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

Introduction to Meditation with Alison Driscoll
Tuesday, September 9th: 7 - 9 p.m.
Location: Empowered Yoga, Wilmington
Tuition: $35

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.


Monthly Spiritual Cinema: Films with Heart
Third Friday of the month: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m
, Wilmington
Join us for spiritual cinema the third Friday of every month.

September 19th:
Awake in the Dream
We spend the majority of our lives in a kind of hibernation: Functional but separate from the source of our being. What can we do to wake up? Director Catharina Roland invites us to share her journey to answer this question.

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

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course
with Bill McCracken, LCSW, ICADC
Thursday evenings, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
September 25th - November 13th (8-weeks)
and Saturday, November 1st meditation retreat 9 am-4 pm 
Location: Empowered Yoga, Wilmington Meditation Center
Tuition: $375 early bird registration prior to September 11, 2014
             $400 registration on or after September 11, 2014

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
Bill McCracken's Biography

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. 


The Power of Archetypes with Debbie Gill, RYT 200
Saturday, September 27th: 1 - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Empowered Yoga, Wilmington
Tuition :$30 pre-registration/$35 day of event

Learning to see through an archetypal lens can empower you to reach your highest potential. Join guest presenter Debbie Gill, a student of best-selling author Caroline Myss, in this exploration of what an archetype is and the importance of the four survival archetypes. There will also be ample time for each participant to explore the remaining archetypes that influence their lives.


Advanced Dharma Study
October 6 - December 15, 2014
, Wilmington
(NOTE: no class Monday, October 20th)
Mondays:  7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Meditation
Tuition: $120

For those who have a strong foundation in Buddhism. We will continue our study of mahamudra and madyamika. If you are interested and have not participated in dharma study before, please contact Alison Driscoll: or 302.290.7445.

Pre-registration is required, Click Here.

Ongoing at the Meditation Center

Meditation Open House Series: 6 - 7:30 p.m. No open House in July or August.

Sept. 5th: Alison Driscoll, Meditation as Homecoming

Sept. 12th: Alan Atwood, The Path of the Bodhisattva

Sept. 19th: Spiritual Cinema: 7 - 9 p.m., "Awake in the Dream" Spiritual Cinema occur the 3rd Friday of every month

Sept. 26th: Carmelina D'Arro, Mindfulness for Stress Management

Simply Sitting: Regular schedule will resume in September 2014
First Sunday of the Month, 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Donations accepted.

Monthly Meditation Community Night: No Sessions in September 2014

Beginning Sunday, October 26th, Community Night will move from the last Wednesday of the month to the last Sunday of the month from 5 - 6:30 p.m.

Spiritual Cinema: Films with Heart, Wilmington
Third Friday of the month. 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
No events in July or August.

Friday Night Meditation, Newark with Ellen Lebowitz
7:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.
September 5

Write to Heal: A Personal Journal Keeping Workshop: Ongoing except for the month of August
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, October 6, 7-8:30pm




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
No sessions in August.



Meditation Open House Series

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

Spiritual Cinema

Third 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.