Affinity Groups

Affinity Groups

No Cost – No Registration. Usually registration is not required to participate in IMC’s offerings. Although there is no cost for any of our programs, we are grateful for donations to support our activities and teachers.

Mindfulness Meditation and Practice Circle for Black-Identified Practitioners

With Anne Roise

May 8 – June 5, 202;  Five Saturdays; on Zoom (link posted closer to event)

9:00  AM – 10:30 AM PT

This 5-session program provides a safe and supportive space for Black-identified people to begin, refresh and strengthen their mindfulness meditation and practice to support everyday experiences.  The sessions sequentially build on each other beginning with mindfulness of breathing, followed by mindfulness of the body, emotions, and thinking, and will conclude with a discussion on self-care in the midst of the current health pandemic, and social and racial injustices. The group’s time together will include meditation, facilitated discussion and an opportunity to share and connect with each other.

To receive the Zoom link for the program, register here


Anne Roise has been a Zen practitioner since 1971 when she left Canada as a teenager to study with her first teacher, Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. She is currently the Director of Programs at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and is in the 2020/21 Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program through the Sati Center.  For over a decade, Anne taught mindfulness meditation through her life coaching practice, to parenting groups from low-income communities, and to college students and faculty. Anne has worked as a senior administrator in state and local governments, a teacher, victim advocate, and family and youth counselor.  She has facilitated group processes in many settings including government agencies, non-profit organizations, faith-based organizations, and community groups. Anne serves on the boards of Mindful Schools and the San Francisco Zen Center. She has a graduate degree in City Planning from MIT and is a Certified Life Coach.

Dharma Circle for People of Asian Background

Facilitated by Lilu Chen and Ying Chen

Fourth Sunday of the month, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Open to drop-in at any time

This monthly dharma circle includes sitting meditation, a short dharma talk, dharma discussion and community activities. We intend to provide a safe, friendly and nourishing environment. Open to all self-identified people of Asian or South Asian background, No registration required. For more information contact

Dharma in Spanish: Meditative Movement, Sitting and Talk

Led by Andrea Castillo or occasional guest teacher
Tuesday Evenings, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
A 30-minute meditative movement session is followed by a 30-minute sitting and a talk with time for questions. [Learn More]

Dharma en Español: Movimiento Meditativo, Meditación y Plática

Dirigido por Andrea Castillo o en ocasiones por maestros visitantes.
Martes en la noche, 7:00 a 9:00 pm
30 minutos de movimiento meditativo, seguida por 30 minutos de meditación y una plática con tiempo para preguntas. [Aprende Más]

At Home in the World: Dharma for People in their 20s and 30s

Led by Max Erdstein and guest teachers
Sunday Evenings (except the 2nd Sunday of the month), 7:30 – 9 pm
At Home in the World is an ongoing dharma practice group addressing themes relevant to people in their 20s and 30s. It includes guided meditations, dharma talks, small and large group discussions, and social interaction. Each Sunday we have a mix of returning, regular members and new attendees. Those at any level of practice experience are very welcome.  [Learn More]

LGBTQueer Sangha

Guiding teachers:  John Martin and bruni dávila
Fourth Sunday of the month, 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Open to all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender diverse, intersex and queer individuals.
Contact us at

Women’s Circle of Mindfulness

Facilitated by Hilary Borison
Second Thursday of each month, 10:45 am – 12:30 pm

A gathering for women who wish to deepen practice by exploring together how to bring principles of mindfulness into our daily lives. You are welcome to bring lunch or have tea until 1:00 pm. For information contact Hilary Borison (