Community Groups and Events

Below are some Local Meditation Groups that have SnowFlowers as core/founding members, as well as non-SnowFlower sponsored retreats led by SnowFlower Teachers and Local Thich Nhat Hahn Sanghas. We encourage you to check them out and connect with them if fitting. Also, there is a list of Regional Thich Nhat Hanh Sanghas to check out if you’re out and about.

Local Meditation Groups

Madison LGBTQI Meditation Group

Madison LGBTQI Meditation Group: a safe space where LGBTQI identified people can deepen the practice of meditation and mindfulness, while cultivating a sense of community and belonging within the LGBTQI meditation group and the Madison meditation community as a whole.

Mindful Man

Mindful Man aims to create a safe and supportive environment in which men of all backgrounds and sexual orientations can learn and deepen their mindfulness practice.


While not a formal group, this is a blending of of the insight, vipassana, and Thich Naht Hahn traditions. Madison Insight Meditation Group core teacher, Janice Cittasubha Sheppard, joins with SnowFlower teachers David Haskin and Steven Spiro to offer a blended retreat experience that combines the two traditions. Please see retreat opportunities below in the upper Midwest region.

Retreats led by SnowFlower Teachers and other local Thich Nhat Hanh Sanghas

Day of Mindfulness Led by Jack Lawlor (Prairie River Sangha)

The Deep Ethics of Mindful Living Led by David Haskin and Hal Dessel (Mindful Man)

Thaypassana Retreat -Northbrook, IL Led by Steven Spiro and Janice Cittasubha Sheppard

Nourishing the Earth, Nourishing Others, Nourishing Ourselves Led by Jack and Laurie Lawlor (Lakeside Buddha Sangha)

Thaypassana Retreat – Oshkosh, WI Led by Steven Spiro and Janice Cittasubha Sheppard

  • June 8-10, 2018 at UW Oshkosh
  • For further information, please contact Jeanna Owens 

Embracing the Brahmaviharas Milwaukee Mindfulness Center Summer Retreat

Thaypassana Retreat – Chicago, IL Led by David Haskin and Janice Cittasubha Sheppard

Mindful Man Overnight Retreat Led by David Haskin and Hal Dessel (Mindful Man)

Regional Thich Nhat Hanh Sanghas

Below is a list of regional Thich Nhat Hanh Sanghas, but you are also welcome to explore the International Sangha Directory so you can find a sangha while you’re away from home.