Welcome to our virtual sangha. A sangha is a community of practitioners who are united by the shared spiritual commitment to the virtuous qualities of the Mind and Heart.
Our River Bird Sangha is committed to fostering the inner and outer development of individuals in non-dogmatic and secular ways. We take an integral approach to spiritual development, providing practices that nourish and develop every level of your being. These include:
- Body Practices: Yin and Yang Yoga, as well as other physical disciplines
- Energetic Practices: Qi Gong, Yin Yoga, and pranayama
- Mind/Heart Practices: Dharma Talks and meditation
- Engagement Practices: Finding and bringing your Dharma into the world with dialogue and discussions with field experts
The weekly River Bird Sangha offerings will follow this simple programmatic schedule:
- Monday evenings 6pm – 7:30pm: Dharma Talk and Meditation with Josh
- Tuesday mornings 9am – 10:30am: Yin Yoga and Qi Gong with Terry
- Wednesday evenings 12pm – 1:30pm: Yin Yoga with Josh
- Thursday mornings 9am-10:30am: Yang Yoga with Terry
Each week will focus on a particular spiritual theme that Josh introduces in the Monday night Dharma Talk. The week’s theme will be explored and developed in the other weekly offerings.
Your monthly membership will give you access to our live weekly classes over Zoom, as well as to our library of archived recordings where you will be able to listen and review any of our weekly classes. Sangha Members also receive 50% off all live online trainings and workshops, including the archived recordings of the session(s) you purchase.
River Bird Sangha: The Circle of Support
Our intention with our programming is three-fold: Consistency, Affordability, Virtue.
1. Consistency of Practice
The non-negotiable key to any long-term spiritual transformation is discipline and consistency. Walking a path entirely on one’s own can be lonely and disconnected. By offering a sustained engagement with themes and practices over weeks and months – all within a supportive community – we aspire to provide an inclusive space for spiritual development and growth. Practicing with a sangha is a wonderful way to benefit from group support and accountability.
2. Affordability of Access
Our financial model is based on the spiritual principle of generosity or dana. In this model, you don’t pay for a service, per se, rather, you choose your level of support that is within your means. In most live yoga studio models, you might pay anywhere from $14 to $20 per class. We’ll be offering about 16 classes per month, which would be roughly $250 per month at the drop-in rate. If you are able to participate as a supporting member in our sangha, our lowest-tiered suggested level of support is $25 a month. While $25 a month is an obvious savings, it’s your monthly pledge that sustains our ability to offer these teachings.
3. Cultivation of Virtue
In many traditional Buddhist cultures, the teachings on the dharma are freely offered. This ensures that the teachings are not corrupted by the self-interest of the teacher and also that they are available to anyone with a sincere interest. In adopting a dana model of support, every member of our sangha is held within a virtuous circle of support. If you have the financial means, your generosity allows Josh and Terry to give these teachings freely to those who cannot afford to offer financial support. And if you can’t afford a Sustaining Membership now, you allow Josh and Terry to cultivate their own generosity by making their teachings freely available to those in need.
How to Become a Member
We offer a sliding scale membership for our sangha. See our membership page to see which kind of membership makes most sense for you: