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    • 23 Jan 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EST)
    • Online
    Register

    In her book, A Vow-Powered Life, Zen teacher Jan Chozen Bays points out that aspiration and vows arent really so mysterious or rare. When we look at the world through the lens of vows we see them everywhere. The food we eat, the chair we are sitting on, the house we live in are all manifestations of vows made by people who have set out with clear goals and intentions to grow food, design furniture, build houses, etc. In fact, all the innovations and progress made by humanity over time are the result of vows.


    In this workshop we will learn to identify, formulate and maintain vows so that we can use them to channel our energy, fuel our lives and help us manifest our heart s deepest aspirations.


    There is no fee for this workshop. It is an offering of appreciation by the Florida Community of Mindfulness to all who wish to live their lives through conscious intention.

     

    Please register so that we can send you Zoom links and resources that will support your experience of the workshop.

    • 29 Jan 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EST)
    • Online
    Register

    In this online session for FCM members, we will be using our minds, senses and art supplies to do simple projects that deepen our mindfulness. We also will be sharing deeply with others the thoughts, feelings and insights that arise. Each class will begin with an exercise to help us to become centered and then move on to an art activity that will help us to develop the qualities of the awakened heart.


    The intention of this offering is to allow people to experience practice in a different way. All sessions will be grounded in mindfulness. These classes do not attempt to teach techniques making art but do use art as a conduit to practice.


    Instructions and supplies on how to prepare will be in your confirmation email. Because participants are sequestering at home, 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.  

    • 01 Feb 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM (EST)
    • Online
    Registration is closed

    Registration is open through Friday, January 15.


    Beginning the week of February 1, Fred will offer a four-week on-line class to FCM members on The Profound Psychology of Yogacara. Many consider Yogacara to be the pinnacle in the development of Buddhist philosophical and psychological thought in India and is the basis of the Mahayana Buddhist meditative traditions, and the teachings on karma, consciousness and liberation. It posits that it is our mind or consciousness that constructs our reality, and not the events of the ‘external world’. Although the meaning we give to events and our emotional responses to life are all arising in our minds, we mistakenly believe that our thoughts and beliefs about life are the same as life itself.


    The depth psychology of Yogacara is based on viewing the mind as having eight levels. It clearly portrays the inner processes that lead to our fundamental misperception of the true reality of life and explains why the sense of a separate self constantly contaminates our life experience. It shows why through ignorance we continually water unwholesome historical seeds of suffering in our storehouse consciousness, and teaches us the way to transform our lives at the base.


    In this four-week on-line class, Fred will offer teachings and analytical meditations to help participants understand Yogacarin psychology of mind and to apply it to their own experience. Transformation and freedom are the heart of Yogacara. This class will meet the needs for both laypeople and professionals to deepen their understanding of the basic tenets of Buddhist psychology.


    The class will meet on zoom twice weekly, Mondays and Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 pm for four weeks. During each class, Fred will be primarily providing direct teachings explaining the core tenets of Yogacara to help participants understand and integrate what is being read in the assigned readings. There will also be an open forum with Fred each week on Saturday morning from 8-9 am, which is recommended but not required, and will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions about the text and practices recommended within it.


    The only required reading will be Living Yogacara by Tagawa Shun'eiIn addition, there are several no-cost translations of Yogacara texts to be found online, as well as several commentaries by modern Buddhist teachers. Thich Nhat Hanh’s, Understanding Our Mind, is his commentary on the great Indian Yogararin Vasubandhu’s Thirty Verses.


    The fee for this four-week class is $40 and teacher Dana is at the discretion of each student.


    Classes:  5:30-6:30 pm

    Week 1:   February 1 and 4

    Week 2:   February 8 and 11

    Week 3.   February 15 and 18

    Week 4:   February 22 and 25

             

    Forums:  8:00-9:00 am

    Week 1:   February 6

    Week 2:   February 13

    Week 3:   February 20

    Week 4:   February 27

    • 06 Feb 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM (EST)
    • Online
    Register

    Our Half Day and Daylong Retreats are an opportunity to deepen one’s meditative experience and support transformation and awakening in one’s life. They include alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks and other mindfulness meditation practices.


    The theme of the teachings in 2021 will be the practice of the Six Paramitas. In Mahayana Buddhism the term Paramita means perfection or that which brings wholeness. Practicing the Six Paramitas (Generosity, Ethical Living, Patience, Joyful Effort, Concentration and Insight) helps us awaken wisdom and compassion in our lives, recognize the goodness that lies within each one of us, and nurtures our aspirations to be of benefit to others. Our February 6 Half Day will focus on the Paramita of Generosity. How do we truly practice Generosity, both inner and outer, in the conduct of our body, speech and mind?


    Half Day and Daylong Retreats are appropriate for those new to mindfulness and meditation, as well as for more experienced practitioners. They are open to both FCM members and nonmembers.


    Please register to receive the Zoom links and other information for the day. Half Days and Daylong are free, although a donation is appreciated at registration. 


    If you have any questions please contact Scott Nissenholm at scott.nissensohn@gmail.com



    Angie Parrish has been a student of Buddhism and mindfulness for over 20 years. After a 1999 retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh, she became a student of Fred Eppsteiner's and a member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness. Angie brought the fruits of her experience in mindfulness and meditation into her professional career as an employee benefits consultant for a wide variety of organizations, including many employee training programs.


    Angie is a Dharma Leader with FCM, having been given permission by FCM’s teacher Fred Eppsteiner to share the Buddha’s teachings with the sangha. She is also a Qualified Teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and is a frequent teacher of mindful living classes.

    • 26 Feb 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EST)
    • Online
    Register

    In this online session for FCM members, we will be using our minds, senses and art supplies to do simple projects that deepen our mindfulness. We also will be sharing deeply with others the thoughts, feelings and insights that arise. Each class will begin with an exercise to help us to become centered and then move on to an art activity that will help us to develop the qualities of the awakened heart.


    The intention of this offering is to allow people to experience practice in a different way. All sessions will be grounded in mindfulness. These classes do not attempt to teach techniques making art but do use art as a conduit to practice.


    Instructions and supplies on how to prepare will be in your confirmation email. Because participants are sequestering at home, 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.  

    • 06 Mar 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM (EST)
    • Online

    Save the Date. Registration will open as we get closer to the event. Please check back to confirm date, times and to register.


    Our Half Day and Daylong Retreats are an opportunity to deepen one’s meditative experience and support transformation and awakening in one’s life. They include alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks and other mindfulness meditation practices. 


    The theme of the teachings for our monthly Half Day and Daylongs in 2021 will be the practice of the Six Paramitas. In Mahayana Buddhism the term Paramita means perfection or that which brings wholeness. Practicing the Six Paramitas (Generosity, Ethical Living, Patience, Joyful Effort, Concentration and Insight) helps us awaken wisdom and compassion in our lives, recognize the goodness that lies within each one of us, and nurtures our aspirations to be of benefit to others.


    Half Day and Daylong Retreats are appropriate for those new to mindfulness and meditation, as well as for more experienced practitioners. They are open to both FCM members and nonmembers. If you have any questions please contact Scott Nissensohn at scott.nissensohn@gmail.com


    • 07 Mar 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EST)
    • Online
    • 28
    Register

    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 Sunday, March 7, 14, 21 & 28 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Classes will be held online. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org.


    Class Instructors

    Jacqulyn Schuett stepped on the Path of Dharma in 1999 when she visited Plum Village for her first retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh. The sign at the entrance, ‘You Have Arrived,’ foreshadowed the sense of home she felt in the intimate environment of this small retreat. Her study with Fred Eppsteiner, through retreats and Intensive studies, began shortly thereafter. In 2015 she was ordained into the Order of Interbeing (OI) and provides support for both the Tampa Practice Center and the St. Petersburg Sangha. Jacqulyn also serves as a mentor and leader of introductory classes.


    John McHarris began practicing the Dharma in 1990 with teacher Shinge Roko Sherry Chayat Roshi at the Zen Center of Syracuse, Hoen-ji. Between the mid 1990s through 2016, John continued his practice while living overseas in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe. During his career as a humanitarian aid worker with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), his focus has been on hunger, food security and nutrition. In 2010, John had the good fortune to meet his teacher Fred Eppsteiner in southwest Florida and has since been practicing with Fred and FCM in Naples.  


    • 03 Apr 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online

    Save the Date. Registration will open as we get closer to the event. Please check back to confirm date, times and to register.


    Our Half Day and Daylong Retreats are an opportunity to deepen one’s meditative experience and support transformation and awakening in one’s life. They include alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks and other mindfulness meditation practices. 


    The theme of the teachings for our monthly Half Day and Daylongs in 2021 will be the practice of the Six Paramitas. In Mahayana Buddhism the term Paramita means perfection or that which brings wholeness. Practicing the Six Paramitas (Generosity, Ethical Living, Patience, Joyful Effort, Concentration and Insight) helps us awaken wisdom and compassion in our lives, recognize the goodness that lies within each one of us, and nurtures our aspirations to be of benefit to others.


    Half Day and Daylong Retreats are appropriate for those new to mindfulness and meditation, as well as for more experienced practitioners. They are open to both FCM members and nonmembers. If you have any questions please contact Scott Nissensohn at scott.nissensohn@gmail.com


    • 01 May 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online

    Save the Date. Registration will open as we get closer to the event. Please check back to confirm date, times and to register.


    Our Half Day and Daylong Retreats are an opportunity to deepen one’s meditative experience and support transformation and awakening in one’s life. They include alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks and other mindfulness meditation practices. 


    The theme of the teachings for our monthly Half Day and Daylongs in 2021 will be the practice of the Six Paramitas. In Mahayana Buddhism the term Paramita means perfection or that which brings wholeness. Practicing the Six Paramitas (Generosity, Ethical Living, Patience, Joyful Effort, Concentration and Insight) helps us awaken wisdom and compassion in our lives, recognize the goodness that lies within each one of us, and nurtures our aspirations to be of benefit to others.


    Half Day and Daylong Retreats are appropriate for those new to mindfulness and meditation, as well as for more experienced practitioners. They are open to both FCM members and nonmembers. If you have any questions please contact Scott Nissensohn at scott.nissensohn@gmail.com


    • 05 May 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online
    • 29
    Register

    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, May 5, 12, 19 & 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes will be held online. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org.


    Class Instructors:

    Bill Mac Millen has been a practitioner with the Florida Community of Mindfulness and a student of FCM's teacher Fred Eppsteiner since 2013. Aspiring to be of service to the community, he is on the Leadership Council overseeing the area of Center Care, a member of Thich Nhat Hahn's Order of Interbeing (OI), and participated in FCM's first Dharma Transmission Program. 


    • 19 Jun 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online

    Save the Date. Registration will open as we get closer to the event. Please check back to confirm date, times and to register.


    Our Half Day and Daylong Retreats are an opportunity to deepen one’s meditative experience and support transformation and awakening in one’s life. They include alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks and other mindfulness meditation practices. 


    The theme of the teachings for our monthly Half Day and Daylongs in 2021 will be the practice of the Six Paramitas. In Mahayana Buddhism the term Paramita means perfection or that which brings wholeness. Practicing the Six Paramitas (Generosity, Ethical Living, Patience, Joyful Effort, Concentration and Insight) helps us awaken wisdom and compassion in our lives, recognize the goodness that lies within each one of us, and nurtures our aspirations to be of benefit to others.


    Half Day and Daylong Retreats are appropriate for those new to mindfulness and meditation, as well as for more experienced practitioners. They are open to both FCM members and nonmembers. If you have any questions please contact Scott Nissensohn at scott.nissensohn@gmail.com


    • 07 Jul 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online
    • 30
    Register

    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, July 7, 14, 21 & 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes will be held online. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org.


    Class Instructors:


    Maria Teresa Jaureguizar formally began on the Buddhist path in 1996 and became a student of Fred Eppsteiner in 2012. She is a member of the Order of Interbeing and  completed the three year Dharma Transmission Program. Maria Teresa has served the community by teaching classes on mindfulness, leading peer study groups, and as Head of Hall. She finds joy in mentoring others in the practice and spending time in nature.


    Marilyn Warlick, LCSW is a retired social worker from the VA Health Care System, with focus on various areas; Homelessness, Substance Abuse, Clinical Coordinator for Programs to serve returning Veterans from their tours of duty, and Coordinator of the Hospice and The Palliative Care Program. Her involvement with Florida Community of Mindfulness (FCM) began 2000. During her years of involvement, 2009 she completed a pilgrimage with her FCM teacher and members to India Following the Footsteps of the Buddha to deepen her understanding of the buddhist teachings. In 2010 she received ordination in the Order of Interbeing. August 2012 Marilyn and her husband Sam, moved from NC to join the Tampa FCM community; helping in the remodeling and development of a Center for further growth of this Mindfulness Community. Currently, Marilyn shares her selfless service time with FCM within the Programs for Mentoring, Death and Dying, and Mindfulness In Recovery Program (MIR).

    • 10 Jul 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online

    Save the Date. Registration will open as we get closer to the event. Please check back to confirm date, times and to register.


    Our Half Day and Daylong Retreats are an opportunity to deepen one’s meditative experience and support transformation and awakening in one’s life. They include alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks and other mindfulness meditation practices. 


    The theme of the teachings for our monthly Half Day and Daylongs in 2021 will be the practice of the Six Paramitas. In Mahayana Buddhism the term Paramita means perfection or that which brings wholeness. Practicing the Six Paramitas (Generosity, Ethical Living, Patience, Joyful Effort, Concentration and Insight) helps us awaken wisdom and compassion in our lives, recognize the goodness that lies within each one of us, and nurtures our aspirations to be of benefit to others.


    Half Day and Daylong Retreats are appropriate for those new to mindfulness and meditation, as well as for more experienced practitioners. They are open to both FCM members and nonmembers. If you have any questions please contact Scott Nissensohn at scott.nissensohn@gmail.com


    • 07 Aug 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online

    Save the Date. Registration will open as we get closer to the event. Please check back to confirm date, times and to register.


    Our Half Day and Daylong Retreats are an opportunity to deepen one’s meditative experience and support transformation and awakening in one’s life. They include alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks and other mindfulness meditation practices. 


    The theme of the teachings for our monthly Half Day and Daylongs in 2021 will be the practice of the Six Paramitas. In Mahayana Buddhism the term Paramita means perfection or that which brings wholeness. Practicing the Six Paramitas (Generosity, Ethical Living, Patience, Joyful Effort, Concentration and Insight) helps us awaken wisdom and compassion in our lives, recognize the goodness that lies within each one of us, and nurtures our aspirations to be of benefit to others.


    Half Day and Daylong Retreats are appropriate for those new to mindfulness and meditation, as well as for more experienced practitioners. They are open to both FCM members and nonmembers. If you have any questions please contact Scott Nissensohn at scott.nissensohn@gmail.com


    • 01 Sep 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online
    • 30
    Register

    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, September 1, 8, 15 & 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes will be held online. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org.


    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 a Level 2 trainee in the Wake Up Schools International program, and is Senior Faculty in the English Language Program at USF, where he regularly runs workshops, classes and training on mindfulness for students and teachers.


    Rosy Sharma Sedhain is a Qualified Teacher of MBSR through the UMASS Center for Mindfulness and a certified yoga teacher. Prior to teaching mindfulness classes, Rosy attained a degree in Information Systems and an MBA, concentrating her work in the pharmaceutical industry. She teaches mindfulness to children, teens and adults and feels that teaching mindfulness gives her the greatest learning opportunity. Rosy joined FCM in 2017. This is her second year in the Dharma Transmission Program. Rosy is married and the mother of two children, ages 9 and 14.



    • 11 Sep 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online

    Save the Date. Registration will open as we get closer to the event. Please check back to confirm date, times and to register.


    Our Half Day and Daylong Retreats are an opportunity to deepen one’s meditative experience and support transformation and awakening in one’s life. They include alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks and other mindfulness meditation practices. 


    The theme of the teachings for our monthly Half Day and Daylongs in 2021 will be the practice of the Six Paramitas. In Mahayana Buddhism the term Paramita means perfection or that which brings wholeness. Practicing the Six Paramitas (Generosity, Ethical Living, Patience, Joyful Effort, Concentration and Insight) helps us awaken wisdom and compassion in our lives, recognize the goodness that lies within each one of us, and nurtures our aspirations to be of benefit to others.


    Half Day and Daylong Retreats are appropriate for those new to mindfulness and meditation, as well as for more experienced practitioners. They are open to both FCM members and nonmembers. If you have any questions please contact Scott Nissensohn at scott.nissensohn@gmail.com


    • 09 Oct 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online

    Save the Date. Registration will open as we get closer to the event. Please check back to confirm date, times and to register.


    Our Half Day and Daylong Retreats are an opportunity to deepen one’s meditative experience and support transformation and awakening in one’s life. They include alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks and other mindfulness meditation practices. 


    The theme of the teachings for our monthly Half Day and Daylongs in 2021 will be the practice of the Six Paramitas. In Mahayana Buddhism the term Paramita means perfection or that which brings wholeness. Practicing the Six Paramitas (Generosity, Ethical Living, Patience, Joyful Effort, Concentration and Insight) helps us awaken wisdom and compassion in our lives, recognize the goodness that lies within each one of us, and nurtures our aspirations to be of benefit to others.


    Half Day and Daylong Retreats are appropriate for those new to mindfulness and meditation, as well as for more experienced practitioners. They are open to both FCM members and nonmembers. If you have any questions please contact Scott Nissensohn at scott.nissensohn@gmail.com


    • 24 Oct 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online
    • 30
    Register

    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 Sunday, October 24, 31 & November 7, 14 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Classes will be held online. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org.


    Class Instructors:

    Eleanor Cecil became a member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness (FCM) in August of 2014. She participates in a number of FCM programs including co-leading the Meditation in Recovery Program (MIR) and overseeing Housekeeping. Eleanor is a student of Fred Eppsteiner and took refuge and the Five Mindfulness Training's in May of 2016 and was ordained in the Order of Interbeing at Magnolia Grove Monastery in August of 2019.

    • 06 Nov 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online

    Save the Date. Registration will open as we get closer to the event. Please check back to confirm date, times and to register.


    Our Half Day and Daylong Retreats are an opportunity to deepen one’s meditative experience and support transformation and awakening in one’s life. They include alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks and other mindfulness meditation practices. 


    The theme of the teachings for our monthly Half Day and Daylongs in 2021 will be the practice of the Six Paramitas. In Mahayana Buddhism the term Paramita means perfection or that which brings wholeness. Practicing the Six Paramitas (Generosity, Ethical Living, Patience, Joyful Effort, Concentration and Insight) helps us awaken wisdom and compassion in our lives, recognize the goodness that lies within each one of us, and nurtures our aspirations to be of benefit to others.


    Half Day and Daylong Retreats are appropriate for those new to mindfulness and meditation, as well as for more experienced practitioners. They are open to both FCM members and nonmembers. If you have any questions please contact Scott Nissensohn at scott.nissensohn@gmail.com


    • 04 Dec 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM (EST)
    • Online

    Save the Date. Registration will open as we get closer to the event. Please check back to confirm date, times and to register.


    Our Half Day and Daylong Retreats are an opportunity to deepen one’s meditative experience and support transformation and awakening in one’s life. They include alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks and other mindfulness meditation practices. 


    The theme of the teachings for our monthly Half Day and Daylongs in 2021 will be the practice of the Six Paramitas. In Mahayana Buddhism the term Paramita means perfection or that which brings wholeness. Practicing the Six Paramitas (Generosity, Ethical Living, Patience, Joyful Effort, Concentration and Insight) helps us awaken wisdom and compassion in our lives, recognize the goodness that lies within each one of us, and nurtures our aspirations to be of benefit to others.


    Half Day and Daylong Retreats are appropriate for those new to mindfulness and meditation, as well as for more experienced practitioners. They are open to both FCM members and nonmembers. If you have any questions please contact Scott Nissensohn at scott.nissensohn@gmail.com


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

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