Classes

Activities canceled as of Mar. 25

All in-person activities are canceled and The Meditation Center will be closed beginning March 25 until federal, state and local governments lift group restrictions. This is our way of helping “flatten the curve” of the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit our News page or sign up for our e-mail list for periodic updates.
 

Special Classes

Online Check-in

Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 11:00 am
Donations appreciated

We haven’t seen you in a while, so we are inviting you to a check-in meeting on Zoom. This is a great opportunity to catch up with each other! Let us know how you are doing, and if you like, share something inspiring you have experienced in the last couple of weeks, or what you are doing to make your stay-at-home time rewarding. This is a challenging time for many of us, so we appreciate your effort to keep the conversation positive and uplifting!

Join Zoom Meeting by computer (requires microphone and speaker):
https://zoom.us/j/3769202887

Phone only: 1-646-876-9923 (long distance rates may apply)
Meeting ID: 376 920 2887

See you then!

At-home Healing Meditation

Tuesdays at 7:00 pm from wherever you are
Donations appreciated

During our pandemic-related closure, please join us from wherever you are on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm to meditate on healing for ourselves, each other, our community, our nation and our world. Even though we aren’t meeting in person, we can still do great things!

To make your experience easier, we have provided a suggested meditation here for you to follow, as well as a 15-minute audio version:

See you soon!

Ongoing Classes

Healing Meditation

Tuesdays at 7:00 pm
Canceled until further notice
Donations appreciated

A weekly guided meditation focusing on optimization of mind, body and spirit for participants, loved ones, all life everywhere and our planet. We join our energies and intent with other groups around the country to manifest healing and peace in our world.

Sessions not held on 5th Tuesday of the month or on major federal holidays that fall on Tuesday. On those dates, we ask you to take a moment and meditate with a focus on healing from wherever you are.

What to expect: This is a guided meditation session. Participants should plan to arrive and be seated no later than 10 minutes before start time, and should be able and prepared to sit quietly in low light for up to 30 minutes.

What to bring: Shoes are not permitted in carpeted areas where classes are conducted. Please bring clean socks to wear during the class. You are also welcome to bring a sweater or light blanket. If you prefer to sit on the floor, you may want to bring a small cushion to sit on.

Out of respect for our guests with allergies, please avoid the use of essential oils and fragrances.

Vipassana with Mana

facilitated by Mana Derks
Wednesdays at 10:00 am
Canceled until further notice
$10 donation

Photo by Nicollazzi Xiong from Pexels

Vipassana is described as “a gentle-yet-thorough technique of meditation.” It is based on observation and self-exploration. It is a journey that allows the deep interconnectedness of mind and body to be realized, bringing a more heightened awareness of the present moment and our involvement in it. 

Mana secured her title as meditation instructor in May 2017, after two years focused vipassana/mindfulness training. Mana has been a practitioner of self realization and spiritual healing for many years prior, and continues her journey on this path. 

Come join us for some spiritual discussion and meditation!

Sessions not held on 5th Wednesday of the month or on major federal holidays that fall on Wednesday.

What to expect: This class includes a lecture/discussion lasting about 50-60 minutes, which may include examples of meditation or mindfulness techniques. After a short break, we will enter into a meditation. Participants should be able to sit comfortably for up to 30 minutes in low light. Please expect to arrive and be seated by 9:50 am.

What to bring: Shoes are not permitted in carpeted areas where classes are conducted. Please bring clean socks to wear during the class. You are also welcome to bring a sweater or light blanket. If you prefer to sit on the floor, you may want to bring a small cushion to sit on.

Out of respect for our guests with allergies, please avoid the use of essential oils and fragrances.

Saturday Discussion and Meditation

Saturdays at 10:00 am
Canceled until further notice
$10 Donation

Join us on Saturday mornings for an interactive discussion on spiritual principles, followed by a guided meditation to reflect on that day’s topic.

This class is not conducted on the 5th Saturday of the month or on major federal holiday weekends. Check our Calendar page for complete schedule.

What to expect: This class includes a lecture/discussion lasting about 45-50 minutes. After a short break, we will enter into a guided meditation. Participants should be able to sit comfortably for up to 30 minutes in low light. Please expect to arrive and be seated by 9:50 am.

What to bring: Shoes are not permitted in carpeted areas where classes are conducted. Please bring clean socks to wear during the class. You are also welcome to bring a sweater or light blanket. If you prefer to sit on the floor, you may want to bring a small cushion to sit on.

Out of respect for our guests with allergies, please avoid the use of essential oils and fragrances.

Metaphysical Lecture Series

Third Sunday of each month at 11:00 am
Canceled until further notice
Donations appreciated

Join us for our monthly Metaphysical lecture that explores the deeper meaning of scriptural passages and natural laws to help us unlock the lessons that help us interact more effectively with people and situations in our modern world.

What to expect: The half hour before the lecture program begins (10:30-11:00 am) is silent meditation and spiritual healing, followed by a Metaphysical lecture.  Program includes music, gratitude and lots of fellowship.

What to bring: An open heart and mind!

We don’t record our lectures, but if you’d like to experience a sample of what we do, here is a Metaphysical interpretation of biblical scripture, delivered by Mark Stein at Wayfarer’s Unity in Dillard, GA. Click here to view on YouTube.

Free Meditation Class for Seniors

The Jackson County Department on Aging is closed as a safety precaution to protect senior citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic. This class will return to our normal schedule when the senior center resumes instructor led classes. For more information on the senior center’s programs, please visit https://www.aging.jacksonnc.org/jackson-county-senior-center.

Third Wednesday of each month at 1:00 pm
Jackson County Senior Center, 100 County Services Park, Sylva, NC 28779

We invite anyone age 50 and over to join us every month for a free meditation at the Jackson County Senior Center. You do not need to be a Jackson County resident. We spend about a half an hour going into the silence to find our peace. Call 586-5494 for more information on senior center activities. Sponsored by the Jackson County Department on Aging.

What to expect: This class features a short discussion, followed by a guided meditation and soft music, focusing on relaxation and releasing your tensions and the concerns of the physical world. Participants should be able to sit comfortably for up to 30 minutes in low light. Please expect to arrive and be seated by 12:55 pm.

What to bring: Everything you need is provided. Come as you are, expecting to Find Your Peace!

Available Classes

These classes and activities are available by request for individuals or groups. Please contact us if you are interested in scheduling a class, either at our center our at a mutually agreeable location. We can also work with you to develop a special program for your organization, business or group.

Relax! (Meditation for Relaxation)

Take a moment to relax! This class is designed for those who want to “find their peace” in their lives.  Use meditation and breathing techniques to reduce stress, sleep better and of course, relax!

WINGS Support Group

The loss of a loved one, no matter the circumstances, can be a difficult process to go through. We know we’ll survive it, but sometimes it’s nice to have a safe space to discuss your feeling and to share your stories. We’re here for you.

More Information

Check back regularly for updates, and view our Calendar page for a listing of all current activities.

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