Meditation Workshops

The practice of meditation is to learn to be fully present in each moment of our lives. So often we go through the day
without being present, responding simply with habitual patterns of impulsivity or reactivity and preconceptions of how things should be.

Meditation is an opportunity to break through these patterns and preconceptions to gain a larger perspective in which openness and understanding can arise. From this perspective we can see things as they are and live in a more relaxed way with full attention on each moment.

All courses and workshops are held in The Meditation Center in Wilmington (across the hall from the Empowered Yoga studio) unless otherwise noted.

New Events

Meditation Teacher Training
Level 3: June 12-14, 2015

Friday: 7:00 – 9:00p.m.
Saturday: 10:30a.m. – 5:30p.m.
Sunday: 10:30a.m. – 5:30p.m.

Tuition: $185 individual levels

Pre-registration is required, Click Here.

This program will help you gain a more complete understanding of meditation practice and the stages of the path, deepen your own practice, and develop your ability to present the teachings in a clear and genuinely helpful way to others.

The course is aimed at yoga teachers, health care professionals, social workers, psychologists, and fitness trainers who wish to become more skillful in presenting meditation to clients. It is equally appropriate for those who simply want to deepen their own practice and understanding.

The Meditation Teacher Training will be structured in 3 levels. Participants may take any/all of the 3 levels but they must be taken in sequence.

Upon successful completion of the 3 Levels, participants will be certified by Empowered Yoga to teach meditation classes, lead group practice sessions and work with individual students within the yoga studio environment or other appropriate contexts.

David Nichtern's Biography

David Nichtern is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. This tradition combines a contemporary, secular approach to meditation with the ancient practices and philosophies of Tibetan Buddhism. David was one of the initial American students of renowned meditation master Trungpa Rinpoche and studied closely with him soon after his arrival in the United States in 1970.

David has been co-director of the LA Shambhala Center and Karme Choling Meditation Center in Vermont, as well as Director of Expansion for Shambhala Training International and Director of Buddhist Practice and Study for OM yoga.

He has been a featured writer and regular contributor to The Huffington Post and leads meditation workshops around the world and online. David also works individually with meditation students in person and via Skype. He does a weekly live broadcast on Ustream (via his Facebook page) and has several online meditation workshops available through His DVD/CD package OM YOGA & MEDITATION WORKSHOP, created in conjunction with yoga teacher Cyndi Lee, is widely available.


Pre-registration is required, Click Here

Introduction to Dharma Study with Alison Driscoll
Mondays:  6:00 - 7:15 p.m., April 27-May 18 (4 weeks), Wilmington
$48 ($12/session)

Meditation practice and study of the foundational teachings of Buddhism.

This course is open to all, and particularly appropriate for those who are going through the EY MC Meditation Teacher Training.


Pre-registration is required, Click Here

Advanced Dharma Study with Alison Driscoll
Mondays:  May 4 - June 15 (6-weeks,no class May 25)
7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
, Wilmington
Continuing study of the teachings of Buddhism for those with a regular meditation practice and who have previously attended Dharma Study or studied Buddhism for at least 3 years. Participants are expected to commit to regular practice and study. Study will continue to focus on Mahamudra.

Please call Alison Driscoll if you would like to participate for the first time: 302.290.7445.

Pre-registration is required, Click Here

Introduction to Meditation with Alison Driscoll
Thursday, June 4th: 7 - 9 p.m., Wilmington
$35/complimentary to Empowered Yoga auto renew members

A practical introduction to the practice of mindfulness- awareness meditation. It will include formal instruction in sitting and walking meditation, guided visualizations on the body and breath. There will be a short talk on meditation and plenty of time for questions and discussion.

Pre-registration is required, Click Here

Ongoing at the Meditation Center

Meditation Open House Series: 6 - 7:30 p.m.
April 24th: Spiritual Cinema
May 1:
Richard Driscoll, What is Dharma
May 8: Tom Earnest, Mindfulness at Work
May 15: Alan Atwood, The Guest House
May 22: Carmelina d'Arro, Real Happiness
May 29: Alison Driscoll, Loving Kindness

Simply Sitting:
First Sunday of the Month, 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Donations accepted.

Monthly Meditation Community Night:
Last Sunday of the month from 5 - 6:30 p.m.

Spiritual Cinema: Films with Heart, Wilmington
Last Friday of the month. 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
September through April
No Spiritual Cinema May through August

Friday Night Meditation, Newark with Ellen Lebowitz or Ellie Struble
April 10, April 24, May 8, May 22, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Newark Meditation will resume again in the Spring.

Write to Heal: A Personal Journal Keeping Workshop for Body, Mind, & Spirit
Thursdays 9:30 – 11:30 a.m,
Tuition: $10 per session

Express and release your feelings through journaling using diverse techniques. Acknowledge the things that bring you gratitude. The only rule for this type of journaling is honesty. No writing has to be shared. 

Please contact Joan Leof at 302-584-4563 or with any additional questions.

Meditation Center Director

Alison Driscoll Photo

Alison Smith Driscoll, D.Ay., C.P.P.
Certified Meditation Instructor,
Shambhala International
Roll over Alison's photo for bio.


Workshop Policies

  • Payment in full is required at the time of registration for any scheduled event or workshop.
  • Refunds will be issued for cancellation requests received no later than two weeks prior to date of event.
  • Cancellation and refund requests received no later than seven days prior to the event/workshop start date will receive credit toward another service, workshop, or event only.
  • No refunds or credits will be issued for cancellations received fewer than seven days prior to the start date of any event/workshop.

Weekly Offerings

The Meditation Center is open to the community on a donation basis from 6:00 am - 9:00 pm weekdays and 7:00 am - noon Saturdays and Sundays.

Register for classes which have a fee through this link : SIGN UP NOW TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT!


Dharma Study

Advanced Dharma Study resumes Monday, February 2, 7:30-9:00pm



Yoga for Recovery

 8 week segments 6:30 - 8:00 pm
New group begins April 7-May 26


Year to Live

1st Wednesday of the month
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Yearlong program
New group begins Jan. 2015


"Write to Heal" Journaling

9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
$10 per session



Meditation Open House Series

6:00 - 7:30 p.m. September through June
Donation based

Spiritual Cinema

Last Friday of the month: 7 - 9 p.m.

September through June



Simply Sitting: 10 - Noon:
September through June

1st Sunday of the Month

Community Night

The last Sunday of the month from 5 - 6:30 p.m.

Alison Driscoll has been practicing mindfulness-awareness meditation since the early 1980s,
She completed the secular Shambhala Training mindfulness-awareness program in 1988, a month long silent retreat in 1990, and a three-month Buddhist seminary with Pema Chodron and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, (head of Shambhala International), in 1992.

Alison has done numerous group and solitary meditation retreats since then. She credits the practice of meditation and the teachings of Buddhism with transforming her life. She is an ongoing student of the Sakyong and Her Eminence Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche, both teachers in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

She has been certified as a meditation instructor in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition since 1994 and as a teacher since 2000. She is also a graduate of the Penn Program for Mindfulness (PPM), a mindfulness-based stress reduction program, and has completed the PPM Teacher Training.

As a meditation instructor, Alison is available for individual appointments with anyone with questions, an interest in deepening practice, or seeking additional resources.