Upcoming SMI Classes & Events Calendar:

January 2021

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

(3) Mondays, 1/25 -2/8; 6-7:30pm


February 2021

All-day Retreat

Saturday, 2/20; 10am – 3pm

March 2021

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

(9) Thursdays, 3/18 – 5/13; 5-7:30pm

April 2021

Mindful Eating class

(3) Mondays, 4/5 – 4/19; 6-7:30pm 

May 2021

All-day MBSR Retreat (open to the SMI community)

Saturday, 5/1/21, 10am-3pm

Ongoing Events Calendar:

Weekly Sits


   Wednesdays, 6pm EST


   Fridays, 12pm EST

Online Movement Classes


Classes resume Jan. 7


   Tues, 7-8pm

   Thu, 10-11am 


Tai Chi Easy™

    Mon, 10am 

SMI Newsletter

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Introduction to Mindfulness

Meditation Class

This 3-session class teaches the basics of mindfulness meditation, as well as how to integrate mindful moments into your daily life. Join teachers Lily Myers and Lisa Patterson via Zoom on three Mondays: 1/25, 2/1, & 2/8, from 6-7:30pm. Cost is $30. For more information and to register, click here.

Winter Retreat

SMI’s next retreat is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, from 10am to 3pm, online via Zoom.  No matter your experience level, consider giving yourself the gift of several hours of tranquility. Teachers Lily Myers, MA, LMHC and Lisa Patterson, MA, LPC, CT, RYT-200 will lead our community in gently guided sitting and walking meditation practices. Also woven into the day will be brief talks, as well as chair yoga, and standing meditation exercises. The theme is Embodying the Four Foundations
of Mindfulness. There’s no cost, but donations of dana will be accepted.  Register here.

New Format for Wednesday Sit

SMI is rolling out a new format for our Wednesday sits! Starting on 1/6/21, SMI teachers will guide a longer, 45-minute meditation session on Wednesday evenings. Although there won’t be a formal book discussion, participants are encouraged to bring one quotation or concept from the reading that ‘spoke’ to them, for an optional 15-minute group share. If you’d like to try a longer sit, come, join us on Wednesdays, still at 6pm on Zoom. (The Friday session format remains the same).







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.

MBSR Returns to SMI!

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program will be offered live online this spring, March-May. Jon Kabat-Zinn’s standard, rigorous, and engaging 9-week course curriculum used in medical centers worldwide, provides the research-based foundation for developing a mindfulness meditation practice. To see more information and to register, click here.

New 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.

Qigong and Tai Chi Easy™
with Nancy Saum, RN

For details and to 

register please click 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

Be Mindful. Be Happy.

Where We Meet:

Sarasota Mindfulness Institute at            

Unitarian Universalist Church                  

3975 Fruitville Rd. Sarasota, FL 34232


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