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 include:


The book that we are currently reading is:

Date Opener Facilitator Program  (updated 12/13/2018)
Dec 16
David Kat Consideration of year-end dana distribution, followed by:
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
Steph W Susan Consideration of year-end dana distribution, followed by:
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
Candia Dana decision, followed by:
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

Jan 6
Susan   Tea Time Sunday - Extended Meditation (45 minutes), followed by free-form discussion and social time.
Jan 13
Kathy Kathy Mick Malotte | Guest Talk
Jan 20
David   13. Freedom in Challenging Times | Our Challenge • Listen with Your Heart • Join the Web of Care • Blessed Unrest • Lead with Humanity • Strategic and Strong • You Have Been Training for This

Practice: Stand Up

Jan 27
Kathy Nancy H Nancy Hilyard | Guest Talk
Feb 3     Tea Time Sunday - Extended Meditation (45 minutes), followed by free-form discussion and social time.
Feb 17 David    
Mar 2 & 3 n/a n/a White Heron Sangha Weekend Retreat
Love on Every Breath with Lama Palden
Upcoming book: Love on Every Breath: Tonglen Meditation for Transforming Pain into Joy


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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