Sitting Groups

October 2020 Update:  During stay-at-home orders due to the current pandemic, many of Kalyana Mitta and Dharma groups are meeting virtually.  Please join in for spiritual community and dharma – visit this page for some online resources.

Northern California

Heidi Bourne
Mondays, 4 - 5:10pm
Om Shala Yoga Studio, 858 10th Street, Arcata, CA
Info: 707.498.5562, Pacific Mindfulness

Thursdays, 7:00 - 8:30pm. Mary Helen (530) 887-9400. For more info visit or email

Sundays, 6 - 8pm, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 120 East J Street, Benicia. Visit Join our Facebook Public Group. Tony Bernhard will be our guiding teacher through 2018. Heather Sundberg and Matthew Brensilver often teach at this group; check our calendar for dates.

Richard Shankman
Wednesday 7:15 - 9:15pm
St. Clement’s Episcopal Church
2837 Claremont Boulevard | Berkeley, CA
Info: (510) 559-9290 or visit

Sanghapāla Meditation Group
1st Tues of month, 7:30 - 9:30 pm, Dharma talk by a monastic from Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery
Berkeley Thai Temple (Wat Mongkolratanaram), 1913 Russell Street, near MLK Way, one block north of Ashby BART station
Info: U Kondañña (Barry Kapke) at (925) 689-7238 or e-mail at

Jill Satterfield
Wednesday evenings, 7:30 - 9 pm
Yoga Kula Berkeley, 1700 Shattuck Ave.
Info: (510) 486-0264

Sky Creek Dharma Center
Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
120 Three Oaks Ct., Chico
Info: 530.893.8088;

The Davis Middle Path
Mondays, 7:15 - 9pm
Friends Meeting House, 4th & L Street
Toni & Tony Bernhard (530) 758-2904

Davis Shambhala Center
Sitting: Mon.-Fri. 7-8 am; Sun. 9-10 am
Meditation Instruction: Sun. 9 am; Tues. 7 pm
133 D Street, Suite H, Davis, 95616
Info:;, (530) 758-1440

Contact Laura Shulman with the Buddhist Wisdom Meditation Center at (408) 847-1890. email:

Mill Valley
Catherine Flaxman
New night beginning September 21, 2016 - Wednesdays 6:30-8:00 pm
Mill Valley Community Center — Tamalpais Room
180 Camino Alto | Mill Valley, 94941
Contact: | (415) 389-8633

Coastside Vipassana -
Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9pm at the Lighthouse hostel.

Mountain View
Insight Meditation South Bay
Shaila Catherine -- Tuesdays 7:30 - 9pm
St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall
2094 Grant Road | Mountain View

Nevada City/Grass Valley
Mondays, 7:30 - 9pm. Mountain Stream Meditation Center - For more info visit or email

Wendy Beckerman
Thursdays 10-11am (By donation)
Orinda Community Church, 10 Irwin Way, Fireside Room

Penngrove (Santa Rosa Area)

Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:30pm (possibly until 9:00pm)
(Short Guided followed by Silent) Meditation and Dhamma talk given by Dhammadharini Monastic or visiting monastic.
Dhammadharini Monastery, 6791 Sturtevant Dr., Penngrove, CA
Contact: dhammadharini.monastery@gmail.comFor further info:


Refuge Recovery Petaluma
Saturdays, 9 - 10am, Elm Lutheran Church, 504 Baker St.
Wednesdays, 6:30 - 7:45pm, Church of the Oaks, Corner of West Sierra and Page, Cotati
Contact: Nira, (415) 754-5584;
Facebook: Refuge Recovery Petaluma

Wendy Beckerman
Fridays 4-4:45 pm (Free)
Pinole Library, 2935 Pinole Valley Rd

Sundays, 7 - 8:45pm. Book discussion also available. Terry Wenner (916) 498-8700
Thursdays, 7 - 9pm
For more information visit the Sacramento Buddhist Meditation Group website,

San Jose
San Jose Insight Meditation
Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9pm.
Friends Meeting House, 1041 Morse Street. Info: Contact: or Berget (408) 255-2783. Beginning instruction first Wednesday of each month, 6:15-7:15 pm.

San Francisco
Upper Market Insight, John Martin
Mondays, 6:00-7:15 p.m.
Sparks Arts
4229 18th Street @ Collingwood
(2 blocks from the Castro Muni Station)

San Francisco
Mid-day Mindfulness
Augusta Hopkins
Tuesdays, 12:15-1:00 p.m.
All levels of practice, Buddhist-focused guided meditation followed by short Dharma talk.

Santa Cruz
Insight Santa Cruz
ISC offers several sitting groups meeting throughout the week. They are currently in the process of moving, so check their website for up-to-date information about meeting places.
Info: (831) 854-7998,

San Rafael
San Rafael Meditation Gathering | Rick Hanson
Wednesday 6:45 - 8:30 pm
Veritas Interfaith Center at Dominican University
Heritage House, 75 Magnolia | San Rafael

Santa Rosa
Thomas Pope
Thursdays 6:30 - 8:00pm
Lomi Clinic, 534 B Street, Santa Rosa, Info (707) 579-0465 x 225

Santa Rosa
Sundays, 6:30 - 8pm, 818 Cherry Street
Patrick Thornton at (707) 584-8440 or email at

Santa Rosa - 3rd Street Sangha
Mondays, 12:15 - 1:45pm. contact Bruce Gibbs, (707) 827-3176

Saratoga - Insight Meditation South Bay -
Shaila Catherine,  Thursdays 7:15- 9 PM,  Westhope Presbyterian Church

Sonoma Valley
2nd & 4th Thursdays, 7 - 8:30pm. Daphne Matthews (707) 996-5786

Walnut Creek
with Ernest Isaacs - meets once every month on the third Tuesday, 7:30 - 9pm
The Unity Center, 1871 Geary Rd. (510) 526-0711or

Southern California

Wednesdays 7:30 - 9pm. Jim Hopper, Metta Meditation Center, 401 S. Fisher St., #5, Glendale (818) 543-0669

Los Angeles
Insight LA
Trudy Goodman
Going for Refuge - Thursday, 7 - 9pm,
1739 Berkeley St, Santa Monica, contact (310) 395-0066: website:

Los Angeles
Mondays, 7:30 - 9pm, (310) 226-6113. Michael Shiffman -

Redondo Beach
Thursdays, 7 - 8:30pm. Kevin (310) 374-4979

Santa Barbara 
Open Door Sangha
Alice Alldredge, (805) 685-2836,
Vipassana sitting group; instruction provided on request

Santa Monica
Tuesdays, 7:30 - 9pm, (310) 226-6113. Michael Shiffman -

Outside California

Scottsdale, AZ
Insight Meditation Scottsdale
Genevieve Tregor
Monday Nights 7- 8:30pm;
Scottsdale Congregational UCC, 4425 N. Granite Reef Rd

Fort Collins, CO
Insight Fort Collins - Sundays 7pm-8pm
316 Willow Street, Fort Collins CO 80524
For more info:

Carbondale, CO
Roaring Fork Insight  |  Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00pm
The Launchpad, 76 S 4th Street, Carbondale CO
Info:; (970) 510-0212

Fairfield County, CT
Paul Epstein (Community Dharma Leader), every other Thursday 7:30 - 9:15 pm
Norfield Grange, 12 Goodhill Road, Weston, CT
Info (203) 226-3923 or, (203) 259-9395 or

Chicago, IL
Insight Chicago Meditation Community
ICMC has several sitting groups meeting throughout the Chicago area

Urbana, IL
The Prairie Sangha
Monday evenings, 6:30 - 8:45 pm
Quaker Meetinghouse, 1904 East Main St., Urbana

Chelmsford, Massachusetts
Tuesday evenings, 7:30 - 9:30pm
First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church
Contact: Timothy Little at or (978) 937-5652
Other facilitators: Carrie Little ( and Brenda Rogers (

Ann Arbor, Michigan
Insight meditation in Ann Arbor - Friendly, open Sunday morning sitting group, vipassana classes for beginning and continuing meditators. Weekend retreats several times a year, vipassana instruction in the traditional Theravadan tradition. Serving Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County, Michigan, led by teacher Susan Weir.

Carson City, Nevada
Mondays 7 - 9pm. Christy Tews (775) 882-1662

Minden, Nevada
Mondays, 6:30 - 8pm. Constance Alexander (775) 267-2850

Reno, Nevada
Dharma Zephyr Sangha
Wednesdays, 7 - 9pm
Info Janet Scott (775) 690-0752

Burnsville (Celo), North Carolina
Mondays, 7 - 9pm. Jane Zietlow (828) 675-5440, Kitty Couch (828 ) 675-5608

Eugene, Oregon
First Sunday of the Month - 10am
We are a peer-led, newly-forming sitting group seeking others already practicing in the Theravadan tradition -sitting together and listening to a dharma talk and/or discussing a reading on a mutually-agreed topic. Our organizer is a DPP participant.  Contact Wendy Saville at

Austin, Texas
Mariposa Sangha
Thursdays, 7 - 8:30 pm, and first Sunday of each month, 9 am - 12:30 pm
Visit our website for more about our schedule, location, retreats in Texas and contact information.

San Antonio, Texas
Insight Meditation San Antonio (Yellow Dog Sangha)
Randy Gribbin CDL
Mondays, 6:45pm New Student Orientation; 7:30-9:15pm Regular Sangha Meeting
First Unitarian Universalist Church, 7150 W. I-10, San Antonio, TX
Contact: or (830) 964-3684

Nanaimo, British Columbia
Thursday evenings, 7:15 - 9:30 pm, Contact David Fisher (250) 754-2997
181 Bird Sanctuary Road, Nanaimo
There is no charge or Dana requested or accepted! Sometimes people bring cookies.

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