Welcome to SnowFlower Sangha

Welcome to SnowFlower Sangha

Practicing Mindfulness and Meditation in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh

Welcome to SnowFlower Sangha

Practicing Mindfulness and Meditation in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh

We seek to offer a safe, welcoming, and participatory sangha where people of diverse identities can feel at home and in community

Sitting Meditation at Annual Fall Retreat
© Doreen Kunert, Used By Permission

Upcoming Events

Meeting Times

SnowFlower is fortunate to host four gatherings weekly:
Tuesday – 7:00-8:30 p.m. Friends Meetinghouse, 1704 Roberts Court, Madison
Wednesday – 1:30-3:00 p.m. in people’s homes
Friday – 7:00-8:30 p.m. Friends Meetinghouse, 1704 Roberts Court, Madison
Sunday – 10:00-11:30 a.m. in people’s homes
Email any questions you may have to questions@snowflower.org.
We welcome newcomers of all identities at any of our meetings.

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Annual Autumn Regional Retreat

SnowFlower Sangha invites you to the Annual Autumn Regional Retreat “Practicing Wholeheartedly: Experiencing the Miracle of Mindfulness,” on October 14-16, 2016, at Bethel Horizons in beautiful rural Iowa County, Wisconsin. 

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During this retreat participants will have the opportunity to step away from the distractions of everyday life and focus inwardly — to listen deeply to our bodies, our hearts and our minds.  We will practice sitting, walking and eating in noble silence in order to foster a more intimate relationship with ourselves, our community and the world.  The retreat will be led by Dharma Teachers Jack Lawlor and Cheri Maples. Please see the 2016 SnowFlower Retreat Flyer, as well as the 2016 SnowFlower Retreat FAQ for further information.

Cultivating Resiliency: A Mindfulness Immersion Training for Police Officers, First Responders, and Criminal Justice Professionals

SnowFlower Dharma Teacher Cheri Maples and Lt. Richard Goerling will conduct a training for police officers from October 7-9 at the Sevenoaks Retreat Center in Madison County, Virginia. Sanghas nationwide are urged to take advantage of this unique opportunity by financially sponsoring one or more police officers from their community to attend this retreat.

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Attendees of this groundbreaking immersion training will embark on a deep exploration into the science and experience of mindfulness as it relates to awareness, compassion and community building. The event will focus on mindfulness skill building to enhance self-awareness, attunement to others, compassion, balance, connection and wisdom. These newly learned skills and a more developed awareness have the potential to translate into peak performance, both personally and professionally.

About the retreat, Maples states as follows:

“Having been a police officer for 20 years and in the criminal justice system in other capacities for much longer than that, I often get asked the question by practitioners, ‘What can we do to improve local relationships with our police department and begin to build bridges?’   In my own life, the ripple effects of showing up at my first retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay), in 1991 and being present at the retreat he did for police officers in 2003, continue to this day.

“I find the true ambassadors for change in departments are front line police officers who find alternative ways to care for their emotional well being.

“We know the importance of planting seeds.  Here is a concrete way for your Sangha to get involved with your local police department.  Once they attend the training in October, they could be asked to report back and then asked how you could be of assistance in bringing mindfulness to your local police department.

“I know our beloved teacher Thay is very invested in the engaged practice of bringing mindfulness to the criminal justice system in all avenues possible.  Here is one concrete way to plant a seed.”

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