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You are invited to join the “Sangha Friends” group, which meets once a month at the sangha house. Its purpose is to foster friendships through conversations on topics of interest, somewhat like a book club.


Participants will receive a discussion piece at least a week before the meeting. It may be a Ted Talk, a Lion’s Roar article, or a recording/video of a talk by Brian or another teacher.


The material / discussion piece for each meeting will take less than an hour to review. 


The intention of this group is to support and assist our fellow sangha members during times of need.


The committee invites anyone needing non-financial support to contact Kym Mellsop by phone at 719-207-3077 or by e-mailing Kym at

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Mindful Recovery is a community of people who are using the practices of mindfulness, compassion, forgiveness, renunciation and generosity to transform the pain and suffering that addictions of all kinds have caused in our lives and the lives of our loved ones.


Our path of practice is guided by the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path, and further Buddhist teachings. This Buddhist-oriented path has proven successful with addicts and alcoholics who have committed themselves to its investigation and application. Our weekly meetings are confidential and anonymous. We ask that all participants respect the sacred space of acceptance, love and healing that we have created for one another.


Please join us if you are interested.

Wednesdays at 7:00pm - Meetings via Zoom only



Youth Mindfulness is a program of the Salida Insight Meditation Community in which we occasionally offer group classes to youth to learn tools of self-compassion, mindfulness meditation, and ways of living that lead to more ease and joy. We also offer free one-on-one mentoring to youth who want to develop their tool-kit of healthy ways to navigate the challenges in their lives. 


Denise Ackert, LMT is a mindfulness educator and Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counselor. Denise has been practicing Insight Meditation for over 30 years and she loves sharing what she is learning on the path toward ease, peace and freedom through classes, individual instruction, and online mentoring.  She runs the School of Mindful Ways to help bring more kindness and compassion into the world.

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Mindfulness in the Jail (MJP) is a program that helps inmates learn tools for well-being that are transformative and rehabilitative. These tools enable inmates to have a more successful incarceration, and upon their release, to engage in their community and in their families in healthier, productive ways.


For additional information regarding the MIJ program, please email Denise Ackert by clicking below.


The Salida Sangha’s Death Cafe will be a place to freely share any topic around death and dying.  A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. The topics will be determined by attendees. The Sangha’s Death Cafe is intended to be for those who have or have had a Buddhist practice. However, no one will be turned away.

​A Death Cafe is NOT a bereavement or grief counseling setting. A Death Cafe is NOT an educational forum for providing information about death and dying. The intention for gathering is to provide a safe and supportive space for a group discussion and not a lecture.

This group meets the last Thursday of every month at the Sangha House from ​3:30 to 5:00 PM. 

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"The things that matter most in our lives are not fantastic or grand. They are the moments when we touch one another."

–Jack Kornfield

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