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Upcoming Classes

Our calendar lists upcoming classes of FCM at the Tampa Center and in Naples and St. Petersburg. Please click on an event for more information or to register. More information about FCM's full menu of classes can also be found in our Programs section.

    • 18 Aug 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Mindfulness Institute 6501 N. Nebraska Ave. Tampa, FL 33604
    • 0

    We all carry wounds from the past.  We have a small self inside who feels vulnerable, afraid, confused and we hear its voice every day.  This is too much.  I can’t handle it.  I try so hard but everything seems to go wrong.  Why is this happening to me?”

    We’ve tried to ignore and/or discount this voice, yet it persists and will continue to persist until we stop and give it the support it needs to grow in confidence and stability.  Inner healing takes place when we bring the energy of mindfulness, unconditional lovingkindness, to the places that hurt.

    Join us for a day of guided instruction in simple yet effective mindfulness practices that enable us to support our inner child while strengthening our adult capacity for patience and kindness and compassion.

    Learning Goals/Objectives: Participants will:

    1.      Learn a working definition of mindfulness

    2.      Understand the key role mindfulness plays in emotional self-healing.

    3.      Learn to recognize the voice of their own inner child

    4.      Train in the mindfulness practices of breathing, sitting and walking as they relate to inner healing.

    Date:  August 18, 2018

    Registration:  8:30 – 9:00 am

    Class:  9:00 – Noon (break for lunch)

                  1:00 – 4:00 pm

    CE’s:  6  (Mental Health Professionals


    Darlene Stewart, LMHC

    Darlene Stewart, a Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor, has worked in areas of family counseling, individual & group counseling, substance abuse, childhood trauma from abuse/neglect and adult survivors of childhood trauma since 1983.  She has practiced mindfulness since 1997. 

    *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


    • 25 Aug 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 6501 N. Nebraska Ave. Tampa, FL 33604

    When we are able to truly come home and listen to ourselves, we have an opportunity to offer ourselves care and compassion. This enables us to grow our capacity to be present for and to listen to others. We develop deeper understanding, thus increasing our capacity for compassion and inclusion.

    In this workshop, Brother Fulfillment will lead participants through concrete practices aimed at helping cultivate understanding and compassion for themselves and others.  By becoming aware of what is occurring within our minds, and looking deeply into our mental formations and feelings that condition much of how we relate to ourselves and others, we can begin to unwind our habitual tendencies of communication and tread deeply into the practices of deep listening and loving speech. 

    Workshop Facilitator

    Brother Fulfillment is a native of California and is most recently a resident of Blue Cliff Monastery in New York. He was ordained in 2007 at Plum Village, where he lived for five years, and received his monastic training. He received the lamp transmission in 2016. Brother Fulfillment celebrates his Christian roots and enjoys spending time in the forest around Blue Cliff and is engaged in the Earth Holding, Social Justice (especially White Awareness work), Compassionate Communication, and Trauma healing and Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness Practice. He is currently interested in dialog around creating residential community centers. He has been active in supporting Wake Up since it’s foundation, and is currently a monastic advising member of the North American Wake Up CTC. He attended his first Plum Village tradition retreat, a young adults retreat at Deer Park, in 2004.

    Brother Fulfillment has degrees in applied mathematics and computer science from the University of California. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal from 1996 to 1998 where he taught math in a rural school and at a regional teacher training center. He taught math, physics, renewable energy, and outdoor education at Sierra Nevada College and has worked as a test engineer on experimental air traffic control software at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA.

    • 04 Sep 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa 33604
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    On Tuesday evenings beginning September 4, and continuing through October 9, the Florida Community of Mindfulness will offer a six-week Introduction to Buddhism course at the Practice Center in Tampa. Classes will be suitable for people with a general interest in Buddhism, as well as for both new and experienced practitioners who want to expand their understanding of the Buddha and his fundamental teachings.

    We will begin with the actual life of the historical Buddha, Shakyamuni, an archetype of a human being awakening to the true meaning and purpose of life. Then we will delve systematically into the fundamental teachings of the “path of awakening” that he promulgated during the course of his nearly forty-five years of active teaching. Finally, we will examine the various practice and meditative paths that have developed within the Buddhist tradition over the past 2600 years.

    Talks will be supplemented by a list of suggested readings.

    Classes will be held Tuesday evenings, 7:00 to 8:30 pm, September 4th through October  9th in the Meditation Hall of the FCM Practice Center, 6501 North Nebraska Avenue in Tampa. Cost for this six-week class is $60.

    If you have any questions, please contact Bill Mac Millen at bmacm21@gmail.com

    Course Facilitators:

    Maria Theresa Jaureguizar began her Buddhist  practice in 1994 with Gyokuko Carlson at the Dharma Rain Zen Center in Portland Oregon.  In 2011 she found a home with the Florida Community of Mindfulness and became a student of Fred Eppsteiner.  She is active in the Order of Interbeing (OI) as an aspirant, OI council member and  a student of the Five Year Dharma Transmission Program. She enjoys sharing time with sangha friends and  helping others by leading classes in meditation and mindful living. She currently works in the senior services field with county government.

    Bill Mac Millen has been a practitioner with the Florida Community of Mindfulness and a student of FCM's teacher Fred Eppsteiner since 2013. He is an aspirant in Thich Nhat Hahn's Order of Interbeing (OI) and a student in FCM's Dharma Transmission Program. Previously Bill worked in law enforcement with the Tampa Police Department and as an investigator in the communications industry before retiring in 2016.


    • 07 Sep 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • FCM Center, 6501 N Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604

    Healing Your Body, Healing the Earth: Transitioning to a Plant-based Diet

    • What are the benefits of a plant-based diet to your health, the wellbeing of animals, and the sustainability of our planet?
    • What are the medical and nutritional impacts of a plant-based diet on your body?
    • How do we transition toward a plant-based diet in a healthy and enjoyable way?

    Please join our panel of experts on Friday, September 7, from 7:30 to 9:00 pm at the Florida Community of Mindfulness to learn more about this increasingly important global shift to a plant-based diet. Please bring your questions and challenges to share with our panelists: Dr. Koushik Reddy, Director of Interventional Cardiology at James A. Haley VA Medical Center, Co-Chair Veteran Health Administration and Dept. Defense Working Group of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, and member of American College of Cardiology’s Working Group on Lifestyle and Nutrition; Isabelle Tassi, Attorney, founder of Tampa Bay Veg Fest and member of the Animal Law Section of the Florida Bar; and Fred Eppsteiner, Buddhist teacher, retired therapist, and vegetarian/vegan for over 50 years.

    There is no charge for this program (donations of support will be gratefully accepted at the door). However, we do ask that you register to help us with our planning.

    • 16 Oct 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    • 24
    Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation
    A Four-Week Series

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

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

     Learning Objectives:
    • Systematically explore mindfulness of breathing, the body and physical sensations through sitting and walking meditation and the body scan practice.
    • Establish and maintain a daily meditation practice.
    • Practice mindful meditation to explore the emotions, thoughts, and  overall awareness.
    • Apply mindfulness to difficult emotions and thoughts to avoid getting caught up in dramas.
    • Cultivate daily meditation and mindfulness practices so that mindfulness becomes an integral part of your daily life.        
    This four-week course will begin on Tuesday, October 16, 23, 30 and November 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes will be held at the FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, in Tampa. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org.     

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