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Meditation Group

for Oxford’s homeless community.

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Service Type

Positive activities

Funding Status

Volunteer led project

Operating Hours

7.30pm Wednesdays

Eligibility & Referral

If you’re reading this website and you are over 18, you are very likely eligible

Service Description

Meditation has been used to reduce the likelihood of depression repeating, strengthen lungs, lift mood, bring calm, and more.

Since launch at the library in the Westgate in June 2022 people with lived experience of homelessness, sector volunteers and staff have all met up to meditate.

This group now runs a free-of-charge meditation group every week at a new venue in central Oxford. Here, you can:

  • share hot tea
  • get a sense of community
  • meet new people
  • meditate

For beginners they offer an intro. There’s also time to ask questions about meditation and find out how to improve.

They are:

  • free to use
  • ongoing
  • not from a particular religion or tradition
  • not-for-profit
  • easy to understand

This project is run by volunteers who met through other work in the homeless sector. The volunteers:

  • encourage you to take up your own regular meditation practise for your own benefit
  • support you doing this as best they can
  • seek to inspire you to think in new ways without anyone telling you what to think

Group motto: “It’s your meditation practise. You stay in control. Do what’s best for you.”

You can join any week. They don’t run courses, MBSR or MBCT. More details on their website.

Key functions & activities offered

  • free weekly meditation group in central Oxford
  • free tips on their blog
  • intro sessions at local charities
  • a short weekly email newsletter with details for the week ahead

The group relies on gifts and handles no funds. A recent donation means they have plenty of cushions and mats for now.