Peace is every step.

Registration now open for March 2 Day of Mindfulness. Details here.

Breathe, you are online!

Welcome to the Winding Path Sangha (formerly the Iowa City Sangha) in Iowa City, Iowa, founded in the Plum Village tradition of Vietnamese teacher Thích Nhất Hạnh, or 'Thay'.

Please join us at 7 p.m. Wednesdays for meditation at Trinity Episcopal Church in Iowa City, and 10 a.m. the first Saturday of every month at Hickory Hill Park's east entrance for Walking Meditation followed by coffee and conversation at Lucky's Market. Details for recurring events are available on our Meetup page at https://www.meetup.com/meditate-in-Iowa-City/.

Here are other upcoming events and news, some of which may not be directly associated with our Sangha but may be of interest:

  • The Iowa City Free Lunch program is looking for volunteers to help prepare and serve lunch on Saturday, February 23, presenting a wonderful opportunity to practice the engaged Buddhism that Thich Nhat Hanh encourages in the Plum Village tradition. ICFL is hoping for four to six helpers to prep food between 10 a.m. and noon, and another eight to 10 or more helpers to serve and help clean up from about 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Please RSVP if you intend to volunteer by visiting our Meetup page here.
  • The Winding Path Sangha of Iowa City and Unitarian Universalist Buddhist Sangha are co-sponsoring a Day of Mindfulness from 9 a.m. (check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.) to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 2, 2019, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2355 Oakdale Road, Coralville, Iowa. The theme is “The Art of Mindfulness: Transforming Stress and Difficult Emotions Even in the Midst of Challenges," which will explore some of the simple but effective mindfulness tools available for reducing suffering and grounding ourselves during turbulent times. The day will be led by Jack Lawlor, a Dharma teacher ordained by Zen Master Thích Nhất Hạnh. Registration information here. PLEASE NOTE: Because this event coincides with the first Saturday of the month, we are cancelling Walking Meditation in Hickory Hill Park for that day. We'll resume on Saturday, April 6.
  • The Winding Path Sangha Women’s Group meets at different times twice each month, offering a morning and evening option. The group meets at 9:30 a.m. on the second Friday of each month and at 5:30 p.m. on the fourth Friday each month, both times at the High Grounds Cafe, 310 E. Market St., Iowa City. All are welcome, regardless whether you’re part of the Winding Path Sangha. For more information, contact Kimberly at phryne43@gmail.com.
  • The Winding Path Sangha Mindful Men's Group meets 8 a.m. on the second and fourth Sundays of each month at the Bread Garden Market, 225 S. Linn St. The group is for anyone who wants to be more present and compassionate in their lives, providing support, reflection, conversation, laughter, and lasting friendship. All are welcome. More at https://www.meetup.com/meditate-in-Iowa-City/events/wdtwzpyxlbjc/.

For detailed information about upcoming events, please visit our Calendar or our Meetup page.

Thích Nhất Hạnh, or 'Thay'

"The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers." Thích Nhất Hạnh