Community Meditation Owen Sound

We meet every Tuesday for meditation and conversation at the Active Lifestyles Centre Grey-Bruce (McQuay Tannery). Doors open at 7 PM. Tea and snacks are served. Free meditation instruction is available.

See the Contact page for directions or to get in touch. We're on Twitter (mindfully, of course!)

Tuesday, July 23rd

This is our last week before the summer break! We'll start again on September 3rd.

This week, after sitting and walking meditation, we'll read a short article by Pema Chodron on how meditation helps us deal with difficulty. In it, she writes:

Meditation takes us just as we are, with our confusion and our sanity. This complete acceptance of ourselves as we are is a simple, direct relationship with our being. We call this maitri, loving-kindness towards ourselves and others.

Doors open at 7 PM, everyone is welcome, and meditation instruction is available. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Featured Teacher for July

We're very pleased to begin a new offering here at Community Meditation: the featured teacher! Each month, we'll select someone whose teachings educate and inspire us. We'll draw from a wide range of insightful teachers and share their work with you, in the form of readings, videos, exercises or other explorations._

To begin, our feature for July is (drumroll please)...

Ethan Nichtern

Ethan Nichtern is a Buddhist teacher , and is the author of the acclaimed book The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path (Farrar Straus and Giroux, North Point Press), which was selected as one of Library Journal’s Best Books of 2015, and one of Tech Insider’s “9 Books That Define 2015.” His new book, The Dharma of The Princess Bride: What The Coolest Fairy Tale of Our Time Can Teach Us About Buddhism and Relationships was released by FSG – North Point on September 12, 2017.

Ethan Nichtern

His The Road Home podcast launched in 2018. He is also the author of One City: A Declaration of Interdependence (Wisdom Pubs, 2007), and the Novella/poetry collection, Your Emoticons Won’t Save You (Nieto Books, 2012). He founded the Interdependence Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to secular Buddhist practice and transformational activism and arts, and served as executive Director from 2007-2011.

Ethan has been featured on CNN, NPR, ABC/Yahoo News, The New York Times,, Business Insider, Nautilus, and Vice to discuss Buddhism and meditation in the 21st Century. His articles have been featured on The Huffington Post, Beliefnet, Shambhala Sun, Tricycle Magazine, BuddhaDharma Magazine, Reality Sandwich, as well as other online publications.

He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.

Visit Ethan's Web site to learn more.

Weekly Sittings

Active Lifestyles Centre Grey Bruce (McQuay Tannery)

  • Tuesdays, meditation at 7:15 followed by informal talk and discussion at 8 PM


  • Mondays, short reading and meditation sitting: 7-7:25 AM
  • Thursdays, meditation at 7:30 PM, followed by information talk or discussion at 8 PM

Our Aspiration

We started this network to help you bring more clarity, balance, caring and joy to your life and your community.

What We Offer

  • Free meditation instruction and one-on-one follow-up sessions
  • Regular weekly group sittings at each location
  • Online and in-person courses on Joyfulness, Mindful Leadership, Buddhism, Mindfuless & Anxiety, Compassion, and more


Never compare your inside with somebody else's outside.
- Hugh Macleod