Know your nonprofit: Mountain Stream Meditation – California News

Know your nonprofit: Mountain Stream Meditation – California News

Know Your Nonprofit is a weekly Q&A feature with western Nevada County nonprofit organizations. 

What is your mission statement?

Mountain Stream Meditation has a very simple mission. We offer the heart and depth of the Buddha’s teachings, for all beings, to ease suffering and to awaken to compassion and joy.

Briefly, when and how did your nonprofit start?

Our guiding and founding meditation teacher is John Travis. Together, John and the community of meditation practitioners started Mountain Stream Meditation as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in 1994.

What are the primary sources of funding?

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Annual pledges, one-time donations, registration fees for residential and daylong retreats and a variety of classes.

How many employees does the organization have?

Currently, Mountain Stream has five very part-time employees.

Who is your primary audience, the people who benefit the most from your organization?

Anyone who is interested in exploring mindfulness to calm the mind and open the heart!

What is your primary service area (specific city, countywide, the region?)

The Sierra Foothills and beyond.

List the biggest achievements in your nonprofit’s history (up to three).

1. In 2013 we opened our beautiful community meditation center called the Nevada City Insight Center.

2. We annually hold three Residential Retreats (nine-night retreats at various venues) and Daylong Retreats at the center once a month.

3. Nevada City Insight Center has on-going evening programs on Mondays and Wednesdays; we are also open for dropping in from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays.

List the biggest challenges you face (up to three).

1. Connecting people…

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