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Just Meditate (45 min)

This class is taught by:

Patricia Ullman

Patricia is a senior teacher and meditation instructor in the Tibetan Buddhist and Shambhala traditions, having studied and practiced for over forty years under the guidance of some of the most renowned teachers of our day. She was a close personal student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche from the mid-1970’s until his death in 1987, and with his blessing received many teachings and empowerments from the Sixteenth Karmapa, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Dudjom Rinpoche, and other great masters. She later studied intensively with Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, and has a close personal connection with Mindrolling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche, who has a retreat centre in Virginia. She also studied for many years with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the son and dharma heir of Chögyam Trungpa.

Patricia has led workshops and retreats throughout Europe, Canada and the U.S. for children, professionals, students and adults, from beginners to advanced practitioners of meditation and authentic presence in everyday life. Through these simple yet profound practices, people of all ages and backgrounds can gain confidence in their innate intelligence and worth and lead more full, productive and compassionate lives.

Patricia holds a J.D. degree and has spent her professional life in law, mediation, restorative justice, and non-profit leadership. She brings mindfulness techniques into these fields as part of the natural process of transforming organizational culture and working with conflict. She works with private clients and groups who wish to gain tools for improving the quality of their lives, work, and relationships with others.

Farhan Qureshi

Farhan comes to Just Meditate with an extensive background in meditation with a special interest in the pragmatic value of the theta and alpha brain states. He has taken numerous courses and participated in many retreats ranging from Vipassana Meditation, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Transcendental Meditation, Loving Kindness Meditation and is also certified in Hypnotherapy and Reiki (Master-Teacher). Farhan's goal is to target the meditative state as a means to progress and develop the brain. Farhan has worked in Mental Health for ten years during which time he has incorporated many Mindfulness techniques. In addition, Farhan has taught Mindfulness at Johns Hopkins University and at Elev8 in Baltimore.

Nina Paul

Nina Paul is a mindfulness educator and consultant. Nina began practicing mindfulness 20 years ago to better manage the stressors in her life. Upon studying the science behind the effectiveness of mindfulness in reducing stress and seeing the results from her own practice, she became inspired to dedicate her career to teaching mindfulness. Nina loves sharing her passion for transformation through mindfulness to adults, college and high school students. She holds certificates in mindfulness through Mindful Schools, .b Mindfulness in Schools Project (UK) and MBSR-T (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Teens). In addition Nina has studied mindfulness online at UCLA and The National Institute for the Clinical application of Behavioral Medicine. Nina holds a B.A. in Computer Science from the University of Delaware, has studied Early Childhood Education at San Francisco State University and received her Montessori Teaching Credential from Pacific Coast Montessori.

Amy Thaler

Amy, our Founder and CEO, brings more than 30 years of corporate, entrepreneurial and non-profit experience to Just Meditate.

She holds an undergraduate degree in Physical Education from Ithaca College and an MBA from USC’s Marshall School of Business. Amy has held diverse positions including General Manager of Ceremony Operations for the Olympic Winter Games of 2002, CEO of the YMCA Tauranga in New Zealand, COO of Caerus Associates (a government R&D contractor), Vice President of Administration of an enterprise software company, Arthur Andersen Business Consultant, and founder of Knead a Massage Inc. (www.kneadamassage.com), a successful affordable massage studio which was acquired in its second year of operations.


She is also a volunteer puppy raiser for Guiding Eyes for the Blind and is raising Henley, her 14th puppy. Amy, a native Washingtonian, lives in Bethesda with her daughter Blythe, their cat Latte, and their career change dog Nexus.

Our signature class is 45 minutes and suits the first time meditator or the experienced practitioner. Push pause at the door and let our experienced guides help you learn to be present in moment. This class is a bit of a mash-up of modalities such as breath, body scan, compassion and mindfulness. Just Meditate gives you tools to not just get through your day but improve your day and your life.

Upcoming classes:

  • Sat Dec 16 10:15 am - 11:00 am with Patricia Ullman
  • Sat Dec 16 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm with Farhan Qureshi
  • Sun Dec 17 10:15 am - 11:00 am with Nina Paul
  • Sun Dec 17 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm with Patricia Ullman
  • Sat Dec 23 10:15 am - 11:00 am with Patricia Ullman
  • Sat Dec 23 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm with Farhan Qureshi
  • Sun Dec 24 10:15 am - 11:00 am with Amy Thaler
  • Sat Dec 30 10:15 am - 11:00 am with Amy Thaler
  • Sat Dec 30 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm with Farhan Qureshi
  • Sun Dec 31 10:15 am - 11:00 am with Amy Thaler
  • Sat Jan 06 10:15 am - 11:00 am with Patricia Ullman