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    • 30 Sep 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Online

    Weather Cancellation

    Mindfully Creating is a monthly workshop exploring the joys of mindfulness employing the many facets of the arts, including poetry and words, music, dance, visual arts and non-traditional media. The intention of Mindfully Creating is to open doors of Dharma through mindful creative expression.

    Open to all, Mindfully Creating, encourages trust in personal discovery and the ability to express it. Everyone is encouraged to be curious and courageous, valuing the mindful experience more than what they produce.

    Materials will be those commonly found around your house. Please join the Zoom call with everything you need 10 minutes before the class so that you have time to settle before we begin.

    Beth Schroeder, founder of CAWM, is a lifelong artist and former Arts in Healing coordinator for Naples Healthcare System. She has been practicing Buddhism since 1997, when she took the 5 Precepts with Thich Nhat Hanh at the Omega Institute. She has been a student of Fred and member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness since 2003.  

    • 05 Oct 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • In-Person and Online
    • 22

    Do you live in your thoughts about the past or worries about the future? Do your emotions often cause stress and confusion? Do you get carried away by dramas.

    Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation is a four-week course designed to support the practice of mindfulness, helping us develop the skills and attention to be fully present to our lives in the present moment, and to touch each moment deeply. It is intended for those new to mindfulness and meditation, as well as for those who want to review the basics and establish a more consistent daily mindfulness and meditation practice. The course includes basic instruction as well as an exploration of practical ways to bring mindfulness into daily activities.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Systematically explore mindfulness of breathing, the body and physical sensations through sitting and walking meditation and the body scan practice.
    • Establish and maintain a daily meditation practice.
    • Practice mindful meditation to explore the emotions, thoughts, and overall awareness.
    • Apply mindfulness to difficult emotions and thoughts to avoid getting caught up in dramas.
    • Cultivate daily meditation and mindfulness practices so that mindfulness becomes an integral part of your daily life.

    This four-week course will begin on Wednesday, October 5, 12, 19 & 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes will be held in-person and online. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at

    Class Instructors:

    David Braasch has been a student of mindfulness and meditation at the Florida Community of Mindfulness since 2015. He has taught Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation, Buddhism: The Basics, and Mindfulness for Educators. David is currently Senior Faculty in the English Language Program at USF, where he regularly runs workshops, classes and training on mindfulness for students and teachers.

    Nina Hatton has been a member of FCM since January, 2017. She took refuge in the Five Mindfulness Trainings in In Plum Village in July, 2003, and was ordained in the Order of Interbeing in Plum Village’s first online OI ordination in May, 2021. Nina has participated in numerous intensive and retreats, a Spiritual Friends group, Death Cafe, an FCM listening circle on racism, and has recently facilitated an FCM book club discussion group. She is deeply appreciative of having found FCM and her teacher Fred, and is enthusiastic about being of service to others along the path.

    • 10 Oct 2022
    • Online (FCM Members)

    October 10 - December 19, 2022

    We are starting a Fall session for the Dharma Buddies Program October 10  -December 19. FCM members have found this program a great way to help us daily set and remember aspirations and intentions with support from a buddy. 

    Many of us set our aspirations and intentions in January as New Year’s resolutions, but our habit energy can take  over and we forget them as time passes. Setting our aspirations and intentions is a practice which focuses on how we  want to live our lives. It helps guide us and align our worldly actions with our inner values. 

    Fred, our teacher, has asked us to “buddy up” with each other to deepen our aspirations and intentions throughout the year and to support each other in our intensive classes. A Dharma Buddy is someone whom you check in with daily and share your intentions for the day with a short email, text, or call.  Many participants simply send a short text daily which is not time consuming and helps to keep the process going. You can respond to the intention with a thumps up or a short comment of encouragement.   

    Past participants have shared how the expectation to contact their buddy each day motivated them to spend time each morning clearly setting their intention for the day. Other participants have mentioned that the Buddy program resulted in making a new spiritual friend.  

    Intensive participants will be paired with someone in their current intensive once registration is completed on September 27. But you don’t have to be in an intensive to participate. You may also request a specific buddy. In that case, both buddies should send an email to in addition to registering for the Dharma Buddies Program. 

    It is recommended that after you are paired with your Dharma Buddy you schedule time to get to know each other and share your aspirations and intentions before starting with your daily connecting. This first contact may be in-person, on the phone, or on Zoom.  

    Please note that participation in the Dharma Buddies Program is open to only members of FCM. There is no fee for this opportunity to “buddy up”. Registration ends on Friday, September 30

     If you have any questions, contact me at

Florida Community of Mindfulness, Tampa Center
6501 N. Nebraska Avenue
Tampa, FL 33604

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