Awakin gatherings started when three friends got together in 1996 to sit in silence, every Wednesday, in an ordinary living room in Silicon Valley. No teachers or gurus. No set agendas or proposed beliefs either. Just one strong principle -- when you change within, the world changes. And instead of closing the door, they left it open ... to all.
Today, Awakin Circles have organically rippled to eighty cities around the globe. People meditate for the first hour, engage in a circle of reflective sharing in the second hour, and conclude the night by receiving a delicious home-cooked meal. A palpable sense of gratitude and community weaves through it all. The ripples of inner transformation are countless -- and continue on.
Awakin gatherings are hosted in many cities around the world. The original one is in Silicon Valley, and you can find the rest in the map below.
Awakin gathering are rooted in silence, community and service. To get a flavor of it, here's a helpful blog entry: "The Extra 'Ordinariness' of Wednesdays".
Broadly speaking, Awakin Circles are a grassroot expression of stillness and service. More than a dozen years ago, a small group of people came together to sit in silence for an hour, share aha-moments in the second hour and eat dinner in the third hour. There were no teachers, no brand, no marketing, no commerce, no agenda. Just a humble space for anyone to enjoy. Over the years, more than 20 thousand people walked into that living room, many of whom were visiting friends who wanted to start "Wednesdays" in their own local community.
To learn more about hosting in your own city, please check out our hosting guide.
We are a group of volunteers, who share a resonance with our shared values, and are grateful for the opportunity to be of service. If you have any questions or comments, or want to get more involved, do feel free to write to us.