Sunday, August 25, 2019

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Today! Meditate in Community on SUN, August 25 and most Sunday Mornings at the Science of Spirituality DC Center, Individual Silent Meditation anytime between 10:00 am - 11:00 am, Meditation Talk 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with a Vegetarian lunch to follow, Free

Weekly Meditation on Sunday Mornings
except for the first Sunday of the month usually
at the Science of Spirituality DC Center

Sunday Morning Silent Meditation
10:00 am - 11:00 am
You can arrive anytime during the hour to meditate
Sunday Morning Meditation Talk
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free
All welcome regardless of level of experience

The Meditation Talk and Meditation at 11:00 am is recommended for new folks. Feel free to arrive when you can to meditate with the group in a silent format so if you are an experienced meditator you are welcome to arrive anytime starting from 10:00 am for a silent meditation sit. Vegetarian lunch is provided after the meditation talk. at noon, for those who participate in the morning program.

Next gathering - Sunday, August 25
10.00 - 11:00 am Meditation, arrive any time
11:00 - 12:00 pm English Satsang/ Talk
12:00 - 1:00 pm Vegetarian Lunch

Hindi Meditation 
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Hindi Satsang, with Meditation portion from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Science of Spirituality Meditation DC Center opened in the Fall of 2013 and offers many free workshops and events. The center focuses on using the practice of Jyoti Meditation. Science of Spirituality has been offering free meditation workshops actively in the DC area since 1953. As part of an international, nonprofit, multi-faith organization consisting of two thousand centers and a million members world-wide, Science of Spirituality welcomes the community to participate in its meetings and activities. The group’s president is Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj, known for his books on meditation and spirituality, and for leading conferences and workshops promoting love, unity, and peace, in all lands and among all peoples, through the practice of meditation.

Science of Spirituality also offers free meditation workshops at area libraries. You can learn more about SOS DC and Jyoti Meditation on their site and follow them on twitter @SOSMeditate.
Science of Spirituality - DC Center
2950 Arizona Ave NW
at the intersection of Cathedral and Arizona Ave.
Metro: Best reached by car or car sharing service. You can see metro trip-planner for best bus access, the M4 and D6 buses both have stops pretty close by but they don't run often. For those with cars, street parking is available easily in this residential neighborhood. For those without cars, you may want to take uber, lyft, via or a car sharing service like car2go, zipcar or getaround there from wherever you are. The nearest Metro station is Tenleytown. It's a 1.8 miles drive from the metro, see map, about six minutes. 

Friday, August 23, 2019

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: This Weekend! Find more Free and low-cost events listed every day on @FreeinDCBlog on twitter - and if you don't use twitter, no worries, you don't need an account to see the page

For more events please check out @FreeinDCBlog on twitter and the Free in DC page on facebook, search for "Free in DC" or click here! Much of the event content I cover comes from facebook and I don't always have time to craft individual posts on this site for every event I come across and I often post links to events on  @FreeinDCBlog on twittter and/or FreeinDC on facebook that aren't on the main site.

I tweet most every day, focusing on events happening that day, and some other events coming soon or ones that you might not find on the main site or on facebook. Also, if you aren't a twitter user you can just look at the page without needing to sign up for an account!

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

UPCOMING: MAGIC + COMEDY: “Hocus Joke Us" Comedy Open Mic and Magic Show at Madam's Organ in Adams Morgan MON, August 26 from 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm or so, doors at 8:00 pm, $4, or arrive before 8:30 pm to get in Free, 21+

"Hocus Joke Us" Monday Night Comedy Open Mic and Magic Show in Adams Morgan featuring mentalist and magician Alain Nu and comedian Nathan Luft joined each week by other local comics at Madams Organ
every Monday night 
9:00 pm - 11:30 pm or so, doors open 8:00 pm
$4, 21+ 
Arrive before 8:30 pm to bypass the $4 cover charge!

Next show - Monday, August 26
See facebook event page here
Alain is on tour now so someone else will be filling in 

Every Monday you can enjoy a comedy open mic and magic show! "Hocus Joke Us" is now hosted by comedian Nathan Luft and mentalist and magician Alain Nu "The Man Who Knows Mondays at Madams Organ on their second floor stage. Local comedians come by to share their work throughout the night. Line-up varies each week.

The original show along this same line was started by Haywood Turnipseed Jr. some years ago under Madam's Magical Mondays and  The Dark Side. The torch has now been passed on to Nathan and Alain as they continue the show with a new name, "Hocus Joke Us."

Mentalist Alain Nu, is known as "The Man Who Knows." He has starred in his own TV specials on TLC, called "The Mysterious World Of Alain Nu," has performed all over the world at casinos, on cruise ships, and in theatres. He may be one of the most interesting people living in the DC area that you have never heard of before. His take on magic and the way we think is truly unique and worth checking out!

Madam's Organ
upstairs area
2461 18th St NW
in Adams Morgan, next door to Tryst 
Metro: Woodley Park or Columbia Heights and take the Circulator bus to Adams Mill/ 18th St stop by the FedEx or walk, about 15 minutes from either station, or you can catch the 42 or 43 bus from Connecticut Ave or Dupont Circle toward Mt Pleasant and get off at 18th & Columbia Rd. The 90 bus lines and L2 bus also go to 18th & Columbia if that is better for you. See metro trip-planner for best options. You can also take uber or lyft there. See new user promotions below.

UPCOMING: MUSIC: The next Tuesday Concert at the Church of the Epiphany, near Metro Center, will feature the Barclay Brass ensemble on TUES, August 27 from 12:10 pm - 1:00 pm, Concerts vary each week, Free, donations appreciated

Tuesday Concert Series at the Church of the Epiphany lunchtime concerts every Tuesday 12:10 pm - 1:00 pm
Free, donations appreciated to
 support music program and artists

View the schedule of performances
View the brochure for May - August 2019 here.

If you're able to get here on Tuesday at lunch, recommend this series at the Church of the Epiphany, near Metro Center.

Tuesday, August 27
The Barclay Brass is an ensemble comprised of some of Washington DC’s top brass musicians. For close to a decade, they have performed diverse genres of music – from patriotic and classical to ceremonial and seasonal.

Church of the Epiphany
1317 G St NW
Metro: Metro Center

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: "Relax Your Mind and Body Through Meditation" Introduction to Meditation workshop with ASL interpretation led by Davinder Khanna at the Library Express near 20th & K St NW on TUES, August 27 from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm, Free

Relax Your Mind and Body Through Meditation, Introduction to Meditation workshop with Davinder Khanna at the Library Express near 20th & K St NW
Tuesday, August 27
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Free
ASL interpreters will be provided for this session.

Being relaxed can help ease stress and tension. It can also relieve anxiety, depression and sleep problems. With true relaxation you can tap into the peace and calmness by quieting the mind. Your body in turn also reacts when you start to relax. This can have a profound positive effect on your overall wellbeing. Join Davinder Khanna, long time meditator for this informative workshop. There will even be a short meditation sitting to try this out firsthand.

Center for Accessibility - Library Express
1990 K St NW
Entrance is on 20th St between K & I St
Metro: Farragut West or Farragut North



Monday, July 1, 2019

OF NOTE: FITNESS: Fitiverse is Free to Join and helps you to Connect with new Workout buddies and Find Free Fitness Activities in your area

Want to get fit? Connect on Fitiverse to find fun, new ways to work out! You can also find fitness buddies and free activities and classes in your area!

Fitiverse is local, social network that will help you to find new, fun and social ways to workout! Fitiverse focuses on fitness and connects you with compatible workout buddies who have access to the same fitness zones, which are like neighborhoods. Fitiverse is Free to join!

Find Free Workouts, Yoga Classes, Meet-ups and more, on Fitiverse. The local place to go for Free Fitness activities! Create your free account here!

If you're wondering why am I sharing Fitiverse on Free in DC when technically it's not an arts, culture or consciousness event, it is because Fitiverse shares a similar mission, to help people connect to fabulous, local, free things to do. In their case, they just focus on fitness. It's also free to join! The site was founded by two brothers who live in the DC area who share a passion for fitness and well-being. They wanted to help others in the greater community find people who live nearby, share similar schedules and are interested in similar ways of working out and having fun.

Create your free account to find some free activities, have some fun burning calories and maybe even make some new friends while you are at it.

Monday, January 21, 2019

UPCOMING & ONGOING: YOGA & MEDITATION: More Free & Low-Cost Yoga & Meditation Classes at Yoga Studios in DC and Metro VA & MD!

Free & Low Cost Community Yoga & Meditation Classes in DC!
Below is a list of some of the more popular centers and studios that offer free, donation-based, and reduced price yoga and meditation lasses as part of their weekly schedules.

If you know of any other studios or places where you can find yoga classes that are free, by donation or $10 or less, feel free to email me over gmail at freeindcblog, comment on Free in DC's facebook page or send me a tweet @FreeinDCBlog.

Yoga Classes
Organized alphabetically by Studio/ Venue Name. Please message me to let me know if there are any changes to note in this list.

Saturday lunchtime
Circle Yoga - Friendship Heights/ Chevy Chase
Donation-Based Community Class on Saturdays 12:30pm - 1:30pm (except during session breaks). Suggested $5 minimum donation. "These “all levels” classes are typically yoga classes, though we sometimes offer Pilates, Feldenkrais, or other types of community classes. Check the community class schedule for details." View the full schedule of free community classes. Located near Friendship Heights metro and Chevy Chase Circle, about 13 min walk from metro (map),

Select Days, Times and Locations in DC
DC Public Libraries often host Free Yoga Classes, you can search their calendar here

Friday late afternoon
Down Dog Yoga - Georgetown
One hour Community Class "Flow for $5" on Fridays at 4:30pm I am pretty sure this is a heated yoga studio so you may want to call them to check before you sign up for this class. Description online simply says:  "These fun classes are taught by our teachers-in-training. Following our all-levels format, these classes offer an opportunity for you to support the development of our teachers in training, and at the same time offer a reduced rate as an opportunity to give back to the broader yoga community." View schedule here.

Select classes $10
Studio Serenity and Studio DC - locations in Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle
$10 community yoga classes
From their website: "Our studio has a strong commitment to making yoga accessible to everyone in our community, regardless of income. We are offering $10 community yoga classes every day of the week. Check out our class schedule to see which classes are only $10. These reduced $10 classes can only be purchased at the studio. ***Passes not available online, only in person.*** $10 Yoga Policies: *If you have a membership or intro special, you do NOT need to pay in addition for this class *Purchases that expire are not valid for extension, roll-over, or refund. *Not eligible for non-profit/student rate *Not eligible as credit to be applied to a regularly priced class, intro pass, class package, or OM Pass *Only valid for classes listed online as $10 class"  They also offer "Namaste Day - free classes all day: "One day out of the month, the studio offers the community an opportunity to enjoy the invigorating, challenging, joyful, sweaty, and celebratory yoga classes we have to offer....for FREE.***Members and pass holders can guarantee their spot by signing up in advance. Classes will fill up on a first come, first serve basis, so show up early."

Wednesday & Friday nights in Dupont Circle $10 Community Classes 
Tranquil Space - Update from April 24, 2018: The Dupont Circle location has $10 community classes Wednesday night at 8:00pm and Friday night at 7:00pm. Arlington location does not have any at the moment, though they tell me they are working on it!
Near Dupont Circle Metro 17th St location 1632-34 17th Street NW (202) 328-9642
Near Virginia Sq Metro 3528 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA (703) 829-6428

Friday night in Bethesda, MD
Unity Woods - Bethesda, MD location only. $10 drop-in Community Class on Fridays, 6:00pm - 7:00pm. This class may be followed by a free chanting class, Soul-Soothing Chanting, from 7:10pm - 7:40pm. See schedule and find more info here.

Throughout the Week at various locations in DC

Yoga District offers lots of donation based Meditation & Yoga Classes (most on Sundays) 

Meditation Classes

Monday night 
Circle Yoga - Friendship Heights/ Chevy Chase
Mindfulness Meditation Mondays every Monday from 7:00pm - 8:30pm with The Opening Heart Mindfulness Community. "On Mondays, join us for sitting and walking meditation and a facilitated discussion. Introduction for newcomers is on the first Monday of each month starting at 6:15 pm. Wednesday  6:30-7:30 am and Friday sessions 12:00-1:00pm include sitting and walking meditation, but there is no facilitated discussion."  Located near Friendship Heights metro and Chevy Chase Circle, about 13 min walk from metro (map),

Select Days, Times and Locations in DC
DC Public Libraries host free Meditation workshops on occasion, you can search their calendar here

Throughout the Week at various locations in DC
Yoga District offers lots of donation based Meditation & Yoga Classes (most on Sundays)

Saturdays
Meditation Museum in Silver Spring, MD and the Meditation Museum II in McLean, VA
Want to learn more about how to Meditate? Join the Meditation Museum every Saturday. Free Intro to #Meditation Workshops from 11:00am - 12:00pm in Maryland 9525 Georgia Ave. Silver Spring, MD, walking distance from the Forest Glen Metro, and in Virginia from 9:30am-10:30am and  2pm-3pm at 1984 Chain Bridge Rd. McLean, VA, walking distance from the Greensboro Metro. RSVP for either location on their website, just click on the calendar for the list of classes.