Schedule of Groups

Most of our groups are now on Zoom.

The Thursday morning 730 'Just Sitting' Zen group is meeting in person on New Rd above Leaders letting agency, and the Open Group is meeting on Wednesdays on Zoom at 730-930pm, in person once a month in central Brighton. Just sitting is not meeting 18th November.

The LGBTQ+ (Thursdays 530-7pm)  and Awakened Heart Sangha (Saturdays at 11am) are holding groups via Zoom, details below.

Wherever possible the venues (when we meet again in person) 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

  • Now running on Zoom and moved to Wednesdays 730pm-930.
  • We are now meeting in person once a month in central Brighton, please get in touch for details.
  • The format is usually: half an hour guided meditation, short break, half an hour unguided meditation, followed by an introduction to a Dharma theme and some sharing and discussion around that theme. The group will be usually led by Jiva, Malcolm or Nicky. We're  open to other suggestions - this is the Open Group so not tied to any tradition.
  • Contact: Jiva 07717 718 385  or Malcolm 07891 606 298

Jiva Masheder

Forest Sangha Group

  • Has merged with the Open Group and restarted on Zoom on Wednesdays 730pm.

Corky Vale

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

Currently running on Zoom, please get in touch for details.

  • Every Thursday 5.30-7:00 pm. We meet at Anahata, 119-120 Edward St, downstairs in the Studio (buzzer 6). A welcoming space in which to share meditation practice and explore teachings from different traditions.
  • Contact: Sheila 07 789 861 367  email: lgbtbodhi@gmail
  • please get in touch for the Zoom link

Sheila Roche

Just Sitting


  • Every Thursday morning at 730-820 am, restarting 5th August 2021. The ‘Just Sitting’ group is an early morning hour of stillness and silence as the city wakes up. The group is facilitated by Jake who is a lay zazen practitioner who welcomes those who wish to enjoy the community of sitting with others. 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. We meet at New Rd Psychotherapy Centre at 28 New Rd BN1 1UG, above Leaders letting agency. If you have any questions, please contact Jake: jakesubtropicsmith at  07963176760

Jake Smith

Awakened Heart Meditation Group

Currently online.

On-line Drop in Sessions (most alternate Saturdays 11:00 to 12:00 on line)

We will continue to offer on line drop in sessions throughout August.

Please email Sherab (Ian) at for dates and  if you'd like to be added to the group's mailing list,

Opening meditation (10 mins)
Brief checking in
Meditation (usually Formless Meditation) (30 mins)
Dedication and close

Our practice is mostly Formless Meditation as taught by Lama Shenpen Hookham.  If you're not familiar with this practice, please come along and we'll arrange a familiarisation session with you.

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:

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

Looking forward to seeing you there.


Sherab Dorjay