Meditation sitting groups provide an opportunity to support daily practice by meeting on a regular basis for short, silent meditation where you work and live.

 

Would you like to practice meditation more regularly? Sitting groups help to cultivate friendship and community while meditating together. Many groups have some time for discussion about how to integrate mindfulness into daily life. The Washington, D.C.-area sitting groups below are led by IMCW teachers or by students in the IMCW community.

 

If you wish to start your own sitting group and are an experienced student, please contact IMCW for more information.

TitleSorted By Title In Ascending OrderStatusLocationDescriptionMeeting DayContact NameContact Email
DC -- DC Area Contemplative Law GroupOpenGeorgetown University Law Center (Union Station Metro), Washington, DC

We are a group of lawyers who seek to balance the externally driven practice of law with contemplative practices. Please feel free to bring dinner to the meeting. The group starts with meditation, followed by discussion.

DC Lawyers Meditation website

Open to all active/retired lawyers, legal professionals, law students and judges.

See website for more information and meeting room.

2nd Wednesday of every month, 7-9 p.m. Please check website for occasional date changes.Beth Tossell
DC -- Men Meeting for Meditation (M3)OpenWashington, DCM3 is a monthly meeting of men for mindful movement, meditation and discussion. Our goal is to create a space for men to learn the power of silent meditation, to deepen their meditation practice, and to interact with other like-minded men.

We meet at the MLK library in downtown DC, room 221 for meditation, discussion, and mindful movement.

Click here for monthly themes and more information.

Third Tuesday of each month, 7:30-9 p.m.Kevin D. Jones
DC -- Woodley Park Sitting GroupClosedWashington, DC

The Woodley Park sitting group is no longer meeting.

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PA -- Central PA Sitting GroupOpenHillel House, 406 University Avenue, Selinsgrove, PA

20-minute guided meditation followed by a podcast dharma talk by Tara Brach, followed by group discussion.

Mondays, 5:30-7 p.m.Colleen Bogner
VA -- Fairfax Sitting GroupOpenUnitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, Chapel (Program Bldg.), 2709 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton, VA 22124

Format: 30-minute partially guided sitting followed by dialogue.

Drop-in group. Open to all.

Leaders: Rob Creekmore and Karen Monroe. For more info, including subscribing to our listserv, please contact us.

1rst & 3rd Tuesdays of the month, 7-8:30 p.m.Rob Creekmore
VA -- Herndon Sitting Group (Meditation Community of Herndon/Reston)OpenThe Health Advantage Yoga Center at 1041 Sterling Rd., Herndon, VA

Please note the new location!

Please join us for a weekly sitting group, practicing mindful meditation in community.

A core group of facilitators will rotate each week, introducing basic concepts in mindfulness and guided formal meditation practice.

Rob Creekmore - Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW)-trained meditation teacher

Beth Spring- Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, trained in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy

Georgianna Achilles - Psychologist, trained in mindfulness-oriented psychology

There will be time for group reflection at the end of the meditation.

This group is freely offered; donations are welcome to help pay for the space.

Sundays, 3:30-5 p.m. beginning June 7, 2015Beth Spring
VA -- Lovettsville Sitting GroupOpenSt. James United Church of Christ, 10 East Broad Way, Lovettsville, VA

Group time includes sitting meditation and discussion.  Previous introduction to meditation is helpful. Open to all. Donations for St. James Church are gratefully accepted. We meet in the Community Room.

Wednesday mornings, 10-11:30 a.m.Diane Younkins
VA -- Manassas Sitting GroupOpenBull Run Unitarian Universalists, 9350 Main Street, Manassas, VAOur format normally starts with a reading and then a walking or sitting meditation for 20-30 minutes, followed by discussion. We are a small group of meditators grounded in a desire to develop a consistent mindfulness meditation practice. Please bring a cushion or blankets to sit on, and wear loose clothing.

Drop-in group. Open to all.
1rst and 3rd Thursday of each month, 7:30-8:30 p.m.Jennifer Deavers
VA -- Oakton Sitting GroupOpenUnitarian Universalist Congregation, 2709 Hunter Mill, Oakton, VA 22124

A reading is followed by a 30-minute meditation, then check-ins and open dialogue, and then a brief final sit.

Meeting is in the Social Hall in the basement of the Program Building.

First & third Tuesday of each month, 7-8:30 p.m.Rob Creekmore
VA -- Rosslyn Sitting GroupOpenArlington Methodist Temple, 1835 North Nash Street, Arlington, VA 22209

The Rosslyn sitting group is a non-sectarian group that meets everyday from 7:15 to 7:45am Monday-Friday for silent group meditation. While our members are trained in the Zen and Vipassana traditions, we welcome all individuals that are interested in this contemplative practice. 

We are located above the Rosslyn Metro Station which offers a unique opportunity for commuters to center themselves before the workday begins.

Daily, Monday-Friday, 7:15-7:45 a.m.Alex Yuan
VA -- Winchester Sitting GroupOpenUnitarian Universalist Church of the Shenandoah Valley, 6380 Valley Pike, Stephens City, VA

A 20-minute guided meditation is followed by a 25-minute silent meditation on wide, comfy, padded chairs (or cushions/benches if you bring your own), plus a 15-minute walking meditation (instructions are provided). Following the meditation period, a 20 to 30-minute teaching is offered by the teacher. We close the sit with a 10-15 minute guided meditation related to the topic of the night’s talk. Please visit mindfulvalley.com for more information.

Tuesdays, 7-8:45 p.m.Shell Fischer
VA -- Women's Sangha Sitting GroupOpen6410 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA 22101 (next door to the Country Day School)

The Women's Sangha sitting group has two sit periods of 25 minutes each with 10-minute walking/movement meditation in between the two sits. Then we have 30 minutes for sharing, following mindful guidelines of the affinity sanghas.*

We ask that you offer a donation ("dana") for the room rental fee.

* Affinity Group Mindful Dialogue Process.pdf

Saturday mornings, 9:30-11 a.m.Carolyn Stachowski
VA -- Woodstock Sitting GroupOpenShenandoah Memorial Hospital, Woodstock, VirginiaOur focus is on learning about meditation through a variety of practices, discussions, and teachings. There are 5-9 people who attend on an average week. At times, current patients at the hospital may join us as well.

In our 90-minute session, we practice a variety of meditations, no longer than 20 minutes each. The focus is on Vipassana or "Insight" meditation with time to share your direct experience of the meditation. There may also be a short reading, video, or teaching.

More information can be found on the group's meetup page, here.

1rst and 3rd Wednesdays of each monthZachary Taylor