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The Mystic Heart Community

The Mystic Heart Community is dedicated to serving all Chautauquans by providing opportunities for the study and practice of universal techniques of meditation, contemplation, and related disciplines drawn from any of the world's religious or wisdom traditions. Our mission is to help participants discover and manifest peace, compassion, and kindness in themselves, in their relations with others, and in their communities.

Meditation at Chautauqua

The Mystic Heart Meditation Program offers a full schedule of meditation practice sessions and classes throughout the Chautauqua season. We do not promote any one faith or path but introduce the essential truths and practices of many paths. They are offered side by side, as equally valid approaches to the divine in each of us.

Each week we are led by a different Teacher-in-Residence. By clicking on the links to the left, you can find information about these teachers and their practices and when they are leading sessions at Chautauqua.

•Guided morning meditation practice sessions are held at the The Main Gate Welcome Center, weekdays from 7:15 to 8 a.m. These sessions are open to the general public as well as to holders of Chautauqua gate passes.

•Silent Meditation (Centering Prayer) sessions are held every Thursday at the Welcome Center from 7:15 pm to 7:45 pm. (Also open to the general public.)

•Meditation Seminars, combining instruction, discussion and practice, are held Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Hall of Missions from 12:30 to 1:55 p.m.

Everyone is welcome. No prior experience is necessary and newcomers will be comfortable in these classes. No fees are charged, but a donation at the door is requested to help support our program. No pre-registration is necessary.

(The name “The Mystic Heart” is taken from the work of Wayne Teasdale. His book by that name was part of the inspiration for our program. We honor his explication of a universal spirituality in the world’s religions.)