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: Films with Heart
Third Friday of the month: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m

Starting January-Last Friday of the Month, Wilmington
Join us for spiritual cinema the third Friday of every month.

March 27: Scared Sacred
A critically acclaimed documentary that addresses the question of how humans find meaning in the face of overwhelming horror and tragedy. A powerful portrait of the resilience of the human spirit. Read More.

April 24: The Tibetan Book of the Dead
Narrated by Leonard Cohen, this enlightening two-part film explores the sacred text of this ancient teaching and boldly visualizes the afterlife according to its profound wisdom. Read More.

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
March 12 – April 30 (8-weeks) and Saturday, April 18th meditation retreat 9 am-4 pm
, Wilmington
$375 early bird registration prior to February 26, 2015
 $400 registration on or after February 26, 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

Click Here to read Bill McCracken's Bio

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.

Pre-registration is required, Click Here

Friday night, March 20: 7-9 p.m.
Saturday, March 21: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
& Sunday, March 22: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
, Wilmington
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 Volume Two: The Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom & Compassion, focusing on the teachings called lojong, or mind training. The weekend will include meditation practice, talks, readings, and discussion.

Click Here to read Michael Carroll Bio

Michael Carroll has been studying and practicing Buddhism since 1976, graduated from Buddhist seminary in 1980, and studied directly with the Tibetan meditation master, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. He is a Senior Meditation Teacher at the Philadelphia Shambhala Center. Following a 30-year career in business, he now devotes his life to writing, teaching, and consulting on the subject of mindfulness in the workplace. He is the author of three books: Awake at Work, The Mindful Leader, & Fearless at Work.

Pre-registration is required, Click Here

Meditation Teacher Training
Level 2: April 17-19, 2015
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 /  $500 Levels 1-3

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 Meditation with Alison Driscoll
Wednesday, April 22: 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.
Feb 20:
Mary Wheeling, Hibernation
Feb 27: Spiritual Cinema (See Above)
March 6:
Alison Driscoll, Loving-Kindness
March 13:
Carmelina D'Arro, Mindfulness of Body
March 20:
Guest Teacher Michael Carroll, Mind Training
(7-9 p.m., not 6-7:30 p.m., and $20 for those not enrolled in the retreat)
March 27: Spiritual Cinema

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.

Friday Night Meditation, Newark with Ellen Lebowitz
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 January 13-March 3


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.