About Us

The Center

The Cleveland Mindfulness Center was founded in 2015 and has provided trainings, workshops, and retreats to hundreds of people interested in learning mindfulness meditation practices in the Cleveland area. In 2017 we started the City of Cleveland, Division of Police Mindfulness and Yoga Training program.

Currently the Cleveland Mindfulness Center is only offering trainings to law enforcement agencies.

If you are part of a law enforcement agency and would like to learn more about mindfulness training, please contact Chris Checkett.

The Cleveland Mindfulness Center has delivered trainings to police officers and command staff, teachers, counselors, social workers and medical clinicians at:

  • MetroHealth Medical Center
  • University Hospitals
  • City of Cleveland, Division of Police
  • Euclid Police Department
  • Cuyahoga County Schools Crisis Counseling Team
  • Behavioral Health Services of Greater Cleveland

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.