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, followed by discussion, 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. Sometimes, 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 recently include:

The book that we are currently reading is:
Date Opener Facilitator Program  (updated 11/20/2018)
Nov 25 Steph W Lisa 9. The Gift of an Open Mind | Zen and the Art of Openness • Prejudice and Perspective • Breaking Barriers • Are You Sure? • Actually See Her • The Healing Power of Words • Heartfelt Communication
Practice: Is This True?
Dec 1 & 2 n/a n/a White Heron Sangha Weekend Retreat with Shaila Catherine:
Strategies for Overcoming Distracting Thoughts
Dec 9
Susan   Tea Time Sunday - Extended Meditation (45 minutes), followed by free-form discussion and social time.
Dec 16

Kat 10. The Gift of Authenticity | You Were Born to Do This • Staying True • To Whom Are You Faithful? • Start Where You Are • Aware Inside, Calm Outside • Honoring Your Feelings • Desire • Free to Be Human
Practice: Being True
Dec 23
  Susan 11. Free to Dream | Express Your Heart • "Bird Got My Wings" • They're Your Dreams • Crafting Your Life • Conscious and True • The Currents of Life • Dream Big and Dance
Practice: You Are an Artist
Dec 30
  Steph W
12. Deliver Your Gifts | Free to Act • Try Again • Vision and Action • Bring Your Gift • Selfless Service • The World Needs You • Your Very Flesh Shall Be a Poem

Practice: Deliver Your Gifts


The Book Queue  These are books that are being suggested to read next. If there is a book that you would like to suggest, please feel free to email the title to one of the WHSSCMG members listed below, and it will be posted anonymously to this queue.


In addition to our regular Sunday morning meditation and discussion, 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, please feel free to contact these WHSSCMG members: Lois Richerson <thelois@gmail.com>, Kathy Headtke <kheadtke@sbcglobal.net> and Harry Hōetsu Heck <hoetsu@icloud.com>
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