Class Series

Introduction to MBSR with Stan Eisenstein

Class: 1/11/2018 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

This special introductory class is being offered for anyone interested in learning more about the upcoming 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction workshops beginning on January 25 (see below). In this introductory class you will learn about some of the principles of mindfulness, explore how mindfulness might assist in stress reduction, and practice both formal and informal mindfulness meditation.


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) with Stan Eisenstein

8-weekly classes: Thursdays, January 25 - March 15, 7 - 9:30 pm
Daylong: Saturday, March 3, 9 am - 3:30 pm

Introduction to MBSR available on Thursday, January 11, 7–8:30 pm

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teaches people to use their own internal resources to respond more skillfully to stress, medical and psychological conditions, to and promote healthy living.

The series includes:

  • Instruction in mindfulness meditation practices

  • Gentle stretching and mindful yoga

  • Group dialogue and discussions aimed at enhancing awareness in everyday life

  • Daily home practice, including guided meditations

  • Six meditation practice CDs (also available in mp3 format) and a home practice manual


Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) w/ Jennifer Stanley and Jeff Rosenberg

4-weekly classes: Tuesdays, January 16 - March 6, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Half-day retreat: Saturday, February 17, 1 - 5:30 pm

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported program designed by Kristin Neff, PhD and Christopher Germer, PhD. It cultivates a courageous attitude that stands up to harm, including the harm that we inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-denial, or self-absorption.

Activities include: meditation, experiential exercises, group discussion and home practices. In a safe and supportive environment, we explore becoming a warm and supportive companion to ourselves.


Girls in Tune with Kate Kelly

Tuesdays, 4:15pm (8th/9th grade group); 6pm (9th/10th grade group)

Girls In Tune, the signature group program of the Center for Family Well-Being, is designed for ‘tween and teen girls to reduce stress, increase well-being, and strengthen their connections to themselves and others.

The groups use meditation, yoga, art, mindful movement games, “talk time,” play and more to help girls learn to “tune in” to themselves and develop their confidence, voice, and vibrancy while learning positive coping and relational skills.

Currently enrolling.

Contact Kate Kelly, director of the Center for Family Well-Being, at 202-230-9307 or to learn more.


Mindfulness and Grief with Mick Neustadt LCSW-C

8-weekly classes: Tuesdays, February 20 - April 10, Noon - 1:15pm
No prior experience necessary

An Introduction to Mindfulness for those grieving the loss of a loved one.

Grief impacts your whole being—mind, body and spirit. This weekly group gives you the opportunity to explore mindfulness in a safe and supportive environment. We will focus on developing mindfulness in your daily life as a way to meet and be with your grief from a new perspective. Sessions include guided meditations, gentle movement and relaxation practices designed to help you relate to your mind and emotions.

Cost: $325

Participants will receive weekly audio guided meditations.

For more information and to register please email Mick at


The Buddha’s Path to Freedom: The Four Noble Truths with Hugh Byrne, PhD

6-weekly classes: Mondays, April 2 - May 7,  7:15pm - 8:45pm.

The Buddha’s central teachings of the Four Noble Truths are as relevant and liberating today as they were in the Buddha’s time 2,500 years ago in northern India.

In this 6-week class series, IMCW senior teacher and CML director Hugh Byrne explores the Four Noble Truths—1) there is suffering; 2) there is cause of suffering—clinging; 3) there is an end to suffering—freedom/nirvana; and 4) there is a path to the end of suffering—the Noble Eightfold Path (training in meditation, living wisely, and cultivating wisdom)—and discusses how they can help us live with greater freedom amidst the challenges of our time.

Each session will include a period of guided meditation, a talk on the teachings, and time for questions and sharing. The only prerequisite for this class is a commitment to investigating the teachings and exploring them in practice in daily life.


Mindful Communication in Challenging Times with Bill Mies

Workshop: Saturday, April 7, 10am - 2pm

How many times have we entered into conversation with the desire to increase intimacy and understanding only to come up disappointed? What happens to the pure intentions, inner peace or honest sorrow felt during silent meditation?

In this workshop we will explore finding a wise path through difficult conversations. We will cultivate the qualities and insights inherent in human nature that encourage mutual understanding, empathy, intimacy, and meaningful communication.



Weekly Mindfulness in Recovery

Sundays, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Drop in — no registration required

Our group is open to both new and seasoned meditators interested in the intersection of Buddhist teachings and 12 Step recovery. All 12 Steppers are welcome, from all spiritual traditions, or none. We ask that you have continuous recovery and a working relationship with a 12 Step group before attending your first meeting.

We abide by the tradition of anonymity and respecting confidentiality. Please remember that who you see here and what is said here needs to stay here.

Please email for additional information.


Weekly SAA meditation Meeting

Mondays 6:45-7:30pm, beginning 1/8/18

This is a drop-in, meditation meeting of Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA). Meetings are free of charge and open to any individual seeking recovery, for themselves, from addictive sexual behavior.

SAA is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other so they may overcome their sexual addiction. SAA is not affiliated with any religious sect or denomination. We are a spiritual program based on the principles and traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Please email for additional information.


Monthly Singles Sangha with Jennifer Stanley

Meets: 2nd Friday of the month, 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Drop in — no registration required

Supported by dana (generosity). $15 suggested.

The IMCW Singles Sangha is a warm, welcoming, inclusive community of people who gather to connect with others who are, by choice or circumstance, single at this time in their lives.

7:00 Arriving and snacks
7:30-8:45 Short dharma talk, meditation, discussion, and mindful activities
8:45 Potluck and socializing. Bring a dish to share, if you wish.

  • Volunteer: We encourage you to arrive early and stay late to help with a few simple tasks.

Monthly Family Program with Jennifer Jordan and Ofosu Jones-Quartey

Meets: 2nd Sunday of the month, 4:15 – 5:30 pm
Drop in — no registration required

Supported by dana (generosity). $10 suggested.

For 5-12 year olds and parents/family members (parents attend with children).

The Family Program provides young children with a Buddhist framework to explore their inner life, understand the causes of emotional stress, realize the possibility of inner freedom, and develop peace, wisdom and kindness.

Classes include lessons, meditations and discussions on basic Buddhist teachings. Visual aids, visiting teachers, movement, stories, songs and other exercises support the concepts.


Monthly (2 times per month) Teen Sangha with Travis Spencer & Rashid Hughes

Meets: 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Drop in — no registration required

Supported by dana (generosity). $10 suggested.

The teen sangha provides a framework for exploring one’s inner life, understanding the causes of emotional stress, and realizing the possibility of inner freedom. We explore key Buddhist teachings and how they can be helpful in navigating life’s inevitable challenges.


Monthly Parent Sangha with Ashley Gibbs Davis

3 meeting series: 1st Thursday of the month, December - February: Dec. 7, Jan. 4, Feb. 1, 7 - 8:30pm

For parents only. No childcare is provided.
Rsvp required (see below).
The program is supported by dana (generosity.) Suggested amount: $10.00.

We follow IMCW’s Spiritual Friends (Kalyana Mitta) group guidelines, with an emphasis on mindful listening and speaking.

The Parent Sangha offers a space for parents to connect with each other and speak about applying the dharma to our parenting. It is also a forum to share practices, insights and challenges in the domain of parenting and the deep wisdom we can cultivate in this realm.   The meetings will open with a short sit followed by discussion.  We are associated with IMCW's Family Program.

Questions and rsvp:


SF Group - Motherhood as a Spiritual Journey

Wednesday, Jan 3rd, 7:30pm - 9:30pm

The program is supported by dana (generosity.) Suggested amount: $5.

A monthly meditation and sharing circle for women exploring the spirituality of their motherhood journeys. We follow the Spiritual Friends guidelines.

Group is currently full and can not accommodate drop ins.

For more information contact Anna White at or Ada Gold at


Monthly Saturday Sangha

Meets: 2nd Saturday of the month, 9 – 10:30 am

A Spiritual Friends group of people who attend meditation classes at CML. Held the 2nd Saturday of every month from 9-10:30am (check calendar).


Monthly Study Sangha

Meets: 4th Saturday of the month, 9 – 10:30 am

A Spiritual Friends study group of people who attend meditation classes at CML. We listen to dharma talks and read dharma-related books, and hold vibrant discussions! Held the 4th Saturday of every month from 9-10:30am (check calendar). For a list of talks and books we have covered so far, visit our Resources page.



Coming Into Stillness: Daylong/Half-Day Silent Retreat with Gene Kijowski

Saturday January 27
Whole day - 9:30 to 4:30 (Break from 12:30  – 1:30pm)
Half-Day: Morning - 9:30am – 12:30pm or Afternoon - 1:30 – 4:30pm

Join us at the Center for Mindful Living, a sanctuary in the city, for a day (or half-day) of silent practice.

Whether you’ve been meditating for years or are just beginning, this time together in Sangha will be an opportunity to deepen your practice by coming into silence through sitting and walking mediation.

If this is your first silent retreat you might find this link on the IMCW website helpful:

Note: There will be no Saturday Study Sangha on this date.

Register early! This will fill.