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 with Shelly Graf & Meski Mebatsion
Six Tuesdays, March 5th – April 9th, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
In person and on Zoom
More info and registration here

Buddhist Studies with Shelly Graf: Expressions of a Benevolent Heart
5 Mondays, March 18 – April 15, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Optional Sitting Period, 7:00 – 7:30 pm
In-person and on Zoom
Registration here
*The Buddhist Studies Program is designed for people who have attended three or more mindfulness retreats and have a commitment to daily meditation practice.*

Buddhist Studies: Dependent Co-Arising with Mark Nunberg
5 Mondays, April 29th – May 27th, 7:30-9:00pm,
optional sitting time 7:00-7:30
In-person and on Zoom
More info and registration here.


Befriending Illness Workshop with Meg Brandeland & Shelly Graf
Saturday, March 9th, 9:30am-4:00pm
In-person and on Zoom. More info and registration here.

Movement in Four Postures Workshop with Kei Tsuruharatani
Sunday, March 10th, 2:00-4:00pm
In person only. More info and registration here.

Registration Priority Policy

Common Ground gives priority registration to program participants of the following groups: Black, Indigenous, and people of color, as well as non-binary and transgender people. Two main values informing this policy are justice and safety. Regarding justice, we see this policy as an imperfect and insufficient attempt to remediate current and historical disadvantages faced by these groups by offering an advantage in our registration process. Regarding safety, we see this policy as an imperfect attempt to create a safer space for participants of these groups by making it more likely to not ever be “the only one” 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.