Shambhala Chicago regularly offers programs that are designed for beginner meditators. These programs are led by experienced instructors who provide a welcoming, approachable environment to explore the practice of meditation for beginners.

These range from one-time workshops to longer, retreat-style programs. Occasionally we also offer Contemplative Arts programs, which combine mindfulness practices with art-making. See our current introductory offerings below:



Sunday Morning Meditation and Discussion ONLINE

with Alice Dan

July 25th—August 29th

Weekly group meditation session with guided instruction and discussions and breaks for movement Continue »

Queer Dharma

July 25th—August 29th

Queer Dharma is a weekly meditation group where LGBTQIA+ people can form a non-judgmental community while deepening our meditation practices based on openness, curiosity, and gentleness. Continue »

Tuesday Evening Meditation ONLINE

with Barbara Wolkowitz & Ann Shillinglaw

July 27th—August 31st

Looking for a virtual meditation group where you can drop in when you like or attend regularly and get to know other meditators? Instruction in meditation and mindfulness skills. Continue »

Intro to Mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) ONLINE

with Ann Shillinglaw

August 21st

Please join us for this free info session, Introduction to Mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Continue »

Learn to Meditate (IN PERSON)

with Alice Dan & Stephen Burns

August 21st

Have you been trying to start a meditation practice on your own or with an app? This program helps beginners overcome common obstacles and establish a consistent practice. Continue »