Drop-In Information

Pausing to meditate with a group, even for just 30 minutes, can support and refresh your practice.

Each week, we provide opportunities to engage in silent and guided meditation, as well as movement practice in a safe, comfortable environment.

Our goal is to offer opportunities to practice that are conveniently scheduled, low-cost, and approachable.

Getting Here

Doors open 10 minutes before the start time. Please arrive a few minutes early to settle in.

Unless otherwise noted, all offerings are held at the Studio, 529 Central Ave, Suite 201A, Pacific Grove, California. Street parking of 2 to 3 hours is available as posted on Central Avenue and the surrounding blocks. There is also limited 2-hour parking available in the lot behind the building. 

Registration & Payment

For any event designated as “drop-in,” there is no need to pre-register-- simply take note of an event on the calendar and attend! If you want to be sure to save a spot, visit the event on the calendar and sign up from there. 

You can pay for drop-ins in person when you arrive or buy your passes in advance. 

Refund Policy: Once a course has begun, refunds or transfers of registration are not available.


Weekly Drop-In Offerings

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Katie offers guided meditations: settle the body, attend to the breath, and allow open awareness. At the start time, the door will be closed, and latecomers won't be admitted. If you arrive for a drop-in and see the "Meditating" sign on the door, we've already begun...and we'll see you next time!

TuesdayS 12:15-12:45 pm

TuesdayS 7:15-7:45 PM

$5 (1 drop-in Credit)


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Marianne holds the space, offering the ringing of the bell at the beginning and end of this silent meditation. At the start time, the door will be closed, and latecomers won't be admitted. If you arrive for a drop-in and see the "Meditating" sign on the door, we've already begun...and we'll see you next time!

Wednesdays 12:15-12:45 PM

THursdays 12:15-12:45 PM

$5 (1 drop-in Credit)


Monthly Drop-In Offerings

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These meditation classes offer an experience of cultivating mindfulness, lovingkindness and compassion. Each class in this safe and comfortable setting will engage secular teaching, guided meditation practice, and time for questions. Facilitated by experienced meditation teacher and psychotherapist Marianne Rowe, these classes address specific topics related to bringing present moment awareness into daily life, in service of cultivating a sense of calm, connection, and well-being.

3rd Saturday of Each Month

9:30-10:30 AM

$10 (2 drop-in Credits)

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“The question of how to be in relationship is no other than the question of how to live.” -- John Welwood

What happens when we bring presence, authenticity and acceptance into our way of being with each other? What happens when we practice and play together in a way that cultivates compassionate awareness of ourselves, each other, and the world? What happens when we co-create a safe space for developing consciousness, connection, and community?

Come on over and find out. As we interweave mindfulness, compassion and relational practices, we will discover, explore and celebrate relationship at a deeper level. These “Games” are facilitated by Marianne Rowe, MS, a licensed marriage & family therapist, meditation practitioner & teacher, and trained facilitator of Authentic Relating Games & Integral Circling.

3rd Saturday of Each Month

11:00 AM-1:00 PM

$20 (4 drop-in Credits)

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In these fun, interactive games, parents and kids have the opportunity to discover what it’s like to relate to what’s happening within and around themselves through mindful awareness, curiosity and kindness. Each month, games and guided meditations will focus on cultivating a particular quality of being that supports the development of calmness, kindness, resilience and well-being. These events are facilitated by Marianne Rowe, MS, LMFT. As a Marriage and Family Therapist and founder of Mindful Education Project, Marianne has been teaching mindfulness to children and adults since 2007.

3rd Saturday of Each Month

1:00-2:30 PM

$10 per person (2 drop-in Credits)

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Notes:

  • These games are appropriate for kids ages 8 and up.
  • Parents are requested to accompany children under 12 years of age.

Qigong by the Ocean & Guided Meditation at Carmel River State Beach begins with Qigong movements which are gentle and restorative for the body, and very easy to learn. Then we move into a guided sitting (or lying) meditation. These events are facilitated by Katie Dutcher, MA, practitioner of meditation and mindfulness since 2009, practitioner of qigong since 2011, and qualified instructor of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. Since she was a small child, Katie has been enthralled and inspired by the natural world.

4th Saturday of Each Month

Jan. 27, Feb. 24, Mar. 24, Apr. 28

8:30-9:30 AM

$10 (2 drop-in Credits)

Notes:

  • Rain cancels-- please check our Facebook page if it’s rainy the morning of the event.
  • The beach can be cold and windy: please wear layers and bring a blanket!
  • For sitting or lying meditation, please bring a towel/cushion/or chair.

Meeting Place:

Carmel River State Beach-- off Scenic Rd. and Carmelo (Google maps can be confusing here, and it may help to enter “Carmel River Beach Trail” to get the correct route.) We'll meet on the beach!


Being in nature invites you to engage your senses and come into contact with the natural world. Mindfulness meditation cultivates awareness of whatever is taking place within and around you: thoughts and emotions, the breeze, the sounds of birds, the warmth of the sun. Experience guided sitting meditation, mindful walking and informal discussion. These events are facilitated by Katie Dutcher, MA, practitioner of meditation and mindfulness since 2009, and qualified instructor of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. Since she was a small child, Katie has been enthralled and inspired by the natural world.

4th Saturday of Each Month

Jan. 27, Feb. 24, Mar. 24, Apr. 28

10:30-11:30 AM

FREE (see note below)

Notes:

  • This is a free event in collaboration with the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District. While no fee is collected, participants are asked to register via the MPRPD website. Please print and bring the completed liability form. 
    www.mprpd.org/education-outreach/lets-go-outdoors/
  • Please bring something to sit on, for example, a cushion, chair, blanket, or mat to sit or lie on.
  • This will take place outdoors, so please consider dressing warmly and comfortably, or even bringing a blanket if the day is cold.

Meeting Place:

Palo Corona Regional Park in Carmel off Highway 1. The park is across from Ribera Rd. There is a gate which is normally closed, but on our monthly Saturdays, the gate will be open. You'll drive in (go past the "Do Not Enter" sign!) and keep driving for a minute or two. Pass the white barn on the right, then park in the parking lot on the left, and meet at the barn.