MBSR Winter 2018 All Day Retreat

All MBSR alumni!  You are invited to renew your meditation practice at the All Day Silent Retreat Saturday, April 28, 2018!  The retreat will be held at Beltrami Electric Cooperative Community Room 4111 Technology Drive, Bemidji MN.

  • The day begins at 9:00 am
  • Come a bit early so you can visit,  eat a bite, and have coffee or tea before we begin.
  • Coffee, tea, and healthy snacks will be available all day
  • Prepare a lunch for yourself which will be eaten over the noon hour, as part of the mindfulness practice.
  • Wear comfortable clothing, and bring layers, to accommodate personal comfort.
  • If you have a favorite cushion, blanket or prop feel free to bring them.
  • Chairs, cushions, mats, and blankets will be available for your practice

The day concludes at 4:00 pm.   Email geriwilimek@gmail.com with questions, and to let me know if you plan to come.

Enough (really is) Enough!

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Good news for all who become just plain exhausted trying to give 110% to our lives:  100% is just fine!  In fact, just by being alive we are already here 100% every moment, every day.  With regular mindfulness meditation, we can discover how to intentionally show up in our lives with a new mix: less suffering and more awareness, compassion and wisdom.  If this sounds good to you great…now comes the hard part.  It takes practice!

MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) is a course that has, for 35 years, been  helping people establish the behaviors and attitudes needed to live a more grounded, realistic and satisfying life by learning a core set of practices that integrate awareness into everyday life.   The course is supported by research, and has benefitted people who suffer with  illness,  and a variety of stressors in the workplace, social sphere and family relationships.   Health care professionals, teachers, criminal justice, political, religious and business leaders have all endorsed MBSR as safe and beneficial.

Read more about MBSR     See the schedule        Pre Register!  (Space is limited)

Summer 2018 MBSR will be focused for Teachers and Educators Tuesday mornings, 9:00-11:30am



May Peace Prevail on Earth

You know that white Peace Pole planted in the garden at Harmony Food Coop?  PeacePoleHaronyDid you know that it is one of 250, 000 Peace Poles planted all over the world?  There is a growing network of people all over the world who intentionally affirm the simple sentiment, “May Peace Prevail on Earth”.  While these can be powerful words, there is another way to affirm our support for peace on earth:  there is a silent embodied way to  express this in a Japanese tradition called the IN (pronounced “een”).  The Divine Spark IN, a series of graceful gestures with the hands and arms, will be taught Tuesday November 7, 2017  at 6:00pm at First Lutheran Church upstairs Labyrinth room.  Please consider this an invitation to learn and  practice this graceful, silent and powerful affirmation of our connectedness and desire for nonviolence; for peace.  

All Day Silent Retreat


Summer can get a bit harried…sometimes its nice to veer off in a restorative direction.  For everyone who has taken MBSR, this is an invitation to spend a day quietly regenerating your meditation practice.  We will be meeting Saturday, July 29, 2017 at Beltrami Electric Community Room, 9:00am to 4:00pm. Plan on spending the day in quiet guided practice.  It’s a great review of the many mindfulness practices introduced in MBSR class.  There will be healthy snacks provided; pack a lunch to be eaten mindfully at noon.  Click hereto read more about important details.  E-mail Geri geriwilimek@gmail.com if you have questions; and let me know if you plan on attending, as this helps me plan for the day.  

Summer MBSR for Teachers!

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Teachers, this is your chance to learn Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, an empirically supported approach to stress reduction that enhances human functioning in all areas of life. Classroom teachers are subject to some of the highest levels of workplace stress. Passion for the work is essential, but can be dampened with chronic stress exposure.  Learning mindfulness skills can transform the classroom experience for you and for your students.  Basic research on mindfulness in the classroom will be presented as part of Orientation.  The course presents an array of mindfulness skills over the eight weeks, and supports your practice both in and outside of class .  The course is being offered especially for teachers this summer.  It will meet Tuesday mornings from 9:00am to 11:30 and spans the summer, June 6 (required orientation) through August 8.  There will be a break for July 4th holiday.   CLICK HERE  to learn more

All Day Retreat!


Just a reminder…no  matter what you have to do this spring, refreshing your mindfulness practice will help you focus and enjoy it more.  The Winter 2017 MBSR All Day Retreat is an opportunity to reconnect with yourself and your mindfulness practice.

All  MBSR participants past and present are invited Saturday, April 29, 2017.  This guided all day retreat is part of the Winter, 2017 MBSR curriculum.  It gives a great review and reboot to anyone who has taken MBSR in the past  and wants to review mindfulness skills or  begin anew with daily practice.  No lists, no pens, paper or electronics.  Just bring yourself and your mindfully prepared lunch.

Where: Beltrami Electric Community Room  4111 Technology Drive Bemidji, MN

When:  Saturday April 29, 2017  9:00am to 4:00pm  Come a few minutes early for Coffee and conversation, and so you can settle in for the day.

What:  Bring a lunch you have packed yourself to eat at noon; bring layers of clothing for comfort, and any extra pillows blankets or props you need for comfort.

Water, coffee and tea and healthy snacks will be provided!

Cushions, blankets and chairs will be provided.

E-mail Geri at geriwilimek@gmail.com if you plan on coming.  If you decide to come when you wake up Saturday morning, jus COME on over!

All Day Silent Retreat  Click for more details

Looking forward to seeing and practicing with you.