What would it be like if I could accept life--accept this moment--exactly as it is?

-Tara Brach

SF Bay Area Meditation Communities

Sitting regularly with a meditation community and finding a teacher you trust is the best way to strengthen your mindfulness practice! Below are local SF Bay Area meditation groups and classes. Most of these groups are donation based. Check the websites for their schedule and more information!

Bay Area Meditation Community
  • East Bay Meditation Center (Oakland) - Various classes and groups held throughout the week. Their mission is to provide a radically inclusive environment for people of color, members of the LGBTQIA2+ community, people with disabilities, and other underrepresented communities.

Recommended Books

Apps & Online Resources

Below are apps and online resources to help you develop your personal meditation practice:

Free meditation app for various levels. Includes large library of guided meditation at different lengths from prominent teachers, as well as a timer with virtual bells to support your personal meditation.

Basic meditation training app starting with 10 min./day. Free 10-day series followed by optional paid subscription.

Curated guided meditations, relaxation exercises, soothing music and courses. Basic is free; various purchase upgrades available.

This app includes a daily check-in to rate how you feel and then tailors recommended meditation practices to match your mood. Free or paid subscription version.

Websites & Podcasts

Breathe Meditation Websites
  • Self-Compassion - Dr. Kristin Neff’s website offers free downloadable meditations and exercises to cultivate self-compassion.

  • Tara Brach, PhD - Renowned mindfulness teacher and clinical psychologist offers free teachings and guided meditations.

  • UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center - Free basic guided mindfulness meditation exercises.

  • UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness - Free Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction guided meditations, loving kindness and movement practices.

  • Mindful.org - Free audio resources for guided meditations.

  • OnBeing - Podcast by Krista Tippet exploring questions of meaning and topics on healing, spirituality, and the arts.

  • 10% Happier - Podcast & App by Dan Harris on Mindfulness for Fidgety Skeptics

  • Focusing Resources - Wonderful resources by Ann Weiser Cornell to help you learn the skill of Focusing.

Mindfulness & Self-Compassion Videos

Sylvia Boorstein: Wish Yourself Well

Iain McGilchrist: The Divided Brain

Daniel Siegel: Mindfulness and Neural Integration