To Join a Group
Applicants should have some basic insight meditation experience. For new practitioners please visit New to Meditation and follow the guidance there. If you have never participated in a Spiritual Friends group before please sign up below for "A Spiritual Friends Orientation".
SF groups primarily focus on listening, both giving full listening attention to a member who is sharing but also deeply listening to one’s internal response. It is important that members commit to attending regularly, to continue practice between meetings and to skillfully use mindful listening and speaking.
Information about current Spiritual Friends groups will be continually updated on this webpage. Please apply for groups listed as “open” (needs additional members) or “forming” (needs members in order to start). Groups listed as “closed” (not seeking new members) re-open only very rarely. Please read the description for the group you are applying to join.
To request to join a group or to express interest in forming a new Spiritual Friends/SF group, please complete the Spiritual Friends/KM questionnaire. Please include the name of the group you are requesting in the comments box.
Your questionnaire will be reviewed and the SF Coordinator will contact you if there are any questions. Placement in a group will be determined, in part, by what groups are “open” and by whether someone volunteers to facilitate and host the group.
Depending on your request and group availability, placement can take anywhere from several weeks to a few months.
To Start a Spiritual Friends/KM Group
If you would like to facilitate and/or host a KM group of your own, please contact Glen Harrison, our SF coordinator.
Remember to continue to keep in touch with IMCW's SF coordinator. You'll want him to know when you need new members, or if your group has enough members for now, so he can keep your group status updated.
It will also be helpful to have a good description of your group on the website, so applicants can see what different Spiritual Friends/SF groups are doing.
PLEASE NOTE that groups are arranged by:
- D.C. (District of Columbia)
- MD (Maryland)
- VA (Virginia)
- Virtual (Google+, Skype, etc.)