Group sessions are a way to get personalized support from Upali while also participating in a consistent Sangha (meditation community). The sessions last for 8 weeks and are live and in-person over Zoom. They will have a maximum of 8 to 10 people. Afterward, the group has the option to continue meeting together on its own as a peer-led group.
You can register in the form below. You can also read more info below to see if this is a good fit for you. Discounts are available if the cost of the sessions is prohibitive of your attendance, and Dana is welcomed if you’d like to give more after the 8 sessions are complete.
What is this exactly?
After years of teaching courses, Upali has consistently seen the development and growth that comes from meditation courses is partly a result of the group dynamic itself. These sessions are an effort to celebrate the collective aspect of awakening, exploring how coming together as a group inspires, informs, and advances our practice. Simply put, this is a structured way to find community and support for your practice amidst meditation friends.
Why should I attend?
Group sessions aim to give guidance, affirmation, and motivation in your practice. If you’d like to find clarity and context in your practice, discover shared experiences, or simply find noble friends on the path, these sessions are likely a good fit for you.
What will happen within each session?
We will come together and discuss anything that is relevant to your practice from the previous week. Upali will act as the facilitator for the group. While you’ll have the support and expertise of a teacher within the group, the sessions will focus strongly on the shared experiences of the group for answers and support as opposed to only the answers of a Dharma teacher. Upali might also utilize breakout rooms where you can talk more individually with other group participants.
What are the expectations of the group sessions?
The main expectation of the sessions is participation. Of course, attendance is a key part of participation, but beyond showing up, participation within the sessions will include both listening and sharing. Upali’s intention is to cultivate a group dynamic that is comfortable and inviting towards sharing your personal experience about your practice and life with the group. Sharing isn’t required, but being a passive listener will be difficult in these sessions. Upali will aim to create some level of engagement with everyone in the group each session.
Is this a good fit for me?
If you’re interested in connecting with other practitioners about your meditation practice, sharing your experiences, and finding support, this is a great fit for you. If it will be hard for you to attend most of the sessions and/or sharing your experience is something you’d prefer not to do, the sessions are probably not a good fit.
Do I have enough experience to attend these groups?
A history of consistent meditation/Dharma practice will be helpful in the group sessions. If you don’t have this but have a desire to create consistency in your practice, the sessions can still be a good fit. Taking Upali’s Intro Course or having the equivalent experience is also helpful. If you feel unsure about groups sessions being a good fit for you, just reach out to Upali. He’ll be happy to make sure you’re landing in the right place for your practice.