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

Monthly Spiritual Cinema Debut: Films with Heart
Last Friday of the month: 7:15 - 9:15 p.m
, Wilmington
Join us for spiritual cinema the last Friday of every month.

April 25th:
Of Gods and Men
A 2010 drama based on a true story set in Algeria in the 1990's about a group Trappist monks caught up in political and religious conflict and how they reacted to it.

May 30th:
Amongst White Clouds
A 2005 documentary about a search for little known, present day Buddhist hermit monks in remote mountains in China.

For more information contact Kathleen Jost: or 302.475.1435 or
speak with Alison Driscoll, EY Meditation Center Director.

Profound Treasury with Chris Pleim
May 2-4, 2014, Wilmington
Friday night, May 2: 7-9 p.m.
Saturday, May 3: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 4: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Tuition: $90

A weekend meditation retreat based on the teachings of the pre-eminent Tibetan meditation master, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

The complete works of Rinpoche have recently been released in three volumes called The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma. The retreat will be based on the teachings in Volume One: The Path of Individual Liberation.

In addition to the teachings on meditation in Volume One, this volume examines the nature of suffering, impermanence, and egolessness, with particular emphasis on personal development through meditative discipline and study.

The program will include mindfulness-awareness meditation instruction and periods of practice, talks, readings, and discussion.

Chris Pleim became a student of the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trumgpa Rinpoche in 1972 after a number of years of a spiritual search starting in high school in the late 60s. He was one of the founders of Rinpoche's city center in Boston and became a key student, teacher, and administrator. He continued his studies after Rinpoche's death with Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso and many other esteemed Tibetan teachers.

Since early 2012 he has been working on preserving and transmitting the Vidyadhara's teachings to a new generations of students as well as seasoned students, in particular using the newly published Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma. He was teacher and administrator in Judy Lief's program on the PTOD in 2013 and will continue in 2014. Along with a few other older students he started a weekly class in Harvard Square, Cambridge, dedicated to studying the first volume, with which they are just finishing. They plan to continue with further volumes soon.

Pre-registration is required, Click Here.

Ongoing at the Meditation Center

Meditation Open House Series
Tuition: Donations accepted
6-7:30pm(except last Friday of the month: 6-7 p.m.)
Apr. 18: Tom Earnest, Mindfulness at Work
Apr. 25: Jeff Dietz, Sitting & Walking Meditation
(6 - 7 p.m. with Spiritual Cinema following at 7:15 p.m.)
May 2:
Chris Pleim, Four Foundations of Mindfulness
May 9: Alison Driscoll, Keeping Your Sanity Amidst Chaos
May 16: Carmelina d'arro, The Mindfulness Revolution
May 23: Ellie Struble, Loving-Kindness Guided Meditation
May 30: Jeff Dietz, Sitting & Walking Meditation
(6 - 7 p.m. with Spiritual Cinema following at 7:15 p.m.)

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

No Simply Sitting in Month of May because of the retreat.
Donations accepted.

Monthly Meditation Community Night
Last Wednesday of the month
, 7 - 8:30 p.m
Donations accepted

Spiritual Cinema: Films with Heart, WIlmington
Last Friday of the month. 7:15 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.

Friday Night Meditation, Newark with Ellen Lebowitz
7:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.
May 9th

Write to Heal: A Personal Journal Keeping Workshop
for Body, Mind, & Spirit

Thursdays 9:30 – 11:30 a.m, Ongoing except December 26th

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 3rd





Year to Live

1st Wednesday of the month
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Yearlong program
New group begins Fall 2014

Community Night

last Wednesday of the Month
7 - 8:30 p.m.



"Write to Heal" Journaling

9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
$10 per session
Resumes Jan. 7th



Meditation Open House Series

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Donation based

Spiritual Cinema

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



Simply Sitting: 10 - Noon
1st Sunday of the Month

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.