Orientation Canceled!

Orientation for Winter MBSR (6;00-7:30PM Tuesday January 29th) has been canceled due to hazardous weather.  Stay tuned for more information about the backup plan, which will be to combine Class #1 with Orientation.  See you all February 5, 2019 at your appointed class times 9:00am for Day class and 6:00 for Evening class.  If you have talked to me about being in the class, but have not pre-registered, please do so before 2-5-19.  Go to MBSR Registration for full instructions.   If you have not contacted me about taking the evening class, please note that the evening class is full.

There are still openings for morning MBSR  9:00am-11:30am Tuesdays through February and March 2019!  Go to MBSR Registration  to Pre Register!

Review and Renew at All Day Retreat

All past participants of MBSR classes are invited to join the Fall, 2018 class in the All Day Silent Retreat which is part of the MBSR curriculum. This is a great opportunity review the course and to renew your meditation practice.  Here are the particulars:

What:  All Day Silent Retreat for current and past participants of MBSR training.

Where:  First Lutheran Church, 900 Bemidji Ave.  Bemidji MN:  Park in the north parking lot and follow the signs to the retreat space.

When:  Saturday November 10, 2018  9:00am to 4:00pm

What to bring:  Comfortable clothing; cushions or mats if you own them; a bag lunch, mindfully prepared for noon eating practice

Provided:  chairs cushions and mats for your comfort; Healthy snacks and water

Although silent, the retreat is guided all day by teacher, Geri Wilimek.

Your RSVP is not required, but helps in planning this retreat! Contact geriwilimek@gmail.com


Plan Now for Winter 2019 MBSR!

2019 Winter MBSR is now scheduled!  There are both morning and evening classes available this winter.  Consider a gift for yourself, a family member or a friend. Registration Materials will be available after November 1, 2018.

CLICK HERE  for more information,   or email the instructor, Geri Wilimek, at geriwilimek@gmail.com

Be here for your life! Fall 2018 MBSR

We humans are surprisingly similar, experiencing a full range of everything from ease to difficulty as we do our best to live our lives.  Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, (MBSR),  is a scientifically supported approach to helping people suffer less and improve functioning in their lives.  The core skills of MBSR are awareness of body, awareness of thinking, and compassion.  All of these skills can be learned, and are taught using a variety of meditation practices, such as body scan, sitting meditation, gentle stretching (yoga), walking meditation, and work with self-acceptance, gratitude, and compassion.  The course dedicates 8 weeks to learn and develop the skills that bring more richness to personal experience,  and to relationships with others.

Morning and Evening MBSR classes will be offered Fall, 2018.  Consider taking the time to clarify your direction and focus in life, and hone your skills at navigating stress.

Click Here for more information.   Click Here to register for a Daytime or Evening Class this Fall!

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.