The Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness is dedicated to teaching people how to use mindfulness-based tools to manage their stress and feel empowered to take charge of their health and well-being. Our programs are based on the groundbreaking work of Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.
Our highly trained instructors are committed to practicing mindfulness in their own lives and teach from a deep understanding of the challenges and joys of living mindfully. Learn about our upcoming classes and workshops below.

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Invite joy back into your life! This foundational 8-week course will introduce you to mindfulness and assist you in establishing your own practice. Scientists have discovered that mindfulness techniques not only help with relieving stress and improving well-being, but can also be used to improve your overall health.


Mindful Self-Compassion

The way we treat ourselves matters more than we realize. This invaluable 8-week course empowers you to navigate the challenges and difficult moments of life with grace. Years of scientific research show that learning and applying these simple skills can have a lasting effect on your level of happiness, kindness, and well-being.


Eat for Life: Mindful Eating 

If you’ve been on an endless rollercoaster of yo-yo dieting and self-judgement, it’s time to try a new approach. Reclaim a healthier relationship with your body by learning intuitive eating principles. In EFL, you will rediscover your natural delight in food and appreciation for your body.


Interpersonal Mindfulness Classes - Grand Rapids Center for MindfulnessBuilding Mindful Connection: Learning to Speak and Listen from the Heart 

We spend so much of our days interacting with each other both online and in-person, and yet many of us struggle to effectively communicate our thoughts and listen with mindful awareness. This advanced 8-week course will guide you toward greater understanding of your own needs and values, and support more meaningful connection with the world around you.


Upcoming Workshops and Series

Mindful Self-Compassion for Beginners
3-Hour Workshop
with April Kaiserlian, LMSW

Date: Sunday, October 20, 2019
Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Mindful Self-Compassion is a powerful tool for emotional resilience. This workshop is an opportunity to learn some of the simple, proven techniques for integrating more self-care into your life. Learn More…


Reclaim Your Wholeness:
Practices of Mind, Body, and Heart
4-Week Series
with Carol Hendershot

Dates: Sundays, December 1 – 22, 2019
Time: 4:30 – 6:15 pm

In this 4-week class, we will explore a heart-centered approach to mindfulness meditation, posture, and breath. This blended approach brings us into skillful relationship with ourselves and the world around us. Learn More…

Mindfulness for Beginners IMindfulness for Beginners I
3-Hour Workshops
with April Kaiserlian, LMSW

Date: Sunday, December 8, 2019
Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Mindfulness for Beginners is for busy people who want to reduce their stress and learn how to be more present in their lives. Theis workshops offer you an opportunity to be immersed in mindfulness practice. Learn More…



Save the Date!
Saturday, October, 26, 2019, 9am – 4pm
Becoming Trauma-Sensitive:
Making Mindfulness and Meditation
Safe for Trauma Survivors

Designed for wellness professionals, this one-day workshop–led by author and trauma specialist, David Treleaven, PhD–will equip you with the tools you need to offer mindfulness in a safe, effective, trauma-sensitive way. Learn More…


Now partnering with MetaFi™ to bring you a lifetime of mindfulness and self-awareness

We have some exciting news! Starting with our January 2019 classes, we will be offering a lifetime membership to one of the best self-awareness tools available.
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Parenting, Youth and Young Adult Mindfulness Offerings


Middle School Classes
Grades: 6th – 8th
Dates: Tues, October 1 – 22
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
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High School Classes
Grades: 9th – 12th
Dates: Tues, November 5 – 19
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
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College-Aged Classes
Ages: 18 – 25
Dates: Tues, October 1 – 22
Time: 7:15 – 8:30 pm
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