About Us

The Center

The Cleveland Mindfulness Center offers classes, workshops, trainings and retreats, scheduled throughout the year. We can also co-create programs based on your needs. Whether you are new to mindfulness practices, or want to deepen your practice, we have programming available to suit your needs. Cleveland Mindfulness Center events take place at several convenient locations in, and around, Cleveland, OH.

Our teachers have delivered talks, workshops, and courses to teachers, counselors, social workers, police officers, medical clinicians, business leaders and the general public at:

  • MetroHealth Medical Center
  • University Hospitals
  • City of Cleveland, Division of Police
  • Euclid Police Department
  • Fairview Park City Schools
  • St. Joseph Academy HS
  • Cuyahoga County Schools Crisis Counseling Team
  • Behavioral Health Services of Greater Cleveland
  • Lubrizol

Chris Checkett, LISW-S

Chris Checkett, a mindfulness teacher and psychotherapist, founded the Cleveland Mindfulness Center in 2015. His first experience with mindfulness practices was in 1998 while attending a 21-day silent retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh, a well-known Vietnamese Buddhist teacher. Since that time, he has continued his study and training with highly respected meditation teachers, including Sharon Salzberg and Christopher Germer. Chris leads mindfulness practice trainings, retreats and workshops. For the past two years he has led mindfulness and yoga trainings for the City of Cleveland, Division of Police. He is a trained teacher for the Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) course, an empirically supported course that combines the skills of mindfulness and self compassion to enhance one’s capacity for wellbeing. Chris is a certified to teach Yoga Nidra, a guided deep relaxation practice. He is a founding member Stillwater Sangha, a Cleveland-based meditation group. Chris utilizes a mindfulness-based approach in his psychotherapy practice.

Learn more about current programs and Chris’ psychotherapy practice.