Special Interest Groups, Meditation + Healing


Affinity Groups are the heart and soul of the Wainwright House Community. They are leaderless groups that provide the opportunity for members to gather around a shared perspective or interest and to learn from each other.


It is easy to form an Affinity Group: Three Wainwright House members express interest in a particular focus, with one member accepting responsibility for coordinating the group.


Beginning January 2019 all participants are asked to pay $10 per meeting to help support Wainwright House.

Please call 914-967-6080 or email us at if you wish to start a group. Affinity Group Guidelines can be found below. 

Before attending your first meeting, please call Wainwright House to confirm the time and date.


Women in Conversation: Midlife and Beyond  

First Wednesday of each month. 12:30-2:30

Please check out our calendar for exact dates


Join with women to learn and share stories and spiritual journeys. We use meditation, visualization and facilitated dialoging to create a safe space for authentic being and self-expression.

For more information, please contact Ellen at 203-918-3325 or

A Course In Miracles Group

Tuesdays 7:00 - 8:30 pm


A Course in Miracles is a complete self-study spiritual thought system based on universal spiritual themes. This group meets to read and discuss the principles that make up the daily lessons, the Text, and the Manual for Teachers.  For the purpose of shared reading, we recommend that members bring the book titled,  A Course in Miracles: Complete and Annotated Edition. Published by the Circle of Atonement.


The Summary introduction, which appears in the Text states, “The Course does not aim at teaching the meaning of love, for that is beyond what can be taught. It does aim, however, at removing the blocks to the awareness of love's presence, which is your natural inheritance.


This course can therefore be summed up very simply in this way:

"Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God”

All are welcome to join us in this gentle and relaxed setting of learners.

For information, please email

Meditation and Healing Circle

Tuesdays 7:30pm to 8:45pm

Healing Circles have been a tradition at Wainwright House for more than 15 years. The practice of healing circles dates back to 4000 BC and is found in many cultures and belief systems.  


The Wainwright House group may use Reiki or other forms of energy healing as it is a self-directed group.  Several Reiki practitioners are in the circle and are happy to assist with the healing. 


Circles start with 20 to 30 minutes of silent meditation, generally with music. Then, names of people or beings who need healing are brought into the circle.  Finally, anyone present who wants the help of the healing energy sits in the middle of the circle to enjoy the healing benefits.


This is only with the permission of the participant. The evening ends with conversation and sharing for those who care to talk about their experience. Silence is always respected as well. The practice may be appropriate for some children with adult supervision.

If you have any questions, please email David Bernstein at

Community of Mindfulness Meditation Group

Quiet Harbor Sangha

Meets every Thursday at 7:00-8:30pm 
Peale Room in the Main House (room can change, so check at Front Desk)

Quiet Harbor Sangha is a community of practice in the tradition of Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, one of the best known and most respected Buddhist masters in the world today. 


We welcome you to join us for our meditation practice.  Our sessions are open to all and no prior meditation experience is necessary. Each session includes sitting and walking meditation, dharma reading and discussion. Chairs and some cushions will be available.  If you have a sitting cushion, please bring it. Wear comfortable clothing and please do not wear fragrances.  

Quiet Harbor Sangha is a part of The Community of Mindfulness New York and belongs to a wide network of national and international sanghas (communities).  
For information about the practice, you may go to 

If you have any questions, please contact Sara Silver 914-462-1262.


Affinity Group Guidelines: 

Only current members of Wainwright House may submit a proposal for an Affinity Group (AG). Proposals will be evaluated by the Program Committee for contribution to WH's mission statement/goals and the needs of the community.


  • A list of 3 current WH members who support the formation of the group and plan to regularly participate. Three months will be given to allow the group to grow, but a sustainable number of 5 active participants will be required to continue.

  • E-mailed proposals are preferred. Please send to

Rules for conducting Affinity Groups

  • AG's are leaderless groups. They are an opportunity for the WH community to meet and share common interests and concerns. Coordinators are not group leaders or teachers, but the person handling logistics.

  • Coordinators are not paid and all income is WH's. AG participants must be current members of WH, and are expected to pay $5 each time the AG meets.

  • AG must receive WH approval before making any scheduling changes. Times and rooms must be made through the House staff. Occasionally, it may be necessary to change rooms or postpone meetings to accommodate events or retreat groups in residence. AG coordinators are responsible for contacting the group and any special set-ups and clean-up of rooms after meetings.

Coordinator Responsibilities

  • Prior to AG's first meeting, the coordinator must schedule a 15-minute meeting with a WH staff member to learn simple procedures and logistics regarding AG paperwork.

  • Stay in communication with WH staff regarding any scheduling changes. In the event of a cancellation, it is the coordinator's responsibility to notify all group members in advance. Please be sure to share with WH staff an accurate list of your member's names and contact information for this purpose.

  • Check membership status of participants; collect membership from those who are not members, complete and submit attendance sheets, accounting paperwork and income collected.

  • Return meeting room to the condition it was in upon arrival and turn off all lights and equipment used before leaving.

Acceptance of AG's

Coordinators will be notified of the Program Committee's decision within six weeks of submitting a proposal (to allow for monthly Board Meeting review). If the AG is accepted by WH, it will be offered on a trial basis initially, the length to be determined by WH. Promotion of AG's will only be considered after a successful trial period.

WH reserves the right to cancel AGs if rules of conduct are not honored or if coordinators are not maintaining their responsibilities.