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                                                                                      We’re Sorry To Say
                                                                                      Meditation Classes
                                                                                      And Meetings
                                                                                      Are Temporarily Suspended

Following the latest government advice on the Coronavirus we felt it best to suspend group meetings and courses planned for the next few months.

Our priorities are to protect those who are particularly vulnerable and to slow down infection processes for the benefit of ourselves and others.

If you have a regular class at the centre your teacher will be in touch to arrange suitable ways to develop the meditation practice with your group online.

Please contact your teacher directly if you have any questions or concerns on:

Do you live in or near Chester?

Are you interested in learning the fundamental stages of our breath-based meditation practice?

The Chester Samatha Introduction to Meditation class is on Mondays 7.00 - 9.00pm (Restarts Monday 13th January 2020 - see below for 2019/20 dates*) at the Chester Civic Trust Rooms (Room 2) on Watergate Row Bishop Lloyd's Palace, 51/53 Watergate Row, CHESTER, CH1 2LE. Newcomers are welcome at any time of the year. Meditation is taught from a Buddhist perspective but you do not have to be a Buddhist to come and benefit.

The teaching is given freely. To contribute towards room hire and refreshment costs, a donation box is provided; a donation of £5.00 per person per evening is suggested.

The word ‘Samatha’ means calm. The form of meditation taught uses a technique of breathing mindfulness. If practiced regularly it leads to greater calm and clarity, more awareness and sense of well being in daily life. The meditation practice has a number of stages to help gradually train the mind. It takes about 4 months to learn the fundamental stages of the practice.

Meditation is individual to each meditator and so this is fundamentally your practice. But a particular feature of this meditation practice is periodic discussions with the teacher to discuss how mediation is going.  During the class, there is a group meditation practice and also usually a short talk on some topic related to the meditation experience.  

Samatha Association offers weekend and longer retreats at our national meditation centre in mid-Wales for those who want to take the practice further. (See elsewhere on website)

Please bring along one or two cushions if you are comfortable sitting on the floor. Wear comfortable and  loose fitting clothing. If you would rather sit on a chair that is completely fine. Help with sitting posture etc... will be given.

If you wish to come to a meeting or simply find out more please contact William Meredith preferably on 01829-759459 (please leave voice mail if unanswered) or send an email to

*Dates 2019/2020

  • 9 September - 9 December
  • 13 January - 30 March
  • No class during Easter 6 - 13  April- (Resumes Monday 20 April)