Courses & Workshops

To register for all courses and workshops, please visit the calendar

Common Ground offers both multiple-week courses and one-time workshops. Topics vary by quarter. All Common Ground programs are offered freely in the spirit of generosity. To learn more about supporting the center and our teachers, click here.

Introduction To Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness meditation leads to insight into the nature of our hearts and minds, revealing an inherent clarity, openness, and ease. This course includes exploration of the intention behind practice, an introduction to insight (vipassana) meditation techniques, instructions for working with common obstacles, an overview of the practices of lovingkindness, and a discussion on how mindfulness can be part of one’s daily life. Find resources on the intro class website or listen to Mark’s talks from a previous intro class:

Week 1
Week 2
Week 3, Meditation
Week 3, Talk
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6

Intro Course with Mark Nunberg, Six Tuesdays, March 14th – April 18th, 7:30-9:00pm. Register

Intro Workshop with Gail Iverson, Saturday, April 15, 1:30 – 5:00 p.m. Register

Buddhist Studies Program

The Buddhist Studies Program is designed for people who have attended three or more mindfulness meditation retreats and have a commitment to daily meditation practice. The course includes dharma talks, small and large group discussions, and guided sitting time. Participants will be expected to use the teachings as a focus of their meditation and daily life practice. Led by Mark Nunberg.  Find current class information including handouts and articles on the Buddhist Studies website.

The Practices of Lovingkindness and Compassion.
The Buddha offered these reflections as skillful and joyful places for the mind to abide. These teachings and practices are designed to help us get in touch with an expansive goodness in our hearts from which unconditional love & compassion flow. It is possible to uncover the heart’s natural capacity to love unconditionally, beginning with the mind’s relationship with our own body and heart.

Seven Mondays, March 13-April 24 2017
Time 7:30-9:00pm. Optional Sitting Period from 7:00-7:30pm.
Register Here

Cultivating Self-Compassion, Mindfulness, and Connection

In this eight week class we will strengthen our ability to meet our moment-to-moment experience with compassion and kindness while resting on the foundation of mindfulness.  This is an adaptation of the Mindful Self-Compassion course developed by Chis Germer and Kristen Neff.  It will include additional practices from the Buddhist teachings.

January class led by Jean Fagerstrom and David Alley. April class led by Jean Haley and Jane Rauenhorst.

Eight Mondays, January 16 – March 6, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. &
Half-day Retreat, Sunday, February 19, 1:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Eight Mondays, April 10 – June 5 (No class May 29), 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Half-day Retreat, Saturday, May 13,
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

 Befriending Death with Kyoko Katayama

In this six-week class, we will explore how we relate to death and dying—our own and that of others; some of the rituals and care involved in one’s end of life; grief; embracing life and befriending death. We will practice relating to death as a great teacher who can break our heart yet awakens us to the Truth that will liberate us. You must have some meditation experience or familiarity with Buddhist meditative traditions. The class is not appropriate for people who have recently experienced loss of a loved one and the grief is raw. If you have taken the class before please send an email to letting us know that you’d like to be put on the waitlist. If you have questions contact Kyoko at or
Six Thursdays, March 23 – April 27, 10:30am-12:30pm, or 6:30pm – 8:30 p.m.


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Living the Practice Workshop Series

The Living the Practice Workshop Series is designed for people who have an ongoing mindfulness practice and want to integrate the practice more thoroughly into all aspects of life.

The Happiness of Forgiveness with Mark Nunberg and Wynn Fricke

The practice of forgiveness releases an authentic happiness. So why do we ignore or resist it? In this workshop we will acknowledge our stories of resentments and disappointments and how they often imprison us. Forgiveness is not imaginary or hopeful; it is a deepening understanding and acceptance of what is already true. The goal of this workshop is to recognize the limitations of ill will as a strategy for life, and to appreciate letting go as the expression of deep wisdom and compassion
RESCHEDULED to Saturday, July 22, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

With Ramesh Sairam: Mindfulness and Physical Pain

Mindfulness meditation can help practitioners understand the complex nature of pain and provide tools to reduce the suffering associated with it.
Sunday, April 16, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

With Cheri Desmond-May and Jane Rauenhorst: Nurturing Calm and Balance in Your Relationship – A Workshop for Couples

Come with your partner to learn about Slowing Down in order to Show Up with more presence with your beloved, and use deep listening as a more accessible way of connecting. All couples are welcome.
Sunday, April 30, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.