Classes & Retreats

  • Classes & Retreats

  • Drop-In Sitting Group

    Mindfulness Meditation classes are for anyone interested in sitting with a group in supported silence. Instructions and guided meditations focus on developing mindful awareness, wisdom and compassion. Anyone of any background is welcome, both experienced and new meditators alike. No sign-up is necessary.

  • Everyday Mindfulness for Everyday Life

    Mindfulness and meditation give us the skills and resources to cultivate a clear mind, a kind heart and the ability to transform reactivity to discernment and responsiveness, especially in challenging times.  

    Over the course of 7 weeks, we'll explore mindfulness of the breath & body, thoughts & emotions, loving-kindness & ethics, and empathy & forgiveness from both secular and Buddhist perspectives. Each class includes guided & silent meditation, in-depth practice discussion and some interactive practices.  

    Beginning and veteran meditators welcome!   

    Prerequisite

    None. Please come with the willingness and curiosity to begin a meditation practice or refresh an existing one. 

    Dates

    Wednesdays, September 27 - November 8th, with the exception of Thursday, October 12th, 6:30 – 8:30pm in Arcata. 

    Begins:
    Sep 27th, 2017
    Class Size:
    10
  • The Heart of the Matter: a Clarion Call for our Times

    What does it mean to live a life of care and compassion?… How do we cultivate the courage and wisdom to live within challenging times?… What gets in the way?

    Over the course of four peaceful afternoons we’ll explore the Buddhist Paramis, the Perfections of the Heart; generosity, morality, renunciation, wisdom, energy, patience, truthfulness, determination, lovingkindness and equanimity. Cultivating these beautiful aspects of the heart is a vital and practical path towards supporting and balancing our lives, especially in turbulent times.

    Through formal sitting and walking meditation, gentle movement and interactive practices, we’ll look at what supports and develops these qualities, as well as the obstacles along the way. Most of each afternoon will be held in silence.

     

    Begins:
    Oct 1st, 2017
    Class Size:
    20
  • Wilderness Hiking, Meditation & Creativity Retreat

    Spend five days and four nights in the stunning Trinity Alps of Northern California combining wilderness adventure and contemplative practice with other women.  Each day will include periods of silence and mindfulness meditation, hiking, yoga, arts & crafts, creative writing, an evening talk and plenty of time to soak up the beauty of the natural world.

    At 6,400', we'll be nestled in the beautiful 400-acre alpine lake basin of Camp Unalayee, just six hours north of San Francisco. Surrounded by rugged peaks and saw-tooth ridges, we’ll live outside and camp under the stars. Dozens of jewel-like lakes and clear-flowing streams are within easy hiking distance of the Camp basin, providing destinations for day-hikes, swimming and solitude.  

    Class Size:
    25

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