At Pathways to Mindfulness, our objective is to assist those who are interested in cultivating the practice of mindfulness as a way of freeing their minds from the patterns of negativity that create stress in life.

Pathways to Mindfulness offers you resources to increase happiness and productivity in your life by calming the mind and balancing the body.



Weekly Online Insight Meditation Group 

Thursdays, 6:00 - 7:00 PM.  
Please note that the group meets ONLINE ONLY now. Use this address to join us:  https://zoom.us/j/844991511
Follow the directions to download the ZOOM software.

The purpose of this group is to explore how the teachings of the Buddha about reducing suffering and increasing happiness are relevant for today. It is NOT the intention that anyone become “Buddhist.” We will take a secular, non-dogmatic approach to our study of the body of teachings known as the Dharma.  


Morning of Mindfulness

9:00 AM - 12 Noon, Monthly on a Friday
St. Louis, MO
Location varies - please contact us to find out where we will be meeting

A silent "mini-retreat" including mindfulness practices of sitting and walking mediation, movement, eating with awareness and reflection on incorporating mindfulness into daily life.

2019 Dates (Subject to change)
August 2
September 6
No retreat in October
November 1
December 6


Retreats and Classes at HSHS St. John's Hospital, Mind-Body Health Services

For more information about events offered through HSHS St. John's Hospital Mind-Body Health Services and to register visit: http://www.st-johns.org/mindbody

Healthy Steps: Moving You To Better Health

Tuesdays, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Sept 10 - Oct 22 (No class on Oct 8)
Nov 12 - Dec 17

Centennial Hall, HSHS St. John's Hospital
800 E. Carpenter Street, Springfield, IL

Thursdays, 3:00 - 4:00 PM
Sept 12 - Oct 24 (No class on Oct 10
Nov 7 - Dec 19 (No class on Nov 28)
Prairie Heart Institute - Cardiac Rehab Gym
619 E. Mason Street

For general information about the Healthy Steps program visit http://gohealthysteps.com/

Everyday Addictions

Wednesdays, 6:00 -7:30 PM
Sept 11 - Oct 23 (No class on Oct 9)

Prairie Heart Institute - Healing Garden
619 E. Mason Street

Decrease Stress
with Mindfulness

Wednesdays, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Nov 6 - Dec 11 (No class on Nov 27)
Prairie Heart Institute - Healing Garden
619 E. Mason Street

Fall Mindfulness Retreat:
Opening to the
Wisdom of the Body

Saturday, September 28
9 AM - 3:00 PM

Chiara Retreat Center
4875 Laverna Road
Springfield, IL















The whole of the spiritual path may be summed up in the term non-clinging, because through non-clinging love comes, through non-clinging the door to the Unconditioned opens, our heart and our will purified and prepared to receive the Will of God.

The Buddha taught liberation through non-clinging: not holding to anything as me or mine, not grabbing something or pushing something else away.

Most of our human problems and all our difficulties in the spiritual path result from clinging, from attachment.

We take anger as me, as my anger, rather than simply a feeling that will pass, that I can let go of.

We take the desire for more as my desire, to be acted upon, rather than as simply a thought or feeling that will pass.

We take all our thoughts and feeling reactions far too seriously, as if we were just thoughts and reactions.

Joseph Naft