February 3, 2016

Greetings Everyone,

There is still space in the Half-Day Retreat this Saturday, February 6th with Mark Nunberg. Please let us know if you would like to register. Registration is now open online for the Spring Practice Period at Prairie Farm; see the retreat section below for a link to the registration page. Don’t forget that Rebecca Bradshaw and Chas DiCapua will each be offering a guest teacher talk at Common Ground around the time of the TCVC retreat.  See below for more details.
Shelly Graf

Drop-In Programs

Weekly Practice Groups with Mark Nunberg
Wednesday, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, 10:30-11:40 a.m.
Sunday, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 14 10:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. with Ramesh Sairam

Mindfulness in the Twelve Steps Practice Group
Every Friday

Mindful Yoga Level 1
Mondays with Myra Rucker
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays with Nancy Boler

Mindful Chair Yoga with Sharon Sebring

Open Meditation
Monday through Saturday 6:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Tuesdays 11:00 a.m. – noon and 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Sundays 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Lovingkindness Practice Group with Mark Nunberg
Friday, February 5

Gentle Yoga and Deep Relaxation with Nancy Boler
Sunday, February 7

Guest Teacher Talk with Rebecca Bradshaw: Exploring the Nature of Craving Through Mindfulness of Eating
Thursday, February 11

Guest Teacher Talk with Chas DiCapua:  How A Night Light Taught Me About The Three Characteristics
Friday, February 19

Dharma Flicks: The Act of Killing by Joshua Oppenheimer
Saturday, February 20

Programs Requiring Registration

Introduction to Meditation with Mark Nunberg
Six Tuesdays, January 12-February 16
Feel free to join this course already in progress if you would like

Half-Day Retreat with Mark Nunberg
Saturday, February 6

12-Step Recovery and Mindfulness Meditation Retreat with Anita R
Saturday, February 20

Daylong Retreat with Mark Nunberg
Saturday, February 27

Upcoming Residential Retreats

Spring Practice Period at Common Ground Retreat at Prairie Farm
Friday, March 4- Sunday, April 3
Register now online at :

Common Ground’s February 2016 Tranquility and Insight Retreat led by Mark Nunberg
Thursday, February 11- Monday, February 15
To be added to the wait list please register here Tranquility and Insight Retreat.

Community News

Antiracism Circle

Starting Monday, January 18th, 29 of Common Ground’s teachers and leaders will be participating in a 10-week antiracism circle at Common Ground. This will involve intensive study of the history and mechanisms of racism both societally and personally, with the intended result of transforming our hearts and minds and educating us on how to act to relieve the suffering caused by racism in our hearts, relationships, and communities. We hope to share what we learn with the wider community, by sharing some of the readings we’re doing, and through conversations and presentations at other community events. If you’d like to support this work, you can make a donation to Common Ground and designate it “antiracism circle”. You can also use the iPad in the lobby to make a donation. For your information, Common Ground’s total expenses for the circle are $9600.

Assistive Listening Devices Now Available for Programs at Common Ground
The Center now has assistive listening devices available for use in the meditation hall.  If you would like to use a device for a program you may help yourself to one in the audio closet or contact the program host, they can assist you or can identify the audio person assigned for the program who knows how they work.

All Common Ground programs are offered free of charge in the spirit of generosity.  There is a donation bowl in the lobby or a button on our Supporting the Center page if you would like to support the center and the teachers.  The center is completely dependent on your gifts.