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Featured Events

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.

    • 22 Jun 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Inner Light Center, 4810 Hickory Wood Dr, Naples, FL 34119
    • 26
    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


    • 22 Jun 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33604
    Register

    An “Open Mic Night” is a joyful opportunity for Sangha members and friends, professional and amateurs alike, to perform and enjoy performance together. June 22 at 7 pm will be an evening of entertainment and artistic expression. Individuals or small groups are welcome to perform music (vocals and/or instrumental), poetry reading, theatrical performance, dance, or any other means of artistic expression. You can even just bring a poem to recite, tell a funny story, or suggest a song to sing as a group. Each performance will be limited to 6 minutes per individual/group. The performances don’t necessarily have to be “spiritual” music, but please choose topics that somehow capture the beauty of the heart and mind, and would be in line with the general spirit of mindfulness, kindness and compassion at FCM.


    Potential performers: please send a short email to Rick Ferriss (rickfrrss@earthlink.net) that includes who will be performing and a little about the performance.


    Please join us as either a member of the audience or as a performer. There is no charge to attend (or perform), but please register to help us with our planning.


    Everyone is invited!


    • 29 Jun 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33604
    • 15
    Register


    The quality of virtually every relationship in our lives – family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and more – is greatly influenced by how skillfully we listen and speak. For many of us, mindful communication can be a challenge as well as a source of suffering for ourselves and others. Leaning to listen and speak wisely can greatly enrich and bring healing to all of our relationships. 


    Our learning objectives in this workshop are to cultivate speaking and listening with presence and caring, incorporating the following six guidelines of ATTUNE which have been developed by instructor Angie Parrish in her work in Mindful Communication:

    • Aspire to enrich relationships through the practice of mindful communication
    • Tune in, letting go of thinking and using mindful breathing to shift into greater awareness of the present moment
    • Trust that we can allow meaningful dialogue to unfold without trying to control the outcome or force an agenda
    • Understand what is arising in ourselves and others so that compassion may take the place of anger or fear
    • Nourish with deep listening to truly hear the other and create space for communication and relationship to deepen
    • Express with HART, with kindness, honesty, wisdom and an intention for our words to be of benefit to others

    Together, these guidelines offer essential support for awakening amid the rich challenges of interpersonal encounters.


    The workshop will include meditations, instruction, 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 pm on Saturday, June 29. The cost is $60, with a reduced rate available for those needing financial support. If you have questions, please email us at info@floridamindfulness.org.


    Workshop Leader

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



    • 09 Jul 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    • 23
    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.     


    Class Instructors:

    Evelyn Haseman has been a student of Buddhism and mindfulness since the late 70’s during which time she lived and worked in a Buddhist retreat center for a couple of years. She has attended numerous Buddhists meditation retreats and is committed to a path of mindfulness. Evelyn met Fred Eppsteiner in 2012 and joined the Florida Community of Mindfulness (FCM) where she facilitates a group for FCM members who are Living with Illness and also serves as Sangha Well-Being lead.  

    David Braasch has been a member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness since 2015, where he has taught and co-taught Mindfulness for Educators and Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation. He is currently serving as Membership Coordinator.


    • 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.

    • 30 Aug 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • 02 Sep 2019
    • 1:00 PM
    • 6501 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33604

        

    Florida Community of Mindfulness

    (Date and Year of Retreat)


    (Retreat Title)


    Retreat description .....


    _______________________________________________________________________


    The retreat registration fee is $___ for FCM members*. The fee covers both room and board (three vegan meals daily), as well as any administrative and incidental expenses connected to the retreat but does not include any offerings to the teacher. Participants will have an opportunity to make an offering for the teachings at the conclusion of the retreat. A limited number of Retreat Scholarships may be available. Please click here to see FCMs Retreat Scholarship Policy and for an Application, which must be submitted prior to the registration deadline for this retreat. 


    The retreat begins with dinner on (day, date), and ends after lunch on (day, date). We ask that all participants attend the entire time of the retreat; if you cannot arrive by 6 pm on (date) and stay until lunch on (date) please do not register. No late arrivals or early departures are permitted, as they significantly interfere with the process of retreat for everyone. The last day to register for the retreat is _______. 


    Please note that your registration does not guarantee acceptance into the retreat. Once registration has closed, all members who registered by the posted cut off date will be considered for acceptance into the retreat based on creating a balance between newer members and longer term ones; between those whove gone to several or many retreats in the past year and those who havent; between those that live in the Tampa Bay area and those that live in other placesRegistrants will receive an email stating either acceptance into the retreat or placement on the waiting list within a few days of the closing of registration.


    The retreat registrar will be sending additional information to accepted registrants before the retreat begins, including directions to the Franciscan Center and other retreat information.


    *Please note that participation in this retreat is open only to members of the Florida Community of Mindfulness. Other retreats and activities are offered to nonmembers as well, so please check our calendar for more information.



    Retreat Renunciation and Simplicity


    The Florida Community of Mindfulness is happy to welcome you to our retreat center. Retreats offer the opportunity to quiet the mind and open the heart while abiding in the silence of a sacred meditation space. The container of retreat helps to develop the qualities that are innate in each of us: patience, generosity, diligence, steadiness, loving kindness and wisdom. Our retreat center is designed to provide comfortable and suitable conditions for nurturing these qualities. It is also a Zen center, so when attending a retreat we ask that you arrive with a spirit of renunciation and simplicity. To foster this spirit, we ask retreatants to undertake the following traditional practices:


    1. Taking any residence - Traditionally, in a Zen monastery, one takes whatever hut is offered. FCM has accommodations of double and several quad rooms, and we ask retreatants to take the accommodation assigned and practice with whatever situation they find themselves in.
    2. Taking the food that is offered - The cooks mindfully prepare simple, tasty and nutritious vegan food. If you cannot eat wheat, tofu or nuts, an alternative is provided. Except for serious medical needs (speak to the cooks), the retreat practice is to take the food that is offered.
    3. Noble silence - In nurturing the container of transformation, retreatants commit to the practice of Noble Silence. This is especially important in your commitment to no talking or other communication between retreatants, no email, no cell phones, no computers, and no calls except for emergencies (check with the teacher or retreat manager). There will be talking during Dharma talks, interviews, and question periods.
    4. Selfless service - To learn the art of mindful living and to work together to support the retreat experience, all retreatants are given a daily period of simple work meditation. You will sign up for a work meditation task when you arrive at retreat. Your service in the kitchen, cleaning, housekeeping or other is an important part of the training in mindfulness, generosity, and letting go of preferences.

    By coming to a retreat, you join us in undertaking these practices of renunciation and simplicity. FCM retreats are run primarily by volunteer staff and Dharma teachers who hope to serve you as best they can. We are very happy to share this valuable meditation retreat experience with you, and thank you for your participation and sincerity.


    With gratitude,

    The Florida Community of Mindfulness Teachers and Staff


    • 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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