Classes & Events

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Status: Open
Cost: Dana
Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Description: Half-Day Retreats on Saturdays, sitting practice, QiGong and Discussion.

Skillful Speech 200 - Doyle Banks 4 Weeks starting 3/4/2017

Status: Open
Cost: Recommended donation of $150.00 for the day long retreat (3/4) and series of four classes (3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28), or $50 for just the retreat. No one turned away due to inability to pay.
Time: Classes 6.30pm - 8.30pm, Tuesdays
Description: You've heard that Skillful (Wise, or Right) Speech is part of the Noble Eightfold Path but..."how" do you do it? One of the most effective and powerful ways to apply this part of the Dharma is with a tool called "Nonviolent Communication" (a.k.a Compassionate Communication or NVC).
Details: For more information go here.

Dive In! - Robert Beatty 8 Weeks starting 3/8/2017

Status: Open
Cost: Recommended donation of $180.00 for the series of eight classes - March 8, 15, 22, April 5.12.19, May 10, 17. No one turned away due to inability to pay.
Time: 7pm - 9pm, Wednesdays
Description: This eight-session class series will help you establish a regular meditation practice, by providing you with the structure of a group, an illuminating book to read, group support and instruction.
Details: For more information go here.

Metta, the Sublime Attitude of Love 5 Weeks starting 5/23/2017

Status: Open
Cost: Recommended donation of $100.00 for the series of five classes - 5/23, 5/30, 6/6, 6/13, 6/20, 6/27. No one turned away due to inability to pay.
Time: 7-8:30pm
Description: In this time of divisiveness, taking sides, and creating enemies, we all have the potential to find peace and ease within, to recognize our interconnection to all other beings, and to embrace them all with acceptance and friendliness. It is the practice of metta that enables this to become our reality, to cut through our conditioning and decades of comparison, judgement and resentment.
Status: Open
Cost: $125. If cost is a barrier, see Alternative Registration options.
Time: 9am-5pm
Description: Eco-philosopher, Buddhist scholar, and Rilke translator Joanna Macy, PhD, is a visionary leader in the movements to heal our planet, reignite our interconnected humanity, and chart a meaningful path into the future for our children. The modalities in her "Work That Reconnects" encourage engaged spirituality and activism for the benefit of all beings.
Status: Open
Suggested Donation: $20 for Friday, $75 for Saturday, $25 for Sunday
Description: See here for full details. Each day of teaching is separate and self-contained. People may attend any or all of the sessions. Register: Registration is at the door. There is no online pre-registration.
Status: Open
Suggested Donation: $70
Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm
Description: This day-long retreat will focus on the Insight practice and the Heart practices of the Buddha. Vinny, a nationally recognized teacher for at-risk youth, will guide participants in the art of "coming home" towards developing a personal mindfulness practice, part of a larger focus of how people can making caring for themselves a priority.
The program will guide the participants in practicing mindfulness in many different modalities. Whether it's a sitting, walking, or sharing in a small group setting.
Vinny Ferraro is both the Senior Trainer for Mindful Schools in Oakland, California, and a Dharma teacher. His work was the subject of MTV's If You Really Knew Me .
He helped establish the Dharma Punx mindfulness movement in the mid 1990's. In 2001, he began teaching for Challenge Day, teaching emotional intelligence and other social skills, eventually becoming their Training Director, and leading workshops to more than 100,000 young people. He then became the Training Director for the Mind Body Awareness Project, a non-profit that teaches meditation to the incarcerated.
He is a Guiding Teacher for Against the Stream, and for 14 years has lead a Friday night meditation group in San Francisco. PLEASE PRE-REGISTER HERE:
Status: Open
Dates: 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/4 (Saturday half-day session from 9am to about 1pm), 11/8, 11/15, and 11/29
Time: 7pm - 8.30pm, Wednesdays (except for the Staurday session)
More Information: See the flyer

The Basics of Mindfulness - Doug Pullin 6 Weeks starting 10/05/2017

Status: Open
Cost: Recommended donation of $100.00 for the series of six classes - 10/05, 10/12, 10/26, 11/02, 11/09, and 11/16 (no class 10/19). No one turned away due to inability to pay.
Time: 6pm - 7.25pm, Thursdays
Description: 1. Develop a healthier relationship with your thoughts. 2. Develop more balance with your emotions. 3. Become more in touch with your body and mind.
Website: For more information go here.