… I feel extremely blessed to have a place to meet weekly in person surrounded by others in the community. 
~ Sangha member
 
 

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.

Meditation Sitting Groups

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 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.


Current Sitting Groups

  • DC -- DC Area Contemplative Law Group

    Status:
    Open
    Location:
    IMCW's Center for Mindful Living, 2nd Floor, 4708 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20016
    Description:

    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.

    IMCW Center for Mindful Living

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

    PLEASE NOTE MEETING DAY CHANGE.

    Meeting Day:
    2nd Wednesday of every month, 7-9 p.m. Please check with organizers for occasional date changes.
    Contact:
    Beth Tossell
  • DC -- Men Meeting for Meditation (M3)

    Status:
    Open
    Location:
    Washington, DC
    Description:
    M3 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.

    Meeting Day:
    Third Tuesday of each month, 7:30-9 p.m.
    Contact:
    Kevin D. Jones
  • PA -- Central PA Sitting Group

    Status:
    Open
    Location:
    Hillel House, 406 University Avenue, Selinsgrove, PA
    Description:

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

    Meeting Day:
    Mondays, 5:30-7 p.m.
    Contact:
    Colleen Bogner
  • VA -- Fairfax Sitting Group

    Status:
    Open
    Location:
    Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, Chapel (Program Bldg.), 2709 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton, VA 22124
    Description:

    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.

    Meeting Day:
    1rst & 3rd Tuesdays of the month, 7-8:30 p.m.
    Contact:
    Rob Creekmore
  • VA -- Lovettsville Sitting Group

    Status:
    Open
    Location:
    St. James United Church of Christ, 10 East Broad Way, Lovettsville, VA
    Description:

    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.

    Meeting Day:
    Wednesday mornings, 9:30-11 a.m.
    Contact:
    Irene Hohn
  • VA -- Manassas Sitting Group

    Status:
    Open
    Location:
    Bull Run Unitarian Universalists, 9350 Main Street, Manassas, VA
    Description:
    Our 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.
    Meeting Day:
    1rst and 3rd Thursday of each month, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
    Contact:
    Jennifer Deavers
  • VA -- Oakton Sitting Group

    Status:
    Open
    Location:
    Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2709 Hunter Mill, Oakton, VA 22124
    Description:

    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.

    Meeting Day:
    First & third Tuesday of each month, 7-8:30 p.m.
    Contact:
    Rob Creekmore
  • VA -- Rosslyn Sitting Group

    Status:
    Open
    Location:
    Arlington Methodist Temple, 1835 North Nash Street, Arlington, VA 22209
    Description:

    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.

    Meeting Day:
    Daily, Monday-Friday, 7:15-7:45 a.m.
    Contact:
    Alex Yuan
  • VA -- Winchester Sitting Group

    Status:
    Open
    Location:
    Unitarian Universalist Church of the Shenandoah Valley, 6380 Valley Pike, Stephens City, VA
    Description:

    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.

    Meeting Day:
    Tuesdays, 7-8:45 p.m.
    Contact:
    Shell Fischer
  • VA -- Women's Sangha Sitting Group

    Status:
    Open
    Location:
    6410 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA 22101 (next door to the Country Day School)
    Description:

    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

    Meeting Day:
    Saturday mornings, 9:30-11 a.m.
    Contact:
    Carolyn Stachowski
  • VA -- Woodstock Sitting Group

    Status:
    Open
    Location:
    Shenandoah Memorial Hospital, Woodstock, Virginia
    Description:
    Our 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.

    Meeting Day:
    1rst and 3rd Wednesdays of each month
    Contact:
    Zachary Taylor