Mindfulness Meditation engages the deep wisdom of body and mind to develop ongoing self-care and release stress and pain.

This simple, profound practice deepens awareness of thoughts, feelings and body sensations. Bringing steady, non-judging attention to one’s inner world, one cultivates calm and greater kindness to the self and others.


Below are questions to consider if you are wondering whether mindfulness study will benefit you. “Yes” answers indicate a condition that mindfulness meditation addresses as shown in the research.





Ongoing Meditation Support:

Establishing & Deepening your Practice

This course is designed to assist you in cultivating a regular mindfulness practice. The themes are often drawn from participants’ questions and interests. Available to people who have completed the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction seminar


• Practice to deepen skills

• Check-ins & discussion of aspects of practice

• Presentations to develop your skills and understanding

•  Opportunity to build community with other seekers

•  Support for your home practice


Dates: 3rd Saturday of each month, 3-5 pm

Location: Rivers’ Way Meditation Center, Ivy Building,

2637 27th Ave S, #201, Mpls, 55406

Fee: $20/ class


Half-Day Introductory Retreat: 
“Moving through your Day Mindfully”

Enjoy the fruits of mindfulness through experiencing a number of simple, quick ways to calm and center throughout the day.  This retreat can be delivered as either an introduction to or a refresher of mindfulness skills.

Fee: $40


Grounding More Fully in Your Body

This 4-session course of 1-hour segments is offered to groups of 4 people, either in person or over the internet. Combines instruction, guided meditation practice and discussion. Arranged by request.


One-to- One Meditation Support
If you’ve had an introduction to mindfulness meditation, we can meet individually to fine tune your practice, support a regular practice time, and/or apply these skills more deeply to some of the questions listed above.  Sliding fee scale available.


Are you feeling stressed, in your body and/or mind, most every day?


Are you dealing with ongoing
chronic pain or illness?


Do you experience anxious and/or depressed thoughts and feelings?



Do you find yourself unsatisfied
with your enjoyment of life?


Would you like to know yourself better than you do?


Is distractability interfering with your job performance or quality of friendship time?


Are you experiencing more conflict in your relationships than other people appear to?

Options for learning more about mindfulness meditation with Kaia:

“Thanks to Kaia's guidance and support, I no longer rush through my life,
chasing my to-do list but am more awake and alive to each moment. I am happier, sleep better at night, and have tools to manage life's stressors.
Kaia is a kind, generous and wise teacher.
I recommend her highly."

—Erika Walker, MS, business consultant and educator


Combining meditation and climate
change awareness:


EcoSattva-in- Training course

What does it mean to express a Buddhist response
to climate change?

What does our wisdom tradition and our love for
this life call us to do?

How can we respond with insight, compassion and courage?

Join insightful international teachers, activists, experts who look at these questions in an 8-week audio series designed by One Earth Sangha. With an interactive, live format, we’ll build a sense of community with other seekers. This course develops our capacity to effectively engage with climate change and other

ecological challenges with resilience and wise actions grounded in more fully caring for one another and all beings.


Fee: $60/person. Inquire about sliding fee scale.


“...the energy and profundity of the series was tangible. I have been feeling ‘pushed’ in my personal life around the subject of the environment and so it was really wonderful to dive deeper into the struggle with so many wisdom figures whose message was ‘yes, this is reality, and we have the spiritual tools to hold this."
—Ecosattva participant fall 2015

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

A very popular introduction to a personal mindfulness meditation practice is the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Seminar developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. This program launched the great interest in mindfulness in our society today. I taught this seminar for 20 years and was continually impressed with the amount of self-care and self-kindness participants tended to develop.

A list of MBSR teachers in the metro area whom I am happy to recommend:



Center for Spirituality and Healing, U of MN, www.csh.umn.edu
(612)-624- 9459 MMC 505, 420 Delaware Street S.E. Mpls, 55455


Common Ground Meditation Center, www.commongroundmeditation.org

(612) 722-8260, 3400 East 26th St., Mpls, 55406


Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center www.oceandharma.org

(612)-781- 7640, 652 17th Ave. NE, Mpls, 55413 (NE Arts District)


Judith Lies, LMFT, judith@seedsofmindfulness.com

www.seedsofmindfulness.com , (612) 343-1623,

3043 47th Avenue S. Mpls, MN 55406


Catherine "Cass" McLaughlin

catherinecassmclaughlin@gmail.com (651) 269-0446


Merra Young, rivwaymed@aol.com

(612) -253- 5133

“You can extend the span of your life by only so much. With meditation, however, you can expand the scale of it-two-, three-, fourfold. So, if you live for 60 years but you lived twice as “big” in each moment – it will be like living 120 years. This is not some impossible state of attainment.
It is something that any ordinary person can do.”
—Shinzen Young

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