Join our group to practise insight meditation in a friendly setting. We also share our interest and experience of the practices, values and ideas of the Buddhist tradition – the dharma.

What we practise: we generally practise insight meditation in the tradition of Gaia House and London Insight Meditation.

Where we meet: the chapel at the YMCA Club, 112 Great Russell Street, WC1B 3NQ (view map). Nearest Tube: Tottenham Court Road. Chairs and cushions available; wheelchair-accessible. See info about finding the chapel once you are at the YMCA.

When we meet: each Tuesday, 7 – 8.30 pm. Please join our mailing list to hear about the occasional breaks when we do not meet. There can be a short queue at the YMCA reception, where you will need to sign in as a guest, so please arrive by around 6.50. Please do not enter the chapel before 7 – there is a seating area on the same floor as the chapel where you are welcome to wait if you arrive early.

The group is free, and donations to the YMCA are welcome: the YMCA very generously allows us to use their chapel free of charge. However at each session there will be an invitation to make an optional donation to the YMCA’s charitable projects. If you cannot afford to make any donation, you are still 100% welcome at the group.

We are a peer group, meeting without a teacher. Regular members of the group volunteer to facilitate. Each meeting includes a guided meditation (20-30 minutes), discussion time, and a short silent meditation.

We are a drop-in group, with some people coming regularly and others only occasionally. There’s no need to tell us when you’re coming – but please do join our mailing list to receive news of the occasional weeks we’re not meeting. Visitors to London are welcome to join us.

We whole-heartedly welcome all, irrespective of religious or political belief, gender, sexuality, age, class, ethnicity, nationality or disability.  The venue is fully wheelchair-accessible. We warmly welcome people of all spiritual traditions or none and we do not seek to convert.  We are pleased if participants in our sessions find insight meditation a way to a deeper engagement with their own tradition.

Have any questions? Please see our FAQs or email us at sittinggroup1@gmail.com – we’ll be happy to help.