Weekly Offering

Monday Night Meditation at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Arlington, VA (UUCA)

About Monday Night at the Unitiarian Universalist Church of Arlington

As many of us in the DC area are on the move a lot, Monday Night Meditation is a drop-in gathering and you are welcome anytime.

Feel free to come early, relax and enjoy some quiet time before we begin.

Below you’ll see other options to support you in your practice.

Address and driving directions


Monday Night Evening Schedule 

6:30 – 7:20  Optional Yoga Class (offered by donation)

7:30 – 8:00   Guided Meditation

8:00 – 8:45   Dharma Talk

8:45  Tea and cookies are served in the lobby most evenings

8:50 – 9:30  Optional Discussion Group


Join the Yoga Class Before the Guided Meditation

If you’d like to support your meditation practice on Monday nights at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Arlington, please consider coming an hour earlier to enjoy a yoga class.

The class offers a form of movement that is particularly well-suited for meditation.  You’ll explore practices that will energize and strengthen you, help you release deep-seated tension and cultivate a sense of presence and well-being. The class is designed to be inclusive for all levels of yoga, from new to experienced.

Class begins as 6:30 and ends at 7:20, giving you time to gently transition to the guided meditation with Jonathan at 7:30.

This class is offered freely so that no one is denied access to the practices. Your donation helps cover the cost of the room and supports the teacher.

Contact Rita Moran at 301-452-8924 or info@ritanaomi.com



The Teachers:

Rita Naomi Moran is a Kripalu trained yoga teacher and owner of a private physical therapy practice that has the mission to help people reach their full potential. She has been a member of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington for 10 years and a kayaker and nature lover for many more.

Anna Johns  grew up in India, earned her first yoga & meditation teacher training from Indian master Kamal, further yoga qualifications from Duke University, Kripalu Center, IMCW (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program) and is currently enrolled in Meditation Teacher Training led by Jack Kornfield & Tara Brach.

Lynne Weir is a Kripalu trained yoga teacher who owns a private physical therapy practice and teaches yoga classes in Alexandria.  On the Potomac you will find her coaching sculling (rowing).  She has participated in Insight Meditations evening practices for the past 5 years and is excited to join other yoga teachers in offering a practice for the Monday night Insight group.

Please bring a yoga mat with you.  Thanks!


Stay After Class an Join an Informal Discussion Group

Ray Manyoky and Tara Cassidy host a discussion group after class.  This is a wonderful way to reflect and share on your personal practice and connect with like-minded people.

The group starts about 8:50 and ends by 9:30.


Parking Considerations

Parking can be an issue with many groups using the church on Monday nights.   You can assume that if a parking space is not clearly marked, it’s a fire lane and not safe.

Please know that parking is available on side streets around the church and you won’t be ticketed.


Monday Night at UUCA is Offered Freely and by Donation

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, The Insight Meditation Community of Washington, the yoga teacher and class leaders receive no direct compensation for making this evening possible.

In the Buddhist tradition, the teachings are considered priceless.  Therefore they are offered freely and there is no set fee for the classes.

This tradition also encourages cultivating generosity to ourselves and others.

Your generosity also ensures that no one will ever be denied access to these teachings and practices.

Many thanks to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington for sponsoring our evening gathering for the past ten years.

Please feel free to contact us if you have questions about your practice or would like to know more about resources.  Jonathan can be reached at jonathanfoust@mac.com and Bob Gayer at treas1@uucava.org.



The following is a list of dates and teachers:

March 2017
27JonathanTransforming Your Relationship with Sickness and Pain
April 2017
3JonathanTransforming Challenging Energies
10JonathanThe Power of Humility
17JonathanMaking It Happen vs Letting It Happen
24JonathanHow to Cultivate Generosity
May 2017
1Guest Teacher - Hugh Byrne
8JonathanHow to Cultivate Virtue
15JonathanHow to Cultivate Renunciation
22JonathanHow to Cultivate Wisdom and Insight
29No Class: Memorial Day
June 2017
5JonathanHow to Cultivate Energy and Vigor
12JonathanHow to Cultivate Tolerance
19JonathanHow to Cultivate Honesty
26JonathanHow to Cultivate Determination and Resolution
July 2017
3No Class: Independence Day
10Guess Teacher - Shell Fischer
17JonathanHow to Cultivate Love and Kindness
24Guest Teacher - Kaira Jewel
31JonathanHow to Cultivate Serenity
August 2017
7JonathanMeditating with the Shadow
14JonathanThe Buddhist Personality Types
21Guest Teacher - Mary Vandervanter
28JonathanTransforming Delusion
September 2017
4No Class: Memorial Day
11 Guest Teacher - Ruth King
18 Guest Teacher - Hugh Byrne
25Guest Teacher - Shell Fischer
October 2017
2JonathanFocus, Flow and Let Go
9No Class: Columbus Day
16Guest Teacher - Mary Vandervanter
23JonathanWhy I Hate the Word Mindfulness
30JonathanRestraint with Awareness
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