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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

    • 26 Sep 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. 

    This class is led by Steven Geisz. Steve is a Certified Full Instructor in the Healing Tao qigong system of Mantak Chia, a student in the multi-year qigong-teacher-training program of Ken Cohen, and a 500-hour registered yoga teacher (RYT 500).

    There is no charge for this class, but donations are gratefully accepted. All are welcome regardless of ability to contribute.
    • 26 Sep 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


    • 26 Sep 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.

    • 27 Sep 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. 


    • 28 Sep 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.



    • 28 Sep 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)


    • 28 Sep 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 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. 


    This week we will be joined by Dharma teacher Fred Eppsteiner who will answer any questions participants have about applying the teachings and practices into their daily 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 and drug 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.
    • 30 Sep 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.

    • 30 Sep 2018
    • 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
    • Tampa (Lotus Hall in Ed Building) and Via Zoom
    • 11
    Register

    If you are a new member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness please join us on September 30, 2018 at 12:15 in the Lotus Hall in Tampa or via Zoom teleconference for an informative session on membership in our community.


    This event will feature a brief overview of FCM membership, including intensives, mentorships, and selfless service opportunities, followed by Q and A. Light refreshments will be served in Tampa.


    Your hosts will be FCM's David Braasch, Membership Coordinator, and Maria Sgambati, Selfless Service Coordinator.



    • 30 Sep 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • FLŌYŌ, 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.

    FLŌYŌYoga 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 Sep 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FLŌYŌ, Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108

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


    FLŌYŌ 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.


    • 01 Oct 2018
    • All locations
    Registration is closed

    Dharma Path Fall 2018 Intensive

    Seeing Clearly: The Path of Dharma, A Three-Month Practice Intensive

    October 1 – December 17, 2018

     

    “Just as the great ocean has one taste, the taste of salt, so also this teaching and discipline has one taste, the taste of liberation.” --   The Buddha

     

    Our practice of mindful living helps us to be less unconsciously tossed about emotional afflictions and negative habit energies, more grounded and sure-footed in daily life, and more stable and open in our relationships. It provides a solid foundation for embarking upon the path of transformation and awakening, a life of meaning and purpose.

    However, mindful living and mindfulness meditation are not enough to free us from our historical conditioning and misperception of what’s actually occurring in our reality. Without clear seeing and correct view, we will continue to be “asleep,” misinterpreting reality and making choices and decisions based on distorted thinking and emotional confusion. We will continue to suffer as we are endlessly tossed about by the forces of our habit energies and self-centered interpretations and projections.

    The teachings of the Buddha – the “Dharma” - offer us a path that leads out of this suffering and to awakening and liberation. For more than forty years after his own awakening, the Buddha gave many wonderful teachings to help students develop both wisdom and compassion, the essential foundations for this awakening. For over 2600 years, these teachings have been transmitted and expounded upon by realized beings, right up to the present day.

     

    In our “Seeing Clearly: The Path of Dharma” Intensive that begins October 1, we will step onto this wonderful spiritual path together to explore the following:

    • What it means to be on a spiritual path, including taking refuge, finding and working with a spiritual teacher, and living an altruistic life.
    • How one re-orients from the conditioned, worldly perspectives that cause suffering into the direction of the Path of Dharma, in particular through practices such as the Mind turnings and the Immeasurables.
    • The foundational teachings of the Buddhist path: We will introduce and reflect on core teachings, from the Four Noble Truths to the Three Marks of Existence, and more.

    This intensive is considered an entry point to the Dharma Path and is open to those who have previously participated in a Mindful Living Path or Dharma Path Intensive with FCM, or with permission from the intensive leaders, Ken and Angie.

     

    Participants in this Intensive will be provided with a path of practice that will include mentoring, readings, meditation practices, and daily living assignments. Dharma talks by the senior students leading the Intensive will be offered through Zoom video-conferencing. Mentoring by senior students will be offered in small groups (mentoring groups)  also using Zoom video-conferencing. You will be asked to indicate your preferences for available meeting times of your mentoring group when you register for the Intensive, so please have your calendar handy before you click to register.

     

    Peer group meetings, offered in-person or by Zoom, will provide an opportunity for participants to share and provide mutual support to each other.  For this Intensive, peer groups will be on an optional, drop-in basis. Finally, Fred will offer a Forum in Tampa to answer questions and interact with participants. The Forum will be live-streamed so that those in other locations can participate.

     

    The commitments for this Intensive are listed below. Before registering for the Intensive please read the commitments and reflect carefully on whether you will be able to keep them.

     

    Commitments for each Intensive participant:

    1.    Minimum of one hour of daily formal meditative practice, study, and/or other practices related to this Intensive

    2.    Participate in your assigned bi-weekly video-conference mentoring group

    3.    Be present for the Zoom Dharma Talks

    4.    Be present for the Forum with Fred, in person or by livestream

    5.    Read all Dharma texts assigned for the Intensive

    6.    Attend all the practice periods of your Sangha during the Intensive, as possible

     

    There is a suggested donation of $100 associated with this Intensive. This is a suggested donation, and participants are free to donate more or less, depending on one’s individual practice of Dana and one’s  financial situation. You may pay on-line when you register, or send your check made out to the Florida Community of Mindfulness (FCM) to Florida Community of Mindfulness, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33604.

     

    This Intensive will begin on October 1st and end on December 17th. Readings and Zoom teleconference/phone call instructions will be announced once registration has been completed. Dharma texts to be read will be announced once registration has been completed.

     

    Registration will close on September 14th. To ensure you register on time, please register immediately or mark the registration closing date in your calendar now.

     

    REGISTRATION PROCEDURES:

    Please read the information below before you click to register.

     

    Mentoring Groups. When you register, you will also be asked to indicate your preferences for the Mentoring Groups offered through Zoom. The following 11 mentoring groups will be listed, and you will be required to score each group as one of the following:

    • my first choice
    • my second choice
    • could do but not preferred
    • cannot do.

    If there is more than one group that will work well for you, please mark all these as “my first choice.” This will provide us with added flexibility in making group assignments. Please have your calendar available when you register so that you can complete this part of the registration process accurately.


    Group #1: Tuesday 8:00-9:00 am Oct 9 & 23, Nov 6 & 20, Dec 4

    Group #2: Tuesdays 8:00-9:00 am Oct 16 & 30, Nov 13 & 27, Dec 11

    Group #3: Tuesdays 6:00-7:00 pm Oct 16 & 30, Nov 13 & 27, Dec 11

    Group #4: Wednesdays 7:30-8:30 am Oct 10 & 24, Nov 7 & 21, Dec 5

    Group #5: Wednesdays 7:30-8:30 am Oct 17 & 31, Nov 14 & 28, Dec 12

    Group #6: Wednesdays 2:00-3:00 pm Oct 17 & 31, Nov 14 & 28, Dec 12

    Group #7: Wednesdays 5:30-6:30 pm Oct 10 & 24, Nov 7 & 21, Dec 5

    Group #8: Wednesdays 5:30-6:30 pm Oct 17 & 31, Nov 14 & 28, Dec 12

    Group #9: Thursdays 8:00-9:00 am Oct 11 & 25, Nov 8 (Nov 22 to be reassigned), Dec 6

    Group #10: Thursdays 7:00-8:00 pm Oct 18, Nov 1, 15 & 29, Dec 13

    Group #11: Thursdays 6:00-7:00 pm Oct 11 & 25, Nov 8 & 14, Dec 6

      

    Choices for optional Peer Groups: Fort Myers, Naples, St. Petersburg, Tampa, or by Phone. For Tampa only, please indicate your preferred meeting time (Sundays at 8:40-9:40 am or Sundays at 12:45-1:45 pm). Please indicate all the choices that you would be able to attend.


    Intensive Leaders

    Ken Lenington has had a meditative practice in various traditions starting in 1970. He was drawn to the Plum Village (Thich Nhat Hanh) tradition in the 1990s and began practicing in that tradition with a sangha in 2003. He met Fred Eppsteiner at the Southern Dharma Retreat Center in 2004 and has been his student since then. Within the FCM he has mentored new members, OI aspirants, and Intensive participants over the course of several years. He retired in 2015 from his work as a psychiatrist and addiction medicine specialist, which included utilizing mindfulness and meditation both with patients he worked with as well as teaching other mental health professionals. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina, where he is active with the local Thich Nhat Hanh Sangha and also leads a mindfulness practice group.


    Angie Parrish has been a student of Buddhism and mindfulness for over 20 years. After a 1999 retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh, she became a student of Fred Eppsteiner's and a member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness. Angie brought the fruits of her experience in mindfulness and meditation into her professional career as an employee benefits consultant for a wide variety of organizations, including many employee training programs. She now serves as Executive Director of FCM and is a frequent teacher of mindful living classes, including being a Qualified teacher of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction. 

    • 01 Oct 2018
    • All locations
    Registration is closed

    Mindful Living Path Fall 2018 Intensive:

    Calming & Transforming the Mind Through Mindfulness:

    An Intensive on the Practice of Full Awareness of the Breath

    October 1 – December 17

     

    This Fall's Mindful Living Path Intensive will return us to a foundational teaching and practice of our tradition.  One of the oldest teachings of the Buddha relates to using the breath to develop mindfulness, concentration and insight in order to calm and stabilize the mind, and to develop equanimity and serenity.  These teachings are presented in the Full Awareness of the Breath Sutra (Anapanasati Sutta).  This sutra offers sixteen specific meditations to facilitate the practitioner’s capacity to realize the fruits of these teachings in their consciousness and in daily life.  Much ground is covered in these exercises, so to keep our practice focused, we will be working exclusively with the first 12 exercises in this Intensive.  Working sequentially with each of these meditations, this Intensive will be an opportunity to develop a calm, stable, and joyful mind, and to consciously bring these practices into our daily interactions and activities in order to transform our lives.  

     

    Participants in this Intensive will be provided with a path of practice that will include a mentor, readings, and assigned weekly meditation and daily life practices.  Bi-weekly group mentoring video-conference calls on Zoom will provide individual guidance and support.   Four Dharma talks by senior students, Bryan Hindert and Tammy Klein, will be offered to participants by Zoom.  Small group meetings offered bi-weekly, in-person or by Zoom, will provide an opportunity for participants to share deeply and provide mutual support to each other.  In addition, Fred will offer two Forums in Tampa to answer questions and interact with participants.  These Forums will be Zoomed so that those in other locations can participate.

     

    If you have any questions about this Intensive or whether it is appropriate for you, contact Bryan Hindert at bbhindert@gmail.com or Tammy Klein at tammywklein@gmail.com.

     

    Commitments for each Intensive participant:

    Study & Practice:

    ·       Spend a minimum of 30 minutes daily in formal meditative practice.

    ·       Read the Dharma texts assigned for the Intensive.

    ·       Regularly attend weekly meditation and Days of Mindfulness during the
      Intensive, as possible.

     

    Participate in Assigned Practice Groups:

    ·       Be present for the monthly Dharma Talks (via Zoom)

    ·       Participate in your assigned bi-weekly Mentor Groups (via Zoom)

    ·       Be present for the Forums with Fred (in person or by Zoom)

    ·       Participate in your assigned bi-weekly Peer Groups  (in person or via  
      Zoom)

     

    There is a suggested donation of $100 associated with this Intensive. This is a suggested donation, and participants are free to donate more or less, depending on their individual practice of Dana and their financial situation.  You may pay on-line or send your check made out to the Florida Community of Mindfulness (FCM) to Florida Community of Mindfulness, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33604.

     

    Please note that participation in this Intensive is only open to members of FCM. For information about membership, please access our website at www.floridamindulness.org.

     

    This Intensive will begin on October 1 and end on December 17.  Readings and Zoom teleconference/phone call instructions will be announced once registration has been completed.

     

    Registration will close on September 14.  To ensure you register on time, please register immediately or mark the registration closing date in your calendar now.


    REGISTRATION PROCEDURES: 

    Please read the information below before you click to register.

     

    Mentoring Groups. When you register, you will also be asked to indicate your preferences for the Mentoring Groups offered through Zoom.  The following 11 mentoring groups will be listed, and you will be required to score each group as one of the following:

    o   my first choice

    o   my second choice

    o   could do but not preferred

    o   cannot do. 

     

    If there is more than one group that will work well for you, please mark all these as “my first choice.” This will provide us with added flexibility in making groups assignments. Please have your calendar available when you register so that you can complete this part of the registration process accurately. 

     

    Mentoring Group #1 -  Monday Mornings 7:30 - 8:30 am  ( Oct 8 & 22,  Nov 5 &19, Dec 3 )

    Mentoring Group #2  - Tuesday Evenings 5:30 - 6:30 pm   ( Oct 9 & 23, Nov 6 & 20. Dec 4 )

    Mentoring Group #3  - Wednesday Mornings 10:00 - 11:00 am   ( Oct 10 & 24, Nov 7 & 21, Dec 5 )

    Mentoring Group #4 - Thursday Evenings 5:30 - 6:30 pm  ( Oct 11 & 25, Nov 8 & 22, Dec 6 )

    Mentoring Group #5 - Monday Evenings 6:30 - 7:30 pm   ( Oct 15 & 29, Nov 12 & 26, Dec 10 )

    Mentoring Group #6 - Tuesday Mornings 7:30 - 8:30 am   ( Oct 16 & 30, Nov 13 & 27, Dec 11 )

    Mentoring Group #7 - Tuesday Evenings 5:30 - 6:30 pm   ( Oct 16 & 30, Nov 13 & 27, Dec 11 )

    Mentoring Group #8 - Tuesday Evenings 6:30 - 7:30 pm  ( Oct 16 & 30, Nov 13 & 27, Dec 11 )

    Mentoring Group #9 - Wednesday Mornings 10:00 - 11:00 am  ( Oct 17 & 31, Nov 14 & 28, Dec 12 )


    Choices for Peer Groups: Fort Myers, Naples, St. Petersburg, Tampa, or by Phone. For Tampa only, please indicate your preferred meeting times (Sundays 8:40-9:40 or Sundays 12:45-1:45). Please indicate all the choices that you would be able to attend.

    • 01 Oct 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 member and certified yoga teacher Clara Lowe. She has taught yoga for over 10 years.


    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.

    • 01 Oct 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33604 (Fellowship Hall)
    Awareness of death and its inevitability is a key part of our Buddhist practice and yet the awareness often fades into the background with our busy lives. Death Cafes at FCM will be monthly drop-in opportunities to talk with other FCM members about death and dying. They will be held on the first Monday of each month from 7:30 to 9:00 pm at the Tampa Practice Center.

    Participating in Death Cafes will help members deepen their personal awareness of death, normalize conversations about death within our community, and make it easier to talk with our families and friends about this “elephant in the living room” fact of life.

    Through deep sharing and listening and open ended discussion, we will be able to reflect on the subjects of impermanence and death, and talk about whatever is on our minds, including our concerns, fears, questions and insights surrounding the topic of end of life. As we talk, we will sit together and informally enjoy tea and finger food.

    Death Cafes have become a widespread phenomena in Europe, America and Australia. Based on the work of  Bernard Crettaz, a Swiss sociologist and anthropologist, and championed by Jon Underwood in England, the basic idea of Death Cafes is that it is extremely valuable to simply talk about death. Two of our members, Marilyn Warlick and Laura Starkey will be the FCM Death Cafe facilitators. 

    The group will meet monthly in the comfortable living room area in the Fellowship Hall. You can drop-in to a Death Cafe for a one time experience or plan to come each month to talk about the important topic of death and dying. Please note that the group gatherings are intended as discussion groups rather than as grief support or counseling sessions. Please join us!

    If you have any questions, please contact Marilyn at marilynruth21@gmail.com or Laura at lastarkey12@msn.com.



    • 02 Oct 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.

     

    • 02 Oct 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

    • 03 Oct 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.

    • 03 Oct 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. 

    This class is led by Steven Geisz. Steve is a Certified Full Instructor in the Healing Tao qigong system of Mantak Chia, a student in the multi-year qigong-teacher-training program of Ken Cohen, and a 500-hour registered yoga teacher (RYT 500).

    There is no charge for this class, but donations are gratefully accepted. All are welcome regardless of ability to contribute.
    • 03 Oct 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


    • 03 Oct 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.

    • 04 Oct 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. 


    • 05 Oct 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.



    • 05 Oct 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.
    • 06 Oct 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)


    • 07 Oct 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).
    • 07 Oct 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Tampa Center (Education Building)
    Register
    The Family & Teen Program is held during Sunday Meditation at the Tampa Practice Center for  FCM members' children. We generally schedule the program twice a month.  See our Calendar for dates. 


    We have programs for each of these three age groups during Sunday Mediation.  

    • Lotus Buds (0 to kindergarten)
    • Dharma Buds (grades 1-5) 
    • Sangha Teens (grades 6-12)*

    Registration for the 2018/19 School Year

    If you are a member, and would like your children (or grandchildren) to participate in the program, please register for the 2018/19 school year (or portion of it that is left.) You only have to register once for the school year.


    Want more Information?

    Please visit our web page .


    Want to Visit?

    If you are a new member or considering membership and would like to have your child visit the program contact: Karuna at family-program-coordinator@floridamindfulness.org


    The Family & Teen Program is committed to fostering mindfulness, understanding and compassion in the lives of our children and their families by providing a safe and mindful environment with activities inspired by Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village tradition.



    *Please note that we have discontinued our Sunday afternoon Mindful Teen Group and invite teens whose parents are members to participate in the Middle and High School Students Program during Sunday Meditation.  We are planning to hold a Half Day Mindful Teen Retreat open to members and nonmembers on Saturday afternoon, Nov 3.

    • 07 Oct 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.

    • 07 Oct 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FLŌYŌ, Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108

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


    FLŌYŌ 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.


    • 08 Oct 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 member and certified yoga teacher Clara Lowe. She has taught yoga for over 10 years.


    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.

    • 09 Oct 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.

     

    • 09 Oct 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

    • 10 Oct 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. 

    This class is led by Steven Geisz. Steve is a Certified Full Instructor in the Healing Tao qigong system of Mantak Chia, a student in the multi-year qigong-teacher-training program of Ken Cohen, and a 500-hour registered yoga teacher (RYT 500).

    There is no charge for this class, but donations are gratefully accepted. All are welcome regardless of ability to contribute.
    • 10 Oct 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


    • 10 Oct 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.

    • 11 Oct 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. 


    • 12 Oct 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.



    • 12 Oct 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)


    • 13 Oct 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Inner Light Center, 4810 Hickory Wood Dr, Naples, FL 34119
    • 29
    Register

    MEMBER FORUM WITH THE TEACHER


    Please join us for an FCM Member Forum with our Teacher on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 pm at Inner Light Center, 4810 Hickory Wood Dr, Naples, FL 34119.


    The morning will include meditation and an extended period to ask our teacher, Fred Eppsteiner, questions regarding personal practice, mindfulness practice, the new Practice Center in Tampa, or other questions dealing with Mindful Living. Questions may be asked spontaneously during the Forum or placed in the bell to be read aloud.


    If you have your own cushion, please bring it with you. Some additional cushions, as well as chairs will be available for those who need them.


    While this event is free and open to all FCM members, it is necessary to register in advance. Your generosity in providing a donation, or dana, for the use of the facility and the support of FCM is gratefully accepted and encouraged. 


    For more information you can contact - Anthony Pollitt, fanthonypollitt@gmail.com

     

     

     

     


     

     

    • 13 Oct 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 Betsy Arizu, an opportunity for questions and answers, silent lunch, some lazy time, and mindful movements. 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 to help with our planning and set-up.  Because many people have expressed a desire to make donations online rather than bringing cash or a check to the Day of Mindfulness, we offer several registration options that permit an online donation. However, please understand that you do not need to make an online donation to register and that we welcome any support you may wish to offer in our "dana bowl" at the Day of Mindfulness itself. Your generosity in providing a donation or "Dana" for the support of our teacher and Practice Center is greatly appreciated.

     

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

           
    While this event is free and open to all practitioners, it is necessary to register in advance to help with our planning and set-up.  Because many people have expressed a desire to make donations online rather than bringing cash or a check to the Day of Mindfulness, we offer several registration options that permit an online donation. However, please understand that you do not need to make an online donation to register and that we welcome any support you may wish to offer in our "begging bowl" at the Day of Mindfulness itself. Your generosity in providing a donation or "Dana" for the support of our teacher and Practice Center is greatly appreciated.
    • 13 Oct 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • FCM, Education Building
    • 58
    Register

    Our next Movie Night in Tampa will feature Paths of the Soul.  


    This beautiful film chronicles the journey of the residents of a Tibetan Village in Nyima on their 1,200 km pilgrimage to Lhasa and its Jokhang Temple, one of the most revered sites of Tibetan Buddhism.  In the film we glimpse the simplicity of human relationships and the nature of family, suffering and resolve as this group of ordinary villagers walk while doing continuous prostrations on this long and incredible journey.  Their inspiring Buddhist devotion and practice is woven into every facet of their lives. The film was written, directed and produced by Chinese filmmaker, Zhang Yang and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015. The photography is stunning, as is its rare look at Buddhism in Tibet today. 


    We look forward to your joining us! 









    • 14 Oct 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.

    • 14 Oct 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FLŌYŌ, Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108

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


    FLŌYŌ 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.


    • 15 Oct 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 member and certified yoga teacher Clara Lowe. She has taught yoga for over 10 years.


    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.

    • 16 Oct 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.

     

    • 16 Oct 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

    • 16 Oct 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    • 3
    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 16, 23, 30 and November 6 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.     
    • 17 Oct 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. 

    This class is led by Steven Geisz. Steve is a Certified Full Instructor in the Healing Tao qigong system of Mantak Chia, a student in the multi-year qigong-teacher-training program of Ken Cohen, and a 500-hour registered yoga teacher (RYT 500).

    There is no charge for this class, but donations are gratefully accepted. All are welcome regardless of ability to contribute.
    • 17 Oct 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


    • 17 Oct 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.

    • 18 Oct 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. 


    • 19 Oct 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.



    • 19 Oct 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)


    • 19 Oct 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.
    • 21 Oct 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Tampa Center (Education Building)
    Register
    The Family & Teen Program is held during Sunday Meditation at the Tampa Practice Center for  FCM members' children. We generally schedule the program twice a month.  See our Calendar for dates. 


    We have programs for each of these three age groups during Sunday Mediation.  

    • Lotus Buds (0 to kindergarten)
    • Dharma Buds (grades 1-5) 
    • Sangha Teens (grades 6-12)*

    Registration for the 2018/19 School Year

    If you are a member, and would like your children (or grandchildren) to participate in the program, please register for the 2018/19 school year (or portion of it that is left.) You only have to register once for the school year.


    Want more Information?

    Please visit our web page .


    Want to Visit?

    If you are a new member or considering membership and would like to have your child visit the program contact: Karuna at family-program-coordinator@floridamindfulness.org


    The Family & Teen Program is committed to fostering mindfulness, understanding and compassion in the lives of our children and their families by providing a safe and mindful environment with activities inspired by Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village tradition.



    *Please note that we have discontinued our Sunday afternoon Mindful Teen Group and invite teens whose parents are members to participate in the Middle and High School Students Program during Sunday Meditation.  We are planning to hold a Half Day Mindful Teen Retreat open to members and nonmembers on Saturday afternoon, Nov 3.

    • 21 Oct 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.

    • 21 Oct 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FLŌYŌ, Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108

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


    FLŌYŌ 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.


    • 22 Oct 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 member and certified yoga teacher Clara Lowe. She has taught yoga for over 10 years.


    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.

    • 23 Oct 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.

     

    • 23 Oct 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

    • 24 Oct 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. S