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Community Dharma Leader (CDL) Groups

These sitting groups are led by graduates of the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leaders Program, which trains leaders who are ethical, understand the principles of Dharma practice, and can elicit clarity, kindness, patience and wisdom within their communities.

San Francisco Bay Area

Rebecca Dixon, Deb Kerr
Every Sunday, 7-9 pm
United Methodist Church
2311 Buena Vista Ave
Info: sites.google.com/site/alamedasangha or (510) 482-2032

Berkeley (Berkeley Sit and Sing Sangha)
Eve Decker
Every 4th Thursday 7:00 - 8:30pm (off for July)
Drop-Ins Welcome
Guided mindfulness and loving-kindness practice followed by singing from a songbook Eve has compiled of folk songs and chants on themes of mindfulness and compassion. In a private home with a small friendly dog and steps to entrance. Suggested donation $20 no one turned away for lack of funds. Contact info@evedecker.com for an address.

Richard Shankman
Wednesday 7:15 - 9:15pm
St. Clement’s Episcopal Church
2837 Claremont Boulevard, Berkeley, CA
Info: (510) 559-5920

Berkeley (Dharma & Recovery)
Walt Opie
2nd Tuesday of each month, 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Northbrae Community Church
941 The Alameda  Berkeley, CA
Info: waltopie@gmail.com

Mountain View
Shaila Catherine, Insight Meditation South Bay
Tuesdays 7:30-9pm
St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall
2094 Grant Road
Info: www.imsb.org

Napa Valley Insight Meditation
Forrest Hill
Every Tuesday 7:00pm - 8:30pm & Thursday 8:00am - 8:45am
Napa Valley Unitarian Universalists
1625 Salvador Avenue, Napa CA
Info: www.napainsight.org


Rebecca Dixon
Every Monday, 5:15 - 6:30pm
Unitarian Church
685 14th St (at Castro)
Info: RebeccaDixon.org or (510) 482-2032

Bill Scheinman
Every Monday online from 6:30-7:30pm
Zoom Info
Email: Bill@stressreductionatwork.com
Website: https://www.stressreductionatwork.com/online-sitting-group/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/StressReduction
Phone: (415) 767-5252

Matthew Sockolov
Tuesdays at 7:30pm
765 Baywood Dr. #147, Petaluma
info: SonomaInsight.org or info@SonomaInsight.org

Will Lister
Every Thursday, 7 - 8:30pm
Info: mettaphoto@mac.com
(530) 306-7264

Insight Richmond
Mary Davis
Wednesday, 6:30-8 pm and Saturday, 12-1 pm
On Zoom

Rocklin (near Sacramento)
Mary Helen Fein, Maeve Hassett
Mondays 6:30 – 8pm
Rocklin Montessori
5250 Fifth Street
Info: (530) 887-9400 or rocklinGroup@mtstream.org

San Francisco
Augusta Hopkins
Spiritual Friends Sangha (SF Sangha)
San Francisco Dharma Collective
Mondays from 5:30-7pm
2929 24th Street
Or Zoom: http://bit.ly/sfdharma (password: 108108)
Info: https://sfdharmacollective.org/events/r/hybrid-mindful-mondays-with-sf-sangha

San Jose
San Jose Insight Meditation
Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9pm.
Friends Meeting House, 1041 Morse Street. Info: www.sanjoseinsight.org. Contact: sjsangh@gmail.com or Berget (408) 255-2783. Beginning instruction first Wednesday of each month, 6:15-7:15 pm.

San Rafael
Dr. Rick Hanson
Wednesdays 6 - 7:30 pm PT
Online via Zoom
Sign up at www.rickhanson.net/teaching/wednesday-meditations-with-dr-rick-hanson/

Santa Rosa
Matthew Sockolov
Mondays at 8:00pm
2801 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa
info: SonomaInsight.org or info@SonomaInsight.org

Sonoma (Sonoma Mindfulness Group)
Eve Decker
Every 4th Sunday 4:00 - 5:30pm (off for July)
Drop-Ins Welcome
252 West Spain Street, Sonoma
Guided mindfulness and loving-kindness practice followed by singing from a songbook Eve has compiled of folk songs and chants on themes of mindfulness and compassion. Suggested donation $15-20 no one turned away for lack of funds.

Walnut Creek
Ernest Isaacs
Tuesdays, 7:30-9pm
The Unity Center
1871 Geary Rd.
Info: (510) 526-0711 or ernesti@pacbell.net


San Diego
Spanish Dharma Group
Offering Dharma in Spanish
Sits, classes and daylongs  
For information, pease contact Carrie at: ctamburo3@gmail.com

Santa Barbara

Open Door Sangha
Thursdays 7:00-8:30 pm
Unity Church, YOU Room
227 E Arrellaga St.
Info: opendoormeditation@gmail.com
(805) 685-2836

San Luis Obispo
Mick Malotte
Wednesdays, 6 - 7 pm
White Heron Sangha Meditation Center, 6615 Bay Laurel Pl. Avila Beach, CA 93424

Outside of California

Fairfield County, CT
Paul Epstein, every other Thursday 7:30 – 9:15 pm
Norfield Grange, 12 Goodhill Road, Weston, CT
Info: Paul Epstein (203) 226-3923 or epsteinmb@aol.com
       Arline Epstein (203) 259-9395 or abepstein@earthlink.net

Honolulu, Hawaii
Gregory Pai, Saturday 4pm
Broken Ridge Korean Temple – Info: (808) 395-7749 or gpai@lava.net

Lowell, Massachusetts (for Care Providers of all kinds)
Abhaya Sandy Kopka, Tuesdays, 7-9 pm
Allegiance Hospice, 67 Middle St. Suite 503, Lowell, MA
Info: (978) 349-8284 or akopka@allegiancehospice.com

Lowell, Massachusetts (Women’s meditation)
Abhaya Sandy Kopka,  Mondays 7-9
Pawtucket Living Arts Center, 15 Mammoth Rd.
Info: (978) 349-8284 or akopka@allegiancehospice.com

Carson City, Nevada
Dharma Zephyr Sangha, Monday 7-9pm
Info: Christy Tews (775) 882-1662 or StrawGold@att.net
Carson City, Nevada
West Wind Sangha, Thursday 6:30-8:30pm
Info: Nevan Kane (775) 841-1695 or nkane@ndep.nv.gov

Minden, Nevada
Carson Valley Meditation Group
Tuesday 7-9pm
Info: Constance Alexander (775) 267-2850 or Calexa61@hotmail.com

Reno, Nevada
Dharma Zephyr Sangha
Wednesday 7-9pm
Info: Janet Scott (775) 690-0752 www.nevadadharma.net

Cutchogue, New York
NOFOLI (North Fork of Long Island) Insight Meditation Sangha
Meets every Tuesday evening 7:00 - 8:30pm, 3rd Sunday of every month 10:00am - 12:00pm & also day-long & weekend non-residential retreats classes for the study of the Dhamma.
Info: Charmaine Henderson (917) 734-2506 or nofoli.ims@gmail.com

COVID-19 Note: Due to COVID-19, our Tuesday and Sunday sittings have been held online. This format allows us to reach meditators looking for a sitting group who are far beyond the 25 miles people are generally willing to travel to attend a sitting.

Burnesville, North Carolina
Janey Zeitlow, Monday Night sitting group, 7-9pm, Beginner's instruction offered.
Info: (828) 675-5440

Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Forest Brook sangha, first and third Mondays, 7- 8:30pm. There is a dharma talk.
Info: (336) 725-1177 or onespirithorse@hotmail.com

Bend, Oregon
Bend Vipassana Sitting Group
Led by Valeta Bruce, CDL
For information call (541) 389-9449 or
email: valeta@transpersonalresources.com

Eugene, Oregon
Eugene Insight Meditation Community (EIMC)
Justin Michelson CDL 
Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:00pm 
Yoga Mind Studio, 1339 Oak St. Eugene, OR
Contact:  eugeneinsight@gmail.com or (206) 356-0354

Sedona, Arizona
Verde Valley Insight Meditation, Mondays 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Info: Jeff Hardin or www.verdevalleyinsight.com or 928-203-6392 or verdevalleyinsight@gmail.com

Houston, Texas

Mary Rees, Info: (713) 662-2743 or www.citta101.org

San Antonio, Texas
Insight Meditation San Antonio (Yellow Dog Sangha)
Randy Gribbin CDL
Mondays, 6:45pm New Student Orientation; 7:30-9:15pm Regular Sangha Meeting
First Unitarian Universalist Church, 7150 W. I-10, San Antonio, TX
Contact: rgribbin@gvtc.com or (830) 964-3684

Kirkland, Washington
Eastside Insight Meditation
Serving communities east of Seattle, we sit online and in person on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 7 p.m. Pacific. The in-person gatherings take place at Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church, in Kirkland. Our two-hour gatherings include sitting together, hearing the dharma (including from visiting teachers), and discussion. Please contact Steve Wilhelm at stevellen95@comcast.net with any questions or to get on our mailing list.

Madison, Wisconsin
Madison Insight Meditation Group - Janice Sheppard (CDL), Devon Hase (CDL), Craig Hase, and Jack Arpin
Sunday 6-8pm – First Unitarian Society
Tuesday 6:30-8:15pm – 9638 Shadow Ridge Trail, Middleton, WI.
Friday 7:30-9pm - Main Street Yoga, Madison, WI.
Contact for information about sitting and other activities: uppekha@yahoo.com or devonanna@gmail.com
Website: www.vipassana.net

Lafayette, Indiana
Lafayette Insight Meditation Community
Jacqueline Nelson, Guiding Teacher
Unitarian Universalist Church
333 Meridian Street
West Lafayette Indiana, 47906

Mondays 7-8:30pm


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