Welcome To The Frederick Meditation Center!

The Frederick Meditation Center is located in downtown Frederick, MD just above The Tasting Room restaurant. We welcome new and experienced meditators, and offer a variety of meditation classes and workshops. If you are new to meditation don't worry - we were new once too - and will take the time to make you feel welcome, and answer any questions you have.

Specialty workshops and programs are offered year-round, and private meditation and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy sessions can be scheduled with our founder, Heather Stang. We are grateful you have found us, and welcome you into the community!

 

Interfaith Spiritual Discussion Group: Morning Edition

Date: February 27, 2017

Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Frederick Meditation Center

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With Free Introductory Workshop! Some call this soul work, others refer to it as seeking their higher selves. Interfaith spiritual direction is the exploration and development of one’s spirit or philosophy.  Over 6 weeks, through meditation, poetry and readings from different spiritual traditions we will converse and companion each other in exploring our personal belief system and how it impacts our lives. What does it mean to have faith and to be spiritual no matter what we believe or whether we currently have a religious affiliation? Do we have a personal theology or philosophy that brings us joy, peace and solace during difficult times? Join Juliana Perez, who has been leading mindfulness meditation, spiritual and grief groups in the Seattle area for over 20 years. In addition to having a master’s degree in social work (MSW), Juliana received a certification in Interfaith Spiritual Direction from the Chaplaincy Institute, an interfaith seminary, in Berkeley. 

Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself

Date: February 28, 2017

Time: 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Location: Frederick Meditation Center

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5 Week Book Discussion and Practice Group.  Self-Compassion is the key to a happy and healthy life, yet in our culture it is so elusive. Fortunately, the practice of self-compassion can rewire your brain so that you can “tend and befriend” yourself. Each week Heather will lead you in a guided meditation from the book, followed by group discussion about how the practice and concepts in Kristin Neff’s book Self-Compassion are impacting our lives “off the mat.”

 

Self-Compassion as Self-Care for Grief

Date: March 4, 2017

Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm

Location: Frederick Meditation Center

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Tending to our own suffering with kindness is often placed on the back burner. Some of us can’t even imagine what it would be like to have the time, energy, and wherewithal to take care of ourselves – especially during grief. When faced with our own personal loss and hardships, we often turn away from our grief and “push through” the pain. During this four week program, Heather Stang, author of Mindfulness & Grief, will discuss how self-compassion practices can help you cope with grief and even grow from your life after loss. Each week we will have a period of discussion, followed by a period of guided meditation, and close with a Q&A session and home practice assignments.

Interfaith Spiritual Discussion Group: Evening Edition

Date: March 9, 2017

Time: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Location: Frederick Meditation Center

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Some call this soul work, others refer to it as seeking their higher selves. Interfaith spiritual direction is the exploration and development of one’s spirit or philosophy.  Over 6 weeks, through meditation, poetry and readings from different spiritual traditions we will converse and companion each other in exploring our personal belief system and how it impacts our lives. What does it mean to have faith and to be spiritual no matter what we believe or whether we currently have a religious affiliation? Do we have a personal theology or philosophy that brings us joy, peace and solace during difficult times? Join Juliana Perez, who has been leading mindfulness meditation, spiritual and grief groups in the Seattle area for over 20 years. In addition to having a master’s degree in social work (MSW), Juliana received a certification in Interfaith Spiritual Direction from the Chaplaincy Institute, an interfaith seminary, in Berkeley. 

Self-Compassion for Caregivers

Date: March 15, 2017

Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: Frederick Meditation Center

Part of the Meditation for Caregivers: Self-Care Workshop Series. As caregivers, we choose to provide whole-hearted care to those who are in need of compassion. However, tending to our own suffering is often placed on the back burner. Even when faced with our own personal loss and hardships, we often turn away from our suffering and “push through” the pain. This can overwhelm our stress response system and in turn contribute to depression, anxiety, stress-related illnesses, and even lead to professional burnout. This workshop will explore how self-compassion—in other words, simply treating ourselves as we would a beloved friend—can help us manage our difficult emotions, reduce our suffering, and exemplify self-care for both clients and colleagues alike.

Mindfulness Meditation for Caregivers

Date: April 19, 2017

Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: Frederick Meditation Center

Part of the Meditation for Caregivers: Self-Care Workshop Series. You may be familiar by now with the physical, emotional and psychological stress that are the unfortunate side‐effects of caring for a loved one with dementia. As if the pain of someone dear to you wasn’t difficult enough, your own body and mind may begin to suffer as you use your own precious resources to care for them. Left unchecked, this constant exposure to the stress response known as fight‐or‐flight can compromise your health. The good news is that the practice of mindfulness meditation can actually reverse the negative impact of stress on your body, cultivate more compassion for yourself and others, and even shrink your amygdala – the fear center of your brain.

Meditation For Beginners

Start date: May 4, 2017

End date: May 25, 2017

Time: 6:30 - 8:00 PM

Location: Frederick Meditation Center

Meditation Classes for Beginners

Less Anxiety. More Peace! Learn how to focus your mind, relax your body, and cultivate a calm and peaceful presence. The Meditation Class for Beginners is led by the Frederick Meditation Center’s founder and author of Mindfulness & Grief, Heather Stang.

Sunday Morning Drop-In Buddhist Meditation Group

Start date: August 28, 2016

End date: August 28, 2017

Time: 9:30-11:30am

Location: Frederick Meditation Center

Adam Silcott, Meditation Instructor

Offered Weekly By Donation ($10-$20 Suggested). The class begins with a period of lightly guided meditation, which is followed by a period of sharing and discussion about mindfulness and Buddhist principles. The class closes with a period of silent meditation, which may be practiced seated or walking. Led by Adam Silcott, an affiliate teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington.

Sunday Afternoon Dharma Book Study Group

Start date: January 1, 2017

End date: August 31, 2017

Time: 1:00 - 2:30pm

Location: Frederick Meditation Center

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Drop In! All Visitors Are Welcome. The Dharma Book Study Group will read and examine literature that presents the Dharma in a way that relates to our lived lives. We use the phrase “read and examine” because we are not reading books for truth as much for insight about the nature of our lives in particular and human experience in general. So we read and question the texts to gain knowledge and understanding of things that can bring about a greater flourishing of our lives.