What is the Globally Mindful Practice Community?
The Globally Mindful Practice Community concept is simple – to create a place where participants can share experiences, learn from each other and cultivate a sense of community around a common commitment to living mindfully. The group does not have a pre-set agenda nor specific learning objective beyond serving as a place for connection and insight. In that sense, the Globally Mindful Practice Community is not a course, but very much a place of practice.
Nonetheless, as the group facilitator, I will bring topics of conversation, ideas to consider or themes to guide us. Each group meeting will also include a guided meditation. Periodically, I will invite guest speakers with particular expertise or training in an area relevant to mindfulness practice. This may include short introductions to concepts from self-compassion training, compassion cultivation, mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), mindful-movement, or others. I aim to have guest speakers for 2-3 meetings over each three-month session.
You can learn more about my perspective on mindfulness practice and the foundations, training and background that guide my work here. More information about my personal and professional background is available here.
Who should join?
The group is open to individuals new to mindfulness practice and those who have been practicing for some time. In this group, we are all students
This group is about creating space to practice. If you are just at the beginning of learning about mindfulness, or even if you’re simply curious, you will find this group to be an open and safe place to ask questions and explore.
If you have been practicing mindfulness for some time, this group will provide the space you’ve been looking for to create a community around your practice. You might call it a sangha, in the most basic sense of the word. It is a place to practice, to set aside the important dedicated time to both engage and be still.
Group Structure and Practicalities
The group will meet 6 times over the course of 3 months. Group members who would like to stay in the group may renew for another three months after one section is complete. In order to create balance and provide space for better connection, a maximum of 15 group members will be accepted at one time. All group meetings will take place over Zoom. A membership fee of $125 will be applied for each 3-month section. I aim to make this group accessible to anyone, if you are interested and certain of your commitment level, but are unable to afford the fee, please contact me to discuss options.
Session One 2021 Schedule
The first 3-month session for 2021 we will meet on Tuesdays, twice per month, at 11:00 – noon CEST (Brussels time). The practice group includes a total of 6 meetings, with a duration of three months. For Session One, we will meet on the following dates: January 12 and 26; February 9 and 23; and March 9 and 23. You can check what that is in your timezone here.
I am pleased to be hosting the following exceptional guest speakers for three of our scheduled meetings.
January 26: Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher, Niina Tamura, will lead a conversation on how to invite self-compassionate into our practice.
February 9: Therapist and mindfulness practitioner, Megan Barnes Zesati, LCSW will support us in looking at how we cultivate a better relationship with food and alcohol through compassion and curiosity in our practice.
March TBD: Yoga teacher and coach, Carolyn Parse Rizzo, will offer us an opportunity to look at the practices of developing mindful awareness of the body.
Join the Globally Mindful Practice Community
If you are interested in joining the group, I invite you to complete this interest form. Once you have completed the form, I will be in touch with you directly. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I am happy to share more or connect with you individually to answer any questions you may have.