Open Public Sitting & Open Houses

Shambhala Open Houses offer sitting and walking meditation, a book reading or talk given by an certified meditation instructor and a group discussion.  Free meditation instruction is available at all our open houses; however, we ask that you please arrive at least five minutes early in order to receive instruction at the beginning of the open house and to have an opportunity to practice with the group.  Unless specified, no reservations nor prior experience is necessary to attend.  You do not need to bring anything with you.  There is no dress code, but you should be comfortable sitting for a period of time.

West Loop (Main Center)

37 N Carpenter Street
Chicago, IL 60607
info@chicagoshambhala.org
Directions

Join us for any of our FREE open houses or public meditations at our main location in the West Loop. For those new to meditation, free meditation instruction is available during our open houses.

Tuesday Evenings6:30pm – 7pm, Tea &  Conversation
7pm – 8pm, Meditation
8pm – 9pm, talk & group discussion.
Sunday Mornings9am – 11am, Opening chants & meditation;  11am – 12pm, Public talk & closing chants;  12pm – 1pm, Community gathering & tea.
Sunday Evenings sponsored by
Queer Dharma
Open to all; we nurture an awareness of Diverse Identities
6pm – 6:20pm, Tea & Conversation
6:20pm – 7:20pm, Meditation
7:20pm – 8pm, Discussion
Open House sponsored by
Heart of Recovery
Sunday Mornings, Open to all; caters to those in recovery
10:30am – 11am, Meditation
11am – 12pm, Discussion
Lunchtime in the Loop
Weekdays M-F
12pm – 12:30pm.  No instruction is given.  Please call us 48 hours in advance and set up an appointment at 773-743-8147 if you’d like free 1-on-1 instruction, or attend any of our open houses or introductory programs to receive FREE meditation instruction.

Rogers Park (North) 

The entrance of the Rogers Park location is on Greenview, just north of Greenleaf at Rogers Park Presbyterian Church.  Ring bell for entry on Tuesday evenings.

Rogers Park Presbyterian Church
7059 N. Greenview
Chicago, IL 60626
edgewater@chicagoshambhala.org
Directions

Tuesday Evenings7pm – 8pm, Meditation;  8pm – 8:15pm, Tea;  8:15pm – 9pm, talk & group discussion
Saturday Mornings9:30am – 12:00pm.  Meditation instructions given at 9:30am.  Come as go as you please.

Oak Park (West)

Oak Park String Academy
350 Harrison St
Oak Park, IL 60304

Directions

Sunday Evenings6pm – 7pm, Meditation
7pm – 8pm, Book Reading, Group Discussion, and Tea

Hyde Park (South)

Montgomery Place
5550 So. Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637

Directions

Tuesday Mornings11am – 12pm, Meditation and Discussion

Des Plaines (Northwest)

We are located in the Church office to the left of the main building.

St. Martin’s Episcopal Church
1095 East Thacker Street
Des Plaines, IL 60016
desplaines@chicagoshambhala.org
Directions

Monday Evenings6:30pm – 7:30pm Meditation;  7:30 – 7:45 pm Tea & Snacks;  7:45pm – 8:30pm Book Reading & Discussion

Matteson (Southwest)

Located in the south suburbs of Chicago in a small white house that is otherwise used as a private therapy practice, we have a beautiful meditation room on the first floor at the back of the house that looks out onto a garden. Please join us.

3624-216th Street,
Matteson, IL 60443
mattesonshambhala@gmail.com
Directions

Open House Tuesday Evenings6:00pm to 8:00pm

Introductory

Mini-Mindfulness for Children & Families: 3 Week Course

with Rob Ley

April 8th—April 22nd

This class will provide a child-friendly introduction to mindfulness and include short meditation sessions, movement, and creative projects. Continue »

Happier at Work: The Power of Love to Transform the Workplace

with Shastri Gayle Van Gils

April 26th

Join us for a reading and discussion led by Shastri Gayle Van Gils from her book on how to be happy at work! Continue »

Spring Ikebana (Japanese Flower Arrangement) Public Talk

with Brooke Pohl

April 27th

Join us for a public talk and demonstration of Ikebana, Japanese flower arranging, with Brooke Pohl, a teacher with over 25 years of experience. If you enjoy the demonstration, you can join the day-long workshop on Saturday! Continue »

Spring Ikebana Workshop

with Brooke Pohl

April 28th

A day-long workshop of contemplative flower arrangement with Brooke Pohl, an experienced Sogetsu Ikebana teacher. All are welcome Continue »

Way of Shambhala: Joy in Everyday Life

with Barbara Wolkowitz & Janet Hasz

May 2nd—May 30th

This is the 3rd class in the Everyday Life series; all are welcome. This class emphasizes awareness of the environment and expanding the heart. It introduces the contemplation of the Four Immeasurables for arousing and strengthening compassion for self. Continue »