  Who knows what will happen next?  We surely do not know, though we can certainly create more intention to meet whatever happens next with more awareness, compassion, humor, and ease.  

“Serenity now, insanity later,” was Frank’s mantra in the 159th episode of Seinfeld, inspired by real life events and efforts to control rage, said to have been prescribed by one of the episode writer’s doctor.  While it ultimately didn’t help Frank manage his over-the-top anger, it remains comedy gold for the universal display of  frustration and trying to stay calm in the midst of maddening discomfort.  Shouting can feel great in the moment, though any satisfaction or release doesn’t usually last for long, particularly if it’s followed by feeling exhausted and defeated, or worse, if someone you care about gets hurt or self-loathing sets in.  Funny in a sitcom, not so funny in our daily lives.  

Course Schedule:

October 25, 2020, to November 1, 2020.

What do you need?

  • A commitment to practice at least once a day  We will be here 3 times a day, you’ll have to decide what works for you
  • A journal for taking brief notes after each sit (3 words even)
  • A designated spot to return to each day. 
  • Make it cozy and warm, making it more likely you will want to return throughout the day
  • Anticipate disruptions and protect the time as best you can
  • Roll with what comes up and return if you need to
  • Set a timer or reminders to participate

What can I expect?

  • Facilitated, guided mindfulness meditations - 20 minutes, 3 times a day
  • There will be no discussion until the very end of the series (optional)


Teachers: Laura Rice-Oeschger, LMSW, and ACCFM Teachers


Click here to register.


For questions contact Laura directly at

Basic Mindfulness Skills for Difficult Times

Instructors: Libby Robinson, Ph.D., MSW and Anne Asker, J.D., MSc

Short Course in Mindful Self-Compassion
Instructors: Paulette Grotrian and Karen Kerr.

Mindfulness-Based Dementia Care

Instructor, Laura Rice-Oeschger, LMSW

Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Care

Instructor: Mariko Foulk, LMSW, ACSW

Mindfulness for Parents

Instructor: Barbara Newell

Mindfulness-Based Forgiveness Group for Older Adults (60+)

Instructor: Mariko Foulk, LMSW, ACSW.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for Age 60+

Instructor: Mariko Foulk, LMSW, ACSW.

Mid-Morning Mindfulness a.k.a. Mindfulness Mini-Course 

Instructor: Barbara Newell

Class Descriptions
Detailed description of mindfulness classes offered.
Meet the Teachers
Find out about our group of mindfulness instructors.
Drop-In Sessions
Weekly guided meditation sessions open to members of the community.