Upcoming SMI Classes & Events Calendar:


Are You Paying Attention?

Dec. 2, 9, and 16th, 2021, 6:00-7:30pm

Mindful Grief & Bereavement

Monday, Dec. 6, 2021, 7-9:00pm

Mindful Walking

Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, 9:30

Yoga Nidra

Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021, 6-7:00pm

Art & Meditation Event with Art Center Sarasota

Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021, 5-6:30pm



Thursday, Feb. 17 - Apr. 14, 5-7:30pm

MARCH 2022

MBSR Retreat

Saturday, Mar. 26

Ongoing Events Calendar:

Weekly Sits


   Wednesdays, 6pm EST


   Fridays, 12pm EST

Online Movement Classes


   Wed, 10-11am 

   1st & 3rd week

Tai Chi Easy™

    Wed, 10-11 am 

    2nd & 4th week

SMI Newsletter

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Yoga Nidra, also known as ‘yogic sleep’, is an ancient yogic practice of healing and relaxation. Next class is Tuesday, Dec. 14, 6-7pm.  For more information and to register for the December class, click here.

Qigong and Tai Chi Easy™
with Nancy Saum, retired RN

Qigong, 10-11am EST

1st & 3rd Wednesday

Tai Chi Easy, 10-11am EST 

2nd & 4th Wednesday

For details and to register please click here.

To donate for these classes, click here.




Resources Pages

Check out the new additions to our website by clicking on the Resources tab on the main menu. From apps to retreats to web links, you’ll find high quality, useful resources and book title suggestions to support your practice, no matter if you’re a novice or an old hand at meditation.


Stronger Together 

During these challenging times, while we are all navigating uncertainty,  the support of our community is essential. More than ever we are committed to creating a safe space for our community to share in mindfulness by continuing to host our weekly meditations. 

Since the beginning of the pandemic SMI has been offering our weekly sits and classes on Zoom. We will continue to do so until it is safe to meet in person once again.  We look forward to seeing you on Zoom.


    Wednesdays, 6PM EST    

    Fridays, 12PM EST

If you fill out this form, you will receive weekly reminders for the scheduled meditations on Wednesday 6PM and Friday 12PM and with the Zoom link.  You only need to fill out this form once.

To see our group guidelines/agreements and for Zoom instructions, click here.

We are now reading Wherever You Go There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn.   Get the reading schedule here.

New Classes!

Are you Paying Attention?


In this 3-part Zoom series we will explore why we have an attention system, how attention works, why it’s a superpower, what acts as “Kryptonite”, and different mindfulness-based techniques (practices) we can use to optimize and take ownership of it. Dec. 2, 9, and 16th, 6-7:30pm.  Taught by Carl Eisen.  Class fee is $45 for all 3 sessions. For more information and to register, click here.

 Mindful Grief & Bereavement


We experience grief when we experience any change in our relationship to the world. Some losses are large, some are smaller; no matter the size, grief is a normal human reaction to loss, and how we uniquely express it is called bereavement.

Join Lisa Patterson, ADEC-certified Thanatologist, for discussion and guided exercises on mindfully being with grief on 12/6/21.  For more information and to register, click here.


Next walk is Dec. 11, 9:30 at Philippi Estate Park. Details and register here. 

Mindful Walking

Walking Meditation or Mindful Walking is the practice of learning to be aware of the sensations and movements of your body as you move through the world around you, and to
take time to be aware of the sights, sounds, smells that surround us every minute.


Art and Meditation Event with Art Center Sarasota 


Celebrate the meditative visual works of Bassmi Ibrahim at an intimate evening of guided meditation and visual awareness. 

Tuesday, Dec 14, 2021, 5-6:30 pm

Registration: $5

Learn More and Register

MBSR - Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Coming in February 2022, SMI will be hosting the original Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) curriculum developed over 40 years ago by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. As potent and effective as ever, this evidence-based program, taught internationally in hospitals and communities, is the best-researched mindfulness technique in the world, boasting hundreds of clinically proven health benefits. Get details here.

"Never mind what I have been taught.  Forget about theories and prejudices and stereotypes.  I want to understand the true nature of life.  I want to know what this experience of being alive really is.  I want to apprehend the true and deeper qualities of life; and I don't want to just accept somebody else's explanation.  I want to see it for myself."         - Bhante G