Weekly Practice Groups
Common Ground offers drop-in Weekly Practice Groups three times a week:
Sunday, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Sunday, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
- Wednesday evening, August 7th with Shelly Graf
- Sunday morning, August 11th with Merra Young
- Sunday evening, August 11th with Gabe Keller-Flores
- Sunday morning, August 25th with Guest Teacher Tuere Sala
- Sunday evening, August 25th with Guest Teacher Tuere Sala
- Wednesday evening, August 28th with Shelly Graf
- Sunday morning, September 1st with Shelly Graf
- Sunday evening, September 1st with Jean Haley
Typically the same talk is given at the three groups. It’s usually given first on Sunday morning.
Note: Sunday mornings are the busiest time and sometimes fill up. If you can attend one of the other Weekly Practice Groups, this will help alleviate congestion.
These weekly groups are designed to be a cornerstone for one’s practice by providing ongoing instruction and teachings that help illuminate the simple but challenging practice of mindfulness. The Buddha taught that mindfulness is the way to go beyond habits of distraction and grasping. To walk this path of wisdom and compassion, we need the support of a community that shares this intention. Each session includes a guided meditation, dharma talk, and discussion. Both experienced and beginning meditators are welcome. No registration required.
Lovingkindness Practice Group
This monthly 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 and other teachers.
Usually meets the 1st Friday of the month; 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Next Group is Friday, August 2nd, led by Shelly Graf
Click here to read an introduction to lovingkindness practice by Mark Nunberg, our guiding Teacher.
Open Meditation Session
Drop in to as many half-hour silent meditation periods as you like. Please arrive and depart with the bell, which is rung every half hour.
Monday – Saturday, 6:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Sunday, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Friday, 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Mindful Self-Compassion Practice Group
This practice group is for anyone interested in developing practices that strengthen and support mindful self compassion. The group is open to those who have graduated from the Mindful Self Compassion class and to everyone interested in exploring the benefits of a self compassion practice. No registration required. Led by Jean Haley and Jane Rauenhorst.
Meets 2nd 0r 3rd Fridays of the month; 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Next group is Friday, August 30th
Mindfulness, Recovery, and the Twelve Steps
This ongoing practice group meets every Friday and is open to all who have an interest in mindfulness and the Twelve Steps recovery pathways. No need to register, just come.
For more info, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Led by Mary G., Sharon S., Emil J., Gail I., Anita R., Ollie S. Marc J., April H., and Charlie B.
OFFSITE: Weekly Practice Group with Stacy McClendon
This weekly practice group on the North side consists of a guided meditation, reflection on application in daily life, and discussion. Led by Stacy McClendon.
At North Market, 4414 Humboldt Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55412
Stacy McClendon has been a Common Ground community member since 2006. She is a dedicated practitioner and has spent more than 100 days on silent intensive retreat practice. She now serves as the Chair of Common Ground’s Board of Directors and on our Advisory Committee on matters of equity and accessibility. She is a graduate of Common Ground’s Dharma Leadership Training, and has been supported and encouraged by Guiding Teacher Mark Nunberg to teach locally, including the POC sangha at CG which she co-founded, co-leading retreats for people of color, community based offerings, and as part of the teaching team for our Living the Practice workshops.
You can always check our online calendar for exact dates.
All Common Ground programs are offered freely in the spirit of generosity. To learn more about supporting the center and our teachers, click here.