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, Gail Iverson, and Gabe Keller-Flores; Six Tuesdays, January 9- February 15, 7:30-9:00 p.m. Register here.

Intro Workshop with Gail Iverson, Sunday, April 1, 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.

Befriending Death with Kyoko Katayama

In this 6-week class, we will explore how we relate to death and dying – our own and that of others, some of the rituals and care involved in one’s end of life, grief, embracing life, and befriending death. Register here.

Six Wednesdays, March 14 – April 18; 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

How the Dharma Helps us Recognize and Relinquish the White Racial Frame

We’ll explore how some core teachings on conditionality, perception, and intention can be tools to uncover and abandon the implicit biases of our racialized culture and racist history.  Led by Patrice KoelschRegister here.

Three Sundays, February 18 – March 4; 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. 

Mindful Self Compassion

This eight-week class is designed to help participants cultivate self-compassion skills for daily life. Based on the program developed by Christopher Germer and Kristen Neff, Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) builds on a foundation of mindfulness, kindness, and a sense of our shared humanity to help us meet the difficulties in our lives with compassion. Led by Jean Haley and Jane Rauenhorst. Register here

Eight Mondays, April 2 May 21, 9:30 a.m.– 12:00 p.m. & Half-day Retreat, Saturday May 5, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


With Spruce Krause: Laughter Yoga – A Direct Practice of Joy
Laughter yoga involves deep breathing and a deep commitment to being fully in the now. When we are laughing there is no past, no future, and no mind chatter. Laughter increases one’s sense of well-being and promotes a wholesome community. Register here.
Sunday, February 4, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

With Women with Julie Delene: Laughter Yoga – A Direct Practice of Joy
Join us to play the Move As One game – a fun way to solve problems together and discover a way forward. The game engages a collective wisdom through mindful movements, good questions, and creative conversation. It offers a fresh approach to move through hindrances  and gain new insights. Register here.
Sunday, February 11, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

With Ajahn Jotipalo: Creating an Inner Buddha through Meditation and Art
Saturday, April 14, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Register here.

With Ramesh Sairam: Mindfulness and Physical Pain
Mindfulness Meditation can help practitioners understand the complex nature of pain and provide tools to reduce the suffering associated with it.Register here. Additional readings and resources here.
Saturday, April 21, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Living the Practice Workshop Series

The Living the Practice Workshop Series is designed for people who have an ongoing mindfulness practice and want to integrate the practice more thoroughly into all aspects of life.

Workshop/Retreat with Wynn Fricke and Mark Nunberg: Freedom from the Addiction of Busyness
In this daylong workshop we will explore together the disease of our time- busyness. How do we wisely relate to the many joys and sorrows we are confronted with, all the possibilities, places of engagement, places in life asking for our help? Please join together in community as we explore the possibility of freedom in the midst of having too much to do. Register here.
Saturday, March 31, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


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.