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Events/Calendar

Our calendar lists weekly sanghas of FCM at the Tampa Center and in Naples and St. Petersburg, including the teaching schedule for our teacher, Fred Eppsteiner. In addition, it lists other FCM-sponsored events including classes and workshops, Days of Mindfulness, retreats, and special activities. Please click on an event for more information or to register (for all events other than weekly sangha).


Upcoming events

    • 24 Mar 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • 26 Mar 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Tampa Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33604

    We are very happy to invite you, members of the Florida Community of Mindfulness, to the Tampa Center for the weekend of March 24th to celebrate and deepen our connection as a sangha body. Our aspiration for this weekend is to explore "American Buddhism," and in particular how our greater "Maha" sangha manifests our Buddhist values in community and in the world. Activities we share during the weekend will be aligned with this aspiration. Our weekend will begin with a workshop at 2:00 pm followed by dinner on March 24th, ending with a celebratory lunch after sangha on Sunday, the 26th. 


    While we understand that some members may have commitments that make it impossible for them to join at 2:00 pm on Friday, we strongly encourage everyone to try to arrive then or by 7:00 pm so that we can flow as a river through the weekend.


    An information page has been set up for the Mahasangha Gathering, floridamindfulness.org/MG2017 so please check the page periodically for updated information. This is a non-silent gathering. You may also contact our Gathering Coordinator, Maria Sgambati, at sgambati2012@gmail.com for more information.


    Registration will close March 20th.


    • 26 Mar 2017
    • 4:45 PM - 5:45 PM
    • Green Monkey Yoga Studio, Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108
    Monthly Orientation

    A one-hour orientation for newcomers is offered the last Sunday of each month at 4:45p.m. Please contact naples-meditation@floridamindfulness.org , if you plan to attend.

    The Green Monkey Yoga Studio is located at Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108. Peacock Court is across U.S. 41 from Barnes & Noble. Wheelchair access is available.


    • 26 Mar 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Green Monkey Yoga Studio, Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings.  Please visit Naples Sangha for more information.


    The Green Monkey Yoga Studio is located at Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108. Peacock Court is across U.S. 41 from Barnes & Noble. Wheelchair access is available.


    • 27 Mar 2017
    • 6:30 AM - 7:30 AM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Monday Sunrise Meditation


    When and Where: Every Monday and Friday morning from 6:30 to 7:30 am at the Tampa practice center meditation hall. Remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer (please leave phones, water and other personal items in the foyer or in your car), and come into the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.


    You are welcome to join us in silence anytime between 6:30 and 7:30 am for the Sunrise Meditation, where we will sit for 30 minutes, walk for 5 minutes, and sit for another 30 minutes. The meditation will be totally in silence.



    • 27 Mar 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • FCM Center, Tampa
    A weekly gentle yoga class relaxes, stretches, and replenishes the mind, body, and spirit. Find comfort in your meditation seat by bringing flexibility and joint freedom into your practice. This class is taught by Evelyn Greenfield. Evelyn has taught yoga since 2002, and her experience and lovely presentation in teaching creates a truly relaxing and nourishing environment for yoga practice.

    Classes are free for FCM members (dana is always appreciated) and $10 each for non-members. No registration is required.
    • 28 Mar 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • FCM Tampa Center, Main Meditation Hall

    This weekly meditation group is open to everyone in recovery: AA, NA, Alanon, and other programs. It is also for those trying to spend less time on the internet, Facebook, TV, shopping, etc. Please join us to learn more about the 11th Step (Prayer and Meditation) and how to make it part of your daily life. Meditation is easy to learn and will help you cultivate a rich and rewarding spiritual practice, one that will support you in realizing the promises.

     

    People who practice meditation report reduced stress, greater peace, more clarity and happiness in their lives. They sleep better and have an increased ability to concentrate. These are some of the benefits of adding meditation to your recovery program.

     

    Everybody is welcome, whether you are just starting out or have been meditating for a while. The evenings will be led by teachers with a foundation in both meditation and recovery.

     

    • 28 Mar 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • The Renaissance School, 37 Barkley Circle, Fort Myers, FL

    Midweek Mindfulness offers a supplement to the Naples Sunday Sangha. We practice silent meditation for 30 minutes; walking meditation for 15 minutes; sharing of personal mindfulness practice experiences and Dharma discussion of a reading or teaching for 45 minutes.

     

    Contact:  Anne Kracmer, alkracmer@comcast.net239-826-1557

    • 28 Mar 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • The Renaissance School, 37 Barkley Circle, Fort Myers, FL

    Midweek Mindfulness offers a supplement to the Naples Sunday Sangha. We practice silent meditation for 30 minutes; walking meditation for 15 minutes; sharing of personal mindfulness practice experiences and Dharma discussion of a reading or teaching for 45 minutes.

     

    Contact:  Anne Kracmer, alkracmer@comcast.net239-826-1557

    • 29 Mar 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 6:50 PM
    • FCM Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    Qigong is Chinese yoga and meditation that involves gentle but surprisingly effective ways of moving and caring for the mind and body. It uses low-impact exercises drawn from Daoism, Buddhism, traditional Chinese health practices, and even Asian martial arts traditions. Sessions include 50 minutes of simple warm-up exercises and short movement forms to stretch and condition the body. Appropriate for beginners and people with more experience. This class currently meets on Wednesday evenings 6:00 – 6:50 at the FCM Practice Center.

    There is no charge for this class, but donations are gratefully accepted. All are welcome regardless of ability to contribute.
    • 29 Mar 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Wednesday Evening
    Meditations for Mindful Living


    We aspire to enjoy our life and our relationships with others. To be fully present to ourselves and those around us and to live life with ease and awareness. Yet, we often find that our daily life is just opposite. Lost in our thoughts and our personal dramas, we miss the beauty and simplicity of our life and relationships.  Instead of enjoying the roses in life, we remain lost the endless spinning of our minds.


    We need to transform how we relate to life and mindfulness is a powerful tool to accomplish this goal.  It will facilitate a profound shift that will enable us to stabilize our minds, meaningfully ground ourselves in everyday reality and can be used to heal the psycho-emotional wounds that we may carry within us from our past.  The practice of mindfulness, of learning how to be fully present, focused and aware of what’s going on in and around us right now, is the practice that allows this transformation to occur.


    Wednesday evening meditations for mindful living, based on the wonderful teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village tradition, are designed to help us build a daily life that is grounded and stable with greater clarity and ease.   


    Teachings
    Mindfulness: Learning to live in the present moment; cultivating a happy, peaceful mind “here and now”
    Emotional healing: the dangers of spiritual by-passing
    Four Foundations of Mindfulness
    Five Mindfulness Trainings


    Practices
    Sitting, body/breath, walking mindfulness meditation
    Deep relaxation
    Mindful communication
    Working with stress, afflictive emotions and difficult mind states
    Mindfulness practices for daily life, including work and relationships


    Who Will Benefit?

    Everyone is welcome, including members & non-members;
    People who have taken “Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation” classes;
    People on the Mindful Living Path of the FCM developmental path for Dharma practice and personal transformation;
    Experienced practitioners who want to go deeper in the core practices


    • 29 Mar 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
    • Unitarian Universalist Church in St. Pete

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings.  Please Visit St. Pete Sangha for more information.

    • 30 Mar 2017
    • 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Tampa Center

    Thursday Evening Extended Meditation

     

    Every Thursday evening from 7:15 to 9:00 pm in the Tampa practice center meditation hall (please try to arrive about 10 minutes early). Enter and remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer. Enter the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.


    Our teacher Fred leads this weekly extended evening meditation, which is open to all. The evening will consist of two 35-minute sitting meditation periods, with formal walking meditation in-between. These extended meditation periods offer students the opportunity to deepen their practices of mindfulness, concentration and insight. 


    While meditation is occurring Fred offers private interviews in the Center's downstairs Interview Room to FCM members (those who have become Fred’s students) - please visit Membership for more information. Interviews are conducted in the Zen “dokusan" tradition – going alone to visit the teacher. No advance sign-up occurs for interviews; instead, students line up at the back of the meditation hall and the personal interviews unfold, one following the other, as time permits. The length of each interview may range from 5 to 15 minutes, depending on the situation. Dokusan pertains to issues that arise in the student's personal meditation practice and their life experiences of integrating the teachings into their daily life, not with intellectual or theoretical matters. 


    • 31 Mar 2017
    • 6:30 AM - 7:30 AM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Friday Sunrise Meditation


    When and Where: Every Friday morning from 6:30 to 7:30 am at the Tampa practice center meditation hall. Remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer (please leave phones, water and other personal items in the foyer or in your car), and come into the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.


    You are welcome to join us in silence anytime between 6:30 and 7:30 am for the Sunrise Meditation, where we will sit for 30 minutes, walk for 5 minutes, and sit for another 30 minutes. The meditation will be totally in silence.



    • 31 Mar 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM Center, Tampa
    Wake Up Tampa Bay is a  mindfulness and meditation group for people in their 20s & 30s. We meet every other Friday from 7:00pm to 8:30pm in the Meditation Hall to practice sitting and walking mediation as well as to share about our engagement with the practices of mindfulness and the Buddha's teachings in our lives. 


    Please feel comfortable coming late and leaving early as needed. Afterwards join us for tea and snacks.


    There is no charge for this event.


    Location: Florida Community of Mindfulness Practice Center: 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue Tampa, FL 33604


    *All Wake Up Tampa Bay events are alcohol, drug, and animal product free. Everyone in their 20s and 30s are welcome, but we ask that all who come do so with a clear mind and an open heart. Please leave cynicism and offensive speech at the door, and if you are intoxicated, we ask that you wait for another time to join us.
    • 02 Apr 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
    • FCM Tampa Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    Monthly Orientation

    A 45-minute orientation for newcomers is offered the first Sunday of each month at 9:00 a.m. in the Lotus Room in the Education Building at the FCM Center in Tampa (no registration required - simply show up). 

    The FCM Center in Tampa is located at 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue (between Hillsborough and Sligh Avenues).
    • 02 Apr 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings. Please visit Tampa Sangha for more information.

    • 02 Apr 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Tampa Center (Education Building, Community Room)
    The Florida Community of Mindfulness welcomes families with children! The presence of infants, children, and teens at our practice center indicates a vibrant and lively community. Infants, children and teens are always welcome in our Meditation Hall and Fellowship Hall under the loving supervision of their parents or guardians.  We are family friendly!
      
    The FCM Family Program is committed to fostering mindfulness, understanding and compassion in the lives of our families by providing a safe and mindful environment with activities for families. Program activities are described below and indicated on the FCM monthly calendar.  Please discuss any special needs with the Family Program Coordinator. 
     

    Lotus Buds Program for Children Under 6 Years Old

    Sunday mindful care and play is offered for children under age six, from 10 am - noon in the Education Building, one or more Sundays per month during the school year. Please check the FCM calendar. We call these younger children our “Lotus Buds.” Activities include free play, music, stories, movement and art. For the comfort and safety of your child, we ask that an adult (parent, guardian or grandparent) remain in the Education Building to participate with them. 
      
    For FCM members, who attend regularly with their children, the option is offered, on a case by case basis, to leave children under 6 years old in the Education Building while parents (or grandparents) attend all or part of Sunday Sangha in the Meditation Hall. Please discuss your child’s needs with the Family Program Coordinator to reach a mutually agreed upon arrangement, based on the comfort level of the child and the availability of adult supervision, as well as to discuss possible ways that parents can participate with other parents in providing cooperative care during Sunday Sangha and other events. To ensure quality supervision and care, check in with the Family Program Coordinator each week before leaving your child in the Education Building, as the number of adult supervisors available to care for your child each week may vary. 

    Dharma Buds Program for Children Ages 6-12

    Sunday meditation and mindfulness activities are offered for children ages 6-12, from 10 am - noon in the Education Building one or more Sundays per month during the school year. Please check the FCM calendar. This program includes gentle meditation and other fun activities in an environment of mindfulness and loving kindness. Inspiration comes from the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village tradition with activities including mindfulness practice, art, music and movement.  The name “Dharma Buds” was chosen by our inaugural class of children to refer to this age group. 
        
    Two Promises for Children Ages 6-12:  The Two Promises, to develop understanding and compassion, are the mindfulness trainings or Buddhist ethical guidelines for children, developed by Thich Nhat Hanh. They are an integral part of the Children’s Program.   Once or twice a year children will be offered additional classes to learn about the Two Promises and discuss what it means to take refuge in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.   They will then have the opportunity, if they choose, to receive transmission of the Two Promises in a formal ceremony with our Dharma teacher.  The children receive a Dharma name and a certificate to remind them of their promises.

     

    Teens Ages 13-18

    Sundays for Teens:  Teens are invited to attend Sunday Sangha in the Meditation Hall, or to contribute to the well-being of the community by helping in the Education Building with Family Program activities with the younger children.  If you would like to help out, please see the Family Program Coordinator.
        
    Teen Program: The FCM Teen Program supports mindfulness practitioners in their teen years who, inspired by the teachings of Zen master and peace activist Thich Nhat Hahn, aspire to cultivate mindfulness and compassion in their lives. A regular monthly activity for teens to practice mindfulness and meditation will begin during the 2015-16 school year.  In the spirit of inter-being and inclusiveness, we honor the diverse spiritual/cultural roots and religious traditions of our teens.
        
    FOR MORE INFORMATION or to discuss special needs please contact the Family Program Coordinator.  Ideas, feedback, and concerns are always welcome so that we can best support the needs of our families.
     
       

     

    • 02 Apr 2017
    • 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM
    • Tampa Center
    The FCM Mindful Teen Program is designed for teens ages 13-18 who aspire to cultivate mindfulness and compassion in their lives. It meets on the first Sunday of each month (September through June) after Sangha from 12:15-1:45 pm in the Education Building at the Tampa Practice Center.  The program includes meditation practice and discussion of teachings inspired by Zen master and peace activist Thich Nhat Hahn. In the spirit of inter-being and inclusiveness, we honor the diverse spiritual/cultural roots and religious traditions of our teens.

    Schedule:

    12:15-12:30 pm.    Registration* and Sign In.  You are welcome to bring a brown bag vegetarian lunch to eat prior to the start of the session - no tree nuts or peanuts please.

    12:30-1:45 pm.    Mindfulness Practices and Discussion Session.

    * A signed parent/guardian registration form for the program is required for teen participation. This can be filled out the first time the teen attends for the year,  during registration/sign in. If a parent/guardian is unable to attend at this time, please contact the Family Program Coordinator at family-program-coordinator@floridamindfulness.org to receive a form to fill out and sign ahead of time.  

    Recommended reading: The Mindful Teen: Powerful Skills to Help You Handle Stress One Moment at a Time by Dzung X. Vo MD (2015).


    • 02 Apr 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Green Monkey Yoga Studio, Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings.  Please visit Naples Sangha for more information.


    The Green Monkey Yoga Studio is located at Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108. Peacock Court is across U.S. 41 from Barnes & Noble. Wheelchair access is available.


    • 03 Apr 2017
    • 6:30 AM - 7:30 AM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Monday Sunrise Meditation


    When and Where: Every Monday and Friday morning from 6:30 to 7:30 am at the Tampa practice center meditation hall. Remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer (please leave phones, water and other personal items in the foyer or in your car), and come into the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.


    You are welcome to join us in silence anytime between 6:30 and 7:30 am for the Sunrise Meditation, where we will sit for 30 minutes, walk for 5 minutes, and sit for another 30 minutes. The meditation will be totally in silence.



    • 03 Apr 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • FCM Center, Tampa
    A weekly gentle yoga class relaxes, stretches, and replenishes the mind, body, and spirit. Find comfort in your meditation seat by bringing flexibility and joint freedom into your practice. This class is taught by Evelyn Greenfield. Evelyn has taught yoga since 2002, and her experience and lovely presentation in teaching creates a truly relaxing and nourishing environment for yoga practice.

    Classes are free for FCM members (dana is always appreciated) and $10 each for non-members. No registration is required.
    • 04 Apr 2017
    • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Collier County Public Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples, FL
    Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation
    A Four-Week Series

    Do you live in your thoughts about the past or worries about the future? Do your emotions often cause stress and confusion? Do you get carried away by dramas?


    Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation is a four-week course designed to support the practice of mindfulness, helping us develop the skills and attention to be fully present to our lives in the present moment, and to touch each moment deeply.  It is intended for those new to mindfulness and meditation, as well as for those who want to review the basics and establish a more consistent daily mindfulness and meditation practice. The course includes basic instruction as well as an exploration of practical ways to bring mindfulness into daily activities.  

     Learning Objectives:
    • Systematically explore mindfulness of breathing, the body and physical sensations through sitting and walking meditation and the body scan practice.
    • Establish and maintain a daily meditation practice.
    • Practice mindful meditation to explore the emotions, thoughts, and  overall awareness.
    • Apply mindfulness to difficult emotions and thoughts to avoid getting caught up in dramas.
    • Cultivate daily meditation and mindfulness practices so that mindfulness becomes an integral part of your daily life.        
    This four-week course will begin on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 continuing on April 11, 18 and 25, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Classes will be held at the Collier County Public Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples, FL. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact Nancy Natilson, Mindfulness Institute Director at midirector@floridamindulness.org    

    Workshop Presenters:
    Beth Schroeder is long time dharma practitioner, artist, and teacher.  She recently retired from coordinating the Naples Healthcare Systems Arts in Healing program, having worked for twelve years developing and implementing activities using art to help people relieve the difficulties of being ill. She now teaches “Creating Art in Mindfulness” and is the author of Arts in Healing: An arts and crafts manual for volunteers helping people with a health crisis, which is pending publication.  

    Maria Winkler, MSc, has been studying and practicing mindfulness for over 20 years. Maria applies in her teachings a multi-disciplinary approach that focuses on wellness through mental training, mindful physical movement such as yoga, and nutrition. Maria owns a yoga/wellness studio in the Boston area. She is actively engaged in supporting and building a center for integrative health care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital in Boston. Maria is a retired educator who has studied and traveled throughout the world.
        
    • 04 Apr 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • FCM Tampa Center, Main Meditation Hall

    This weekly meditation group is open to everyone in recovery: AA, NA, Alanon, and other programs. It is also for those trying to spend less time on the internet, Facebook, TV, shopping, etc. Please join us to learn more about the 11th Step (Prayer and Meditation) and how to make it part of your daily life. Meditation is easy to learn and will help you cultivate a rich and rewarding spiritual practice, one that will support you in realizing the promises.

     

    People who practice meditation report reduced stress, greater peace, more clarity and happiness in their lives. They sleep better and have an increased ability to concentrate. These are some of the benefits of adding meditation to your recovery program.

     

    Everybody is welcome, whether you are just starting out or have been meditating for a while. The evenings will be led by teachers with a foundation in both meditation and recovery.

     

    • 04 Apr 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • The Renaissance School, 37 Barkley Circle, Fort Myers, FL

    Midweek Mindfulness offers a supplement to the Naples Sunday Sangha. We practice silent meditation for 30 minutes; walking meditation for 15 minutes; sharing of personal mindfulness practice experiences and Dharma discussion of a reading or teaching for 45 minutes.

     

    Contact:  Anne Kracmer, alkracmer@comcast.net239-826-1557

    • 05 Apr 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
    • Unitarian Universalist Church in St. Pete

    Monthly Orientation


    A 45-minute orientation for newcomers is offered the first Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church in St. Pete (no registration required - simply show up). 

    The Unitarian Universalist Church in St. Pete is located at 100 Mirror Lake Dr. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33701


    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings.  Please Visit St. Pete Sangha for more information.

    • 05 Apr 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 6:50 PM
    • FCM Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    Qigong is Chinese yoga and meditation that involves gentle but surprisingly effective ways of moving and caring for the mind and body. It uses low-impact exercises drawn from Daoism, Buddhism, traditional Chinese health practices, and even Asian martial arts traditions. Sessions include 50 minutes of simple warm-up exercises and short movement forms to stretch and condition the body. Appropriate for beginners and people with more experience. This class currently meets on Wednesday evenings 6:00 – 6:50 at the FCM Practice Center.

    There is no charge for this class, but donations are gratefully accepted. All are welcome regardless of ability to contribute.
    • 05 Apr 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Wednesday Evening
    Meditations for Mindful Living


    We aspire to enjoy our life and our relationships with others. To be fully present to ourselves and those around us and to live life with ease and awareness. Yet, we often find that our daily life is just opposite. Lost in our thoughts and our personal dramas, we miss the beauty and simplicity of our life and relationships.  Instead of enjoying the roses in life, we remain lost the endless spinning of our minds.


    We need to transform how we relate to life and mindfulness is a powerful tool to accomplish this goal.  It will facilitate a profound shift that will enable us to stabilize our minds, meaningfully ground ourselves in everyday reality and can be used to heal the psycho-emotional wounds that we may carry within us from our past.  The practice of mindfulness, of learning how to be fully present, focused and aware of what’s going on in and around us right now, is the practice that allows this transformation to occur.


    Wednesday evening meditations for mindful living, based on the wonderful teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village tradition, are designed to help us build a daily life that is grounded and stable with greater clarity and ease.   


    Teachings
    Mindfulness: Learning to live in the present moment; cultivating a happy, peaceful mind “here and now”
    Emotional healing: the dangers of spiritual by-passing
    Four Foundations of Mindfulness
    Five Mindfulness Trainings


    Practices
    Sitting, body/breath, walking mindfulness meditation
    Deep relaxation
    Mindful communication
    Working with stress, afflictive emotions and difficult mind states
    Mindfulness practices for daily life, including work and relationships


    Who Will Benefit?

    Everyone is welcome, including members & non-members;
    People who have taken “Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation” classes;
    People on the Mindful Living Path of the FCM developmental path for Dharma practice and personal transformation;
    Experienced practitioners who want to go deeper in the core practices


    • 05 Apr 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
    • Unitarian Universalist Church in St. Pete

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings.  Please Visit St. Pete Sangha for more information.

    • 06 Apr 2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • 09 Apr 2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • Franciscan Center, Tampa, Florida
    • 3
    Registration is closed
    FCM SPRING 2017 RETREAT | CULTIVATING THE MIND OF PATIENCE AND ACCEPTANCE


    The Buddhist path teaches that true happiness is possible through transforming our mind and its mind states.  Habituation to the mind states of impatience/irritation and dissatisfaction/non-acceptance only furthers our unhappiness with life and separation from others.  The critical mind and the dissatisfied mind are always looking for external experiences to reinforce it’s basic unwillingness to stop fixating on unwholesome mental events.


    Essential for our transformation is the development of patience and acceptance, one of the six great paramitas, or perfections, of Buddhist practice. Patience is unrivaled as the antidote for neutralizing and preventing us from succumbing to aversive mind states such as anger and all of anger’s related afflictions, including frustration, irritation, disappointment, confusion, and more. Without developing patience and acceptance, these negative afflictions will continue to be large obstacles to our happiness and transformation. With the cultivation of patience, the seeds of love, understanding, and joy have the possibility to flower.


    In this three-day retreat, we will study and practice the Buddhist teachings on cultivating the paramita of patience. Dharma talks, guided meditations, experiential exercises and group dialogues will help participants nourish the aspiration to cultivate patience, clearly see and understand the roots of and suffering caused by aversive mind states, and cultivate “right view” and discipline to support the development of patience and acceptance in their lives.


    This retreat will be led by senior members of the Florida Community of Mindfulness. Fred will attend the retreat daily to give the Dharma Talk and to facilitate a question-and-answer session for participants related to the teachings and meditative practices being offered. As usual, this will be a silent retreat. The silence affords us the opportunity to deepen our meditative experience while absorbing the experiential meaning of the teachings and practices presented.


    The retreat is being held in Tampa, Florida at The Franciscan Center, located on the Hillsborough River. The registration fee covers both room and board (three vegetarian meals daily), as well as any administrative and incidental expenses connected to the retreat. The teachings are offered in the Buddhist tradition of Dana, wherein the teacher freely gives of him or herself to the students out of gratitude for what they’ve received from their teachers and a desire to be of service. The student’s response is also based on Dana, i.e. generosity that naturally flows from a sense of appreciation of the value of Dharma and gratitude to the living lineage.


    The retreat begins with dinner on Thursday, April 6th, and ends after lunch on Sunday, April 9th.  We ask that all retreatants attend the entire time of the retreat; if you cannot arrive by 6 pm on Thursday, April 6st and stay until lunch on Sunday, April 9th, please do not register. No late arrivals or early departures are permitted, as they significantly interfere with the process of retreat for everyone.


    The Franciscan Center has both single and double occupancy accommodations. If you are seeking double occupancy and have someone you wish to room with, please indicate their name when you register. Otherwise, you will be placed in a room with another participant who has requested double occupancy as well. The registration fee for single occupancy is $350 and the fee for double-occupancy is $295. Full payment is due by March 22nd in order to hold your place in the retreat. A limited number of Retreat Scholarships may be available. Please click here to see FCM's Retreat Scholarship Policy and for an Application, which must be submitted prior to the registration deadline for this retreat.


    Please note that participation in this retreat is open to both members and non-members of the Florida Community of Mindfulness. While participation in our local sanghas and Days of Mindfulness is open to everyone, membership in FCM is for persons wanting to deepen their practice of living an awakened life by being part of a dedicated practice community, having a direct relationship with a Dharma teacher, and participating in practice opportunities such as Intensives and longer retreats. For information on becoming a member of FCM please click here


    The retreat registrar will be sending additional information to accepted registrants before the retreat begins, including directions to the Franciscan Center.


    The last day to register for the retreat is March 9th. You will be notified if you have been accepted into the retreat or whether you have been placed on the waiting list by March 13th.



    • 06 Apr 2017
    • 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Tampa Center

    Thursday Evening Extended Meditation

     

    Every Thursday evening from 7:15 to 9:00 pm in the Tampa practice center meditation hall (please try to arrive about 10 minutes early). Enter and remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer. Enter the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.


    Our teacher Fred leads this weekly extended evening meditation, which is open to all. The evening will consist of two 35-minute sitting meditation periods, with formal walking meditation in-between. These extended meditation periods offer students the opportunity to deepen their practices of mindfulness, concentration and insight. 


    While meditation is occurring Fred offers private interviews in the Center's downstairs Interview Room to FCM members (those who have become Fred’s students) - please visit Membership for more information. Interviews are conducted in the Zen “dokusan" tradition – going alone to visit the teacher. No advance sign-up occurs for interviews; instead, students line up at the back of the meditation hall and the personal interviews unfold, one following the other, as time permits. The length of each interview may range from 5 to 15 minutes, depending on the situation. Dokusan pertains to issues that arise in the student's personal meditation practice and their life experiences of integrating the teachings into their daily life, not with intellectual or theoretical matters. 


    • 07 Apr 2017
    • 6:30 AM - 7:30 AM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Friday Sunrise Meditation


    When and Where: Every Friday morning from 6:30 to 7:30 am at the Tampa practice center meditation hall. Remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer (please leave phones, water and other personal items in the foyer or in your car), and come into the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.


    You are welcome to join us in silence anytime between 6:30 and 7:30 am for the Sunrise Meditation, where we will sit for 30 minutes, walk for 5 minutes, and sit for another 30 minutes. The meditation will be totally in silence.



    • 09 Apr 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings. Please visit Tampa Sangha for more information.

    • 09 Apr 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Green Monkey Yoga Studio, Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings.  Please visit Naples Sangha for more information.


    The Green Monkey Yoga Studio is located at Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108. Peacock Court is across U.S. 41 from Barnes & Noble. Wheelchair access is available.


    • 10 Apr 2017
    • 6:30 AM - 7:30 AM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Monday Sunrise Meditation


    When and Where: Every Monday and Friday morning from 6:30 to 7:30 am at the Tampa practice center meditation hall. Remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer (please leave phones, water and other personal items in the foyer or in your car), and come into the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.


    You are welcome to join us in silence anytime between 6:30 and 7:30 am for the Sunrise Meditation, where we will sit for 30 minutes, walk for 5 minutes, and sit for another 30 minutes. The meditation will be totally in silence.



    • 10 Apr 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • FCM Center, Tampa
    A weekly gentle yoga class relaxes, stretches, and replenishes the mind, body, and spirit. Find comfort in your meditation seat by bringing flexibility and joint freedom into your practice. This class is taught by Evelyn Greenfield. Evelyn has taught yoga since 2002, and her experience and lovely presentation in teaching creates a truly relaxing and nourishing environment for yoga practice.

    Classes are free for FCM members (dana is always appreciated) and $10 each for non-members. No registration is required.
    • 11 Apr 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • FCM Tampa Center, Main Meditation Hall

    This weekly meditation group is open to everyone in recovery: AA, NA, Alanon, and other programs. It is also for those trying to spend less time on the internet, Facebook, TV, shopping, etc. Please join us to learn more about the 11th Step (Prayer and Meditation) and how to make it part of your daily life. Meditation is easy to learn and will help you cultivate a rich and rewarding spiritual practice, one that will support you in realizing the promises.

     

    People who practice meditation report reduced stress, greater peace, more clarity and happiness in their lives. They sleep better and have an increased ability to concentrate. These are some of the benefits of adding meditation to your recovery program.

     

    Everybody is welcome, whether you are just starting out or have been meditating for a while. The evenings will be led by teachers with a foundation in both meditation and recovery.

     

    • 11 Apr 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • The Renaissance School, 37 Barkley Circle, Fort Myers, FL

    Midweek Mindfulness offers a supplement to the Naples Sunday Sangha. We practice silent meditation for 30 minutes; walking meditation for 15 minutes; sharing of personal mindfulness practice experiences and Dharma discussion of a reading or teaching for 45 minutes.

     

    Contact:  Anne Kracmer, alkracmer@comcast.net239-826-1557

    • 12 Apr 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 6:50 PM
    • FCM Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    Qigong is Chinese yoga and meditation that involves gentle but surprisingly effective ways of moving and caring for the mind and body. It uses low-impact exercises drawn from Daoism, Buddhism, traditional Chinese health practices, and even Asian martial arts traditions. Sessions include 50 minutes of simple warm-up exercises and short movement forms to stretch and condition the body. Appropriate for beginners and people with more experience. This class currently meets on Wednesday evenings 6:00 – 6:50 at the FCM Practice Center.

    There is no charge for this class, but donations are gratefully accepted. All are welcome regardless of ability to contribute.
    • 12 Apr 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Wednesday Evening
    Meditations for Mindful Living


    We aspire to enjoy our life and our relationships with others. To be fully present to ourselves and those around us and to live life with ease and awareness. Yet, we often find that our daily life is just opposite. Lost in our thoughts and our personal dramas, we miss the beauty and simplicity of our life and relationships.  Instead of enjoying the roses in life, we remain lost the endless spinning of our minds.


    We need to transform how we relate to life and mindfulness is a powerful tool to accomplish this goal.  It will facilitate a profound shift that will enable us to stabilize our minds, meaningfully ground ourselves in everyday reality and can be used to heal the psycho-emotional wounds that we may carry within us from our past.  The practice of mindfulness, of learning how to be fully present, focused and aware of what’s going on in and around us right now, is the practice that allows this transformation to occur.


    Wednesday evening meditations for mindful living, based on the wonderful teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village tradition, are designed to help us build a daily life that is grounded and stable with greater clarity and ease.   


    Teachings
    Mindfulness: Learning to live in the present moment; cultivating a happy, peaceful mind “here and now”
    Emotional healing: the dangers of spiritual by-passing
    Four Foundations of Mindfulness
    Five Mindfulness Trainings


    Practices
    Sitting, body/breath, walking mindfulness meditation
    Deep relaxation
    Mindful communication
    Working with stress, afflictive emotions and difficult mind states
    Mindfulness practices for daily life, including work and relationships


    Who Will Benefit?

    Everyone is welcome, including members & non-members;
    People who have taken “Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation” classes;
    People on the Mindful Living Path of the FCM developmental path for Dharma practice and personal transformation;
    Experienced practitioners who want to go deeper in the core practices


    • 12 Apr 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
    • Unitarian Universalist Church in St. Pete

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings.  Please Visit St. Pete Sangha for more information.

    • 13 Apr 2017
    • 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Tampa Center

    Thursday Evening Extended Meditation

     

    Every Thursday evening from 7:15 to 9:00 pm in the Tampa practice center meditation hall (please try to arrive about 10 minutes early). Enter and remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer. Enter the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.


    Our teacher Fred leads this weekly extended evening meditation, which is open to all. The evening will consist of two 35-minute sitting meditation periods, with formal walking meditation in-between. These extended meditation periods offer students the opportunity to deepen their practices of mindfulness, concentration and insight. 


    While meditation is occurring Fred offers private interviews in the Center's downstairs Interview Room to FCM members (those who have become Fred’s students) - please visit Membership for more information. Interviews are conducted in the Zen “dokusan" tradition – going alone to visit the teacher. No advance sign-up occurs for interviews; instead, students line up at the back of the meditation hall and the personal interviews unfold, one following the other, as time permits. The length of each interview may range from 5 to 15 minutes, depending on the situation. Dokusan pertains to issues that arise in the student's personal meditation practice and their life experiences of integrating the teachings into their daily life, not with intellectual or theoretical matters. 


    • 14 Apr 2017
    • 6:30 AM - 7:30 AM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Friday Sunrise Meditation


    When and Where: Every Friday morning from 6:30 to 7:30 am at the Tampa practice center meditation hall. Remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer (please leave phones, water and other personal items in the foyer or in your car), and come into the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.


    You are welcome to join us in silence anytime between 6:30 and 7:30 am for the Sunrise Meditation, where we will sit for 30 minutes, walk for 5 minutes, and sit for another 30 minutes. The meditation will be totally in silence.



    • 14 Apr 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM Center, Tampa
    Wake Up Tampa Bay is a  mindfulness and meditation group for people in their 20s & 30s. We meet every other Friday from 7:00pm to 8:30pm in the Meditation Hall to practice sitting and walking mediation as well as to share about our engagement with the practices of mindfulness and the Buddha's teachings in our lives. 


    Please feel comfortable coming late and leaving early as needed. Afterwards join us for tea and snacks.


    There is no charge for this event.


    Location: Florida Community of Mindfulness Practice Center: 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue Tampa, FL 33604


    *All Wake Up Tampa Bay events are alcohol, drug, and animal product free. Everyone in their 20s and 30s are welcome, but we ask that all who come do so with a clear mind and an open heart. Please leave cynicism and offensive speech at the door, and if you are intoxicated, we ask that you wait for another time to join us.
    • 15 Apr 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33604

    The Day will involve sitting and walking mindfulness meditation, guided meditations, a Dharma teaching by Fred, an opportunity for questions and answers, silent lunch, some lazy time, and gentle yoga. Participants are requested to please respect and appreciate noble silence during the duration of the formal activities of the day. An opportunity for sharing and mindful conversation will be provided towards the end of the day.

     

    For your own benefit and the benefit of all, we ask that you plan to remain for the entire day.

     

    While this event is free and open to all practitioners, it is necessary to register in advance.  Your generosity in providing a donation or Dana for the support of our teacher and Practice Center is gratefully accepted and encouraged.  

     

    Contact name and email for more information - Bill MacMillen, Bmacm21@gmail.com and Katy Shields, katyshieldsartist@gmail.com

           
    • 16 Apr 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings. Please visit Tampa Sangha for more information.

    • 16 Apr 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Tampa Center (Education Building, Community Room)
    The Florida Community of Mindfulness welcomes families with children! The presence of infants, children, and teens at our practice center indicates a vibrant and lively community. Infants, children and teens are always welcome in our Meditation Hall and Fellowship Hall under the loving supervision of their parents or guardians.  We are family friendly!
      
    The FCM Family Program is committed to fostering mindfulness, understanding and compassion in the lives of our families by providing a safe and mindful environment with activities for families. Program activities are described below and indicated on the FCM monthly calendar.  Please discuss any special needs with the Family Program Coordinator. 
     

    Lotus Buds Program for Children Under 6 Years Old

    Sunday mindful care and play is offered for children under age six, from 10 am - noon in the Education Building, one or more Sundays per month during the school year. Please check the FCM calendar. We call these younger children our “Lotus Buds.” Activities include free play, music, stories, movement and art. For the comfort and safety of your child, we ask that an adult (parent, guardian or grandparent) remain in the Education Building to participate with them. 
      
    For FCM members, who attend regularly with their children, the option is offered, on a case by case basis, to leave children under 6 years old in the Education Building while parents (or grandparents) attend all or part of Sunday Sangha in the Meditation Hall. Please discuss your child’s needs with the Family Program Coordinator to reach a mutually agreed upon arrangement, based on the comfort level of the child and the availability of adult supervision, as well as to discuss possible ways that parents can participate with other parents in providing cooperative care during Sunday Sangha and other events. To ensure quality supervision and care, check in with the Family Program Coordinator each week before leaving your child in the Education Building, as the number of adult supervisors available to care for your child each week may vary. 

    Dharma Buds Program for Children Ages 6-12

    Sunday meditation and mindfulness activities are offered for children ages 6-12, from 10 am - noon in the Education Building one or more Sundays per month during the school year. Please check the FCM calendar. This program includes gentle meditation and other fun activities in an environment of mindfulness and loving kindness. Inspiration comes from the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village tradition with activities including mindfulness practice, art, music and movement.  The name “Dharma Buds” was chosen by our inaugural class of children to refer to this age group. 
        
    Two Promises for Children Ages 6-12:  The Two Promises, to develop understanding and compassion, are the mindfulness trainings or Buddhist ethical guidelines for children, developed by Thich Nhat Hanh. They are an integral part of the Children’s Program.   Once or twice a year children will be offered additional classes to learn about the Two Promises and discuss what it means to take refuge in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.   They will then have the opportunity, if they choose, to receive transmission of the Two Promises in a formal ceremony with our Dharma teacher.  The children receive a Dharma name and a certificate to remind them of their promises.

     

    Teens Ages 13-18

    Sundays for Teens:  Teens are invited to attend Sunday Sangha in the Meditation Hall, or to contribute to the well-being of the community by helping in the Education Building with Family Program activities with the younger children.  If you would like to help out, please see the Family Program Coordinator.
        
    Teen Program: The FCM Teen Program supports mindfulness practitioners in their teen years who, inspired by the teachings of Zen master and peace activist Thich Nhat Hahn, aspire to cultivate mindfulness and compassion in their lives. A regular monthly activity for teens to practice mindfulness and meditation will begin during the 2015-16 school year.  In the spirit of inter-being and inclusiveness, we honor the diverse spiritual/cultural roots and religious traditions of our teens.
        
    FOR MORE INFORMATION or to discuss special needs please contact the Family Program Coordinator.  Ideas, feedback, and concerns are always welcome so that we can best support the needs of our families.
     
       

     

    • 16 Apr 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Green Monkey Yoga Studio, Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings.  Please visit Naples Sangha for more information.


    The Green Monkey Yoga Studio is located at Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108. Peacock Court is across U.S. 41 from Barnes & Noble. Wheelchair access is available.


    • 17 Apr 2017
    • 6:30 AM - 7:30 AM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Monday Sunrise Meditation


    When and Where: Every Monday and Friday morning from 6:30 to 7:30 am at the Tampa practice center meditation hall. Remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer (please leave phones, water and other personal items in the foyer or in your car), and come into the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.


    You are welcome to join us in silence anytime between 6:30 and 7:30 am for the Sunrise Meditation, where we will sit for 30 minutes, walk for 5 minutes, and sit for another 30 minutes. The meditation will be totally in silence.



    • 17 Apr 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • FCM Center, Tampa
    A weekly gentle yoga class relaxes, stretches, and replenishes the mind, body, and spirit. Find comfort in your meditation seat by bringing flexibility and joint freedom into your practice. This class is taught by Evelyn Greenfield. Evelyn has taught yoga since 2002, and her experience and lovely presentation in teaching creates a truly relaxing and nourishing environment for yoga practice.

    Classes are free for FCM members (dana is always appreciated) and $10 each for non-members. No registration is required.
    • 18 Apr 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • FCM Tampa Center, Main Meditation Hall

    This weekly meditation group is open to everyone in recovery: AA, NA, Alanon, and other programs. It is also for those trying to spend less time on the internet, Facebook, TV, shopping, etc. Please join us to learn more about the 11th Step (Prayer and Meditation) and how to make it part of your daily life. Meditation is easy to learn and will help you cultivate a rich and rewarding spiritual practice, one that will support you in realizing the promises.

     

    People who practice meditation report reduced stress, greater peace, more clarity and happiness in their lives. They sleep better and have an increased ability to concentrate. These are some of the benefits of adding meditation to your recovery program.

     

    Everybody is welcome, whether you are just starting out or have been meditating for a while. The evenings will be led by teachers with a foundation in both meditation and recovery.

     

    • 18 Apr 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • The Renaissance School, 37 Barkley Circle, Fort Myers, FL

    Midweek Mindfulness offers a supplement to the Naples Sunday Sangha. We practice silent meditation for 30 minutes; walking meditation for 15 minutes; sharing of personal mindfulness practice experiences and Dharma discussion of a reading or teaching for 45 minutes.

     

    Contact:  Anne Kracmer, alkracmer@comcast.net239-826-1557

    • 19 Apr 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 6:50 PM
    • FCM Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    Qigong is Chinese yoga and meditation that involves gentle but surprisingly effective ways of moving and caring for the mind and body. It uses low-impact exercises drawn from Daoism, Buddhism, traditional Chinese health practices, and even Asian martial arts traditions. Sessions include 50 minutes of simple warm-up exercises and short movement forms to stretch and condition the body. Appropriate for beginners and people with more experience. This class currently meets on Wednesday evenings 6:00 – 6:50 at the FCM Practice Center.

    There is no charge for this class, but donations are gratefully accepted. All are welcome regardless of ability to contribute.
    • 19 Apr 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Wednesday Evening
    Meditations for Mindful Living


    We aspire to enjoy our life and our relationships with others. To be fully present to ourselves and those around us and to live life with ease and awareness. Yet, we often find that our daily life is just opposite. Lost in our thoughts and our personal dramas, we miss the beauty and simplicity of our life and relationships.  Instead of enjoying the roses in life, we remain lost the endless spinning of our minds.


    We need to transform how we relate to life and mindfulness is a powerful tool to accomplish this goal.  It will facilitate a profound shift that will enable us to stabilize our minds, meaningfully ground ourselves in everyday reality and can be used to heal the psycho-emotional wounds that we may carry within us from our past.  The practice of mindfulness, of learning how to be fully present, focused and aware of what’s going on in and around us right now, is the practice that allows this transformation to occur.


    Wednesday evening meditations for mindful living, based on the wonderful teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village tradition, are designed to help us build a daily life that is grounded and stable with greater clarity and ease.   


    Teachings
    Mindfulness: Learning to live in the present moment; cultivating a happy, peaceful mind “here and now”
    Emotional healing: the dangers of spiritual by-passing
    Four Foundations of Mindfulness
    Five Mindfulness Trainings


    Practices
    Sitting, body/breath, walking mindfulness meditation
    Deep relaxation
    Mindful communication
    Working with stress, afflictive emotions and difficult mind states
    Mindfulness practices for daily life, including work and relationships


    Who Will Benefit?

    Everyone is welcome, including members & non-members;
    People who have taken “Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation” classes;
    People on the Mindful Living Path of the FCM developmental path for Dharma practice and personal transformation;
    Experienced practitioners who want to go deeper in the core practices


    • 19 Apr 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
    • Unitarian Universalist Church in St. Pete

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings.  Please Visit St. Pete Sangha for more information.

    • 20 Apr 2017
    • 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Tampa Center

    Thursday Evening Extended Meditation

     

    Every Thursday evening from 7:15 to 9:00 pm in the Tampa practice center meditation hall (please try to arrive about 10 minutes early). Enter and remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer. Enter the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.


    Our teacher Fred leads this weekly extended evening meditation, which is open to all. The evening will consist of two 35-minute sitting meditation periods, with formal walking meditation in-between. These extended meditation periods offer students the opportunity to deepen their practices of mindfulness, concentration and insight. 


    While meditation is occurring Fred offers private interviews in the Center's downstairs Interview Room to FCM members (those who have become Fred’s students) - please visit Membership for more information. Interviews are conducted in the Zen “dokusan" tradition – going alone to visit the teacher. No advance sign-up occurs for interviews; instead, students line up at the back of the meditation hall and the personal interviews unfold, one following the other, as time permits. The length of each interview may range from 5 to 15 minutes, depending on the situation. Dokusan pertains to issues that arise in the student's personal meditation practice and their life experiences of integrating the teachings into their daily life, not with intellectual or theoretical matters. 


    • 21 Apr 2017
    • 6:30 AM - 7:30 AM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Friday Sunrise Meditation


    When and Where: Every Friday morning from 6:30 to 7:30 am at the Tampa practice center meditation hall. Remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer (please leave phones, water and other personal items in the foyer or in your car), and come into the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.


    You are welcome to join us in silence anytime between 6:30 and 7:30 am for the Sunrise Meditation, where we will sit for 30 minutes, walk for 5 minutes, and sit for another 30 minutes. The meditation will be totally in silence.



    • 22 Apr 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Inner Light Center, 4810 Hickory Wood Dr, Naples, FL 34119
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    Please join us for a Day of Mindfulness on Saturday February 11th from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., in Naples, Florida at the Inner Light Center, 4810 Hickory Wood Dr, Naples, FL 34119.


    This day of silence will include a Dharma talk by an FCM Senior Student, and periods of sitting and walking meditation.  Please bring your own cushion if you have one. Extra cushions, as well as chairs, will also be available. Although there is no registration fee, please register so that we know how many are coming. Voluntary donations are welcome and encouraged at the end of the day in support of our teacher and the FCM community.


    PLEASE NOTE: We have space limitations and have generally had a waiting list for our Naples Days of Mindfulness. Out of consideration for others who would like to attend, please notify us at least 24 hours before the Day of Mindfulness if you will be unable to attend so that we can fill the space.  Instructions for canceling will be in the confirmation email you will receive when you register.

     

    Contact name and email for more information - Tony Pollitt, fanthonypollitt@gmail.com

     

     

     

     

        
    • 23 Apr 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings. Please visit Tampa Sangha for more information.

    • 23 Apr 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Green Monkey Yoga Studio, Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings.  Please visit Naples Sangha for more information.


    The Green Monkey Yoga Studio is located at Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108. Peacock Court is across U.S. 41 from Barnes & Noble. Wheelchair access is available.


    • 24 Apr 2017
    • 6:30 AM - 7:30 AM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Monday Sunrise Meditation


    When and Where: Every Monday and Friday morning from 6:30 to 7:30 am at the Tampa practice center meditation hall. Remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer (please leave phones, water and other personal items in the foyer or in your car), and come into the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.


    You are welcome to join us in silence anytime between 6:30 and 7:30 am for the Sunrise Meditation, where we will sit for 30 minutes, walk for 5 minutes, and sit for another 30 minutes. The meditation will be totally in silence.



    • 24 Apr 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • FCM Center, Tampa
    A weekly gentle yoga class relaxes, stretches, and replenishes the mind, body, and spirit. Find comfort in your meditation seat by bringing flexibility and joint freedom into your practice. This class is taught by Evelyn Greenfield. Evelyn has taught yoga since 2002, and her experience and lovely presentation in teaching creates a truly relaxing and nourishing environment for yoga practice.

    Classes are free for FCM members (dana is always appreciated) and $10 each for non-members. No registration is required.
    • 25 Apr 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • FCM Tampa Center, Main Meditation Hall

    This weekly meditation group is open to everyone in recovery: AA, NA, Alanon, and other programs. It is also for those trying to spend less time on the internet, Facebook, TV, shopping, etc. Please join us to learn more about the 11th Step (Prayer and Meditation) and how to make it part of your daily life. Meditation is easy to learn and will help you cultivate a rich and rewarding spiritual practice, one that will support you in realizing the promises.

     

    People who practice meditation report reduced stress, greater peace, more clarity and happiness in their lives. They sleep better and have an increased ability to concentrate. These are some of the benefits of adding meditation to your recovery program.

     

    Everybody is welcome, whether you are just starting out or have been meditating for a while. The evenings will be led by teachers with a foundation in both meditation and recovery.

     

    • 25 Apr 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • The Renaissance School, 37 Barkley Circle, Fort Myers, FL

    Midweek Mindfulness offers a supplement to the Naples Sunday Sangha. We practice silent meditation for 30 minutes; walking meditation for 15 minutes; sharing of personal mindfulness practice experiences and Dharma discussion of a reading or teaching for 45 minutes.

     

    Contact:  Anne Kracmer, alkracmer@comcast.net239-826-1557

    • 26 Apr 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 6:50 PM
    • FCM Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    Qigong is Chinese yoga and meditation that involves gentle but surprisingly effective ways of moving and caring for the mind and body. It uses low-impact exercises drawn from Daoism, Buddhism, traditional Chinese health practices, and even Asian martial arts traditions. Sessions include 50 minutes of simple warm-up exercises and short movement forms to stretch and condition the body. Appropriate for beginners and people with more experience. This class currently meets on Wednesday evenings 6:00 – 6:50 at the FCM Practice Center.

    There is no charge for this class, but donations are gratefully accepted. All are welcome regardless of ability to contribute.
    • 26 Apr 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Wednesday Evening
    Meditations for Mindful Living


    We aspire to enjoy our life and our relationships with others. To be fully present to ourselves and those around us and to live life with ease and awareness. Yet, we often find that our daily life is just opposite. Lost in our thoughts and our personal dramas, we miss the beauty and simplicity of our life and relationships.  Instead of enjoying the roses in life, we remain lost the endless spinning of our minds.


    We need to transform how we relate to life and mindfulness is a powerful tool to accomplish this goal.  It will facilitate a profound shift that will enable us to stabilize our minds, meaningfully ground ourselves in everyday reality and can be used to heal the psycho-emotional wounds that we may carry within us from our past.  The practice of mindfulness, of learning how to be fully present, focused and aware of what’s going on in and around us right now, is the practice that allows this transformation to occur.


    Wednesday evening meditations for mindful living, based on the wonderful teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village tradition, are designed to help us build a daily life that is grounded and stable with greater clarity and ease.   


    Teachings
    Mindfulness: Learning to live in the present moment; cultivating a happy, peaceful mind “here and now”
    Emotional healing: the dangers of spiritual by-passing
    Four Foundations of Mindfulness
    Five Mindfulness Trainings


    Practices
    Sitting, body/breath, walking mindfulness meditation
    Deep relaxation
    Mindful communication
    Working with stress, afflictive emotions and difficult mind states
    Mindfulness practices for daily life, including work and relationships


    Who Will Benefit?

    Everyone is welcome, including members & non-members;
    People who have taken “Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation” classes;
    People on the Mindful Living Path of the FCM developmental path for Dharma practice and personal transformation;
    Experienced practitioners who want to go deeper in the core practices


    • 26 Apr 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
    • Unitarian Universalist Church in St. Pete

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings.  Please Visit St. Pete Sangha for more information.

    • 27 Apr 2017
    • 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Tampa Center

    Thursday Evening Extended Meditation

     

    Every Thursday evening from 7:15 to 9:00 pm in the Tampa practice center meditation hall (please try to arrive about 10 minutes early). Enter and remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer. Enter the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.


    Our teacher Fred leads this weekly extended evening meditation, which is open to all. The evening will consist of two 35-minute sitting meditation periods, with formal walking meditation in-between. These extended meditation periods offer students the opportunity to deepen their practices of mindfulness, concentration and insight. 


    While meditation is occurring Fred offers private interviews in the Center's downstairs Interview Room to FCM members (those who have become Fred’s students) - please visit Membership for more information. Interviews are conducted in the Zen “dokusan" tradition – going alone to visit the teacher. No advance sign-up occurs for interviews; instead, students line up at the back of the meditation hall and the personal interviews unfold, one following the other, as time permits. The length of each interview may range from 5 to 15 minutes, depending on the situation. Dokusan pertains to issues that arise in the student's personal meditation practice and their life experiences of integrating the teachings into their daily life, not with intellectual or theoretical matters. 


    • 28 Apr 2017
    • 6:30 AM - 7:30 AM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Friday Sunrise Meditation


    When and Where: Every Friday morning from 6:30 to 7:30 am at the Tampa practice center meditation hall. Remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer (please leave phones, water and other personal items in the foyer or in your car), and come into the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.


    You are welcome to join us in silence anytime between 6:30 and 7:30 am for the Sunrise Meditation, where we will sit for 30 minutes, walk for 5 minutes, and sit for another 30 minutes. The meditation will be totally in silence.



    • 28 Apr 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM Center, Tampa
    Wake Up Tampa Bay is a  mindfulness and meditation group for people in their 20s & 30s. We meet every other Friday from 7:00pm to 8:30pm in the Meditation Hall to practice sitting and walking mediation as well as to share about our engagement with the practices of mindfulness and the Buddha's teachings in our lives. 


    Please feel comfortable coming late and leaving early as needed. Afterwards join us for tea and snacks.


    There is no charge for this event.


    Location: Florida Community of Mindfulness Practice Center: 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue Tampa, FL 33604


    *All Wake Up Tampa Bay events are alcohol, drug, and animal product free. Everyone in their 20s and 30s are welcome, but we ask that all who come do so with a clear mind and an open heart. Please leave cynicism and offensive speech at the door, and if you are intoxicated, we ask that you wait for another time to join us.
    • 29 Apr 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Mindfulness Institute 6501 N. Nebraska Ave. Tampa, FL 33604
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    There’s a mean, judgmental voice in our head that never shuts up.  It’s the Inner Critic, our worst nightmare playing day and night creating stress, worry, anxiety and confusion.  The good news is that with mindfulness we can identify and inquire into these destructive thoughts so they lose their power to cause suffering, so that we can really find peace in ourselves and in the world. 


    Learning Objectives

    - Participants will learn the definition of “mindfulness”.

    - Participants will experience mindfulness from the inside through guided meditations.
    - Participants
    will practice mindfulness techniques that enable us to identify and inquire into the nature of self-critical thoughts so they lose their ability to

    cause harm to self and/or others.


    Workshop Facilitator

    Darlene Stewart, LMHC, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, retired Vice President of Clinical Services for The Children’s Advocacy Center of Volusia County, a mental health facility providing abuse-related trauma services to child victims and family members.  She also has experience in family counseling, play therapy, substance abuse treatment, elementary school counselor and teacher.  She has been a mindfulness practitioner since 2000.


    *Florida Community of Mindfulness, Inc. is approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling to provide continuing education credits through CE Provider # 50-14766


    *Mindfulness Institute Grievance Procedure - Mail a statement describing your complaint to: Director of Continuing Education, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604.

      



    • 29 Apr 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • 6501 N. Nebraska Ave. Tampa, FL 33604

    Wake Up Tampa Bay,  a mindfulness and meditation group for people in their 20's and 30s will be hosting "A Day of Being" on Saturday,  April 29th from 10:00am-3:00pm.  Anyone in their 20s and 30s who would like to practice the art of simply being alive is invited to join us. 


    We will spend the day doing simple activities to help us cultivate the ability to enjoy life just as it is.   We will begin the day in silence as we spend some time with our breath in the meditation hall and enjoy walking outside in the garden. That will be followed with a  discussion about how we can bring the practice of mindfulness into our daily lives.


    We will enjoy connecting with each other during a VEGAN potluck lunch after which we will take time to rest and stretch our bodies with a deep relaxation and some mindful yoga.  We will end the day with a guided meditation and a sharing circle. 


    Please register for this event so we know how many people to plan for.  Also, please indicate what type of dish you will be bringing for the vegan potluck. There is no charge for the day, but donations to the Florida Community of Mindfulness are welcomed and encouraged. 


    If you have any questions, please email Bryan Hindert at bbhindert@gmail.com. 


    *All Wake Up Tampa Bay events are alcohol, drug, and animal product  free.  Everyone in their 20s and 30s are welcome, but we ask that all who come do so with a clear mind and an open heart.  Please leave cynicism and offensive speech at the door, and if you are intoxicated, we ask that you wait for another time to join us.

    • 30 Apr 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings. Please visit Tampa Sangha for more information.

    • 30 Apr 2017
    • 4:45 PM - 5:45 PM
    • Green Monkey Yoga Studio, Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108
    Monthly Orientation

    A one-hour orientation for newcomers is offered the last Sunday of each month at 4:45p.m. Please contact naples-meditation@floridamindfulness.org , if you plan to attend.

    The Green Monkey Yoga Studio is located at Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108. Peacock Court is across U.S. 41 from Barnes & Noble. Wheelchair access is available.


    • 30 Apr 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Green Monkey Yoga Studio, Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings.  Please visit Naples Sangha for more information.


    The Green Monkey Yoga Studio is located at Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108. Peacock Court is across U.S. 41 from Barnes & Noble. Wheelchair access is available.


    • 01 May 2017
    • 6:30 AM - 7:30 AM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Monday Sunrise Meditation


    When and Where: Every Monday and Friday morning from 6:30 to 7:30 am at the Tampa practice center meditation hall. Remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer (please leave phones, water and other personal items in the foyer or in your car), and come into the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.


    You are welcome to join us in silence anytime between 6:30 and 7:30 am for the Sunrise Meditation, where we will sit for 30 minutes, walk for 5 minutes, and sit for another 30 minutes. The meditation will be totally in silence.



    • 01 May 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • FCM Center, Tampa
    A weekly gentle yoga class relaxes, stretches, and replenishes the mind, body, and spirit. Find comfort in your meditation seat by bringing flexibility and joint freedom into your practice. This class is taught by Evelyn Greenfield. Evelyn has taught yoga since 2002, and her experience and lovely presentation in teaching creates a truly relaxing and nourishing environment for yoga practice.

    Classes are free for FCM members (dana is always appreciated) and $10 each for non-members. No registration is required.
    • 02 May 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • FCM Tampa Center, Main Meditation Hall

    This weekly meditation group is open to everyone in recovery: AA, NA, Alanon, and other programs. It is also for those trying to spend less time on the internet, Facebook, TV, shopping, etc. Please join us to learn more about the 11th Step (Prayer and Meditation) and how to make it part of your daily life. Meditation is easy to learn and will help you cultivate a rich and rewarding spiritual practice, one that will support you in realizing the promises.

     

    People who practice meditation report reduced stress, greater peace, more clarity and happiness in their lives. They sleep better and have an increased ability to concentrate. These are some of the benefits of adding meditation to your recovery program.

     

    Everybody is welcome, whether you are just starting out or have been meditating for a while. The evenings will be led by teachers with a foundation in both meditation and recovery.

     

    • 02 May 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • The Renaissance School, 37 Barkley Circle, Fort Myers, FL

    Midweek Mindfulness offers a supplement to the Naples Sunday Sangha. We practice silent meditation for 30 minutes; walking meditation for 15 minutes; sharing of personal mindfulness practice experiences and Dharma discussion of a reading or teaching for 45 minutes.

     

    Contact:  Anne Kracmer, alkracmer@comcast.net239-826-1557

    • 02 May 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Mindfulness Institute 6501 N. Nebraska Ave. Tampa, FL 33604
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    Does the subject of money stress you out? Do you avoid dealing with financial issues because of fear or shame? Do you often feel you are spending too much money?


    It is possible to develop financial well-being by increasing your awareness of your relationship with money and aligning your financial in-flows and out-flows with your aspirations.  This two-session workshop will introduce you to mindfulness tools to help you manage your finances more effectively and create more ease and happiness in your life.


    Join us for this two-sessions workshop beginning on May 2 and ending on May 16.


    Learning Objectives

    - Increase awareness of your  attitude about money and your relationship with money

    - Learn the characteristics of financial well being

    - Understand how to transform afflictive emotions regarding money

    - Follow a six-step approach to achieve financial well-being by aligning your aspirations and energy with money management to achieve balance and happiness


    Workshop Facilitator

    Nancy Natilson has 30 years of experience as an international banker and microfinance consultant.  She specializes in budgeting, strategic planning and access to credit.  Nancy has a Masters in Business Administration in international finance from New York University.  She is treasurer on several boards of directors, including the Florida Community of Mindfulness.


      



    • 03 May 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
    • Unitarian Universalist Church in St. Pete

    Monthly Orientation


    A 45-minute orientation for newcomers is offered the first Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church in St. Pete (no registration required - simply show up). 

    The Unitarian Universalist Church in St. Pete is located at 100 Mirror Lake Dr. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33701


    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings.  Please Visit St. Pete Sangha for more information.

    • 03 May 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 6:50 PM
    • FCM Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    Qigong is Chinese yoga and meditation that involves gentle but surprisingly effective ways of moving and caring for the mind and body. It uses low-impact exercises drawn from Daoism, Buddhism, traditional Chinese health practices, and even Asian martial arts traditions. Sessions include 50 minutes of simple warm-up exercises and short movement forms to stretch and condition the body. Appropriate for beginners and people with more experience. This class currently meets on Wednesday evenings 6:00 – 6:50 at the FCM Practice Center.

    There is no charge for this class, but donations are gratefully accepted. All are welcome regardless of ability to contribute.
    • 03 May 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Wednesday Evening
    Meditations for Mindful Living


    We aspire to enjoy our life and our relationships with others. To be fully present to ourselves and those around us and to live life with ease and awareness. Yet, we often find that our daily life is just opposite. Lost in our thoughts and our personal dramas, we miss the beauty and simplicity of our life and relationships.  Instead of enjoying the roses in life, we remain lost the endless spinning of our minds.


    We need to transform how we relate to life and mindfulness is a powerful tool to accomplish this goal.  It will facilitate a profound shift that will enable us to stabilize our minds, meaningfully ground ourselves in everyday reality and can be used to heal the psycho-emotional wounds that we may carry within us from our past.  The practice of mindfulness, of learning how to be fully present, focused and aware of what’s going on in and around us right now, is the practice that allows this transformation to occur.


    Wednesday evening meditations for mindful living, based on the wonderful teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village tradition, are designed to help us build a daily life that is grounded and stable with greater clarity and ease.   


    Teachings
    Mindfulness: Learning to live in the present moment; cultivating a happy, peaceful mind “here and now”
    Emotional healing: the dangers of spiritual by-passing
    Four Foundations of Mindfulness
    Five Mindfulness Trainings


    Practices
    Sitting, body/breath, walking mindfulness meditation
    Deep relaxation
    Mindful communication
    Working with stress, afflictive emotions and difficult mind states
    Mindfulness practices for daily life, including work and relationships


    Who Will Benefit?

    Everyone is welcome, including members & non-members;
    People who have taken “Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation” classes;
    People on the Mindful Living Path of the FCM developmental path for Dharma practice and personal transformation;
    Experienced practitioners who want to go deeper in the core practices


    • 03 May 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
    • Unitarian Universalist Church in St. Pete

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings.  Please Visit St. Pete Sangha for more information.

    • 04 May 2017
    • 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Tampa Center

    Thursday Evening Extended Meditation

     

    Every Thursday evening from 7:15 to 9:00 pm in the Tampa practice center meditation hall (please try to arrive about 10 minutes early). Enter and remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer. Enter the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.


    Our teacher Fred leads this weekly extended evening meditation, which is open to all. The evening will consist of two 35-minute sitting meditation periods, with formal walking meditation in-between. These extended meditation periods offer students the opportunity to deepen their practices of mindfulness, concentration and insight. 


    While meditation is occurring Fred offers private interviews in the Center's downstairs Interview Room to FCM members (those who have become Fred’s students) - please visit Membership for more information. Interviews are conducted in the Zen “dokusan" tradition – going alone to visit the teacher. No advance sign-up occurs for interviews; instead, students line up at the back of the meditation hall and the personal interviews unfold, one following the other, as time permits. The length of each interview may range from 5 to 15 minutes, depending on the situation. Dokusan pertains to issues that arise in the student's personal meditation practice and their life experiences of integrating the teachings into their daily life, not with intellectual or theoretical matters. 


    • 05 May 2017
    • 6:30 AM - 7:30 AM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Friday Sunrise Meditation


    When and Where: Every Friday morning from 6:30 to 7:30 am at the Tampa practice center meditation hall. Remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer (please leave phones, water and other personal items in the foyer or in your car), and come into the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.


    You are welcome to join us in silence anytime between 6:30 and 7:30 am for the Sunrise Meditation, where we will sit for 30 minutes, walk for 5 minutes, and sit for another 30 minutes. The meditation will be totally in silence.



    • 05 May 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • 07 May 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • Tampa Center, 6501 E. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33604
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    OI Aspirants and Ordinees


    Please re-visit this page in 2017 for a retreat description and to register.

    • 07 May 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
    • FCM Tampa Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    Monthly Orientation

    A 45-minute orientation for newcomers is offered the first Sunday of each month at 9:00 a.m. in the Lotus Room in the Education Building at the FCM Center in Tampa (no registration required - simply show up). 

    The FCM Center in Tampa is located at 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue (between Hillsborough and Sligh Avenues).
    • 07 May 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings. Please visit Tampa Sangha for more information.

    • 07 May 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Tampa Center (Education Building, Community Room)
    The Florida Community of Mindfulness welcomes families with children! The presence of infants, children, and teens at our practice center indicates a vibrant and lively community. Infants, children and teens are always welcome in our Meditation Hall and Fellowship Hall under the loving supervision of their parents or guardians.  We are family friendly!
      
    The FCM Family Program is committed to fostering mindfulness, understanding and compassion in the lives of our families by providing a safe and mindful environment with activities for families. Program activities are described below and indicated on the FCM monthly calendar.  Please discuss any special needs with the Family Program Coordinator. 
     

    Lotus Buds Program for Children Under 6 Years Old

    Sunday mindful care and play is offered for children under age six, from 10 am - noon in the Education Building, one or more Sundays per month during the school year. Please check the FCM calendar. We call these younger children our “Lotus Buds.” Activities include free play, music, stories, movement and art. For the comfort and safety of your child, we ask that an adult (parent, guardian or grandparent) remain in the Education Building to participate with them. 
      
    For FCM members, who attend regularly with their children, the option is offered, on a case by case basis, to leave children under 6 years old in the Education Building while parents (or grandparents) attend all or part of Sunday Sangha in the Meditation Hall. Please discuss your child’s needs with the Family Program Coordinator to reach a mutually agreed upon arrangement, based on the comfort level of the child and the availability of adult supervision, as well as to discuss possible ways that parents can participate with other parents in providing cooperative care during Sunday Sangha and other events. To ensure quality supervision and care, check in with the Family Program Coordinator each week before leaving your child in the Education Building, as the number of adult supervisors available to care for your child each week may vary. 

    Dharma Buds Program for Children Ages 6-12

    Sunday meditation and mindfulness activities are offered for children ages 6-12, from 10 am - noon in the Education Building one or more Sundays per month during the school year. Please check the FCM calendar. This program includes gentle meditation and other fun activities in an environment of mindfulness and loving kindness. Inspiration comes from the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village tradition with activities including mindfulness practice, art, music and movement.  The name “Dharma Buds” was chosen by our inaugural class of children to refer to this age group. 
        
    Two Promises for Children Ages 6-12:  The Two Promises, to develop understanding and compassion, are the mindfulness trainings or Buddhist ethical guidelines for children, developed by Thich Nhat Hanh. They are an integral part of the Children’s Program.   Once or twice a year children will be offered additional classes to learn about the Two Promises and discuss what it means to take refuge in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.   They will then have the opportunity, if they choose, to receive transmission of the Two Promises in a formal ceremony with our Dharma teacher.  The children receive a Dharma name and a certificate to remind them of their promises.

     

    Teens Ages 13-18

    Sundays for Teens:  Teens are invited to attend Sunday Sangha in the Meditation Hall, or to contribute to the well-being of the community by helping in the Education Building with Family Program activities with the younger children.  If you would like to help out, please see the Family Program Coordinator.
        
    Teen Program: The FCM Teen Program supports mindfulness practitioners in their teen years who, inspired by the teachings of Zen master and peace activist Thich Nhat Hahn, aspire to cultivate mindfulness and compassion in their lives. A regular monthly activity for teens to practice mindfulness and meditation will begin during the 2015-16 school year.  In the spirit of inter-being and inclusiveness, we honor the diverse spiritual/cultural roots and religious traditions of our teens.
        
    FOR MORE INFORMATION or to discuss special needs please contact the Family Program Coordinator.  Ideas, feedback, and concerns are always welcome so that we can best support the needs of our families.
     
       

     

    • 07 May 2017
    • 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM
    • Tampa Center
    The FCM Mindful Teen Program is designed for teens ages 13-18 who aspire to cultivate mindfulness and compassion in their lives. It meets on the first Sunday of each month (September through June) after Sangha from 12:15-1:45 pm in the Education Building at the Tampa Practice Center.  The program includes meditation practice and discussion of teachings inspired by Zen master and peace activist Thich Nhat Hahn. In the spirit of inter-being and inclusiveness, we honor the diverse spiritual/cultural roots and religious traditions of our teens.

    Schedule:

    12:15-12:30 pm.    Registration* and Sign In.  You are welcome to bring a brown bag vegetarian lunch to eat prior to the start of the session - no tree nuts or peanuts please.

    12:30-1:45 pm.    Mindfulness Practices and Discussion Session.

    * A signed parent/guardian registration form for the program is required for teen participation. This can be filled out the first time the teen attends for the year,  during registration/sign in. If a parent/guardian is unable to attend at this time, please contact the Family Program Coordinator at family-program-coordinator@floridamindfulness.org to receive a form to fill out and sign ahead of time.  

    Recommended reading: The Mindful Teen: Powerful Skills to Help You Handle Stress One Moment at a Time by Dzung X. Vo MD (2015).


    • 07 May 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Green Monkey Yoga Studio, Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings.  Please visit Naples Sangha for more information.


    The Green Monkey Yoga Studio is located at Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108. Peacock Court is across U.S. 41 from Barnes & Noble. Wheelchair access is available.


    • 08 May 2017
    • 6:30 AM - 7:30 AM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Monday Sunrise Meditation


    When and Where: Every Monday and Friday morning from 6:30 to 7:30 am at the Tampa practice center meditation hall. Remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer (please leave phones, water and other personal items in the foyer or in your car), and come into the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.


    You are welcome to join us in silence anytime between 6:30 and 7:30 am for the Sunrise Meditation, where we will sit for 30 minutes, walk for 5 minutes, and sit for another 30 minutes. The meditation will be totally in silence.



    • 08 May 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • FCM Center, Tampa
    A weekly gentle yoga class relaxes, stretches, and replenishes the mind, body, and spirit. Find comfort in your meditation seat by bringing flexibility and joint freedom into your practice. This class is taught by Evelyn Greenfield. Evelyn has taught yoga since 2002, and her experience and lovely presentation in teaching creates a truly relaxing and nourishing environment for yoga practice.

    Classes are free for FCM members (dana is always appreciated) and $10 each for non-members. No registration is required.
    • 09 May 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • FCM Tampa Center, Main Meditation Hall

    This weekly meditation group is open to everyone in recovery: AA, NA, Alanon, and other programs. It is also for those trying to spend less time on the internet, Facebook, TV, shopping, etc. Please join us to learn more about the 11th Step (Prayer and Meditation) and how to make it part of your daily life. Meditation is easy to learn and will help you cultivate a rich and rewarding spiritual practice, one that will support you in realizing the promises.

     

    People who practice meditation report reduced stress, greater peace, more clarity and happiness in their lives. They sleep better and have an increased ability to concentrate. These are some of the benefits of adding meditation to your recovery program.

     

    Everybody is welcome, whether you are just starting out or have been meditating for a while. The evenings will be led by teachers with a foundation in both meditation and recovery.

     

    • 09 May 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • The Renaissance School, 37 Barkley Circle, Fort Myers, FL

    Midweek Mindfulness offers a supplement to the Naples Sunday Sangha. We practice silent meditation for 30 minutes; walking meditation for 15 minutes; sharing of personal mindfulness practice experiences and Dharma discussion of a reading or teaching for 45 minutes.

     

    Contact:  Anne Kracmer, alkracmer@comcast.net239-826-1557

    • 10 May 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 6:50 PM
    • FCM Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    Qigong is Chinese yoga and meditation that involves gentle but surprisingly effective ways of moving and caring for the mind and body. It uses low-impact exercises drawn from Daoism, Buddhism, traditional Chinese health practices, and even Asian martial arts traditions. Sessions include 50 minutes of simple warm-up exercises and short movement forms to stretch and condition the body. Appropriate for beginners and people with more experience. This class currently meets on Wednesday evenings 6:00 – 6:50 at the FCM Practice Center.

    There is no charge for this class, but donations are gratefully accepted. All are welcome regardless of ability to contribute.
    • 10 May 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Wednesday Evening
    Meditations for Mindful Living


    We aspire to enjoy our life and our relationships with others. To be fully present to ourselves and those around us and to live life with ease and awareness. Yet, we often find that our daily life is just opposite. Lost in our thoughts and our personal dramas, we miss the beauty and simplicity of our life and relationships.  Instead of enjoying the roses in life, we remain lost the endless spinning of our minds.


    We need to transform how we relate to life and mindfulness is a powerful tool to accomplish this goal.  It will facilitate a profound shift that will enable us to stabilize our minds, meaningfully ground ourselves in everyday reality and can be used to heal the psycho-emotional wounds that we may carry within us from our past.  The practice of mindfulness, of learning how to be fully present, focused and aware of what’s going on in and around us right now, is the practice that allows this transformation to occur.


    Wednesday evening meditations for mindful living, based on the wonderful teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village tradition, are designed to help us build a daily life that is grounded and stable with greater clarity and ease.   


    Teachings
    Mindfulness: Learning to live in the present moment; cultivating a happy, peaceful mind “here and now”
    Emotional healing: the dangers of spiritual by-passing
    Four Foundations of Mindfulness
    Five Mindfulness Trainings


    Practices
    Sitting, body/breath, walking mindfulness meditation
    Deep relaxation
    Mindful communication
    Working with stress, afflictive emotions and difficult mind states
    Mindfulness practices for daily life, including work and relationships


    Who Will Benefit?

    Everyone is welcome, including members & non-members;
    People who have taken “Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation” classes;
    People on the Mindful Living Path of the FCM developmental path for Dharma practice and personal transformation;
    Experienced practitioners who want to go deeper in the core practices


    • 10 May 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM