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Join us on Zoom until we return to our regular space at 106 Marshall Court Unit 120 for an opportunity to sit with the community. Each session will begin with a 20 - 40 minute meditation followed by a short discussion and opportunity for mindful sharing. See the website for Mindful Sharing instructions. The session will be hosted by one of the community members on a rotational basis. Newbies, beginners and seasoned practitioners welcome. Suggested Donation $3 - $5.
In Alphabetical Order
I am a seven year practitioner of meditation with a belief that mindfulness and insight support dharma teachings in everyday life. Consistent with Shambala teachings, the ground of my practice is a belief in Basic Goodness. The 16th Karmapa summarized the teachings of the Buddha as "Everything changes". I am also a life-long musician, performing on violin throughout my youth, and presently playing viola for my own pleasure. I am a retired special education teacher with an ongoing interest in childhood literacy.
I started yoga to heal my body and progressed to mindfulness and meditation for peace of mind. It is an enjoyable continuing journey that I like to share with others. At the drop-in meetings we all learn something each time.
I was first introduced to mindfulness back in the 70’s when I was in V.I.S.T.A. and read Be Here Now by Ram Das and books by Hermann Hesse, but it wasn’t until 2003 that I took my first meditation class. For several months I went to a weekly practice with a local Buddhist monk but when the class ended, so did my practice. Later, after teaching school for so many years, I was feeling extremely stressed trying to juggle career, family, and studio, never having enough time to feel good about anything and working all the time just to keep up. Luckily I was able to transition to part-time work at school and began taking yoga classes, trying to find a more peaceful way of being, eventually becoming a yoga teacher. After studying yoga and meditation with Meditation teacher Catherine Ibsen for seven years, I began teaching meditation in 2017.
Catherine began relaxation training practices while in graduate school as she studied for and was awarded a Ph. D. in 1975. After teaching stress management for several years, she discovered the experiential overlap between mindfulness meditation practices and relaxation training. Her current practice is informed by yoga, psychology, neuroscience and the pre-sectarian teachings of the Buddha. She is a retired psychotherapist in Wilmington, NC.
Our Community Center and Yoga Studio is located at:
106 Marshall Court, Unit 120
Wilmington, North Carolina 28411
(just behind Winslett and Walls Dental Excellence at 7643 Market Street)
Phone: Text or Call (910) 520-6846
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