Here are local meditation groups and helpful resources for starting or continuing your meditation practice!
James River Yoga Studio
1. Meditation class meets every Friday from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. The class is FREE and open to all levels. Chairs and/or props are provided – or you can bring your personal meditation seat.
2. Meditation Workshop meets on the LAST Saturday of every month from 3-5 p.m. (please note that in May 2018 we will meet on May 19). This workshop is donation-based (dana) and is open to all levels. Chairs and/or props are provided – or you can bring your personal meditation seat. We will offer meditation instruction in different styles of meditation, have time for questions, and take plenty of breaks. If you want to attend only part of the workshop, please arrive at the beginning and depart on a break.
Maier Museum – Randolph College
Insight Meditation group meets Mondays from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. at the Maier Museum. The group is donation-based (dana) and open to all levels. Chairs are provided, or bring your own cushion or seat. Please go to the back door (parking lot side) and ring the bell for entry. Dharma talk and periods of seated meditation.
MORE INFO at http://maiermuseum.org/events/
Good Karma Tea Company
Meditation group meets 9 – 9:30 a.m. on Sundays at Good Karma Tea Company, 174 Norfolk Avenue, Lynchburg, VA. This group is open to all levels. Bring your own cushion or seat. Donations are accepted for local non-profits. Teahouse is open afterwards for socializing and tea. For more info:
Bower Center for the Arts, Bedford, VA – PLEASE NOTE THAT THE BEDFORD GROUP IS ON HIATUS FOR THE SUMMER!
Meditation group meets Mondays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. $5 donation suggested. Group is open to all levels. Props are provided, or bring your own meditation seat or cushion. The group practices breathwork, gentle movement, guided and non-guided meditations; mindfulness meditation, mantra meditations, guided imagery, yoga nidra and other methods will be introduced. For more info:
First Christian Church, 3109 Rivermont Avenue, Lynchburg, VA
WEDNESDAYS 8 – 8:30 a.m.: silence and centering
THURSDAYS 12 noon – 1 p.m.: guided imagery, readings, etc. with extended period of silence. Everyone is welcome at either group. Both meet in the parlor (sign above door). If you park in the parking area as you enter from Rivermont (closest to downtown) come up the walkway (going up a few steps). Enter, continue down a long hall, go thru double doors, to the Parlor. Contact person is Vera Brandt: (434) 486-5658.
OTHER ONLINE RESOURCES:
What is meant by donation-based (dana)? In the Buddhist tradition, meditation teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless; we also practice dana, or generosity, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. Dana is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is given from the heart. Thus, where the group specifies “donation-based,” it is suggesting whatever donation (or dana) you would like to give for the teachings provided.