Class: Takoma Park

Class: Takoma Park

Willow Street Yoga Center Luisa Montero-Diaz Deborah Ratner Helzer Carl Skooglund Catherine Brousseau Alicia Bazán-Jiménez

Luisa Montero-Diaz, Deborah Ratner Helzer, Carl Skooglund, Catherine Brousseau and Alicia Bazán-Jiménez

1/14/2018 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM at Willow Street Yoga Center, (6930 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park, MD, 20912) (Map It)

PLEASE NOTE: The front doors are locked at 7:30 p.m. to comply with Willow Street's guidelines.

Insight meditation cultivates our natural wisdom and compassion. Meditation practice develops concentration, which allows us to calm and steady the mind. 

Class begins with a brief optional chant, followed by a half hour guided meditation and dharma talk. We usually end with time for questions and sharing. Our diverse group of teachers is united by a love of finding practical wisdom for our daily lives within the traditional Buddhist teachings.

We aspire to create a safe, supportive community, and welcome everyone with an interest in meditation, regardless of identity, orientation or background. Join us for a “first Sunday” of the month, when all are invited to stay after class to share a cup of tea, meet and chat.

We meet almost every week of the year, except for weather emergencies and some major holidays (see the schedule below). No registration is necessary for any of our classes, and newcomers are always welcome. In the Buddhist tradition, the teachings are considered so precious as to be priceless. Thus they are given freely, with the opportunity to offer voluntary donations, or dana to support the teacher and class expenses. A donation (dana) of $10-15 is suggested for IMCW classes, but all are welcome, regardless of their ability to pay.

Chairs, yoga blankets and bolsters are available in the studio, or bring your own sitting gear. 

Click on the menu Teachers page for teacher biographies, events and (where available) talks.

Learn more about our ongoing classes

What is Dana?


Teachers and Topics




Mar 4


Our Debt to 4 Monks

Mar 11


Topic of choice

Mar 18


Topic of choice

Mar 25


Topic of choice

Apr 1


Topic of choice

Apr 8



Apr 15


Topic of choice

Apr 22


Topic of choice

Apr 29

B. Rahula

Topic of choice

May 6


Marks of existence: Nothing is permanent

May 13


Marks of existence: Nothing is perfect

May 20


Marks of existence: Nothing is personal

May 27


Daily Recollection: Aging

Jun 3


Daily Recollection: Illness

Jun 10


Daily Recollection: Death

Jun 17


Daily Recollection: Change and Loss

Jun 24


Daily Recollection: Kamma

Jul 1



Jul 8


Paramis: Generosity

Jul 15


Paramis: Morality

Jul 22


Paramis: Renunciation

Jul 29


Paramis: Wisdom

Aug 5


Paramis: Effort

Aug 12


Paramis: Tolerance

Aug 19


Paramis: Truth

Aug 26


Paramis: Determination

Sept 2


Paramis: Loving-friendliness

Sept 9


Paramis: Equanimity

Regular Teachers:

Luisa Montero

Deborah Ratner Helzer

Catherine Brousseau

Carl Skooglund

Local Guest Teachers:

Alicia Bazan

Jane Jackson

Peggy O’Kane

Carole Rogentine


Any questions? Contact us