Special Events

Third Sunday Sit

with sangha friends
Sundays, April 21, May 19, June 16
9 a.m. to noon
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 quietly. The morning will include 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.
Everyone is welcome! 
Suggested donation: $5-20. 
For more information or to set up one-on-one meditation instruction, please contact Rachel at [email protected] or 594-1694. 
Hosted by Rockland Shambhala.

Dharma Talk: The Journey of Grief

with Yasemin Yamodo-Isler
Thursday, May 2, 6-8 p.m.
We are delighted to continue our Dharma Talk series on the first Thursday of the month. The evening includes meditation, a talk, discussion, and time for visiting. Tea and snacks will be served.
"Grief moves with us and through us. Moving towards it may be contradictory yet may allow us to transform." 
— Yasemin Yamodo-Isler
The many tentacles of grief show up in our lives, eventually. They can suffocate us at times, whilst hugging us with a new perspective for life. How do we face the unwelcome, the loss, the pain? With courage, kindness, compassion, radical acceptance and equanimity. Each journey is different. We each sing our own version of a song of despair. Underneath it all, common humanity connects us. Whether you have the opportunity to share the depths of your loss and grief in the company of others, or not, here we offer the undivided attention to be fully present to grief, as part of the normal human condition. The group will explore the meaning of grief, as well as investigate and practice ways for holding, being present to, and moving through grief. 
Everyone is welcome. 
Suggested donation: $15-20. 
Yasemin Yamodo-Isler is a life and grief coach, hospice volunteer, mindfulness and compassion teacher, and parent living in the Boston area. Through her share of significant losses, she has come to realize and experience the power of being present to what is happening in life. Her desire and goal are to be present for others who walk the journey of grief, loss, hope and transformation. Yasemin feels honored to have learned directly from Joan Halifax, Frank Ostaseski, Sharon Salzberg, Tara Brach, and Jon Kabat-Zinn. She is on the 2-year meditation teacher training with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield. She holds a Master of Mindfulness Studies, with deep focus on grief, death and transformation. Her grief work and writings can be found at https://www.griefcircles.com/.

Social Meditation Meet-Up

with Maggie Karoff & Beverly Feldt
Monday, May 13, 6:30-8 p.m.
Join us for an open-hearted evening 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 the 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.

Dharma Walk: Love Letter to the Earth

with Cynthia Trone
Thursday, June 6, 6-8 p.m.
at Ash Point Preserve, Owls Head
We are delighted to continue our Dharma Talk series on the first Thursday of the month. For the warmer months, we'll be taking the talks outside into natural world. We hope you can join us. 
“Each time we practice mindfulness we’re able to generate more love and compassion for the Earth, as well as ourselves.” - Thich Nhat Hanh, Love Letter to the Earth
Can we find deep stillness and calm abiding awareness in a world that is often filled with distraction and fear? When we immerse ourselves in nature, our hearts and minds settle into the ease of peaceful interconnection. Join Cynthia for a mindfulness walk that will awaken our senses and open our hearts. As in the ancient Buddhist tradition, practicing outdoors helps us feel and understand our interdependence with the Earth and all sentient beings. In the quiet of nature, we look inward for answers to the turbulent environmental crises of our times. We generate love and compassion and feel inspired to help heal our Earth.
Open to everyone comfortable with hiking on a moderate wooded path. Please wear walking/hiking shoes.
Directions. Meet at 5:45 p.m. at the trailhead parking lot on Ash Point Drive. From Rockland, drive south on Rte. 73, turn left onto North Shore Drive, turn right onto Ash Point Drive. Go about 2.5 miles and look for the parking lot on the left. If the lot is full, please carefully park along the road shoulder.
Cynthia Trone earned her Master’s Degree in Mindfulness Studies from Lesley University in 2017. Her work focuses on the connection of ancient wisdom to modern crises. In 2016, Cynthia travelled to Tibet to better understand the oppression and culture of Tibetan Buddhism, and in 2017, she attended the Dalai Lama’s Kalachakra teachings in Bodhgaya, India. She currently develops and manages youth programs at Georges River Land Trust’s Langlais Sculpture Preserve in Cushing. Cynthia coordinated the Sacred Art Tour’s first visit to Maine in 2018 and looks forward to welcoming the monks of the Drepung Gomang Monastery in Mundgod, India back to midcoast Maine again next year.
With thanks to the Georges River Land Trust.

Community Yoga & Live Cello

with Taylor Ackerman & Robin Lane
Sunday, June 9, 4:30-6 p.m.
Come one, come all. Bring a friend or two to join if you'd like. Together, we will enjoy a special community yoga class with live cello! Experience synchronicity of breath, rhythm, and creative posture flows. Let's share the healing energy of yoga, nourishing ourselves and our greater community. All levels, all body types, all ages -- anyone who wants to feel better and have more clarity of mind -- join us. Let's have fun, and celebrate yoga and the beauty of live music.
Everyone is welcome!
Preregistration is not required. Please arrive 5-10 minutes early.
Suggested donation: $5-25
Robin Lane performs classical, jazz, and contemporary works throughout Maine. He records, engineers, and produces his own music, along with the music of a growing number of local musicians, out of his home studio in Rockland. Robin’s music provokes conscious thought, bringing peace to the minds of the individual, society, and the environment in which we live. As Operations Manager at Midcoast Music Academy, he supports young musicians and encourages music education in the community.

Solstice Yoga & Singing Bowls

with Rachel Nixon & Lori LeBlanc
Thursday, June 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Come celebrate the longest and lightest day of the year! Join us for an evening of gentle yoga, meditation, and relaxation, all to the nourishing sounds of Tibetan singing bowls. We will breathe deeply and move through gentle, warming yoga flows to open our hearts and welcome the summer season. The healing vibrations of the singing bowls will inspire and soothe us. The evening will end with a peaceful deep relaxation. Hope to see you there!
Everyone is welcome!
Preregistration is not required. Please arrive 5-10 minutes early.
Suggested donation: $15-30

Lori LeBlanc is a Sound Healer and Licensed Massage Therapist since 1994. She is Certified in Polarity Therapy, BioSonic Repatterning, and Tibetan Singing Bowl Therapy. As an artist and musician, Lori’s passion for music led her to explore the healing power of sound. Lori offers private sessions in Belfast and group events throughout Maine. The consecrated seven metal alloy singing bowls were handmade in Nepal more than 100 years ago. During their creation, prayers and mantras were offered to support the bowls' healing intention and for inspiring the awakening of consciousness.