These mini-workshops are designed to bring you meditation practices that are practiced OFF your cushion and IN the world! Expand your horizons to include the senses, youth, somatics, and lovingkindness practices you can do while at the grocery store or in a traffic jam!

You can register for just this one session or all of the reunion workshops by selecting the bundle option. Not able to make them all live? By registering you’ll get the recording in your Mind Oasis account to visit at a later date.

  • August 1 (Saturday 9am CT) – Anne Heinen presents a Kidding Around: Mindfulness and Meditation with Children
  • August 10 (Monday 7pm CT) – Maria Novak presents Chocolate Meditation: How to REALLY Enjoy Your Present Moment! 
  • August 22 (Saturday 9am CT) – Joseph Schwartz presents Walking Meditation for the Soul
  • August 31 (Monday 7pm CT) – Elizabete Gomes presents Lovingkindness on the GO!

Free for anyone who participated in the Meditation Challenge and/or is or has been enrolled in Community Meditation.

If you miss a session – they’re recorded and available within 48 hours. 

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Heart Harvest: Embodying the Intersection of Poetry and Meditation

An Online Fall Retreat with Karuna and Friends

One Weekend 

Friday 16 October from 5-7 pm MT

Saturday 17 October from 7-11am AND 4-8pm MT

Sunday 18 October from 7-11am MT

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Karuna along with other Community Meditation teachers, will bring poetry, meditation, and practices designed to open your body, heart, and mind to the possibility of boundless love during the first annual online Mind Oasis meditation retreat.  Throughout the weekend, you’ll be invited through gentle yoga asana, breathwork, meditation, and inspiring talks to feel into the limitless quality of your heart-mind space.  The world is aching and in need of courageous warriors of the heart.  Join us to pick up new tools for your warrior toolbox!  Masters Rumi, Hafiz, Mary Oliver, Maya Angelou, Pablo Neruda, yung pueblo, and others will guide us along the way.  Spontaneous single-song dance parties are guaranteed!  If you’re retreat-curious, a first-timer, or an old hat, this special weekend long experience will help you shift and infuse your practice with the elixir of love.

Coinciding with the potent October new moon, come prepared to invite in something new that your heart most desires. Not sure? We’ll help you figure out what exactly it is that your heart most desires at this time!

If you miss a session – they’re recorded and available within 48 hours. 

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Mindful Moving Meditation with Joseph

Six-week Series

11am – 11:45am CDT

Tuesdays – 45 minutes

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28 July – 1 September

Join Joseph for body awareness practices informed by multiple martial arts practices.  Participants will use gentle movement to help recover movement in their bodies. Each week we’ll explore a different practice designed to get you in your body.

Week One: Working with Breath

Week Two: Working with the Spine

Week Three: Working with Shoulders, Elbows, and Wrists

Week Four: Hip, Knee, Ankle

Week Five: Global Integration

Week Six: Putting It All Together

If you miss a session – they’re recorded and available within 48 hours. 

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Finding Our Way: Using Zen Stories to Understand Ourselves and Our Worlds
Annie Mahon
Thursdays, 23 July – 27 August
9:00am CT (60 minutes)

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Each week we will read a short story/koan from Buddhist teachers and writings (ancient to modern times), contemplate/meditate together in silence, and then discuss what this story means for us in our lives today. An engaging way to bypass the analytical mind and learn more about ourselves and our intentions. Miss a session or two? Recordings are posted within 48 hours to your account.

Annie Mahon was ordained by Thich Nhat Hanh in 2009.

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Mind Training: A Beautiful Practice 

8:00am CT (60 Minutes), Thursdays, 10 September – 29 October, 2020

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An 8-Week Series with Karuna; the fifth in her Living Beautifully year-long exploration with Pema Chödrön.  No need to have attended the prior modules — you’re welcome to register for individual modules or the entire year-long series.  This is sure to be a special teaching, as she will have just returned from a 3-week meditation retreat.

Each class will be an invitation to recharge your battery, recommit to living beautifully, and reset your intention for the week.

In this module, we will be leaning on Pema Chödrön’s “The Compassion Book.” which you can purchase here: https://amzn.to/33v8GDG

Also available are lojong cards (Compassion Cards) that can be placed on your fridge or altar throughout the week to inspire and recharge your practice! Click here to purchase: ttps://amzn.to/39xVWQO

The lojong teachings – or mind-training teachings – are Tibetan Buddhist slogans that are pithy and potent reminders for how to open our hearts to whatever is arising in our day-to-day life.Short enough to be memorized, the slogans are rich enough that we’ll explore the “top ten” or so over the series.

In the example, “In postmeditation, be a child of illusion,” the work is done on the cushion so that that there can be a sense of gentleness as you look out into the world; there is ease in your approach to daily life.

If you miss a session – they’re recorded and available within 48 hours. 

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Help…I’ve Fallen Down the Rabbit Hole!
Shari Simmons, MSW, LSCW & Jann Simmons 
2-Hour Workshop
Saturday
September 12
10:00am – 12:00pm CT (convert to your timezone)

How to cultivate health and wellness in your personal and professional life even when the world throws you a curveball!

As a mother/daughter duo, Shari and Jann provide audiences with an unforgettable story of love and transformation that will resonate with anyone who has struggled during the Covid-19 pandemic or past trauma/stress. Both women shine a light on trauma and how current world dynamics are creating depression, anxiety, and fear. They discuss the powerful decision we make about which path we will choose when wanting to live a life of meaning and significance. Audience members will learn:

  • To deconstruct false narratives that hold us back
  • How isolation and uncertainty can disrupt wiring in the brain
  • Healthy ways to heal from negative and unexpected events
  • To utilize tool for creating a positive outlook
  • Strategies for building a healthy life, even when the world is chaotic

The session will be recorded and available within 48 hours after the event. Review the session time and again.

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A Beautiful Life: Pema’s Greatest Hits with Karuna

8:00am CT (60 minutes), Thursdays, 5-19 November AND 3-17 December 2020

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A 6-Week Series with Karuna; the culmination of her Living Beautifully year-long exploration with Pema Chödrön.  No need to have attended the prior modules — you’re welcome to register for individual modules or the entire year-long series.  This is sure to be a special teaching, as she will have just returned from a trekking meditation retreat in Nepal.

There will be a book used in this class, TBD.

Each class will be an invitation to recharge your battery, recommit to living beautifully, and reset your intention for the week.

In this module, we will take the culmination of all that we’ve explored over the year and incorporate it into potent useful meditation practices based on what are some of Pema’s Greatest Wisdom Hits.

“Rather than letting our negativity get the better of us, we could acknowledge that right now we feel like a piece of shit and not be squeamish about taking a good look.” — Pema Chödrön

If you miss a session – they’re recorded and available within 48 hours. 

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Looking for Mind/Body Practices for Resiliency during these intense times?
Gina de la Chesnaye
RECORDINGS: 12 hours of practices FREE for you!

Gina de la Chesnaye offers mind/body practices specifically for those affected by these strange times; which may include depression, anxiety, rumination, grief and anger.

Each session entails an understanding of how traumatic events affect our nervous system and what practices we have within our own bodies and the connection of our mind-bodies to help alleviate some of the physical symptoms and mental/emotional/spiritual ones as well.

Oftentimes, it is very difficult to discern if the tightness in our chest is anxiety, illness, or both.

Utilizing breath work, mindful movement, meditation and restorative poses can be key instruments in helping us to feel agency and provide some relief, while helping others recover or simply witnessing the suffering that is all around us.

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LovingKindness Meditation and the Power of Feeling Safe
Gina de la Chesnaye
Mondays, 6 July – 3 August 2020
1:00pm CDT (60 minutes)

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LovingKindness Meditation or Metta comes from the Buddhist practice of extending goodwill and the wish for the happiness of others to others. It begins, however, with offering that ourselves.

May I Be Happy May I Be Peaceful May I Be Safe May I Be At Ease

Sometimes, however, we don’t feel safe.

Participants will learn the basics of PolyVagal Theory and why our bodies are constantly looking to feel safe through our innate neuroception, what happens when that neuroception becomes faulty, and how the utilization of specific mind/body skills can help us find calm and ease through a fully embodied Lovingkindness practice.

Clinicians and trauma therapists may find this beneficial for their patients and clients.

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Sundays with Karuna
Karuna Schwartz
Sundays, ongoing
9:00am CT (30 minutes)

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Join Karuna each week for this complimentary 30-minute guided online meditation session. Invite a friend (or three!) to take online meditation for a spin. Or join each week and enjoy sleeping in a little extra on Sunday morning 🙂 The more the merrier!

You can expect each session to open with a little movement designed to get you in your body, a body scan or sensing exercise to get you out of your mind, and some guided time as well as a poem or quote designed to open your heart.

Come for the meditation. Stay for the community. Leave feeling energized!

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Finding Refuge in the Three Jewels
Kelly Ann Lindsey
Tuesdays, 30 June – 4 August 2020
9am CT
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75 minutes

In this six-week summer meditation series we will focus on Buddhist teachings on Finding Refuge — where and who we turn to when the going gets rough. We’ll look toward examples of courage, compassion, and wisdom, explore practices that can help us connect with these qualities within ourselves, and most importantly, connect with each other in sacred community. Each class will include a short Dharma talk, guided meditation, and an opportunity for courageous conversations. This Buddhist meditation series is open to new and continuing students.

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Hidden Beauty: When Things Fall Apart
Facilitated by Karuna
Thursdays, 8am CT
11 June – 30 July 2020
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60 minutes

An 8-Week Series with Karuna; the fourth in her Living Beautifully year-long exploration with Pema Chödrön. No need to have attended the prior modules — you’re welcome to register for individual modules or the entire year-long series.

Each class will be an invitation to recharge your battery, recommit to living beautifully, and reset your intention for the week.

We’ll explore how to use painful and/or difficult experiences to cultivate wisdom, compassion, and courage. Likewise, we’ll examine what could be helpful in chaotic situations or when habitual patterns surface (again) in our life. Gently we’ll acknowledge what those habitual patterns are and also how they have served us in the past. Perhaps we’ll decide what next we want to pick up and put down. Mid-year is a wonderful time to take inventory and decide if any calibrating would better serve us for the rest of the year.

“Things falling apart is a kind of testing and also a kind of healing. We think that the point is to pass the test or to overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It’s just like that.The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.” ― Pema Chödrön

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Being Alone Without Feeling Alone (The Profound Art of Retreat)
Michael Hewett
RECORDINGS: More than 9 hours of recorded content

Retreating from the world is a source of nutrition. It provides the time to reflect, to get our bodies and minds to slow down, and to release and recharge with fresh perspectives. There’s an art to this, which has been passed down for millennia. Give yourself this gift; make the most of this time and be more present for yourself and others.

This experiential retreat includes: How to do retreat (Resources, location & community), the yamas & niyamas (code of ethics & engagements), recognizing & balancing up & down regulated energy, the enjoyable & unruly aspects of cabin fever, antidotes & remedies for nervous energy, subtle body mapping & breathwork, best practices for calming, sharpening & preparing the mind for insights & profound transformation.

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Mind Body Practices for People from Refugee Backgrounds
and the Caregivers of Australia

Gina de la Chesnaye
6-week FREE series
Wednesdays
10 June-22 July
60 minutes
6:00pm CDT (time zone converter)

Utilizing breathwork, meditation, mindfulness, movement, play and restorative yoga participants will learn how trauma affects the nervous system and what that looks like in our physical, emotional and mental selves. Through mind-body practices find the agency within to heal while increasing physical and mental wellbeing. Sessions are presented live in English, Arabic and Farsi. The recordings are available within 48 hours after the live session.  Revisit the session recordings time and again.

لمعرفة المزيد والتسجيل

Living Beautifully – A Year-Long Study with Pema Chödrön (2020)
Facilitated by Karuna
Thursdays, 8am CT
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60 minutes

When we become more insightful and compassionate about how we ourselves get hooked, we spontaneously feel more tenderness for the human race. Pema Chödrön

How is your spirit today? This is a question you’ll be asked each week during this year-long exploration of Pema Chödrön wisdom bombs. Expect that each week we’ll discuss a new quote or chapter from the book of choice for that particular series; coupled with meditation practices designed to bring about insight, compassion, and wisdom. Your heart-felt experiences will inform our time together while Karuna expertly weaves this into day-to-day practices you can experiment with both on and off the cushion.

“My vision is that participants will leave each session feeling recharged and energized for whatever uncertainty and change they meet that week. To live beautifully requires us to spend time in quiet reflection, mindful action, and self-care/retreat. Finding a way to integrate spiritual practices into each breath we take and our actions while living and working out and about in the world is my greatest desire. Together we will explore the many ways we each are caring and supporting others and ourselves.” — Karuna

Whether you sign up for the entire year or just one series at a time, the touchstone of one hour each devoted to living beautifully will have a profound effect on your spirit.

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