life skills: nurturing and refreshing the wellspring of a cherished life


what we are doing

This session is an introduction to six ongoing Tuesday evenings. Each evening offers both silent meditation, and group meditative reflection on the heart and mind that open a life of interconnection and integrity. When this mind motivates our actions in the world, healing of self, the earth, humanity and all beings becomes possible.

The simple act of meditating on what is directly present to ourself in this moment will be reviewed, and then practiced. We will then learn about sharing our experiences in Council Circle by speaking and listening from the heart. This latter process with origins in Native American and other ancient traditions, can be a freeing and profound form of shared meditation.

Non-religious, secular descriptions will be used throughout our activities which are derived from the practice guidelines of Zen Peacemakers (in which meditation and social engagement are the core paths to awakening). These practices harmonize with most, if not all, belief and non-belief systems that seek to discover and act in accord with that which nourishes harmonious life. 

what you will learn

We will review and practice—

•    the simple guidelines for silent sitting meditation as well as walking meditation
•    the simple guidelines for speaking and listening from our own heart
•    there will be an opportunity for clarifying questions

These activities are often found to be immediately beneficial, while with regular practice, they mature, deepen, and are empowered over a lifetime.

Subsequent Tuesday evenings will follow a similar schedule. After meditation each week, our focus in the Council Circle will be a different, specific, and challenging, aspect of taking action with integrity. We will offer our awareness from our own experiences of this aspect during the previous week.

type of class introduction, next step, practice

skill required 1-beginners

your chalkler will be

Rosalind Jiko McIntosh

Rosalind is an ordained Zen Buddhist Peacemaker minister, who has practiced Zen for more than 25 years including 9 years residential monastic training in a Zen monastery. Before this she raised children and had a career as a research scientist.
She sees the current planetary changes, social and environmental, as unparalleled gifts that challenge us to take up with clarity, vigor and compassion, awakened ways of being and acting in our lives, in our community, and in the world. This is the great adventure of now, for we and the world are yet alive to our caring touch!

what to bring

An open, questioning mind willing to engage.

cost donation

how to book

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our cancelation policy

If you RSVP for a class and fail to show up, you will get a "no show". Three no shows means you will be removed from chalkle. You may request to rejoin after six months.

If you cancel your RSVP:
- after 7pm night before = a no show will be recorded.

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