Volunteer Opportunities

​​Join our group of Volunteer Coordinators
They are crucial to making our Wednesday night meetings run smoothly. If you are new, this is a great way to get to know everyone.

For more information or to sign up, email Cathy Francis cathyfrancis@carolina.rr.com

Volunteer Suggestions Welcome
In the past, we have participated in community service projects with Dove’s Nest and with the Coalition to Unchain Dogs.  We always welcome ideas for other volunteering projects for our sangha.

​​If you have any projects you would like to investigate and take the lead in initiating, please contact either Maria Schutte at MariaSchutte@hotmail.com or Denise Owens at ddherenow8@gmail.com​

Monthly Advanced Practitioners' Discussion Sessions
First Wednesday Evening of each month 6:45 – 7:25

This is an opportunity for those with an established practice to gather monthly with other sangha members for a question and answer session led by one of our Dharma Leaders.   Hopefully, this will provide additional support for your meditation practice and an opportunity to share and learn from other practitioners’ experiences. 

Kalyana Mitta (KM) Groups

Looking for a way to strengthen your practice? Consider joining a Kalyana Mitta (KM) Group. KM groups bring together sangha members to study and share practice experiences in a friendly, supportive environment. For more information contact Denise at

The Insight Meditation Community of Charlotte depends on volunteers to carry out its mission of making the Buddha's teachings available to all who seek them. Volunteering is an opportunity to extend loving kindness to your sangha, the community, and the world. It is an important way to give dana (Pali for generosity) to the sangha; it can open your heart and enrich your life. Volunteering also is a way to meet other sangha members.

Go to the new ‘Volunteer’ tab on our website IMCharlotte.org to learn more about our different volunteer opportunities and find contact information to contact to sign-up for an activity. Whether you are new to IMCC or a longtime member, we can always use your help.

Click here

Service Opportunities

Check out the ‘Volunteer’ Tab on this Website


The following cancellation fee policy shall apply to IMC Charlotte events with event fees:

​General Rule - Registrants cancelling:
-- More than two weeks before the event incur no cancellation fee.
-- Within two weeks of the event but before the date of the event incur a cancellation fee equal to 50% of the event fee.
-- The day of the event (including no-shows) incur a cancellation fee equal to 100% of the event fee.

Exception, for Events Where Facility Cost is Calculated on a Per-Person Basis (e.g. annual residential retreat) - Registrants cancelling:
-- More than two weeks before the date on which the facility requires a head count incur no cancellation fee.
-- Within two weeks of the date on which the facility requires a head count incur a cancellation fee equal to 50% of the event fee.
-- After the date on which the facility requires a head count incur a cancellation fee equal to 100% of the event fee.

Policy on Cancellation Fees and Refunds
Insight Meditation Community of Charlotte

Upcoming Events

Jan. 15, 22, 29 &..........Tuesday Night Series:
Feb. 5, 2019 Insight Meditation - The Basics

Jan. 30...........................Guest Leader: Ayya Sudhamma

Feb. 8............................Winter Social/Movie Night

March 7 ........................Book Discussion Group

March 29 - April 1.......2019 Spring Sangha Retreat

Save the Date

Wed. Feb. 6……............Annual Sangha Meeting

Living in Openness & Freedom:

Developing Generosity, Loving-kindness, & Wisdom

Spring Residential Retreat

Friday, March 29 – Monday, April 1, 2019 (3 nights)

“I feel rejuvenated, hopeful, grateful.” “The center was spectacular and beneficial to my practice.” “I truly benefited from this retreat experience” “100% way cool.” Comments from 2018 attendees

Join us as we practice ways to develop generosity, loving-kindness, and wisdom to counter the forces of greed, hatred, and delusion. This year’s spring annual retreat at the St. Francis Springs Prayer Center will be for 3 nights, beginning at supper on Friday night and finishing after lunch on Monday.

There will be morning instructions, alternate sitting and walking meditation periods, and evening Dharma talks. There will be opportunity for private practice interviews. Our practice will be conducted in Noble Silence. Previous meditation experience will be helpful but is not required.

The $105 per night charge includes all meals (vegetarian), lodging (double occupancy), and tax. Scholarships are available. There will be an opportunity to practice Dana towards the retreat leaders.

Registration forms can be downloaded with this link

To reserve a space, the registration form and deposit must be sent to Ana Acosta (contact info on Registration form).

Contact Denise Owens with questions at ddherenow8@gmail.com

Are you new to insight meditation? Have you been practicing for a while, but unsure if you are “doing it right?” Have you been at it a long time, but would like to revisit the basics and cultivate “beginner’s mind?” Don’t miss this opportunity to get your practice started or to deepen your existing practice. Topics will include cultivating mindfulness and concentration, working with hindrances that arise during meditation, cultivating contentment, and taking our practice into our daily lives.

Dates............Tuesdays: Jan. 15, 22, 29 & Feb. 5, 2019
Time.............7 to 9 pm
Location.........Park Road Baptist Church, 3900 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28209
Cost..............$40.00 registration fee plus Dana (donation) for the Leader
(Scholarships available. See cancellation refund policy at IMCCharlotte.org.)

To register or for additional information contact Ward Simmons at WardSimmons@bellsouth.net

Space is limited, so please register in advance.
Walk-in registrations will be accepted only if space is available.

Insight Meditation - The Basics

Tuesday Night Series

Jan. 15, 22, 29 & Feb. 5, 2019

Led by Ward Simmons

In 2019, IMC Charlotte will offer a Dharma Leader training program. The intention is to assist practitioners to develop the skills and experience necessary to become Dharma Leaders with IMC Charlotte. Dharma Leader responsibilities include teaching classes, multi-week series, study groups, and retreats, as well as participating in the rotation leading weekly sangha meetings.

Successful applicants will be active members of the sangha, have a well-established home meditation practice, be well-grounded in the teachings of the Buddha, and have participated in silent, residential retreats in the insight (vipassana) tradition. Program participants will be expected to participate fully in the program, subscribe to a code of ethics in their behavior, and intend to serve the sangha as a Dharma Leader upon graduation.

For a program description, click here.  For an application, click here

T​he submission deadline is February 1. Interested individuals are encouraged to use the month of January to reflect on his or her aspirations around teaching and to review the application when it becomes available for further details and guidance. 

Please complete our online 2019 annual membership survey.
It only takes a minute or two to complete. The IMCC Board reviews your responses and uses this input to plan new programs for the upcoming year. Your input is very important.

Please complete the survey by January 15.

Annual Membership Online Survey

IMC Charlotte

Dharma Leader Training Program

Coming in 2019 !!!

To add your voice, click here
Two Weekly Practice Opportunities

​Wednesday Evenings ​
​​We meet every Wednesday evening at 7 PM. There is an instruction period from 7-7:30 PM, then a 30-minute silent insight meditation followed by a dharma talk and discussion. Appropriate for all levels of experience.

​​Tuesday Midday
We also meet Tuesdays from noon to 1:00. The Tuesday format includes a brief instruction period, a thirty-minute period of silent meditation, and a brief period of questions and answers.

​​Location: Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Park Road Baptist Church, 3900 Park Road, in the Milford Chapel.​ Please park in the back of the church and take the sidewalk to the second building on the left.

​​Please refrain from using perfume, aftershave or strongly scented lotions when attending IMCC events. This could be distracting to individuals with sensitivities, at the very least. Thank you.

Attendance is open to all and free. You have the opportunity to make a financial donation that supports us in having a space for us to foster mindfulness, joy, equanimity, and compassion.

*Our community meets every Wednesday except for those days when Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools are closed due to inclement weather.

Guest Leader

Ayya Sudhamma

Wednesday, January 30

Ayya Sudhamma grew up in Charlotte. After practicing law, she embraced Buddhism in 1993, when an encounter with cancer offered her a difficult lesson in impermanence.

She joined the monastic community in 1997. In 2003, after several years as a novice, she gained full Bhikkhuni ordination in Sri Lanka, becoming the first Western woman to do so in that country. A few years ago she returned to Charlotte, where she founded the Charlotte Buddhist Vihara. She resides there as an alms-mendicant, teaching meditation and Buddhist suttas, offering spiritual counseling, and conducting traditional Southeast Asian Buddhist rituals.

All of the dana collected after her talk will go directly to Ayya Sudhamma to support the Charlotte Buddhist Vihara.

Annual Winter Social/Movie Night
Bhutan: The Height of Happiness?

Friday, February 8

7 pm

Join us for a fun evening. Friends and Significant Others Welcome!

Thought of as a secluded paradise, Bhutan is renowned for rejecting economic prosperity in pursuit of "Gross National Happiness." For centuries, its benevolent kings ignored technological advances, seeking to protect their people from outside influences and Bhutan was thought of as the happiest country on earth. Then, overnight, 47 satellite stations descended on the country. Can Bhutan's mythical spiritual principles withstand this Western onslaught?

Please bring a vegetarian dish to share. Beverages will be provided.
(Remember to bring a serving utensil, if needed.)

Date: Friday, February 8, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm
Contact: email Gail Goforth goforthgail@gmail.com to RSVP and get location and directions

Our Spring book discussion is the first Thursday of every month from 12 pm - 2 pm beginning March 7th. We will meet in room 505 of Park Road Baptist Church. Our discussions will be on selected readings from The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah: Food for the Heart. Because we usually have a waiting list, those interested should contact Joy at alwayskindness@gmail.com as soon as possible. This is a wonderful book for practitioners regardless of their level of experience. Ajahn Chah is respected as one of the most accomplished spiritual masters of his age. His teachings are filled with humor and compassion, and are simple and profound at the same time. An email will be sent each month to let the participants know which chapters we will be discussing at the following meeting.

Sangha Book Discussion

Food for the Heart by Ajahn Chah

Begins March 7

The New IMCC Logo !!!

In 2017, the IMCC Board of Directors began to consider updating the sangha’s logo. While the old logo had served us well for several years, the image of the Buddha was not unique to IMCC. We had also become aware of technical constraints of the design and were ready for a clean, fresh look.

Using these criteria as guides, a new logo has been designed by Sarah Tudor that the logo committee feels is contemporary, easy to reproduce, and exclusive to IMCC. The green is a natural, restful color and the circle represents unity. The design incorporates a traditional Buddhist lotus while also suggesting someone sitting in meditation, and abstractly referencing the crown of the Queen City. The new logo is flexible: the symbol and the typography work well together or stand alone for our many varied uses.

We hope you enjoy your new logo. It’s now on the newsletter, our website, our Facebook page, will soon be on our printed materials, and maybe even t-shirts! Thanks to Clyde, Mary, Elaine, Jane, Denise, and Jay for their feedback and review of the many iterations that were considered in order to arrive at the final design.

Carolyn has been practicing Insight Meditation since 1984 and states: “Mindfulness was the route for me to reclaim my mental and physical health after eight years of chronic illness with Lyme disease." She is writing a book about her journey, The Gift of the Circle.

While living in Georgia, she spear-headed the formation of Roswell Insight Meditation Community. Carolyn is now an active member of IMCC, regularly joining us on Wednesday evenings and serving on the Program Committee. "Volunteering is a way to be helpful and give back." She values our sangha for what it offers to the community and the opportunity it presents to be with people who care about each other.

Carolyn wants to share an extraordinary 5 minute video on Gratitude:

Thank you, Carolyn!

Meet Carolyn Graham

Meditator, writer, and sangha founder