Calgary & Area Sitting Groups

Bodhi Sangha
Coordinated by Frank Laxshimalla. Inspired by DIY Sangha, by Noah Levine. We are a Theravada Buddhist sangha following in line with the Thai Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah.
Meets: Every Sunday - check the website in case of changes
Time: 10 - 11:30 AM
We start with a sitting, followed by a listening to a recorded Dhamma talk by the likes of Ajahn Brahm, Thanissaro Bhikku, Ajahn Sona, Sharon Salzberg, etc. and then have a short discussion after.
Location: 4935 - 20 Ave. NW in Montgomery

Calgary Theravadin Meditation Society
Teacher: Anne Mahoney
Meets: Typically 1st and 3rd Wednesdays each month - check the website for dates in case of changes.
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Location: #3, 1922 - 9 Ave. SE (in Inglewood)
Cost: By dana (donation) 

Wellness Through Mindfulness
1st Tuesday and 3rd or 4th Thursday of every month - check website to confirm dates
Time: 7:15 - 9:15 PM
Location: Shaganappi Community Association, 2516 - 14 Ave. SW
Cost: no charge
Contact: from website

Alberta Deepening Practice Program

ADPP Participants Heather Martin Retreat Register Here

September 2017 – June 2019 - PROGRAM IS FULL

This program is led by Heather Martin, with senior students in Calgary and Edmonton facilitating monthly groups. Over the 21 months, this program includes monthly homework, monthly group meetings, 2 non-residential retreats in Calgary, 2 in Edmonton, and 2 week-long residential retreats in Calgary (summers of 2018 & 2019). Suitable for participants with meditation experience and interest in Dharma study. Participants are asked to commit to attending the meetings and the retreats.

Our explorations are based on three areas:

  • Mindfulness, based on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness.

  • Friendliness (Metta) practices;

  • Engaging actively in this world with and from our Buddhist understandings and perspective.

Questions? For info, contact

Heather Martin Recordings

(For groups in Bragg Creek, Canmore or elsewhere in Alberta, see here)

Calgary IMS Drop-in Meditation Group

Why join a meditation group?

Being part of a regular meditation group (or community 'sangha') is one of the best ways to maintain and deepen your practice and connect with a community of friends with interests in exploring meditation and spiritual practices and values. We aim to create a relaxed and supportive space to practice - everyone's welcome!

How does it work?

We meet twice per month - the 2nd Thursday and 4th Tuesday of each month - on the 2nd floor of Christ Church Elbow Park (3602 - 8 St. SW). Drop in! No need to register. Meetings consist of a meditation period, a Dharma talk, time for discussion and Q & A, with a few short (optional) chants at the beginning and end of the meeting.

Upcoming Dates: Thursdays - no meeting over the summer. See you Sept. 12! Tuesdays - May 28, June 25 (with Ayya Medhanandi in the Crump Room, 1st floor), July 23, no meeting in August, Sept. 24, Oct. 22, Nov. 26. To receive e-mail reminders, e-mail and ask to be put on our sangha e-mail list.

Thursday group - 7:30 - 8:45 PM: For new meditators as well as more experienced practitioners. Meditation instruction is offered, with shorter meditation periods depending on the experience-level of the evening's participants.

Tuesday group - 7:30 - 9:00 PM: Meditation periods are from 40 - 45 minutes, most often not guided, and Dharma talks may include more advanced topics than the Thursday group, so Tuesdays are more suitable for experienced meditators or newer meditators looking for a challenge.

Cost: Meetings are offered on a 'pay what you can' basis to cover the cost of the facility and to support the teachers, with a suggested amount of $10. No one will be turned away if unable to contribute this amount

Refuge Recovery Beltline
Refuge Recovery Beltline offerss a program of recovery from all types of addiction and suffering. Using Buddhism's Four Noble Truths and The Eightfold Path as its main inspiration and guiding philosophy, meetings are based on the book Refuge Recovery: A Buddhist Path to Addiction Recovery, by Noah Levine.
Meetings: There are a number of meeting types and times. Please see the website for details.
Location: Community Wise Resource Centre, 223 - 12th Ave. SW
Check signs in building for room location.
Cost: A donation is requested, but not required for attendance