White Heron Sangha

Sitting Groups


Second and Fourth Mondays 5:30 - 6:45pm - Somatic Meditation Practice Group
This sitting group allows us to practice somatic meditation in a supportive atmosphere and learn practices that help us to meditate and live our lives from an embodied state. Practices are performed both lying down and/or sitting up. The sessions are led by Alice Reinheimer (alicer1@charter.net).

Tuesdays at 5:45 - 7pm - Meditation and Discussion
Our Tuesday evening meditation sessions are held at our White Heron Sangha Mediatation Center in Avila Village (maps).  We sit for 30 minutes. Then, those who choose to may stay for a discussion. The sittings are facilitated by long-time sangha members James Coleman and Arlene Winn.

Wednesdays at 6:00 - 7:00pm - Mindfulness for Everyone
"Mindfulness for Everyone" sittings occur on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 7 pm at our White Heron Sangha Meditation Center in Avila Village (maps). The purpose of this group is to support one's ongoing mindfulness practice, both on the cushion and in daily life.  Teachings are presented using mainstream language in a way that is true to their deepest roots and fullness, with a view toward the integration of mindfulness into all aspects of our lives. 

During each meeting we meditate for 20 minutes, have a 5 to 10 minute presentation, then allow time for discussion.  This group is suitable for those new to mindfulness practice, as well as for more experienced practitioners.  It is appropriate for those from many walks of life and various belief systems.  It is a completely open drop-in group with no expectation of regular attendance.  Some come nearly every week and others drop in only occasionally.

These sittings are led by Mick Malotte. Mick has been studying and practicing mindfulness meditation for 20 years.  He is a physician and a graduate of Spirit Rock’s CDL teacher training program. If you have any questions email him at mjmalotte@gmail.com

Fridays 11:30am - 1:00pm - Socially Engaged Buddhist Study
The purpose of this study and practice group is to deepen our understanding of how Buddhist teachings can extend to and inform our social/environmental activism, which in turn can help us to be more effective in our various individual attempts to reduce societal and environmental suffering. We meet on the second and fourth Fridays of each month. Facilitated by Sharon Rippner (srippner@msn.com).

Some Saturdays 10:30am to 12:00 pm - Tara Meditation
Tara is the embodiment of enlightened mind, a manifestation of our own deepest wisdom.  In this group, we do simple practices together that help us to connect with her awakened wisdom and to manifest her love and power in our daily lives.

Led by James Coleman occasionally on Saturday mornings -- check the schedule. Everyone welcome, but if you have never done visualization practices before, please contact James (jwcoleman1008@gmail.com) to first receive an orientation.

First Saturday of Most Months 12:30 to 2:30pm - Reflective Insight Meditation
This gentle, open-hearted practice is suitable for experienced or beginning meditators and is compatible with many meditation practices. We will have a 30 minute sit, then take 5 to 10 minutes to look back and review our sittings with the opportunity to dialogue with the teacher. We may have a short discussion or Dharma talk and then another 30 minute meditation. Through reflection, we cultivate a self-honest and safe inner environment where we can learn to meet whatever our mind comes up with qualities such as awareness, kindness, patience, curiosity, and generosity.

For additional information on this form of practice see Sati Sangha: A Reflective Meditation Community

These sittings are usually held at Crow's End Retreat Center (directions). We don't meet on Saturdays when White Heron Sangha is holding a retreat.

Reflective Insight Meditation Schedule for 2020

Feb 1 - With Linda and Wendy
March 7 - With Linda and Wendy
April 4th - (No meeting due to WHS  Retreat Donald Rothberg)
May 2  - With Linda and Wendy
June 6 - With Linda and Wendy
July  4th - (No meeting due to holiday)
Aug 1 - (to be determined)
Sept 5 - With Linda and Wendy
October - (to be determined)
Nov: - (No meeting due to WHS Retreat with Amana Johnson)
Dec.- (No meeting due to WHS Retreat with Shaila Catherine)

For more information, email Wendy Liepman at wliepman@yahoo.com or Linda Modaro linda@satisangha.org

Upcoming Sittings at WHS


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