Inquiry Workshop April 2024

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Michael Waupoose & Korantema Pierce Williams

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This 2-session workshop will explore the ever evolving and unfolding; art and practice of what we call Inquiry. So often people come to their mentors with a question: how do I do Inquiry?” There is one word that pops out- the word- do. Implying the idea that there is a “doing“ to inquiry.

We will explore how we can move from our doing mode to truly being with another person in the moment. This is where we will start building awareness of the scaffolding of inquiry and how we move to what is alive in the moment in the relational field.

We will explore how to work with our own patterns when we get triggered while teaching, and when and why do we go from asking to telling? How much talking and teaching are we doing in the inquiry process?

We will reflect on “What do we do when we don’t know what to do?”. We will explore the territory of being in the not knowing place. We will also explore how our own values, beliefs and views of inquiry may hinder the inquiry process.

This will be part presentational, part experiential, with practice woven throughout. Connecting and working with other teachers is always a rich learning opportunity as we all carry so much wisdom within us, that we need to be seen and heard in good company- our Mindfulness teacher community.

Due to the format of the workshop is interactive, we will not be recoding the sessions.


April 11 and April 18, 2024

9am-11am (PT)

Registration Fee

$115 ($95 early-bird rate available for those who register on or before March 11, 2024)

Target Audience

This workshop is designed for Mindfulness-Based/Compassion-Based teachers. 


michael-waupooseMichael Waupoose (Māēc-mahwāēw), LCSW is an enrolled member of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin. He is an 8-year veteran of the United States Air Force. Michael began his meditation practice in 2009 after being introduced to MBSR through the University of Wisconsin (UW) Health Mindfulness Program. He has been teaching in the UW Mindfulness Program since 2012, offering adult MBSR classes, MBSR classes for the BIPOC community and a MBSR Teacher Training Intensive, which he developed. He also teaches mindfulness classes on the Reservation of Menominee Indian Tribe.

Michael has completed teacher training with the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. Michael is a certified MBSR teacher through the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. He holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. His interests include offering classes for the BIPOC community, exploring the benefits for mindfulness for overall wellness and quality of life, and how mindfulness can support skillful responding to the harm and impact of racial and social injustice. Michael resides in Madison, WI with his husband, whom he has enjoyed life with for over 25 years.

korantemaKorantema Pierce Williams is a Certified MBSR Teacher who has long served as a bridge between traditional and modern practice through consultancy at ConjureWorks, the health and wellness practice she co-owns in Richmond, Virginia. With degrees from Howard University (BS) and Saybrook University (MS, Mind-Body Medicine), Korantema facilitates MBSR training and Mindfulness classes at the InnerWork Center, Richmond, VA where she serves as Board member and faculty. Additionally, Korantema provides teacher trainer facilitation for both MBSR and MBSR Teacher Training at UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. As a Spiritualist by training, Korantema is also known as Nana Korantema, priest in the Akom Tradition of Ghana, W. Africa for more than 20 years. Through that lens, Korantema offers leadership through healing rites for individuals and collectives; workshop facilitations imparting concepts of self-advocacy; and transformational growth and development teachings for self-preservation in both dominant and marginalized communities. Korantema facilitates audiences young, seasoned, and all ages in between, leaning into mindfulness and MBSR facilitation as impactful approaches to stress reduction, surviving trauma, and disrupting stagnant actions and thoughts.

Cancellation Policy

A refund (minus your $15 non-refundable and non-transferable deposit) will be made for cancellations submitted in writing on or before March 28, 2024, which is 2 weeks prior to the start of the program. No refunds will be allowed after this date.

In the unlikely event that the course is canceled, UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is responsible only for a full refund of the registration fee.