About NOLAwake

We're a community of New Orleans meditation practitioners that has been meeting weekly since 2016. We practice mainly in the Buddhist tradition, inspired by the Shambhala Buddhist and Zen traditions, and by various emerging Western Buddhist teachers.

Our main practices are mindfulness meditation, and a group practice called Social Meditation. We do a mix of group practice, regular one-day retreats, and informal book clubs and study sessions

We can't wait to meet you!

Who We Are


Fred Meyer


Fred has been meditating in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition for over 20 years. He likes jazz piano and video games and lives with his wife, Clara, and dog, Lucy.


Maddy Kolker


Maddy is a trained Social Meditation practitioner with four years of experience. An actor and youth acting coach, she is helping found an independent theater company in New Orleans.


Kelli Gann


Kelli is a trained Social Meditation practitioner with two years of experience. She teaches third grade at Morris Jeff Community School, and volunteers with Books to Prisoners.