Peace is every step.

Breathe, you are online.

Welcome to the Winding Path Sangha in Iowa City, Iowa, founded in the Plum Village tradition of Vietnamese teacher Thích Nhất Hạnh, or 'Thay', in 2016.

We know you are there and we are happy.


  • Sangha member Janis Russell is going to hold a special "fire meditation" night at her house, 1107 Rochester Ave, Iowa City, from 6-7 p.m. Monday, November 21. Gathered around a fire pit, weather permitting, or on her front porch otherwise, participants will listen to one of Thay's guided meditations, hear a reading, and take part in Dharma sharing.


We have recently made some changes to our event schedule and to the way we communicate to you about Sangha events (for one thing, we are no longer using Meetup). For the latest, most accurate event information, please visit our calendar page and subscribe to our emails list (see the link to the right) so we can alert you about changes, cancellations, and new opportunities.

Here are some of our ongoing gatherings:

  • In-Person Meditation: 7 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of every month. We meet in the St. Francis Chapel (second floor) of Trinity Episcopal Church in Iowa City from 7-8 p.m. IMPORTANT: Because Trinity requires its front door to be locked at all times, we try to have a volunteer staff it from about 10 minutes to 7 until about 5 minutes after. If you arrive a few minutes after that or don't see anyone at the door, please press the doorbell near the entrance and (hopefully) we'll hear you and can come let you in. Unfortunately, once we begin meditation (usually by 7:10 or 7:15 p.m.), we won't be able to let you in.

  • Online Meditation: 7 p.m. on the second, fourth, and occasional fifth Wednesday of every month. Via Zoom. Click here for the link. (Here's a mnemonic to help you remember when we meeting in-person and when we meet online: "First and Third Meet in the Room; Other Wednesdays Hop on Zoom!")

  • Walking Meditation at Hickory Hill Park (Conklin Lane Entrance): 10 a.m. on the first and third Saturday of every month. NOTE: As of July 2022 this is a new location for the third Saturday walk, which used to gather at Terry Trueblood.

  • Men's Group (usually online; occasionally in person): 8 a.m. the fourth Sunday of every month. Click here for the Zoom link.

  • The Winding Path Sangha Women’s Group meets at 5:30 p.m. on the second Friday of each month on the patio at Harvest Preserve. 1645 N. Scott Blvd, Iowa City. The gathering is an opportunity for women to get to know one another, explore their meditation and mindfulness practices, and build a sense of community. All are welcome, regardless whether you’re part of the Winding Path Sangha. For more information, contact Melinda at

Thank you for practice, your friendship, and your smile.


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"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