Sunday Night Mindfulness Meditation for Beginners

Every Sunday – 7:00pm to 8:00pm – Donation of $10

Holidays Off: Presidents’ Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Christmas and New Years Day.

Holidays Open: Martin Luther King Day and Memorial Day.

Overview
Sunday Night Mindfulness Meditation is a one hour long group sit that will include guided meditation (sitting as well as walking), group discussion and short talk. This is our newest drop-in meditation group and is for those who are just beginning to practice and not yet ready to commit to a 6-week class.

Our Leaders

The leaders for this group sit will be Kathryn Kaplan and Rick Sweeney.

Kathryn Kaplan is an educational therapist in private practice who has been working with students with learning and attentional challenges for over 20 years.  She is a graduate of the Trained Mindfulness Facilitator Program at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Kathryn has been practicing meditation for the last decade.  Her meditation practice began in earnest after a week-long retreat at Vallectios Retreat Center in the mountains of New Mexico – a transformative week guided by Diana Winston, director of the MARC Program. Kathryn has studied with Susan Kaiser Greenland and closely follows the work of Jack Kornfield.  In the near future, she hopes to start the 2 year mindfulness teacher certification training program with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach.  Kathryn shares her mindfulness in her work with students, parents, colleagues and people in recovery.  She is a devoted practitioner with a passion for helping others, sailing, hiking and riding horses.

…You already possess all that you seek (The Lotus Sutra)

New Comer Orientation
If you are new to Mindfulness or meditation please arrive 15 minutes early and let someone know it is your first time with us or first time meditating. Someone will orient you to the basics of Mindfulness and the session’s process. We wish that after every meditation you leave with more joy, well-being and success.

We recommend that beginners start by taking our UCLA MARC signature course, MAPS I to learn the knots and bolts of Mindfulness and meditation.

Suggested Donation
Our teachings are offered in the spirit of generosity. We make a suggested Donation for Practice Groups and no one is turned away if you are experiencing true financial hardship. Also, if your heart is moved please feel free to put more in the donation box. Your generous donations help us continue to offer this opportunity to all who seek freedom from suffering regardless of their financial ability.

What to Bring:
We suggest wearing comfortable clothing.  Chairs, floor cushions and blankets are provided.