Contemplative Practices

Contemplative practices are a deep wellspring for our community. In addition to the ongoing groups listed below, the Contemplative Practices Group organizes a number of programs each year; typically a silent retreat day and a teacher-led retreat day each fall, and our signature Stay@Home weekend silent meditation retreat each winter/spring. To get involved with the Contemplative Practices Group, contact Jeanne Ann.

Special Events for 2017-2018

Silent Retreat Day

September 30, 2017, 9am to 5pm

This will be a day of silent practice without formal guidance, but with the support of community. The Chapel will be set up with cushions and chairs, and there will be a schedule of bells rung to mark sitting and walking periods. Individuals may come for the full day or for any part of the day. This is an excellent opportunity to enjoy a day of deepening practice in the company of others. There is no charge for this day of practice.

Exploring Equanimity: Finding Balance of Mind and Heart

Saturday, November 4, 9AM to 5PM.

Led by visiting teacher Lila Kate Wheeler, this day-long retreat is a chance to cultivate the attitude of equanimity, which helps us respond in a more caring and spacious way to ourselves, others and the world. The day will include guided meditation, instructions for sitting and walking, and time for group discussion and questions with the teacher. All are welcome.
There is no registration fee for this day, but advance registration is requested and donations to support the teacher are welcomed. For questions or to register, contact Jeanne Ann.

Lila Kate Wheeler is a writer and meditation teacher who lives in the Boston area. With 40 years of practice and a period of time spent as a Buddhist nun in Burma, she now teaches in the Boston area, at Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts, Spirit Rock in California, and by invitation around the US.

4th Annual Stay@Home Weekend Meditation Retreat

March 16-18, 2018

This retreat will be led by Rev. Michael Leuchtenberger, Margaret Fletcher, and Jeanne Ann Whittington. More information will be published as we draw closer to the event.


Ongoing Events

Mindfulness Practice Group

Meets the Second & Fourth Mondays, in the UU Chapel
7:00–8:30 PM

We are a self-led group of practitioners of mindfulness meditation. We offer an inspiring range of mindfulness activities with some group members voluntarily rotating as facilitators. Everyone is welcome to join us, beginners and experienced meditators alike! Please contact Craig with any questions:

This is our group intention: "Grounded in Mindfulness Practices taught in the course Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, we come together in community with the intention to cultivate open heartedness in a safe, trusting environment and to be friends with and IN the present moment. We encourage you to mindfully experience the wide variety of practices that our member facilitators share."

The Clapping Registers Meditation Group

Meets every Tuesday, in the UU Chapel
7:00–8:30 PM

The "Clapping Registers" meditation group sits in silent meditation for a period of 20-30 minutes. We then have a reading from a variety of books on meditation, typically Buddhist. A discussion on the evening's reading follows. We then sit for another 15-20 minutes of silent meditation. All are welcome. There are some cushions in the chapel and benches and chairs are also available. We would suggest wearing comfortable clothing and bring a cushion or zafu if you like. If you have any questions, call Bob at 228-6264.

Mindful Yoga

Meets every Wednesday, in the UU Chapel
6:00–7:00 PM

Guided by yoga instructor, Judith Abbe, the group will explore the gentle movement of breath, body and self in the practice of yoga. While intentionally keeping the style gentle, participants are free to modify their own practice. Please bring a yoga mat and your inner smile. Please contact Judi with any questions:

Insight Meditation Sangha

Meets the Third Friday, in the UU Chapel
4:00-6:00 PM

Doreen Schweizer, guiding teacher for the Hanover/Lebanon-based Valley Insight Meditation Society (VIMS), provides Buddhist teaching and guidance in the insight meditation/Vipassina tradition. See the VIMS website for more detail about this tradition.

The sangha includes guidance that leads into meditation, a meditation period, and then a discussion that is generally a reflection on the sitting practice. The group is appropriate for beginning and experienced meditators alike. While the Insight Sangha is not directly affiliated with the UU Church, everyone is welcome! Please contact Doris with any questions: