This week is the second edition of Mind Pop in collaboration with Pop Montreal. From the 26th to the 29th we’ll be offering free 30 min drop-in classes for festival goers or folks in the neighbourhood who are curious about meditation or just want another opportunity for a short practice. Classes run from 3:30-4pm each...Read More
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.
What's Happening Now?
We opened Presence a year ago today, not really sure what would happen, or whether anyone would show up to meditate. Working on your mind isn’t always sexy, easy work, despite what Instagram might have us believe. Some people did show up (though we definitely have room for more of you), and somehow we are still here...Read More
The first bit of news to share is that we’ll be celebrating our first year with an open house this weekend, from Friday through Sunday. All classes are free every day, and we’ve added a couple extra classes this weekend to give you the best chance to get a taste of what we have to...Read More
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Welcome mindfulness into your life or dive deeper into your practice. Learn how meditation is different from relaxation, and discover the many benefits of mindfulness practice to improve wellbeing, communication...