Series Classes

Women's Kundalini Circle

with Rachel Nixon, Kundalini Yoga Instructor
Seven Wednesdays, September 5-October 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
By registration
"Yoga is not about self-improvement. It's about self-acceptance." 
- Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa

This fall, tune into your heart and develop your authentic voice! Join a sacred circle of women for practice, connection, and sharing. We will begin our journey with an exploration of Anahata Chakra, the heart center. When does your heart feel open or closed? Do you share your heart openly or do you protect it? Through Kundalini kriyas, breathwork, mantra, and meditation, we will cultivate compassion, kindness, and connection to Self and others. Moving from this place of love, we will energize Vissudhu Chakra, the throat chakra, and explore deep listening and communication. We will develop our authentic voice and learn to speak our truth, from our heart. Every class will include time for sharing/conversation, practice, expressive arts, and deep relaxation. 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] to sign up and discuss other payment options; installment plans and 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.

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.