Contemplative Practices

Refuge Is Where We Start

A Weekend Silent Retreat

Friday April 28th at 5:30 PM to Sunday, April 30th at 12:00 PM

In our third annual weekend retreat, participants will receive guidance within a carefully structured environment, allowing each of us to develop in awareness, sensitivity and to cultivate greater access to wisdom in action.

The retreat, lead by Margaret Fletcher, Jeanne Ann Whittington and Michael Leuchtenberger, will be held primarily in silence, with opportunities for questions and times of heartfelt movement and heartful interaction. The retreat is offered for beginners and experienced meditators alike. We will begin Friday evening with a light dinner followed by opening instruction and meditation practice.

Sleep and breakfast will happen at home, with guidance for how to maintain mindful awareness during at-home time.

For Saturday, participants are asked to bring a bag lunch; vegetarian/vegan dinner will be provided. The weekend will end with Sunday morning practice, worship service and celebratory coffee hour together. All are welcome, both church members and those in the wider community.

For More Information, and to register for this event, please visit:


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, provides Buddhist teaching and guidance in the insight meditation/Vipassina tradition. Doreen is an experienced teacher, having trained in 2001 in the CDL teacher program at Spirit Rock. 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. Please contact Doris with any questions: