Crow Wing Energized features a new class for community members – Brainerd Dispatch

BRAINERD – Crow Wing Energized announced a new class for community members in the area called “Mindful Presence: Compassionate Care for Self and other”.

The free classes will take place in person for eight weeks starting Tuesday, September 13. There are two different sessions:

  • 3:30-5:00 p.m. will be dedicated to Crow Wing County employees. Those who work for the county should plan to attend these sessions.
  • 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. will be dedicated to members of the Crow Wing County community.

Both classes will meet at the Crow Wing Land Services Building, 322 Laurel St. in Brainerd.
“Being fully present to those in our lives with whom we care, love and interact can be challenging, especially during these stressful times,” organizers said in a press release. “Compassionate care for self and others requires that we operate from a place of balance so that we can be fully present to those with whom we interact.”

Each week during class will explore an aspect of the mindful presence model with practical practices designed to manage stress and, most importantly, develop the skills to be deeply compassionate to others in their lives. Classes are led by Steve Hoover, Healthy Aging Coordinator for the Central Minnesota Council on Aging.

At the end of this series, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify both the “inner training” and “outer connection” components applied to themselves and others.
  2. Create a plan for daily practices that will prepare them to be fully present to themselves.
  3. Design a set of strategies to care for yourself and others with compassion.
  4. Integrate these strategies into their daily practices.

Crow Wing Energized is a community-based health and wellness movement led and funded by the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership, Crow Wing County, and Essentia Health.
The course is free, but registration is required.

For Crow Wing County employees, visit to register.

For community members, visit to sign up.

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