Gathering Details

Gathering Details

No prior experience with mindfulness or meditation is required. All are welcome and we’ll be very happy to have you join us.

If practicing mindfulness is totally new to you, it may be helpful to read our newcomer resources as well as arrive 10-15min early your first time so the facilitator can help respond to any of your questions.

Whether you are new to practicing mindfulness and/or the Plum Village tradition, we welcome you to join us.

Schedule

We meet every Sunday from 10:00 – 11:30 am and have the basic repeating schedule:

1st Sunday of the month – Recitation of the Five Mindfulness Trainings
2nd Sunday of the month – Chant or Touching the Earth
3rd Sunday of the month – Children’s Practices
4th Sunday of the month – Sutra Reading
5th Sunday of the month – Deep Relaxation

Flow of Gatherings

Adults and children are together for the first part of the gathering:

  • Arrival – Please arrive 5-10 minutes early so as to settle in and start enjoying your breathing
  • Songs
  • Welcome and Check-In
  • Walking Meditation
  • Guided Meditation

Children split off and adults stay for:

  • Silent Sitting Meditation
  • Practice/Reading/Chant
  • Dharma Sharing
  • Closing

Children

Children are not only welcome but encouraged to attend. Children will be with the whole group for the first 30-45 minutes and then (in the warm months when we meet outdoors) go as a group with two adults to go to the Wingra Park playground, explore the shoreline of Lake Wingra, or explore some of the attached UW Arboretum trails. In the cold months when we are indoors, we’ll have a separate classroom for the children to do activities in.

Location

Spring-Fall

From about Late March-Late October, we gather at Wingra Park under the grove of oak trees on the eastern knoll (the red pin drop is the precise location where we sit).
When there is rain, we will meet via Zoom (please sign up for newsletter to stay informed of any last minute location changes due to weather).

Fall-Spring

From about Late October-Late March, the Sangha will move indoors to Edgewood College – the Nona McGreal Room in Predolin Hall (3rd Floor and there will be signs and there is an elevator).

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