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Meditation Paths Towards Mindfulness

Saturday Afternoon

Meditation Paths 

for Gay Men

Saturday Afternoons 3:00 to 4:30

Explore - Attention - Awareness - Knowing - Embodiment

- Towards Mindfulness -

Fall 2020

Meditation for Gay Men
Classes offered

  • Saturday afternoons from 3:00 to 4:30 pm

See the Current schedule at the bottom of this page

Classes in 5 week series

Series 1 Begins October 3

Series 2 Begins November 7

Full Series Begins October 3 Ends December 5

Gay Men Meditating

Meditation Paths

Explore - Attention

Awareness - Knowing


Saturday Afternoon Class

with Phillip Coupal 



Meditation Paths

  • No upcoming events

Meditation Paths Series 1 Start October 3 - 5 Classes

  • New Events will be Scheduled Soon

Meditation Paths Series 2 Start November 7 - 5 Classes

  • New Events will be scheduled soon

Meditation Paths Full Series October 3 to December 5 - 10 Classes

  • Contact Phillip for Informationnabout the next series

Covid Information

All registrations and payments must now be made on-line and in advance. In Person attendance must be confirmed 48 hours in advance, on-line registration must be confirmed 24 hours in advance.

All In Person participants will be required to answer a screening questionnaire prior to attendance.

In Person participants must arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the class.

Participants must arrive wearing a mask or facial covering.

Participants will be assigned individual islands on which they will practice. These islands ensure physical distance as we communally create a safe and hygienic environment.

Participants will be given containers for clothing, all cloths must be placed into the covered container.

Participants will be required to wipe down their island and all equipment, with provided, Health Canada approved disinfectants. This must take place at arrival before the class and again as the participants leave.

Participants will be provided with studio supplied yoga mats, blocks for sitting and sanitized towels. 

Participants will be provided with sanitized and disinfected equipment and any supplies needed for the class. 

Outside equipment cannot be brought into the studio.

We will have a few minutes at the close of the class for questions and feedback for the instructor and the studio

At the end of class, participants will dress and disassemble in an orderly way. We all miss the hugs and close physical interactions that we have been able to be blessed with in the past and we look forward to the time when we will be able to resume with these very pleasant intimacies. We look forward to the future.

We are very thankful for the men who practice together as we create a community offering compassion and kindness. 

Recommended Reading

Mindfulness for Beginners

Reclaiming the presnt moment - and your life

Jon Kabat-Zinn


The Issue at Hand

Essays on Buddhist Mindfulness Practice

Gil Fronsdal


Please make certain to arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the class. 

The door is locked at 10 minutes prior to the class start and latecomers are not admitted. 

Please ensure your cell phones and communication devices are turned off as you enter and not turned on until after you leave. 

Please be respectful of the space and the others that are sharing their practice with you. 

Please stay until the class is finished and the last posture is completed.

Disrespectful, inconsiderate, exclusionary, assaultive, and aggressive behaviours will not be tolerated. This is a class dedicated to peace and honours the personal boundaries of each participant and respects the focus of the class. 

Please know that there is no touching  in this class. The only touch that is accommodated is for the teacher to create an adjustment of the posture or provide a light and gentle massage of the neck at the end of the class. During this time all touch will be postponed until the health crisis changes.

Meditation Paths

for Gay Men

Meditation Paths

Explore - Attention

Awareness - Knowing


Saturday Afternoon 3:00 to 4:30

with Phillip Coupal 

Mindfulness Based Meditation while Naked

More about Meditation with Phillip

Focus of this class:

This class will practice acceptance of the present moment. There will be a short introduction to each class to welcome the group and lay the foundations for this peaceful exploration. We will begin to explore pathways to greater awareness and acceptance of ourselves in the present moment.

Benefit of this class:

This class will gently benefit practitioners with a basis for a regular meditation practice. Together we will gather information and allow for a depth of acceptance to allow patience and understanding as we together create a loving connection with ourselves and the world we share.

Why we practice together as men:

As men we gather together to:

  • remind ourselves of our connection,

  • to draw ourselves from isolation,

  • to foster and explore the energy and strength that we have as men to bring loving and healing energy to ourselves, our community and the world as a whole.

Why we practice together while naked:

Our reasons for practising while naked include:

  • practice shifting our focus inward
  • shift away from taking ourselves so personally
  • to practice giving our physical body freedom from judgement as we practice focusing our attention to the internal path to awareness.

Everyone's experience of practising

while naked will be ever-changing

and a chance for discovery.

From Phillip

Speaking of the Meditation Paths

"Meditation, focus and internal awareness is something that I have been working to practice for decades. Last summer I participated in a meditation group that disturbed me and at the same time inspired me to begin a regular practice of my own. My practice is free from many of the "RULES" and "STRICTURES" of many meditaiton practices that I have been a part of. This new class at the Awaken Studio is an ideal opportunity to share with others technique and simple insights into deepening our awareness as we become mindful of our attention and our focus.  "

Phillip Coupal

August 2020

Phillip Coupal

Awaken Studio Toronto

Meditation Paths for Gay Men

Towards Mindfulness

Saturday Afternoon

"This Meditation practice, specifically focused towards gay men and practicing while naked, might be a very difficult offering to bring to life. The Awaken Studio is an ideal place and space to bring this offering, of Gay Men Meditating togather. The studio allows for freedom for their bodies and tour spirits. The fostering of community for men who love men and are of like heart and mind it formost as we move ino a world where isolation and separations are becoming the default.

I am happy to move into a new and peaceful direction supporting the inward journey as we practice a fuller experience of true embodiment"

Phillip Coupal

August 2020

All men are welcome to take part in the practice of Meditation at the Awaken Studio. 

Free yourself to treat yourself to an 
experience unlike any other in the city. 

This practice is open to all men and
the Awaken Studio welcomes all DIVERSITY.

There is no experience qualification, body shape or size restriction or age restriction.

Please be over 19 years of age. 

Free your Yourself

Fees and Passes

Single Class Fees

In Person Single Class fee is $30.00

On Line Single Class fee is $15.00


5 Classes 5 Consecutive Classes

In Person 5 Class Pass fee $100.00 $20.00 per class

On Line 5 Class Pass fee $50.00  $10.00 per class

10 Classes 10 Consecutive Classes

In Person 10 Class Pass fee $175.00 $17.50 per class

On Line 10 Class Pass fee $75.00  $7.50 per class

With the purchase of each pass participants will be registered within 24 hours for the next consecutive classes. Class passes are limited to the particular class that has been defined by the pass. 

Questions or more information:

Contact Phillip -

Payment must accompany registration.

Practicing - Compassion and Kindness and Building Community.

If for some reason you are unable to pay for the classes at the Awaken Studio in Toronto we will do our best to create an accommodation for your attendance. If you are under employed, unemployed or suffering from a financial hardship and you wish to attend, we will do our very best to create an accommodation for you. Please be kind you yourself and make sure to contact Phillip for more information.

All you have to do is ASK!

Meditation Paths

- Towards Mindfulness -

for Gay Men 

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Before you start your journey.

All Bodywork Sessions and Groups at the Awaken Studio are limited to those 19 years old and over.

If you require further information or have questions please make sure to ask.

Although an intake session, introductory session or prior experience  is not required for any individual or group session it is recommended that you check ahead, ask any questions that you might have and prepare yourself for an experience, that might be, unlike anything you have known before.


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