In a retreat April, 2012, a dharma teacher suggested to Nomi Redding she could start 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 Nomi, Amy, and Chuck.
Several months later the monthly evening practice was added to provide opportunity for people to recite the Five Mindfulness Trainings. 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, Linda English, Ann Alexander, Margaret Rose, and adjunct Jeannie Houts. We appreciate past facilitators Janet Gerstner and Judy Sasser who made invaluable contributions to our group, and honor fondly Judy’s memory as well as that of Linda Varberg, whose generous contribution led to our Lending Library. From the retreat forward we have been ably mentored and received compassionate and concrete support from Bethany and David Klug with Heartland Community of Mindful Living in Kansas City.