Series Classes

Social Meditation

with Maggie Karoff & Beverly Feldt
Mondays, June 3-24, 6:30-8:30 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.
 

Bhakti Vinyasa Yoga Camp

with Kristi Williamson, Yoga Instructor & Musician
Monday-Thursday, July 8-11, 7-8:30 a.m.
 
Moving from your POWER Center, A Journey into the Heart... 
 
Energize your body, mind and spirit in this empowering four-day intensive to deepen your practice and harmonize your whole self. We will explore awakening the power center, manipura chakra, by initiating movement from the core. Start each day with a meditative journey inward as we invoke breath and into powerful asana. Interweaving a soulful bhakti-filled practice, as we orientate this inner fire towards our capacity to LOVE!
 
Come for all four days for a full intensive experience or choose specific mornings that work for you! 
 
Level: Everyone is welcome (previous yoga experience is helpful but not required).
 
Registration: Kindly complete payment below or contact Rachel at [email protected] to sign up and discuss other payment options; drop-ins are welcome too!
Suggested donation
 
About the teacher: Kristi’s teaching is influenced by her cross-disciplinary work in sacred dance, somatic therapy, Hatha and Kundalini Yoga. When teaching, Kristi practices “mirroring” or “reflection.” She drops into the practice in certain moments, triggering the mirror neurons in students to help them better understand Yoga’s subtle nuances. Kristi also engages students with posture and alignment guidance from a fundamental somatic level. She encourages students to move from their core with mindfulness and grace. Kristi often shares her soulful live devotional music in class.
 

The Buddha's Footsteps

with Sydney Hall & Beverly Feldt
Four Tuesdays, August 6-27, 6-8 p.m.
 
"Reading Old Path, White Clouds is like diving into a deliciously long, entrancing fairy tale." - Beverly Feldt
 
The Buddha's Footsteps is a four-week study group based on Old Path, White Clouds: Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha by Thich Nhat Hanh. Through the eyes of the Buddha himself and Svasti, the buffalo boy, Thich Nhat Hanh gently weaves together the 80-year life and teachings of Guatama Buddha. Old Path, White Clouds contains the foundational teachings of the Hinayana Buddhist path, offering an approachable and magical introduction to the Sutras, the oral teachings of the Buddha. 
 
Each class will begin with mindfulness-awareness meditation instruction and practice. We will take the time to sit and simply be together, to look deeply into the present moment. The heart of each gathering will include a discussion of the week's readings. The text is divided into three books. This four-week study group will focus on Book Two, the heart of the Buddha's teachings as he walked all over northern India teaching and building a sangha. (It is not required that you have read Book One to take this class.) 
 
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 Rachel at [email protected] or 594-1694 to register and discuss other payment options.
Suggested donation
 
Note: Copies of Old Path, White Clouds 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.