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Alphabet Sangha: Mindfulness Gathering for the LGBTQ+ Community in Charlottesville

lgbtq sanghaMindfulness meditation has been shown to be healing for the whole body, on a neurological, immunological, and psychological level.
Dallas Ducar, organizer of qRN at UVA and of this gathering, notes that, “As a psychiatric nurse, I have seen LGBTQ+ persons suffer from poor mental health due to lack of a community, a place to consistently call home. The Alphabet Sangha is an opportunity to change this, to sit in community, in a safe space.”

Radical Inclusiveness

The group operates on a principle of radical inclusivity, which means creating a space where everyone is welcome and feels safe to practice and experience community. All people from all beliefs and traditions are welcome.
“We model ourselves off of the East Bay Meditation Center in San Francisco,” Ducar explains. “We believe that inviting communities into something as intimate as a collective sacred space must be done with a deep commitment to creating the conditions for inclusivity to flourish.”

Peaceful Space

Ducar invites people to sit can enjoy ease, creativity, and be in a space where you can relax and feel pleasure. This is a chance to get out of ‘flight or fight’ mode, even if it is what has served someone to survive. It is an opportunity to no longer have to fight to survive and be seen.
Along with meditation, we will also have opportunities to engage in meaningful dialogue and foster new ways to engage in social justice and revolutionary thought.

Overview & Details of the Sangha

  • This is a diverse, multicultural community, committed to social justice and to maintaining a Sangha that’s led by and for people of all races, ethnicities, classes, genders, abilities, sizes and ages.
  • Open to people at all levels of practice. Simple beginning meditation instructions are always offered. If you have specific questions about meditation, a teacher is usually available to answer questions.
  • Mondays, every other week
  • 6-7 PM
  • McLeod Room 2025 (Resiliency Room)
  • Parking is available in the McLeod Garage.

Sponsored by the Compassionate Care Initiative and IDEA.


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