Phase 1 began June 1st and consisted of limited in-person programs with a universal mask and social distancing requirement as well as a maximum attendance cap of 20 in the meditation hall.
Phase 2: Starting July 5th, consistent with CDC as well as local governmental guidelines, Common Ground will have no universal masking or social distancing requirements and no attendance limits at programs though everybody participating in our in-person programs is asked to align our individual masking and social distance decisions with public health best practices in support of our collective well being. In that spirit, we continue to request that you stay home if experiencing COVID symptoms or if you have been exposed to COVID. Please follow CDC guidelines related to testing and quarantine time. Additionally, we strongly encourage everyone in the community who is able to, to get vaccinated.
The CDC currently recommends that unvaccinated people wear a mask and maintain social distance in public places such as Common Ground. We also encourage vaccinated people who feel more comfortable wearing a mask and maintaining social distance to continue to do so. As it is with all of us, Common Ground’s Teachers will be navigating personal circumstances in deciding how to teach in the months ahead. Some programs will continue solely online while some will be offered hybrid or in person. You will be able to check each program’s description in the online calendar for the most up-to-date details about safety protocol for that program. It is our hope that the variety of programming options available will honor the diversity of personal circumstances among us, as well as our collective and varied tolerance for risk. May we all trust the tension between our personal choices and collective wellbeing so that our actions and decisions are aligned with our deepest intentions.
Phase Two Schedule:
In addition to the programs begun in June: Open Meditations, Tuesday morning Tea and Dharma, here is a schedule of Phase Two in-person programs:
If there is interest, we will offer the opportunity for community members to gather on Sunday mornings to watch the Weekly Practice Group together on a screen in the meditation hall. Mark will be teaching from the office but will be around to greet folks before and after the program. We will do a trial run this Sunday, June 20th. Let firstname.lastname@example.org know if you’d like to join in. (I’ll take the first 20 people who volunteer. Thanks!)
The next Buddhist Studies course on Mindfulness of Mind will be offered as a hybrid program beginning with the second session, on July 5th. People can choose to attend virtually from home or join Mark in the meditation hall in person.
Starting July 11th, there will be an in-person only Sunday evening Weekly Practice Group with Mark Nunberg, 7:00-8:30pm. This will cover similar material as the Sunday morning talk.
The Half-Day Retreat on July 10th and the Daylong Retreat on July 17th, both with Mark Nunberg, will be offered as hybrid programs with both in person and online options.
The September Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation Course with Mark Nunberg will be offered as a hybrid program. (Starts September 14th.)
Stay tuned to our weekly email and website for announcements about other in-person programs as the summer unfolds.
As we begin to reinhabit our physical center, we will need volunteers to tend to the center’s physical needs like they used to. We are a heavily volunteer-dependent organization, which is a beautiful thing! Volunteering is a way to tap into the nourishing and enlivening quality of generosity, which the Buddha teaches is a cornerstone of a happy life. Volunteers at Common Ground do a variety of things, including but not limited to bell-ringing for open meditation, program hosting, office work, tech support, cleaning, mowing, and gardening. Gabe is the volunteer coordinator. To submit a volunteer interest form, click here. Or feel free to contact Gabe directly at email@example.com. A couple immediate opportunities:
Prairie Farm Reopening Info
Starting with our first public program at Prairie Farm, a Metta retreat with Patrice Koelsch scheduled from July 15-18, we are requiring that all participants have been fully vaccinated. We will reassess this requirement in August based on COVID transmission rates and new variants in our community. If there are extenuating circumstances that prevent you from being vaccinated, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will consider your request. Look for more info about upcoming practice periods at Prairie Farm in next week’s weekly email.
Mark, Shelly, and Gabe