In addition to our weekly Thursday practice, our Sangha engages in other activities:
Soup Night – Four times each year, on the Thursday that is the closest to each Solstice and Equinox, we gather at 6:00 P.M. to share a simple meal of bread and vegetarian soup. Although not necessary, others often contribute additional edibles. Following soup, we proceed with our regular Thursday evening practice at 7:00 P.M.
Orientation – Occasionally and as the need arises, our Sangha provides a short orientation to our tradition and to our practice.
Day of Mindfulness – Every two months (approximately) we gather at a member’s home for a (mostly) silent Day of Mindfulness. This often includes a potluck lunch enjoyed mindfully. Our Days’ of Mindfulness usually start around 9:30 a.m. and conclude at between 3:00-4:00 p.m. The day, time and location are announced well in advance.
Mindful Walk/Hike – From time to time, somebody in our Sangha will organize a mindful walk or hike. Some outings may be more urban and gentle; others more rural and energetic. They usually last for two or more hours and include a mindful tea practice. The day, time and location are announced well in advance.
Retreats – Occasionally our Sangha offers a residential weekend retreat. Planning is undertaken by a small group of members several months in advance of the retreat. The dates, location and logistics are announced well in advance.
Continuation Day – On the anniversary of the founding of our Sangha, we celebrate Continuation Day (birthday), often coinciding with a Day of Mindfulness in January.
Reading and Other Resources – Our Sangha keeps a small collection of books and CDs that can be borrowed.
Website and Mailing List—Our Community maintains both a website (www.mindfulnessvictoria.org) and a electronic mailing list. Through the mailing list we circulate information about the activities of our Community. If you wish to be added to this list, please send a message to our email address—click here or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Council—Our Sangha has created a small Council consisting of about 5 members. The Council meets from time to time to plan events and to, generally, oversee the smooth functioning of our Community. The Council always welcomes questions, comments, kudos and concerns.