Mike Foley & Bill Treadwell


Moment to Moment Meditation (MtM … aka empty meditation) is a program provided through Leafs for Wellness Foundation (http://www.leafsfoundation.org) with Mike Foley and Bill Treadwell leading the program as coaches. We launched MtM March 2016 and have continued to offer MtM as a free program.

MtM is organized around Jon Cabot-Zinn’s Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program, which is used in medical centers worldwide. An excellent reference to MBSR is Jon Cabot-Zinn’s 2013 second edition book, “Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of your Body and Mind to face Stress, Pain and Illness.” MBSR is a secular program based on scientific research and is independent of religious and political orientations. We have expanded upon MBSR by providing a wide variety of mediation techniques in order for participants to be able to choose their style of meditating. The MtM introductory material plus many of the sessions have been documented as downloadable PDF files on LEAFS website http://www.leafsfoundation.org/projects#MtM

Big Bear Yoga Festival MtM coaches:

Mike Foley moved to Big Bear City as a full time resident in 1981. He has been a full-time writer/editor for more than 30 years, with more than 500 published stories and articles in newspapers and magazines.

In addition, Mike is a Reiki Master and an ordained minister who has regularly practiced meditation since 1975. His meditative experience includes work in Tibetan, Zen and Nichiren Buddhist sects. Mike’s current meditation time is now focused on Cabot-Zinn’s MBSR, which is the cornerstone of LEAFS MtM Meditation Program.

Bill Treadwell moved into Big Bear in 1998. He has worked in the market research industry for 20 years and another 15 years consulting in computer corporate and government document management systems.

After recovering from stage 4 colon cancer, Bill started exploring meditation in 2012 with a small group of local Big Bear residents with the primary focus on wellness. In 2015, Bill discovered and began studying the MBSR program. After sharing the MBSR program with Mike, we later decided to offer a free meditation program based on MBSR to help people deal with reducing stress in everyday life.