Ely Community Education

2020 Beginning Meditation: A 8 Week Journey

Sorry, this class is full.  Please sign up on the waiting list. You will learn what Mediation is, how it will benefit you and how to do it.

Meditation is a daily practice of sitting in silence that takes you to an awareness that is not thought. This is a consciousness or awareness separate or different from thought. Most people don’t even know this reality exists.

Don’t worry!  You won’t stop thinking completely. But your thoughts won’t be in control anymore. Instead of the tyranny of thoughts, a deeper, more peaceful reality will start to grow inside you.

What you experience as real:  We discover that really does not mean the thoughts that dance through our heads. We discover a reality that is loving, intuitive and peaceful. As we keep practicing, we begin to see both ways—the same old thoughts and also a new, tender, powerful reality.

Feb 4: What is meditation?
Feb 11: Thought vs non-thought
Feb 18: How meditation changes the brain
Feb 25: Goal-oriented meditations
Mar 3: Surrender meditations
Mar 10: Oneness, Effects of soundwaves
Mar 17: Building resiliency
Mar 24: Trusting the practice

Class Details

Dates: Tuesdays (Feb 4 - Mar 24)
Time: 6-7 pm
Location: First Presbyterian Church, 226 Harvey Street, Ely
Cost: Free

About The Instructor

Jean Gendreau has wandered for about 70 years. She writes about spirit, travel and personal growth and has published essays and children’s stories. (Her personal essays are at www.jeangendreau.com) She’s lived in India and traveled in Wales, Greenland, Bhutan, Brazil, Scotland, Mongolia, Italy, and Ireland. Today she lives in the woods of northern Minnesota, plays fiddle, sings in the choir, bakes biscuits and adores her grandson.

About The Instructor

Holly Brodt has been helping people handle stress and crisis situations for more than 30 years, and she’s a retired St. Paul police officer. She’s trained in trauma response, stress management, and psychology. Her special interest is helping people develop resiliency as they face the stresses of high-intensity careers such as emergency responders. She’s lived in Ely since 2006, and she’s been practicing yoga and meditation for many years.


600 East Harvey Street
Ely, MN 55731


Phone: (218) 365-6166
Fax: (218) 365-6138