Community Events

The Nature of Resilience

with Dennis Kiley
Friday, April 30, 6-8 p.m.
Via Zoom. The link will be sent to everyone who preregisters!
Our Dharma Talk Series continues via Zoom. The program includes meditation, a talk, discussion, and time for sharing.
"Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature -- the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” - Rachel Carson
How do you navigate stress? How do you heal from adversity? These are great questions, especially at this time in our collective history. In this evening program, Dennis will invite us to consider the Earth as one of our greatest teachers. Plants and animals have been illustrating, refining, and proving what it takes to be resilient since the beginning of time. Together, the group will explore nature's teachings and inquire into resilience as a verb, a process, a way of being and becoming that involves hope and choices. Dennis will highlight the research that illustrates that time in nature, just like time practicing meditation, benefits our nervous system. Come learn about the nature of resilience, interconnection, and healing. Explore specific ways to strengthen your reserves this Spring.
This offering is part of the year-long program, Making Friends with Ourselves & Our World, January-December, 2021.
All are welcome.
Preregister to receive Zoom link.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]). The link will be sent to everyone who preregisters by 5 p.m. on 4/30.
Suggested donation
Dennis Kiley is a psychotherapist, mindfulness teacher, yoga instructor, outdoor educator, and the founder of the EcoPsychology Initiative. He has been interested in spiritual practice since the age of 16, when his father gave him a book by Thich Nhat Hanh. Inspired by the natural world, Dennis educates and empowers people to thrive in harmony with the Earth. He lives on the coast of Maine with his family, surrounded by the mountains, woods, and waters of Acadia National Park.

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

Third Sunday Sit

with sangha friends
Sundays, May 16 & June 20, 9 a.m. to noon
Donations appreciated. See below. Thank you!
We are delighted to offer extended sitting on the third Sunday of the month. This is an opportunity to practice with a group in a relaxed and friendly environment. You can come for as much, or as little, of the morning practice as you'd like. Kindly enter and exit the Zoom space quietly, Muting yourself upon arrival. The morning includes alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation. Everyone is welcome, including beginners and experienced practitioners. All meditation traditions are honored. There is a timekeeper but no instruction.
Suggested donation
Note: If finances are tight, you are welcome to come for free.
Preregistration is not required. 
All are welcome. 
For more information or to set up one-on-one meditation instruction, please contact Rachel at [email protected] or 594-1694