drop-in meditation classes

palmerston north, feilding, levin and whanganui

Note: both the on-line and live programmes have been put on hold while we are at level 4. On-line classes and chanted prayers will start up when we move to level 3 and Birgit is able to come into the centre to record them for us. For information and booking for these classes when they start up again please go to:  meditateinpalmerstonnorth.live

weekly drop-in classes (the general programme)

The general programme covers weekly classes, suitable for everyone, that are an ideal opportunity to take some time out, relax, refresh and improve our sense of inner peace and well-being. The programme is aimed at helping us experience the benefits of meditation, and learn practical ways of maintaining a peaceful and positive mind in the midst of the challenges and busy-ness of everyday life. The talks are drawn from Buddhist teachings but are relevant to all of us (Buddhist and non-Buddhist alike).

Classes start with a brief introduction, and a guided breathing meditation to help us relax and clear our minds. This is followed by a talk and time for questions. Then we do a second guided meditation, which is related to the teaching, and helps us the take what we have learnt into our daily life. There is usually some time for discussion during the evening and light refreshments are available after class.

This programme is divided into two main semesters (February - June, and August - September). We will also be running a 'winter series' in June and July. In each semester we cover two to three main topics. Although the topics are linked and run in a sequence you can step into a course at any time. Each class effectively works as a 'stand-alone', though if you are able to come to a whole series you are likely to enjoy the connections and the ways in which the different topics build on each other. There is no need to book, and beginners are welcome.

There is a suggested donation of $12, or affordable contribution.

Note: You don't need to bring anything; you don't need to wear special clothes ; and, you don't have to sit cross-legged on the floor! (most people choose to sit on a chair). 

 

class times:

  • feilding/levin: mondays 7.00 - 8.30;
  • palmerston north: wednesdays 7.00- 8.30;
  • whanganui: thursdays 6.00 - 7.30.

Note: specific dates for each centre are shown below (and on the regional class pages)

series 5: coping with challenging situations (6 classes)

Stress has the power to destroy our peace of mind and rob us of our happiness.

It can present itself in different ways, from a knot in our stomach, to feeling restless, or finding it difficult to get a good night’s sleep. It may sneak in as a vague sense of irritation or impatience, and may just look like a raised eyebrow, or silence rather than kindness. Sometimes we find ourself feeling anxious, powerless, or  perhaps that we’re somehow just not good enough.

In this series, we will explore how much of the stress and tension we normally experience comes from our mind, and learn how meditation and mindfulness can be helpful tools in reducing the negative impact of stress on our well-being.

We will discover how we can learn to view every challenging situation with wisdom and a peaceful mind, enabling us to accept and work with potentially stressful situations more constructively.

The teachings in this series will provide clear, positive and practical advice and meditations to help us recognise, deal with, and eventually overcome our anxiety and stress.Gradually we can develop our inner resilience and confidence so that we come to view challenges opportunities for personal growth and development.  In this way we can all learn what it means to live stress free and be genuinely happy.

 

If something can be remedied
Why be unhappy about it?
And if there is no remedy for it,
There is still no point in being unhappy

Shantideva


series 6: habits of happy people (3 weeks)
series 7: free your mind (3 weeks)
series 8: living in the moment (3 weeks)


 

palmerston north

wednesdays 7.00-8.30pm

 

Note: class dates will depend on what is happening with covid levels, and this may mean some changes to the programme. We’ll update things as soon as we know more.

with birgit saunders

meditations for challenging situation: 6 weeks

  • sept : 1 *: 8* : 15** : 22** : 29**
  • oct : 6**

* please join the on-line programme for these dates

** limited face-to-face numbers are available on these dates - but if you are unable to join the class please join the on-line programme THIS LINK WILL TAKE YOU TO THE FACE-TO-FACE BOOKING FORM FOR SEPTEMBER 15

habits of happy people: 3 weeks

  • oct: 13  : 20 : 27

free your mind: 3 weeks

  • nov: 3 :10 :17

living in the moment: 3 weeks

  • nov : 24,
  • dec : 1 : 8

feilding

mondays 7.00-8.30pm

Feilding Community House, 131 Manchester Street

 

 

 

meditations for challenging situation: 6 weeks (please join the online classes for this series)

habits of happy people: 3 weeks

  • oct : 18 : 25  (no class/labour day)
  • nov : 1

free your mind: 4 weeks

  • nov : 8 :1 5 : 22

living in the moment: 3 weeks

  • nov : 29
  • dec : 6 : 13

 

 

 

 

with tracy mclaughlin

whanganui

thursdays 7.00-8.30pm

 

 

meditations for challenging situation: 6 weeks

  • sept: 2* :9* :16** :23**: 30**
  • oct: 6**

* please join the on-line programme for these dates

** limited face-to-face numbers are available on these dates - but if you are unable to join the class please join the on-line programme THIS LINK WILL TAKE YOU TO THE FACE-TO-FACE BOOKING FORM FOR SEPTEMBER 16

habits of happy people: 4 weeks

  • oct : 14 : 21 : 28

free your mind: 4 weeks

  • nov: 4 :11 :18

living in the moment: 3 weeks

  • nov : 25
  • dec : 2 : 9

with birgit saunders

 

levin

mondays 7.00-8.30pm

 

meditations for challenging situation: 6 weeks (please join the online classes for this series)

habits of happy people: 3 weeks

  • oct : 18 : 25  (no class/labour day)
  • nov : 1

free your mind: 4 weeks

  • nov : 8 :1 5 : 22

living in the moment: 3 weeks

  • nov : 29
  • dec : 6 : 13

 

 

 

with jan mcpherson