Community Programs at Monona Terrace
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Meditation at Monona Terrace

  

Mondays, October 27-December 15
11:45am – 12:30pm
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Touted by attendees as our most impactful program, spending even a few minutes in meditation can reconnect you with a sense of calm and inner peace. Anyone can practice meditation. It's simple, inexpensive and doesn't require any special equipment. You can bring mindfulness to any of your daily activities… out for a walk, riding the bus, waiting at the doctor's office or even in the middle of a difficult business meeting. Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that benefits both your emotional well-being and your overall health.

Mindfulness meditation will be led by Sarah Moore M.D., a mind-body practitioner, therapist, and physician at the Dean Hematology and Oncology Clinic. Sarah has been practicing meditation for 14 years and teaching meditation to groups and individuals for the past six years. Her personal practice has brought her much peace, joy and stability, and she is excited to share her knowledge and enthusiasm with others.

Joining Sara this fall will be Ross Buttner, a doctoral student in Psychology. He has been meditating for over 15 years, having lived at Spirit Rock Meditation Center for two of them.  He has led a number of meditation groups, and regularly does guided meditations for domestic violence offenders for his job.  He is also finishing his dissertation on the obstacles that Westerners face when learning meditation. 

Chairs will be available. Walk-ins are welcome. These sessions are provided through the generous support of Dean Clinic and St. Mary's Hospital.

 

  

 

 WISC 3 interview on Meditation at Monona Terrace, aired April 18, 2014

 

Tara Brach's "Guided Meditations for Emotional Healing." Click HERE for link to website.


Meditation Handouts & Audio Recordings:

2014
Audio Recording of Session 11.3.14

2013
Audio Recording of Session 3.25.13

Audio Recording of Session 4.8.13

The Guest House

The Journey

Love After Love

Dawn

Our True Heritage


Here's what some past participants had to say:

“This program is wonderful. I appreciate that it is free, entirely voluntary, and that all are welcomed. I have enjoyed and benefited from it more than any other downtown recurring event, ever.” - Bill W., Verona

“This is a powerful contribution to the health of our community. Let's have it year 'round! I have my own daily practice but the synergistic energy of the group is another level of experience.” - John M., Madison

"This experience was amazing. My friend and I were traveling to Wisconsin for a day of food and sight-seeing, saw the meditation listed on the Convention Bureau website and said "How Madison!" and, despite the fact we had never meditated before, decided we really had to try it. We felt VERY welcomed. Thank you so very much. Hopefully we can come again."  -
Jerry M., Sugar Grove, IL

 

 

Tai Chi at Monona Terrace


       
     T'ai Chi at Monona Terrace Demonstration Video  - May 2014


Tuesdays
May 20 - June 24
12 noon - 12:45pm, Rooftop Garden
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC


A unique Madison favorite!  De-stress during the workday with gentle lake breezes and soothing sounds of the Monona Terrace fountain, as you experience the ancient art of T’ai Chi. All levels of experience are welcome to enjoy the simple guided movements led by Terri Pellitteri, who has studied T’ai Chi since 1994 at the Madison Daoguan. Come learn how this ancient Chinese art form invigorates the soul and releases stress.

This program is generously sponsored by Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin. Walk-ins welcome. Comfortable shoes recommended. In case of inclement weather, class will be cancelled. Please call 608.261.4000 after 11am the day of event for cancellation information or visit communityevents.mononaterrace.com



 

T'ai Chi Handouts  - 2012


Here's what some past participants had to say:

“It was nice to see people of all ages shapes and sizes experiencing the benefits of T’ai Chi. The instructor does a great job of making everyone feel welcome” - Rick R., Madison

“ Love, love, love this program and Terry P. is a fabulous teacher.” - Rita J., Cottage Grove
 

“Loved it.....very relaxing ......always left feeling energized - aches were gone.” - Sandy M., Madison

 

 

Lunchtime Yoga


 

Mondays & Thursdays
January 26 - March 19, 2015
12 noon - 12:45pm 
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Take a break from the daily stresses of your workday with Lunchtime Yoga! Focus on breathing techniques to help relieve stress and learn useful techniques to navigate the rest of your day.  So many people thinkI can't do yoga, I'm not flexible.” But Yoga is about so much more than bending your body like a pretzel. Ease into the world of yoga with the help of this gentle class that focuses on mindful breathing, stretching, and strengthening. Erin Birk will offer yoga instruction in a fun, relaxed atmosphere, with an integrative approach that weaves in breath work, postures, and meditation.  All levels are welcome.


 Lunchtime Yoga Handouts - 2013

Gentle Yoga Sequence

Gentle Yoga Sequence #2

Gentle Yoga Chair

Yoga for Shoveling


Here's what some past participants had to say:
- "I really enjoyed the yoga and am now participating in the meditation class. this is really an island of sanity in my day -- thank you!" - Holly O., Madison

- "I very much enjoyed the yoga practice and beautiful space at Monona Terrace as a break in my very busy days. It allowed some 'me' time which helped manage my stress levels and improved mood. Thank you!" - Emily, Mt. Horab
 

 

Health and Wellness Presentation

Health and Wellness Presentation

 
"Thriving: The Pursuit of Health and Happiness"
Wednesday, October 1, Noon-1pm, Lecture Hall
Presented by Robert McGrath, PsyD, ABPP
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

 

In recent years, the field of psychology has taken a turn to focus on the more positive aspects of our lives. Join Dr. Robert McGrath, Distinguished Psychologist at UW-Madison, as he reviews ten ways to improve health, happiness and overall well-being.
 

Dr. Robert McGrath is the Coordinator of UW Mind-Body Wellness Services with specialties in Health and Positive Psychology, Stress and Sleep Management, and Meditation. Dr. McGrath identifies as a Positive Psychologist, the group that started realizing that focusing on the positive areas of HAPPINESS, THRIVING, GRATITUDE, MEDITATION and HEALTHY LIVING is more effective and uplifting than staying focused on the not-so-positive areas.

 

Sponsored by Madison Senior Center and Visiting Angels.

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