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Events/Calendar

Our calendar lists weekly sanghas of FCM at the Tampa Center and in Naples and St. Petersburg, including the teaching schedule for our teacher, Fred Eppsteiner. In addition, it lists other FCM-sponsored events including classes and workshops, Days of Mindfulness, retreats, and special activities. Please click on an event for more information or to register (for all events other than weekly sangha).


Upcoming events

    • 22 Oct 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings. Please visit Tampa Sangha for more information.

    • 22 Oct 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Green Monkey Yoga Studio, Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings.  Please visit Naples Sangha for more information.


    The Green Monkey Yoga Studio is located at Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108. Peacock Court is across U.S. 41 from Barnes & Noble. Wheelchair access is available.


    • 23 Oct 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • FCM Center, Tampa
    A weekly gentle yoga class relaxes, stretches, and replenishes the mind, body, and spirit. Find comfort in your meditation seat by bringing flexibility and joint freedom into your practice. This class is taught by Evelyn Greenfield. Evelyn has taught yoga since 2002, and her experience and lovely presentation in teaching creates a truly relaxing and nourishing environment for yoga practice.

    Classes are free for FCM members (dana is always appreciated) and $10 each for non-members. No registration is required.
    • 24 Oct 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • FCM Tampa Center, Main Meditation Hall

    This weekly meditation group is open to everyone in recovery: AA, NA, Alanon, and other programs. It is also for those trying to spend less time on the internet, Facebook, TV, shopping, etc. Please join us to learn more about the 11th Step (Prayer and Meditation) and how to make it part of your daily life. Meditation is easy to learn and will help you cultivate a rich and rewarding spiritual practice, one that will support you in realizing the promises.

     

    People who practice meditation report reduced stress, greater peace, more clarity and happiness in their lives. They sleep better and have an increased ability to concentrate. These are some of the benefits of adding meditation to your recovery program.

     

    Everybody is welcome, whether you are just starting out or have been meditating for a while. The evenings will be led by teachers with a foundation in both meditation and recovery.

     

    • 24 Oct 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • The Renaissance School, 37 Barkley Circle, Fort Myers, FL

    Midweek Mindfulness offers a supplement to the Naples Sunday Sangha. We practice silent meditation for 30 minutes; walking meditation for 15 minutes; sharing of personal mindfulness practice experiences and Dharma discussion of a reading or teaching for 45 minutes.

     

    Contact:  Anne Kracmer, alkracmer@comcast.net239-826-1557

    • 24 Oct 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    • 10
    Register
    Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation
    A Four-Week Series

    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 Tuesday, October 24, 31 and continuing on November 7, 14, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes will be held at the FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, in Tampa. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org.     

    This course will be taught by:
    Bill Mac Millen has been a practitioner with the Florida Community of Mindfulness and a student of FCM's teacher Fred Eppsteiner since 2013.  He is an aspirant in Thich Nhat Hahn's Order of Interbeing (OI) and  a student in FCM's Dharma Transmission Program.  Previously Bill worked in law enforcement with the Tampa Police Department and as an investigator in the communications industry before retiring in 2016. 

    Diana Fish became interested in mindfulness and meditation in 2012 after reading The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh. After a long career as a professional cellist, she moved to St.Petersburg in 2013 and joined the Florida Community of Mindfulness where she has been an active member and a student in the Five Year Dharma Transmission Program.  Diana recently completed a Buddhist Chaplaincy program at Upaya Zen Center and is now an interfaith chaplain intern at Tampa General Hospital.

       

      
    • 25 Oct 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 6:50 PM
    • FCM Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    Qigong is Chinese yoga and meditation that involves gentle but surprisingly effective ways of moving and caring for the mind and body. It uses low-impact exercises drawn from Daoism, Buddhism, traditional Chinese health practices, and even Asian martial arts traditions. Sessions include 50 minutes of simple warm-up exercises and short movement forms to stretch and condition the body. Appropriate for beginners and people with more experience. This class currently meets on Wednesday evenings 6:00 – 6:50 at the FCM Practice Center.

    There is no charge for this class, but donations are gratefully accepted. All are welcome regardless of ability to contribute.
    • 25 Oct 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Wednesday Evening
    Meditations for Mindful Living


    We aspire to enjoy our life and our relationships with others. To be fully present to ourselves and those around us and to live life with ease and awareness. Yet, we often find that our daily life is just opposite. Lost in our thoughts and our personal dramas, we miss the beauty and simplicity of our life and relationships.  Instead of enjoying the roses in life, we remain lost the endless spinning of our minds.


    We need to transform how we relate to life and mindfulness is a powerful tool to accomplish this goal.  It will facilitate a profound shift that will enable us to stabilize our minds, meaningfully ground ourselves in everyday reality and can be used to heal the psycho-emotional wounds that we may carry within us from our past.  The practice of mindfulness, of learning how to be fully present, focused and aware of what’s going on in and around us right now, is the practice that allows this transformation to occur.


    Wednesday evening meditations for mindful living, based on the wonderful teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village tradition, are designed to help us build a daily life that is grounded and stable with greater clarity and ease.   


    Teachings
    Mindfulness: Learning to live in the present moment; cultivating a happy, peaceful mind “here and now”
    Emotional healing: the dangers of spiritual by-passing
    Four Foundations of Mindfulness
    Five Mindfulness Trainings


    Practices
    Sitting, body/breath, walking mindfulness meditation
    Deep relaxation
    Mindful communication
    Working with stress, afflictive emotions and difficult mind states
    Mindfulness practices for daily life, including work and relationships


    Who Will Benefit?

    Everyone is welcome, including members & non-members;
    People who have taken “Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation” classes;
    People on the Mindful Living Path of the FCM developmental path for Dharma practice and personal transformation;
    Experienced practitioners who want to go deeper in the core practices


    • 25 Oct 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
    • Unitarian Universalist Church in St. Pete

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings.  Please Visit St. Pete Sangha for more information.

    • 26 Oct 2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • 30 Oct 2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • Franciscan Center, Tampa, Florida
    • 1
    Registration is closed

    Florida Community of Mindfulness Fall Retreat at the Franciscan Center


    Key Points of the Path of Awakening:

    Teachings of the Zen Masters


    October 26-30, 2017


    The Fall retreat is for practitioners who have developed a grounding in mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and have attained a certain degree of emotional stability. Utilizing various pith teachings, Dharma verses, and extracts from longer texts, Fred will present the key points of practice for those who seek to utilize Dharma as a path of purification and transformation.


    While the ordinary practices of mindfulness and mindful living can bring greater stability into ones life, the true practice of meditation is not only to heal, but to facilitate a significant experiential transformation in the spheres of ones body, speech and mind. To accomplish this, the practitioner must be committed to courageously stepping into unknown and sometimes uncomfortable territories of personal experience to shed the skin of their habitual tendencies and let go of skewed and distorted ways of perceiving themselves and others.


    Fred will be presenting these teachings and practices with clarity and concreteness so that they can become on-going life practices each participant can embrace. As usual, this will be a silent retreat. The silence affords participants the opportunity to deepen their meditative experience while absorbing the experiential meaning of the teachings and practices presented during the retreat. 


    The retreat is being held in Tampa, Florida at The Franciscan Center, located on the Hillsborough River. The registration fee covers both room and board (three vegetarian meals daily), as well as any administrative and incidental expenses connected to the retreat. The teachings are offered in the Buddhist tradition of Dana, wherein the teacher freely gives of him or herself to the students out of gratitude for what has been received from their teachers and a desire to be of service. The students response is also based on Dana, i.e. generosity that naturally flows from a sense of appreciation of the value of Dharma and gratitude to the living lineage.


    The retreat begins with dinner on Thursday, October 26th, and ends after lunch on Monday, October 30th. We ask that all retreatants attend the entire time of the retreat; if you cannot arrive by 6 pm on Thursday, October 26th and stay until lunch on Monday, October 30th, please do not register. No late arrivals or early departures are permitted, as they significantly interfere with the process of retreat for everyone.


    The Franciscan Center has both single and double occupancy accommodations. If you are seeking double occupancy and have someone you wish to room with, please indicate their name when you register. Otherwise, you will be placed in a room with another participant who has requested double occupancy as well. The registration fee for single occupancy is $440 and the fee for double-occupancy is $390. A limited number of Retreat Scholarships may be available. Please click here to see FCMs Retreat Scholarship Policy and for an Application, which must be submitted prior to the registration deadline for this retreat.


    Please note that participation in this retreat is open only to members of the Florida Community of Mindfulness. While participation in our local sanghas and Days of Mindfulness is open to everyone, membership in FCM is for persons wanting to deepen their practice of living an awakened life by being part of a dedicated practice community, having a direct relationship with a Dharma teacher, and participating in practice opportunities such as Intensives and longer retreats. 


    The retreat registrar will be sending additional information to accepted registrants before the retreat begins, including directions to the Franciscan Center and other retreat information.


    The last day to register for the retreat is September 13, but registration is limited. You will be notified if you have been accepted into the retreat or whether you have been placed on the waiting list by September 18


    • 26 Oct 2017
    • 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Tampa Center

    Thursday Evening Extended Meditation

     

    Every Thursday evening from 7:15 to 9:00 pm in the Tampa practice center meditation hall (please try to arrive about 10 minutes early). Enter and remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer. Enter the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.


    Our teacher Fred leads this weekly extended evening meditation, which is open to all. The evening will consist of two 35-minute sitting meditation periods, with formal walking meditation in-between. These extended meditation periods offer students the opportunity to deepen their practices of mindfulness, concentration and insight. 


    While meditation is occurring Fred offers private interviews in the Center's downstairs Interview Room to FCM members (those who have become Fred’s students) - please visit Membership for more information. Interviews are conducted in the Zen “dokusan" tradition – going alone to visit the teacher. No advance sign-up occurs for interviews; instead, students line up at the back of the meditation hall and the personal interviews unfold, one following the other, as time permits. The length of each interview may range from 5 to 15 minutes, depending on the situation. Dokusan pertains to issues that arise in the student's personal meditation practice and their life experiences of integrating the teachings into their daily life, not with intellectual or theoretical matters. 


    • 27 Oct 2017
    • 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Friday Sunrise Meditation


    When and Where: Every Friday morning from 7:00 to 8:00 am at the Tampa practice center meditation hall. Remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer (please leave phones, water and other personal items in the foyer or in your car), and come into the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.


    You are welcome to join us in silence anytime between 7:00 to 8:00 am for the Sunrise Meditation, where we will sit for 30 minutes, walk for 5 minutes, and sit for another 30 minutes. The meditation will be totally in silence.



    • 27 Oct 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM Center, Tampa
    Wake Up Tampa Bay is a  mindfulness and meditation group for people in their 20s & 30s. We meet every other Friday from 7:00pm to 8:30pm in the Meditation Hall to practice sitting and walking mediation as well as to share about our engagement with the practices of mindfulness and the Buddha's teachings in our lives. 


    Please feel comfortable coming late and leaving early as needed. Afterwards join us for tea and snacks.


    There is no charge for this event.


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


    *All Wake Up Tampa Bay events are alcohol, drug, and animal product free. Everyone in their 20s and 30s are welcome, but we ask that all who come do so with a clear mind and an open heart. Please leave cynicism and offensive speech at the door, and if you are intoxicated, we ask that you wait for another time to join us.
    • 29 Oct 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings. Please visit Tampa Sangha for more information.

    • 29 Oct 2017
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Green Monkey Yoga Studio, Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108
    Monthly Orientation

    A one-hour orientation for newcomers is offered the last Sunday of each month at 5:00p.m. Please contact naples-meditation@floridamindfulness.org , if you plan to attend.

    The Green Monkey Yoga Studio is located at Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108. Peacock Court is across U.S. 41 from Barnes & Noble. Wheelchair access is available.


    • 29 Oct 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Green Monkey Yoga Studio, Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings.  Please visit Naples Sangha for more information.


    The Green Monkey Yoga Studio is located at Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108. Peacock Court is across U.S. 41 from Barnes & Noble. Wheelchair access is available.


    • 30 Oct 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • FCM Center, Tampa
    A weekly gentle yoga class relaxes, stretches, and replenishes the mind, body, and spirit. Find comfort in your meditation seat by bringing flexibility and joint freedom into your practice. This class is taught by Evelyn Greenfield. Evelyn has taught yoga since 2002, and her experience and lovely presentation in teaching creates a truly relaxing and nourishing environment for yoga practice.

    Classes are free for FCM members (dana is always appreciated) and $10 each for non-members. No registration is required.
    • 31 Oct 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • FCM Tampa Center, Main Meditation Hall

    This weekly meditation group is open to everyone in recovery: AA, NA, Alanon, and other programs. It is also for those trying to spend less time on the internet, Facebook, TV, shopping, etc. Please join us to learn more about the 11th Step (Prayer and Meditation) and how to make it part of your daily life. Meditation is easy to learn and will help you cultivate a rich and rewarding spiritual practice, one that will support you in realizing the promises.

     

    People who practice meditation report reduced stress, greater peace, more clarity and happiness in their lives. They sleep better and have an increased ability to concentrate. These are some of the benefits of adding meditation to your recovery program.

     

    Everybody is welcome, whether you are just starting out or have been meditating for a while. The evenings will be led by teachers with a foundation in both meditation and recovery.

     

    • 31 Oct 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • The Renaissance School, 37 Barkley Circle, Fort Myers, FL

    Midweek Mindfulness offers a supplement to the Naples Sunday Sangha. We practice silent meditation for 30 minutes; walking meditation for 15 minutes; sharing of personal mindfulness practice experiences and Dharma discussion of a reading or teaching for 45 minutes.

     

    Contact:  Anne Kracmer, alkracmer@comcast.net239-826-1557

    • 01 Nov 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
    • Unitarian Universalist Church in St. Pete

    Monthly Orientation


    A 45-minute orientation for newcomers is offered the first Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church in St. Pete (no registration required - simply show up). 

    The Unitarian Universalist Church in St. Pete is located at 100 Mirror Lake Dr. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33701


    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings.  Please Visit St. Pete Sangha for more information.

    • 01 Nov 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 6:50 PM
    • FCM Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    Qigong is Chinese yoga and meditation that involves gentle but surprisingly effective ways of moving and caring for the mind and body. It uses low-impact exercises drawn from Daoism, Buddhism, traditional Chinese health practices, and even Asian martial arts traditions. Sessions include 50 minutes of simple warm-up exercises and short movement forms to stretch and condition the body. Appropriate for beginners and people with more experience. This class currently meets on Wednesday evenings 6:00 – 6:50 at the FCM Practice Center.

    There is no charge for this class, but donations are gratefully accepted. All are welcome regardless of ability to contribute.
    • 01 Nov 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Wednesday Evening
    Meditations for Mindful Living


    We aspire to enjoy our life and our relationships with others. To be fully present to ourselves and those around us and to live life with ease and awareness. Yet, we often find that our daily life is just opposite. Lost in our thoughts and our personal dramas, we miss the beauty and simplicity of our life and relationships.  Instead of enjoying the roses in life, we remain lost the endless spinning of our minds.


    We need to transform how we relate to life and mindfulness is a powerful tool to accomplish this goal.  It will facilitate a profound shift that will enable us to stabilize our minds, meaningfully ground ourselves in everyday reality and can be used to heal the psycho-emotional wounds that we may carry within us from our past.  The practice of mindfulness, of learning how to be fully present, focused and aware of what’s going on in and around us right now, is the practice that allows this transformation to occur.


    Wednesday evening meditations for mindful living, based on the wonderful teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village tradition, are designed to help us build a daily life that is grounded and stable with greater clarity and ease.   


    Teachings
    Mindfulness: Learning to live in the present moment; cultivating a happy, peaceful mind “here and now”
    Emotional healing: the dangers of spiritual by-passing
    Four Foundations of Mindfulness
    Five Mindfulness Trainings


    Practices
    Sitting, body/breath, walking mindfulness meditation
    Deep relaxation
    Mindful communication
    Working with stress, afflictive emotions and difficult mind states
    Mindfulness practices for daily life, including work and relationships


    Who Will Benefit?

    Everyone is welcome, including members & non-members;
    People who have taken “Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation” classes;
    People on the Mindful Living Path of the FCM developmental path for Dharma practice and personal transformation;
    Experienced practitioners who want to go deeper in the core practices


    • 01 Nov 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
    • Unitarian Universalist Church in St. Pete

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings.  Please Visit St. Pete Sangha for more information.

    • 02 Nov 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Alliance for the Arts in Lee County 10091 McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33910
    • 30
    Register
    Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation
    A Four-Week Series

    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 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 Thursday November 2, 9, 16 and 30 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Classes will be held at the

    Alliance for the Arts in Lee County, 10091 McGregor Blvd.

    Fort Myers, FL 33910. The cost is $75 (Members) and $95 (Non-Members) for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org.     

    Registration is through  Alliance for the Arts Information and Registration is available at:

    https://artinlee.org/event/mindfulness-meditation-ages-18/2017-11-02/


    This course will be taught by:

    Anne Louise Kracmer LCSW, received her MSW from Florida Gulf Coast University. She completed the two foundational training programs for professionals in Mindfulness-Based Stress ReductionTM (MBSR) through the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center For Mindfulness. She completed Advanced Teachers Training for MBSR Teachers through the University of California School Of Medicine San Diego Center for Mindfulness. She facilitates mindfulness programs in Southwest Florida.

     

    Mary Robinson MA, MS, LMFT received her graduate degrees from Florida State University and the University of South Florida. A licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Mary has completed a foundational training program for professionals in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction through the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center For Mindfulness. She has facilitated mindfulness programs in Southwest Florida since 2005.

    • 02 Nov 2017
    • 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Tampa Center

    Thursday Evening Extended Meditation

     

    Every Thursday evening from 7:15 to 9:00 pm in the Tampa practice center meditation hall (please try to arrive about 10 minutes early). Enter and remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer. Enter the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.


    Our teacher Fred leads this weekly extended evening meditation, which is open to all. The evening will consist of two 35-minute sitting meditation periods, with formal walking meditation in-between. These extended meditation periods offer students the opportunity to deepen their practices of mindfulness, concentration and insight. 


    While meditation is occurring Fred offers private interviews in the Center's downstairs Interview Room to FCM members (those who have become Fred’s students) - please visit Membership for more information. Interviews are conducted in the Zen “dokusan" tradition – going alone to visit the teacher. No advance sign-up occurs for interviews; instead, students line up at the back of the meditation hall and the personal interviews unfold, one following the other, as time permits. The length of each interview may range from 5 to 15 minutes, depending on the situation. Dokusan pertains to issues that arise in the student's personal meditation practice and their life experiences of integrating the teachings into their daily life, not with intellectual or theoretical matters. 


    • 03 Nov 2017
    • 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Friday Sunrise Meditation


    When and Where: Every Friday morning from 7:00 to 8:00 am at the Tampa practice center meditation hall. Remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer (please leave phones, water and other personal items in the foyer or in your car), and come into the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.


    You are welcome to join us in silence anytime between 7:00 to 8:00 am for the Sunrise Meditation, where we will sit for 30 minutes, walk for 5 minutes, and sit for another 30 minutes. The meditation will be totally in silence.



    • 04 Nov 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa
    Register

    Please join us Saturday, October 7th, from 8:30 to 11:30 am to lend a hand with the ongoing transformation and maintenance of our practice center in Tampa. We will begin the day in the meditation hall at 8:30 am with sitting meditation in preparation for our mindful work, which will commence around 9:00 am after an orientation by work day leaders. There will be both indoor and outdoor tasks in need of our joyful attention. Please wear old clothes, sturdy closed-toe shoes and bring work gloves if you have them, for those who may work outside. Snacks and water will be provided.


    General Schedule for Selfless Service Work Mornings:

    8:30am Sitting Practice in Meditation Hall

    8:45 Introduction to Mindful Work & Overview of Mindful Work for the morning

    9:00 Mindful work

    11:00-11:30 Clean up and Tea Together

    Please contact Maria Sgambati with questions (sgambati2012@gmail.com / cell: 202.486.6491)


    • 05 Nov 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
    • FCM Tampa Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    Monthly Orientation

    A 45-minute orientation for newcomers is offered the first Sunday of each month at 9:00 a.m. in the Lotus Room in the Education Building at the FCM Center in Tampa (no registration required - simply show up). 

    The FCM Center in Tampa is located at 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue (between Hillsborough and Sligh Avenues).
    • 05 Nov 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Tampa Center (Education Building, Community Room)

    The FCM Family Program for FCM members and their children or grandchildren occurs during Sangha at the Tampa Practice Center from 10 am – 12 pm, two Sundays a month during the school year. There are two age groups, Lotus Buds Ages 0-6 (with parents/grandparents) and Dharma Buds Ages 7-12. The program’s aim is to provide:

    • ·        A safe and mindful environment
    • ·        Fun and meaningful activities for children and families that promote Buddhist              spiritual values such as mindfulness, understanding and compassion.  

    Dates for the Program are indicated on the FCM monthly calendar.  


    MEMBER REGISTRATION: Registration paperwork with a parent or guardian signature is required for members to enroll their children or grandchildren for the 2017/2018 school year. If you are a grandparent bringing a child, please request paperwork ahead of time so that you can bring paperwork that has been read and signed by the parent/guardian with you. 


    COST: The program is free, however dana is greatly appreciated. $5 per Sunday/family is suggested.


    Please discuss any special needs your children may have with one of the Family Program Coordinators. Parents/grandparents are encouraged to regularly participate in selfless service activities that support the program


    FCM FAMILY MEET AND GREET

    SUNDAY, SEPT 17, 9:30 AM

    Please attend the Family Program Meet and Greet at 9:30 am on Sept 17, or email the FCM Office Manager, Liz Stepp to receive paperwork and information on joining the Family Program during the 2017/2018 School Year.


    VISTORS:  If you are a nonmember considering participation in the FCM Family Program and would like to arrange a visit, please email one of the Family Program Coordinators:  

    Suzy:  suzystudio2@gmail.com

    Karuna: karunaee@gmail.com

     

    Lotus Buds AGES 0-6

    Sunday mindful care and play is offered for children age six and under. We call these younger children our “Lotus Buds.” Activities include free play, music, stories, movement and art. For the comfort and safety of your child, we ask that an adult (parent, guardian or grandparent) remain in the Education Building to participate with them. 
      

    For FCM members, who attend regularly with their children, the option is offered, on a case by case basis, to leave children 6 and under in the Education Building while parents (or grandparents) attend all or part of Sunday Sangha in the Meditation Hall. Please discuss your child’s needs with one of the Family Program Coordinators to reach a mutually agreed upon arrangement, based on the comfort level of the child and the availability of adult supervision, as well as to discuss possible ways that parents can participate with other parents in providing cooperative care during Sunday Sangha and other events. To ensure quality supervision and care, check in with the Family Program Coordinator each week before leaving your child in the Education Building, as the number of adult supervisors available to care for your child each week may vary. 


    Dharma Buds AGES 7-12

    Sunday meditation and mindfulness activities are offered for children ages 7-12. This program includes gentle meditation and other fun activities in an environment of mindfulness and loving kindness. Inspiration comes from the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village tradition with activities including mindfulness practice, art, music and movement.  The name “Dharma Buds” was chosen by our inaugural class of children to refer to this age group. 

        

    Two Promises for Children Ages 7-12: The Two Promises, to develop understanding and compassion, are the mindfulness trainings or Buddhist ethical guidelines for children, developed by Thich Nhat Hanh. They are an integral part of the Children’s Program.   Once or twice a year children will be offered additional classes to learn about the Two Promises and discuss what it means to take refuge in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. They will then have the opportunity, if they choose, to receive transmission of the Two Promises in a formal ceremony with our Dharma teacher. The children receive a Dharma name and a certificate to remind them of their promises.

     

        

    FOR MORE INFORMATION or to discuss special needs please contact us. Ideas, feedback, and concerns are always welcome so that we can best support the needs of our families.


    Family Program Coordinators

    Suzy: suzystudio2@gmail.com

    Karuna: karunaee@gmail.com

                     

    • 05 Nov 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings. Please visit Tampa Sangha for more information.

    • 05 Nov 2017
    • 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM
    • Tampa Center
    Register

    The FCM Mindful Teen Program supports mindfulness practitioners in their teen years who, inspired by the teachings of Zen master and peace activist Thich Nhat Hahn, aspire to cultivate mindfulness and compassion in their lives. The Teen Program typically meets on Sunday afternoons following Sangha from 12:15-1:45 pm, twice a month at the Tampa Practice Center.  Please check the FCM monthly calendar for dates and times. In the spirit of inter-being and inclusiveness, we honor the diverse spiritual/cultural roots and religious traditions of our teens.

     

    Schedule:

    12:15-12:30 pm.   

    Registration* and Sign In.  You are welcome to bring a brown bag vegetarian lunch to eat prior to the start of the session - no tree nuts or peanuts please.

    12:30-1:45 pm.   

    Mindfulness Practices and Discussion Session.

     

     

    *Parents/Guardians:  We require a signed parent/guardian registration form for teen participation each school year.  Please download a registration form, read, sign and have your teen hand it to the program leader when they arrive, or if you will be bringing your teen to the program you can sign paperwork at that time. Please also discuss any allergies, medical alerts, or special needs with the Teen Program Coordinator to make sure we are empowered to create a safe space for all attendees.  

     

    For more information on the Mindful Teen Program please contact teen-program-coordinator@floridamindfulness.org

     


    • 05 Nov 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Green Monkey Yoga Studio, Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings.  Please visit Naples Sangha for more information.


    The Green Monkey Yoga Studio is located at Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108. Peacock Court is across U.S. 41 from Barnes & Noble. Wheelchair access is available.


    • 06 Nov 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • FCM Center, Tampa
    A weekly gentle yoga class relaxes, stretches, and replenishes the mind, body, and spirit. Find comfort in your meditation seat by bringing flexibility and joint freedom into your practice. This class is taught by Evelyn Greenfield. Evelyn has taught yoga since 2002, and her experience and lovely presentation in teaching creates a truly relaxing and nourishing environment for yoga practice.

    Classes are free for FCM members (dana is always appreciated) and $10 each for non-members. No registration is required.
    • 07 Nov 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    • FCM Tampa Center, Main Meditation Hall

    This weekly meditation group is open to everyone in recovery: AA, NA, Alanon, and other programs. It is also for those trying to spend less time on the internet, Facebook, TV, shopping, etc. Please join us to learn more about the 11th Step (Prayer and Meditation) and how to make it part of your daily life. Meditation is easy to learn and will help you cultivate a rich and rewarding spiritual practice, one that will support you in realizing the promises.

     

    People who practice meditation report reduced stress, greater peace, more clarity and happiness in their lives. They sleep better and have an increased ability to concentrate. These are some of the benefits of adding meditation to your recovery program.

     

    Everybody is welcome, whether you are just starting out or have been meditating for a while. The evenings will be led by teachers with a foundation in both meditation and recovery.

     

    • 07 Nov 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • The Renaissance School, 37 Barkley Circle, Fort Myers, FL

    Midweek Mindfulness offers a supplement to the Naples Sunday Sangha. We practice silent meditation for 30 minutes; walking meditation for 15 minutes; sharing of personal mindfulness practice experiences and Dharma discussion of a reading or teaching for 45 minutes.

     

    Contact:  Anne Kracmer, alkracmer@comcast.net239-826-1557

    • 08 Nov 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 6:50 PM
    • FCM Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    Qigong is Chinese yoga and meditation that involves gentle but surprisingly effective ways of moving and caring for the mind and body. It uses low-impact exercises drawn from Daoism, Buddhism, traditional Chinese health practices, and even Asian martial arts traditions. Sessions include 50 minutes of simple warm-up exercises and short movement forms to stretch and condition the body. Appropriate for beginners and people with more experience. This class currently meets on Wednesday evenings 6:00 – 6:50 at the FCM Practice Center.

    There is no charge for this class, but donations are gratefully accepted. All are welcome regardless of ability to contribute.
    • 08 Nov 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Wednesday Evening
    Meditations for Mindful Living


    We aspire to enjoy our life and our relationships with others. To be fully present to ourselves and those around us and to live life with ease and awareness. Yet, we often find that our daily life is just opposite. Lost in our thoughts and our personal dramas, we miss the beauty and simplicity of our life and relationships.  Instead of enjoying the roses in life, we remain lost the endless spinning of our minds.


    We need to transform how we relate to life and mindfulness is a powerful tool to accomplish this goal.  It will facilitate a profound shift that will enable us to stabilize our minds, meaningfully ground ourselves in everyday reality and can be used to heal the psycho-emotional wounds that we may carry within us from our past.  The practice of mindfulness, of learning how to be fully present, focused and aware of what’s going on in and around us right now, is the practice that allows this transformation to occur.


    Wednesday evening meditations for mindful living, based on the wonderful teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village tradition, are designed to help us build a daily life that is grounded and stable with greater clarity and ease.   


    Teachings
    Mindfulness: Learning to live in the present moment; cultivating a happy, peaceful mind “here and now”
    Emotional healing: the dangers of spiritual by-passing
    Four Foundations of Mindfulness
    Five Mindfulness Trainings


    Practices
    Sitting, body/breath, walking mindfulness meditation
    Deep relaxation
    Mindful communication
    Working with stress, afflictive emotions and difficult mind states
    Mindfulness practices for daily life, including work and relationships


    Who Will Benefit?

    Everyone is welcome, including members & non-members;
    People who have taken “Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation” classes;
    People on the Mindful Living Path of the FCM developmental path for Dharma practice and personal transformation;
    Experienced practitioners who want to go deeper in the core practices


    • 08 Nov 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
    • Unitarian Universalist Church in St. Pete

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings.  Please Visit St. Pete Sangha for more information.

    • 09 Nov 2017
    • 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Tampa Center

    Thursday Evening Extended Meditation

     

    Every Thursday evening from 7:15 to 9:00 pm in the Tampa practice center meditation hall (please try to arrive about 10 minutes early). Enter and remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer. Enter the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.


    Our teacher Fred leads this weekly extended evening meditation, which is open to all. The evening will consist of two 35-minute sitting meditation periods, with formal walking meditation in-between. These extended meditation periods offer students the opportunity to deepen their practices of mindfulness, concentration and insight. 


    While meditation is occurring Fred offers private interviews in the Center's downstairs Interview Room to FCM members (those who have become Fred’s students) - please visit Membership for more information. Interviews are conducted in the Zen “dokusan" tradition – going alone to visit the teacher. No advance sign-up occurs for interviews; instead, students line up at the back of the meditation hall and the personal interviews unfold, one following the other, as time permits. The length of each interview may range from 5 to 15 minutes, depending on the situation. Dokusan pertains to issues that arise in the student's personal meditation practice and their life experiences of integrating the teachings into their daily life, not with intellectual or theoretical matters. 


    • 10 Nov 2017
    • 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Friday Sunrise Meditation


    When and Where: Every Friday morning from 7:00 to 8:00 am at the Tampa practice center meditation hall. Remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer (please leave phones, water and other personal items in the foyer or in your car), and come into the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.


    You are welcome to join us in silence anytime between 7:00 to 8:00 am for the Sunrise Meditation, where we will sit for 30 minutes, walk for 5 minutes, and sit for another 30 minutes. The meditation will be totally in silence.



    • 10 Nov 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM Center, Tampa
    Wake Up Tampa Bay is a  mindfulness and meditation group for people in their 20s & 30s. We meet every other Friday from 7:00pm to 8:30pm in the Meditation Hall to practice sitting and walking mediation as well as to share about our engagement with the practices of mindfulness and the Buddha's teachings in our lives. 


    Please feel comfortable coming late and leaving early as needed. Afterwards join us for tea and snacks.


    There is no charge for this event.


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


    *All Wake Up Tampa Bay events are alcohol, drug, and animal product free. Everyone in their 20s and 30s are welcome, but we ask that all who come do so with a clear mind and an open heart. Please leave cynicism and offensive speech at the door, and if you are intoxicated, we ask that you wait for another time to join us.
    • 11 Nov 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Inner Light Center, 4810 Hickory Wood Dr, Naples, FL 34119
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    Register

    Please join us for a Day of Mindfulness on Saturday November 11, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., in Naples, Florida at the Inner Light Center, 4810 Hickory Wood Dr, Naples, FL 34119.


    This day of silence will include a Dharma presentation by FCM senior students, Marilyn and Sam Warlick, and periods of sitting and walking meditation.  Please bring your own cushion if you have one. Extra cushions, as well as chairs, will also be available. Although there is no registration fee, please register so that we know how many are coming. Voluntary donations are welcome and encouraged at the end of the day in support of our teacher and the FCM community.


    PLEASE NOTE: We have space limitations and have generally had a waiting list for our Naples Days of Mindfulness. Out of consideration for others who would like to attend, please notify us at least 24 hours before the Day of Mindfulness if you will be unable to attend so that we can fill the space.  Instructions for canceling will be in the confirmation email you will receive when you register.

     

    Contact name and email for more information - Tony Pollitt, fanthonypollitt@gmail.com

     

     

     

     

        
    • 11 Nov 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Florida Community of Mindfulness 6501 N. Nebraska, Tampa, FL 33604
    Register

    Please join us for the FCM Movie Night showing of For the Benefit of All Beings on Saturday night, November 11 from 7-9 pm at the Tampa Practice Center. This film is the inspiring documentary about the remarkable life of Garchen Rinpoche, one of the wisest and most radiant teachers of our time. It beautifully portrays his life journey – his early years of devoted monastic study and practice in Tibet, his courage and altruism in the face of the Chinese invasion and 20 years in Chinese prison, and his emergence from this experience as an awakened human being, dedicated to living a life where each and every thought, word and action is for the benefit of all beings.









    • 12 Nov 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings. Please visit Tampa Sangha for more information.

    • 12 Nov 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Green Monkey Yoga Studio, Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings.  Please visit Naples Sangha for more information.


    The Green Monkey Yoga Studio is located at Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108. Peacock Court is across U.S. 41 from Barnes & Noble. Wheelchair access is available.


    • 13 Nov 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • FCM Center, Tampa
    A weekly gentle yoga class relaxes, stretches, and replenishes the mind, body, and spirit. Find comfort in your meditation seat by bringing flexibility and joint freedom into your practice. This class is taught by Evelyn Greenfield. Evelyn has taught yoga since 2002, and her experience and lovely presentation in teaching creates a truly relaxing and nourishing environment for yoga practice.

    Classes are free for FCM members (dana is always appreciated) and $10 each for non-members. No registration is required.
    • 14 Nov 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    • FCM Tampa Center, Main Meditation Hall

    This weekly meditation group is open to everyone in recovery: AA, NA, Alanon, and other programs. It is also for those trying to spend less time on the internet, Facebook, TV, shopping, etc. Please join us to learn more about the 11th Step (Prayer and Meditation) and how to make it part of your daily life. Meditation is easy to learn and will help you cultivate a rich and rewarding spiritual practice, one that will support you in realizing the promises.

     

    People who practice meditation report reduced stress, greater peace, more clarity and happiness in their lives. They sleep better and have an increased ability to concentrate. These are some of the benefits of adding meditation to your recovery program.

     

    Everybody is welcome, whether you are just starting out or have been meditating for a while. The evenings will be led by teachers with a foundation in both meditation and recovery.

     

    • 14 Nov 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • The Renaissance School, 37 Barkley Circle, Fort Myers, FL

    Midweek Mindfulness offers a supplement to the Naples Sunday Sangha. We practice silent meditation for 30 minutes; walking meditation for 15 minutes; sharing of personal mindfulness practice experiences and Dharma discussion of a reading or teaching for 45 minutes.

     

    Contact:  Anne Kracmer, alkracmer@comcast.net239-826-1557

    • 15 Nov 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 6:50 PM
    • FCM Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    Qigong is Chinese yoga and meditation that involves gentle but surprisingly effective ways of moving and caring for the mind and body. It uses low-impact exercises drawn from Daoism, Buddhism, traditional Chinese health practices, and even Asian martial arts traditions. Sessions include 50 minutes of simple warm-up exercises and short movement forms to stretch and condition the body. Appropriate for beginners and people with more experience. This class currently meets on Wednesday evenings 6:00 – 6:50 at the FCM Practice Center.

    There is no charge for this class, but donations are gratefully accepted. All are welcome regardless of ability to contribute.
    • 15 Nov 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Wednesday Evening
    Meditations for Mindful Living


    We aspire to enjoy our life and our relationships with others. To be fully present to ourselves and those around us and to live life with ease and awareness. Yet, we often find that our daily life is just opposite. Lost in our thoughts and our personal dramas, we miss the beauty and simplicity of our life and relationships.  Instead of enjoying the roses in life, we remain lost the endless spinning of our minds.


    We need to transform how we relate to life and mindfulness is a powerful tool to accomplish this goal.  It will facilitate a profound shift that will enable us to stabilize our minds, meaningfully ground ourselves in everyday reality and can be used to heal the psycho-emotional wounds that we may carry within us from our past.  The practice of mindfulness, of learning how to be fully present, focused and aware of what’s going on in and around us right now, is the practice that allows this transformation to occur.


    Wednesday evening meditations for mindful living, based on the wonderful teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village tradition, are designed to help us build a daily life that is grounded and stable with greater clarity and ease.   


    Teachings
    Mindfulness: Learning to live in the present moment; cultivating a happy, peaceful mind “here and now”
    Emotional healing: the dangers of spiritual by-passing
    Four Foundations of Mindfulness
    Five Mindfulness Trainings


    Practices
    Sitting, body/breath, walking mindfulness meditation
    Deep relaxation
    Mindful communication
    Working with stress, afflictive emotions and difficult mind states
    Mindfulness practices for daily life, including work and relationships


    Who Will Benefit?

    Everyone is welcome, including members & non-members;
    People who have taken “Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation” classes;
    People on the Mindful Living Path of the FCM developmental path for Dharma practice and personal transformation;
    Experienced practitioners who want to go deeper in the core practices


    • 15 Nov 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
    • Unitarian Universalist Church in St. Pete

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings.  Please Visit St. Pete Sangha for more information.

    • 16 Nov 2017
    • 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Tampa Center

    Thursday Evening Extended Meditation

     

    Every Thursday evening from 7:15 to 9:00 pm in the Tampa practice center meditation hall (please try to arrive about 10 minutes early). Enter and remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer. Enter the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.


    Our teacher Fred leads this weekly extended evening meditation, which is open to all. The evening will consist of two 35-minute sitting meditation periods, with formal walking meditation in-between. These extended meditation periods offer students the opportunity to deepen their practices of mindfulness, concentration and insight. 


    While meditation is occurring Fred offers private interviews in the Center's downstairs Interview Room to FCM members (those who have become Fred’s students) - please visit Membership for more information. Interviews are conducted in the Zen “dokusan" tradition – going alone to visit the teacher. No advance sign-up occurs for interviews; instead, students line up at the back of the meditation hall and the personal interviews unfold, one following the other, as time permits. The length of each interview may range from 5 to 15 minutes, depending on the situation. Dokusan pertains to issues that arise in the student's personal meditation practice and their life experiences of integrating the teachings into their daily life, not with intellectual or theoretical matters. 


    • 17 Nov 2017
    • 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Friday Sunrise Meditation


    When and Where: Every Friday morning from 7:00 to 8:00 am at the Tampa practice center meditation hall. Remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer (please leave phones, water and other personal items in the foyer or in your car), and come into the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.


    You are welcome to join us in silence anytime between 7:00 to 8:00 am for the Sunrise Meditation, where we will sit for 30 minutes, walk for 5 minutes, and sit for another 30 minutes. The meditation will be totally in silence.



    • 18 Nov 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33604
    Register

    The Day will involve sitting and walking mindfulness meditation, guided meditations, a Dharma teaching by a Senior Student, an opportunity for questions and answers, silent lunch, some lazy time, and gentle yoga. Participants are requested to please respect and appreciate noble silence during the duration of the formal activities of the day. An opportunity for sharing and mindful conversation will be provided towards the end of the day.

     

    For your own benefit and the benefit of all, we ask that you plan to remain for the entire day.

     

    While this event is free and open to all practitioners, it is necessary to register in advance.  Your generosity in providing a donation or Dana for the support of our teacher and Practice Center is gratefully accepted and encouraged.  

     

    Contact name and email for more information - Katy Shields, katyshieldsartist@gmail.com

           
    • 19 Nov 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Tampa Center (Education Building, Community Room)

    The FCM Family Program for FCM members and their children or grandchildren occurs during Sangha at the Tampa Practice Center from 10 am – 12 pm, two Sundays a month during the school year. There are two age groups, Lotus Buds Ages 0-6 (with parents/grandparents) and Dharma Buds Ages 7-12. The program’s aim is to provide:

    • ·        A safe and mindful environment
    • ·        Fun and meaningful activities for children and families that promote Buddhist              spiritual values such as mindfulness, understanding and compassion.  

    Dates for the Program are indicated on the FCM monthly calendar.  


    MEMBER REGISTRATION: Registration paperwork with a parent or guardian signature is required for members to enroll their children or grandchildren for the 2017/2018 school year. If you are a grandparent bringing a child, please request paperwork ahead of time so that you can bring paperwork that has been read and signed by the parent/guardian with you. 


    COST: The program is free, however dana is greatly appreciated. $5 per Sunday/family is suggested.


    Please discuss any special needs your children may have with one of the Family Program Coordinators. Parents/grandparents are encouraged to regularly participate in selfless service activities that support the program


    FCM FAMILY MEET AND GREET

    SUNDAY, SEPT 17, 9:30 AM

    Please attend the Family Program Meet and Greet at 9:30 am on Sept 17, or email the FCM Office Manager, Liz Stepp to receive paperwork and information on joining the Family Program during the 2017/2018 School Year.


    VISTORS:  If you are a nonmember considering participation in the FCM Family Program and would like to arrange a visit, please email one of the Family Program Coordinators:  

    Suzy:  suzystudio2@gmail.com

    Karuna: karunaee@gmail.com

     

    Lotus Buds AGES 0-6

    Sunday mindful care and play is offered for children age six and under. We call these younger children our “Lotus Buds.” Activities include free play, music, stories, movement and art. For the comfort and safety of your child, we ask that an adult (parent, guardian or grandparent) remain in the Education Building to participate with them. 
      

    For FCM members, who attend regularly with their children, the option is offered, on a case by case basis, to leave children 6 and under in the Education Building while parents (or grandparents) attend all or part of Sunday Sangha in the Meditation Hall. Please discuss your child’s needs with one of the Family Program Coordinators to reach a mutually agreed upon arrangement, based on the comfort level of the child and the availability of adult supervision, as well as to discuss possible ways that parents can participate with other parents in providing cooperative care during Sunday Sangha and other events. To ensure quality supervision and care, check in with the Family Program Coordinator each week before leaving your child in the Education Building, as the number of adult supervisors available to care for your child each week may vary. 


    Dharma Buds AGES 7-12

    Sunday meditation and mindfulness activities are offered for children ages 7-12. This program includes gentle meditation and other fun activities in an environment of mindfulness and loving kindness. Inspiration comes from the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village tradition with activities including mindfulness practice, art, music and movement.  The name “Dharma Buds” was chosen by our inaugural class of children to refer to this age group. 

        

    Two Promises for Children Ages 7-12: The Two Promises, to develop understanding and compassion, are the mindfulness trainings or Buddhist ethical guidelines for children, developed by Thich Nhat Hanh. They are an integral part of the Children’s Program.   Once or twice a year children will be offered additional classes to learn about the Two Promises and discuss what it means to take refuge in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. They will then have the opportunity, if they choose, to receive transmission of the Two Promises in a formal ceremony with our Dharma teacher. The children receive a Dharma name and a certificate to remind them of their promises.

     

        

    FOR MORE INFORMATION or to discuss special needs please contact us. Ideas, feedback, and concerns are always welcome so that we can best support the needs of our families.


    Family Program Coordinators

    Suzy: suzystudio2@gmail.com

    Karuna: karunaee@gmail.com

                     

    • 19 Nov 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings. Please visit Tampa Sangha for more information.

    • 19 Nov 2017
    • 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM
    • Tampa Center
    Register

    The FCM Mindful Teen Program supports mindfulness practitioners in their teen years who, inspired by the teachings of Zen master and peace activist Thich Nhat Hahn, aspire to cultivate mindfulness and compassion in their lives. The Teen Program typically meets on Sunday afternoons following Sangha from 12:15-1:45 pm, twice a month at the Tampa Practice Center.  Please check the FCM monthly calendar for dates and times. In the spirit of inter-being and inclusiveness, we honor the diverse spiritual/cultural roots and religious traditions of our teens.

     

    Schedule:

    12:15-12:30 pm.   

    Registration* and Sign In.  You are welcome to bring a brown bag vegetarian lunch to eat prior to the start of the session - no tree nuts or peanuts please.

    12:30-1:45 pm.   

    Mindfulness Practices and Discussion Session.

     

     

    *Parents/Guardians:  We require a signed parent/guardian registration form for teen participation each school year.  Please download a registration form, read, sign and have your teen hand it to the program leader when they arrive, or if you will be bringing your teen to the program you can sign paperwork at that time. Please also discuss any allergies, medical alerts, or special needs with the Teen Program Coordinator to make sure we are empowered to create a safe space for all attendees.  

     

    For more information on the Mindful Teen Program please contact teen-program-coordinator@floridamindfulness.org

     


    • 19 Nov 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • The Green Monkey Yoga Studio, Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples FL 34108

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings.  Please visit Naples Sangha for more information.


    The Green Monkey Yoga Studio is located at Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108. Peacock Court is across U.S. 41 from Barnes & Noble. Wheelchair access is available.

    • 20 Nov 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • FCM Center, Tampa
    A weekly gentle yoga class relaxes, stretches, and replenishes the mind, body, and spirit. Find comfort in your meditation seat by bringing flexibility and joint freedom into your practice. This class is taught by Evelyn Greenfield. Evelyn has taught yoga since 2002, and her experience and lovely presentation in teaching creates a truly relaxing and nourishing environment for yoga practice.

    Classes are free for FCM members (dana is always appreciated) and $10 each for non-members. No registration is required.
    • 21 Nov 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    • FCM Tampa Center, Main Meditation Hall

    This weekly meditation group is open to everyone in recovery: AA, NA, Alanon, and other programs. It is also for those trying to spend less time on the internet, Facebook, TV, shopping, etc. Please join us to learn more about the 11th Step (Prayer and Meditation) and how to make it part of your daily life. Meditation is easy to learn and will help you cultivate a rich and rewarding spiritual practice, one that will support you in realizing the promises.

     

    People who practice meditation report reduced stress, greater peace, more clarity and happiness in their lives. They sleep better and have an increased ability to concentrate. These are some of the benefits of adding meditation to your recovery program.

     

    Everybody is welcome, whether you are just starting out or have been meditating for a while. The evenings will be led by teachers with a foundation in both meditation and recovery.

     

    • 21 Nov 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • The Renaissance School, 37 Barkley Circle, Fort Myers, FL

    Midweek Mindfulness offers a supplement to the Naples Sunday Sangha. We practice silent meditation for 30 minutes; walking meditation for 15 minutes; sharing of personal mindfulness practice experiences and Dharma discussion of a reading or teaching for 45 minutes.

     

    Contact:  Anne Kracmer, alkracmer@comcast.net239-826-1557

    • 22 Nov 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 6:50 PM
    • FCM Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    Qigong is Chinese yoga and meditation that involves gentle but surprisingly effective ways of moving and caring for the mind and body. It uses low-impact exercises drawn from Daoism, Buddhism, traditional Chinese health practices, and even Asian martial arts traditions. Sessions include 50 minutes of simple warm-up exercises and short movement forms to stretch and condition the body. Appropriate for beginners and people with more experience. This class currently meets on Wednesday evenings 6:00 – 6:50 at the FCM Practice Center.

    There is no charge for this class, but donations are gratefully accepted. All are welcome regardless of ability to contribute.
    • 22 Nov 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Wednesday Evening
    Meditations for Mindful Living


    We aspire to enjoy our life and our relationships with others. To be fully present to ourselves and those around us and to live life with ease and awareness. Yet, we often find that our daily life is just opposite. Lost in our thoughts and our personal dramas, we miss the beauty and simplicity of our life and relationships.  Instead of enjoying the roses in life, we remain lost the endless spinning of our minds.


    We need to transform how we relate to life and mindfulness is a powerful tool to accomplish this goal.  It will facilitate a profound shift that will enable us to stabilize our minds, meaningfully ground ourselves in everyday reality and can be used to heal the psycho-emotional wounds that we may carry within us from our past.  The practice of mindfulness, of learning how to be fully present, focused and aware of what’s going on in and around us right now, is the practice that allows this transformation to occur.


    Wednesday evening meditations for mindful living, based on the wonderful teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village tradition, are designed to help us build a daily life that is grounded and stable with greater clarity and ease.   


    Teachings
    Mindfulness: Learning to live in the present moment; cultivating a happy, peaceful mind “here and now”
    Emotional healing: the dangers of spiritual by-passing
    Four Foundations of Mindfulness
    Five Mindfulness Trainings


    Practices
    Sitting, body/breath, walking mindfulness meditation
    Deep relaxation
    Mindful communication
    Working with stress, afflictive emotions and difficult mind states
    Mindfulness practices for daily life, including work and relationships


    Who Will Benefit?

    Everyone is welcome, including members & non-members;
    People who have taken “Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation” classes;
    People on the Mindful Living Path of the FCM developmental path for Dharma practice and personal transformation;
    Experienced practitioners who want to go deeper in the core practices


    • 22 Nov 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
    • Unitarian Universalist Church in St. Pete

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings.  Please Visit St. Pete Sangha for more information.

    • 23 Nov 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Tampa Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska, Tampa
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    Register

    FCM members and their families/guests are invited to join the Florida Community of Mindfulness for a potluck Thanksgiving dinner at the Tampa Practice Center.  There is so much in life to be grateful for no matter what the outer circumstances of our life, not the least of which is our Dharma community and the supportive and kind friends we have met here. So we will gather together to express our deep appreciation for all that is good in life! 


    As part of our Buddhist aspiration to do no harm and help support the sustainability of life on our planet, we are planning this year to have a vegan/vegetarian potluck, with the emphasis on the vegan. If possible, try to brings foods which do not contain animal products (eggs, milk or cheese.)  For some of us this will be an opportunity to explore some new recipes! Everyone is being asked to bring either an appetizer, main dish/side dish, salad or dessert to share. Please register on-line to let the planners know how many will be coming with you and what food you will bring to share.  


    What should I bring?


    If you last name begins with the following letters, we suggest that you bring:


    A-D      Appetizer

    E-K      Main Dish or Side Dish

    L-O      Salad

    P-Z      Dessert


    We will meet in the Meditation Hall at 2:00 promptly to express our gratitude and then will enjoy our meal together.   If you are interested in helping with set-up, or if you can stay afterwards to help clean-up, please e-mail Candace Watson, cwatson1@tampabay.rr.com.


    * Registration closes on Tuesday, November 21st.


     

     

       

     

    • 23 Nov 2017
    • 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Tampa Center

    Thursday Evening Extended Meditation

     

    Every Thursday evening from 7:15 to 9:00 pm in the Tampa practice center meditation hall (please try to arrive about 10 minutes early). Enter and remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer. Enter the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.


    Our teacher Fred leads this weekly extended evening meditation, which is open to all. The evening will consist of two 35-minute sitting meditation periods, with formal walking meditation in-between. These extended meditation periods offer students the opportunity to deepen their practices of mindfulness, concentration and insight. 


    While meditation is occurring Fred offers private interviews in the Center's downstairs Interview Room to FCM members (those who have become Fred’s students) - please visit Membership for more information. Interviews are conducted in the Zen “dokusan" tradition – going alone to visit the teacher. No advance sign-up occurs for interviews; instead, students line up at the back of the meditation hall and the personal interviews unfold, one following the other, as time permits. The length of each interview may range from 5 to 15 minutes, depending on the situation. Dokusan pertains to issues that arise in the student's personal meditation practice and their life experiences of integrating the teachings into their daily life, not with intellectual or theoretical matters. 


    • 24 Nov 2017
    • 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Friday Sunrise Meditation


    When and Where: Every Friday morning from 7:00 to 8:00 am at the Tampa practice center meditation hall. Remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer (please leave phones, water and other personal items in the foyer or in your car), and come into the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.


    You are welcome to join us in silence anytime between 7:00 to 8:00 am for the Sunrise Meditation, where we will sit for 30 minutes, walk for 5 minutes, and sit for another 30 minutes. The meditation will be totally in silence.



    • 24 Nov 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM Center, Tampa
    Wake Up Tampa Bay is a  mindfulness and meditation group for people in their 20s & 30s. We meet every other Friday from 7:00pm to 8:30pm in the Meditation Hall to practice sitting and walking mediation as well as to share about our engagement with the practices of mindfulness and the Buddha's teachings in our lives. 


    Please feel comfortable coming late and leaving early as needed. Afterwards join us for tea and snacks.


    There is no charge for this event.


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


    *All Wake Up Tampa Bay events are alcohol, drug, and animal product free. Everyone in their 20s and 30s are welcome, but we ask that all who come do so with a clear mind and an open heart. Please leave cynicism and offensive speech at the door, and if you are intoxicated, we ask that you wait for another time to join us.
    • 26 Nov 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings. Please visit Tampa Sangha for more information.

    • 26 Nov 2017
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Green Monkey Yoga Studio, Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108
    Monthly Orientation

    A one-hour orientation for newcomers is offered the last Sunday of each month at 5:00p.m. Please contact naples-meditation@floridamindfulness.org , if you plan to attend.

    The Green Monkey Yoga Studio is located at Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108. Peacock Court is across U.S. 41 from Barnes & Noble. Wheelchair access is available.


    • 26 Nov 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Green Monkey Yoga Studio, Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings.  Please visit Naples Sangha for more information.


    The Green Monkey Yoga Studio is located at Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108. Peacock Court is across U.S. 41 from Barnes & Noble. Wheelchair access is available.


    • 27 Nov 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • FCM Center, Tampa
    A weekly gentle yoga class relaxes, stretches, and replenishes the mind, body, and spirit. Find comfort in your meditation seat by bringing flexibility and joint freedom into your practice. This class is taught by Evelyn Greenfield. Evelyn has taught yoga since 2002, and her experience and lovely presentation in teaching creates a truly relaxing and nourishing environment for yoga practice.

    Classes are free for FCM members (dana is always appreciated) and $10 each for non-members. No registration is required.
    • 28 Nov 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    • FCM Tampa Center, Main Meditation Hall

    This weekly meditation group is open to everyone in recovery: AA, NA, Alanon, and other programs. It is also for those trying to spend less time on the internet, Facebook, TV, shopping, etc. Please join us to learn more about the 11th Step (Prayer and Meditation) and how to make it part of your daily life. Meditation is easy to learn and will help you cultivate a rich and rewarding spiritual practice, one that will support you in realizing the promises.

     

    People who practice meditation report reduced stress, greater peace, more clarity and happiness in their lives. They sleep better and have an increased ability to concentrate. These are some of the benefits of adding meditation to your recovery program.

     

    Everybody is welcome, whether you are just starting out or have been meditating for a while. The evenings will be led by teachers with a foundation in both meditation and recovery.

     

    • 28 Nov 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • The Renaissance School, 37 Barkley Circle, Fort Myers, FL

    Midweek Mindfulness offers a supplement to the Naples Sunday Sangha. We practice silent meditation for 30 minutes; walking meditation for 15 minutes; sharing of personal mindfulness practice experiences and Dharma discussion of a reading or teaching for 45 minutes.

     

    Contact:  Anne Kracmer, alkracmer@comcast.net239-826-1557

    • 29 Nov 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 6:50 PM
    • FCM Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    Qigong is Chinese yoga and meditation that involves gentle but surprisingly effective ways of moving and caring for the mind and body. It uses low-impact exercises drawn from Daoism, Buddhism, traditional Chinese health practices, and even Asian martial arts traditions. Sessions include 50 minutes of simple warm-up exercises and short movement forms to stretch and condition the body. Appropriate for beginners and people with more experience. This class currently meets on Wednesday evenings 6:00 – 6:50 at the FCM Practice Center.

    There is no charge for this class, but donations are gratefully accepted. All are welcome regardless of ability to contribute.
    • 29 Nov 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Wednesday Evening
    Meditations for Mindful Living


    We aspire to enjoy our life and our relationships with others. To be fully present to ourselves and those around us and to live life with ease and awareness. Yet, we often find that our daily life is just opposite. Lost in our thoughts and our personal dramas, we miss the beauty and simplicity of our life and relationships.  Instead of enjoying the roses in life, we remain lost the endless spinning of our minds.


    We need to transform how we relate to life and mindfulness is a powerful tool to accomplish this goal.  It will facilitate a profound shift that will enable us to stabilize our minds, meaningfully ground ourselves in everyday reality and can be used to heal the psycho-emotional wounds that we may carry within us from our past.  The practice of mindfulness, of learning how to be fully present, focused and aware of what’s going on in and around us right now, is the practice that allows this transformation to occur.


    Wednesday evening meditations for mindful living, based on the wonderful teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village tradition, are designed to help us build a daily life that is grounded and stable with greater clarity and ease.   


    Teachings
    Mindfulness: Learning to live in the present moment; cultivating a happy, peaceful mind “here and now”
    Emotional healing: the dangers of spiritual by-passing
    Four Foundations of Mindfulness
    Five Mindfulness Trainings


    Practices
    Sitting, body/breath, walking mindfulness meditation
    Deep relaxation
    Mindful communication
    Working with stress, afflictive emotions and difficult mind states
    Mindfulness practices for daily life, including work and relationships


    Who Will Benefit?

    Everyone is welcome, including members & non-members;
    People who have taken “Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation” classes;
    People on the Mindful Living Path of the FCM developmental path for Dharma practice and personal transformation;
    Experienced practitioners who want to go deeper in the core practices


    • 29 Nov 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
    • Unitarian Universalist Church in St. Pete

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings.  Please Visit St. Pete Sangha for more information.

    • 30 Nov 2017
    • 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Tampa Center

    Thursday Evening Extended Meditation

     

    Every Thursday evening from 7:15 to 9:00 pm in the Tampa practice center meditation hall (please try to arrive about 10 minutes early). Enter and remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer. Enter the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.


    Our teacher Fred leads this weekly extended evening meditation, which is open to all. The evening will consist of two 35-minute sitting meditation periods, with formal walking meditation in-between. These extended meditation periods offer students the opportunity to deepen their practices of mindfulness, concentration and insight. 


    While meditation is occurring Fred offers private interviews in the Center's downstairs Interview Room to FCM members (those who have become Fred’s students) - please visit Membership for more information. Interviews are conducted in the Zen “dokusan" tradition – going alone to visit the teacher. No advance sign-up occurs for interviews; instead, students line up at the back of the meditation hall and the personal interviews unfold, one following the other, as time permits. The length of each interview may range from 5 to 15 minutes, depending on the situation. Dokusan pertains to issues that arise in the student's personal meditation practice and their life experiences of integrating the teachings into their daily life, not with intellectual or theoretical matters. 


    • 01 Dec 2017
    • 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Friday Sunrise Meditation


    When and Where: Every Friday morning from 7:00 to 8:00 am at the Tampa practice center meditation hall. Remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer (please leave phones, water and other personal items in the foyer or in your car), and come into the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.


    You are welcome to join us in silence anytime between 7:00 to 8:00 am for the Sunrise Meditation, where we will sit for 30 minutes, walk for 5 minutes, and sit for another 30 minutes. The meditation will be totally in silence.



    • 02 Dec 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa
    Register

    Please join us Saturday, December 2nd, from 8:30 to 11:30 am to lend a hand with the ongoing transformation and maintenance of our practice center in Tampa. We will begin the day in the meditation hall at 8:30 am with sitting meditation in preparation for our mindful work, which will commence around 9:00 am after an orientation by work day leaders. There will be both indoor and outdoor tasks in need of our joyful attention. Please wear old clothes, sturdy closed-toe shoes and bring work gloves if you have them, for those who may work outside. Snacks and water will be provided.


    General Schedule for Selfless Service Work Mornings:

    8:30am Sitting Practice in Meditation Hall

    8:45 Introduction to Mindful Work & Overview of Mindful Work for the morning

    9:00 Mindful work

    11:00-11:30 Clean up and Tea Together

    Please contact Maria Sgambati with questions (sgambati2012@gmail.com / cell: 202.486.6491)


    • 02 Dec 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33604
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