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.

The Meditation Center

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course
Monday evenings, 6:00- 8:30pm.
September 21st- November 9th (8 weeks) and Saturday, November 7th - meditation retreat 9am- 4pm.
Location: Meditation Center, Wilmington
Tuition: $375 early bird registration prior to September 10th, 2015
$400 registration on or after September 10th, 2015


An invitation to move toward greater balance, control and participation in your life...

World wide, tens of thousands of people have accepted this invitation. They are a lot like you, and they’ve learned to integrate stress-management skills into their everyday lives. Two decades of published research indicates that the majority of people who complete the Stress Reduction Program report:

- An ability to cope more effectively with both short and long-term stressful situations
- Lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms
- An increased ability to relax
- Reductions in pain levels and an enhanced ability to cope with pain that may not go away
- Greater energy and enthusiasm for life
- Improved self-esteem

  Many are sent by their doctors or they are self-referred.  Many enroll because, although they are feeling well physically, they say the pace of their lives is “out of control” or they’re “just not feeling quite right.”
This highly participatory, practical course will include guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices, gentle stretching and mindful yoga, inquiry exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life, individual instruction, group dialogue, daily home assignments, and two audio-CDs with workbook.

  People participate for reasons as diverse as:
- Sleep disturbances
- Fatigue
- High blood pressure
- Job, family, financial stress
- Chronic pain and illness
- Anxiety and panic
- GI distress
- Headaches

Instructor: William McCracken, LCSW, CADC, ICADC, NBCCH
Bill has been practicing various forms of meditation for 25 years. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and Nationally Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. Bill is a teacher of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and has trained with Jon Kabat-Zinn and senior teachers through The Center for Mindfulness at the UMass Medical Center. He has completed the MBSR Professional Training, the MBSR Practicum, and the MBSR Teacher Development Intensive. Bill previously practiced in the Korean Zen tradition from 1999-2013. While in formal training in this tradition, he received ordination as a Dharma Teacher in 2005 and later as a Senior Dharma Teacher in 2011. He previously served as the Head Dharma Teacher and Abbot of the Delaware Valley Zen Center. Before practicing within the Korean Zen tradition, he practiced and received precepts in both the Japanese Soto Zen tradition and Thich Nhat Hahn’s Vietnamese Zen tradition. While a facilitator at the Open Heart Zen Sangha, he continues to lead MBSR training seminars throughout Delaware and Maryland.

Advanced Dharma Study
Contact: Richard & Alison Driscoll
Fall Semester: October 11th- December 13th
Sundays: 6:30-8:00pm.
Location: Meditation Center, Wilmington
Tuition: $108/9 weeks ($12/class)

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. Dharma Study will continue to focus on Mahamudra.
Please call Alison Driscoll if you would like to participate for the first time: 302.290.7445.

The Wisdom of Emotions
Contact: Alison Driscoll
October 15th- November 12th
Thursdays: 7:00-8:45pm.
Location: Meditation Center, Wilmington
Tuition: $60/5 weeks

Emotions can dominate us in obvious and subtle ways. Through the simple, yet profound practice of meditation, based on the teachings of the Buddha, we will explore working with the pain and confusion of emotions without suppressing feelings or acting them out in ways that are harmful to ourself or others. Through this approach the energy of emotions can then become the ground for developing wisdom and compassion.

Unconditional Love
Instructor: Sam Bercholz
Saturday October 24th: 10:30-1:30pm.
Location: Meditation Center, Wilmington
Tuition: $45

The unconditional love that we all long for—in our lives and in the world around us—can be awakened effectively with this unique approach to the Buddhist practice of living kindness meditation, based on the teachings of the sublime Tibetan Buddhist master, Tulku Thondup Rinpoche. There will be detailed guidance for meditation, prayers and visualization in four simple stages that can be practiced in as little as thirty minutes a session.

Sam Bercholz: Sam Bercholz is a senior teacher in the Nyingma, Kagyu, and Shambhala lineages and has taught dharma extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia for the past forty years. He was trained and empowered to teach by the great Tibetan Buddhist masters, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Thinley Norbu Rinpoche. He is the founder of Shambhala Publications.


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.

Newark Friday Night Meditation: Fridays, 6:00-7:00pm in Newark

Meditation Open House Series: Fridays, 6:00-7:30 pm in Wilmington
Excludes the third Friday of the month. Suspended for July & August, will resume in September

Spiritual Cinema: Third Friday of the Month, 7:00-9:00pm in Wilmington Suspended for July & August, will resume in September

Simply Sitting: First Sunday of the Month, 10:00am-12:00pm in Wilmington Suspended for July & August, will resume in September

Meditation Community Night: Last Sunday of the month, 5:00-6:30pm in Wilmington Suspended for July & August, will resume in September

Write to Heal - A Personal Journal Keeping Workshop: Thursdays, 10:00-12:00am in Wilmington Suspended during the month of August

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