Ann Arbor

Welcome to the Jewel Heart Ann Arbor chapter webpage! 

ANN ARBOR ONSITE PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS For details scroll further below.

Ancient Wisdom. Modern Times. by Demo Rinpoche, Free Sunday Talks weekly, 11:00am, followed by tea/snacks and optional onsite discussion on the morning talk. Onsite/Online. All welcome.

White Tara Guided Meditation, Free Sundays weekly, 9:30 – 10:30am. Online program. Onsite  attendance welcome.  Click to explore the White Tara Meditations webpage.

Open Meditation, Free Mondays, 6:00 – 6:45pm. Onsite only. Moved from Thursdays to Mondays in April.

Jewel Heart Ann Arbor April Programs –

GANDEN LHA GYEMA Course – Mondays, April 1 – May 20, 7:00 – 8:30pm – Onsite only. Details below.

LAMA CHOPA and Tsoh for Rose Jasso will be offered onsite weekly on Sundays at 2pm. Friends are also welcome to offer them individually from their homes.  A concluding Lama Chopa and tsoh will be held on Sunday, May 19, 2:00pm – Onsite/Online. Click for Zoom link. To help with local onsite tsoh planning and set up, please contact Brian Kobylarz. Please note: the April 14 offering will be held in the Joyful Paradise Room. Also, there will be no monthly Friday Lama Chopa & Tsoh sessions in April and in May.

ONGOING Sangha Activities Highlights – Scroll further below for more details

Tai Chi Weekly Sundays , 4:00 – 5:00pm

Yoga with Samantha Lieberman – Weekly Thursdays,  9:15 – 10:15am

All are welcome to join the onsite only non-Jewel Heart program, Gift of Song, offered by the Threshold Singer at Jewel Heart on Sunday, April 14, 4:00p – 5:15pm. Sit or recline, close your eyes, and let our voices support you in meeting life’s challenges. Donations welcome.

Open Mic @ Jewel Heart – Second Sunday Monthly, April 14,  6:00 – 9:00pm,  Onsite sign up starts 5:30pm. Questions, write [email protected].

No Jewel Heart Readers on  April 8. Join us in May.

Happy Hikers, Saturdays Monthly, 1:00 – 2:00pm – April 20, County Farm Park, 2230 Platt Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, USA (map) Dress for the weather.

Loving Kindness Crafters – Sundays Monthly, April 21, 1:00pm

Free Film & Discussion – Monthly Fridays, No film in April

Ann Arbor Sangha Council meetings meet onsite monthly on Tuesdays, 5:45pm. All are welcome. Next meeting – April 9.

Please check here for onsite cancellations during inclement weather.

Local programming questions – write [email protected] or call 734 994 3387.

Covid Guidelines

Jewel Heart was founded in Ann Arbor in 1988. We were privileged to receive the late Kyabje Gelek Rimpoche’s teachings on a regular basis, and the privilege continues with Jewel Heart’s Spiritual Director, Demo Rinpoche. Jewel Heart also hosts many other preeminent teachers and scholars in Tibetan Buddhism.

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In 2008, we were honored when His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama accepted Jewel Heart’s invitation to teach in Ann Arbor and inaugurated our spacious new location at 1129 Oak Valley Drive.

Throughout the year, we offer retreats, courses, guest speakers, workshops, and talks geared to help individuals bring peace, joy, and understanding into their lives and the lives of others. Jewel Heart offerings are based on the authentic and accessible teachings of Demo Rinpoche, Jewel Heart’s Resident Spiritual Advisor and the late Kyabje Gelek Rimpoche, founder of Jewel Heart.

When fully open for onsite participation, we hold film nights, a book group, a knitting group, tai chi classes, and community events, such as potlucks, a community garden, and fun-raisers. We are also involved in outreach activities, providing classes in mindfulness meditation to prisoners and living will workshops offered by Jewel Heart Health Center and Community Hospice.

The Jewel Heart Store, located at Jewel Heart Ann Arbor, sells books, transcripts, Tibetan rugs, and dharma objects. Jewel Heart Ann Arbor also has a main assembly hall, multiple rooms for courses, kitchen and dining facilities, and green space with a pond.

If you have questions about local programming, please email [email protected]or call 734 994 3387.

Don’t forget to do your grocery shopping at Arbor Farms and 3% will be donated to Jewel Heart.
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Location and Events


(734) 994-3387

[email protected]


(734) 994-3387

[email protected]

Ann Arbor Special Events Jan – April 2024


LOVING KINDNESS CRAFTERS –  Monthly Sundays, 1:00 pm ET, Onsite

Interested in knitting, sewing, quilting, baking or other crafts? No knowledge necessary. Beginners and experts and all in between are welcome. Onsite.

DATES: January 21, February 18, March 17, April 21. FREE

We will be knitting/crocheting chemo caps for St. Joseph and University of Michigan cancer patients. Materials available or bring your own. Instructions available.

Contact Rowena Villarias at [email protected] for more information.

Note: Collecting care package items for the Delonis Homeless Shelter continues. Donations for kits can be placed in the box marked. Items needed follow:

Toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, chapstick, bar soap, washrags & hand towels, travel size Kleenex, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, body lotion, hand shavers, men’s shaving cream, women’s tampons & panty liners, Q-tips, shower caddies.

TAI CHI – Weekly Sundays, 4:00 – 5:00pm ET, Onsite
Learn and practice Wu Style Tai Chi Chan with instructor Marilyn Feingold.

DATES:  January  7, 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7,14, 21, 28. No Session on January 14,  March 3
COST: Drop-in, $5 per session at the door.

OPEN MIC @ JEWEL HEART – Second Sunday Monthly, 6:00 – 9:00pm ET, Onsite in the Joyful Paradise Room

DATES: January 14, February 11, March 10, April 14. FREE

LADY NIGUMA YOGA with HELEN BREAULT – Weekly Mondays through March 18, 6:00 – 6:45pm ET, Onsite, FREE

DATES: January 29 – March 18 – No Session February 26.
Nourish your mind and body with this sweet chakra-based yoga series.  We explore the mind-body connection by incorporating pranayama (breath awareness) and seed syllables with gentle poses. Onsite.
All levels welcome, no experience necessary!
Bring your own mat. We will have some mats available.

JEWEL HEART READERS – 2nd Monday Monthly, Online only,  7:00 – 8:30pm ET  

DATES: February 12, March 11, April 8No session January 15. FREE

Book Selection: The Wakeful Body by Willa Blythe Baker.  Click for the zoom registration link.

Contact [email protected] or check out the Ann Arbor calendar for more information.

HATHA YOGA WITH SAMANTHA LIEBERMAN – Weekly Thursdays, 9:15 – 10:15am ET, Onsite

DATES: January/February, March, April  No Session on January 11, February 29 

COST: Drop-in $15 per session – First visit FREE! Cash or Venmo at door. Seniors receive 10% discount. Discounted packages available. Bring your own mats.

Sam Lieberman has been practicing yoga since 1988. She received teacher trainings in Yoga Fit and Yoga Medics.  Yoga Medics is a medical model approach with emphasis on alignment and therapeutic needs.

FREE FILM AND DISCUSSION – Second Friday Monthly,  7:00pm ET, Onsite in the Joyful Paradise Room 

Bring friends and enjoy a free film and follow up group discussion onsite. Free concessions available.

DATES: January 19,  February 9, March 8, April 12

January 19 – Walking the Camino. (2015) Documentary about 6 men and women’s 500-mile journey along the Way of St. James.  For 1200 years, millions of pilgrims have been walking the Camino de Santiago from France to Spain. Have you ever walked—or wanted to walk—the Way?
February 9You Can Heal Your Life. (2008) documentary detailing the fascinating life story of the indomitable Louise Hay. A surprising, inspiring, motivational film that brings the fact that we can make a difference in our lives straight into our hearts.
March 8The Keeper of the Keys. (2012) What are the keys to changing your life? Appearances by Jack Canfield, John Gray, Marci Shimoff and other personal-development luminaries who teach Michael (Scott Cervine) the key ideas to transforming his life. An imaginative adventure, think Harry Potter meets Woody Allen meets The Secret.

April – No film on April 12 due to Geshe Thabkhe’s April program 

May 10 – Café. (2016) Focused on the denizens of a coffee shop the film asks tantalizing questions about and glimpses into the riddle of our very existence: who are we really as human, spiritual beings? What are we doing in this magical experience called life? Why are we here?

   HAPPY HIKERS – 3rd Saturday Monthly hikes at various Ann Arbor parks, 1:00 – 2:00pm ET  

NEXT DATE/TIME/LOCATION: – April 20, County Farm Park, 2230 Platt Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, USA (map) Dress for the weather.

Dates:  January 20, February 17, March 16,  April 20, May 18, June – August is summer break

Locations: January: Cedar Bend, February: Marshall Nature Preserve, March: Gallop Park, April: County Farm Park, May: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Contact Heather MacKenzie at [email protected] for information.

DHARMA DISC’ERS DISC GOLF – Monthly Saturday Afternoons, 1:00pm – 3:00pm ET 

New and experienced players welcome!

Dates: April 27,  May 25, June 22, August 24, September 28, October 26
FREE. New & experienced players welcome!

Location: Mary Beth Doyle Park, 3500 Birch Hollow Drive, Ann Arbor 48108
Meet in the parking lot adjacent to the swing set.

Instructions – Time of play is usually 1-3 hours, depending on number in group and how many holes we play. Typically, 18 holes  but you can also play 9 or however many you like.

Wear good hiking shoes with a good gripping sole as ground may be muddy.  Discs will be available to use for the day.  If you have your own discs (or plan to purchase a starter set), please bring your own.  You might also want to bring a small bag or backpack to carry your discs.

Note: Play is weather permitting so please check this webpage first.

Contact: [email protected]

BLISSFUL BIRDERS – To be announced

Colorful warblers, vireos, tanagers, orioles, and flycatchers are exiting Michigan on migration farther south during early September. We’ll visit Matthaei Botanical Gardens, one of the best Ann Arbor birding hotspots for fall migrants.

Instructions: Bring binoculars, dress appropriately, and wear sensible shoes because trails can be wet with morning dew. Please, no strollers or dogs.

Guide: Karen Markey is a long-time field trip leader for Washtenaw Audubon Society, route leader for the Kirtland’s Warbler Survey for the U.S. Forest Service, and founder of the Highlands Nature Sanctuary Breeding Birds Survey for the Arc of Appalachia.

Contact:  Send an email message to [email protected] with your questions or concerns.


Local sangha are hosting a food drive for Food Gatherers to fight against hunger right here where we live. When onsite, please see the poster on the Sangha Council bulletin board for needed items or the donation box in the cafe. We plan to donate around the holiday timeframe so don’t wait too long to donate!

Click to explore the many Jewel Heart Programs.

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Click for Jewel Heart Healing Meditations and Practices.

Ann Arbor Programs Jan – April 2024

DEMO RINPOCHE – ANCIENT WISDOM. MODERN TIMES. ~ Sundays Weekly, 11:00am – 12:00pm ET, Onsite & Online

Join Demo Rinpoche for weekly Sunday public talks on a variety of topics based on Buddhist wisdom that remains relevant for today’s modern life. Onsite and online facilitated group discussions follow the morning talk.

All are welcome. Sundays serve as a perfect entry for newcomers, a wonderful introduction to Demo Rinpoche and the Jewel Heart community.  Come as you are. Contact [email protected].

Ancient Wisdom. Modern Times. Zoom Link  for online participation.

WHITE TARA GUIDED HEALING MEDITATION ~ Sundays Weekly, 9:30 – 10:30am ET,  Online, onsite welcome. 

White Tara Meditation Zoom Link

OPEN MEDITATION – Mondays, Weekly Onsite, 6:00 – 6:45pm ET Moved from Thursdays to Mondays on April 1. 

Facilitators offer lightly guided concentration meditation sessions onsite for all levels of experience.

FREE. Contact [email protected] for questions.

LAMA CHOPA & TSOH – Third Friday Monthly Onsite, 6:30pm ET 

Lama Chopa is a comprehensive practice to help ground and strengthen our relationship with our spiritual teachers as well as the various activities that support realizing our fullest spiritual potential, to reach enlightenment for the greater benefit of all. All Welcome.

Dates: March 15, June 21, July 19, August 16, September 20, October 18, November 15, December 20  Note: No local Lama Chopa and Tsoh on April 12, due to Geshe Thabkhe’s April program. Also, no practice on Friday, May 17 due to special weekly Sunday Lama Chopa and Tsoh offerings through May 19.  

Click for more info about Lama Chopa and Tsoh. 
Donations appreciated. 


Next Course Offering – Mondays, April 1 – May 20, 7:00 – 8:30pm

Register at [email protected]

Date: Saturday, March 30, 10:00am – 3:30pm, Onsite only, Free, Donations welcome.

Death and the process of dying is unavoidable.  In this workshop we explore compassionate methods to help create meaning in this transition for our loved ones, as well as ourselves. This workshop is based on the Tibetan Buddhist practice of the Five Powers at the Time of Death and is open and appropriate for all.
Program includes: Spiritual support instructions, requests to spiritual friends, medical care instructions, checklist, five forces and dissolution handouts, meditation and discussion.
For Questions & to Register – Email
Instructors – Chaplain Robin Olson & Heather MacKenzie




Date: Saturday, April 6,  9:00am – 5:00pm
Free.  Onsite only. All levels of experience

Meditation is an essential tool that helps develop peace and joy, as well as, the power to deeply understand wisdom. The day includes a practice sessions with light guidance. Instructors available for your assistance. Silence will be enjoyed throughout the day. All levels of experience welcome.

No registration required, come when you can. For Questions – write

Meditation sessions – 9:00am – 10:30am, 11:00am – 12:30pm, 1- 2:30pm, 3 – 4:30pm

Breaks – 10:30 – 11:00am, 12:30 – 1:00pm,  2:30 – 3:00pm, 4:30 – 5:00pm


Register at [email protected]

Note: Program extended to March 25 due to January 22 cancellation.


Offered both onsite Ann Arbor and via Zoom! 

Join Jewel Heart Instructors Vicki Cahill and Joseph Palms onsite Ann Arbor and online via zoom for this new program on Wednesday evenings, January 10, 17, 24, and 31.

Click here for details and to register.

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