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Bhavana Community of Coastal Carolina

596 Captain Beam Blvd, Hampstead, North Carolina 28443, United States

(910) 520-6846

About Us



 Cultivating skills to live intentionally for the benefit of all beings.  

We provide programs that encourage the cultivation of mindful awareness through education, meditation and yoga. We support practices from the integrated teachings of Buddha, Yoga, Psychology and the Neurosciences.   We embrace diversity among Buddhist traditions and among all spiritual traditions.


Catherine Ibsen, Ph. D., RYT 500

Catherine Ibsen was born and grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska and did under-graduate work at Western Washington State College in Bellingham, Washington.  She was awarded a BS in Psychology in 1969. Attending graduate school at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, her thesis and dissertation focused on the role of stress on cardiovascular function.  She received a Ph. D. in 1975. Moving to Wilmington in 1977, she began a private practice as a clinical psychologist.  The Bhavana Community has evolved to explore the integrated teachings of Buddhism, Psychology, Neuroscience, and Yoga and provide the infrastructure to bring those teachings to the local community.