Mindfulness Programs

The University of Minnesota's Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing has offered mindfulness classes for individuals, organizations, businesses, and communities for more than two decades. 

Our community mindfulness classes have served thousands of people, and include opportunties like Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Mindful Self-Compassion, a new Introduction to Mindfulness class, half-day retreats for beginners, full-day retreats for intermediate and advanced practitioners, and our newest offering - Mindfulness at Work - which is offered completely online. 

Ready to Learn More and Register?

Below, you may explore our mindfulness classes for the community. When you're ready to register, visit our Schedules and Registration page to sign up for your mindfulness class.

Our half- and full-day mindfulness retreats can help further your understanding of mindfulness or inspire a daily practice. Half-day retreats are opportunities for beginners to learn more about mindfulness practices, while full-day retreats meet the needs of intermediate and advanced practitioners.

Mindfulness at Work explores key mindfulness traits and how they relate to essential workplace skills, such as presence, emotional regulation, resilience, cognitive flexibility, and communication, all of which are critical skills for thriving at work. 6 weeks, online

Introduction to Mindfulness explores what mindfulness is (and isn’t) through direct experience and discussion. Each week, you will investigate a different aspect of mindfulness and its implications for your life. 4 weeks, meets 1 time weekly

Most of us feel compassion when a close friend is struggling. What would it be like to receive the same caring attention whenever you needed it most? All that’s required is a shift in the direction of our attention—recognizing that as a human being, you, too, are a worthy recipient of compassion. 8 weeks, meets 1 time weekly

Take a deep dive into mindfulness, and learn about the physiology and science of stress, and practice a variety of mindfulness techniques including guided instruction, gentle stretching, yoga, mindful communication, meditation, and other practices. 8 weeks, meets 1 time weekly

StressBusters is a weekly, free stress-reduction opportunity for the University of Minnesota community. No prior experience, special clothes, or registration necessary – just drop in. Meets Tuesdays from noon-1 pm