What we're about

Fusing the practice of mindfulness with the play of Improv Comedy. Each week we practice presence, grounding ourselves in the here and now, before we embark on a hilarious, playful adventure of improvisational games, movement and acted-out stories, practicing presence through play. Together we cultivate connection and joy that we learn to take out into the world with us in our day-to-day lives. No experience in either mindfulness practice or improv is required to join!

We meet both in New Paltz, NY and NYC.

About the main facilitator, Shea Riester: Shea has been a Buddhist meditation practitioner for 10 years, is a trained Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher from U. Mass Medical School, and has been facilitating mindfulness and improv groups for 2 years. He trained in improv comedy with the ridiculously awesome masters of improv at Improv Boston in Cambridge, MA.

You can email Shea at sheariester@gmail.com or text/call him at 857-756-3730 for questions. :) <3

Upcoming events (5+)

STAGE PRESENCE 101 (THIS WEEK ONLY)

Still Mind Zendo

Usually we meet weekly to practice mindfulness + improv, but this week will be a little different in that actress and coach Kat Rogers will be coming to guest facilitate a workshop on stage presence. Using mindfulness tools, Kat will be leading exercises to feel more present, free and comfortable in any performance or public speaking setting. Please reserve your space below: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stage-presence-101-tickets-61531121240

Presence@Play: Mindfulness + Improv NYC

Still Mind Zendo

What if we saw life more as a playground and less as a prison? This is a weekly drop-in practice group that fuses the practice of presence with the play of improvisational comedy. Each week we practice mindfulness meditation, getting into our bodies and grounding in the here and now, before embarking on a wild ride of improvisational games, movement and acted-out stories, weaved together with the art of being present. Together we cultivate connection, presence and playfulness that we'll learn to take with us into our day-to-day lives. No experience in either mindfulness practice or improv is required to show up. All levels welcome :) We meet every Monday night, 7:15 - 9:30 PM. This is a donation-based space--no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Suggested donation to help pay the space rent is $15 if we have under 8 people and $10 if we have over 8. About the main facilitator, Shea Riester: Shea has been a buddhist meditation practitioner for 10 years and trained as a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher at U. Mass Medical School. He has been teaching mindfulness for 5+ years and facilitating mindfulness and improv workshops for 2+ years. Shea trained in improv comedy with the awesome masters of improv at Improv Boston in Cambridge, MA. You can email Shea at [masked] or text/call him at[masked] for questions. :) ♥

Presence@Play: Mindfulness + Improv NYC

Still Mind Zendo

What if we saw life more as a playground and less as a prison? This is a weekly drop-in practice group that fuses the practice of presence with the play of improvisational comedy. Each week we practice mindfulness meditation, getting into our bodies and grounding in the here and now, before embarking on a wild ride of improvisational games, movement and acted-out stories, weaved together with the art of being present. Together we cultivate connection, presence and playfulness that we'll learn to take with us into our day-to-day lives. No experience in either mindfulness practice or improv is required to show up. All levels welcome :) We meet every Monday night, 7:15 - 9:30 PM. This is a donation-based space--no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Suggested donation to help pay the space rent is $15 if we have under 8 people and $10 if we have over 8. About the main facilitator, Shea Riester: Shea has been a buddhist meditation practitioner for 10 years and trained as a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher at U. Mass Medical School. He has been teaching mindfulness for 5+ years and facilitating mindfulness and improv workshops for 2+ years. Shea trained in improv comedy with the awesome masters of improv at Improv Boston in Cambridge, MA. You can email Shea at [masked] or text/call him at[masked] for questions. :) ♥

Presence@Play: Mindfulness + Improv NYC

Still Mind Zendo

What if we saw life more as a playground and less as a prison? This is a weekly drop-in practice group that fuses the practice of presence with the play of improvisational comedy. Each week we practice mindfulness meditation, getting into our bodies and grounding in the here and now, before embarking on a wild ride of improvisational games, movement and acted-out stories, weaved together with the art of being present. Together we cultivate connection, presence and playfulness that we'll learn to take with us into our day-to-day lives. No experience in either mindfulness practice or improv is required to show up. All levels welcome :) We meet every Monday night, 7:15 - 9:30 PM. This is a donation-based space--no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Suggested donation to help pay the space rent is $15 if we have under 8 people and $10 if we have over 8. About the main facilitator, Shea Riester: Shea has been a buddhist meditation practitioner for 10 years and trained as a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher at U. Mass Medical School. He has been teaching mindfulness for 5+ years and facilitating mindfulness and improv workshops for 2+ years. Shea trained in improv comedy with the awesome masters of improv at Improv Boston in Cambridge, MA. You can email Shea at [masked] or text/call him at[masked] for questions. :) ♥

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Presence@Play: Mindfulness + Improv NYC

Still Mind Zendo

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