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Finding Freedom: Buddhist Wisdom for Today

Monday 9/27/2021 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday 10/11/2021 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday 10/18/2021 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday 10/25/2021 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday 11/8/2021 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday 11/15/2021 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday 11/22/2021 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday 12/6/2021 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday 12/13/2021 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

$340.00 Finding Freedom - Fall 2021

Sorry, this series is full. Email to be added to the waitlist.

The fee for co-op members is $320. Partial scholarships are available. Apply here.

Are you looking for a mindful community of friends?

Do you wish you had a meditation practice?

Do you experience conflict in relationships?

Are you looking for practices to help you find more ease and happiness in your life?

How Buddhist principles can help with these issues
The Buddha’s teachings are all about suffering and how to put an end to our suffering. We do this by learning how to understand and accept the truth about ourselves and the world. The practices taught by the Buddha can bring more joy into your life and provide insights about the challenges that you face.

This 3-month workshop series is an opportunity for you to explore the basic teachings of the Buddha and the time to practice in a welcoming community. We practice in less challenging environments like this one in order to be prepared for the more challenging moments in our lives. This class will be a refuge where we work on our practice over time and support each other’s transformations. By committing to this one hour per week, you will begin to notice a difference in your daily life, finding more clarity and ease in facing daily challenges. Over time these teachings can help you to be a kinder, more open, generous, and compassionate human being.

What you’ll learn
You will deepen your understanding of mindfulness, and you'll learn how to use mindfulness to settle into the present moment. When you settle deeply, you allow the nervous system to rest and gain needed energy and insights into yourself and the world.

The series includes 11 one-hour virtual meetings on Mondays. You will also be able to schedule a one-on-one session with Annie (online or in-person), and will have access to a private Facebook group for our class.

Annie Mahon

Annie is the founder of Budding Yogis (2003) which became Circle Yoga, and she is the co-founder of DC Community Yoga / DC Yoga Week, Yoga on the National Mall, and the Opening Heart Mindfulness Community. Annie has been active in much of the grassroots community yoga and mindfulness activities in the Washington DC Area. She has been a student of yoga and mindfulness since the 1990's and a teacher since 2001. She is also a writer and published her second book, Things I Did When I Was Hangry: Navigating a Peaceful Relationship with Food with Parallax Press in 2015. Read Annie's mindfulness blog at Join Annie's email list for tips on how to be present and at ease in your daily life.

Annie holds masters degrees in both Computer Science, from the University of Michigan, and Religious Studies from Howard University. She was ordained by her mindfulness teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, in 2009 with the ordination name True Blue Lake, and became a licensed massage therapist in 2011.

Annie's first yoga teacher training was with Suzie Hurley at Willow Street Yoga Center in 2004, and Annie was one of the country's first certified Children's Yoga teachers. She is a certified Focusing professional and has studied and practiced Nonviolent Communication (NVC), witchcraft, trauma-informed clinical practice, and many other modalities.

In 2010, Annie created The Pink House Foundation, giving grants to social justice organizing for frontline communities. Annie transformed the Circle Yoga LLC into a worker-owned cooperative in 2014 because she is a strong supporter of cooperative economics and democratic governance. She is especially interested in how to redistribute land, wealth and power.