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For Beginners

There is no cost for classes, events and retreats at IMC. Donations are welcome. No pre-registration is required unless otherwise stated.

For a calendar of retreats and all other events at IMC, see the IMC Calendar

Basic Meditation Instruction


Every Thursday, 6:15 - 7:15 pm
First Monday of each month, 6:15 - 7:15 pm
First Thursday of each month, 10:45 - 11:45 am

These classes are taught by experienced meditation students. Attending once or twice is helpful in beginning a meditation practice.

Upcoming Events


  • Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Gil Fronsdal

    5 Wednesday evenings, October 1 – 29, 7:30 - 9:00 pm

    Insight Meditation or Vipassana, is a simple technique, beginning with focusing the attention on the breath. The practice concentrates and calms the mind. At the heart of Insight Meditation is the practice of Mindfulness, a practice of moment-to-moment observation which cultivates a clear, stable and non-judgmental awareness. While mindfulness practice can be highly effective in helping bring calm and clarity to the pressures of daily life, it is also a spiritual path that gradually dissolves the barriers to the full development of our wisdom and compassion.

    During this introductory course, the basic instructions in insight meditation will be given sequentially, starting with a focus on mindfulness of breathing, followed by mindfulness of the body, of emotions, of thoughts, of mind and of the application of mindfulness in daily life and on retreats. No pre-registration necessary.

    Gil Fronsdal’s biography

  • Establishing A Practice Group

    4 Monday evenings, October 6, 13, 20, and 27, 7:30 – 9 pm, at IMC Annex, 1040 Brewster Ave. Suite D.

    People who have completed IMC’s Introduction to Meditation class, are welcome to apply to be part of a small four week support group focused on getting further established in a regular meditation practice. The group will be led by Chris Clifford, a long time IMC practitioner and instructor. Participants will have a chance to have a personal meeting with Chris to discuss their meditation practice. These groups will be limited to 8 to 10 people who can commit to attending all four sessions.

    Click here to apply.   If the group is already full, the form will tell you it is no longer accepting submissions.

  • Beginners Practice Group

    4 Wednesday evenings, November 5, 12, 19, and 26, 7:30 - 9 pm

    For beginners who have taken an introductory mindfulness meditation class and would like to take the next step in building and supporting their practice. This is a 4-week series on developing mindfulness practice with a 20-minute meditation, review of basic instruction and introduction to further teachings that support mindfulness practice.

    Led by Chris Clifford and others.

More Programs at IMC


More information about programs at IMC can be found on the Programs Overview.


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