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Shumannfang – Thursdays, Jul 1-29, 10:30-11:30am (Online)


Exploring Mindfulness

Exploring Mindfulness introduces creative ways of cultivating kind attention, so that we may respond rather than react amid life’s stress and joy. This brings greater steadiness and enlivens our sense of belonging. It is not about clearing the mind, but rather about seeing clearly to respond skillfully. Developed in South and Southeast Asia beginning over 2600 years ago, mindfulness practice does not require or exclude any belief system. All are welcome. Each meeting includes new topics, guided meditations, Q&A and tips for daily home practice. For beginners and those wishing to jumpstart their practice.

Who: Anyone affiliated with The ArtsCenter, such as staff, instructors, board, artists, members, visitors. No experience required. 3-12 participants welcome. Registration is required.


About the Instructor: Barbara Shumannfang, PhD (she/her) has been meditating in the Insight Meditation tradition since 2000. She is an experienced teacher and author, having enjoyed time in in the fields of German cultural studies and in professional dog training. She is certified to teach mindfulness by Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach and the Center for Greater Good at UC Berkeley. Barbara is honored to share mindfulness and compassion practices, developed in South Asia and Southeast Asia beginning 2600 years ago, with anyone wishing to awaken their natural capacity for ease and steadiness in the midst of life.   


Exploring Mindfulness is offered at two prices to help balance financial access. Paying the full rate reflects the cost of offering the course. If you need the lower rate currently, please feel welcomed to choose that. This way we support each other, the ArtsCenter, and the teacher.

Balance: $120

Welcome: $50

No one is excluded for lack of funds. For this option, and other questions, please email:



This class is conducted online! A computer with audio, video, and internet functionality is required. Students will receive Zoom login information the day before the class starts. Student gives permission for The ArtsCenter and for instructor to use their image and comments in class recordings for promotional non-commercial purposes. Refunds and exchanges are not offered for online classes. 

ArtsCenter members receive 15% off of the cost of this course! 

 A limited number of scholarships are available. Please contact Director of Education Kirsten Ehlert kehlert@artscenterlive.org for more information.