Series Classes

Social Meditation

with Maggie Karoff & Beverly Feldt
Ten Mondays, October 15-December 17, 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. 

$5-10 suggested drop-in donation. 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.
 

The Buddha's Footsteps

with Sydney Hall & Beverly Feldt
Five Tuesdays, October 16-November 13, 6-8 p.m.
 
Many attended the Buddha’s discourse that day. Most came out of curiosity rather than a desire to learn anything. But several of them felt their hearts suddenly illuminated when they heard the Buddha speak. Others saw in him a worthy opponent who challenged their own beliefs. - Thich Nhat Hanh
 
The Buddha's Footsteps is a five-week book 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 understandable 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, with an opportunity to explore the Buddha's teachings in pairs, small groups, and the full circle. The text is divided into three books, and this five-week study group will focus on Book One, uncovering the treasures of mindfulness as we go. 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.
 
 
 

Women's Kundalini Circle

with Rachel Nixon, Kundalini Yoga Instructor
Six Wednesdays, 10/31-12/12, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
No class on November 21st
By registration
 
Calling Midcoast women of all ages! Fall is a wonderful time to tune in and reconnect. Join us!
 
Kundalini Yoga is the yoga of awareness as taught by Yogi Bhajan. It is a joyful and meditative practice. The six-week series will explore the upper chakras, located at the third eye (Ajna Chakra) and the crown of the head (Sahasrara Chakra). We will practice breathwork, kriyas (physical exercises), and meditations to release blocked energy in the upper, more subtle, region of the body. The pineal and pituitary glands, as well as the brain, will receive nourishment and healing. Through the practices, we will release doubt and fear, and celebrate our intuitive wisdom and boundless divinity. The circle provides a wonderful sacred space for sharing, growth, creativity and friendship. The atmosphere is open-hearted and meditative in support of your Highest Self. Hope to see you there!
 
Level: women of all ages are welcome; no experience necessary
 
Registration: Kindly complete payment below or contact Rachel at [email protected] or 594-1694 to discuss other payment options. Work trade available.
Suggested donation

Note: The Dancing Elephant welcomes people of all genders and gender expressions, as well as non-binary and genderqueer people. This class offering is specifically offered for people who identify as women in a way that is meaningful to them.