Mercer Island Shambhala Meditation

New Group: Starts February 1, 2018

We’re starting a new meditation group on Mercer Island.  Whether you are new to meditation, have been practicing for awhile or something in between, and regardless of religious affiliation, you are welcome to join us.

We will offer meditation instruction, group meditation, and a space for discussion and exploration of topics related to our practice in a supportive community in the Shambhala tradition of mindful-awareness: a non-sectarian spiritual tradition rooted in Buddhism. Through our meditation we develop the possibility of meeting our everyday activities with awareness, peace, wisdom, compassion and a sense of humor.

The ongoing, drop-in meditation group will meet on Thursday evenings starting at 7pm at the Mercer Island Presbyterian Church 3605 84th Ave. SE, Mercer Island, WA in the Rock room: enter on the far East doors and follow the signs.  Please bring your own cushion if you have one.  There will also be chairs available for those who don’t have cushions or prefer sitting on a chair.

Our schedule as we begin will be as follows:

  • 7:00 – 7:10 Introductions and meditation instruction
  • 7:10 – 7:45 Group meditation – including walking meditation
  • 7:45 Tea followed by discussion

Note that occasionally there may be a change in the schedule — so it’s always good to check the calendar before you come, to be sure we are meeting on any given Thursday.

Cost: None. Donations are appreciated to help cover the cost of rent.

Location:
Mercer Island Presbyterian Church
The Rock room
3605 84th Ave. SE, Mercer Island, WA

Group Facilitators:

Janine Bloomfield, Mercer Island resident, will offer meditation instruction and lead discussions in the Shambhala tradition of mindful-awareness, a non-sectarian spiritual tradition rooted in Buddhism.  Janine teaches meditation at the Seattle Shambhala Center and previously started and ran a three year program at West Mercer Elementary, teaching kids from Kindergarten to 5th grade mindfulness meditation.

Carrie Lovsted, a longtime Mercer Island resident is co- facilitating the meditation group at MIPC. Carrie is passionate about mindfulness and has been meditating daily for over two years. She has also been deepening her practice by taking classes at Northwest Mindfullness and UW Child and Parent Wellness Center. Carrie feels meditating in a group setting is critical to strengthen and sustain mindfullness. Carrie has over ten years experience in facilitating groups and a masters in Adult Education.

Location of Mercer Island Presbyterian Church