Ashley Sharp 500 E-RYT, is known for her wit, practicality, and tenderness as an instructor.  She teaches yoga, meditation and wisdom around the Bay Area including at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She has studied meditation in the United States, India, and Myanmar.  She has also trained in yoga nidra (a reclining meditation practice).  She completed the "Dedicated Practioner Program," (a two year intensive study and practice program) and the "Community Dharma Leader" (a two year teacher training) through Spirit Rock Meditation Center.  In addition to  teaching retreats internationally and local immersions and trainings, she has sat in silent meditation retreat for just about one year.

We are a group of people that meet weekly for community and meditation.  Our aim is to provide a place for us to meet with a foundation of non-harming to support each other in creating a more peaceful world.  Beginners are always welcome.  Each meeting will include meditation instructions, wisdom teachings and group discussion.  Meditation will be done in chairs.  The Insight Richmond meditation group welcomes all cultures and identities, and will offer meditation instruction and support for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly." 

Martin Luther King Jr

You might feel that you can't meditate because of an idea about yourself or about meditation.  However to meditate we start where we are -  with a busy mind or restless heart.  Mindfulness meditation is not about coming to a kind of blank thoughtless state - in actuality, it is not about coming into any particular state at all. Mindfulness meditation is way of observing and experiencing the totality of our experience moment by moment.  Mindfulness allows us to practice peace with everything that arises both during meditation and non-meditation times including impatience, grief or ease.  We unlearn our old habits of judging our thoughts, feelings and experiences while developing new habits of non-judgmental awareness.  When the mind is clear and free then wisdom and intuition arise naturally.

"There is no way to peace, peace is the only way." A.J. Muste

Mary Davis fell in love with meditation in 1997 and has practiced and studied in Tibetan traditions before coming to Insight Meditation ten years ago. She graduated from Spirit Rock's Community Dharma Leader program, and teaches beginning meditation at Mission Dharma in San Francisco as well as serves as President of its Board of Directors. Mary has taken the lead in bringing mindfulness classes and sitting groups for staff and physicians at Kaiser San Francisco where she works as an administrative manager.  She has been a proud resident of Richmond for the past 26 years.

Wednesday evenings from 6:30- 8pm
Open Door United Methodist Church. 
6226 Arlington Ave. Richmond.
Beginners Welcome!

Each evening includes meditation instructions, meditation, wisdom teachings and discussion

suggested donation: $5 - $20 
no one turned away for lack of funds

Insight Richmond

6:30-8pm Wednesday evenings  

6226 Arlington Blvd Richmond, CA

10/3: Mary
10/17: Mary
10/24: Patrick Brown
10/31: Fresh! (Lev) White
11/7: Ashley
11/14: Mary
11/21: TBD
​11/29: Dawn Haney