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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

    • 21 Feb 2018
    • 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.
    • 21 Feb 2018
    • 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


    • 21 Feb 2018
    • 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.

    • 22 Feb 2018
    • 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Tampa Center

    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. 


    • 23 Feb 2018
    • 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.



    • 23 Feb 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa

    All are welcome to join us Friday mornings for our weekly Selfless Service work days to help with the ongoing transformation and maintenance of our practice center in Tampa. There will be both indoor and outdoor tasks in need of our joyful attention. For those who may work outside, please wear old clothes, sturdy closed-toe shoes and bring work gloves if you have them, for those who may work outside. A light breakfast will be provided. No registration is necessary. Please feel free to come when you can and leave when you have to.


    General Schedule for Friday Selfless Service Work Mornings:

    7:00am-8:00am - Sunrise Meditation
    8:00am-8:30am - Light breakfast provided by FCM 
    8:30am -10:15am - Work meditation

    10:15-10:30am - Closing circle

     

    Please contact Candace Watson (cwatson1@tampabay.rr.com) or Maria Sgambati with questions (sgambati2012@gmail.com / cell:202.486.6491)


    • 23 Feb 2018
    • 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.
    • 25 Feb 2018
    • 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.

    • 25 Feb 2018
    • 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.


    • 25 Feb 2018
    • 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.


    • 26 Feb 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • FCM Center, Tampa

    A 60-minute, gentle, mindfulness-based yoga class appropriate for all levels. No previous yoga or meditation experience is required. In class, participants are encouraged to: 

    • Practice mindful awareness of the breath and the body together 
    • Develop an awareness of body sensations and the alignment of the body 
    • Utilize yoga props (provided) to encourage an acceptance of bodily limitations and conditions 
    • Stay present in the practice without judgement of self or others 

    Each class includes:

    • 5-10 minute meditation at the beginning to become grounded, aware and mindful in the present moment 
    • may include guided breath work (pranayama) 
    • posture sequences that may include floor, seated, and/or standing poses which can be modified for all levels 
    • 5-10 minutes in final relaxation pose at the end to surrender, relax, and restore

    This class is taught by FCM community members and yoga teachers Evelyn Greenfield and Becky Brown. Evelyn has taught yoga since 2002 and Becky since 2007.


    Classes are offered freely for members of FCM & former FCM MBSR students. A $10 fee is requested from non-members to help support FCM and the space offered. No registration is required.




    • 27 Feb 2018
    • 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.

     

    • 27 Feb 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Caloosahatchee Mindfulness 6719 Winkler Rd. Suite 100 Fort Myers, FL 33919

    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

    • 27 Feb 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave. Tampa, FL 33604
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    Register

    THE IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE FOR THIS CLASS AT THE TAMPA PRACTICE CENTER IS NOW OPEN TO FCM MEMBERS AND NONMEMBERS.  LIVESTREAMING  ATTENDANCE IS OPEN FOR MEMBERS ONLY.  


    Have you ever wondered what would happen if you had a serious accident or illness and were unable to speak for yourself? Would your family know what medical interventions you wanted? Would they be able to ensure that your wishes are met?


    Arwyn Elden, from Empath Choices For Care, will offer a class on advance care planning for FCM members and their families and friends. Participants will be given the opportunity to explore personal values and preferences about how you would like to be cared for if you were unable to care for yourself. This valuable tool can give you and your family the confidence and peace of mind to carry out your wishes.   


    If you are an FCM Memer, you can register to attend via Livestream (for Livestream attendance, please click here to register on that page). 


    The objectives for this class are for participants to:

    • Assess values to determine needs at the end of life
    • Learn how to initiate essential conversations about quality of life and goals of care in regard to medical decision-making
    • Understand how and why we need to choose a health-care surrogate
    • Review how to complete and utilize a living will 
    This class is sponsored by Empath Choices for Care.

    Arwyn Elden, LCSW is the Community Outreach Counselor for Empath Choices for Care, a member of Empath Health. Arwyn provides professional education, community outreach and information, and individual or group assistance with creating living wills.

    Arwyn has been involved in advance care planning since 2000. Her experience includes clinical work in hospice and hospital settings, as well as public education and teaching. She holds a Master’s degree from Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for the State of Florida. 


    Arwyn Elden, LCSW

    Hospice Counselor

     

    Empath Choices for Care| Empath Health

    5771 Roosevelt Blvd.,

    Clearwater, FL 33760 desk: 727.536.7364 fax: 727. 536.7365 arwynelden@empathhealth.org

     

    Live more at EmpathHealth.org



    • 27 Feb 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave. Tampa, FL 33604
    Register

    Have you ever wondered what would happen if you had a serious accident or illness and were unable to speak for yourself? Would your family know what medical interventions you wanted? Would they be able to ensure that your wishes are met?


    Arwyn Elden, from Empath Choices For Care, will offer a class on advance care planning for FCM members and their families and friends. Participants will be given the opportunity to explore personal values and preferences about how you would like to be cared for if you were unable to care for yourself. This valuable tool can give you and your family the confidence and peace of mind to carry out your wishes.   


    You can register to attend this class in-person at the Tampa Practice Center or if you are an FCM Memer, you can register to attend via Livestream.  Please include the names of guests that will participate with you.


    The objectives for this class are for participants to:

    • Assess values to determine needs at the end of life
    • Learn how to initiate essential conversations about quality of life and goals of care in regard to medical decision-making
    • Understand how and why we need to choose a health-care surrogate
    • Review how to complete and utilize a living will 
    This class is sponsored by Empath Choices for Care.

    Arwyn Elden, LCSW is the Community Outreach Counselor for Empath Choices for Care, a member of Empath Health. Arwyn provides professional education, community outreach and information, and individual or group assistance with creating living wills.

    Arwyn has been involved in advance care planning since 2000. Her experience includes clinical work in hospice and hospital settings, as well as public education and teaching. She holds a Master’s degree from Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for the State of Florida. 


    Arwyn Elden, LCSW

    Hospice Counselor

     

    Empath Choices for Care| Empath Health

    5771 Roosevelt Blvd.,

    Clearwater, FL 33760 desk: 727.536.7364 fax: 727. 536.7365 arwynelden@empathhealth.org

     

    Live more at EmpathHealth.org



    • 28 Feb 2018
    • 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.
    • 28 Feb 2018
    • 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


    • 28 Feb 2018
    • 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.

    • 01 Mar 2018
    • 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Tampa Center

    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. 


    • 02 Mar 2018
    • 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 Mar 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa

    All are welcome to join us Friday mornings for our weekly Selfless Service work days to help with the ongoing transformation and maintenance of our practice center in Tampa. There will be both indoor and outdoor tasks in need of our joyful attention. For those who may work outside, please wear old clothes, sturdy closed-toe shoes and bring work gloves if you have them, for those who may work outside. A light breakfast will be provided. No registration is necessary. Please feel free to come when you can and leave when you have to.


    General Schedule for Friday Selfless Service Work Mornings:

    7:00am-8:00am - Sunrise Meditation
    8:00am-8:30am - Light breakfast provided by FCM 
    8:30am -10:15am - Work meditation

    10:15-10:30am - Closing circle

     

    Please contact Candace Watson (cwatson1@tampabay.rr.com) or Maria Sgambati with questions (sgambati2012@gmail.com / cell:202.486.6491)


    • 03 Mar 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa
    Register

    Please join us Saturday 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)


    • 04 Mar 2018
    • 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).
    • 04 Mar 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Tampa Center (Education Building, Community Room)

    The Family Program is held twice a month during the school year for FCM members' children and grandchildren.  If you are a new member or considering membership and would like to arrange a date to visit the program please contact Karuna or Suzy, the Family Program Coordinators.

     

        

    FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO ARRANGE A VISIT CONTACT,


    Family Program Coordinators

    Suzy: suzystudio2@gmail.com

    Karuna: karunaee@gmail.com

    • 04 Mar 2018
    • 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.

    • 04 Mar 2018
    • 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

     


    • 04 Mar 2018
    • 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.


    • 05 Mar 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • FCM Center, Tampa

    A 60-minute, gentle, mindfulness-based yoga class appropriate for all levels. No previous yoga or meditation experience is required. In class, participants are encouraged to: 

    • Practice mindful awareness of the breath and the body together 
    • Develop an awareness of body sensations and the alignment of the body 
    • Utilize yoga props (provided) to encourage an acceptance of bodily limitations and conditions 
    • Stay present in the practice without judgement of self or others 

    Each class includes:

    • 5-10 minute meditation at the beginning to become grounded, aware and mindful in the present moment 
    • may include guided breath work (pranayama) 
    • posture sequences that may include floor, seated, and/or standing poses which can be modified for all levels 
    • 5-10 minutes in final relaxation pose at the end to surrender, relax, and restore

    This class is taught by FCM community members and yoga teachers Evelyn Greenfield and Becky Brown. Evelyn has taught yoga since 2002 and Becky since 2007.


    Classes are offered freely for members of FCM & former FCM MBSR students. A $10 fee is requested from non-members to help support FCM and the space offered. No registration is required.




    • 05 Mar 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33604
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    Register

    The topics for the evening will include the following:

    • Creating a scared space at death
    • Caring for the body post death
    • Green burials and other options
    • FCM funeral/memorial services
    • Death Cafés

    This class is free. The panel presentation is open to FCM member and their guests in person at the Tampa Practice Center or via Livestream. Please register.  


    • 05 Mar 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Livestream
    Register

    The topics for the evening will include the following:

    • Creating a scared space at death
    • Caring for the body post death
    • Green burials and other options
    • FCM funeral/memorial services
    • Death Cafés

    This class is free. The panel presentation is open to FCM member and their guests in person at the Tampa Practice Center or via Livestream. Please register.  


    • 06 Mar 2018
    • 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.

     

    • 06 Mar 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Caloosahatchee Mindfulness 6719 Winkler Rd. Suite 100 Fort Myers, FL 33919

    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

    • 07 Mar 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
    • Unitarian Universalist Church in St. Pete

    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.

    • 07 Mar 2018
    • 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.
    • 07 Mar 2018
    • 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


    • 07 Mar 2018
    • 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.

    • 08 Mar 2018
    • 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Tampa Center

    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. 


    • 09 Mar 2018
    • 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.



    • 09 Mar 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa

    All are welcome to join us Friday mornings for our weekly Selfless Service work days to help with the ongoing transformation and maintenance of our practice center in Tampa. There will be both indoor and outdoor tasks in need of our joyful attention. For those who may work outside, please wear old clothes, sturdy closed-toe shoes and bring work gloves if you have them, for those who may work outside. A light breakfast will be provided. No registration is necessary. Please feel free to come when you can and leave when you have to.


    General Schedule for Friday Selfless Service Work Mornings:

    7:00am-8:00am - Sunrise Meditation
    8:00am-8:30am - Light breakfast provided by FCM 
    8:30am -10:15am - Work meditation

    10:15-10:30am - Closing circle

     

    Please contact Candace Watson (cwatson1@tampabay.rr.com) or Maria Sgambati with questions (sgambati2012@gmail.com / cell:202.486.6491)


    • 09 Mar 2018
    • 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.
    • 10 Mar 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Tampa Center 6501 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33604
    Register

    This half day is open to everyone, whether you are just beginning to meditate or have been meditating a long while. Individuals in Recovery programs and anyone else are warmly invited to attend. The theme for the day will be Who Am I When Nobody is Looking | Opening our heart as we observe the self through mindfulness.


    We’ll have guided meditations with instructions, related talks, and Q&A. At 12:30, we'll break for fellowship and lunch. Please bring your own vegetarian bag lunch.


    The day will be led by Marilyn Warlick and Ruth Fishel.


    Marilyn is an LCSW recently retired from the VA Medical Center. She worked for over 20 years teaching in residential and outpatient substance abuse programs and homeless programs. She has been a practicing member of Florida Community of Mindfulness for over 10 years. She is a retreat and workshop leader and teaches for Meditation in Recovery.


    Ruth has been meditating for over 38  years and has over 44 year of sobriety. Ruth leads workshops and retreats and is the author of a number of books. Some of these include: Time for Me: Daily Practice for a Joyful, Peaceful, Purposeful Life and Time for Peace: Peace in Our Hearts, Peace in the World. Ruth is a member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness.


    • 11 Mar 2018
    • 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.

    • 11 Mar 2018
    • 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.


    • 12 Mar 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • FCM Center, Tampa

    A 60-minute, gentle, mindfulness-based yoga class appropriate for all levels. No previous yoga or meditation experience is required. In class, participants are encouraged to: 

    • Practice mindful awareness of the breath and the body together 
    • Develop an awareness of body sensations and the alignment of the body 
    • Utilize yoga props (provided) to encourage an acceptance of bodily limitations and conditions 
    • Stay present in the practice without judgement of self or others 

    Each class includes:

    • 5-10 minute meditation at the beginning to become grounded, aware and mindful in the present moment 
    • may include guided breath work (pranayama) 
    • posture sequences that may include floor, seated, and/or standing poses which can be modified for all levels 
    • 5-10 minutes in final relaxation pose at the end to surrender, relax, and restore

    This class is taught by FCM community members and yoga teachers Evelyn Greenfield and Becky Brown. Evelyn has taught yoga since 2002 and Becky since 2007.


    Classes are offered freely for members of FCM & former FCM MBSR students. A $10 fee is requested from non-members to help support FCM and the space offered. No registration is required.




    • 12 Mar 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Caloosahatchee Mindfulness, Taylor Executive Court, 6719 Winkler Road, Suite 100, Fort Myers, Florida
    • 23
    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, March 12, 2018 continuing on March 19, 26 and April 2, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Classes will be held at the Caloosahatchee Mindfulness, Taylor Executive Court, 6719 Winkler Road, Suite 100, Fort Myers, Florida. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact Christopher Lee Nguyen at a.local.scientist@gmail.com    

    Workshop Presenters:
    Christopher Lee Nguyen BA received his BA in Communication from FGCU. He has been practicing mindfulness meditation with the Florida Community of Mindfulness since 2014. In 2015, he helped start and facilitate Wake Up Southwest Florida, an active global community of young mindfulness practitioners, inspired by the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. In 2016, he became an aspirant in Thich Nhat Hanh's Order of Interbeing. He also currently holds the rank of Sho-dan (black belt) in the Shito-Ryu Karate-Do.

    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 (MBSR) through the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness. She has facilitated mindfulness programs in Southwest Florida since 2005 and is a founding partner in Hearts' Path to Mindful Living, Inc.

    • 13 Mar 2018
    • 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.

     

    • 13 Mar 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Caloosahatchee Mindfulness 6719 Winkler Rd. Suite 100 Fort Myers, FL 33919

    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

    • 14 Mar 2018
    • 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.
    • 14 Mar 2018
    • 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


    • 14 Mar 2018
    • 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.

    • 15 Mar 2018
    • 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Tampa Center

    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. 


    • 16 Mar 2018
    • 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.



    • 16 Mar 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa

    All are welcome to join us Friday mornings for our weekly Selfless Service work days to help with the ongoing transformation and maintenance of our practice center in Tampa. There will be both indoor and outdoor tasks in need of our joyful attention. For those who may work outside, please wear old clothes, sturdy closed-toe shoes and bring work gloves if you have them, for those who may work outside. A light breakfast will be provided. No registration is necessary. Please feel free to come when you can and leave when you have to.


    General Schedule for Friday Selfless Service Work Mornings:

    7:00am-8:00am - Sunrise Meditation
    8:00am-8:30am - Light breakfast provided by FCM 
    8:30am -10:15am - Work meditation

    10:15-10:30am - Closing circle

     

    Please contact Candace Watson (cwatson1@tampabay.rr.com) or Maria Sgambati with questions (sgambati2012@gmail.com / cell:202.486.6491)


    • 17 Mar 2018
    • 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

           
    • 18 Mar 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Tampa Center (Education Building, Community Room)

    The Family Program is held twice a month during the school year for FCM members' children and grandchildren.  If you are a new member or considering membership and would like to arrange a date to visit the program please contact Karuna or Suzy, the Family Program Coordinators.

     

        

    FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO ARRANGE A VISIT CONTACT,


    Family Program Coordinators

    Suzy: suzystudio2@gmail.com

    Karuna: karunaee@gmail.com

    • 18 Mar 2018
    • 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.

    • 18 Mar 2018
    • 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
    • Tampa Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska, Meditation Hall
    • 100
    Register

    On Sunday, March 18, after Sangha we will be doing something different and something fun! Instead of tea, we will have a lunch for FCM members. It will be a potluck so we can get to know each other, especially welcome newer members to our community, and enjoy each others food and company. So if you are a member (new or old) please plan to stay for the Member Potluck on Sunday, March 18, 2018 from 12:15-1:15 in the Fellowship Hall at the Tampa Practice Center.


    Please register for this event. This is an FCM Members event and we will be announcing that tea after Sangha is cancelled that day due to a member event. Feel free to bring and register any of your family/friends that will attend Sangha that day with you. Out of town members are also welcome!  Contact Candace for Bed and Breakfast: cwatson1@tampabay.rr.com


    This potluck is vegetarian and we encourage you to experiment with vegan cooking for this meal. Suggestions for what to bring, alphabetically by last name  are as follows:


    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 (healthy- fruit and less sugary items)


    We are looking forward to seeing you there as we grow as a dynamic and engaged community!


     

     

       

     

    • 18 Mar 2018
    • 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

     


    • 18 Mar 2018
    • 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.


    • 19 Mar 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • FCM Center, Tampa

    A 60-minute, gentle, mindfulness-based yoga class appropriate for all levels. No previous yoga or meditation experience is required. In class, participants are encouraged to: 

    • Practice mindful awareness of the breath and the body together 
    • Develop an awareness of body sensations and the alignment of the body 
    • Utilize yoga props (provided) to encourage an acceptance of bodily limitations and conditions 
    • Stay present in the practice without judgement of self or others 

    Each class includes:

    • 5-10 minute meditation at the beginning to become grounded, aware and mindful in the present moment 
    • may include guided breath work (pranayama) 
    • posture sequences that may include floor, seated, and/or standing poses which can be modified for all levels 
    • 5-10 minutes in final relaxation pose at the end to surrender, relax, and restore

    This class is taught by FCM community members and yoga teachers Evelyn Greenfield and Becky Brown. Evelyn has taught yoga since 2002 and Becky since 2007.


    Classes are offered freely for members of FCM & former FCM MBSR students. A $10 fee is requested from non-members to help support FCM and the space offered. No registration is required.




    • 20 Mar 2018
    • 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.

     

    • 20 Mar 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Caloosahatchee Mindfulness 6719 Winkler Rd. Suite 100 Fort Myers, FL 33919

    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

    • 21 Mar 2018
    • 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.
    • 21 Mar 2018
    • 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


    • 21 Mar 2018
    • 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.

    • 22 Mar 2018
    • 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Tampa Center

    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. 


    • 23 Mar 2018
    • 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.



    • 23 Mar 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa

    All are welcome to join us Friday mornings for our weekly Selfless Service work days to help with the ongoing transformation and maintenance of our practice center in Tampa. There will be both indoor and outdoor tasks in need of our joyful attention. For those who may work outside, please wear old clothes, sturdy closed-toe shoes and bring work gloves if you have them, for those who may work outside. A light breakfast will be provided. No registration is necessary. Please feel free to come when you can and leave when you have to.


    General Schedule for Friday Selfless Service Work Mornings:

    7:00am-8:00am - Sunrise Meditation
    8:00am-8:30am - Light breakfast provided by FCM 
    8:30am -10:15am - Work meditation

    10:15-10:30am - Closing circle

     

    Please contact Candace Watson (cwatson1@tampabay.rr.com) or Maria Sgambati with questions (sgambati2012@gmail.com / cell:202.486.6491)


    • 23 Mar 2018
    • 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.
    • 25 Mar 2018
    • 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.