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Introduction to Meditation / Meditation Support
We are offering hybrid Introduction to Meditation classes beginning in September. The classes will be held at Mountain Cloud and streamed to our online participants on zoom. The first class is Introduction to Meditation, a basic class for those wanting to learn how to meditate. The second class Meditation Support is for all sitters who want support and community engagement, new sitters are encouraged to come to this interactive class. We ask that those who attend in person be fully vaccinated, preferably boosted. Masks are optional but recommended.
These classes – online and onsite – are free, open to all and require no registration.
For online participants, here’s the zoom link: sit.mountaincloud.org Passcode: mountain22
First Wednesday – Introduction to Meditation
The Welcome Wednesday Introduction to Meditation class is the first Wednesday of each month. We will hold it at Mountain Cloud and it will be open to both onsite and online participants.
For fall 2022:
September 7, 5:30pm MT – led by Valerie Forstman and Lisa Lincoln
October 5, 5:30pm MT
November 2, 5:30pm MT
The curriculum will cover meditation basics including: why we sit, managing our thoughts, present moment awareness, mindfulness, the fruits and methods of practice. The class will include a short talk, meditation instruction and questions and answers. It designed for those new to meditation, those who need a refresher course and long term sitters who want to re-engage with the basics.
Third Wednesday – Meditation Support
On the third Wednesday of each month, we will offer Meditation Support, which will include one round of sitting, kinhin, a short talk or invitation to sharing, and Q&A. This class is for all sangha members who want some practice guidance and support, a chance to sit with others, and more community interaction. It also provides additional support for those who attend the Introduction to Meditation Class on the first Wednesday of the month and any other less experienced practitioners. Valerie and other sangha teachers will lead this monthly class.
We will hold this class at Mountain Cloud and it will be open to both onsite and online participants.
For fall 2022:
September 21, 5:30pm MT – led by Valerie Forstman
October 19, 5:30pm MT
November 16, 5:30pm MT
December 21, 5:30pm MT
Meet our Teachers
Our Introduction to Meditation class is overseen by Sanbo Zen Teacher Valerie Forstman and includes the following roster of trained teachers from our sangha….
Mary Ann Bennett
Mary Ann writes, “I landed in my first Zendo about 20 years ago and felt I had come home. After studying yoga for 10 years and becoming a new yoga teacher, this was the next right thing for my spiritual journey. I fell in love with Zen. The grounded, ordinary, ‘Chop wood, carry water’ quality of this practice drew me in.”
Mary Ann became a member of Mountain Cloud and a student of Henry Shukman’s in 2014. She writes, “I treasure the sangha at Mountain Cloud. Even though I haven’t sat with them in person since Covid, the online support, inspiration, and learning feels like a family. It is an honor and a joy to lead some of these Intro to Zen classes. I look forward to meeting you!”
Bill is a senior student who has been an active member of Mountain Cloud for many years. He writes, “I have been blessed with guidance from Henry Shukman Roshi since 2011, and more recently, with Valerie Forstman Roshi.” Bill is a self-described family man with a background in home construction and carpentry. He is a welcoming presence at MCZC, now joining the cohort of teachers to welcome students to the weekly Intro Class.
Lisa is an avid meditator who started sitting at the age of 16 when her father asked her to try out meditation for stress relief. After years of trying to maintain her practice, she discovered Mountain Cloud, became a student of Henry Shukman (and then Valerie Forstman as well) and felt she had found her home.
Lisa has a passion for teaching. She works as a voice and theater teacher. Lisa writes, “I feel blessed to be able to teach the Introduction to Meditation Class with all the wonderful teachers at Mountain Cloud and share the life-changing gift of meditation and mindfulness with the students.”
Kathryn has taught Intro to Zen classes, in-person and online, for seven years at Mountain Cloud. She is also a frequent teacher for the Rio Grande Mindfulness Institute and has facilitated a weekly Mindfulness Class for patients at a local physician’s complex.
Kathryn began her training in the SanboZen lineage twenty-three years ago, first under the guidance of Bruce Harris and then, since moving to Santa Fe in 2011, with Henry Shukman. She has participated in numerous sesshins, NASZ retreats, as well as sits in Japan. Kathryn is a member of SanboZen International. A former MCZC Board Member, Kathryn has been active in the life of the sangha since she arrived. Kathryn is an oil painter by profession. She is an avid equestrian and enjoys traveling internationally.
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