It’s Time….Summer MBSR!

Yes, it’s time to register for Summer MBSR!

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction is an eight-week course that teaches basic awareness skills that ultimately lead to less suffering and better functioning! All human beings have the capacity for moment to moment awareness “built in” but often do not know how to tap into and use it as a resource. MBSR helps develop your ability to navigate life with focus, wisdom and compassion. It’s no surprise that this can greatly enhance overall quality of life!

The course is taught by Geri Wilimek, LICSW, a 40year resident of the Bemidji area, and a Certified MBSR teacher, who studied in the Mindfulness programs at both University of Massachusetts Medical School and Brown University’s School of Public Health.

While meditation can be associated with various spiritual practices, MBSR is fueled mostly by modern neuroscience and social science, and is compatible with whatever spiritual practice a person may or may not have.

Classes this summer will meet on Wednesday mornings.

Click on Class Schedule for details, and Registration to fill out the initial registration form, which saves your spot in the class.

An ONLINE Orientation Session is required in order to take the class: 6:00pm–7:30pm June 1, 2022 . LINK: Meeting ID: 881 9005 1252

I’m looking forward to seeing you! Geri

MBSR All Day Silent Retreat on Zoom!

It’s that time again….all past participants of MBSR are invited to register for the All Day Silent Retreat, a day of silent guided practice, from 9:00am to 4:00pm Saturday March 20,2021 on Zoom. This is a great opportunity to refresh your meditation practice in a supportive setting with others who have taken MBSR. See guidelines below. Contact Geri Wilimek to register if you plan to attend. I will email you a link Friday, March 19, 2021.

Time to Register for MBSR!

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is the evidence-based program that has been helping people reduce suffering and improve overall quality of life for over four decades. Developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, MBSR combines centuries old human wisdom supported by modern neuroscience. MBSR is more than an app, a mantra or a guided meditation. It is an intensive 8-week program that helps people develop greater emotional regulation, and improve self awareness, self compassion and self care. It also helps develop focus, clear communication, and opens our natural capacities for learning, creativity, problem solving, collaborating, and decision making. The benefits of mindfulness are experienced as “wellbeing” in our bodies, hearts, and minds, benefiting all of the lives we touch every day. If you experience, stress (and who doesn’t?) MBSR can help you find fresh new ways to navigate life!

It is time to register for Winter 2021 MBSR classes! You are invited to explore the material on this website, and to attend the January 26, 2021 Orientation, 6:00-7:30pm. Early registration is encouraged. Payment is refundable if, after the first class you decide to withdraw.

Click here to Register

Before eating, a pause…

This food arises from earth;
From circumstances and actions
too numerous to count.
May we receive 
this meal
with eyes
May we radiate gratitude
in the ten directions.

A non-traditional but heartfelt meal blessing, for a unique Thanksgiving Day. With love for all beings, Geri

Online All Day Silent Retreat: Well Attended!

The MBSR Fall 2020 All Day Silent Retreat was held November 14, 2020 from 9:00am to 4:00pm online. Seven class members and eight alumni from past MBSR classes were present. If you missed the All Day Retreat when you were taking MBSR, or if you’ve taken MBSR and want a one-day “refresher” for your mindfulness practice, consider attending the next all-day retreat, March 20, 2021. The day is teacher-guided and is an opportunity to step back from “doing” and focus on exploring “just being”. To register email with ALL DAY RETREAT in the subject line.

MBSR Fall 2020: Underway!

Fall 2020 MBSR is underway online. There are two classes meeting this fall, one in the morning and one in the evening, both on Tuesdays. Participants have completed an orientation that covers the basics of the class. They will begin learning the skills of focused attention, curiosity, and self regulation that are the signatures of mindfulness. I always recommend that people go “all in” without expectations. It is a radical approach that respects that each person has the intrinsic ability to be aware, and to guide themselves purposefully through the training.

If you are interested in a future MBSR class, subscribe to this site in the lower right hand side of the home page for future reminders about Winter 2020 classes!

MBSR All Day Retreat works online!

Who knew? This summer, has been the first time I’ve offered MBSR online and it has gone well for me as a teacher, and for the participants! The All Day Retreat was completed Saturday July 25, and fit right in as part of the online curriculum. Thank you all for bringing yourselves to the day wholeheartedly! May the benefits you experience from mindfulness practice continue to inform and enrich you. Geri