Thursdays, September 26 - October 17 / Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM; Mindfulness Meditation for Chronic Pain: 7:00 - 8:00 PM

Mindfulness Meditation 4-Week Programs

All levels

With Susan Weinschenk, PhD


Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Mindfulness Meditation for Chronic Pain: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

You may enroll in one or both programs. No experience required for either program.

Mindfulness meditation is a form of meditation in which you use your breath to bring your attention to the present moment. It has ancient roots in Zen Buddhism, and became popular when Jon Kabat-Zinn started a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program at the University of Massachusetts in 1979. Research in mindfulness meditation shows that it has have a long-term effect on brain functioning that results in a reduction in anxiety and stress.

In these 4 session classes you will learn about mindfulness meditation and about the science behind it. These are experiential sessions – we will spend some of each class meditating.

Here’s what you will learn:

  • What mindfulness meditation is
  • How to meditate
  • How mindfulness meditation is similar to, and different from, other forms of meditation and yoga
  • The research on the effects of mindfulness meditation on the brain and body
  • The easiest and best ways to incorporate Mindfulness meditation into your own health and awareness routines

The 7:00 PM sessions will focus on mindfulness meditation specifically for chronic pain.  Whether you have long-term chronic pain or short-term pain from an illness or injury, mindfulness meditation is effective in helping to cope with the stress of pain.

A 2018 National Institute of Health-funded study by Fadel Zeidan of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC, showed that mindfulness meditation was effective in relieving chronic pain.

Each session is an opportunity to learn something new and de-stress.  The sessions build on one another, so it is best if you can attend all 4.

When the 4 sessions are completed you will know how to practice mindfulness meditation on your own, and you will already feel the positive effects of learning to be in the present moment. You will also have access to meditation recordings so you can continue to practice on your own.

No previous meditation experience is necessary, however, people with meditation experience of any kind are also welcome to join.

Yoga mats, meditation cushions or other aids are not necessary, but feel free to bring them if you have them.

Susan Weinschenk

Susan Weinschenk is a behavioral scientist with a Ph.D. in Psychology. She is the author of several books on brain and behavioral science, the Chief Behavioral Scientist at The Team W, Inc. and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. Susan has been practicing yoga and meditation for several decades, and Mindfulness meditation specifically for 7 years. She teaches workshops and presents keynotes on brain science and human behavior around the world, and locally has previously taught meditation and reiki classes at UW Marathon and UW Marshfield continuing education programs.  Dr. Weinschenk writes a blog at and is a regular columnist for Psychology Today Magazine online.  

$48 by September 20 / $60 after September 20


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