The Free Community Meditation Group of Gainesville, Florida meets regularly every Friday at 8:45am at Sanctuary Yoga (530 North Main Street).


The YESPLUS - Happiness Program at the University of Florida


YES!+ Gators invites you to the Yesplus - Happiness Program with Annelies Richmond of New York, an amazing and charming personality and a full-time teacher of the Art of Living Happiness and the YES! for schools and YES!+ programs.

April 9-13 (6 PM - 9.30 PM on weekdays, 10 AM - 3 PM on weekends)
Reitz Union, University of Florida

Whether you are some professional, an athlete, an artist, a meditation-pro or just an individual seeking peace and purpose, this is going to be a celebration that you cannot miss!

Here are a few things you’ll learn on Yesplus:

  • Success without Stress 
  • Focus - learn how to make your mind ninja-sharp 
  • Inspiration and Community Impact - Be the change you want to see
  • Energy - learn unique techniques to boost your energy and productivity
  • Empowerment - we all have hidden skills and talents, when we break through the barriers of stress, we rise to new levels
  • Connection – meet an empowered and thriving new community, make deep friendships (yes, in four days!) and take existing friendships to a whole new level
  • Leadership – learn tricks for connection, interpersonal skills, communication, and inspiration
  • Overcome Fears - get over old memories and fears
  • Feel awesome - learn yoga, breathing and meditation skills to suck the stress out of every cell of your body!

Register yourself here
Find more information at

If you have any questions, feel free to email or call/text 352-871-2394 

You can also plan to attend one of our free introductory seminars. Find more information at

YES+ Gators Hosts Art of Living Course, October 9th - 13th

YES+ Gators will be hosting an Art of Living course, October 9th - 13th.

This course will be focused on developing the technique of Sudarshan Kriya, a breath-centered technique useful in managing stress and difficult emotions. This technique can also be helpful in maintaining a greater energy level.

Please register in advance.

Dates: October 9-13 (Wed-Sunday)

Venue: Reitz union, University of Florida

Timings: 6:30pm -10:00pm on weeknights and 10am-4pm on weekends

For additional information, please email or contact Nitin Garg at or call/text 817-404-7766.

Meditation Practice for Moms and Dads

Shana Smith is a Gainesville musician, chanting leader, meditation event organizer, and parent. She has been working steadily on the blog Meditation Practice for Moms and Dads. Shana shares anecdotes and insights here that any parent with a meditation or spiritual practice will appreciate. Even non-parents will enjoy her writing.

Here is an excerpt:

MEDITATION PRACTICE FOR MOMS AND DADS, Tip #23: Here in Florida, we talk about hurricanes a lot. The other day, my daughter was asking me about the eye of the hurricane. We talked about how it is supposed to be very beautiful and almost mystically calm when the eye passes over. She noted that “If a really big hurricane comes, I would just find my way to the eye and just stay in there.” My meddling monkey mind thought about this for a moment and chimed in: “Oh, no. The eye is right in the middle of it. You’d be stuck. How would you get out? What if you can’t stay there and the worst parts of the hurricane are right there? Best to get as far from the hurricane as possible.” My daughter’s response: “Momma, you can just stay in the eye until the hurricane eventually runs out of energy. Then you are never blown away, and you get to experience something really amazing.” Whoa. Never, EVER underestimate the natural Divine wisdom of a 9-year old. See you in the Eye.

Yoga and Meditation at UF: Sunday, September 29th

On Sunday, September 29th, YES+ Gators is organizing a special Yoga and Meditation session that will include Dance Yoga, Pranayama (breathing technique) and the Pancha Kosha (five sheaths) Meditation with Sai, a dynamic teacher from Tampa!

Entry is free! Come along with friends and family! Sept 29th, 10am in Matthews Suite, Reitz Union (4th floor), University of Florida.

Please RSVP if you would like to attend.

If you have any questions, please reach Tushar at the following phone number: (352) 871-2394.

Tuesday 7pm Breath Work and Meditation at Unity Church

A group has begun offering non-faith-based breath work and silent meditation at Unity Church, 8801 NW 39th Ave Gainesville, FL 32606.

Keith R. and Michelle M. are facilitators. Please call 352-284-6428 or 352-403-4742 for more information.

UPDATE: The Tuesday 7pm meditation group has been cancelled.

Also, please join the Gainesville Meditation Facebook Group to keep up with special events taking place in Gainesville since this group is updated more frequently than this tumblr page.

Help Gainesville. Share Your Meditation Story.

Gainesville supports a large community of individuals deeply committed to their personal wellness and spiritual practices. Meditation is a big part of many practitioner’s routines, and Gainesville offers many opportunities to learn how to meditate and to share time in meditation and personal reflection with others.

However, there are many in Gainesville that could benefit from a meditation practice. They may not have ever heard about meditation, don’t realize how beneficial it can be, or don’t realize that there are many opportunities to get started in their own hometown.

We thought it would be a good way to raise awareness of the benefits of meditation practice if residents of Gainesville that meditate could share their personal stories about how they got into meditation along with concrete examples of how meditation has helped them improve their own lives, their relationships with family and friends, and the way they deal with life in general. We would share these stories on

Please submit from a few sentences to no more than a few paragraphs regarding one or more of the following topics:

  • Why you started meditating
  • How you got started meditating
  • Any challenges you experienced along the way
  • How and where you meditate
  • The benefits you have received from meditation

You may choose to have your contribution published anonymously or publicly. If you do want to contribute publicly, consider including a picture of yourself. We may choose to edit your submission for length or clarity. We will confirm any edits with you before we publish your contribution.

Please email your contribution to

Zen Meditation Retreat with Ken Kessel, JDPSN

The Gateless Gate Zen Center will be hosting a formal Zen Meditation Retreat beginning Thursday, November 1st and ending Sunday, November 4th. More information here.

Free Community Meditation Group Evenings

Many have asked if the Free Community Meditation Group could meet evenings after 8pm. We have decided to start meeting evenings in addition to our usual Friday morning 8:45am meeting.

The Free Community Meditation Group will be meeting this Thursday September 20th at 8:30 pm. The following week and every week from then the Free Community Meditation Group will meet on Monday at 8:45pm.


Our goal is to support, learn from and teach any and all levels of practitioners interested in sitting meditation, beginners and old timers welcome!

All belief systems welcome. Are you new to meditation and want to learn how to start a practice? Join us!

Are you a seasoned practitioner steeped in tradition and wanting to share your knowledge and possibly add to your experience?

ALL levels of practitioners are welcome, even those with no previous meditation experience. Come help us explore different approaches and techniques for a seated practice and get centered before the weekend starts.