Summer Sitting is Underway!

MBSR alumni and others who have a meditation practice are invited to sit each Tuesday, June through August 2012.  We gather from 5:30-5:40pm, meditate for a 30-40 minute period,  visit briefly and leave by 6:30!  This week one person brought a mat and quietly practiced yoga during the meditation period. Because we have a beautiful, large space this worked very well.   The discussion afterward focused on the way summer highway construction can both challenge and teach us.  First Lutheran Church is located at 9th and Bemidji Ave, Bemidji, MN.  Park in the lot, enter the northeast door, and follow signs to the sitting space.

Silence on St.Patrick’s Day

It’s that time of year again. The Winter 2012 MBSR All-Day Silent Retreat will be held from 9:00am to 4:00 pm Saturday, March 17. All people who have taken MBSR in the past are welcome to participate. We have a spacious classroom at the Beltrami Electric Cooperative building. The door will be open at 8:30am, and signs will direct you to the room. As always bring a bag lunch to eat at noon, and if you like, a snack to share. Coffee, tea and water will be provided as well. This is a great way to renew your mindfulness practice in the company of others!

Winter 2012 MBSR: Plan for it Now!

Winter is a great time to develop mindfulness skills.  MBSR is a course designed to realize the stress-reducing benefits of mindfulness, and improve overall quality of life.  An array of meditation approaches are introduced and practiced over an eight week period.  The classroom setting is supportive, non judgmental, and empirically based.  You can re-take the course for 1/2 price, and spouses, partners or immediate family may also use the 1/2 price benefit.  Two scholarships are available each term for people who could not otherwise take the class.  E-mail Geri to check on availability and eligibility ahead of time.

Winter MBSR will begin with an Orientation and Registration Session, Tuesday, January 31, 2012.  Classes will meet every Tuesday evening, from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm.  through the months of February and March 2012.  The class includes  an all day retreat on Saturday, March 17,2012.  The course will be taught at the Community Room at the Beltrami Electric Building, Bemidji, MN.

The cost, $295, includes all ten sessions, the textbook, a set of  CDs for home practice, weekly handouts and teacher consultation throughout the duration of the class.

e-mail  for more information

Alumni: All Day Retreat, March 19, 2011

Alumni of MBSR classes, you are cordially invited to the Saturday All Day Silent Retreat, March 19, 2011 from 9:00am to 4:00pm.  Bring a bag lunch, wear comfortable clothes, bring your own cushion/blanket/yoga mat or use ours.  Coffee, tea water, and light snacks will be provided.  You can bring a snack to share if you want to.  This is a great way to renew your mindfulness practice! Be there a few minutes early to be sure to have time to settle in before we begin.

Where:  United Methodist Church, 9th and Beltrami, Bemidji.

Questions?  Contact  Geri Wilimek at

Looking forward to seeing you Saturday morning, the 19th!

Spring 2011 Class Schedule

Time: 6:00-8:30

Dates: Monday Evenings, April 11, 2011 through May 30, 2011

(plus all day Saturday, May 21, 2011)

Required Orientation: There is a required orientation and registration session

Monday April 4, 2011 at 6:00p.m.

Place: All classes are held at  United Methodist Church at   9th and Beltrami, in Bemidji.

Contact: For directions or more information call 444-6260 or  e-mail instructor at

Cost: The fee of $295 includes all 10 class sessions (above), a set of 4 meditation cd’s, weekly handouts and the text book.

MBSR Winter 2010 Evening Class Schedule

Winter classes are underway!   If you are interested in taking an MBSR course in the Spring 2010, check this site for the Spring Orientation dates  and proposed class schedules.  Details are still in the works so this information will be available within a couple of weeks.

Class #1 6:30pm-8:30pm  Monday, 2/1/10

Class #2 6:30pm-8:30pm Monday, 2/8/10

Class #3 6:30pm-8:30pm Monday, 2/15/10

Class #4 6:30pm-8:30pm  Monday, 2/22/10

Class #5 6:30pm-8:30pm  Monday, 3/1/10

Class #6 6:30pm-8:30pm  Monday, 3/8/10

All Day  Retreat:  9:00am-4:00pm Saturday, March, 13 2010

Class #7 6:30pm-8:30pm  Monday, 3/15/10

Class #8 6:30pm-8:30pm  Monday, 3/22/10

United Methodist Church 9th and Beltrami, Bemidji, MN

MBSR Winter 2010 Daytime Class Schedule

Class #1 11:00am-1:00pm Tuesday, 2/2/10

Class #2 11:00am-1:00pm  Tuesday, 2/9/10

Class #3 11:00am-1:00pm  Tuesday, 2/16/10

Class #4 11:00am-1:00pm  Tuesday, 2/23/10

Class #5 11:00am-1:00pm  Tuesday, 3/2/10

Class #6 11:00am-1:00pm  Tuesday, 3/9/10

All Day  Retreat:  9:00am-4:00pm Saturday, March 13, 2010

Class #7 11:00am-1:00pm  Tuesday, 3/16/10

Class #8 11:00am-1:00pm  Tuesday, 3/23/10

United Methodist Church 9th and Beltrami, Bemidji, MN