Jun
27
7:00 pm19:00

We were made for these times: Touching our True Home in the Here and Now--Public Talk in Cheverly, Maryland

  • Cheverly United Methodist Church

Tuesday, June 27, 7-8:30pm, Cheverly United Methodist Church yoga room
Suggested donation $10-15 (please bring cash to the talk)

On this evening, we will come home to ourselves to access our strength, wisdom, courage and joy, so needed for us to meet these difficult times with freedom and clarity. The evening will include a guided meditation, a talk and time for questions and reflections.
Space is limited, so please register in advance.

 

Sep
25
Dec 11

Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation

  • Seekers Church

Mondays 7pm-8:30pm,

September 25-Dec 11 (No class Oct 9)

This class consists of guided meditation, a dharma talk, opportunities for practice, mindful movement, and discussion.

This series will introduce the practice of mindfulness meditation and give an overview of helpful means for working with thoughts, opening to difficult emotions, developing wisdom and deepening compassion.

No registration is necessary.  Each class stands alone and attendance at one class does not require attendance at the others – however, the fullest integration will be achieved by attending each of the sessions.

Newcomers to meditation and long time practitioners are welcome to attend. Chairs are provided or you may bring your sitting gear.

Fee: This series is freely offered. There will be an opportunity to offer dana (donation) each week at class. Suggested donation $10-15.

This facility is fully handicap accessible.

Parking:  There is no free parking during this class time, but participants can park at the Metro across the street or find street parking.


Jun
18
2:00 pm14:00

World Wide Insight Talk: We were made for these times

We were made for these times: Touching our True Home in the Here and Now

I am very happy to announce that on Sunday 18th June I will be teaching at Worldwide Insight, a unique online platform for live, interactive dharma teachings. It is free to sign up and participate in the class. I will be teaching on the theme of… The class starts at 2pm EST, 7pm UK. I hope you can join me. You can find out more at www.worldwideinsight.org, and you can share details of the class through the Worldwide Insight Facebook page at http://bit.ly/2jXkhIt

Apr
15
10:30 am10:30

Intuition: Honoring Our Inner Knowing--An InterPlay Daylong Workshop

  • Takoma Village Common House

A Day of Embodied Play

Sponsored by InPlay

Lunch: 12:30 – 1:45 p.m. Bring your lunch or dine out at a local restaurant.

There is deep wisdom in each of us. Come play with the tools of InterPlay to explore how we can nurture and access our intuition more in daily life. 

Have you ever just suddenly "known" something, right down to your bones? How is it that these experiences of "getting it" arise? How can we nurture this arising of insight and strengthen it? How do we know when it’s the real thing, rather than just our ideas that shift and change with external circumstances? 

With journaling, as well as movement, voice and stillness, we will explore how body wisdom and embodied play can be a powerful doorway to intuition.

Please bring a quote that inspires you (it can be about intuition, but doesn't have to be) to share in our 'Group Oracle.'

InPlay Members - $30 | Non-members $40

You can pay online here: InPlay members: paypal.me/KairaLingo/31.50

Non-members: paypal.me/KairaLingo/42.50

When you register, please share your email so we can give you the address of the location.

Followed by Gorgy 2: a six-course gourmet extravaganza. See separate announcement for details.

Registration deadline: full fee due by April 3, to secure your place.

Make checks payable to Liz Lescault.

Mail to 3030 Crest Ave. Cheverly Md. 20785 For further information call Liz at 301-852- 3463

Apr
7
Apr 9

Retreat: Solid as a Mountain: Staying Rooted in the Midst of Chaos

  • Wellspring Conference Center

We all need strong roots in order to thrive and withstand the storms of our life. What are our roots? Where do we take refuge when things become difficult? Together we will explore ways to strengthen our connections to the things that keep us healthy and grounded. We will also look into the profound gifts that times of chaos and turmoil can provide, if we know how to let go and enjoy the ride!

This retreat will be an opportunity to learn and enjoy the art of mindful and peaceful living. It will help us learn to recognize and embrace our pain, find peace within ourselves, and foster stronger connection in our communities. It will give us an opportunity to stop, rest, and touch the source of wisdom, compassion and healing in ourselves, so that we can renew our relationships and bring peace and understanding to our world. Through the practice of mindfulness we will learn how to nourish happiness, gratitude, good communication and serenity in our daily life.

Here to register and for more info. 

Teaching from the Heart--A Day of Mindfulness for Educators
Apr
1
9:30 am09:30

Teaching from the Heart--A Day of Mindfulness for Educators

  • Seekers Church

Teaching from the Heart

A Daylong for Educators

In this daylong for educators we will learn and practice tools for taking good care of ourselves, so that we can be truly present for those we teach, and bring the best of ourselves into the classroom. We will slow down and come home to our body and breath by practicing mindful sitting, walking and eating silently together, as well as deep relaxation, a mindfulness talk, and group discussion. We will also use the tools of InterPlay—improvisational movement and storytelling—to access the wisdom of the body, and touch our inherent grace and ease.

The unwritten curriculum in the classroom is the teacher's presence.

~ Meena Srinivasan, author of Teach, Breathe, Learn

We can’t transmit mindfulness in our work as educators if we don’t embody it ourselves. Therefore the focus of our day will be on nourishing ourselves as educators, yet we will also explore secular mindfulness practices and exercises we can share with our students.

The focus of the day is on secular applications of mindfulness and is therefore appropriate for educators of all faith traditions or none.

Please bring a packed lunch with you.

Click here to register and for more info.

Teacher: Kaira Jewel Lingo has been offering retreats and day of mindfulness internationally for educators since 2008. She helped to initiate and develop Wake Up Schools, a program cultivating mindfulness in education. She also edited Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children. She teaches teens and young adults with iBme and with Minds, Incorporated and other organizations, she teaches mindfulness in DC public schools to students, teachers, staff and parents.

 

Mar
3
Mar 5

Healing Ourselves, Healing Our World--People of Color Retreat

  • Trinitarians Retreat Center

To register: https://socialhealthconcepts.wufoo.com/forms/z19hrcog0nm44rm/
More info: http://www.baltimoremindfulnesscommunity.space
Contact: Marisela Gomez at socialhealthconcepts@gmail.com
Cost: Sliding scale: $250-$300. This includes meals and accommodations.

Please give at the highest level you can afford so others can attend.
Some scholarships are available – contact Marisela at email above.

Note: These are residential retreats. Please plan to stay overnight instead of commuting.  Ride sharing is available; please indicate on the registration form your need for carpooling and/or your availability to drive others.

See flyer here

Feb
28
May 30

Deepening in the Dharma--A 3 month Course

This Spring, IMCW and the Lamont Dharma House will offer an opportunity to deepen in Buddhist practice in community, and interwoven with daily life. The course will include instruction on meditation techniques, including vipassana and metta meditation, as well as reflections on Buddhist ethics, such as generosity, patience, honesty and Right Effort. Teachings will be grounded in the exploration of how we can practically apply the techniques in our daily lives and will involve embodied, creative and interactive practices at times done alone, in pairs and in small groups.

The course will draw from various Buddhist traditions, including the Theravada traditions and the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. This group is not an introduction to meditation and is appropriate for those who have some experience practicing meditation (at least one year).

People of color, LGBTIQ, and differently-abled people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Dates: Tuesdays from 7:30-9:00pm; February 28 to May 30, 2017

Class Format: Classes will begin with a 30 minute sit, and include a teaching/reading, interactive exercises and time for discussion. Every other session will be guided by Kaira Jewel, and the other Tuesdays will be peer-hosted and will build on themes previously introduced by Kaira Jewel. To nurture a strong practice and collective energy, students are encouraged to attend each session.

On the Tuesdays with Kaira Jewel, there will be time for two 15-minute private interviews from 6:45-7:15 p.m. Each participant will have the opportunity to schedule at least one private interview (this is optional).

Meditation: Participants–especially those who live nearby–will also be welcomed to volunteer to lead one meditation session per week at the Lamont Dharma House (mornings and evenings). This will help support and deepen our daily meditation practice in community.

Registration: In order to reserve your space in the class, please register on the IMCW website here.

Questions: If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at community@lamontdharma.org.

 

 

Feb
23
7:00 pm19:00

Speaking Out against Injustice with Loving Speech and Deep Listening--Dharma Talk and Sit

  • Lamont Dharma House

How can we stand up for the values of social justice, inclusion, respect and dignity for all in a way that does not contribute to divisiveness? How can we reach out to those who are different from us to help bridge the divide?

Join Kaira Jewel Lingo on Thursday, February 23 at the Lamont Dharma House to hear a talk on speaking out against injustice with loving speech and deep listening, the fourth of the Five Mindfulness Trainings as offered by Thich Nhat Hanh. Taking inspiration from Loving Speech and Deep Listening, we will explore how our words and compassionate listening can both protest harm and promote reconciliation and peace.

The session is from 7-8:30 p.m. If you arrive late please wait to enter until the meditation has ended. Then you can enter through the second door at end of hallway.

Please RSVP to Kathleen Gless at community@lamontdharma.org by February 21 so we can anticipate the number in attendance.

Click here more information on the Lamont Dharma House and to subscribe to their listserv.

Feb
19
6:30 pm18:30

Coming Home: Showing Up for Ourselves and the World-- Dharma Talk and Sit

  • Washington Buddhist Vihara

“Go back and take care of yourself. Your body needs you, your feelings need you, your perceptions need you. Your suffering needs you to acknowledge it. Go home and be there for all these things….” Thich Nhat Hanh

In this evening at the Washington Mindfulness Community, we will practice to come home to the island within us that very much needs our care. This is what helps up to show up fully for others, our communities and our society, especially in times of division and discord. We will learn to strengthen and apply mindfulness in all areas of our daily life, with ourselves, in our intimate relationships, workplaces, communities and in our actions in the world. We will learn more about how to nourish healing and wholesome mind-states, how we can cultivate joy, and care for our painful emotions, both at an individual and collective level.

We will take time to fully experience our bodies, hearts and minds, through mindful breathing and walking, as well as mindful movement and sharing with others. 

Schedule: Sitting and walking meditation from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.
Dharma Talk and Discussion from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m.
Social Time from 8:30 to 9 p.m.

The talk is offered freely and donations (dana) are welcome. More info here.

Practicing Compassion: A Day of Mindfulness for Women of the African Diaspora
Feb
18
9:00 am09:00

Practicing Compassion: A Day of Mindfulness for Women of the African Diaspora

  • Renaissance Hall, Westminster Presbyterian Church

Facilitated by Kaira Jewel Lingo, Gretchen Rohr, and Therese Taylor-Stinson

The Saturday after Valentines' Day, please join an Interfaith gathering of women of African Descent for a daylong retreat on radical healing and conscious loving. Together, we will explore the variety of ways multiracial and black women awaken in relationship with ourselves, with each other, and with intimate partners. Drawing from contemplative Christian and Buddhist traditions, secular mindfulness practices and indigenous dialogue, the retreat will provide a sacred space for self-care and building community, for nourishing joy and healing our pain. We will learn and practice tools to identify both systemic and personal barriers to compassionate living, so that we can sustain inner liberation and outer transformation for the long-haul. This is a day of growing togetherness and a celebration of all that we are.

**All are welcome who self-identify as a women (including transgendered and cisgendered women) and trace parts of your ancestry to the historic people of Africa.

The facilitators will offer reflections and the following activities: Silent and guided meditation; mindful eating and walking; a group spiritual direction to convenant with one another as sisters; the practice of beginning anew, a 4-step process to resolve conflict and rebuild our intimate relationships; and community conferencing circles, a restorative process to reconcile community trauma and injustice.

Cost is $65 and includes lunch. Here to register and for more info.

Reductions/scholarships are available for those in need. Please contact Therese via the MeetUp messaging for more information. Please visit justiceinbalance.com for information on full scholarships for survivors of violence who wish to volunteer at this or other events.

Class: Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation
Feb
13
7:00 pm19:00

Class: Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation

  • Seekers Church

Mondays 7pm-8:30pm,

February 13-May 22 (No class March 20)

This class consists of guided meditation, a dharma talk, opportunities for practice, mindful movement, and discussion.

This series will introduce the practice of mindfulness meditation and give an overview of helpful means for working with thoughts, opening to difficult emotions, developing wisdom and deepening compassion.

No registration is necessary.  Each class stands alone and attendance at one class does not require attendance at the others – however, the fullest integration will be achieved by attending each of the sessions.

Newcomers to meditation and long time practitioners are welcome to attend. Chairs are provided or you may bring your sitting gear.

Fee: This series is freely offered. There will be an opportunity to offer dana (donation) each week at class. Suggested donation $10-15.

This facility is fully handicap accessible.

Parking:  There is no free parking during this class time, but participants can park at the Metro across the street or find street parking.

Feb
13
May 22

Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation

  • Seekers Church

Mondays 7pm-8:30pm,

February 13-May 22 (No class March 20)

This class consists of guided meditation, a dharma talk, opportunities for practice, mindful movement, and discussion.

This series will introduce the practice of mindfulness meditation and give an overview of helpful means for working with thoughts, opening to difficult emotions, developing wisdom and deepening compassion.

No registration is necessary.  Each class stands alone and attendance at one class does not require attendance at the others – however, the fullest integration will be achieved by attending each of the sessions.

Newcomers to meditation and long time practitioners are welcome to attend. Chairs are provided or you may bring your sitting gear.

Fee: This series is freely offered. There will be an opportunity to offer dana (donation) each week at class. Suggested donation $10-15.

This facility is fully handicap accessible.

Parking:  There is no free parking during this class time, but participants can park at the Metro across the street or find street parking.

Feb
5
Feb 11

Coming Home: Showing Up for Ourselves, Showing Up for the World--UK

  • The Barn

“Go back and take care of yourself. Your body needs you, your feelings need you, your perceptions need you. Your suffering needs you to acknowledge it. Go home and be there for all these things….” Thich Nhat Hanh

Here to register.

In this retreat we will learn to come home to the island within us that very much needs our care. We will learn to strengthen and apply mindfulness in all areas of our daily life, with ourselves, in our intimate relationships, workplaces, communities and in our actions in the world.

We will take time to fully experience our bodies, hearts and minds, through mindful breathing, walking, and eating, as well as mindful movement and sharing with others. We will learn more about how to nourish healing and wholesome mind-states, how we can cultivate joy, and care for our painful emotions. We will slow down and enter into quiet communion with ourselves, the environment, and each other. With the help of nature-based practices and the improvisational forms of Interplay-- an active and creative approach to unlocking wisdom of the body, appropriate for all bodies and abilities--we will dwell deeply in the present moment and live our lives to the fullest.  

The retreat is suitable for both beginning and experienced meditation practitioners.

Feb
3
Feb 5

The Path of Compassion & Wisdom: Celebrating Our Fullness In Uncertain Times: A Retreat for People of Color--UK

  • Mickelpage Retreat Center

The Path of Compassion & Wisdom: Celebrating Our Fullness In Uncertain Times

A Retreat for BAME/People of Color/People of the Global Majority

In this retreat, we will learn and practice tools for self-care and building community, for nourishing joy and healing our pain so that we can sustain inner and outer transformation for the long-haul. There will be periods of sitting and walking meditation, daily dharma talks, mindful meals shared in silence, group sharing, morning Qi Gong and InterPlay – a fun and creative improvisational, body wisdom practice.

Registration/booking is available via http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2715365   

See bookings for further details, to leave comments, and to tell us about any special requirements.

If you are interested in attending and unable to pay online please email coloursofcompassion[at]gmail.com to reserve a place. 

Jan
5
Jan 8

InterPlay Life Practice Program

  • Seekers Church

InterPlay is a global social movement dedicated to ease, connection, human sustainability and play. Unlock the wisdom of your body! 

The Life Practice Program is an immersion in the InterPlay system of practices and ideas. 

More info here.

WEEKEND WORKSHOP: “The Secrets of InterPlay” January 5–8, 2017

Jan 5th, Thursday 7–9 pm, Friday 9:30 am – 9 pm, Saturday 9:30 am – 5 pm, Sunday 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

AND 4 Monthly Weekend Sessions : February 24–26, 2017, March 24–26, April 28–30, May 19–21.

Times: Friday 7–9 pm, Saturdays 9:30 am – 9 pm, Sundays 9:30 am – 3 pm

Kate Amoss leading, Kaira Jewel Lingo assisting

Dec
23
12:00 pm12:00

Coming Home to Ourselves: Mindfulness and Yoga for People of Color--Denver

Winter Wisdom:

Coming Home To Ourselves in the New Year

A Partial Day of Mindfulness for People of Color

with Kaira Jewel & Gurupriya Beth Sanchez

Urban Sanctuary, 2745 Welton St, Denver, CO

Friday, December 30, 2016, Noon – 5:00 PM

In this 1/2 Day of Mindfulness, we will gather in community in order to deeply nourish the very best in ourselves during the busiest time of the Winter Season.

The program will include: group music-making, deep slow yoga forms, a Dharma Talk, Sitting and Walking Meditation, Mindful Sharing, and other playful somatic expression. 

Come and nourish your joy and sacredness as a precious human being negotiating multiple worlds, languages, and systems.  All levels of practice and self-identifications as POC (including mixed race) are welcome.

Sliding scale $40-$60

Register at bethsanchezyoga.net

Kaira Jewel Lingo teaches Buddhist meditation, mindfulness, and compassion internationally, with a focus on activists, people of color, artists, educators, families, and youth. She began practicing mindfulness in 1997 and was a nun for 15 years in Thich Nhat Hanh’s community. She is now a lay Dharma teacher based in Washington, D.C., leading retreats internationally and offering mindfulness in schools. She explores the interweaving of art, play, ecology and spiritual practice and is a certified yoga teacher and InterPlay leader. She contributed a chapter to the forthcoming book, Real World Mindfulness for Beginners, from Callisto Press. Visit kairajewel.com to learn more.

 Gurupriya Beth has been sharing yoga since 2001, and her style has been described as Mindful Hatha/Vinyasa with anatomical depth, nourishing adjustments, contemplative support and invitations to sing, sigh, and giggle.   Her classes are deeply inspired by her core teachers, Engaged Buddhism Founder, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Ayurvedic Doctor, Alakananda Ma. Tias Little and countless others inspire her understanding of yoga asana, dharma, and related practices.

Urban Sanctuary is an African-American, Women-Owned healing space in Denver’s 5 Points Neighborhood.

 

 

 

 

Dec
3
Dec 4

Sacred Justice: Where Spirit and Action Meet--Activists' Retreat

  • Trinitarian Retreat Center

This retreat for activists, community organizers, and human rights defenders will give us the opportunity to come home to ourselves so we can take better care of ourselves and others. The path of mindfulness helps us cultivate a clear mind, as well as understanding and compassion, to ensure that we do not perpetuate the injustices we seek to change. It also helps us to be and to cultivate the Beloved Community we wish to manifest.

In this retreat, we will slow down and reconnect with ourselves and each other through Sitting and Walking meditation, Vegetarian meals in Noble Silence, Dharma Talks, Dharma Sharing in smaller groups, InterPlay, and other body wisdom practices. 

Co led by Marisela Gomez and Kaira Jewel Lingo

To register: https://socialhealthconcepts.wufoo.com/forms/z19hrcog0nm44rm/
More info: http://www.baltimoremindfulnesscommunity.space
Contact: 
Marisela Gomez at socialhealthconcepts@gmail.com
Sliding scale: $160 – $210. This includes meals and accommodations. Please give at the highest level you can afford so others can attend.
Some scholarships are available – contact Marisela at email above.
Note: This is a residential retreats. Please plan to stay overnight instead of commuting.
Carpooling is available. 

Nov
19
9:30 am09:30

The Path of Compassion and Wisdom: Celebrating our Fullness in Uncertain Times

Day of Mindfulness for People of Color. Organized through IMCW.

9:30 AM - 5:00 PM at Potomac Massage Training Institute, (8380 Colesville Road, Suite 600, Silver Spring, MD, 20910)

Compassion and wisdom are the tools of spiritual warriorship allowing us to stay present for and kind to ourselves and to remain responsive to the difficulties of our times.  In this day of mindfulness we will learn and practice tools for self-care and building community, for nourishing joy and healing our pain, so that we can sustain inner and outer transformation for the long-haul. There will be periods of sitting and walking meditation, a Dharma talk, a mindful lunch shared in silence, group sharing and InterPlay — a fun and creative improvisational, body wisdom practice. This is a day of looking deeply, growing togetherness and a celebration of all that we are.

Held at the Potomac Massage Training Institute. Here for More info and to register.

Oct
26
7:00 pm19:00

InterPlay Life Practice Program info session

  • Seeker's Church

InterPlay is a global social movement dedicated to ease, connection, human sustainability and play. Unlock the wisdom of your body! 

The Life Practice Program is an immersion in the InterPlay system of practices and ideas. 

Info Session held at Seeker's Church in Takoma Park, MD. Come find out about delving deeper into the Life Practice Program of InterPlay!  More info here.

WEEKEND WORKSHOP: “The Secrets of InterPlay” January 5–8, 2017

Jan 5th, Thursday 7–9 pm, Friday 9:30 am – 9 pm, Saturday 9:30 am – 5 pm, Sunday 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

AND 4 Monthly Weekend Sessions : February 24–26, 2017, March 24–26, April 28–30, May 19–21.

Times: Friday 7–9 pm, Saturdays 9:30 am – 9 pm, Sundays 9:30 am – 3 pm

Kate Amoss leading, Kaira Jewel Lingo assisting

Oct
1
8:45 am08:45

Generosity from the Heart, Generosity in the Body: A Day of Mindfulness

  • Blueberry Gardens

Register here.

In Buddhism, we say there are three kinds of gifts. The first is the gift of material resources. The second is to help people rely on themselves, to offer them the technology and know-how to stand on their own feet. Helping people with the Dharma so they can transform their fear, anger, and depression belongs to the second kind of gift. The third is the gift of non-fear. We are afraid of many things. We feel insecure, afraid of being alone, afraid of sickness and dying. To help people not be destroyed by their fears, we practice the third kind of gift-giving. —Thich Nhat Hanh

In this day of practice we will explore the practice of generosity, both in giving and receiving. We will investigate how we can give and receive from our heart with wisdom and discernment, while also staying embodied and in touch with our body wisdom. Experiential, interactive, hands-on practices will help us learn how to allow the 3 kinds of gifts–material resources, the gift of the Dharma, and the gift of non-fear–to flow abundantly through all aspects of our lives.

After 15 years as a Buddhist nun, and most of my adult life without any personal income, I am finding it very fruitful to explore how I can relate with more freedom and less attachment to money, material possessions and my fears around financial security. During a silent retreat last year, I decided to make the practice of generosity my focus for 2016, and to give away 10% of my income and time. I am looking forward to practicing and cultivating generosity with you!

At the end of the day, there will be a gift-giving ceremony. Please bring a small gift to give away.

We will meet in the Octagon at Blueberry Gardens in Ashton, Maryland. The suggested dana (donation) is $50-$90. Dana is a gift from the heart that supports the community and the teachings; please feel free to contribute less or more depending on your circumstances.

We hope you can join us! All experience levels, including no meditation experience, are welcome. If you have questions, please email our registrar, Gene Klinger, at gklinger@verizon.net or call 240-731-3732.

Here for more info and to register.

Sep
18
11:00 am11:00

Sacred Justice: Where Spirit and Action Meet (in New York City)

  • ABC Home

This Day of Mindfulness will be focused on activists, community organizers, and human rights defenders, creating an opportunity to come home to ourselves so we can take better care of ourselves and others. The path of mindfulness helps us cultivate a clear mind, as well as understanding and compassion, to ensure that we do not perpetuate the injustices we seek to change. It also helps us to be and to cultivate the Beloved Community we wish to manifest.

The lives of social justice activists are challenging and easily lead to burnout. We are working in unjust systems that maintain disproportionate control in the hands of the powerful, and have marginalized and disenfranchised people of color, low income and working class people, women, lesbian/gay/bisexual/ transgender/queer/intersex/questioning (LGBTQIQ) individuals, people with disabilities, immigrants, non-English speakers, and non-Christians.

In this day of mindfulness practice we will slow down and reconnect with ourselves and each other through Sitting and Walking meditation, a Dharma Talk, Dharma Sharing, Interplay, and more. Please bring a vegetarian lunch with you. Donations will be accepted to support the teachers at the end of the day. Suggested donation for the day $50-$15.

Here for more information. Here to register. With Kaira Jewel Lingo, Marisela Gomez and the Blue Cliff Monastics.

Facilitators:
Marisela Gomez is a mindfulness practitioner, public health scholar activist, and physician. Of Afro-Latina ancestry, she has spent more than 24 years in Baltimore involved in social justice activism and social determinants of health research, writing, and practice. Since 2004 she has been studying and practicing mindfulness and other forms of meditation at Buddhist practice centers in US, Nepal, Malaysia, Thailand and France. She has co-organized and co-facilitated mindfulness retreats for People of Color and Social activists since 2007. 

Kaira Jewel Lingo teaches Buddhist meditation, mindfulness, and compassion internationally, with a focus on children, families, and young people. Of African American and European American ancestry, she was an ordained nun for 15 years in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing. She is now a lay Dharma teacher, leading retreats in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Brazil, India and Southern Africa, and offering mindfulness programs in schools. She edited Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children by Thich Nhat Hanh. She also leads regular retreats for people of color, activists and artists. She explores the interweaving of art, play, ecology and spiritual practice and is a certified yoga teacher and InterPlay leader. In spring 2015, she was spiritual practitioner in residence at Schumacher College, an ecological college, in the United Kingdom.

Mindfulness and Meditation class, Monday evenings, DC
Sep
12
Dec 5

Mindfulness and Meditation class, Monday evenings, DC

  • Seeker's Church

Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation

Mondays 7-8:30pm, September 12-December 5

This class will continue Feb 13-May 22

This class consists of guided meditation, a dharma talk, opportunities for practice, mindful movement, and discussion.

This series will introduce the practice of mindfulness meditation and give an overview of helpful means for working with thoughts, opening to difficult emotions, developing wisdom and deepening compassion.

No registration is necessary.  Each class stands alone and attendance at one class does not require attendance at the others – however, the fullest integration will be achieved by attending each of the sessions.

Newcomers to meditation and long time practitioners are welcome to attend. Chairs are provided or you may bring your sitting gear.

Fee: This series is freely offered. There will be an opportunity to offer dana (donation) each week at class. Suggested donation $10-15.

Sep
7
Oct 12

Intro to Mindfulness 6-week series, DC

  • Circle Yoga

with Kaira Jewel Lingo
Wednesdays, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Sept. 7 – Oct. 12 (6 weeks)

This series will introduce the practice of mindfulness meditation and give an overview of helpful means for connecting with the body, working with thoughts, opening to difficult emotions, developing wisdom and deepening compassion. We will also explore how to develop a daily practice, incorporate walking and eating meditation in daily life, and cultivate self-compassion/loving-kindness practice.

More info here. While this class has already started, there are still spaces available, and classes are prorated.