For New Meditators

In addition to the meditation instruction available at many public meditation sessions, we offer classes and programs that are specifically geared toward new meditators. Please visit our list of programs to see when these programs are scheduled to take place.

Learn to Meditate
If you are new to meditation and would like to try it, this is a class for you! The instructor will walk you through the techniques of meditation and offer practical ways to incorporate it into your life. This program is also recommended as a “refresher” for current meditators as part of their ongoing practice.

Shambhala Training Level I
Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings. There are no prerequisites for this course – it is open to everyone.

New Meditators Group
Looking to connect with other meditators? We will explore issues related to meditation practice, especially for people of all ages who are newer to meditation. Meditation can sometimes seem more solitary than we might like – we invite you to join up with others for social time and to share your experiences. This group meets monthly.

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The following is a list of all Introductory programs that are coming up within the next month. Visit Classes & Programs for a complete list of upcoming scheduled programs.

Introductory

Tuesday Evening Meditation ONLINE

with Barbara Wolkowitz & Ann Shillinglaw

February 16th—June 29th

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 »

Sunday Meditation and Discussion ONLINE

with Alice Dan

March 7th—May 30th

Sitting Meditation Practice will begin with a brief opening chant, a short guided introduction to meditation, and 2 sessions with a break for movement. Discussion follows, questions welcome. Please register to receive the zoom link for participation. Continue »

Contemplative Photography

with Larry Wolf

May 8th—June 19th

This seven-week workshop explores the making and viewing of photographs as a contemplative activity. It’s a mashup of classic teachings on mindfulness and photography plus the explosion of photos in the modern world. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level 1: The Art of Being Human

with Acharya Arawana Hayashi

May 14th—May 16th

Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings. Continue »

Learn to Meditate ONLINE

with Alice Dan

June 5th

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. It is also appropriate for struggling meditators looking for a refresher. Continue »