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Community Sitting Group

INCLUDING FREE OPTIONAL
INDIVIDUAL MEETING

Our Mindfulness Practice Group Space is open to all
curious hearts and minds:

Newcomers to mindfulness, those with some experience
or an established practice, and those on our Teacher Training Pathway.

Online Mindfulness Practice Group

Resting in WakefulnessMay
Resting in Wakefulness


While you are reading these lines, why not rest in silence for a few moments! PAUSE

See, how it is in this moment in the body, and can you allow it to be as it is in the body? PAUSE

And how is it in our own heart right in this moment, whatever this word means to you? PAUSE

And how is it in the mind right in this moment? PAUSE

Simply resting in wakefulness, with no place to go, nothing to fill up the time, no agenda whatsoever, other than to fall awake. PAUSE

And is it possible simply to rest, right in this moment, in the field of awareness itself, towards this boundless spaciousness. A pointer to a domain beyond words, underneath thought. A silence that is never not here. PAUSE

An ongoing openness of heart, which can embrace even our fear and storms in the heart & mind that arise, and to recognise that they are much part of the landscape as any other feeling. And that we can know their nature. PAUSE

This nature includes impermanence, emptiness, selflessness, which doesn’t in any way betray our emotions, our thoughts, our attempts to be of use. In fact supplies the groundless ground for our attempts to be of some use. PAUSE

As best you can, resting in this full dimensionality of this moment. Being at Home, with things exactly as they are. PAUSE

COME, SEE FOR YOURSELF AND PRACTICE WITH US!

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An ongoing invitation to build a community…

The Community Sitting Group is an intimate way to come together to sit, practice and to dive deeply into the nature of our own experiences and to explore what it means to be truly human.

We invite you to join us in building this mindful community, wherever you are based and regardless of your practice history so far. As a newcomer to mindfulness or a long-time practitioner or trainee, it is a valuable opportunity to invite curiosity, connection and insight into the group, allowing us to connect with people of all different backgrounds.

If you are curious about joining our Mindfulness Practice Group, you are welcome to join for a calendar month or longer and continue to be part of our group for as long as you would like.

As this group will be on a continual basis, there is no need to attend every session within the period, as there is no real ’beginning’ or ’ending’. Just an ongoing journey together!

You are most welcome to help us shape our practice community into a truly enriching experience for everyone who comes into contact with it – either briefly or over a longer time.

Additional Advantages

In addition to our Community Sitting Group meetings, you are welcome to sign-up for an Optional Individual Meeting free of charge with our Guiding Teacher, to support your ongoing Practice Life.

We also offer our group participants a 50% Discount on the contribution for our Mindfulness Evenings.

If you would like even more benefits, please consider joining our Friends Membership, which includes all Online LIVE Community Sitting Group Benefits and is designed to reward and recognise those who are closest to us with Special Discounts on Tuition Fees for all Events and more.

Tina talks about her experiences
and the benefits of joining us.

Voices of Participants
Belonging & purpose - Part I
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The sitting group has offered me a space in which to return to a sense of stillness, belonging, and purpose. I am humbled by the work each one of us in this community is putting in to returning home to the practice, even where there might be resistance to doing so!
 
It is both illuminating listening to the talks from Susann, and at the same time deeply nourishing to come back to my own practice, with the support of others in the group – just by being there in silence and in sharing their own experiences.

Belonging & purpose - Part II
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This sense of community supports me far beyond what words can explain, and I am really happy to be here from the beginning to see how it evolves and grows over time…

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It is indeed a very special group and one I feel very grateful for.
 
I’m so glad that you have set it up and that we can all access it.
 
I feel very privileged to be amongst a group of such inspiring people.

Inspiring people…
Pleasantly surprised - Part I
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I was a little unsure of how an online meditation group would compare to being in a room with people and how group dynamics would work with just a screen in front of me.
 
I’ve been very pleasantly surprised at how quickly the ’feeling’ of being a part of a group arises and the opportunity to speak alone with other participants is still possible with break out rooms.

Pleasantly surprised - Part II
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Perhaps the greatest advantage is the convenience of not having to travel and with work commitments, this method makes it possible for me to attend courses and groups.
 
A fantastic opportunity for anyone wishing to develop their practice further, I’ll continue to use in the future. I am now converted to online groups!

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I really liked meeting the other members of the group, it’s amazing how comfortable it is doing a group session online. It shows how connected we all are.

Amazing…
’Secret Practice’ - Part I
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I just wanted to write you a message to say that I really got a lot out of our Community Sit, and especially your talk on Sunday. I felt resistance in the morning because I was discombobulated by being an hour ’behind’, and had struggled with my practice last week leading up to Sunday, but it was really just what I needed.

’Secret Practice’ - Part II
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I love having my weeks bookended by the Community Sit and it recharges me for my home practice.
 
I’ve also shared the concept of the ’secret practice’ with others who meditate – it really resonated with me!

’Secret Practice’ - Part III
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And during our breakout session, we mentioned how nice it was that you shared in the talk your own experiences, and for me, it reinforces the fact that the practice is not about turning me into a perfect/better human (which, as you know, is one of my secret practices!) but about being with who we are, as we are. Thank you for sharing your light!

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I wanted to express how much I took away from the talk today especially when you said at the end “we really don’t understand the depth of what we are doing when we sit together and practice like this”.
 
In that moment, the penny dropped – Thank you!

Penny dropped…
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How will we meet?


For our Mindfulness Practice Group, we meet together using the OnlineLIVE platform Zoom from wherever you are based. All you will need is a computer or laptop and a reliable internet connection – all details and a link to join the call will be sent via email when you sign up.

If you would like to have a Zoom appointment for a 15min conversation free of charge to test the platform and to discuss the OnlineLIVE Community Sitting Group please feel free to contact us.

Facilitated by our Guiding Teacher

Susann Herrmann, Clinical Psychol./Occup. Psychol. (MA) >>
and Friends of our Community.

The formal sessions last for 90 minutes
– except for the first session of each calendar month, which will be 15 minutes longer.

Time zone details for Sunday:
  • 9.30 – 11.00am BST (London, UK)

If you are in a different time zone, please use a time zone converter to determine your local time

Location:

Online via Zoom

Structure:
  • Welcome & Introduction
  • 25min Sitting Meditation Practice
  • 5min Walking Practice (possibility of using the bathroom)
  • Short inspirational Live Talk on different subjects related to our practice (if our Guiding Teacher is available)
  • Sharing in breakout rooms
  • Group inquiry process
The online meeting space will be open:

15 minutes either side of the formal session in order to give the possibility to share something with each other or just have an informal chat.

The formal sessions last for 60 minutes, but you’re welcome to arrive and leave at any time.

Time zone details for Monday:
  • 5.30 – 6.30pm BST (London, UK)

If you are in a different time zone, please use a time zone converter to determine your local time.

Location:

Online via Zoom

Structure:
  • Welcome & Introduction
  • 25min Sitting Meditation Practice
  • Sharing in breakout rooms
  • Group inquiry process
The online meeting space will be open:

15 minutes either side of the formal session in order to give the possibility to share something with each other or just have an informal chat.

Please join us for a short ’Sit’!
The ’Sit’ begins on time, but you’re welcome to arrive and leave at any time.

Time zone details for Tue & Thu:
  • 7.00 – 7.30am BST (London, UK)

If you are in a different time zone, please use a time zone converter to determine your local time.

Location:

Online via Zoom

Structure:
  • 5min before start: Meeting available on Zoom
  • 25min Silent Sitting
  • 5min Greeting & end of meeting
Monthly Individual Meeting as Part of your Practice Life


Participants of our ongoing OnlineLIVE Community Sitting Group are welcome to sign up for
a free 15 mins Individual Online Meeting with our Guiding Teacher, each calendar month.

These Meetings are another Contemplative Practice Form we can engage in. They are optional but highly encouraged as an important part of our practice and give time to ask a question about mindfulness, talk about your meditation practice or fine-tune the practice instructions. Working with a teacher is part of an active engagement with mindfulness and with your own life. The more real and relevant you can make this meeting to your practice life, the more useful it will be to you.

These meetings are intended to be brief, to the point encounters and may last up to 15 minutes. It is not a time for visiting or doing psychotherapy, coaching or supervision.

You will receive a number of time slots at the beginning of each calendar month and these will be taken on a first come first serve basis.

Location:

Online via Zoom

Joining Details


Participants are invited to book a calendar month at a time, to maintain consistency in the group over this period of time. Anyone is more than welcome to book more than one calendar month or join our Friends Membership Scheme, to keep up a long-term regular sitting group.

If you would like to start practicing with us, please make a booking, so that we are able to send you the log-in details in ample time. The booking for the current calendar month is kept open until the middle of each month.

Ongoing Meetings

Community Sitting Group Practice Period:

  • May 2021:
    Sunday 02  – Monday 31
  • June 2021:
    Tuesday 01 – Tuesday 29

  • Location: Online via Zoom

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