Gentle Zen Form

Meditation & Yoga Continuous Series

Zen is the practice of coming back to the actual right-now-in-this-moment self. Zen practice is not about getting away from our life as it is; it is about getting into our life as it is, with all of its vividness, beauty, hardship, joy, and sorrow. Zen is a path of awakening: awakening to who we really are, and awakening the aspiration to connect and serve others and take responsibility for all of life.

The Gentle Zen Form Continuous Series is for people who:

  • are ready to commit to a daily meditation practice or already have a daily practice
  • have some experience but need support to sit every day
  • are preparing to explore silent retreats
  • wish to practice in the company of others
  • have never tried to meditate and are curious

Sessions will explore:

  • posture
  • yoga/movement (moderate)
  • breathing
  • establishing a daily yoga and meditation practice
  • a foundation of ethics
  • sitting with others

Build the foundation of practice, expand your knowledge and experience with beginner’s mind. Welcome to new and returning participants; early registration is suggested. Includes a practice-supporting resource guide and weekly reading. Led by Melissa Berry Appleton, accompanied by Danielle Prins, with visiting teacher, Lena La Foret Del Mar.

June 21st, Summer Solstice, will be the closing practice for the summer. Open to all series participants. Welcoming family and friends to practice and share food and refreshments together on the Tandava patio under the summer sky.


Date and time

Thursdays 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Meditation & Yoga Series

Tuesdays 6:30 – 7:30 AM
Sitting in Silence Meditation Practice


Tandava Yoga
3275 Lakeshore Rd
Kelowna, BC V1W 3S9

Upcoming dates

January 25 – February 22
March 1 – 29
April 5 – May 3
May 10 – June 7
June 21


Melissa Berry Appleton

Melissa Berry Appleton

Executive Director, Buddhist Practitioner, Meditation & Yoga Teacher

Melissa has been a student of yoga for 18 years and has received extensive yoga and meditation training. She keeps study and practice company with Norman Fischer and is currently enrolled in the Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program at Upaya Zen Centre. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Music Therapy and a post-graduate diploma in Human Resources. Her experience spans work within geriatric cognitive impairments, palliative care, addiction counseling, and raising three children. Melissa has a family, a lover (her husband), a black lab, hikes, makes pottery, and is a bit of a rebel. She deeply loves the Bodhisattva vows, is humbled by the precepts, continues to work with her sometimes anxious breathing, is making friends with her mind and better relationships with all of life.

Danielle Prins

Danielle Prins

Program Coordinator, Buddhist Practitioner, Yoga Teacher

Danielle is a certified Kripalu yoga teacher and kinesiology graduate from UBC. She worked for Big Brothers Big Sisters leading mindfulness programs in schools where children face some of our community’s greatest barriers. Danielle is also a member of the ENSO Teen Expedition Team. She is ever present, kind, and receptive in a way that teens can truly relate to. She never stops smiling and knows when to bring the silliness out! Danielle attends silent retreat regularly and will be attending a four-month residency program under the direction of Joan Halifax at Upaya Zen Centre at the beginning of 2017. At a very young age, Danielle is leading her generation through the teaching of ‘doing less and being more’.

Lena Laforet Del Mar

Lena Laforet Del Mar

Buddhist Practitioner, Meditation & Yoga Teacher

Lena is a student, teacher and a former owner-director of the vibrant and innovative Moksha Yoga Victoria community. Lena is a student of Eihei Peter Levitt and is ordained in the Soto Zen tradition. A tree hugger to the core, Lena weaves elemental themes into her yoga classes and meditations and sprinkles Spanish into everything. From roots to blossoms, Lena brings traditional yoga teachings to life and embodies her mission of helping others to awaken. Lena and her husband Joel are new residents of the Okanagan. They are living their dream of forest farming and sharing the powerful healing tools of the 8 limbed yoga path through workshops, intensives, and retreats.