On Sunday evenings from 5:00 to 6:30, The Centre holds a weekly gathering for meditation and shared reflection. Event held in collaboration with The Contemplary.

When: Sundays, 5 – 6:30 pm (1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th Sundays)

Where: Chapel of Hope, Community Church of St Mark, 100 Hodgkinson St, Clifton Hill. The chapel can be a little hard to find. It is accessed by walking up the external stairs at the back of the Church premises. To find the stairs, walk down the laneway between the Church building and the Aikido hall.

Zoom: 4th Sunday of each month only

Meeting ID: 825 9242 6858 | Passcode: 113100

The gathering will be held in person every Sunday of the month, except for the 4th Sunday of the month, when it will be delivered on Zoom as the monthly compassion meditation with Dr Petrina Barson [see zoom link above].

The meditations will be drawn from a suite of practices in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition centred around the cultivation of equanimity, compassion, calm, and clarity. The period of group reflection following the meditations will be an opportunity to integrate practice and everyday life by bringing these same qualities into the interpersonal domain.

The in-person meditations are led by Abigail Meadows. Abigail has been practicing meditation and conscious dance since she was eighteen. She is learning from a number of Buddhist and Christian mystical traditions and practices in order to love better and be more present to the world and those around her. Abigail is early in her meditation journey, and she hopes to offer a space for mutual learning and cultivating equanimity and presence. Abigail is an undergraduate student at the University of Melbourne, studying English.

Abigail Meadows

The online meditation (4th Sunday) will be led by Dr Petrina Barson. Petrina is a GP and a certified teacher of the Compassion Institute’s Compassion Cultivation Training, and has been offering CCT through the Contemplary since 2016.

Petrina Barson

Beginners and experienced meditators are welcome, as are people of any religious or non-religious outlook. If sitting upright on a cushion is difficult for you, there will be chairs, as well as space for people to meditate lying down. Feel free to bring a yoga mat or any props you may require. Please wear suitable loose-fitting clothing.


How much: Free. Donations to cover overheads are welcome.

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