Series Classes

Women's Kundalini Circle

with Rachel Nixon
Eight Wednesdays, May 8-June 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
By registration
"In love, your kindness and compassion have no limits." 
- Yogi Bhajan
Awaken your heart and explore what love means to you! As the Earth wakes up, so too does our body, heart, and mind. There is an inner stirring to move outward and connect with the world. 
This Spring, join a sacred circle of women for practice, friendship, and sharing. Together, we will explore the fertile, green energy of Anahata Chakra, the Heart Chakra, through Kundalini kriyas, breathwork, mantra, and meditation. We will cultivate compassion, kindness, and connection to Self and others. We will gently inquire into our fears and worries, offering understanding and self-acceptance. The classes will include time for sharing/conversation, expressive arts, and deep relaxation. Hope to see you there!
Level: Women of all ages are welcome; no experience necessary
Registration: Kindly complete payment below or contact Rachel at [email protected] to sign up and discuss other payment options; installment plans and work trade available.
Suggested donation
Note: The Dancing Elephant welcomes people of all genders and gender expressions, as well as non-binary and genderqueer people. This class offering is specifically offered for people who identify as women in a way that is meaningful to them.

Heart of the Buddha's Teaching

with Rachel Nixon & John Meyer
Six Tuesdays, May 21-June 25, 6-8 p.m.
"Once the door of awareness has been opened, you cannot close it."
- Thich Nhat Hanh
Join us for a six-week course based on The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation by Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist master, poet, and peace activist. In his clear, gentle, and accessible style, Thich Nhat Hanh introduces us to the core teachings of Buddhism and shows us how they relate to our daily lives. 
Each class will begin with mindfulness instruction and practice. We will take the time to sit and be together, getting to know our minds and hearts. Our practice will also include contemplations on joy and compassion. The heart of each gathering will include a discussion of the week's readings, with an opportunity to explore the teachings in pairs, small groups, and a full circle. The key topics for exploration include: The Four Noble Truths, The Noble Eightfold Path, and The Three Jewels. We will also take time to get to know and honor Thich Nhat Hanh, global spiritual leader and peace activist. 
Everyone is encouraged to bring questions, ideas, concerns, and curiosities to the group each week. The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming of everyone’s experience.
Level: Everyone is welcome, including beginners and advanced practitioners.
Registration: Early registration is recommended to save your space, and it also helps the staff plan for the program. Kindly complete payment below or contact Cynthia at [email protected] or 594-1694 to register and discuss other payment options.
Suggested donation

Note: Copies of The Heart of the Buddha's Teachings will be available for purchase at the class.

Generosity policy: We have a generosity policy to make our offerings available to all who wish to participate. If the suggested donation is an obstacle for you, please consider what is possible in your current situation and offer as much of the program fee as you can. Kindly register ahead by email and plan to pay at class. Thank you.

Hosted by Rockland Shambhala.


Social Meditation

with Maggie Karoff & Beverly Feldt
Mondays, June 3-24, 6:30-8 p.m.
Join us for an open-hearted exploration of meditation and community. Social Meditation is a powerful practice that guides us in developing a culture of “nowness” and a space to relate authentically with one another. In this practice, we explore what it feels like to speak and listen from our present moment experience. We practice communicating with bravery and vulnerability so that we can bring these qualities into our daily lives and experience our individual and collective goodness as a community and a society. 
During each gathering, we will practice sitting meditation, engage in Social Meditation, and conclude with tea and socializing. There will be tea available at 6:15 p.m. To support the practice environment, please arrive by 6:30 p.m. If you are running late, please enter quietly up until 6:45 p.m. 

Participants of all ages, backgrounds, and spiritual traditions are welcome. No prior meditation experience required. 

Suggested donation: $5-10 drop-in. There is no advance registration.
About the facilitators: Beverly Feldt was introduced to Social Meditation through a weekend retreat with Shastri Nick Kranz at Rockland Shambhala in September, 2017. She notes, “I love the deep listening and deep sharing fostered by Social Meditation and am inspired by the idea that this is a model for a wider community of love and generosity." Maggie Karoff first practiced Social Meditation at the Boston Shambhala Meditation Center in 2013 and has been consistently inspired by the powerful ripple effects of this practice in her relationships and communities.
Social Meditation was developed by Shastri Nick Kranz, under the mentorship of Acharya Adam Lobel, over the last 10 years. It is currently practiced at Shambhala Centers around the world. 
Hosted by Rockland Shambhala.