Mindfulness Community at Circle Yoga

The Opening Heart Mindfulness Community is open to everyone and meets to practice sitting and walking meditation and discuss mindfulness-related topics every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at Circle Yoga. We practice together in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.

See below the retreat announcement for regular weekly events…


******* First Opening Heart Mindfulness Community Retreat – October 9-11, 2015 *******


Embodying Joy and Inspiration in Challenging Times with Kaira Jewel Lingo

This weekend residential retreat will offer us a chance to relax and discover new ways to bring joy and inspiration into your life through a variety of peaceful and playful mindfulness activities.

Mindfulness is being here now, with kindness and open hearted curiosity. On this weekend, we will slow down and come home to our body and breath by practicing sitting, walking and eating meditation together. Simple movement practices, Deep Relaxation, periods of silence and time spent outdoors will all be part of this retreat.

Playful exercises including sound, music, dance, images and writing will encourage creative exploration. We will also explore the InterPlay method, a practice that teaches mindfulness through play and works through body­-mind connection. Strengthening connections amongst creative practitioners is also one of the aims of this retreat, and there will be room for sharing and networking.
KJ flyer headshot croppedKaira Jewel Lingo, formerly Sr. Jewel, was ordained as a nun by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh in 1999 and as a Dharma teacher in 2007. She returned to lay life in March of 2015 and continues to share the practice of mindfulness as a lay Buddhist teacher. Kaira Jewel has led mindfulness retreats in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Brazil, India and Southern Africa. She shares mindfulness and compassion, especially with children, families and young people, and brings mindfulness to teachers and schools. She also leads regular retreats for people of color and artists. She explores the interweaving of art, play, ecology and spiritual practice and is a certified yoga teacher and InterPlay leader.


Wellspring Conference Center in Germantown, Maryland.

Friday, October 9, 5 pm through Sunday, October 11, 2 pm

Retreat fee: Standard $395. Discounted for those of limited means of ($295 or $195). And $495 for those who can help sponsor the participation of others.

Menu is vegetarian. The retreat includes 6 meals: dinner on Friday, breakfast lunch and dinner on Saturday, and breakfast and lunch on Sunday.

Double occupancy rooms are provided.

Questions? Email v.murraybaatin@gmail.com

To register — please go here to fill out the registration form, then send check to Opening Heart Mindfulness Community (OHMC) at 3838 Northampton St., NW, Washington DC 20015.

Facebook page for this event is here.

Weekly opportunities for practice:

Monday 7-8:30pm.  Sessions begin with sitting meditation and walking meditation (7-7:45 pm).  Then a facilitator leads a Dharma Discussion (7:45-8:30 pm), including a reading or a short CD/DVD excerpt from a talk followed by group discussion. After the final bell at 8:30, there is time for conversation and connecting with fellow practitioners.

Wednesday 6:30-7:30am and Friday 12-1pm.  Sessions begin with sitting meditation and walking meditation.  Then we enjoy a very short reading and group discussion.  After the final bell on Wednesdays we often go out for coffee, tea or bagels together.

Newcomers are welcome anytime, and we offer an introduction for Newcomers on the first Monday of each month starting at 6:15pm.

No previous mindfulness or meditation experience necessary, no registration is required, and there is no fee to attend. Donations are joyfully accepted to support this and other similar programs Sitting meditation can be done on the floor or in a chair.  If you have any questions, please email annie@circleyoga.com  or call the studio 202-686-1104.

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