UW Health Mindfulness Program Presents An Evening Talk and Weekend Retreat with Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD

Mindfulness: Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, will be featured in two events in celebration of the Mindfulness Program's 25th Anniversary



The UW Health Mindfulness Program welcomes Jon Kabat-Zinn in celebration of their 25th anniversary. Consider joining in the events of the weekend:

  • The Power of Mindfulness in Difficult Times:  An Evening Talk, November 14, 2019
  • A Deep Dive into Embodied Mindfulness: Two-Day Retreat, November 15 & 16, 2019 (Sold Out)

An Evening Talk with Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD


The Power of Mindfulness in Difficult Times:  How Attending Openheartedly to Inner and Outer Experience Can Transform and Heal Your Life, Your Work, Your Community, and Our World

November 14, 2019
7:30pm (Doors open 7pm)
Shannon Hall, Memorial Union, UW-Madison

Made possible with the generous support of Sal and Judy Troia


The highly improbable, from the perspective of forty years ago, has come to pass. Millions of Americans now incorporate meditation into their everyday lives. And every day, more and more people are being drawn to the practice of mindfulness, not just in the US, but globally. We are drawn to it by our own stress, by the craziness and speed of our present world, and by the enormous suffering that results, whether we know it consciously or not, from a lack of consistent and reliable awareness of our intimate relationality with ourselves, with other humans, including those who do not look or think like us, and with the larger forces at work on the planet that are bringing about environmental degradation, worsening living conditions for millions, and major displacement of peoples. Much that is beautiful, healing, and transformative is also emergent and flowering at this time. As Dickens put it during the time of the French Revolution, “It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.” So it is for us in this moment. And perhaps in every moment. What we are talking about is the full catastrophe of the human condition. We all participate, and more than we think.


Purchase Tickets

Tickets for the evening are available at the Memorial Union Box Office or online.


In this evening of talk, practice, and inquiry, Jon Kabat-Zinn will invite a reclaiming of what is deepest and best in all of us as human beings through the rigorous cultivation of moment-to-moment non-judgmental awareness, or mindfulness, and what it might look and feel like for each of us to practice in a way that is true to who we actually are. He will emphasize how such cultivation is not merely for one’s own healing or for reducing one’s own stress, powerful as that can be. Mindfulness also functions to put us directly in touch with our deep interconnectedness with all life in ways that have major implications for social and economic justice, the healing and transformation for our communities, for the wellbeing of society as a whole, and for the planet. We will also touch on some of the scientific and medical evidence for its effectiveness.




Purchase tickets at the Memorial Union Box Office or online*.

  • $65 Generosity Ticket
  • $40 General Admission
  • $25 Students/People with Limited Financial Resources

* Please note, there is an additional $4 convenience fee for tickets purchased online or by phone.


Memorial Union Box Office: (608) 265-ARTS (2787)

Monday-Friday 10am-7pm; Saturday: 11:30am-2:30pm; Sunday: Closed


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Two-Day Mindfulness Retreat with Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD (SOLD OUT)


A Deep Dive into Embodied Mindfulness and Its Personal, Societal, and Global Applications

November 15 & 16, 2019
Friday (9am-8pm) and Saturday (9am-4pm)
Holy Wisdom Monastery, Middleton, WI




The retreat is currently sold out and waitlist is at capacity.


In this experiential workshop, we will practice a range of methods for cultivating mindfulness and engage in dialogue about our first-person experience of them. We will examine their potential value for addressing social, political, and global challenges for the sake of our children, grandchildren, future generations, and for the human species itself. We will practice various forms of formal meditation, sitting, lying down, walking, eating, as well as mindful yoga, familiarizing ourselves with spacious wakefulness and silence, as we shift from the domain of a constant “doing” mode of mind to the domain of being, out of which an entirely different way of doing can arise. We will practice coming to our senses, literally and metaphorically, through bringing open-hearted, non-judging attention to our direct experience of sights, sounds, smells, tastes, touch, community, sameness and otherness, and the non-conceptual knowing that attends these and other senses, such as proprioception and interoception, as well as the emotions and thoughts, often unexamined, that tend to filter and shape our direct experience and views of others. All these can be seen as different doors into the same room, the room of awareness itself. Group dialogue grounded in our first-person experience will be interspersed throughout. No previous experience with formal meditation is necessary. All are welcome.


Note to enrollees: Please wear comfortable and casual clothing that allows you to stretch and lie down on the floor.




The retreat is SOLD OUT.

  • $325 (includes lunch and dinner on Friday; lunch on Saturday)
  • For registration questions, contact Angela Chopp at angela.chopp@wisc.edu or (608) 265-9585
  • Overnight rooms at Holy Wisdom Monastery can be reserved via e-mail at aconway@benedictinewomen.org or by phone (608) 836-1631, ext. 100

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About Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD


Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, is Professor of Medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he founded the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society in 1995, and in 1979 its world-renown Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Clinic. He is the author of 14 books published in over 40 languages, including the bestsellers Full Catastrophe Living, Wherever You Go, There You Are, and Mindfulness for Beginners. His four latest books (2018/2019) are a series, updating Coming to Our SensesMeditation is Not What You ThinkFalling AwakeThe Healing Power of Mindfulness; and Mindfulness for All. With Mark Williams, he was co-editor of Mindfulness: Diverse Perspectives on its Meaning, Origins, and Applications (2013). His work has contributed to a growing movement of mindfulness into mainstream institutions such as medicine, psychology, health care, neuroscience, schools, higher education, business, social justice, criminal justice, prisons, the law, technology, government, and professional sports. Over 700 hospitals and medical centers around the world now offer MBSR. Dr. Kabat-Zinn lectures and leads mindfulness workshops and retreats around the world.


Making the Practice Inclusive


Dr. Kabat-Zinn is graciously donating his time for this event as a benefit to the UW Health Mindfulness Program. Proceeds from ticket sales will support mindfulness classes for people of color, professional training for people of color to become instructors within their communities, scholarships for individuals with limited income to participate in mindfulness classes, and other equity and inclusion initiatives.

Date Published: 06/20/2019

News tag(s):  mindfulness

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