Meditation Groups

Meditation groups in the San Francisco Bay Area

Sitting regularly with a group and teacher is one of the strongest supports for deepening spiritual practice. This is not an exhaustive list. Please let me know if you know any and you want to add them.

Most are evening groups — always check the websites for times & updates. Most are on dāna (Pāli for “generosity”, in this case referring to the classes inviting donations instead of charging a fixed price).


Monday Night Dharma, led by Anushka Fernandopulle
7-8:45pm, CIIS, SF (1453 Mission, San Francisco, Rm 216)

Meditation & Dharma Talk, led by Matthew Brensilver & Gene Lushtak
7:30-9pm, Against the Stream, SF (2701 Folsom, San Francisco)

Heart of Light Meditation, Mike McGarry
6:30-8:15pm, East Bay Healing Collective, (1840 Alcatraz, Berkeley)

Infinite Smile Sangha
7:30 pm-9pm Lafayette Christian Church 584 Glenside Drive Lafayette, CA 94549



Insight Meditation Satsang, led by Sean Feit
7:45-9:30pm, Yoga Tree, 2807 Telegraph, Berkeley

Mission Dharma, led by Howard Cohn
7:30-9pm, St. John’s Episcopal Church (1661 15th St, San Francisco)

Oakland Shambhala
8-9:30pm, Temescal Arts Center (511 48th St, Oakland)
Meditation with eyes open but you can close them

Walnut Creek Sitting Group, led by Ernie Isaacs
[THIRD Tue of each month]
7:30-9:15pm, Unity Center, 1871 Geary Road, Walnut Creek

Mindfulness & Meditation, led by Gary Gach (Thich Nhat Hanh style)
[morning] 9-10:30am, Aquatic Park Senior Center (890 Beach Street, San Francisco) [free]

Buddhist Temple of Marin
7:30pm 390 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941

Monks from Abhayagiri monastery (Thai Forest tradition) [FIRST Tue of each month]
Berkeley Buddhist Monastery (2304 McKinley, Berkeley)


Pacific Zen (works with koans, low key and friendly group)
David Weinstein, Ilana Berger and other teachers
7-9pm 5463 College Avenue, Oakland, Ca 94618

Mindfulness Meditation, various teachers
7:30-9pm, Yoga Kula, Berkeley (1700 Shattuck) [class price: $10-$17]

Wednesday Night Mindfulness Meditation Series

Berkeley Shambhala, Practice Night
6:30-8:30pm, Berkeley Shambhala Center, 2288 Fulton St, Ste 202, Berkeley

Oakland Against the Stream (formerly Dharma Punks)
7:00-8:30, 111 Fairmount Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

Metta Dharma Foundation, led by Richard Shankman
7:15-9:15pm, St. Clement’s, 2837 Claremont, Berkeley, enter at the rear of the building


SF Insight, led by Pamela Weiss, Trip Weil or guest
7-9pm, First Unitarian Universalist, SF (1187 Franklin at Geary, SF)


Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley, led by James Baraz, Kate Munding, or guest
7:30-9:30pm, Berkeley Buddhist Monastery (2304 McKinley, Berkeley)


Against the Stream, led by Michael Taft
5:30-7pm, Against the Stream (2701 Folsom, San Francisco)

Home New


Open Sitting Group, rotating teachers
6:30-8:30pm, East Bay Meditation Center (EBMC), Oakland (285 17th St, Oakland)


Against the Stream (ATS), led by Vinny Ferraro
7:30-9pm, Against the Stream (2701 Folsom, San Francisco)

Home New


Saturday Night Sangha, peer-led
6-7:30pm, East Bay Healing Collective, 1840 Alcatraz, Berkeley



Pacific Zen (works with koans, low key and friendly group)
(morning) various roshis
9:30am-12pm 5463 College Avenue, Oakland, Ca 94618

SF Insight, led by Eugene Cash
7-9pm, First Unitarian Universalist, SF (1187 Franklin at Geary, SF)

Dharmata, led by Anam Thubten
[morning] 10am-12:15pm, Dhyana Hall (235 Washington Ave, Point Richmond) Every other week usually. Check the website before you go!


Aloha Vihara Nuns
[3rd Sun of each month] 7:30-9pm, Berkeley Buddhist Monastery (2304 McKinley, Berkeley)

Alameda Sangha, led by Pauletta Chanco, Rebecca Dixon, and Deb Kerr
7-9pm, United Methodist, Alameda (2311 Buena Vista Ave, Alameda)

Sunday Sangha, led by Will Kabat-Zinn VERY popular
7-9pm, Ashtanga Yoga, 933 Parker Street, #38, BAY 5, Berkeley

Marin Sangha, led by Phillip Moffitt or guests
6-8pm, St. Luke Presbyterian (10 Bayview Dr, San Rafael)


Berkeley Buddhist Priory (closed Mondays)
Sittings at 6:30am, 11:15am, 7:30pm
1358 Marin Avenue, Albany, CA 94706
Dharma Talk Wednesdays at 8pm

Berkeley Zen Center, Sojun Mel Weitsman and others
1929 Russell St, Berkeley
BZC has practice every day, 5:40am, noon and 5:40pm and a larger practice period on Saturday mornings


Also check

Rudramandir, Berkeley
Satsang on Tuesdays and Thursday nights

Wisdom Sun
Noe Valley, SF. (Classes & retreats, no ongoing group)

Buddhist Insight Network
BIN hosts the database for Insight Meditation groups worldwide.


Spirit Rock Meditation Center

A beautiful and powerful place for retreat practice. Also hosts classes & workshops. They have a strong scholarship program, teen program, programs for committed practitioners, and more.

Insight Retreat Center (Scott’s Valley, Santa Cruz)
You have to apply a few months in advance but retreat is fully by donation. Very compatible to Spirit Rock. Not as big of a campus but everything else is fine.

Cloud Mountain (WA):

SF Zen Center, Green Gulch, Tassajara (CA):

Deer Park Monastery (CA):

Deer Park Monastery was established by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh to share the practice of mindful living.

Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center