Community Groups

After carefully studying what experts from the CDC and Minnesota Department of Health have been writing as well as sifting the information available through other sources, it seems that the wisest and most compassionate response to the coronavirus pandemic is for Common Ground to immediately suspend all programs at the center through March 29th, at which time we will reassess. 

We are taking this big step out of compassion for all. Fortunately, Common Ground has already begun offering some limited live streaming options. We will work to expand the list of programming options available by live stream as capacity for tech support grows. Let us know if you have skills to offer.

These small, peer-led groups meet at the center, in homes, and in other community venues to explore this path of awakening in terms of issues that are real in our lives. Unless otherwise specified, contact for more information. If you are a committed practitioner with residential retreat experience and you’re interested in starting a new community group, contact for more info.


Dharma Flicks

TBA, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Join Common Ground friends for a movie and discussion


Common Ground Book Club

This is a forum for community members to practice thoughtful reflection on books related to race and racism. Meetings are held in the Community Room at Common Ground and start with meditation. To participate contact April Hanson at lirpaj@hotmail.comCertain Sundays, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.


Educators Mindfulness Group

If you are a teacher and want to experience more peace and calm in your job…..then come join us for support and fellowship as we discuss our mindfulness practice. Our relaxed, small group will discuss such themes as: wise speech, harmonious relationships, right view, and compassion. Please join us!  The doors are open for old and new participants to come and share the fruits and challenges of their practice in community with fellow dedicated teachers/dharma practitioners. Co-Facilitated by Paul Sackaroff and Sherri Juenemann. For more information and on upcoming meetings, please contact Paul at  Meetings on the fourth Sunday of each month from 4-5 p.m. in the community room.  


Mental Health Professionals Group

This closed group is intended for professionals and graduate students in the field of mental health. Our main purpose is to support one another to integrate mindfulness practice more deeply into our work lives. For more information, visit our web page.


Mindfulness and Depression Community Group

Depression hurts, and no one should have to face it alone. In the Mindfulness and Depression Community Group, we share our experience and support each other. We practice using mindfulness to welcome even the most difficult experiences and explore the possibility of acceptance and joy. This group is open to anyone with personal experience of depression.  This group meets on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm.  No registration, no fee, just drop in!   If you have any questions, please contact Toddor Dan at Here is a list of resources compiled by the group.


Mindful Self-Compassion Community Group

Live mindfully, with self-compassion.
 Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) builds on a foundation of mindfulness, kindness, and a sense of our shared humanity to help us meet the difficulties in our lives with compassion. This community group shares how we use MSC in our daily lives. Knowledge of Common Ground’s MSC Training and monthly practice group is helpful.
For more information contact
This group meet the first Monday of every month at 10-11am in The Community Room.


Organizers and Social Justice Activists Community Group

In these uniquely challenging times, people who are dedicated to fighting for justice need a place of refuge, for honest sharing about the challenges we face and for learning tools to more effectively bring mindfulness and compassion into political work and organizing. This group is open to anyone who practices meditation, whether they have been doing so for three months or 30 years, and whether they are part of the Common Ground sangha, any other spiritual community, or none at all. This group meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 6 – 7:30 p.m.  Email for more information.


People of Color Community Group

The People of Color Community Group gathers to explore our spiritual path through meditation and the teachings of the Buddha, honoring our shared experience, while cultivating mindfulness, wisdom, and joy in our community.  Practitioners of color looking for support in their practice are invited to join this group on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.  For more information, contact Stacy at


Millenials Sangha Community Group

The Millenials Sangha Community Group generally meets every fourth Friday, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in the Community Room (but not always so contact Gabe or Carrie or check the online calendar). The intention is to provide an opportunity for younger meditators to connect and share how we are working to integrate the Buddha’s teachings on mindfulness, wisdom, and compassion into all areas of our lives. Our sessions consist of a half-hour silent sit followed by a practice discussion on a particular theme. We end at 8:30 and then have snacks and social time. The group is drop-in; no need to register or RSVP. Contact Gabe Keller Flores or Carrie Jackling with any questions: geeabekeller@gmail or


“Refirement” Group

The Common Ground “Refirement” Retiree’s Community Group seeks opportunities of activism, service, study, friendship and companionship that will deepen and expand our practice and enrich our lives. Activities include discovering creative ways to spend our time, attending conscious artistic events, doing service activities, studying meaningful books and other works together, discussing topics of mutual interest, investigating alternative living arrangement and having retreats together. For more information please contact Tom:
Meets every third Tuesday in the community room, 12:30-2:30pm

New Parent/Child Community Group

This is a group for parents/caregivers with child(ren) under 3 years old, who have practiced insight meditation and intend to continue. We practice in sangha by meditating with children present in our care. We have mindful activities and discussion within the Common Ground tradition.

We meet on the third Friday of each month from 4-5pm in the community room. Please feel welcome to contact us if you’re interested in attending.  Contact Annie at or Autumn at

Open Sit ‘n’ Oats at Sprout House

Join a local community house for weekly Saturday morning meditations and oatmeal bar breakfasts. 2601 16th Ave. S., Apt. 2, Minneapolis 55407. This is an opportunity to sit together and connect in a relaxed, informal setting. The door will have a sign on it and will be unlocked. You can bring a topping to share, a friend, or just your lovely self! All are welcome! We meet every Saturday of the month, at 9:30 a.m. For more information or questions contact


Sutta Study Groups

This group was formed in the spring of 2005 as a way to support leaders of the center in deepening their study and practice of the teachings of the Buddha. The program was designed to promote both a greater fluency and depth of understanding of the teachings of the Buddha, and a deeper web of dharma friendships with other leaders and practitioners. For more info click here. To see a collection of themes that the groups have studied in past years, click here


Women’s Community Group

This women’s community group is an opportunity for women to come together and deepen their practice. We will base gatherings on a framework of sitting meditation practice and a variety of mindfulness practices such as chanting, body awareness and movement and heart centered devotional practice and ritual. Sharing in small groups and in the group as a whole will be a central part of each gathering. We meet in Common Ground’s Community Room. It is an open group and you don’t need to commit to being there each time. This group will meet monthly on the 2nd Thursday of every month from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.