Schedule

AGAINST THE STREAM’S CURRENT SCHEDULE REFLECTS INFO ON OUR HOMEPAGE

* No experience necessary. Open to all. *

ATS Nashville Weekly Schedule:

Monday – Refuge Recovery – 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Tuesday – Yoga – 5 PM – 6 PM

Wednesday – Mindfulness Practice Session – 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Thursday – Yoga – 10 AM – 11 AM

*Thursday – Teen Mindfulness Practice Session – 5 PM – 6 PM

Friday – Refuge Recovery – 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Sunday (AM) – Sunday Morning Dharma Talk & Discussion – 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Sunday (PM) – Sunday Evening Dharma Talk & Discussion – 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

No experience necessary for any of these classes. Open to all.

ATS Monthly Schedule:

Buddhist Study Group – 1st & 3rd Thursday of Every Month – 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM (Starts on October 19th)

*Buddhist Practice & Discussion for Helping Professionals (Requirement for Attendance) – 2nd Thursday of Every Month – 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

* The Teen Mindfulness Practice Session AND The Buddhist Practice & Discussion for Helping Professionals groups will start in November of 2017.

ATS Weekly Schedule Description:

Sunday (AM & PM) Dharma Talk & Discussion Groups
When – Every Week: Sunday from 10 – 11:30am AND from 7 – 8:30pm.
These weekly Dharma Talk & Discussion classes offer a guided meditation, talk and discussion centered around the core teachings of the Buddha. All are welcome. No experience necessary.
Group Facilitators:
Mikey Noechel & Rachael Tanner-Smith (10am – 11:30am class)
Andrew Chapman (7-8:30pm class)
Description:
Both of the weekly Dharma Talk & Discussion groups will begin with a period of guided mindfulness meditation or heart practice meditation (about 25 – 35 mins), leaving some time after for questions or comments around your meditation experience or the practice in general. Next, the group facilitator will offer a Dharma Talk (about 30 – 45 mins), which is a reflection on a topic related to Buddhist practice. Lastly, there will be some time for open discussion, allowing for questions, general comments, or personal reflections on the topic for the evening. No one is required to speak or participate during the group, however, all are welcome to share during the open discussion. There is no experience necessary for this class.

Wednesday Mindfulness Practice Session
When – Every Week: Wednesday from 7 – 8:30pm.
This weekly class will provide a fundamental framework for the practice of mindfulness. Meditation instructions will be offered, followed by a Q&A, and then a talk on a mindfulness-related topic. This is a great class for those new to the practice of Mindfulness.
Group Facilitators:
This is a peer-led group offered by experienced mindfulness facilitators.
Description:
The weekly Mindfulness Practice Session will begin with a period of guided mindfulness meditation or heart practice meditation (about 25 – 35 mins), leaving some time after for questions or comments around your meditation experience or the practice in general. Next, the group facilitator will offer a reflection on a topic related to Buddhist meditation (mindfulness or heart practice).  Lastly, there will be some time for open discussion, allowing for questions, general comments, or personal reflections on the topic for the evening. No one is required to speak or participate during the group, however, all are welcome to share during the open discussion. There is no experience necessary for this class.

Thursday Teen Mindfulness Practice Session
When – Every Week: Thursday from 5 PM – 6 PM.
(Starts in November 2017)
Requirement for Attendance: 14 – 19 years old
This weekly class will provide a supportive atmosphere for teens who have an interest in the practice of mindfulness meditation. Meditation instructions will be offered, along with a brief check-in, group discussion, or dialogue.
Group Facilitator:
Noah Rish (ATS Facilitator)
Description:
The aim of this group is to hold a space for those 14-19 year olds that wish to experiment with mindfulness practice. We will discuss and practice ideas and meditation instructions that individuals have been using for over 2500 years to support freedom and ease. There will be time each week for guided practice, and to share and discuss questions as they arise. No commitment needed. No way to do it wrong.
Attendance is on a drop in basis. No experience necessary.

Tuesday & Thursday Yoga Practice Session
When – Every Week: Tuesday from 5 PM – 6 PM & Thursday from 10 AM – 11 AM.
This is a donation based vinyasa yoga class. Open to all, no experience necessary.
Yoga Instructor:
Sarah Jane Holmes
Description:
The Buddha encouraged the cultivation of embodied awareness as the foundation for the development of mindfulness. This vinyasa yoga class offers an opportunity to bring mindfulness into your daily life through the power of mindful movement. This class will be a good fit for all, no experience is necessary.

Weekly Refuge Recovery Groups
When – Every Week: Monday AND Friday from 7-8pm.
This meeting is open to all people seeking support from any type of addiction (drug & alcohol, sex, love & relationship, eating disorder, other process addictions…).
There is no requirement for attendance. The group will explore how Buddhist practices can offer support and deepen the process of recovery.
Group Facilitators:
Each RR group holds monthly business meetings where group facilitators are assigned for the month. These facilitators are not empowered Buddhist teachers, but instead, are trusted peers from the larger RR community.
Description:
Refuge Recovery is a mindfulness-based addiction recovery community that practices and utilizes Buddhist philosophy as the foundation of the recovery process. Drawing inspiration from the core teachings of the Four Noble Truths, emphasis is placed on both knowledge and empathy as a means for overcoming addiction and its causes. Those struggling with any form of addiction greatly benefit when they are able to understand the suffering that addiction has created while developing compassion for the pain they have experienced. We hope to serve you, and meet you on the path.

ATS Monthly Schedule Description:

Thursday Evening Buddhist Study Group
When – 1st & 3rd Thursday of Every Month from 7 – 8:30pm
Group Facilitator:
Mikey Noechel
Description:
This study and discussion group is intended for those who are interested in reading selected literature and incorporating literature themes into their Dharma practice. The group meets the first and third Thursday of every month from 7-8:30pm.  During the group, there will be a silent meditation period and a short synopsis and talk on each chapter of the selected book or reading, followed by an open group discussion.
Attendance is on a drop in basis. Participants are not required to attend a certain number of sessions. All are invited, even those who are not committed to the readings.

Thursday Evening Buddhist Practice & Discussion for Helping Professionals
When – 2nd Thursday of Every Month from 7 – 8:30pm
(Starts in November of 2017)
Requirement for Attendance: You must be either a licensed helping professional (mental health, MD, nursing, lawyer, pharmacist, etc) or currently enrolled in graduate school or working towards a professional licensure.
This group will focus on topics and themes related to the intersection of Western & Buddhist psychology, as well as general mindfulness & brahmavihara (heart practices). We hope to provide insightful & meaningful dialogue about integrating Buddhist practices with clients, but primarily intend the group as a means of supporting helping professionals through practice, discussion, and community.
Group Facilitators:
Rachael Tanner-Smith & Andrew Chapman
Description:
ATS Facilitator, Rachael Tanner-Smith LPC-MHSP, and ATS Executive Director, Andrew Chapman LMSW, will facilitate this group, focusing on topics and themes related to the intersection of Western & Buddhist psychology, as well as general mindfulness & brahmavihara (heart practices). We hope to provide insightful & meaningful dialogue about integrating Buddhist practices with clients, but primarily intend the group as a means of supporting helping professionals through practice, discussion, and community. There is absolutely no ‘experience’ requirement for participation. There are no dues or fees associated with the group, but donations are welcomed and appreciated. THE ONLY REQUIREMENT: you must be either a licensed helping professional (mental health, MD, nursing, lawyer, pharmacist, etc) or currently enrolled in graduate school or working towards a professional licensure.

Promoting A Supportive Atmosphere
When attending our regularly scheduled weekly & monthly programming, we invite you to observe some practices that will make the shared experience more rewarding:
We ask that you turn your phone off prior to entering the building.
We ask that you attempt to stay for the duration of the class or group in order to minimize distraction. This also shows respect for the teachings, the teacher, and the community.
You are welcome to come in if you are late. If doing so, please come in quietly.
Please refrain from texting, eating or lying down during the class.

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