Teacher-Led Mindfulness Meditation Retreats on the IOW

Susann Herrmann

Susann Herrmann, Dipl. Psych. (MA)
Co-Founder of London Meditation


Sunday Morning
Community Sitting Group

Who Owns the Weather?

" Is there anyone inside this body-mind
who is doing the talking, doing the hearing, doing the thinking,
making the choices, performing the actions?

Is there anyone directing the show?

Is there anyone in control of what is arising and appearing?

Is there any owner of the so-called internal weather, someone who is responsible for it?

Is there any fundamental difference between a thunderstorm and a burst of anger,
or between a cloudy day and a wave of depression or a moment of anxiety?"

Joan Tollifson,
from Painting the Sidewalk with Water;
adapted, abridged

An ongoing invitation to build a community...

The Community Sitting Group is an intimate way for practitioners to come together on a weekly basis to sit, practice and study. The mornings include a period of sitting meditation practice, followed by a talk and then a facilitated group inquiry process (in smaller or larger groups).

We invite you to join us in building this mindful community, wherever you are based and regardless of your practice history so far. As a newcomer to mindfulness or a long-time practitioner or trainee, it is a valuable opportunity to invite curiosity, connection and insight into the group, allowing us to connect with people of all different backgrounds.

If you are curious about joining our Community Sitting Group, you are welcome to join for a four-week period and continuing to be a part of this group for as long as you would like to.

We invite openness, and a certain level of commitment, in helping us to shape this practice community into a truly enriching experience for everyone who comes into contact with it – either briefly or over a longer time.

How will we meet?

We will meet together on a weekly basis using the OnlineLIVE platform (via Zoom conference calling) from wherever you are based.

All you will need is a computer or laptop (with camera, if possible) and reliable internet connection – all details and a link to join the call will be sent via email when you sign up.

Structure of our Sunday morning meetings

The formal session last for 90 minutes – except for the first session of each block of four sessions, which will be 15 minutes longer.

  • The online meeting space will be open: from 9.00am onwards
  • Formal session: 9.30 - 11.00am
    • Welcome & Introduction
    • 25min Sitting Meditation Practice
    • 5min Walking / Movement Practice (possibility of using the bathroom)
    • Short inspirational talk on different subjects related to our practice
    • Group inquiry process
    • 15min Sitting Meditation Practice
  • The online meeting space will be open: until 11.30am

The 30 minutes either side of the formal session is a possibility to share something with each other or just have a chat. In these informal settings, many precious connections are often made and maintained, especially when we are sharing so many experiences together.

Your Facilitator/Teacher:

Susann Herrmann, CPsychol./OccupPsychol. (MA)

Susann has been meditating for more than 25 years and deepens her regular meditation practice each year by attending various retreats, trainings and groups.

She teaches from her decades of being a meditator and her academic understanding as a psychologist.

Susann is a personal student of Melissa Myozen Blacker, Roshi,
and a member of the Boundless Way Zen Temple in Worcester, Massachusetts.
The Temple is an affiliate of Boundless Way Zen, a multilineage school of Zen Buddhism.

Community Sitting Group Details

Participants are invited to book a block of four sessions at a time, to maintain consistency in the group over a period of time. Anyone is more than welcome to book more than one block, to keep up a long-term regular sitting group.

Newcomers will be able to join the group at the start of each four weeks.

  • Dates for March group:
    – Mar 04, Mar 11, Mar 18, Mar 25

    Time: Sun 9.30 - 11am GMT/UTC (London) – the first session will be 15min longer
    If you are in a different time zone,
    please use a time zone converter to determine your local time.

    Cost: £ 45
    Location: OnlineLIVE

  • Dates for April / May group:
    – Apr 08, Apr 15, Apr 22, May 06

    Time: Sun 9.30 - 11am BST (London) – the first session will be 15min longer
    If you are in a different time zone,
    please use a time zone converter to determine your local time.

    Cost: £ 45
    Location: OnlineLIVE

We very much look forward to sitting with you!

If you have any questions please call 020 3137 1358 or send an email.