White Heron Sangha

South County Meditation Group

The South County Meditation Group meets in Oceano on Sunday mornings from 9:00am  ‑  10:15am for meditation in the Gudrun Hus Studio at Tierra Nueva Cohousing, adjacent to the town of Halcyon (see Maps) (see Brochure).

Our meditation practice is informed by the wisdom tradition of Buddhism. All levels of meditation experience are welcome, and it is not necessary to be a member of White Heron Sangha to attend. If someone is new to meditation, and new to the group, the facilitator, or one of our group members, may guide the meditation for the first 10 minutes or so.

We are a peer-led group, in the tradition of kalyanamittata ("admirable friendship", or "spiritual friends").

The usual meeting format is: start with reading the Beginning Practice, meditate for 30 minutes, read the Ending Practice, then announcements and discussion. On the first and third Sundays of each month, we extend the meditation period to 45 minutes.

We do not meet when there is a White Heron Sangha weekend retreat.

Generally, after the first sitting of each month, for those who are so inclined, we have a casual social time with tea and light refreshments.

Books that we have read include:

The book that we are currently reading is:

Date Opener Facilitator Program  (updated 4/17/2019)
Apr 21 David David Extended Meditation (45 minutes), followed by free-form discussion and social time
Apr 28   Sharon Food for the Heart
     Teaching the Laity and Teaching Monastics | 31
     Counteracting Superstition | 33
     Humor | 34
     Last Years | 35
Chapter 1 ABOUT THIS MIND | 41
(for online preview, click/tap here)
May 4 & 5 n/a n/a

WHS Weekend Retreat with Guy Armstrong
Emptiness: A Practical Introduction for Meditators

May 12     Continue with Food for the Heart
May 19 Candia Candia Extended Meditation (45 minutes), followed by free-form discussion and social time
May 26     Continue with Food for the Heart
Jul 14     Nancy Hilyard | Talk, Question & Answer
(Nancy co-founded the WHS South County Meditation Group in 2007)

The Book Queue  This is the list of the final six books that were being considered by the group in March, 2019. The book that was selected is Food for the Heart.


In addition to our regular Sunday morning meditation, we also have other get‑togethers from time to time.

The Google Group White Heron Sangha - South County Meditation Group [whsscmg] is at http://goo.gl/zxJXUD

For further information on the South County Meditation Group, feel free to contact any of these WHSSCMG members: Lois Richerson <thelois@gmail.com>, Kathy Headtke <kheadtke@sbcglobal.net>, Harry Hōetsu Heck <hoetsu@icloud.com>

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