Courses & Workshops

To register for all courses and workshops, please visit the calendar

Common Ground offers both multiple-week courses and one-time workshops. Topics vary by quarter. All Common Ground programs are offered freely in the spirit of generosity. To learn more about supporting the center and our teachers, click here.


Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

This course includes exploration of the intention behind practice, an introduction to insight (vipassana) meditation techniques, instructions for working with common obstacles, an overview of the practice of lovingkindness, and a discussion on how mindfulness can be part of one’s daily life.

Intro Class with Mark Nunberg, Six Tuesdays, June 12th – July 17th, 7:30-9:00 p.m. Register here.

Intro Workshop with Gail Iverson, Saturday, July 21st, 1:30-5:00 p.m. Register here.

Buddhist Studies Program

The Buddhist Studies Program is designed for people who have attended three or more mindfulness meditation retreats and have a commitment to daily meditation practice. The course includes dharma talks, small and large group discussions, and guided sitting time. Participants will be expected to use the teachings as a focus of their meditation and daily life practice. Led by Mark Nunberg.  Find current class information including handouts and articles here.

Spring Buddhist Studies: The Engine of Awakening: Faith, Effort, Mindfulness, Concentration, and Wisdom
In this 12 week course we will look at the path of awakening as a natural process consisting of the mental qualities of faith, effort, mindfulness, concentration, and wisdom. It is the coming together, strengthening and balancing of these Five Faculties that set in motion awakening and the liberation of the heart. Led by Mark Nunberg. Register here.
Twelve Mondays, March 5- May 21

Optional Sitting Period, 7:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

This eight-week program is an introduction to mindfulness meditation practice following the stress reduction program pioneered by Jon Kabat-Zinn over 30 years ago. Led by Shelly Graf. The next course will begin sometime in August. Join our weekly email list to find out when registration opens.



Mindful Parenting Workshop with Jane Rauenhorst and Sandra Shallcross
Saturday, May 19, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Register here.

Raising children is one of the most intensive and challenging responsibilities we might undertake, and in Buddhist practice our children can be among our greatest teachers. Our ability to parent can benefit greatly from our mindfulness practice and the support of a community of other parents. In this experiential workshop, participants can learn about ways to integrate mindful practice into parenting and also deepen an understanding of mindful practice, through parenting. In a safe and supportive environment, we will explore together ways to bring kindness, compassion and a nonjudgmental awareness to the inner landscape of our own thoughts, emotions and body sensations as parents and to the outer landscape of our children, our families, and the broader communities in which we live.

Jane Rauenhorst is a licensed Psychologist who integrates mindfulness into her work as a therapist in private practice in St. Paul. She has pursued a meditation practice and studied mindfulness and Buddhism for the last 15 years. She has taught mindfulness related classes and workshops at the University of St. Thomas, Macalester College, and the University of Minnesota.

Sandra Shallcross is a Licensed Psychologist, providing mindfulness-based psychotherapy and classes at Hennepin County Medical Center and in private practice. She has practiced mindfulness and yoga for 20 years and has been grateful to deepen her study of Buddhism as part of the Common Ground Community over the last 5 years.


Registration Policy

Common Ground is committed to giving priority for registration to members of some communities that have experienced historical oppression: people of color, trans, and gender-non-conforming. We hope this increases the likelihood of a sense of safety and belonging for members of these communities who often don’t see themselves represented in the community or in teaching roles. We recognize this policy benefits us all as we practice the Buddha’s teachings in an increasingly multicultural community and engage in the ongoing work needed to create a more equitable world. To learn more, contact Gabe Keller-Flores: 612-722-8260 or We welcome feedback on any aspect of this policy.