Mindful Astoria regularly meets every Wednesday at 7pm to 8:30pm at Astoria First Presbyterian Church, 23-35 Broadway, Astoria, NY 11106.
Each week, we gather together as a community to practice meditation and cultivate mindfulness and kindness. Our teachers offer a lecture or a reading, instruction in different forms of mindfulness meditation, and time for group discussion and connecting with others interested in meditation.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been meeting online, via the Zoom platform.
You do not need to have any prior experience with mindfulness or meditation to attend. All are welcome.
All of our other events are also online at this time.
Other events include:
- Monthly half-day meditation retreats
An extended period of intentional practice, offering sitting meditation, gentle stretching and yoga (adaptable for all abilities), periods of silent practice, and time to ask questions and discuss meditation. Usually on Saturday afternoons.
- Book club meetings
Every six weeks on a Sunday evening, we hold a freeform discussion on a book related to mindfulness in a friendly and supportive setting. Finishing the assigned book is not necessary to attend.
- Online community hangouts (Sunday evenings)
We come together as a community around a variety of topics, from teachings to creative expression. Individual community members host around a topic of interest of them. Examples include: art and music night, gratitude, talking about movies, talking about food, sharing meaningful passages and more.
- Online yoga classes (Tuesday and Friday evenings)
Gentle Yoga class begins with meditation, warm-ups and breathing techniques that prepare the body for postures. Each class offers a unique sequence that strengthens, lengthens, and balances the entire being, and ends with deep relaxation and meditation.
- Online silent community meditations (Monday mornings and evenings)
Weekly opportunities for 30 minutes of silent practice with the community. Offered in the morning and evening to deepen one’s practice and foster connectedness in silence.
- Community potlucks
We normally gather several times throughout the year to share in a vegetarian meal. We hope to resume our community potlucks once circumstances allow.
- Social justice and community engagement
Discussion groups and meditation on racial justice, informed by mindfulness teachers and activists of color, along with active engagement with teachers and organizations oriented toward the liberation of oppressed groups locally, nationally, and worldwide.
- Racial Justice Practice Group
A monthly intentional space to discuss race, race-making, and its effect on our humanity, with practices adapted from Rhonda Magee’s “The Inner Work of Racial Justice.” We practice mindful communication in these sessions with the intention of alleviating suffering for all beings. Usually on Sunday evenings.