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The shadow of the fear of dying is with us whenever we are not resting in the natural state.
~ Lama John Makransky

Our Mission

To empower people with profound contemplative practices that support their aspirations to become better people and to make a better world.


Katherine Bonus ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Katherine Bonus has been a student of both Christian and Buddhist Meditation practice since 1976. Her primary Christian tradition teacher is James Finley PhD, psychologist and former Trappist monk. Within the Buddhist tradition she has participated in numerous vipassana retreats and teacher trainings led by various teachers including: Sharon Salzberg, Kamala Masters, Steven Armstrong, and Matt Flickstein.

As the founding teacher, Katherine expanded the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin, which encompasses 14 teachers and multiple program offerings. She received MBSR teacher certification from the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness and for 20+ years she developed and offered trainings and retreats for various populations including MBSR participants, patients, and healthcare providers (front desk staff, integrative medicine staff, and physicians). Since 2008 she has collaborated in multiple research projects with the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

In July 2014 Katherine retired as manager of the UW Health Mindfulness program but she continues to offer programs and collaborate. Katherine is grateful to be practicing and learning Tibetan Meditation practices through the teachings and adaptations of Lama John Makransky. She is dedicated to deepening in the practices made available by Lama John and hosts a weekly practice group.