Courses & Workshops

Common Ground offers both multiple-week courses and one-time workshops. Topics vary. 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

Buddhist Studies Program


Zoom: Couples’ Workshop with Jane Rauenhorst & Jean Haley

Saturday, December 11, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Register Here

Please join us for a half day couples workshop on December 11 from 9-12. During our time together we will be exploring right speech and deep listening and will be drawing on the principles and practices of Non-violent Communication and Buddhism. This workshop is an opportunity for each couple to explore what skillful communication means for them. Ample time will be allotted for each couple to reflect on and explore these practices with one another, with no expectation for couples to share within the larger group. All committed couples are welcome. The workshop will be offered via Zoom (both partners can join the meeting together, on one zoom connection). Facilitators: Jean Haley and Jane Rauenhorst

Jean Haley has been studying and practicing Buddhism since 1998. She completed the Community Dharma Leaders training through Spirit Rock Meditation Center in 2012 and has been a guest teacher at Common Ground and elsewhere since then. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in private practice and also teaches at the Center for Spirituality & Healing at the University of Minnesota.

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.

Registration Priority Policy

Common Ground has a policy of giving registration priority to members of the following groups: Black, Indigenous, and people of color, and transgender folks. The two main values informing this policy are justice and safety. Regarding justice, we see this policy as an imperfect attempt to compensate for current and historical disadvantages members of these groups may have had by affording them an advantage in our registration process. Regarding safety, we see this policy as an imperfect attempt to create a safer space for members of these groups by making it more likely that they will not be the only member of their group present at a given program. There are other advantages to this policy, for example, the benefit to all participants of being in a more diverse group. To learn more, contact the center at or 612-722-8260. We welcome feedback on any aspect of this policy.