Welcome to the Mindfulness Institute NW Illinois

A place for Learning, Growing, and Healing 

Mindfulness Institute Mindfulness-Based Programs

Our programs invite people to be active participants in caring for themselves, 

using their internal resources to cultivate health and well-being.

Mindfulness is being aware of what is happening as it's happening, in an open, non-judging, compassionate way. This awareness assists us in responding wisely and skillfully to what is occurring. It fosters growth, 

ease and healing in times of pain and joy. 

Mindfulness is the art of paying attention, of listening to your heart. Rather than withdrawing from the world, mindfulness can 

help you enjoy it more fully, effectively and peacefully.

Programs are offered throughout the world in medical institutions, educational settings, businesses, the military and correctional systems. Scientific research supports the benefits of mindfulness practice.


A challenging and effective practice of engaging in your life with curiosity and care. Some reasons people participate in MBSR include job, school or family stress; chronic pain/illnesses; attention deficits; anxiety, painic; anger, losses and life transitions; wellness/self-care ; and enhanced quality of life and happiness. MBSR is an opportunity to foster resiliency and to be fully in the life you have, with wisdom and compassion. MBSR is often used in combination with medical care.

This course is designed to introduce Mindfulness meditation practice as a way of reducing stress, and developing greater balance, ease and fuller participation in your life. Mindfulness is a way of learning to relate directly to whatever is happening in your life including the challenges of stress, pain, illness and everyday demands and challenges. This program is one of more than 255 programs worldwide. 

The course includes guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices, gentle stretching, mindful yoga, inquiry and application into the experiences of daily living, group dialogue, home assignments and audio recordings.


Weekly sessions support you in your .


At the Center for Mindfulness, the Mindfulness Institute offers ongoing support for your continued Mindfulness Meditation practice after you complete the eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program. 

Contact the office for dates/times:

Mindfulness Institute

Center for Mindfulness

104 E. 3rd Street

P.O. Box 345

Rock Falls, Illinois 61071


Are you ready?

Do you drive your car to the store or to work and have no memory of the journey because you are so lost in thought?

Do you often lay awake at night anxiously worrying about the things you need to do the next day, wondering if you'll be able to accomplish them at all, let alone well enough?

Perhaps you feel burdened with a sudden or chronic pain or illness. Maybe you are stuck trying to think your way out of depression, anxiety or addiction.

Do you have a nagging feeling that there should be more to life than checking things off the"to do" list, going through the motions of living?

Are the ways that you react to strong emotions such as anger, fear or sadness causing more problems for you and your relationships than the feelings themselves?

It may be you are someone who is basically healthy, happy and grateful for the many gifts of life and you want to continue to foster this attitude. The MBSR Program will show you how to integrate mindfulness into your life.

Are you ready to learn how to cultivate lifelong tools that will help you maximize your life, even when facing stress, illness and pain? The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program is for you! Throughout the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction  (MBSR) Program you will be consciously and systematically working with the challenges and demands of your everyday life. Your instructor will create a safe and supportive environment for this work and learning through:

  • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
  • Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
  • Group dialogue and discussion aimed at enhancing awareness in everyday life
  • Systematic instruction in formal MBSR meditation practices, with opportunity to check in with teacher
  • Daily home assignments
  • Home practice audio files (cd's) and a home practice workbook

If you want to learn how to take better care of yourself and discover a deeper sense of ease and peace of mind - and if you are willing to actively engage in your own health and well-being, we welcomes your participation in the eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR). 

Each class is a combination of practice, instruction and group discussion in a  supportive environment. Our instructors has years of experience practicing and teaching mindfulness and comes from professional fields that include education, medicine and mental health. 

The MBSR Program is committed to intentionally welcoming people of all races, faiths, ethnic backgrounds, gender expression and sexual orientation. Financial assistance is available upon request.  

 Mindfulness meditation is the art of paying attention, of listening to your heart. Rather than withdrawing from the world, mindfulness can help you enjoy it more fully, effectively and peacefully.  

ATTEND a one-hour Orientation to learn first hand about the MBSR Program on:

Monday, March 18 at 6:00 pm

Saturday, March 23 at 1:00 pm

Tuesday, March 26 at 6:00 pm

Saturday, March 30 at 1:00 pm


Learn About The Program

Course Structure & Commitment


The MBSR Program consists of:

  • Free Orientation (required for enrollment, no charge)
  • Eight-weekly classes,  2 1/2 hours each  (31  hours direct instruction). Two class sessions (5th week and 8th week) are 3.5 hrs).
  • One  All-Day class on a Saturday or Sunday

Daily home practice assignments for 45-60 minutes each day​


YOU MUST BE WILLING TO MAKE A STRONG COMMITMENT TO ATTEND ALL CLASSES and to practice daily home assignments for eight weeks.

The one hour Orientation is free. To attend the eight-week MBSR session attending an Orientation is mandatory. Choose the Orientation that fits into your schedule. Afternoon and evening  Orientations are offered. 


Easy Steps To Get Started

  1. Go to the About the Program and research the program information.  
  2. Click on Registration. Look at the class schedule to determine days and times that work for you.
  3. Check the Orientation Schedule to find an Orientation session (required) that works for you.
  4. Complete the Orientation Application form online on the Registration page (go to the top of the page and click on Registration). 

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MIndfulness Institute Inc.

104 East 3rd Street, P.O. Box 345, Rock Falls, Illinois 61071, United States

Office: 815-716-8385 For Urgent Concerns: 815-499-1818


Monday - Saturday: By appointment

See class schedule for Sessions times.

Emergency Service: 24/7