Program Overview

Welcome to Common Ground! This page will summarize our different online offerings. To find the links to participate, visit our Calendar page. We are now offering select in-person programs as well; visit this page for more info on those.

A good way to stay up to date on upcoming offerings is to join our weekly email list, here.

All times listed are in central time.

Weekly Practice Groups

Currently we offer two online Weekly Practice Groups a week (and a Sunday evening group in person). These are a cornerstone of our programming, led by our two co-Guiding Teachers, Mark Nunberg and Shelly Graf. They feature a guided meditation, a talk, and discussion and are accessible to beginners and experienced mindfulness practitioners alike.

  • Sunday, 10:30-11:45am with Mark on Zoom
  • Wednesday, 7:30-9:00pm with Shelly on Zoom

Lovingkindness Practice Group

1st and 4th Fridays of the month, 7:00-8:30pm: This weekly practice group is for people interested in developing the heart by training in the four beautiful emotions of lovingkindness (metta), compassion, empathetic joy, and equanimity. Each session includes instruction, a guided meditation, a short dharma talk, and time for questions and discussion. Both experienced and beginning meditators are welcome, no registration necessary. Led by Mark Nunberg on the 1st Friday of the month, and Stacy McClendon on the 4th Friday of the month.

Community Practice Check-Ins

Tuesdays, 12:00-1:00pm. Please join in for a guided meditation and Community conversation and Q&A about our practice. This group is led by Stacy McClendon each week, joined by Mark Nunberg on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month. (Over Zoom.)

Wynn Fricke & Mark Nunberg offer a Community Practice Check-In every Sunday from 4:30-5:30pm. (Over Zoom.)

Shelly Graf offers a Community Practice Check-In on Fridays at 9am.

Ramesh Sairam offers a similar program: Dharma Practice Reflections every other Saturday from 10:30am-12:00pm.


We currently offer Daylong, Half-Day, and multi-day retreats. Check the Retreats tab on the main menu for more info about upcoming retreats.

Common Ground Retreat Center is currently open for public practice periods, see the CG Retreat Center tab in the main menu for more info on upcoming practice periods.

Mindfulness, Recovery, and the Twelve Steps Weekly Practice Group

This ongoing program is for those seeking spiritual development by practicing the principles of the Twelve Steps and the Buddha’s teachings in everyday life. This program supplements recovery and is designed to reveal to us that consistent mindfulness practice greatly benefits our spiritual progress.
This ongoing practice group meets every Friday (2nd Friday of the month is in person and on Zoom), 7:00-8:30pm over Zoom and is open to all who have an interest in mindfulness and the Twelve Steps recovery pathways. No need to register, just come.

Mindful Yoga

We offer three weekly Mindful Yoga classes:

  • Monday, 5:30-6:45pm over Zoom with Myra Rucker
  • Tuesday, 9:30-10:45am on Youtube with Nancy Boler (Level 2)
  • Friday, 9:30-10:45am on Zoom and in person with Nancy Boler


Qigong is offered weekly on Fridays at 10:00am by Autumn Compton on our Youtube channel.

Community Groups

Community Groups is the general name given to refer to a diverse collection of formal and informal practice opportunities sponsored by Common Ground Meditation Center.  Community Groups are led by experienced community members who act as volunteer facilitators. To see the list of current community groups, click here.

And Much More!

Visit our calendar to see everything that’s coming up or join our weekly email list to get regular updates. Email or call 612-722-8260 with any questions.