Meditation Groups

The following independent meditation groups are organized by people interested in the work of Springwater Center. Please note that these groups are not endorsed by the Center.


Annandale, VA

Magdi Badaway holds weekly meetings at his home located 15 minutes outside Washington DC. He conducts guided meditations and meetings with people who are interested in this work. Magdi is available at 240-832-7776 or via email at

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Regular sittings and discussions, as well as an annual summer (June or July) 7-day retreat. Retreat is open to people outside of New Mexico too and is affordable. Contact Jay Cutts at (505) 281-0684. See Jay’s website for more information and writings exploring the nature of meditative work.

Asheville, North Carolina

Second Sunday monthly sitting: sitting and walking meditations followed by tea and time for meditative inquiry. For information
contact either Arida Emrys or Frank Connors at 828-225-3811.

Ashland, Oregon

Joan Tollifson holds public and private meetings in Ashland and occasionally elsewhere, and offers phone meetings as well. More information at

Buffalo, New York

Sunday evening sittings in Buffalo and Wednesday evening sittings in Williamsville, NY. Periodic introduction to meditation/inquiry workshops and study groups. All events are freely offered. Contact Paul Lukasik at (716) 626-9016 ext. 205 or email at,  web site


Regular sittings and discussions, including one-day and two-day retreats entitled Introduction to Not Knowing. Contact Mike Stiler at (207) 701-8388, e-mail Mike also recently wrote to us to say that he is “very happy to announce the launching of [his] new website, ‘Riding the Ox: The Art of Being Nobody’, (

Richmond, Virginia

The Richmond Meditative Inquiry Group holds twice weekly meetings with sitting and walking meditation, talks, and group dialogue.  The group also has periodic special events including weekend retreats led by Wayne Coger, Sandra Gonzalez, or Richard Witteman.  For more information  see the Richmond Meditative Inquiry Group site. Contact Mark Bryant at 434-392-7916 or

Rochester, New York

Weekly sitting/dialogue group in Rochester with Stew Glick. Stew can also be available during the week if people wish to sit and look at something together. Some information about Stew can be accessed here. Please contact Stew if you would like to meet or be on the email list to be notified of meetings:



The Oulu Mindfulness group holds weekly sittings on Wednesdays and Saturdays in a lovely sitting space in the peaceful Hietasaari area of Oulu. We also organize retreats and other activities several times during the year. For more information, please see our website at www,, or contact Ari-Pekka Skarp at



Sittings are held on Thursdays. For information contact Beate Jens, email, or call her at 49-151-1496 3266.


Sittings with Stephan Bielfeldt are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. All are welcome, no experience necessary. We sit three periods of 25 minutes with walking periods of 5 minutes in between. Location is Die Bruecke Elmshorn e.V., Neue Strasse 7, D-25335 Elmshorn. For more info contact Stephan at +49-4122-858-194 or


Stephan Bielfeldt

Stephan Bielfeldt

Sunday afternoon sittings with Stephan Bielfeldt will be held from 1-5 p.m. on the following dates in 2017:

Jan. 22, Feb. 26, Mar. 19, Apr. 23, May 21, June 18, July 9, Aug. 13, Sept. 10, Oct. 15, Nov. 12, Dec. 10.

All are welcome, no experience necessary. We sit five periods of 25 minutes, with walking periods of 5 minutes in between. Sittings are held in the meditation room in the basement of the Buddhistische Gesellschaft in D-22337 Hamburg, Beisserstrasse 23. For more information call Stephan at +49-4122-858-194 or see


September 23 – 30, 2017. There will be a seven-day retreat with Stephan Bielfeldt in Luebeck. Contact Stephan for information about this retreat.  tel. +49 (0) 4122 858 194 or e-mail

Koeln (Cologne)

Sittings with taped talks and/or group exchanges are held. Contact Astrid Schillings at 49-0221-562-5770 or 251299.



Regular weekly sittings on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, and Wednesday evenings. For more information contact D Allen at, or check the Casa del Angel website



Once or twice a month Saturday half-a-day sittings with recorded talks by Toni Packer or Stephan Bielfeldt at the Kanzeon Sangha Zendo or at a private house in the country. Info: FB – Grupa medytacyjna Toni Packer and Jacek Dobrowolski –



Weekly sittings, taped talks, videos, readings, and discussion in English or German. Visit their website or contact: Torsten Cámara by e-mail at



Sittings most mornings and several evenings each week. Weekend or full-day sittings once a month. For more info visit or contact Per Nyfelt at



Would like to start a weekly or monthly meditation group in the Hertfordshire/Buckinghamshire area.  The suggested agenda would include timed sittings, walking meditation, tapes by Toni Packer or other Springwater teachers, and a discussion period.  Anyone who is interested in forming a group, please contact Greg at