Awakin Circles

Gathering Locally

In living rooms around the world, people come together to sit in silence for an hour, share some inspirational moments for the second hour, and often have a light meal afterward. No teachers, no agendas. Circles are all volunteer-run and independently organized, with a simple wish for greater awakening of awareness and compassion, in kinship and community with one another. That’s Awakin.

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Date Time Event Name
May 31, 2023
07:30PM PDT

Awakin Circle, Santa Clara
After 23 years of hosting in-person Awakin Circles every week, pandemic has moved us online. We still hold offline circles, ... 2023-05-31

Jun 1, 2023
06:00PM IST

Awakin Circle Surat
Inspired by Awakin Circles and the spirit of community, we gather every Thursday to sit in silence for an hour ... 2023-06-01

Jun 1, 2023
09:30AM PDT

Awakin Chandigarh
We gather once a week for an hour of meditation, followed by a circle of sharing our "aha" moments from ... 2023-06-01

Jun 1, 2023
07:00PM BST

(Virtual) Awakin Circle (hosted from Hertfordshire, UK)
Welcome to this Virtual Awakin Circle!  Even though this is hosted from Hertfordshire, UK, everyone is welcome to join.  Inspired ... 2023-06-01

Jun 1, 2023
05:30PM PDT

Awakin Circle-Redding +!
Greetings, friends!Please join us for an Awakin circle this Thursday, 5:30 p.m. Pacific Daily Time.You’re invited to come together to ... 2023-06-01

Jun 2, 2023
07:00PM +03

Awakin Istanbul
Building on a tradition started by a small group of friends in California (USA), we invite you to come and share some ... 2023-06-02

Jun 2, 2023
06:30PM PDT

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation
In this course, you will learn tools to become aware of breath, body sensations, emotions, and thoughts, and to work ... 2023-06-02

Jun 3, 2023
08:30PM PDT

Teen Awakin Circle
Welcome to the Teen Awakin Circle hosted from San Jose, California! We start at 6:30 PM Pacific Time on Saturday ... 2023-06-03

Jun 10, 2023
09:00AM PDT

Awakin Call With Christopher Titmuss
"We must remember we are exhaustible. We need renewal. Silence, quietude, time alone, naturally gives that. Then we can come ... 2023-06-10

Jun 10, 2023
04:00PM PDT

Awakin Santa Clara -- In Person!
You're invited to join our next Awakin Wisdom Circle on Saturday, where we pursue unanswerable questions in good company! We are ... 2023-06-10

Jun 11, 2023
10:30AM PDT

Sacred Day With the Redwoods
Dear Friends,A few of us are coming together at Redwood Vihara Monastery in Boulder Creek, for some quality time with ... 2023-06-11


Prior to the pandemic, Awakin gatherings were hosted in 104 locations in 34 countries around the world. Since then, different cultures have responded uniquely. To engage, you can explore the map below or explore our alphabetical listing.

**Note: Each Awakin Circle is independently organized by the host. Awakin Circles are inspired by the design principles of ServiceSpace and, but hosts and particular circles are not verified or monitored live. Concerns? Reach out to Care @ Awakin.

To learn about hosting a circle locally, please check out our guide below.

Start Your Own Local Circle


Awakin gatherings are rooted in silence, community, and service.

The first Awakin Circle emerged in 1996 when three friends got together to sit in silence, every Wednesday, in an ordinary living room in Silicon Valley. After the first hour of meditation, they shared some personal moments in the second hour and ended with a home-cooked meal together. There were no teachers, no brand, no marketing, no commerce, no agenda. Just a humble space for anyone to enjoy.

Instead of closing the door, they left it open ... to all. What emerged was totally unexpected -- and yet, so perfectly right. For over a decade, it was known simply as 'Wednesdays'. Over the years, more than 20 thousand people have walked into that initial living room (and that original circle still continues today), many of whom were friends who wanted to start "Wednesdays" in their own local community.

Today, Awakin Circles have touched countless lives across hundreds of locations around the globe. Each circle has its own flavor and context, is independently organized, and stays active as long as conditions are ripe. All circles are entirely volunteer-run, non-commercial, and labor of love offerings.

You can learn a bit more of its history here. (See also: Six Lessons From my First Awakin Circle)

"Meditation is a process of lightening up, of trusting the basic goodness of what we have and who we are, and of realizing that any wisdom that exists, exists in what we already have. We can lead our life so as to become more awake to who we are and what we’re doing rather than trying to improve or change or get rid of who we are or what we’re doing. The key is to wake up, to become more alert, more inquisitive and curious about ourselves." --Pema Chodron

Thank you for your resonance with our shared values. We are grateful to be in connected in the spirit of service, and look forward to planting a few more seeds of compassion together.

**Note: Each Awakin Circle is independently organized by the host. Awakin Circles are inspired by the design principles of ServiceSpace and, but hosts and particular circles are not verified or monitored live. Concerns? Reach out to Care @ Awakin.