Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at 7am MST
February 21, 2023 at 8:30am MST

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Denise Ackert 
School of Mindful Ways 

Connecting to Freedom 2022 

IMPORTANT DATES: Orientation Meeting: Tuesday, January 25th, 7am-8:30am.
 Regular LIVE Classes: 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each Month, 7-8:30am MST,
March 1st, 2022 - February 21st, 2023. 
Prequisite: Intro to Meditation Course or at least six months of Buddhist-based meditation practice. (Please contact me if you have questions).

Do you want more joy & ease in your life? More health in relation to yourself and your world? In this year long course, we dive deeply into the practices that lead from suffering and struggling to freedom, joy and ease. 

Throughout this year together, we will study the foundational teachings of Buddhism and engage in a series of practices designed to increase happiness, ease, kindness and freedom. Along the way, we will develop habits that help us maintain a sense of freedom even in difficult circumstances. The course will include live classes, meditation practices, individual session opportunities and homework that includes reading and practices.  The weekly time commitment will vary, depending on your time availability.  But I recommend “time budgeting” for a minimum of 3 hours per week, which includes the every other week Zoom call.  I am excited to explore this territory with a dedicated community, with the intention of bringing more peace and care to the world.

By the end of this course, you will have received the core teachings that lead us to freedom.  Then…. We simply have to remember to practice, practice, practice them.  I hope you can join us!

Monthly Class Framework

  • Readings related to each topic  (sent out at the beginning of each month)
  • Home Practices based on the topics
  • 1.5 hour live class twice a month, 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 7-8:30am (and all classes will be recorded in the event that you can't attend live). Includes: Teaching on the topic for the month, Meditation practice related to the topic, Q and A – covering topics and practice questions
  • Every other month a 30 minute (optional) Individual Meeting with Denise 


 January 2022 - Course Orientation – Tuesday, January 25th, 7:30am (it will be recorded if you can’t make it), First homework: The Five Precepts & Generosity 

March 2022 - Four Noble Truths & Daily Practice

April 2022 - Four Foundations of Mindfulness & Savoring Life

May 2022 - Five Hindrances in Meditation Practice & Gratitude

June and July 2022 - Four Divine Abodes & Generosity

August and September 2022 - Eightfold Path & Forgiveness

October and November 2022 - Seven Factors of Awakening & Deep Listening

December 2022 - Three Aspects of Existence as a Support for Freedom & Connection

January and February 2023 - Teachings on Emptiness and Freedom & Committing to Ease

Donation for the course:

The Suggested Donation for the course is $175-375/month (and no one will be turned away by an inability to donate – plz contact me for information about this).

When donating, please choose either a recurring monthly donation or you are welcome to donate for the entire course in one payment if you choose to. 

  • TO DONATE please go to deniseackert.com and click on Donate page
  • If you wish to use a different payment method, please contact me at deniseackert@yahoo.com