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    • 16 Apr 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • 18 Apr 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online
    Registration is closed

    An Online Weekend Retreat
    Friday, April 16, 7:00 pm through Sunday, April 18, noon


    Although many of us may have heard that it is beneficial to live in the present moment, and perhaps have even spent time attempting to do so, if we are honest, how often do we actually dwell in the present? As the events of the past year have unfolded, have we been able to stay anchored in our present moment experience, or have we been swept away by fear, anger, or other mind-states?  Have we been able to connect with and stay in touch with what is nourishing in our lives right now, or have we gotten stuck in worrying about what might come or frustrated about current events?


    In the Buddhist tradition, the ability to keep our minds grounded in what is happening right now, in our immediate experience, is considered the foundation of the path of healing and transformation. In our modern world, we might add that anchoring our minds in the present and learning to connect with the nourishing elements of our lives is essential for our very wellbeing. 


    In this retreat, Bryan will share traditional teachings and practices aimed at helping us anchor our minds in the present moment and nourish our minds in the wholesome aspects of our experience. By cultivating the various aspects of mindfulness in this way, participants will experience how we can create a solid and healthy ground within our own minds from which we can enter the ups and downs of life. 


    The retreat will begin Friday evening, April 16th and end Sunday at noon, April 18th. It will consist of a Friday evening session (7 to 9 pm), an all-day Saturday session (7 am to 9 pm), and a Sunday session (7 am to noon). The retreat will be conducted entirely on Zoom.


    This retreat is open to both FCM members and nonmembers. Offered as a Mindful Living Path Retreat, it is appropriate for both those new to practice, as well as those more experienced who want to strengthen their understanding of the foundational teachings and practices, and renew and energize their practice at all levels. It will be especially supportive for those currently participating in the MLP Intensive: Calming, Unifying and Opening the Mind. For more information on FCM’s Three Paths of Practice click here.


    The retreat registration fee is $40. A number of 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 retreat registrar will be sending additional information to registrants before the retreat including daily schedules, Zoom instructions and suggestions to help prepare you for a meaningful retreat experience from your home. For more information, contact Bryan at bbhindert@gmail.com.


    Registration will close on April 11.


    Bryan Hindert will be leading this retreat. Bryan has been following the Buddhist path since 2008, when a strong desire to make changes in his life and to develop a better relationship with his mind drew him to the Florida Community of Mindfulness. This path has helped Bryan to transform his life in profound ways and continues to be a source of guidance, support, and joy in all of his endeavors. In addition to helping to develop and lead Wake Up Tampa Bay, a mindfulness and meditation group for people in their 20s and 30s, Bryan has served by teaching classes and presenting on mindfulness and on Buddhism, leading intensive practice periods, and serving as the Assistant to the Teacher.  


    • 24 Apr 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM (EDT)
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa
    Register

    You are invited to join the FCM community in selfless service and work meditation on April 24 by participating in the monthly workday! On this Saturday, we will also be celebrating Earth Day by inviting everyone with the option to participate in a plant or vegetable exchange following the workday at approximately 11:30 am. If you would like to participate, just bring a seedling or plant for someone else to take home; then, pick a plant that someone else has brought for you to take home. To aid in the process, please label the plant(s) you bring with the name and any relevant care instructions to help others know, learn, and how to care for their new additions. This is a great time to plant a garden or add some green to your space and pay homage to our dear Mother Earth. 

    We will begin the day together meeting in the Children's Garden on the north side of the Meditation Hall 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.


    COVID protocols will be followed, to include maintaining social distancing and masking.  There will be limited indoor work opportunities so that distancing protocols can be maintained.  


    With metta,

    Molly

    • 26 Apr 2021
    • 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM (EDT)
    • 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 Monday, April 26. The event will be online 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 other music and altruistic readings. 


    This evening is open to members and non-members and newcomers are especially welcome.  The event is suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators. There is no formal advance registration; simply join us online on the Sangha Line (links below) 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


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

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


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


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


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

    • 01 May 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online
    Register

    Whether you are a new or experienced meditator, our Half-Day and Daylong programs 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 programs include guided meditation, sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks and reflection.


    Half-Days and Daylongs are offered to both FCM members and nonmembers free of charge (a donation, of course, is  always appreciated.) Please register to receive the Zoom links and any other important information.   


    The theme for the talks for the once-a-month Saturday Half-Days and Daylongs in 2021 are intended to help us awaken wisdom and compassion in our lives, recognize the goodness that lies within each one of us, and nurture our aspirations to be of benefit to others. The topic for May will be the Fourth Paramita: Joyful Effort. Please join us.  


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


    • 02 May 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online
    • 23
    Register

    Monthly Sunday dinners will give members an opportunity to connect with each other and share life experiences during this time of physical distancing and social isolation. This is a wonderful way to meet other sangha members and help to strength our FCM community.


    As you will be sharing a meal, please set the stage for your virtual dinner just as you would if you had friends coming in person to your home. Place your computer at a distance and at an angle that will capture both you and your immediate surroundings. Please be sure that your table is set and your meal prepared before you login at 6:00 pm. We want the experience to be a relaxing treat for you and your visiting friends.


    Please indicate how many guests will be sitting at your dinner table.

     

    Registered members will be organized into small dinner groups with a host prior to the first Sunday of each month.

    • 05 May 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online
    • 21
    Register

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


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


    Learning Objectives:

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

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


    Class Instructors:

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


    Maggie Tudor was introduced to formal meditation in 2003 in Zen and Taoism.  Prior to joining FCM, Maggie studied and practiced in several traditions and lineages, continuously exploring and seeking true wisdom. In 2018, she was introduced to FCM and formally became a member and a student of Fred Eppsteiner. Quickly, Maggie's aspiration to help others and spread joy and love led her to serve in many roles in the Sangha. Most recently, she is on the Community Care team, became an Order of Interbeing Aspirant now awaiting ordination, and is now in her final year of the second Dharma Transmission Group. Outside of FCM, Maggie guides several groups and individuals through mindful meditation and practice as part of her professional work as well as in volunteer capacities.  


    • 05 May 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online

    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.

    • 26 May 2021
    • 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM (EDT)
    • 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 Wednesday, May 26. The event will be online 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 other music and altruistic readings. 


    This evening is open to members and non-members and newcomers are especially welcome.  The event is suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators. There is no formal advance registration; simply join us online on the Sangha Line (links below) 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


    • 29 May 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • 05 Jun 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online

    Save the date - please check back for more information and to register.


    • 02 Jun 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online

    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.

    • 06 Jun 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online
    • 30
    Register

    Monthly Sunday dinners will give members an opportunity to connect with each other and share life experiences during this time of physical distancing and social isolation. This is a wonderful way to meet other sangha members and help to strength our FCM community.


    As you will be sharing a meal, please set the stage for your virtual dinner just as you would if you had friends coming in person to your home. Place your computer at a distance and at an angle that will capture both you and your immediate surroundings. Please be sure that your table is set and your meal prepared before you login at 6:00 pm. We want the experience to be a relaxing treat for you and your visiting friends.


    Please indicate how many guests will be sitting at your dinner table.

     

    Registered members will be organized into small dinner groups with a host prior to the first Sunday of each month.

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

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


    Whether you are a new or experienced meditator, our Half-Day and Daylong programs 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 programs include guided meditation, sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks and reflection.


    Half-Days and Daylongs are offered to both FCM members and nonmembers free of charge (a donation, of course, is  always appreciated.) Please register to receive the Zoom links and any other important information.   


    The theme for the talks for the once-a-month Saturday Half-Days and Daylongs in 2021 are intended to help us awaken wisdom and compassion in our lives, recognize the goodness that lies within each one of us, and nurture our aspirations to be of benefit to others. Please join us.  


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


    • 24 Jun 2021
    • 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM (EDT)
    • 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 Thursday, June 24. The event will be online 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 other music and altruistic readings. 


    This evening is open to members and non-members and newcomers are especially welcome.  The event is suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators. There is no formal advance registration; simply join us online on the Sangha Line (links below) 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


    • 26 Jun 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online
    Register

    For many of us, life continues to present multiple challenges as we move through our second year with the Covid-19 pandemic. Certainly one challenge we are all facing is increased isolation and possibly losses in our lives. Then there are the myriad other social and personal stresses in our day to day lives-- relationships, jobs, families, health, finances, politics, environment, etc.  Wouldn’t it be valuable to learn ways to be more resilient, to be able to care and heal ourselves, and to be able meet whatever challenges come our way with wisdom and compassion?


    In this workshop, FCM mindfulness instructor, Marilyn Warlick, LCSW will introduce us to the work of James Gordon, MD, founder of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, DC, who has worked for decades empowering people in their own self-awareness, healing and care. He’s worked with victims of war, natural disasters, homelessness, and abuse, and he teaches easy meditation practices that anyone can use, whether they have experienced significant trauma or just trying to cope with the everyday stresses of modern life.


    Marilyn will introduce us to three types of meditation as described by Gordon: concentration (soft belly breathing to calm and relax oneself in any situation), mindfulness (awareness of present moment experience) and expressive meditation (mindful movement, dance and art) as practices to help us all care for ourselves, find healing and wholeness, and help us meet the challenges, whatever they may be, as opportunities for personal healing and growth.


    The learning objectives of this workshop are as follows:

    • Learn three key components for self compassion practices at home and in the work setting
    • Understand and utilize three practical mindfulness tools for supporting an openness and stability in one's life
    • Learn how these practices can serve as an antidote to trauma

    This workshop is for beginning meditators, experienced meditators, and for those interested in helping others learn these simple techniques for self awareness and care.  The suggested fee for this workshop is $40 ($50 for CE credits), with reduced rate participation also available.


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


    * Florida Community of Mindfulness, Inc. is approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling to provide continuing education credits through CE Provider # 50-14766. Total in-class time is 3 hours.


    Florida Community of Mindfulness Grievance Procedure

    Mail a statement describing your complaint to: Director of Continuing Education, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604.


    Questions? E-mail us at info@floridamindfulness.org or call 813-237-0746.

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

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


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


    Learning Objectives:

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

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


    Class Instructors:


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


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

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

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


    Whether you are a new or experienced meditator, our Half-Day and Daylong programs 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 programs include guided meditation, sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks and reflection.


    Half-Days and Daylongs are offered to both FCM members and nonmembers free of charge (a donation, of course, is  always appreciated.) Please register to receive the Zoom links and any other important information.   


    The theme for the talks for the once-a-month Saturday Half-Days and Daylongs in 2021 are intended to help us awaken wisdom and compassion in our lives, recognize the goodness that lies within each one of us, and nurture our aspirations to be of benefit to others. Please join us.  


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


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

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


    Whether you are a new or experienced meditator, our Half-Day and Daylong programs 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 programs include guided meditation, sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks and reflection.


    Half-Days and Daylongs are offered to both FCM members and nonmembers free of charge (a donation, of course, is  always appreciated.) Please register to receive the Zoom links and any other important information.   


    The theme for the talks for the once-a-month Saturday Half-Days and Daylongs in 2021 are intended to help us awaken wisdom and compassion in our lives, recognize the goodness that lies within each one of us, and nurture our aspirations to be of benefit to others. Please join us.  


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


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

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


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


    Learning Objectives:

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

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


    Class Instructors:

    David Braasch has been a student of mindfulness and meditation at the Florida Community of Mindfulness since 2015. He has taught Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation, Buddhism: The Basics, and Mindfulness for Educators. David is currently a Level 2 trainee in the Wake Up Schools International program, and is Senior Faculty in the English Language Program at USF, where he regularly runs workshops, classes and training on mindfulness for students and teachers.


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



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

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


    Whether you are a new or experienced meditator, our Half-Day and Daylong programs 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 programs include guided meditation, sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks and reflection.


    Half-Days and Daylongs are offered to both FCM members and nonmembers free of charge (a donation, of course, is  always appreciated.) Please register to receive the Zoom links and any other important information.   


    The theme for the talks for the once-a-month Saturday Half-Days and Daylongs in 2021 are intended to help us awaken wisdom and compassion in our lives, recognize the goodness that lies within each one of us, and nurture our aspirations to be of benefit to others. Please join us.  


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


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

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


    Whether you are a new or experienced meditator, our Half-Day and Daylong programs 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 programs include guided meditation, sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks and reflection.


    Half-Days and Daylongs are offered to both FCM members and nonmembers free of charge (a donation, of course, is  always appreciated.) Please register to receive the Zoom links and any other important information.   


    The theme for the talks for the once-a-month Saturday Half-Days and Daylongs in 2021 are intended to help us awaken wisdom and compassion in our lives, recognize the goodness that lies within each one of us, and nurture our aspirations to be of benefit to others. Please join us.  


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


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

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


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


    Learning Objectives:

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

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


    Class Instructors:

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


    Maggie Tudor was introduced to formal meditation in 2003 in Zen and Taoism.  Prior to joining FCM, Maggie studied and practiced in several traditions and lineages, continuously exploring and seeking true wisdom. In 2018, she was introduced to FCM and formally became a member and a student of Fred Eppsteiner. Quickly, Maggie's aspiration to help others and spread joy and love led her to serve in many roles in the Sangha. Most recently, she is on the Community Care team, became an Order of Interbeing Aspirant now awaiting ordination, and is now in her final year of the second Dharma Transmission Group. Outside of FCM, Maggie guides several groups and individuals through mindful meditation and practice as part of her professional work as well as in volunteer capacities.  


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

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


    Whether you are a new or experienced meditator, our Half-Day and Daylong programs 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 programs include guided meditation, sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks and reflection.


    Half-Days and Daylongs are offered to both FCM members and nonmembers free of charge (a donation, of course, is  always appreciated.) Please register to receive the Zoom links and any other important information.   


    The theme for the talks for the once-a-month Saturday Half-Days and Daylongs in 2021 are intended to help us awaken wisdom and compassion in our lives, recognize the goodness that lies within each one of us, and nurture our aspirations to be of benefit to others. Please join us.  


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


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

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


    Whether you are a new or experienced meditator, our Half-Day and Daylong programs 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 programs include guided meditation, sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks and reflection.


    Half-Days and Daylongs are offered to both FCM members and nonmembers free of charge (a donation, of course, is  always appreciated.) Please register to receive the Zoom links and any other important information.   


    The theme for the talks for the once-a-month Saturday Half-Days and Daylongs in 2021 are intended to help us awaken wisdom and compassion in our lives, recognize the goodness that lies within each one of us, and nurture our aspirations to be of benefit to others. Please join us.  


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

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

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