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The calendar below lists FCM's Featured Events in Tampa and other locations. Please click on an event for more information or to register. Click here to view a calendar of all upcoming FCM events.

    • 24 Feb 2019
    • 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33604 (Fellowship Hall)
    • 40
    Register

    On February 24, after Sunday Meditation we will have a Potluck Lunch for FCM members so that we can welcome newer members to our community, get to know each other, and enjoy each other’s food and company. So if you are a member (new or old) please plan to stay for the FCM Member Potluck: Welcoming New Members on Sunday, February 24 from 12:15-1:15 in the Fellowship Hall.

     

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

     

    What to Bring?

    This event will be a potluck and we are trying something NEW this time! The theme for the Potluck is Mediterranean and we have created a Google Sheets signup for you, which includes suggested items and some recipes for you to choose from.


    Please go to this link and sign up for what you would like to bring. In the spirit of ahimsa, which means “to cause no harm,” we want this meal to be plant based (vegan) meaning no meat, eggs or dairy. If plant based cooking is new to you, we hope you will enjoy exploring some new dishes and recipes. And for those of you with busy schedules, there are some items on the signup sheet that you can just stop by the store and pick up.  We hope that everyone will participate in this and in making this community potluck a success!


    If you have any questions contact:

    Jaima Shore at jaimashore@gmail.com or

    David Braasch at davidcbraasch@gmail.com

     

    We are looking forward to seeing you there!




    • 01 Mar 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • 02 Mar 2019
    • 4:30 PM
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    The Florida Community of Mindfulness is happy to welcome Roshi Hogen Bays to the Tampa Center for a nonresidential weekend retreat. The theme of Roshi's retreat is seeing through fixed ideas of who we are through looking at the body. The retreat is for open-minded people who are interested in exploring their identification with the body. It begins with the simplest practices of our lives – experiencing our hands and feeling our breath. It can lead to the experience of stepping into the Great Mystery. The retreat will include meditation experiments, dialogue and teaching.


    Where does this workshop fit in the path of practice? Here are some aspects of working with the body while walking the spiritual path. While this retreat emphasizes the third aspect, each aspect relies upon all the others:

    • First, we must be embodied, living in our body.
    • Second, we must learn to be good caretakers of our body.
    • Third, we must be willing to see beyond the body.
    • Fourth, we must realize that the body is our personal unique means to express the ultimate.
    • Fifth, what happens when the body dies?

    Roshi Hogen Bays is a Zen priest of the White Plum Sangha, a leader of the Zen Community of Oregon, and co-abbot of Great Vow Zen Monastery in Clatskanie, Oregon. A practitioner of Zen Buddhism for 50 years, Hogen began his practice in 1969 under Philip Kapleau at Rochester Zen Center and was a Dharma brother of our teacher Fred. Hogen will be sharing teachings with us in a nonresidential retreat which begins 7 to 9 pm on Friday evening, March 1, and continues on Saturday, March 2 from 9 am to 4 pm. 


    The suggested donation for the retreat is $60, or $30 for those needing a reduced rate. Retreat registration will close on February 24.


    • 04 Mar 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM, 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 7:00 to 8:30 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.



    • 05 Mar 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    • 11
    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 Tuesday, March 5, 12, 19, and 26 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.     


    Class Instructors:

    Maria Teresa Jaureguizar began practicing zazen meditation in 1995 and took refuge and the Five Precepts from Gyokoko Carlson in 1996 at the Dharma Rain Zen Center in Portland Oregon.  Upon moving to Florida with her spouse, and finding the Florida Community of Mindfulness (FCM) she  became a student of Fred Eppsteiner in 2012 and will be ordained in the Order of Interbeing in 2019.  Maria Teresa completed the three year Dharma Transmission Program in 2018 and finds great joy in chanting, serving as bell master, and mentoring. 

    Andrew Rock and his wife Nancy Natilson have been members of FCM and students of Fred Eppsteiner since 2004.  He was ordained into the Order of Interbeing by Thich Nhat Hanh in 2011.  Andrew has served on the FCM Board, and as a bellmaster, presenter and Head of Meditation Hall in FCM’s Tampa Practice Center, and as a mentor and small group leader in FCM intensives.  He has led workshops for FCM’s Mindfulness Institute on mindful consumption, engaged Buddhism and mindfulness for activists, and is a founder of the Buddhist Climate Action Network.  Andrew and Nancy live in Seminole Heights, Tampa and on the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia.

    • 09 Mar 2019
    • 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)


    • 16 Mar 2019
    • 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 and reflections, Dharma teachings by Diane Powell and Fred Eppsteiner, 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 Daylong Retreat, 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 Daylong Retreat 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

          
    • 23 Mar 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Inner Light Center, 4810 Hickory Wood Dr, Naples, FL 34119
    • 34
    Register

    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 members, 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 forum, 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 forum itself. Your generosity in providing a donation or "Dana" for the support of our teacher and Practice Center is greatly appreciated.


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


    • 01 Apr 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM, 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 7:00 to 8:30 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.



    • 06 Apr 2019
    • 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)


    • 06 Apr 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    Register

    Twenty-six hundred years ago, the Buddha’s teachings showed that the way in which people think and behave contribute to their happiness or unhappiness. He also laid out the means by which negative patterns can be changed and positive ones encouraged. These teachings are the core of Buddhist psychology. While subsequent generations of Buddhists have developed them further, the essence of Buddhist psychology remains the same. Deceptively simple on the surface, it offers not only a deep understanding of human behavior, but also an effective means of change.


    In this workshop, following a general overview of Buddhist psychology, we will explore:

    1. how it is a positive psychology, seeing all beings as intrinsically pure or unmarred and having the goal of increasing personal happiness;
    2. how our misunderstanding of the nature of reality is the root of our suffering; and
    3. how the teachings help us identify and transform problematic habits of the mind

    This workshop will meet the needs for both laypeople and professionals to deepen their understanding of the basic tenets of Buddhist psychology.


    Workshop Instructors


    Diane Powell, Ph.D.,  became a student and practitioner of the Dharma after attending a Thich Nhat Hanh retreat in Key West in 1997. As a long-time member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness, she teaches workshops and classes on a variety of mindfulness topics, serves as a mentor to new members, presents regularly at FCM sanghas, and assists with organizing FCM’s Dharma programs. Before retiring, Diane was a faculty member in Child and Family Studies at the University of South Florida, where her work focused on research, training, program development and policy analysis in early childhood development and family support.


    Sharon Miller, Ph.D., is a member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness and a student of Buddhism. Previously Director of Family Psychiatry at the University of South Florida, she is now in private practice. She finds the clinical application of Buddhist psychology invaluable.



    * 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 4 hours.


    Mindfulness Institute 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.





    • 13 Apr 2019
    • 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 and reflections, Dharma teachings by Fred, 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 Daylong Retreat, 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 Daylong Retreat 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

          
    • 20 Apr 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    • 24
    Register

    The afflictive emotion of anger – including the range of emotions from low level irritation, frustration, resentment and jealousy to full blown rage – is one of the most destructive forces we face as human beings. This is true of anger experienced in our personal lives as well as societal anger that wreaks so much havoc upon people everywhere.


    We have each acquired our own personal anger patterns due to our conditioning in life; we certainly don’t consciously choose to be irritable, resentful or angry. Thus, we can be gentle and understanding of ourselves as we are today, while at the same time knowing that with mindfulness we can create new conditions that will help to uproot anger and bring more joy into our lives.


    Buddhist psychology offers much wisdom for working skillfully to transform anger through the practices of mindfulness and the cultivation of understanding and patience. These teachings have proven beneficial for over 2600 years in helping individuals to uproot anger and experience more joy in their lives. 


    In our workshop we will explore the following fundamental principles essential for loosening the knots of anger, including:

    • What is anger
    • The destructiveness of anger and how it has manifested in our lives
    • The sources and causes of anger
    • Is anger ever useful
    • Using understanding to unknot anger and cultivate patience
    • What to do when anger has already arisen in the mind

    The workshop will include instruction, reflections and practice opportunities through interactive exercises.


    The workshop will be held at the FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, in Tampa from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm on Saturday, April 14. The cost is $75. If you have questions, please email us at info@floridamindfulness.org.


    Workshop Leaders


    Betsy Arizu has been interested in Buddhism for over 30 years as a counselor and artist. Her formal study began in 2011 when she became a student of Fred Eppsteiner and a practicing member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness. In 2015 she was ordained as a member of the Order of Interbeing, a community of lay and monastic practitioners established by the Venerable Thich Nhat Hahn. She leads mindfulness workshops for educators, psychologists, school and mental health counselors and social workers. 


    Andrew Rock took refuge as a Buddhist in 2003, and has been an active member of Florida Community of Mindfulness and student of its teacher Fred Eppsteiner since 2005. He is an ordained member of the Order of Interbeing, and has led numerous workshops and programs at FCM. Andrew is a co-founder of the Buddhist Climate Action Network, and also practices within the Earth Holders Sangha of the Plum Village community.




    • 20 Apr 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Inner Light Center, 4810 Hickory Wood Dr, Naples, FL 34119
    • 35
    Register

    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 members, 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 forum, 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 forum itself. Your generosity in providing a donation or "Dana" for the support of our teacher and Practice Center is greatly appreciated.


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


    • 25 Apr 2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • 28 Apr 2019
    • 1:00 PM
    • Franciscan Center, Tampa, Florida
    • 42
    FCM Spring 2019 Retreat at the Franciscan Center


    Please re-visit this page in February 2019 for a retreat description and to register.

    • 01 May 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    • 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, May 1, 8, 15 and 22 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.     
    • 04 May 2019
    • 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)


    • 06 May 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM, 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 7:00 to 8:30 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.



    • 11 May 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33604
    Register

    The Day will involve sitting and walking mindfulness meditation, guided meditations, a Dharma teaching by a Senior Student, an opportunity for questions and answers, silent lunch, some lazy time, and 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 Daylong Retreat, 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 Daylong Retreat 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.
    • 01 Jun 2019
    • 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)


    • 03 Jun 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM, 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 7:00 to 8:30 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.



    • 15 Jun 2019
    • 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 and reflections, Dharma teachings by Fred, 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 Daylong Retreat, 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 Daylong Retreat 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

          
    • 09 Jul 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    • 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 Tuesday, July 9, 16, 23 and 30 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.     
    • 27 Jul 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    Register

    We want to be happy. To enjoy our life, our relationships, our work, our time off. Yet, in spite of our best intentions, ease turns into frustration and confidence turns into anxiety. So, what’s going on? Where is this misery coming from?

     

    Surprisingly, the answer is found in our own mind. The human mind is enormously receptive to being programmed with responses based on our personal experience in the past. Once programmed, habitual responses arise silently, without our knowledge or consent. Some responses produce positive results. Others produce misery for ourselves & others. Particularly damaging are the habits that take over automatically when we feel a loss of control, stability, clarity. Fortunately, with understanding & mindfulness, this unhappy cycle can be transformed. 


    Class participants will learn:

    • The mind is the source of our experience;
    • How past conditioning arises in mind & develops into positive or negative mind states
    • How to use feelings as indicators of the presence of conditioned reactive states
    • How to recognize the choice point where new behavior is possible
    • Specific mindfulness practices for:
      -
      Recognizing & stabilizing negative mind states 
      - Recognizing & nourishing positive mind states.

    This class is approved for 5 Continuing Education Credits for LMHC; LCSW; LMFT 

     

    Workshop Leaders

    Darlene Stewart, LMHC, is a retired Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor.  She’s worked in counseling psychology since 1970.  She specialized in providing trauma services for children and adults suffering from the effects of childhood abuse & neglect.  She’s incorporated mindfulness into daily life and work since 1997. 

     

    Charles Stewart, LMHC is a retired Florida Mental Health Counselor.  He’s worked in counseling psychology since 1970.  He specialized in providing substance abuse & mental health counseling for people suffering the effects of chemical addiction.  He’s incorporated mindfulness into daily life & work since 1997.



    Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider Number 50-14766. This course is approved for 5 CEU’s. Credit will only be awarded with verification of attendance.

    Grievance Procedure: Mail a statement describing your complaint to Director of Continuing Education for Mental Health Professionals; 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604



    • 17 Aug 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604

    Digital Detox


    Save the date!


    More information to come in early 2019.

    • 04 Sep 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    • 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 4, 11, 18 and 25 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.     
    • 29 Oct 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    • 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 Tuesday, October 29 and November 5, 12, & 19 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.     

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