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  Classes with Mark Hart

Mark Hart has practiced Insight Meditation since 1981, studying primarily at Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA.  Since 2000 has also studied with teachers of non-dual awareness, including Adyashanti, and has incorporated that into his teaching.  He is guiding teacher of the Bodhisara Dharma Community in Amherst, Massachusetts, on the teacher’s council at Insight Pioneer Valley in Easthampton, and adjunct religious advisor to Buddhist students at Amherst College. He holds a Ph.D in theology from Boston College, an MA in Counseling from Seattle University, and has a private practice of psychotherapy in Amherst.

Sunday Morning Sitting Group

Each meeting of the Sunday Morning Sitting Group includes 45 minutes of sitting and 45 minutes of conversation in which we share, in a context of spiritual friendship, our own exploration of truth and freedom in our lives. Not a teacher-led group.  Please arrive on time and leave promptly as a courtesy to the group and the host. The group usually meets on Sundays 10:00-11:30 a.m. at Micky McKinley's home, 114 Ripley Rd, Montague - but not always if she is away. If you are interested in attending, please contact Mickey beforehand to be certain of the venue and to as if there is currently space in the group. She can be reached at 413-367-9791 or at

Tuesday Evening Meditation Courses

Registration Form: If you are taking any of the Tuesday evening courses, please contact Mark at

Living Moment-to-Moment

A (Re-) Introduction to Meditation

Tuesday evenings, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
September 18 - October 23
The Cadigan Center, Amherst College
Suggested Donation: $75

Most of us inhabit a world constructed by our thoughts, in which little of the immediate reality peaks through. This course introduces (or re-introduces) the skill of living in the present moment, not entangled with thoughts and images that take us beyond our immediate experience. We will also learn how to step back from ideas of future and past we are holding and see them clearly as images, ideas, and beliefs. The class is suitable for both beginners and those already familiar with the practice. Each class includes and informal mix of instruction and discussion tailored to the current questions, difficulties, and interests of the class members as well as 20-30 minutes of guided meditation practice. Students who will gain the most benefit for the class are those who attend all classes and commit themselves to practicing meditation for at least 20 minutes daily.


Tuesday evenings 7:30-9 PM
October 30 - December 18
Cadigan Center, 38 Woodside Ave in Amherst
Suggested donation: $100

What does it mean to live with integrity and how does one do it? This course explores these questions and how they can be answered through a body-centered contemplative practice. In relation to this topic, we will also explore the process of discernment as well as how to allow the mind to rest in non-conceptual presence. Each class will include an informal mix of instruction and discussion tailored to the current questions, difficulties, and interests of the class members as well as 30 minutes of meditation.

Google Map Direction to Cadigan Center
Written directions below

Directions to the Cadigan Center for Religious Studies, Amherst College
  The Cadigan Center, 38 Woodside Avenue, Amherst is not on the main part of the campus but west of Route 116/South Pleasant Street by one block. Starting from the traffic light at the intersection of Route 9 and South Pleasant street by the Amherst Common, go west on Route 9 (toward Hadley and Northampton) and take the first left. Go down to the end of the block and the Cadigan Center is on your left just before you come to the intersection with Walnut Street. Coming from Hadley on Route 9 go past the Amherst College fields coming up the hill toward the common. Woodside is the right turn after Orchard St. the last right before the traffic light.

There is no parking on Woodside until you drive past the intersection with Walnut street. So don't park on the street in front of Cadigan. Keep going to park on the street. You may park at the Cadigan Center off the street, either in the circular driveway or on the side. Parking will take a little getting used to but there is plenty. It is also a brief walk from downtown.

Being with (your) Nature Rising: A Meditation and Hiking Retreat to the Top of Mount Mansfield

Friday evening, Oct 5 to Sunday morning, Oct 7
Staying at Underhil State Park, Mt Mansfield, VT
Cost: $95 plus dana for the teacher, Mark Hart

Many of use are familiar withe the typica retreat format of alternationg periods of siting and walking meditation. On this retreat, "walking meditation" will be a little bit different. Instead of walking back and forth on 20 foot line in a meditation hall or on a grassy path, our "walking meditation" will take us to the top of one of Vermont's most beautiful mountains.

We will maintain the traditional 45 minutes alternating siting-walking schedule with a mid-day silent lunch period which for most retreaters will be at the top of the mountain. Every 45 minutes, you will either sit wherever you happen to be on the mountain-side or you will silently continue you rek (at your own pace) toward the top of the mountain. By Saturday dinner, people will have been to the summit and returned. This will be a "silent retreat" (accept during group meetings) Saturday AM through Sunday AM.

Click here to Register or contact Peter Corbett at or 413-695-7096