The guiding committee was formed in 2009 to help make the transition from our ten year meeting space in the Oliver’s home to a more public space. We reviewed possible locations, evaluated costs and tradeoffs, selected Madrona MindBody Institute as the new home for the sangha, and managed the many details of changing to the new location.
The goal of the guiding committee is to chart a course for the sangha that enhances our meditation practices while acknowledging that everyone has different experiences and preferences. The committee facilitates the business of the sangha including retreat scheduling, discussion form and topic planning, and how to spend the dana we collect for the sangha. Guiding committee members make sure that the rents are paid, the doors unlocked, and that everyday business is taken care of.
The guiding committee meets as needed, at least quarterly, to take care of any necessary business, consider suggestions and set the schedule for the months ahead.
The guiding committee seeks input from the sangha in several ways. Periodically a Wednesday evening is dedicated to a “talking stone” with the opportunity for everyone to tell us what they wish. We also invite sangha members to contact the guiding committee or its members in person, by email, or by phone. Your thoughts are wanted.
The guiding committee has six members. As existing members leave, new people are brought in. The only requirements for guiding committee members is that they be active in the sangha, have a regular sitting practice and have attended one or more residential retreats in the Vippassana tradition. If you are interested in serving on the guiding committee let one of us know.
Current guiding committee members are:
We appreciate the contributions of past members: