Andrew Chapman has been engaged in teaching and facilitating mindfulness groups in Nashville over the past several years. Both his personal and professional work have been supported through intensive training and educational curriculums related to mindfulness-based stress reduction, dialectical behavioral therapy, and Buddhist practice, as well as through his work as a master's level social worker and addictions and mental health counselor. Andrew's personal mindfulness practice has been supported through periods of intensive mindfulness training, including a month of silent retreat with Buddhist monk, Ajahn Sucitto.
Andrew currently manages operations and facilitates weekly meditation groups and monthly workshops at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society in Nashville. For the past five years, Andrew has worked one-on-one with ATS Nashville founder and Ethical Mindfulness author, Dave Smith, to deepen his personal mindfulness practice and fine-tune his group facilitation skills. Andrew also graduated from a 2.5 year facilitator training through Spirit Rock Meditation Center in the Spring of 2017. He has been a guest lecturer at Vanderbilt University, University of Tennessee, Belmont University and Meharry Medical College, speaking to students, faculty, as well as mental health staff. Currently, Andrew offers mindfulness-based therapeutic groups and workshops at several mental health and addictions treatment centers in the greater Nashville area, specializing in adolescent and youth treatment. Andrew has also developed intensive mindfulness trainings and workshops for professionals in the fields of education and mental health. He also offers one-on-one mentorship to persons seeking guidance and support as they begin, deepen, and sustain a mindfulness practice.
Against the Stream
Against the Stream Nashville is a Buddhist meditation center located in East Nashville (3123 Gallatin Pike). For the past seven years, ATS Nashville has offered weekly mindfulness groups on a donation basis, providing an open and supportive atmosphere to persons from all walks of life. The center is open to all...
ATS Nashville Weekly Schedule:
Monday - Refuge Recovery - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday - Yoga - 10 AM - 11 AM
Wednesday - Mindfulness Practice Session - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Thursday – Yoga – 10 AM – 11 AM
Friday - Refuge Recovery - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Sunday (AM) - Sunday Morning Dharma Talk & Discussion - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Sunday (PM) - Sunday Evening Dharma Talk & Discussion - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
* No experience necessary for any of these classes. Open to all. *
ATS Monthly Schedule:
Buddhist Study Group – 1st & 3rd Thursday of Every Month – 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
There are no set dues or fees associated with programming. Instead, Against the Stream Nashville utilizes A Gift Economy. Click the ATS logo above to find out more about the Gift Economy.
Against the Stream Nashville - Class Descriptions
ATS Weekly Schedule:
Sunday (AM & PM) Dharma Talk & Discussion Groups
When - Every Week: Sunday from 10 - 11:30am AND from 7 - 8:30pm.
These weekly Dharma Talk & Discussion classes offer a guided meditation, talk and discussion centered around the core teachings of the Buddha. All are welcome. No experience necessary.
Mikey Noechel & Rachael Tanner-Smith (10am – 11:30am class)
Andrew Chapman (7-8:30pm class)
Both of the weekly Dharma Talk & Discussion groups will begin with a period of guided mindfulness meditation or heart practice meditation (about 25 – 35 mins), leaving some time after for questions or comments around your meditation experience or the practice in general. Next, the group facilitator will offer a Dharma Talk (about 30 – 45 mins), which is a reflection on a topic related to Buddhist practice. Lastly, there will be some time for open discussion, allowing for questions, general comments, or personal reflections on the topic for the evening. No one is required to speak or participate during the group, however, all are welcome to share during the open discussion. There is no experience necessary for this class.
Wednesday Mindfulness Practice Session
When - Every Week: Wednesday from 7 - 8:30pm.
This weekly class will provide a fundamental framework for the practice of mindfulness. Meditation instructions will be offered, followed by a Q&A, and then a talk on a mindfulness-related topic. This is a great class for those new to the practice of Mindfulness.
This is a peer-led group offered by experienced mindfulness facilitators.
The weekly Mindfulness Practice Session will begin with a period of guided mindfulness meditation or heart practice meditation (about 25 – 35 mins), leaving some time after for questions or comments around your meditation experience or the practice in general. Next, the group facilitator will offer a reflection on a topic related to Buddhist meditation (mindfulness or heart practice). Lastly, there will be some time for open discussion, allowing for questions, general comments, or personal reflections on the topic for the evening. No one is required to speak or participate during the group, however, all are welcome to share during the open discussion. There is no experience necessary for this class.
Tuesday & Thursday Yoga Practice Session
When - Every Week: Tuesday & Thursday from 10 - 11 AM.
This is a donation based vinyasa yoga class. Open to all, no experience necessary.
Sarah Jane Holmes
The Buddha encouraged the cultivation of embodied awareness as the foundation for the development of mindfulness. This vinyasa yoga class offers an opportunity to bring mindfulness into your daily life through the power of mindful movement. This class will be a good fit for all, no experience is necessary.
Weekly Refuge Recovery Groups
When - Every Week: Monday AND Friday from 7-8pm.
This meeting is open to all people seeking support from any type of addiction (drug & alcohol, sex, love & relationship, eating disorder, other process addictions…).
There is no requirement for attendance. The group will explore how Buddhist practices can offer support and deepen the process of recovery.
Each RR group holds monthly business meetings where group facilitators are assigned for the month. These facilitators are not empowered Buddhist teachers, but instead, are trusted peers from the larger RR community.
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. Those struggling with any form of addiction greatly benefit when they are able to understand the suffering that addiction has created while developing compassion for the pain they have experienced. We hope to serve you, and meet you on the path.
ATS Monthly Schedule:
Thursday Evening Buddhist Study Group
When – First & Third Thursday of Every Month from 7 – 8:30pm
Group Facilitator: Mikey Noechel
This study and discussion group is intended for those who are interested in reading selected literature and incorporating literature themes into their Dharma practice. The group meets the first and third Thursday of every month from 7-8:30pm. During the group, there will be a silent meditation period and a short synopsis and talk on each chapter of the selected book or reading, followed by an open group discussion.
Attendance is on a drop in basis. Participants are not required to attend a certain number of sessions. All are invited, even those who are not committed to the readings.
Rachael Tanner-Smith & Andrew Chapman
Promoting A Supportive Atmosphere
When attending our regularly scheduled weekly & monthly programming, we invite you to observe some practices that will make the shared experience more rewarding:
We ask that you turn your phone off prior to entering the building.
We ask that you attempt to stay for the duration of the class or group in order to minimize distraction. This also shows respect for the teachings, the teacher, and the community.
You are welcome to come in if you are late. If doing so, please come in quietly.
Please refrain from texting, eating or lying down during the class.
Against the Stream Nashville has a Podcast on iTunes!! Andrew Chapman is uploading weekly Dharma talks to the Podcast, offering a way to stay plugged in as you're driving and running around town. Click the "Available on iTunes" image above, or simply download the iTunes "Podcast App" on your phone and search "Against the Stream Nashville." Once downloaded, click subscribe. We will upload a new lecture on a Buddhist topic each week!