Charlottesville Meditation for People of Color

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Regular meditation promotes greater balance, ease, and peace of mind. It can be helpful during moments of stress, when you feel the need to reboot, find stillness and to breathe. Mindfulness is about being fully present in the moment and the breath I can be an anchor to the here and now.

This meditation session will offer a safe space for people of color to pause and draw on our collective wisdom for deep healing.

Cost: This is being offered by donation with support from the insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville. 

Our Meditation Leaders:

Doreen Bonnet is a SoulCollage® facilitator, a Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner, and a doula with the Birth Sisters of Charlottesville. She is a graduate of the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, Inner Visions Institute of Spiritual Development, and an ordained minister through Awakening Together, a universal assembly of peers dedicated to recognizing and embracing universal wisdom regardless of the form in which it appears. Her primary meditation style is awareness watching awareness.

Mack McLellan Jr. is a Baltimore native who moved to Charlottesville in 2016. Before moving to Charlottesville, Mack earned a B.A. in Sociology from the University of MD, College Park in 2004 and a Master’s of Social Work degree from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work in 2012. In 2014, he began yoga and mindfulness training with Holistic Life Foundation, Inc. and became the Director of Outreach and Education for HLF in 2015. Mack has combined his knowledge of Social Work, Yoga and Mindfulness to serve the citizens of Charlottesville in a multitude of ways. Currently, Mack is the Mindfulness Instructor at Woodbrook Elementary School.

Benita Mayo RYT 200 – In 2006, during one of many diet & exercise endeavors, Benita was introduced to yoga by her personal trainer. She was drawn to yoga for the physical benefits and didn’t expect it would completely transform her life. She completed her Yoga Teacher training at Sol Yoga in Frederick MD and has additional certifications in Trauma Informed Yoga and Yoga for All. Benita is passionate about holistic health, wellness and life balance; and strives to make yoga accessible to every-BODY. Benita uses her experience as both a larger-bodied yoga student and teacher to partner with her students to make classes welcoming and inclusive. Benita is a native of Virginia and received her BA from the University of Virginia. Benita is a Fine Art Photographer, enjoys traveling and riding her bicycle on the many Virginia trails. Benita teaches Slow Flow, Gentle and Yin.