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Who We Are

We're a group of laid back and genuine people that get together for meditation, movies, book clubs, thoughtful discussions, and socializing.

We don't charge for membership, and most of our meetings are free. When we do ask for contributions, they are only to cover our costs.

Upcoming events (4+)

Online Group Meditation and Discussion

Online event

Let's practice together right in the middle of the week, right in the middle of the day. This is a shorter meditation group meeting - meant to be taken during a mid-week lunch break.

Meeting on Zoom
Once you RSVP here, you will get a link to the zoom meeting online. You are welcome join our meeting a few minutes early if you want to get settled in before we start. Or to run a test of Zoom on your computing device prior to the meeting, use this link: https://zoom.us/test
(Note that this zoom link will be different from the link we use on Sundays.)

Meditative Inquiry? What's that?
In addition to facilitating the Sunday morning groups here, I've also been practicing with, and facilitating meetings with the Ekoji Meditative Inquiry group, which has almost exactly the same format and intention as our Meetup group here. So I'm excited to invite both groups to come to meet and practice together here on Zoom on Wednesdays at noon and on Thursday nights.

What kind of meditation will we be doing?
Starting right at noon we will sit together in silence for 30 minutes. The main thing is that we try to remain present during our meditation, and when our attention wanders, we simply, kindly, gently return to our breath, or any other meditative touchpoint you have chosen for yourself. While meditating, some people prefer to turn off their video, and that's perfectly fine.

After meditation, we open up for discussion, which can be about the meditation we just did, experiences during the week, our meditation practices, or anything that comes up that's related to practice or waking up in our lives. It's not unusual for there to be long pauses between speaking, where we just reflect on what was just said or are open to hear the next voice, and sometimes that voice is our own. We will wrap up the discussion around 1:15.

What if I've never meditated before?
Many people have started in groups like this, so you'll be in good company.

What type of people will I be meditating with?
Our group is very laid-back and open minded. We recognize that everyone is on their own individual path, so come as you are and you'll be welcomed.

Do I have to sit still for 30 minutes?
No. If you get uncomfortable, shift your position. You can choose to meditate however it works best for you as long as you respect those around you.

How do I start meditating?
Tara Brach has a perfect introduction here (http://www.tarabrach.com/howtomeditate.html).

Other Meditation Groups and Resources
There are lots of resources for learning and practicing meditation here in Richmond.
This site (http://www.richmondmeditates.vcu.edu/) lists many of them.

Richmond Meditative Inquiry Group at Ekoji
http://ekojirichmond.org/ekoji-buddhist-groups/richmond-meditative-inquiry-group.html

Saturday Morning Yoga at 9 am and 10 am

Living Water Community Center

We have a lovely indoor space as we move into the cooler months! The new location is Living Water Community Center, 1000 Westover Hills Blvd. The yoga studio is behind the giant church building and facing the large parking lot. You will see some signs for martial arts, and if you follow those you will find the yoga studio! (Martial arts is just next door!)

8:50 am Doors open
9:00 am Gentle Yoga (absolutely no Vinyasas, just a purely nurturing practice)
9:50 am Doors Open Again
10:00 am Flow Yoga (some Vinyasas, all levels)

This way you can choose the practice that suits you that day.

As always bring your mat, your water, and any comforts you might enjoy! Appreciation donations gladly accepted and keep the program running, and also please don't let this worry you too much. Whatever you can do is enough, it always works out. Venmo is @annie-peace

Obviously we're having a global pandemic. Best practices around things like yoga have included keeping mats at a nice distance, and also wearing a mask when away from the mat and close to other people, since really none of us knows anyone else's medical history or needs. So we'll try it that way since it has worked in other times and places. Your insights are welcome, just talk with Annie before or after!

Online Group Meditation

Online event

New to the art of sitting still? Looking to mix up your meditation routine? Then join us for a group meditation.

Meeting on Zoom
Meetup will display the link when you RSVP.
To run a test of Zoom on your computing device prior to the meeting, use this link: https://zoom.us/test

What kind of meditation will we be doing?
Online, we usually sit in silence for 30 minutes. The main thing is that we try to remain present in a relaxed way, and when our attention wanders, we keep coming back to being here and now. You can leave your camera on or turn it off, whatever you prefer. We mute everyone when meditation begins.

After meditation, we'll have short break to get tea, and then we open up for discussion, which can be about the meditation we just had, experiences during the week, our meditation practices, or anything that comes up that's related to practice or waking up in life. It's not unusual for there to be long pauses between speaking, where we just reflect on what was just said or are open to hear the next voice, and sometimes that voice is our own. We conclude the discussion around noon, but it's not unusual for people to leave before then.

What if I've never meditated before?
This is a great place to start. Most people in the group are fairly new to meditating, so you'll be in good company.

What type of people will I be meditating with?
Our group is very laid-back and open minded. We recognize that everyone is on their own individual path, so come as you are and you'll be welcomed.

Do I have to sit still for 30 minutes?
No. If you get uncomfortable, shift your position. You can choose to meditate however it works best for you as long as you respect those around you.

How do I start meditating?
Tara Brach has a perfect introduction here (http://www.tarabrach.com/howtomeditate.html).

Other Meditation Groups and Resources
There are lots of resources for learning and practicing meditation here in Richmond.
This site (http://www.richmondmeditates.vcu.edu/) lists many of them.

Online Group Meditation and Discussion

Online event

Let's practice together right in the middle of the week, right in the middle of the day. This is a shorter meditation group meeting - meant to be taken during a mid-week lunch break.

Meeting on Zoom
Once you RSVP here, you will get a link to the zoom meeting online. You are welcome join our meeting a few minutes early if you want to get settled in before we start. Or to run a test of Zoom on your computing device prior to the meeting, use this link: https://zoom.us/test
(Note that this zoom link will be different from the link we use on Sundays.)

Meditative Inquiry? What's that?
In addition to facilitating the Sunday morning groups here, I've also been practicing with, and facilitating meetings with the Ekoji Meditative Inquiry group, which has almost exactly the same format and intention as our Meetup group here. So I'm excited to invite both groups to come to meet and practice together here on Zoom on Wednesdays at noon and on Thursday nights.

What kind of meditation will we be doing?
Starting right at noon we will sit together in silence for 30 minutes. The main thing is that we try to remain present during our meditation, and when our attention wanders, we simply, kindly, gently return to our breath, or any other meditative touchpoint you have chosen for yourself. While meditating, some people prefer to turn off their video, and that's perfectly fine.

After meditation, we open up for discussion, which can be about the meditation we just did, experiences during the week, our meditation practices, or anything that comes up that's related to practice or waking up in our lives. It's not unusual for there to be long pauses between speaking, where we just reflect on what was just said or are open to hear the next voice, and sometimes that voice is our own. We will wrap up the discussion around 1:15.

What if I've never meditated before?
Many people have started in groups like this, so you'll be in good company.

What type of people will I be meditating with?
Our group is very laid-back and open minded. We recognize that everyone is on their own individual path, so come as you are and you'll be welcomed.

Do I have to sit still for 30 minutes?
No. If you get uncomfortable, shift your position. You can choose to meditate however it works best for you as long as you respect those around you.

How do I start meditating?
Tara Brach has a perfect introduction here (http://www.tarabrach.com/howtomeditate.html).

Other Meditation Groups and Resources
There are lots of resources for learning and practicing meditation here in Richmond.
This site (http://www.richmondmeditates.vcu.edu/) lists many of them.

Richmond Meditative Inquiry Group at Ekoji
http://ekojirichmond.org/ekoji-buddhist-groups/richmond-meditative-inquiry-group.html

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