Community Events

Dharma Talk: Mindful Eating

with Brenda Thompson
Friday, November 6, 6-8 p.m.
Via Zoom. Link provided at time of registration.
Our Dharma Talk Series continues via Zoom. The evening includes meditation, a talk, discussion, and time for sharing. 

Join Brenda Thompson for a journey inward to rediscover a natural and joyful relationship with food. Learn how mindfulness and awareness can help us become more compassionate and kind to ourselves in relationship to food. The talk will introduce the nine different hungers that we were born with and have become lost to us over time. Together, we will discover that mindful eating is a non-diet, body neutral approach. In preparation for the talk, please have available a small amount of something to eat such as a raison, a grape, an interesting cracker, etc. There will be an experiential activity during the evening program, as well as time at the end for questions and discussion.

Everyone is welcome.
Preregistration is recommended and appreciated. To register, kindly choose a donation amount below that works for you. If finances are tight, you are most welcome to come for free. Please email [email protected] Everyone who preregisters will receive a Zoom link. 
Suggested donation


If you are able to pay the full amount, you will help someone else participate. Thank you!

Brenda Thompson is a licensed clinical professional counselor and a Buddhist practitioner. She has been on a personal and professional mindful eating journey since 2010. Brenda trained with Jan Chozen Bays, MD and Char Wilkins, LCSW at the Great Vow Zen Monastery in Clatskanie, Oregon, and shortly thereafter, she taught an 8-week mindful eating class at the Shambhala Center in Brunswick, Maine. Brenda recently closed her private counseling practice in Lisbon, Maine and moved to Ocala, Florida, where she resides with her husband Jim and her two tabby cats. 


"In mindful eating, we are not comparing or judging. We are simply witnessing the many sensations, thoughts, and emotions that come up around eating. This is done in a straight-forward, no-nonsense way, but it is warmed with kindness and spiced with curiosity." - Jan Chozen Bays

The Dancing Elephant is by donation so that everyone can participate. Donations in any amount are graciously appreciated.