Richmond Upon Thames

Richmond upon Thames
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Beginners Samatha Meditation Class in Richmond upon Thames

Samatha is a traditional breathing mindfulness meditation technique designed to calm the mind. We teach a structured version with a series of stages that normally takes about six months to learn. It is Buddhist in origin but suitable for all.

10-week Introductory course in mindfulness and meditation

The 10-week course will be held on weekly on Thursdays from 7.15 pm to 8.15 pm starting on 2nd November 2023.

The teaching is free but (cash) donations towards room hire (£19 per week) are appreciated. Suggested donation is £3-£5, but if you can't afford to give anything you are still more than welcome.

Please bring cushions to sit on unless you prefer a chair, which are provided.

For more information and to register for this class please email Abi at


Meetings will be held upstairs, in the Johnson room, at the ETNA centre in East Twickenham (13 Rosslyn Road, Twickenham, TW1 2AR). Please ring the bell to be admitted.

There is a small car park at the centre, which you can park it, though it is often full. There is parking for free on the surrounding streets at the time of the class, but do be careful - some are for residents only - you need to look carefully.

Please note that there is now a beginners class in Kew - see the London/Kew page.

Richmond Meditation and Dhamma study group

This group is open to everyone who has completed all the stages of the Samatha meditation practice and is interested in meditating and chanting together, as well as discussing dhamma.

Study Group Venue and Times

Meetings are currently held alternately online and in person. The in-person meetings will be at the ETNA centre in East Twickenham.

The group meets every two weeks on Mondays from 8pm to around 9:30pm.
The meetings will start again after the summer break on 25th September 2023, with an in person meeting at the ETNA centre. 

The dates for the following meetings are: 

  • 2 October – online (note only a one week gap)
  • 16 October – at the ETNA Centre
  • 30 October – online
  • 13 November – at the ETNA Centre
  • 27 November – online
  • 11 December – at the ETNA Centre

Study Group Contact

Please contact Sarah via email ( for further details.

There is no cost for attending the group. For the in person meetings at the ETNA centre, donations will be collected to cover the cost of the room hire.