Mindfulness Changes Lives

Mindfulness is a way of approaching life that will transform the way you relate to your moment to moment experience. Mindfulness is intentionally, paying attention, to the present moment with curiosity, acceptance, and kindness. Through practices like mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga, mindful eating, and the body scan, you will learn to strengthen your innate ability to meet your thoughts, emotions and body sensations with interest and gentleness.

Cultivating mindful attention will deepen your capacity to be present, help you manage difficult experiences, and create space for wise choices in all areas of your life.

Supported by over 35 years of research, mindfulness has been shown to be an effective complementary treatment for many different areas of physical, mental and emotional health, as well as promoting an overall sense of well-being. The Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Class, Mindful Self-Compassion Class, Mindful Parenting Class, Interpersonal Mindfulness Class and more teach you the “life-changing” practices of mindfulness. See all programs >

Mindfulness Meditation

Formal mindfulness meditation practices involve intentionally setting aside a period of time to strengthen our innate capacity to pay attention to our present moment experience with patience and interest. Through the regular practice of mindfulness meditation we develop more focus, clarity, and kindness to ourselves and others.

Some of the mindfulness meditation techniques you will learn in our courses include: mindful sitting meditation, mindful walking meditation, mindful eating meditation, and mindful yoga. We also encourage you to make mindfulness part of your everyday life by doing things like intentionally drinking your tea or brushing your teeth mindfully.

Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness

The Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness is dedicated to teaching people how to use powerful mindfulness based tools to manage their stress and enjoy new health and well-being.

Our programs are based on the groundbreaking work of Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. GRCFM is proud to be the first center in West Michigan to offer these important mindfulness programs.

Our highly trained instructors are committed to practicing mindfulness in their own lives and teach from a deep understanding of the challenges and joys of living mindfully.

Support Our Mission!

If you’ve completed any of our courses you know how mindfulness can positively affect all areas of a person’s life. If you would like to help others experience all of the ways mindfulness helps us become happier and healthier, we invite you to make a donation towards our scholarship fund. Your contributions will help us provide more scholarships in the future and continue building a mindful community.

Mindfulness Goes Mainstream

Upcoming Programs

Summer Schedule

All Eight Week Series of Classes

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Free Information and Orientation Sessions:

Monday, May 25 & June 1, 6:30 pm • Carol
Wednesday, May 27& June 3, 9:30 am • Carol
Thursday, May 28 & June 4, 6:30 pm • Carol

Classes Start:
Monday, June 8, 6:30 pm
Wednesday, June 10, 9:30 am
Thursday, June 11, 6:30 pm

Mindfulness for Chronic Pain
Carol Hendershot and Nuala Crotty, M.D.

Free Information and Orientation Sessions:
Friday, June 5 10:00 am – 11:00 am • Carol

Classes Start:
Friday, June 19 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Read More

What Is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness: The Science

Our Mindfulness Programs

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Interpersonal Mindfulness
Mindful Self Compassion