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8-week class: Cultivating True Love: Mindfulness and Relationships

  • Seekers Church 276 Carroll St NW Washington, DC 20012 USA (map)

Wednesdays, September 27-November 29

(No class October 11 and November 22.)

In order to build a mindful, healthy culture, we must create strong, loving and lasting relationships in our family and community. In this 8-week class series, we explore how we can cultivate true love and bring mindfulness into all of our relationships, whether our relationships with ourselves, a partner, within our family, with friends, in our workplace or community.

We will study each of the 4 elements of True Love for 2 weeks: loving kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity or inclusiveness. In the first week, we focus on how to practice this element towards ourselves and in the second week, how we can practice it with others. Each class will include a guided meditation, a teaching, interactive activities, and time for discussion and sharing.

Participation is limited to 18 people maximum as the class aims to build community and emphasizes deepening connection between all participants. Therefore in each class there will be time for each person who wishes to either present on some aspect of their own journey in relationships or take part in the Hot Seat game, which involves answering questions from other participants (posed with kindness, curiosity and respect) so we can get to know each person better.

The course will include a focus on mindful communication (deep listening and loving speech), as well as journaling, creative practices of arts and crafts, writing love letters, practices for reconciling conflict, as well as mindful movement and walking meditation.

For more info and to register: here.


Fee: $240 Base, $280 Mid, $320 Sponsor

The base offering covers direct expenses for this event including support for the teacher. Payment at the two higher levels includes a tax-deductible donation to the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW), which helps create the scholarship program for your retreat.

IMCW Refund Policy: If you cancel more than three weeks before the start of the class series, your payment will be refunded minus a $50 administrative fee. IMCW cannot offer refunds for cancellations made fewer than 3 weeks before the beginning of the class series. There is no refund for classes you do not attend. Issuing a refund check may take 2-4 weeks.

Late Registration: Online registration will close at 12 a.m. the Tuesday before the series begins. To request late registration, please email the class series manager to check if there are still openings.

Scholarships: Scholarships are available. To apply, please email the series manager before registering. Please apply early as funds are limited. You can also direct a donation to the scholarship fund on the registration form.

Accessibility: For disability-related accommodations, please email the class series manager with your request at least three weeks before the event. 

Earlier Event: September 25
Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation
Later Event: October 1
Brooklyn Zen Center 1 day Retreat