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Winter Solstice 2019 – A Virtual Meditation Experience

Hello Goodbye to a Decade


Saturday, Dec. 21

8 – 9:30 p.m. EDT



Throughout the ages and across a multitude of cultures, humankind has honored the Solstice. For some it was celebrated with small fires, welcoming the return of light. For others, it was a revealing in the depths of darkness and tending to the inner garden. And, for us today, it is a potent time to savor our meditation practice and to use it as a tool of clarity and guidance as we welcome not only the year ahead of us but the start of a new decade.


“What does living come down to but bringing about those changes in ourselves … which can free us to enjoy a richness and closeness with everyone?” ~Rilke


Join Meryl Arnett for a LIVE, virtual video call on Saturday, December 21 to honor and celebrate the Winter Solstice and say Hello Goodbye to a decade. Enjoy the sanctity of your home practice and all the beautiful benefits of practicing in community with others.


We will meditate, of course, and reflect on the gifts, challenges, lessons and blessings of 2019 as a way to clear and access our vision for 2020 and beyond. From 8 – 9 p.m., we will share in a dharma talk and an extended, guided meditation on acknowledging, releasing and clearing. We will light the way for 2020 with a potent fire meditation. And, finally, from 9 – 9:30 there will be an optional Q&A plus some journaling invitations and tips for setting intentions and creating next steps.


What’s needed:

  • An internet connection; we will be meeting via

  • A quiet, uninterrupted space and a comfy set-up for seated or reclined meditation

  • A window or access to outside *encouraged, not required

  • A candle

  • Pen & paper


Investment: $35

A recording of this live event will be made available, if you can’t attend live!


Questions? Email


December 3, 10, 17: EMERGENCE OF COMPASSION (3-week series)

The holiday season is upon us and we are often faced with
overwhelming environments and difficult family situations and our compassionate motives to stay grounded in a caring and kind social mentality can feel far-reaching. In this 3-week series we will examine the biology of compassion and utilize the empowering findings from the latest compassion research to keep us on course. We will look at the unique challenge of self-compassion and learn three keys for offering loving support to ourselves.

We will learn how to sustain openheartedness and how to overcome the common challenges of “compassion fatigue” and “compassion collapse.” Compassion can become difficult, but it is trainable, and we have the ability to broaden our compassion to ever-widening circles of people. When we can connect to a source of compassion that is altruistic, impartial and based
in tenderness, we will find the determination to emerge as our best selves and flourish this holiday season.

About Jennifer:
Jennifer Finch, M.A., LPC, NBCC, Certified Meditation Instructor

I am a psycho-therapist using the modalities of meditation, somatic experiencing and compassion to help one heal from the inside out. I am a mother of two boys (12 and
13), a devoted student of self-curiosity, occasional writer, teacher of meditation based workshops, and train the trainer programs, photographer, music snob and owner of two pugs (not specifically in that order).

The meditation spark initiated when I was in graduate school in the late 1900s and I began teaching it without a net of research or ounce of confidence in what I was doing. Now, almost three decades later, both historical and cutting- edge research support that leap of faith I took.

Awaken Your Practice

This month, as a community, we are focusing on Awakening.

On emerging from the trance of our daily habits and thoughts to step into our fullness as woke, compassionate and joyful beings.

On waking up our intentions and resolutions so that they don’t dwindle away behind a mountain of unanswered emails, dirty dishes and Facebook posts.

Our April 3-week Meditation series, Awaken Your Practice, will offer 3 jewels of a woke practice. Through foundational techniques, Simplicity – Discipline – Renunciation, we are able to deepen and reconnect to the intention behind meditation. We are also able to see how it assists us in awakening to our Truths.

If your meditation practice has slowly drifted away as the year has progressed, if you find yourself bored with your practice, or maybe just feeling a little disconnected in general… Join Meryl for this special meditation series. Together, we will reconnect to the simplicity & joy of meditation.

Never meditated? Tried and thought you failed? Yep, this series is for you too!

All levels welcome.

Register for the full 3-week series: $45/person (only $15/class!)
Or use your class card to drop-in.


Meryl Arnett, E-RYT 500 and Co-Owner of Sacred Chill {West}, has been teaching in Atlanta since 2010. Her passion is introducing mindfulness in ways that are accessible to all of us. She has taught meditation to Fortune 500 companies, from the floor of Phillips Arena, at festivals across the city, and she helped create the first yoga + meditation studio in Atlanta to offer regular, independent meditation classes. Teaching over 300 hours of meditation each year, Meryl continues to study and practice daily with teachers she respects deeply, including Tara Brach, Jack Kornfield, Susan Piver, and Yoganand Michael Carroll. Learn more at or

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