Menominee Mindfulness

On November 10, 2016, the Menominee County/Nation UW-Extension office, along with the Menominee Tribal Clinic and Menikanaehkem, hosted Dr. Michael Yellow-Bird of North Dakota State University for the Indigenous Mindfulness Workshop.  The day session was open to local service providers, UW-Extension colleagues and tribes from across the state. The session gave insights about incorporating indigenous mindfulness and contemplative practices into agencies.  The evening session was open to Menominee County/Tribal members and focused on incorporating mindfulness into your everyday life.

Pictured from the left: Jennifer Gauthier – UWEX Menominee County/Nation CNRED Educator, Sofie Teller – UWEX Menominee County/Nation 4-H Youth Development Educator, Dawn Doperalski – UWEX Menominee County/Nation Family Living Educator, Dr. Michael Yellow-Bird, Guy Reiter – Menominee Community Organizer


*Here is information and other presentations by Dr. Michael Yellow-Bird:


*For more information on Mindfulness in Indian County, visit this website:


*For information about Dr. Yellow Bird’s presentation in Menominee or to get a copy of it, please e-mail:


**In the upcoming months, we will begin to post upcoming events related to Mindfulness here at this site.  If you have any events you would like to share, e-mail Dawn Doperalski at

Upcoming Menominee Mindfulness Events

No events scheduled at this time


“Mindfulness is a way of being, not doing. It is a practice, not something we perfect. There is a poem that states “perfection is not a prerequisite for anything but pain.” Mindfulness is a way to “unlearn” the need for life to be perfect and the tendency to put off happiness until we find perfection.  It is a way to let go, and to be. Mindfulness meditation is simple, but not easy.”

-Michelle Pearce, LPC, RN, D.Min

Vanderbilt Center for Integrative Health, Vanderbilt University and Medical Center

Visit this website to have some guided practice in Mindfulness Meditation:

There are some wonderful guided mindfulness practices from Mark Bertin, MD, author of Mindful Parenting for ADHD such as Body Scan Meditation, Loving-kindness (compassion) Meditation, Awareness of the Breath, and Body Scan for Kids.