In a retreat April 2012, a dharma teacher suggested to Nomi Redding she could found a sangha (practice community) in Lawrence with the seeds of a monthly meditation group she was convening at that time. Over the summer she brainstormed first with Amy Bertrand and they were joined by four others, including Chuck Fantz, for our first organizing committee. An agreement was signed with Unity of Lawrence for space and the first weekly afternoon practice was held September 7, 2012 with facilitators Amy, Chuck, and Nomi. Kassie Nieters attended the first sangha practice with her friend, Linda Varberg, and became the third facilitator the following year when Amy’s work schedule changed.
Currently serving on our Caretaking Council are: Nomi, Chuck, Kassie, Ann Alexander, and Margaret Rose. We appreciate past facilitators Janet Gerstner, Judy Sasser, and Linda English, and their many contributions to our group. We honor fondly Judy’s memory as well as that of Linda Varberg, whose generous contribution led to our Lending Library. From the 2012 retreat forward we were ably mentored and received compassionate and concrete support from Bethany and David Klug with Heartland Community of Mindful Living.