Présence is a secular meditation community in Montreal with studio locations in Mile End and downtown. We offer guided and silent drop-in classes seven days a week, as well as workshops, urban retreats, private instruction and on-site services for organizations.
Our classes are facilitated by a diverse group of experienced teachers representing various traditions, with an emphasis on mindfulness meditation.
On the surface this has been the most challenging year of my life by a long shot, but somehow I’ve been able to face the intensity of it in a way I would not previously have thought possible. I’m fairly certain it has something to do with making meditation a clockwork daily group activity. I had a solo meditation practice for a number of years prior to coming to Presence, but approaching it in a scheduled way with a group of kind, interesting people has been transformative.
– James Paterson
How does it work?
Presence works a lot like any other yoga or fitness studio, except that we focus exclusively on meditation. Meditators (or aspiring ones!) can pay for a single drop-in, pre-purchase a pack of classes at reduced rate, buy an introductory pass, or become monthly members with unlimited access.
Do you offer workshops or series?
Yes, in addition to our regular ongoing classes, the studio hosts limited series and workshops that focus on specific themes or techniques, giving practitioner’s the opportunity to go deeper and wider with their practice.
Do I need to bring anything or wear special clothes?
Nope, just bring your positive intention. The studio is equipped with meditation cushions, benches and chairs. There is a bathroom for changing, but most people simply come and practice in their everyday clothes.
I’ve never meditated before, do I need to take an introductory class?
Unless otherwise stated, all of the classes offered at Presence are suitable for beginners and experienced meditators alike. There are no prerequisite ‘Levels’ to master before moving on to senior classes. For those who still want a primer before diving in, we regularly offer introduction to meditation workshops.