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Updated June 28, 2020

This page contains current information for the online Secular Meditation Group. It is a private webpage, and not linked from other pages on this site. You must know it is here and know the URL to access; please help us keep it private by only sharing with those you know personally who are interested in secular meditation, not posting this URL on social media, etc.

I have revived the old email for correspondence related to secular meditation and our group’s non-activities.




Secular Meditation was founded in January 2017 as Nashville Secular Meditation by Walter Bitner, Christopher Farrell, and John Orzechowski to provide a group meditation experience free from religious content. Our group discontinued meeting in the summer of 2018, and revived as an online meditation support group in March 2020.

Silent meditation has many benefits, and this group was founded to provide an opportunity to sit with others, without practicing or endorsing any particular creed or religion, spirituality, philosophy, psychology, or belief system.



This is a new effort, and we are experimenting with the format. Currently, we meet via the Whereby app and sit silently together for 25-minute periods. On Saturdays these periods are separated by a few minutes of quiet or silent rest in which one may stretch, walk around, use the rest room or drink some water, etc. You may say goodbyes and log off if you are not staying for the second period, or log in to join us for the second period, if you like. After the second sit on Saturday say goodbye and log off, or stay for come casual conversation.

Participants are welcome to join or leave at any time. If while you join us there is ambient noise within range of your microphone that might be distracting to others (e.g. conversations nearby, coffee grinders, dogs barking, vacuuming, earth moving equipment, sirens, etc.), please mute yourself. The sounds of your own breathing, soft rustling as you adjust your posture on the cushion, birds chirping occasionally, and other quiet noises one might hear in a quiet group meditation experience are all ok!

Participation is absolutely free.

All are welcome to participate: atheists or agnostics, as well as those with religious affiliation of any kind. Those with religious affiliation are kindly asked to refrain from wearing robes or vestments.


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Go to the schedule for June 2020.

Go to the schedule for July 2020.

Weekly sits occur on:

Tuesdays, 8 am Eastern/7 am Central – one 25 minute period
Wednesdays, 10 am Eastern/9 am Central – one 25 minute period
Saturdays, 9:30 am Eastern/8:30 am Central – two 25 minute periods

Intro to Secular Meditation: Thursdays, 11 am Eastern/10 am Central
This is especially for those new to meditation who don’t feel quite ready for a 25 minute period, but anyone is welcome to join: currently we sit for 15 minutes here.

If you are interested in participating in any of our non-activities, please email to join the mailing list.



July discussions:

We will hold a practice discussion after the second sit on Saturday, July 11, for those who are interested in an informal sharing session about personal meditation practice.

This month’s book discussion will take place after the second sit on Saturday, July 25. Nat Brown will lead us in a discussion of The Patterning Instinct by Jeremy Lent. Check out the author’s website here.


OLD NEWS (but still cool)

Our One Day Sit No Dogmas Aloud, on Monday, April 13, 2020 was a grand success, with a total of nine participants. Nothing was accomplished!

No Dogmas Aloud participants celebrate during the final period of the retreat


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