Groups and Times

Southsea Sangha run weekly sitting groups listed below. Visiting teacher dharma evening and retreats which are listed on the events page.

As a peer-led, open access community, Southsea Sangha embraces all people regardless of age, race, class, culture, nationality, ethnic origin, religious/spiritual background, gender identity, sexual or affectional orientation, marital status, family structure, social identity, physical ability or appearance, mental health, and educational or socioeconomic status.

As such, we strive to speak to each other in a compassionate way using wise speech and communication, avoiding hate-speech, intimidation, and violence of any kind. If you seek refuge in our community, we hope you feel welcome and safe

Dana (What Do the Groups Cost?)

No advanced booking is needed for any of our regular groups. All our groups are open access, which means you can just show up and sit! All our groups are run on a Dana basis.

We welcome dana (generosity/donations) at the end of each group, to keep our community growing. If you feel supported by what our community offers you, please support us. Many people have asked what to give to support us within the context of our overheads and growing costs. We kindly suggest £5 – £10 as appropriate.

No-one is ever turned away for a lack of funds.

What is Dana?

This is not a common practice in the west, but we are continuing this radical tradition of Dana, or generosity, in our community. Dana, translated from Pali, points towards the act of giving or simply generosity, and is a cornerstone teaching within the Buddhist tradition and a personal practice in of itself.

In the act of giving we develop our ability to let go of our craving or clinging tendencies, cultivate a spirit of caring and the quality of open handedness, helping us to acknowledge the inter-connectedness that we all share. The generosity of our community in supporting us, allows us to make the teachings of the Buddha available to all who are interested.

On behalf of the whole team at Sangha, we thank you for your generosity and your help in carrying on this radical and heart-centric tradition.

Dharma Den

A Community Led Guided Meditation

A regular, open space to meditate and meet others from the sangha. A great way to connect and sustain your individual dharma practice.  Each week is facilitated by Sangha Volunteers, offering guided meditations and an opportunity to practice together and discuss your practice with others in your community. Free tea provided!

This group is suitable for all levels of experience. Perfect for beginners or those just curious.

When: Every Sunday (except the last Sunday of each month)
Time: 6pm – 7pm (Doors open at 5.45pm. Groups begin promptly at 6pm)
Where: Coastguard Studio, Montague House, Clarendon Road, Southsea PO4 0SA


An Evening of Guided Meditation and Dharma Talks

DHARMA² offers an opportunity to deepen your practice with the support of the community and our community dharma leader, Daniel who leads these session.

DHARMA² taps into the huge potential, wisdom and compassion that co-arises when people gather with the intention to be mindful.

The last Sunday of every month, we meditate and engage in dialogue, reflecting on the Buddha’s teachings (dharma) to gain insight into how relational suffering is created and how we can release this suffering.

These evenings provide an opportunity to apply the teachings of mindfulness and compassion directly into interpersonal relationships and and how we relate to our own lived experience.

The format offers community connection, alongside meditation and facilitated activities that include speaking, listening, and relating. Learning to connect with greater presence opens up possibilities for ease, joy, and healing. And for those committed to the Buddhist path, these practices help deepen the application of teachings to daily life.

Where: Coastguard Studio, Montague House, Clarendon Road, Southsea PO4 0SA

Recovery Dharma Portsmouth

A Buddhist Path to Recovering from Addiction

Refuge Recovery Portsmouth is a mindfulness based Buddhist recovery support group, for anyone suffering from any addiction. Refuge Recovery was created by Author and Dharma Teach, Noah Levine. Refuge Recovery Is a mindfulness-based addiction recovery community that practices and utilizes Buddhist philosophy as the foundation of the recovery process. Drawing inspiration from the core teachings of the Four Noble Truths, emphasis is placed on both knowledge and empathy as a means for overcoming addiction and its causes. 

When: Every other Monday (For specific dates please check our Facebook page)
Time: 7pm – 8.30pm
Where: St Marys Lodge, St Marys Road, Portsmouth, PO3 6BB

Beach Body-sattva

An Early Morning, Beach Meditation

Beach Body – Sattva Offers an opportunity to start your day fresh with an early morning community sit on Southsea Beach. Perfect for those who are up early or working shifts each day. Guided meditation offered, cushions and blankets available. Dress warm.

This group is suitable for all levels of experience.

When: May – September Only. Every Wednesday Morning
Time: 7am – 7.30am
Where: Southsea Beach by The Coffee Cup, look for signs on the bike racks