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    • 27 May 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Online (FCM members)
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    In this online session for FCM members, we will be using our minds, senses and art supplies to do simple projects that deepen our mindfulness. We also will be sharing deeply with others the thoughts, feelings and insights that arise. Each class will begin with an exercise to help us to become centered and then move on to an art activity that will help us to develop the qualities of the awakened heart.


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


    Because participants are sequestering at home, materials will be those commonly found around your house. Please join the Zoom call with everything you need 10 minutes before the class so that you have time to settle before we begin.


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

    • 28 May 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • In-Person
    Register

    Members and non-members are invited to join the FCM community in selfless service and work meditation Saturday, May 28 by participating in this Saturday's workday!

    We will begin the day together meeting under the pergola located between the Education Building and Great Cloud in preparation for our mindful work, with 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. Snacks and water will be provided.


    We encourage everyone to experience the richness of practicing together, in-person on our campus. Our safety protocols are based on CDC recommendations. Please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Safety Protocols.


    With metta,

    Molly and Bill

    • 01 Jun 2022
    • 5:30 PM
    • 05 Jun 2022
    • 1:00 PM
    • In-Person

    Fred Eppsteiner


    A Four-day Retreat for All Levels of Practitioners


    Description

    Whether your recent Dharma studies and practice have focused on exploring your relationship to the contents of experience (such as in our current Mindful Living Path Intensive) or looking into the experience of mind itself (as those on the Dharma and Wisdom paths have done), all practitioners can deepen their practice by being on retreat. Retreat gives us the opportunity for extended periods of silence, stillness and focus so that the teachings and meditations we are learning can penetrate more deeply than when we are constantly involved in the ongoing business of our daily routines.


    Fred is delighted to be offering all of us the opportunity to retreat together for four full days in June, when he will transmit the Buddha’s teachings and practices of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. These teachings were the foundation of the Buddha’s meditation system and are the basis for living a wholesome and happy life. Learning to be aware and present to both the experiences of one’s body and to the experiences of one's mind is the practice of full awareness.

    Those who are newer practitioners will benefit from the four-day immersion with these fundamental practices. Experienced practitioners who may have some experiences with the Four Foundations but who continue to, from time-to-time, be plagued by reactivity and lapses of mindfulness will also benefit by strengthening their base of practice.

    In this retreat, we will reflect and meditate deeply on these Four Foundations, and develop realistic strategies for incorporating them in our lives. Whether in relationship to our bodies and minds or the people and situations we encounter, the “how” of entering life fully will be explored in the Dharma talks and meditation periods. Obstacles and challenges to living a mindful life will be dealt with.


    As usual, this will be a silent retreat. The silence affords participants the opportunity to deepen their meditative experience while absorbing the experiential meaning of the teachings and practices presented during the retreat. The retreat will include formal periods of sitting and walking meditation, guided meditations, daily Dharma talks, Q&A sessions with Fred, deep listening periods, and opportunities for solitary practice.


    Logistics

    This retreat is open to both FCM members and non-members and will benefit anyone with meditative experience and who has a desire to experience who they truly are. The retreat will offer both in-person participation at FCM ’s Tampa Center and online participation. THIS REGISTRATION PAGE IS FOR IN-PERSON PARTICIPATION ONLY. Please visit the Online Retreat page if you wish to attend online.


    FCM's retreat center in Tampa, Florida provides a beautiful and serene refuge from the noise and business of our everyday lives. Set among our bamboo gardens, walking paths and pond, our center offers comfortable double-occupancy accommodations in our Great Cloud residence hall, nourishing vegan meals and ample indoor and outdoor meditation spaces for personal reflection.


    The retreat will begin with orientation at 5:30 pm on Wednesday evening, June 1, followed by dinner at 6:00 and the opening session at 7:15. The retreat will end with lunch on Sunday, June 5. This registration is an application for in-person participation, so no payment is accepted at this time. We will contact you after registration closes to either let you know that an in-person spot is available or if not, to ask if you wish to participate online. Full payment will be due upon acceptance into the retreat.


    The fee for the retreat is $320. Retreat Scholarships are available; please click here to see FCM ’s Retreat Scholarship Policy and for an Application, which needs to be submitted prior to the registration deadline for this retreat. The teachings are offered in the Buddhist tradition of Dana, wherein the teachers freely give of themselves to the students out of gratitude for what they ’ve received from their teachers and a desire to be of service. The student ’s response is also based on Dana, i.e. generosity that naturally flows from a sense of appreciation of the value of Dharma and gratitude to the living lineage.

    The retreat registrar will be sending additional information to registrants once registration is closed and registrants have been formally accepted for in-person participation.


    The last day to register for in-person participation in this retreat is May 11.


    Retreat Leader

    Fred Eppsteiner has been a student of the psychology of Buddhist meditation for over 40 years, and was a psychotherapist for more than 30 years. He has trained extensively in the Buddhist meditative traditions the U.S. and Asia. He received permission to teach from Thich Nhat Hanh in 1994 and is the editor of two books: The Path of Compassion and Interbeing.


    Questions?
    For more information, please contact Angie at parrish26@gmail.com.


    • 01 Jun 2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • 05 Jun 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • Online
    Registration is closed

    Fred Eppsteiner


    A Four-day Retreat for All Levels of Practitioners


    Description

    Whether your recent Dharma studies and practice have focused on exploring your relationship to the contents of experience (such as in our current Mindful Living Path Intensive) or looking into the experience of mind itself (as those on the Dharma and Wisdom paths have done), all practitioners can deepen their practice by being on retreat. Retreat gives us the opportunity for extended periods of silence, stillness and focus so that the teachings and meditations we are learning can penetrate more deeply than when we are constantly involved in the ongoing business of our daily routines.


    Fred is delighted to be offering all of us the opportunity to retreat together for four full days in June, when he will transmit the Buddha’s teachings and practices of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. These teachings were the foundation of the Buddha’s meditation system and are the basis for living a wholesome and happy life. Learning to be aware and present to both the experiences of one’s body and to the experiences of one's mind is the practice of full awareness.

    Those who are newer practitioners will benefit from the four-day immersion with these fundamental practices. Experienced practitioners who may have some experiences with the Four Foundations but who continue to, from time-to-time, be plagued by reactivity and lapses of mindfulness will also benefit by strengthening their base of practice.

    In this retreat, we will reflect and meditate deeply on these Four Foundations, and develop realistic strategies for incorporating them in our lives. Whether in relationship to our bodies and minds or the people and situations we encounter, the “how” of entering life fully will be explored in the Dharma talks and meditation periods. Obstacles and challenges to living a mindful life will be dealt with.


    As usual, this will be a silent retreat. The silence affords participants the opportunity to deepen their meditative experience while absorbing the experiential meaning of the teachings and practices presented during the retreat. The retreat will include formal periods of sitting and walking meditation, guided meditations, daily Dharma talks, Q&A sessions with Fred, deep listening periods, and opportunities for solitary practice.


    Logistics

    This retreat is open to both FCM members and non-members and will benefit anyone with meditative experience and who has a desire to experience who they truly are. The retreat will offer both in-person participation at FCM ’s Tampa Center and online participation. 

     THIS REGISTRATION PAGE IS FOR ONLINE PARTICIPATION ONLY. Please visit the In-person Retreat page if you wish to attend in-person.


    The retreat will begin at 7:15 pm on Wednesday evening, June 1. The retreat will end at noon on Sunday, June 5. 


    The fee for the retreat is $120. Retreat Scholarships are available; please click here to see FCM ’s Retreat Scholarship Policy and for an Application, which needs to be submitted prior to the registration deadline for this retreat. The teachings are offered in the Buddhist tradition of Dana, wherein the teachers freely give of themselves to the students out of gratitude for what they ’ve received from their teachers and a desire to be of service. The student ’s response is also based on Dana, i.e. generosity that naturally flows from a sense of appreciation of the value of Dharma and gratitude to the living lineage.

    The retreat registrar will be sending additional information to registrants once registration is closed.


    The last day to register for online participation in this retreat is May 25.


    Retreat Leader

    Fred Eppsteiner has been a student of the psychology of Buddhist meditation for over 40 years, and was a psychotherapist for more than 30 years. He has trained extensively in the Buddhist meditative traditions the U.S. and Asia. He received permission to teach from Thich Nhat Hanh in 1994 and is the editor of two books: The Path of Compassion and Interbeing.


    Questions?
    For more information, please contact Angie at parrish26@gmail.com.


    • 01 Jun 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Online (FCM members)

    Please note: FCM Members can access the Death Cafe web page and the Zoom links by clicking here.


    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 Wednesday of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 pm via Zoom.


    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.


    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. One of our members, Marilyn Warlick will be the FCM Death Cafe facilitator. 


    The group will meet the first Wednesday of each month on Zoom. 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.

    • 11 Jun 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • In-Person and Online
    Register

    FCM's Days of Mindfulness are offered both In-Person at the Tampa Practice Center and Online. Whether you are a new or experienced meditator, our Days of Mindfulness are an opportunity to support and deepen the practice of mindfulness and meditation, and nourish the seeds of happiness, transformation, and awakening in our lives. All Days of Mindfulness (both half and full day programs) include guided meditation, sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks and reflection. Our full Days (generally 9 am to 4 pm) also include time for lunch and rest, and include guided mindful movement.


    We encourage everyone in the Tampa Bay vicinity to experience the richness of practicing together, in-person in our Meditation Hall. Please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Safety Protocols and plan to arrive by 8:30 am.


    If joining us online, the link to Zoom information will be provided once you register. We provide guidance to help you make the experience at home as close as possible to an experience in the Meditation Hall.


    When you register indicate your choice of participation In-Person or Online.  While there is no fee for participation, the traditional practice of Dana (generosity) is appreciated. Please register to receive important information about your In-Person or Online Zoom attendance.  


    If you have any questions please contact Mitch Schaefer at schaefer.mitch@gmail.com


    • 14 Jun 2022
    • 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM
    • In-Person and Online

    At FCM we celebrate the full moon each month with an evening devoted to meditations that help us develop and cultivate the mind of kindness, friendship and compassion towards all beings. During the guided meditation, we will practice embracing ourselves and others with thoughts of unconditional kindness, compassion, and support, and then to extend those feelings with well wishes for peace, happiness and an end to suffering for everyone in the world.


    It has long been part of Buddhist tradition to honor and celebrate the arrival of the full moon. Legend has it that Shakyamuni Buddha was born under a full moon, arrived at his enlightenment under a full moon, and passed into paranirvana under a full moon. In Zen the full moon reminds us of our Buddha nature or our essential wholeness and completeness.


    Our Full Moon Loving Kindness and Compassion evening will be from 7:30 – 8:45 pm. The evening will include guided loving kindness and compassion meditations, a short talk, and recitation of the Metta (Lovingkindness) Sutra and/or other music and altruistic readings. 


    We encourage everyone in the Tampa Bay vicinity to experience the richness of practicing together, in-person in our Meditation Hall. There is no need to register ahead of time. Please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Safety Protocols and plan to arrive by 7:15 pm.

     

    If joining us online, the link to Zoom is below. The event is suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators. There is no formal advance registration; simply join us online on the Sangha Line shortly before 7:30 pm. 


    Zoom Links for FCM Sangha Line
    Video Link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3296243465?pwd=bUo1aFVQblhhbUFpZmZTci9EK0daZz09

    Dial-In # 1-646-558-8656
    Meeting ID# 329 624 3465


    • 06 Jul 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • In-Person and Online
    • 28
    Register

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


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


    Learning Objectives:

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

    This four-week course will begin on Wednesday, July 6, 13, 20 & 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes will be held in-person and online. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org.


    Class Instructors:

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

     

    Mitch Schaefer joined the FCM community in 2016 where he has become an active member- regularly participating in retreats, intensives and selfless service work. Over the past 10 years Mitch has successfully utilized mindfulness and meditation practices to support his healing from a significant spinal cord injury that resulted in multiple surgeries and lingering chronic pain. Mitch took refuge in the 5 Mindfulness Trainings in 2018, and is presently an aspirant for the Order of Interbeing.

    • 09 Jul 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • In-Person and Online
    Register

    FCM's Days of Mindfulness are offered both In-Person at the Tampa Practice Center and Online. Whether you are a new or experienced meditator, our Days of Mindfulness are an opportunity to support and deepen the practice of mindfulness and meditation, and nourish the seeds of happiness, transformation, and awakening in our lives. All Days of Mindfulness (both half and full day programs) include guided meditation, sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks and reflection. Our full Days (generally 9 am to 4 pm) also include time for lunch and rest, and include guided mindful movement.


    We encourage everyone in the Tampa Bay vicinity to experience the richness of practicing together, in-person in our Meditation Hall. Please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Safety Protocols and plan to arrive by 8:30 am.


    If joining us online, the link to Zoom information will be provided once you register. We provide guidance to help you make the experience at home as close as possible to an experience in the Meditation Hall.


    When you register indicate your choice of participation In-Person or Online.  While there is no fee for participation, the traditional practice of Dana (generosity) is appreciated. Please register to receive important information about your In-Person or Online Zoom attendance.  


    If you have any questions please contact Mitch Schaefer at schaefer.mitch@gmail.com


    • 15 Jul 2022
    • 5:30 PM
    • 17 Jul 2022
    • 4:00 PM
    • In-Person
    • 18
    Register

    Angie Parrish, Maria Teresa Jaureguizar, and Evelyn Greenfield


    A Weekend Retreat for All Levels of Practitioners


    “I try to treat whoever I meet as an old friend. This gives me a genuine feeling of happiness.”

    The Dalai Lama

    Description

    When our hearts are truly open, we are naturally loving, generous, connected and happy. We live with equanimity and understanding, meeting whatever circumstances that arise with wisdom and compassion. We are connected with and living from love.


    When we encounter the suffering of the world, these natural qualities of the heart can sometimes become covered over with fear, anger, and sadness. A metaphorical shell may form around the heart, creating a barrier between us and others, particularly those we dislike or may even hate. We may even carry the suffering in our bodies. Sadly, the world is afire today with suffering, divisiveness, anger and hate, and many hearts are encased in hard shells. How can we help ourselves, each other, and the world to rediscover our common humanity and to live from this natural place of love?


    Buddhism teaches that we can cultivate and live from this open, loving heart through the practice of metta, which is the Pali word for friendship or loving kindness. Through the practice of loving kindness meditation and three related practices – compassion, joy in the happiness of others, and equanimity – we apply the antidote to the misunderstanding, anger and hatred in our hearts and in the world. These practices lead to an unlimited capacity for happiness, fearlessness, and love, and are therefore known as the “four immeasurables.” At the same time, the practice of gentle, mindful yoga can help us move and release constriction and other embodied suffering, enabling the mind and the body to fully relax and open.


    In this weekend retreat, we will practice these four immeasurables, allowing them to penetrate our minds and hearts. Fred will join us Saturday evening to work with participants in the important and often very difficult practice of bringing compassion (Tonglen) to our own suffering. Our practice will be supported by periods of mindful yoga, deep relaxation, and the environment of our beautiful retreat center.


    Logistics

    This retreat will be beneficial for both newcomers to meditation and experienced mindfulness practitioners with an interest in loving kindness and compassion meditation. For newcomers, the retreat will offer introductory practices of mindfulness, kindness and compassion which can develop our natural capacities for connection with ourselves and others. Experienced practitioners will re-invigorate their mindfulness practice and deepen their understanding of loving kindness and compassion practices in support of greater ease and wellbeing. All yoga will be gentle and appropriate for beginners and/or those with physical conditions that may need extra care.


    This retreat is being offered in-person only to be of most benefit to participants.


    FCM's retreat center in Tampa, Florida provides a beautiful and serene refuge from the noise and business of our everyday lives. Set among our bamboo gardens, walking paths and pond, our center offers comfortable double-occupancy accommodations in our Great Cloud residence hall, nourishing vegan meals and ample indoor and outdoor meditation spaces for personal reflection.


    The retreat will begin with orientation at 5:30 pm on Friday evening, July 15, followed by dinner at 6:00 and the opening session at 7:15. The retreat will end on Sunday, June 17 at 4:00 pm. This registration is an application for in-person participation, so no payment is accepted at this time. We will contact you after registration closes to either let you know that an in-person spot is available or if not. Full payment will be due upon acceptance into the retreat.


    The fee for the retreat is $160 for those staying overnight at the center and $120 for those who choose to commute. Retreat Scholarships are available; please click here to see FCM ’s Retreat Scholarship Policy and for an Application, which needs to be submitted prior to the registration deadline for this retreat. The teachings are offered in the Buddhist tradition of Dana, wherein the teachers freely give of themselves to the students out of gratitude for what they’ve received from their teachers and a desire to be of service. The student ’s response is also based on Dana, i.e. generosity that naturally flows from a sense of appreciation of the value of Dharma and gratitude to the living lineage.

    The retreat registrar will be sending additional information to registrants once registration is closed and registrants have been formally accepted for in-person participation.


    The last day to register for in-person participation in this retreat is June 5.


    Retreat Leaders

    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 leads Intensives and retreats for FCM and teaches MBSR and other classes for the Florida Community of Mindfulness. She enjoys nature, hiking, and supporting anyone interested in cultivating more ease and joy in their life.


    Maria Teresa Jaureguizar formally began on the Buddhist path in 1996 and became a student of Fred Eppsteiner in 2012. She is an ordained member of the Order of Interbeing and completed the three year Dharma Transmission Program. Maria Teresa currently serves as Community Care Leader and finds joy mentoring others in the practice, spending time in nature, and going for walks with family, friends, and pets.


    Evelyn Greenfield will be guiding gentle yoga for this retreat. Evelyn graduated from the Florida Institute of Integrative yoga studies in 2002. She is a 500 ERYT, YACEP and has been teaching for over 15 years. She has 2 sons, 4 granddaughters and two dogs.


    Questions?
    For more information, please contact Angie at parrish26@gmail.com.

    • 07 Sep 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • In-Person and Online
    • 30
    Register

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


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


    Learning Objectives:

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

    This four-week course will begin on Wednesday, September 7, 14, 21 & 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes will be held in-person and online. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org.


    Class Instructors:

    Maria Teresa Jaureguizar first took refuge and the Five Precepts from Gyokoko Carlson in 1999 at the Dharma Rain Zen Center in Portland Oregon. Upon moving to Florida with her spouse, she became a formal student of Fred Eppsteiner in 2012 and was ordained into the Order of Interbeing in 2019. Maria Teresa completed the three-year Dharma Transmission Program in 2018 and has taught various classes related to meditation, mindfulness, and basics of Buddhism. She finds joy in nature, in mentoring those on the meditational path and serving the community. She currently serves as the Community Care Leader. She also works for Hillsborough County Government -Healthcare Services Department.


    Carol Meyer met Fred Eppsteiner in 2009 when she was the Director of Southern Dharma Retreat Center in NC and Fred came to teach a 7-day silent retreat.  In June 2012 she received the Five Mindfulness Trainings, joined Florida Community of Mindfulness, and became Fred’s student.  Carol was ordained in the Order of Interbeing at Magnolia Grove in September 2017 and currently serves in the role of FCM’s OI Leader.  She has also served as a member of the Board, Board Secretary, and co-author of key FCM documents, such as FCM’s Organization Manual and Sangha Harmony Guide.  Carol currently also serves as Solitary Retreat Coordinator and is a Facilitator in the Meditation in Recovery program.  Her professional experience includes teaching as an MIT faculty member, design and development of employee training programs, and 15 years of service as a Unitarian Universalist parish minister giving sermons and leading adult religious education programs. 


    • 10 Sep 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • In-Person and Online
    Register

    FCM's Days of Mindfulness are offered both In-Person at the Tampa Practice Center and Online. Whether you are a new or experienced meditator, our Days of Mindfulness are an opportunity to support and deepen the practice of mindfulness and meditation, and nourish the seeds of happiness, transformation, and awakening in our lives. 

     

    The day will be a chance for all of us to put down the busyness of our lives and to relax, refresh, and renew with the healing energy of mindfulness. The day is an opportunity to experiment with letting go of our stories and dramas about our lives and the world. Instead we will practice simply be present to, and nourished by, our actual experience in the present moment. 


    We encourage everyone in the Tampa Bay vicinity to experience the richness of practicing together, in-person in our Meditation Hall. Please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Safety Protocols and plan to arrive by 8:30 am.


    If joining us online, the link to Zoom information will be provided once you register. We provide guidance to help you make the experience at home as close as possible to an experience in the Meditation Hall.


    When you register indicate your choice of participation In-Person or Online.  While there is no fee for participation, the traditional practice of Dana (generosity) is appreciated. Please register to receive important information about your In-Person or Online Zoom attendance.  


    If you have any questions please contact Mitch Schaefer at schaefer.mitch@gmail.com


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

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


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


    Learning Objectives:

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

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


    Class Instructors:

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


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


    • 08 Oct 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • In-Person and Online
    Register

    FCM's Days of Mindfulness are offered both In-Person at the Tampa Practice Center and Online. Whether you are a new or experienced meditator, our Days of Mindfulness are an opportunity to support and deepen the practice of mindfulness and meditation, and nourish the seeds of happiness, transformation, and awakening in our lives. All Days of Mindfulness (both half and full day programs) include guided meditation, sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks and reflection. Our full Days (generally 9 am to 4 pm) also include time for lunch and rest, and include guided mindful movement.


    We encourage everyone in the Tampa Bay vicinity to experience the richness of practicing together, in-person in our Meditation Hall. Please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Safety Protocols and plan to arrive by 8:30 am.


    If joining us online, the link to Zoom information will be provided once you register. We provide guidance to help you make the experience at home as close as possible to an experience in the Meditation Hall.


    When you register indicate your choice of participation In-Person or Online.  While there is no fee for participation, the traditional practice of Dana (generosity) is appreciated. Please register to receive important information about your In-Person or Online Zoom attendance.  


    If you have any questions please contact Mitch Schaefer at schaefer.mitch@gmail.com


    • 05 Nov 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • In-Person and Online
    Register

    FCM's Days of Mindfulness are offered both In-Person at the Tampa Practice Center and Online. Whether you are a new or experienced meditator, our Days of Mindfulness are an opportunity to support and deepen the practice of mindfulness and meditation, and nourish the seeds of happiness, transformation, and awakening in our lives. 

     

    The day will be a chance for all of us to put down the busyness of our lives and to relax, refresh, and renew with the healing energy of mindfulness. The day is an opportunity to experiment with letting go of our stories and dramas about our lives and the world. Instead we will practice simply be present to, and nourished by, our actual experience in the present moment. 


    We encourage everyone in the Tampa Bay vicinity to experience the richness of practicing together, in-person in our Meditation Hall. Please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Safety Protocols and plan to arrive by 8:30 am.


    If joining us online, the link to Zoom information will be provided once you register. We provide guidance to help you make the experience at home as close as possible to an experience in the Meditation Hall.


    When you register indicate your choice of participation In-Person or Online.  While there is no fee for participation, the traditional practice of Dana (generosity) is appreciated. Please register to receive important information about your In-Person or Online Zoom attendance.  


    If you have any questions please contact Mitch Schaefer at schaefer.mitch@gmail.com


    • 03 Dec 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • In-Person and Online
    Register

    FCM's Days of Mindfulness are offered both In-Person at the Tampa Practice Center and Online. Whether you are a new or experienced meditator, our Days of Mindfulness are an opportunity to support and deepen the practice of mindfulness and meditation, and nourish the seeds of happiness, transformation, and awakening in our lives. All Days of Mindfulness (both half and full day programs) include guided meditation, sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks and reflection. Our full Days (generally 9 am to 4 pm) also include time for lunch and rest, and include guided mindful movement.


    We encourage everyone in the Tampa Bay vicinity to experience the richness of practicing together, in-person in our Meditation Hall. Please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Safety Protocols and plan to arrive by 8:30 am.


    If joining us online, the link to Zoom information will be provided once you register. We provide guidance to help you make the experience at home as close as possible to an experience in the Meditation Hall.


    When you register indicate your choice of participation In-Person or Online.  While there is no fee for participation, the traditional practice of Dana (generosity) is appreciated. Please register to receive important information about your In-Person or Online Zoom attendance.  


    If you have any questions please contact Mitch Schaefer at schaefer.mitch@gmail.com


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

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