NOWvember 2023

A month of contemplative offerings

There is no time like the present, and there is no moment aside from now. Think about it: the past and the future exist only in our minds. All that exists, anytime, is now.

This Fall we celebrate the NOW with NOWvember: a month of contemplative activities designed to bring you into the present, the only time there is.

In addition to our regular classes and gatherings, we are hosting several special in-person and online activities covering a broad spectrum of interests and needs.

Want to meditate and prepare for winter? Attend our daylong retreat.

Just want to meditate? Join our Daily Meditations.

Mindfulness a little too ‘foreign’ for you? Could we interest you in Stoicism?

Into the arts? How about a workshop with world-renowned poet and essayist Ross Gay or an evening of conscious dance with Katie Wells?

Some contemplative time with your kid(s)? A Kutumba Yoga class may do the trick.

Need to ease some aches and pains and attend to the body? Try Feldenkrais!

Would you prefer to chill and savor the moment? A tea ceremony may be just what you need.

Or perhaps chill and discuss what’s important to you? Have you tried an InSpire gathering yet?

Whatever you’re into, we have something for you.

Whenever possible, our events and activities are offered free of charge. We can’t do that without the abundant support we receive from people like you. So this NOWvember we’re asking you to support us by making a tax-deductible donation to InStill, which will allow us to continue offering free and heavily subsidized programming to the people of Pulaski, the New River Valley, Southwest Virginia, and beyond.

Thank you for your support.

And we are excited to announce a $12,000 matching challenge from some of our biggest supporters, who will match you—dollar for dollar—for the first $12,000 raised in this campaign, as we aim to raise $24,000 to introduce and develop contemplative practice for more people  than ever before throughout our region and beyond!

Our Matching Partners

Here’s what’s available to you throughout NOWvember. Please join us as often as you can!

Liminal Daylong Retreat

Saturday, November 4, 2023  | 9:00am-5:00pm

Shanti @ Deer Park Farm
625 Laurel Creek Road NE
Pilot, VA 24138

Honor the dark half of the year in this daylong retreat as we go within to rest and reflect on the year. Explore what you have harvested, what needs to be composted, and what you would like to bring into the winter den to sustain you as you incubate the seeds of the year ahead.

Inciting & Delighting in Joy: An evening with Ross Gay

Monday, November 6, 2023 | 6:30-7:30pm


Ross Gay is curious about joy.  Ross Gay studies joy.  Something like that.

And for a very special hour, Ross Gay will share what he has learned about joy and how to express it—in writing, in our interactions, and in ourselves. Please join other members of our the InStill community for this one-off event.

Love Letters to Humanity

Friday, November 17 & Saturday, November 18, 2023  |  7:30-8:30pm

Fallon Hall, Floyd Center for the Arts  
220 Parkway Ln S
Floyd, VA 24091 

This one-person show weaves Dance Improvisation and Theatre to reveal both the struggle and humor on the search for inner peace in a moving and uplifting performance. Radford dance professor, Katie Wells, shares the hardships and triumphs of her spiritual path in a colorful tapestry of dance, words, props and audience interaction.

Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement

Tuesdays, November 7, 14, 21, 28, 2023 | 6:30-7:30pm


Join us for a movement experience! Each class in this four-part series will be a gentle, Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® (ATM) lesson. The movements will be suitable for beginners or experienced students in the Feldenkrais Method.

An Introduction to Stoicism

Sunday, November 12, 2023   |   5:00-6:00pm

Blacksburg Books
401 S. Main Street, Suite 106
Blacksburg, VA 24060

Scott Perry shares how Stoic philosophy can help you navigate life’s ups and downs with greater purpose, prosperity, and peace of mind.

The Way of Tea

Friday, December 1, 2023   |   5:30-7:00pm

Living Light River Studio
407 Slusher Store Road
Floyd, VA 24091

Come join us in the practice of drinking tea and quieting the mind. Hosts Jagadisha Rotella and Sarah McCarthy will share a short history of contemplative tea, lead a somatic body relaxation and mindfulness inquiry, share Camellia Sinensis (tea), and practice quiet sitting together.

Mindful Parenting

Wednesday, November 8, 2023 | 4:30-6:00pm

Pulaski County Library
60 West Third St
Pulaski, 24301

On the second Wednesday of every month, InStill Mindfulness hosts Mindful Parenting classes at the Pulaski Co. Library. Each month we host a different class with a different teacher to expose you to a broad range of approaches that help make parenting more easeful, joyful, and skillful.

InSpire Mindfulness Gatherings

Abingdon: Mondays @ 6pm
InSpired Elders NRV: Tuesdays @ 3pm
Pulaski: Wednesdays @ 2:30pm
Pilot: Wednesdays @ 6:30pm
Roanoke: Sundays @ 4pm
Mondays @ 7pm (Eco_InSpire), Tuesdays @ 7pm, Thursdays @ 8am,
Saturdays @ 9am, Sundays @ 9am

Abingdon, Independence, Pilot, Pulaski, Roanoke
and Online

All of you is welcome here. Join free mindfulness-based community gatherings & enjoy shared activities, practices & discussions.

InStill Daily Meditations

Daily | 8:00-8:45am


InStill offers guided online meditations every day at 8am, with a different teacher each day. Each 40-minute session includes practice & discussion.

By Published On: October 24, 2023Categories: Uncategorized

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