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
The first 3-month session for 2021 took place from January – March and is now complete. Our Session One guest speakers included: Niina Tamura on mindful self-compassion, Laura Banks on compassionate communication, and Carolyn Parse-Rizzo on mindful movement and mindfulness of breath.
Space is open for Session Two! Read more below.
Session Two 2021 Schedule
Registration for Session Two will begin in early March. The next 3-month session, 6 meetings, for 2021 we will continue to meet on Tuesdays on the following dates: April 20; May 4 and 18; and June 1, 15, and 29. We will meet from 13:00 – 14:00 Brussels time. You can confirm what that is in your timezone here.
If you are not currently a group member and are interested in joining Session Two, please go to my contact page and send me a message. In the message section, please let me know why you’re interested in the group and share a bit about your current mindfulness practice. In some cases, I may request that you schedule a short meeting with me before joining the group.