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.

January 30: Short Cut to Nirvana

This documentary captures the sheer spiritual bliss, eternal wisdom,and candid joy of the Kumbh Mela, the largest gathering of humanity on Earth that has been held in India every 12 years for over two millennia.


February 27: Joseph Campbell Sukhavati: A Mythic Journey

Through archival excerpts from his finest filmed lectures interwoven with exquisite images and evocative music from around the world, renowned mythologist Joseph Campbell takes us on a journey of transcendence and illumination,a trip through the mythological symbols and sagas left by our ancient forbears.

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

Meditation Teacher Training
Level 1: February 6-8, 2015
Level 2: April 17-19, 2015
Level 3: June 12-14, 2015

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

Tuition: $25 for introductory talk Friday night of Level 1 ( Feb. 6th) / $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

Advanced Dharma Study Richard & Alison Driscoll
Mondays: 7:30 - 8:00 p.m. Meditation 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. Discussion February 2 - March 30 (9 weeks, No Class March 16.)
Tuition: $108 ($12/session)

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. Winter 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 Dharma Study with Alison Driscoll
Mondays: 6:00 - 7:15 p.m. February 16 - April 13 (no class March 16 or April 6th)
Tuition: $96 ($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 Empowered Yoga Meditation Center Meditation Teacher Training.

Pre-registration is required, Click Here

Year to Live with Scott Lee and Judy Govatos
1st Wednesday of each month,
Feb. 4, 2015 through Feb 3, 2016, 7 – 9 p.m.
, Wilmington

A Year To Live: Living One Year as if it Were Your Last
Join us for this yearlong journey as we explore our concerns and curiosity about death and dying, learn how to live life more presently, and cultivate a more compassionate way of being in the world. Be reminded of the wisdom of Marianne Williamson: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.” Each month’s session will include contemplation, meditation, group discussion, and experiential learning. Based on the book, A Year to Live by Stephen Levine.

For more information and to apply, call Judy Govatos- 302-354-4892 or Scott Lee-814 490-4325.

Pre-registration is required, Click Here

Introduction to Meditation with Alison Driscoll
Wednesday, February 18th: 6:30 - 8:30 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

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 David Kolleeny Bio

Derek Kolleeny studied directly with the Vidyadhara, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. He directed the Shambhala School of Buddhist Studies in NYC for many years. In 2004, he started the Rime Shedra NYC-Advanced Buddhist Studies Program ( dedicated to the study of the core classical texts of both the practice and scholarly traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, which he continues to lead and teach.

Derek earned a BA from Harvard College in the Comparative Study of World Religions, focused on Buddhism, including study of Sanskrit and Tibetan languages, and an MBA from Columbia Business School. After having served as CFO for various companies and not-for-profit organizations for 25 years, he currently does business consulting for nonprofits, specializing in financial management and strategic planning.

Pre-registration is required, Click Here

Ongoing at the Meditation Center

Meditation Open House Series: 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 16: Carmelina D'Arro, Mindfulness of Body
Jan. 23: Carmelina D'Arro, The Seven Attitudes of Meditation
Jan. 30: Spiritual Cinema
Feb 6:
David Nichtern, Overview of the Buddhist Path
Feb 13:
Alison Driscoll, Loving Kindness
Feb 20:
Mary Wheeling, Hibernation
Feb 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

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.