Schedule of Groups

Wherever possible the venues we use are wheelchair accessible, but please contact us before booking for a retreat or attending a group. Please also contact us if you have any other particular needs so that we can discuss ways of meeting them. Chairs are available at all of our venues. We welcome feedback on how we can be more inclusive as this is a core value for us.

Open Meditation Session

  • Tuesdays 7:30-9.30 pm

This group is not affiliated to any particular Buddhist tradition but is a simple space for meditation and discussion.

  • Contact: Jiva 07717 718 385  or Malcolm 07891 606 298

Jiva Masheder

Forest Sangha Group

  • 1st & 3rd Wednesdays 7.30-9.30 pm

Drawing inspiration from the Thai Forest Theravadan Buddhist tradition, based in Chithurst Buddhist Monastery and Amaravati Buddhist Monastery.

Sessions generally consist of a short opening chant, followed by meditation and discussion. We sometimes have visitors from the monastic community.

  • Contact: Corky 07 427 627 563.

Corky Vale

LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Queer) Group

  • 2nd and 4th Thursday 5.30-7:00 pm.

A welcoming space in which to share meditation practice and explore teachings from different traditions.

Sheila Roche

Just Sitting

  • Every Thursday morning at 730-820 am

The ‘Just Sitting’ group is an early morning hour of stillness and silence as the city wakes up.

The group is facilitated by Zen Buddhist monk, Mathew Cunningham

(who also co-runs the Brighton Soto Zen Group).

There is no guidance or shared method; Each person sitting in their own practice, supported by the stillness and presence of others. This support is both simple and profound. We keep each other upright and focused, just by being there.

Anyone is welcome - from any tradition, any religion or no religion.

Please arrive between 7:15 and 7:25. Doors will close at 7:28

If you have any questions, please contact: Mathew: 07707 277 352  email

Mathew Cunningham

Alternate Saturdays: Awakened Heart Meditation Group

We offer meditation teaching and exploration of how meditation and awareness can manifest in our everyday life. This group explores themes from  Lama Shenpen's teaching to the Awakened Heart Sangha, 'Living the Awakened Heart'  You can find out more at .

Lama Shenpen is founder of the Awakened Heart Sangha. Following meditation instruction from Trungpa Rinpoche, Karma Thinley Rinpoche, Bokar Rinpoche and Kalu Rinpoche, she took ordination as a nun from HH 16th Karmapa in India, who subsequently asked her to return to the West to teach. Her approach to meditation is based on the essence of the Tibetan Mahamudra and Dzogchen traditions, adapted to be accessible to students in the west. There is more information about Lama Shenpen at

The group is led by Ian Mackenzie (Sherab Dorjay), one of Lama Shenpen's senior students. Please contact Ian on to find out more about the group and the themes it explores.

 All sessions at Studio iO at 3 Queen's Place, Brighton, BN1 4JY from 11:15 am to 1:15 pm unless otherwise stated.


Feb 01, 15 and 29

Mar 14 and 28

Apr 11 and 25

May 09 23

Jun 20

Looking forward to seeing you there.


Sherab Dorjay