About Us

Why a Mindfulness Centre in West Central Minnesota?

Our Mission: To bring Mindfulness Based Interventions to vulnerable groups and the community for peace, healing, and self-care.

Midwest Mindfulness Meditation Centre is the only nonprofit in MN certified to teach the evidence-based practice of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). The MBSR curriculum, created at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, offers secular, intensive mindfulness training to assist people with anxiety, depression, pain, and craving. It’s a practical approach which trains attention through experiential practices of mindfulness meditation coupled with didactic teaching on topics of our body’s habitual response to stress and coping skills like cognitive behavioral therapy.


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Training (MBSR) is an eight-week program teaching mindfulness meditation and awareness practices which have been shown to dramatically decrease stress and improve well being for individuals with chronic conditions.

More than 40 years of research supports MBSR’s effectiveness in working with all kinds of stress; from the day to day pressures of work, life transitions and relationships, to the challenges of chronic pain, and illness. MBSR teaches research supported practices to help participants develop their own inner resources for resilience, reset after trauma, and peace of mind.

MBSR was developed in 1979 by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. It has served tens of thousands of participants over the last four decades globally.

MBSR is one of the most highly researched and validated approaches to stress reduction. Its effectiveness has been shown in studies spanning many health disciplines and populations.

Who is it for?
Many enroll because, although they are feeling well physically, they say the pace of their lives is "out of control" or they're "just not feeling quite right" and want more ease and peace. Mindfulness training can enhance learning, concentration, creativity, personal resilience and professional effectiveness. For people with job, relationship and family pressures, it can help with day-to-day stress symptoms including headaches, irritability, high-blood pressure, fatigue and sleep disturbances. It can reduce suffering even for those with serious conditions including mild depression, anxiety and panic disorders, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease and chronic pain.

What does the program involve?
The MBSR course is an 8-week, nine session course. Participants attend a 2 hour introductory class prior to its start. The 2 hour classes then commence once a week for eight weeks as well as one full day silent session. The program involves mindfulness meditation training and practice, yoga and body awareness training, exploration of patterns of thinking, brief lectures and group discussions. Download the 8 – week course curriculum here.

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8 Week Course Outline

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Our Leadership

Marcie L Wagner, CFRE, MBSR, Founding Director & Instructor
Carol Wenner, Board Chair
Sonja Kuhn, Vice Chair and Secretary
Debra Quarles, Board Member
Chris Pinatiello, Board Member