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April 2024

Silent Group Meditation (Free, No Guidance)

Wednesday, April 17, 2024 @ 9:00am & Mon. 8:00am (PT), Ongoing Mondays & Wednesdays
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Mondays: 8:00am – 8:30am Pacific Time
Wednesdays : 9:00am – 9:30am Pacific Time
Ongoing every week, with rare exceptions. Check Full Calendar to verify dates.

Join for a group meditation – just us, without a teacher. Do your own practice silently in the company of others. There will be no talk or guidance – only a bell to start and finish. Let’s be present, together.

After half an hour of silent sitting, there will be space for a brief hello in the end, if we like.

Please be seated by the time meditation starts, so that we can begin together. You are welcome to have your camera and microphone on (unless you have a lot of background noise), so that we can feel as if we were in one space.

The zoom link remains the same for all the sessions, so you are welcome to register only once and save the link for future reference.


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Lynn Marie Lumiere, MFT ~ Being Present with What Is: Deepen Your Ability to be Still in the Midst of Challenges ~ Weekend Retreat

Saturday, April 20, 2024 @ 9:00am - 12:00pm (Pacific Time), 2-Part Retreat: includes Apr 20 & 21

A Weekend Retreat: Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21, 2024:
9:00 am – 12:00 pm Pacific Time, each day
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Recording will be emailed to participants after each meeting.
You're welcome to join even if you can't attend all the live sessions.

Life is full of challenges. This is how we evolve and awaken. What is important is how we meet them.

The key to being with challenges in a way that allows for more freedom and transformation is to stop, be still, and feel our discomfort without avoiding or engaging it. This is possible because we all have a built-in ability to do this. It is natural to us; we’ve just forgotten how. We can re-discover this ability and see that no matter what is arising, it is not wrong. It is just what is, and inner support and guidance is always available. Lynn Marie will offer her assistance with the somatic, emotional and psychological issues that are interfering with your capacity to be present.

You are encouraged to attend the 3-hour sessions for this retreat live so you can benefit from sharing your experience and processing with Lynn Marie. However, you are also welcome to attend at your convenience by listening to the recording.

Lynn Marie Lumiere is a seasoned psychotherapist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, spiritual mentor, and author. She offers a rare blend of embodied spiritual wisdom with a skilled therapeutic approach that facilitates healing of psychological trauma/wounding and the embodiment of awakening. Her depth of experience, rooted in her own healing and awakening journey, spans decades of expertly guiding individuals in the resolution of their trauma and into connection with their true nature. She is the author of Awakened Relating: A Guide to Embodying More Love in Relationships.

For more information see: www.lynnmarielumiere.com

Sliding Scale: $60 to $90
Some Partial Scholarships Available
Please Register Early if you can.

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Pamela Wilson ~ Love’s Own Strength and Wisdom is Who We Are ~ Bay Area Daylong Retreat

Saturday, April 20, 2024 @ 10:30am - 4:30pm, IN-PERSON
Fairfax Property Fairfax, CA

Join with Pamela and your fellow sages to liberate any containment or reluctance to shine and live what we love.

Pamela Wilson evokes through dialogue, inquiry and her very presence the qualities of unconditional love and radical acceptance. She is celebrated for her ability to open the heart and create a space in which long-cherished struggles and notions about one’s identity relax. Featured in the book Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Wisdom, Pamela is at her best in heart-felt dialogue, so please bring your questions!

More about Pamela: www.pamelasatsang.com

The meeting will be from 10:30am to 4:30pm, with a break for lunch.
Feel free to bring your own lunch and a sun hat and walking shoes for enjoying a walk during our lunch break.
See you there!

You also have option to go into town to one of the restaurants or to Good Earth Natural Foods.

Pre-registration required, as space is limited.
Registration closes at 5 pm on April 19th
Sliding Scale: $60 to $120
No one turned away for lack of funds.

Cancellation Policy
For inquiries contact LocalEvents@opencirclecenter.org
Location:
The meeting will be held at a private home in the Fairfax hills, with views of Mount Tam and hiking trails. Address and directions will be provided upon registration.

If you have symptoms of a viral infection, or have had a recent
Covid exposure or positive test, please stay home out of consideration for others.

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Pamela Wilson ~ Love’s Own Strength and Wisdom is Who We Are ~ Bay Area Daylong Retreat

Saturday, April 20, 2024 @ 10:30am - 4:30pm, IN-PERSON
Fairfax Property Fairfax, CA

Join with Pamela and your fellow sages to liberate any containment or reluctance to shine and live what we love.

Pamela Wilson evokes through dialogue, inquiry and her very presence the qualities of unconditional love and radical acceptance. She is celebrated for her ability to open the heart and create a space in which long-cherished struggles and notions about one’s identity relax. Featured in the book Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Wisdom, Pamela is at her best in heart-felt dialogue, so please bring your questions!

**Pre-registration required, as space is limited.**..............

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Lynn Marie Lumiere, MFT ~ Being Present with What Is: Deepen Your Ability to be Still in the Midst of Challenges ~ Weekend Retreat

Sunday, April 21, 2024 @ 9:00am - 12:00pm (Pacific Time), 2-Part Retreat: includes Apr 20 & 21

A Weekend Retreat: Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21, 2024:
9:00 am – 12:00 pm Pacific Time, each day
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Recording will be emailed to participants after each meeting.
You're welcome to join even if you can't attend all the live sessions.

Life is full of challenges. This is how we evolve and awaken. What is important is how we meet them.

The key to being with challenges in a way that allows for more freedom and transformation is to stop, be still, and feel our discomfort without avoiding or engaging it. This is possible because we all have a built-in ability to do this. It is natural to us; we’ve just forgotten how. We can re-discover this ability and see that no matter what is arising, it is not wrong. It is just what is, and inner support and guidance is always available. Lynn Marie will offer her assistance with the somatic, emotional and psychological issues that are interfering with your capacity to be present.

You are encouraged to attend the 3-hour sessions for this retreat live so you can benefit from sharing your experience and processing with Lynn Marie. However, you are also welcome to attend at your convenience by listening to the recording.

Lynn Marie Lumiere is a seasoned psychotherapist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, spiritual mentor, and author. She offers a rare blend of embodied spiritual wisdom with a skilled therapeutic approach that facilitates healing of psychological trauma/wounding and the embodiment of awakening. Her depth of experience, rooted in her own healing and awakening journey, spans decades of expertly guiding individuals in the resolution of their trauma and into connection with their true nature. She is the author of Awakened Relating: A Guide to Embodying More Love in Relationships.

For more information see: www.lynnmarielumiere.com

Sliding Scale: $60 to $90
Some Partial Scholarships Available
Please Register Early if you can.

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Silent Group Meditation (Free, No Guidance)

Monday, April 22, 2024 @ 8am & Wed. 9:00am (PT), Ongoing Mondays & Wednesdays
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, April 29, 2024

Join us for a silent group meditation. Do your own practice quietly in the company of others. Let’s be present, together. .... more details
Mon.: 8:00am – 8:30am (PT) and Wed.: 9:00am – 9:30am (PT)
Ongoing drop-in group – attend as often as you like.
Weekly, with rare exceptions. Verify dates on
Full Calendar.

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Silent Group Meditation (Free, No Guidance)

Wednesday, April 24, 2024 @ 9:00am & Mon. 8:00am (PT), Ongoing Mondays & Wednesdays
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Mondays: 8:00am – 8:30am Pacific Time
Wednesdays : 9:00am – 9:30am Pacific Time
Ongoing every week, with rare exceptions. Check Full Calendar to verify dates.

Join for a group meditation – just us, without a teacher. Do your own practice silently in the company of others. There will be no talk or guidance – only a bell to start and finish. Let’s be present, together.

After half an hour of silent sitting, there will be space for a brief hello in the end, if we like.

Please be seated by the time meditation starts, so that we can begin together. You are welcome to have your camera and microphone on (unless you have a lot of background noise), so that we can feel as if we were in one space.

The zoom link remains the same for all the sessions, so you are welcome to register only once and save the link for future reference.


To check your local time, use a tool such as: Time Zone Converter

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Amoda Maa ~ LIVING THE TRUTH OF FREEDOM IN THE MIDST OF EVERYDAY LIFE ~ In-Person in Corte Madera

Thursday, April 25, 2024 @ 7:00pm~9:00pm
Sunrise Center, 645 Tamalpais Dr, Suite A
Corte Madera, CA United States
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Amoda Maa offers a profound invitation to all those who wish to embody the truth of awakened consciousness in the midst of everyday life. Her meetings include silent or guided meditation, discourse, and an opportunity to ask questions from the innermost. Speaking with clarity and grace, she invites an open-hearted honesty to the exploration of what it means to recognize and live from our essential nature as open awareness.

Amoda’s teachings are free from any ideology and are not affiliated with any lineage or tradition, and yet the luminous truth is the same nondual understanding at the core of of many spiritual traditions. Arising from her own direct experience and expressed in a contemporary language, these teachings are relevant and accessible to all people from all backgrounds and cultures. She is known for her authenticity, depth, and unique expression of “masculine” clear-pointed insight and “feminine” unconditional acceptance.

Since 2016, she has been living in the US and today her teachings are followed by a growing global community. She has been a speaker and guest teacher at a variety of conferences, featured in several magazines, interviewed for numerous broadcasts and podcasts, and is the author of several books including Embodied Enlightenment and Falling Open in a World Falling Apart. Her life and work are dedicated to supporting an “inner transformation of consciousness” and envisioning a new world of peace and enlightened living. Amoda and her husband, Kavi Jezzie Hockaday, are Spiritual Directors of the Amoda Maa Foundation.

More info on Amoda, her teachings, and events, including Bay Area Weekend Retreat on April 27/28 at www.amodamaa.com

Suggested Donation: $15- $25, no one turned away.
No pre-registration. Pay at door when you arrive.
If you have symptoms of a viral infection, or have had a recent
Covid exposure or positive test, please stay home out of consideration for others.

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The Heart of Freedom ~ A Weekend with Unmani

Saturday, April 27, 2024 @ 9:00am – 12:00pm, part of Weekend, includes April 27 & 28

April 27 & 28, 2024
9:00am – 12:00pm, Pacific Time, each day
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Recording will be emailed to participants after each meeting.
You're welcome to join even if you can't attend the live sessions.

In exploring Non-Duality we discover the Freedom beyond our human experience. We wake up to the knowing that we are always aware of it all. We rise out of the mud and mess of our lives, and take a bird's eye view of our humanity. But this is only half of the picture. We then need to dive back into the mud and dirt, into the pain and rawness of the ordinary experience of being a human with our feet on the ground in the world, and discover how this Freedom is actually lived. This is what living as the Heart is all about.

True Freedom is not limited to an concept of freedom, or the freedom from any kind of imprisonment. Freedom is also not only a free feeling. The Heart is also not only about having a loving feeling in our chests, or behaving in a loving way. In fact Freedom and the Heart are one and the same. When we question who we really are, in the deepest sense, beyond all the beliefs and assumptions of what we think, we discover the Silence beyond all experience of silence. We discover the Freedom beyond all experience of freedom. We discover Boundlessness beyond all experience of boundaries. This is our true Heart.

In this weekend together, we will explore how this Heart of Freedom is actually lived in our daily experience. We will investigate what we really know to be true when we no longer blindly believe our thoughts. We will discover that in not-knowing in thought, there is the wide open Freedom of who we really are. We start to resonate more and more with the frequency of this inner knowing in not knowing, and it starts to integrate more and more into our lives. Together we explore the beliefs and identities that have seemed to have imprisoned us, with the power to control our behaviour and responses in our interactions with others. In knowing that you are not what you think, then when thoughts arise, you can see them in greater clarity and lightness. This brings so much freedom and ease in our lives. Then there is so much more space to tune into the Compassion and Unconditional Love that is always here, and this enables our lives to be lived more courageously with an open Heart.

In this weekend, Unmani will hold guided meditations, she will speak on the theme, and there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and have dialogues with Unmani. Unmani works in a way that is very intimate, using any personal sharing as an invitation to the Love that we are beyond it all. Everyone is welcome. No previous knowledge or background is necessary.

About Unmani
Meeting with Unmani is meeting with yourself in the most real and alive way. Unmani is originally from the UK, but has lived in many countries around the world. Since she was a child, Unmani didn't identify with being a separate individual, but assumed there was something wrong with her, until she came across the expression of Satsang and nonduality. Truth has always been her passion. Unmani had teachers including Osho, Dolano, Nathan Gill, Tony Parsons, Gangaji and several other amazing people who are not considered 'teachers'.

In 2013 she met her husband, the wonderful musician, and courageous lover of life, Robert Hanuman. In 2015 their son, Sky, was born. On 3rd January 2018, Robert Hanuman died suddenly from a heart attack while they were in India. Robert Hanuman's presence deeply influenced Unmani's teaching, and in the time they were together it evolved into a more human expression of the courage to live the paradox of the Absolute, living as this human. Robert put Unmani's words to his beautiful classical guitar music and Unmani still plays his songs at her meetings.

Unmani has been holding meetings and retreats all over the world for since 2003, and in this time people have been deeply touched by her work: She meets each person exactly where they are at, and in whatever they need at the time, while at the same time holding them in the truth of who they really are beyond it all. This combination, and paradox, of the personal and impersonal, brings so much depth, openness and healing to people's lives. They wake up to who they really are, and discover how this is lived and integrated into their daily lives.

Unmani has written 3 books 'I am Life itself', 'Die to Love' and 'The Courage to Come Alive'. Unmani holds regular meetings and retreats several times a year as well as monthly webinars on different themes.

For more information about Unmani's work go to: www.die-to-love.com
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@Unmani
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/unmani
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/unmani_hyde/

Sliding Scale: $50 to $80
Some Partial Scholarships Available
Please Register Early if you can.

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The Heart of Freedom ~ Weekend with Unmani

Sunday, April 28, 2024 @ 9:00am – 12:00pm, part of Weekend, includes April 27 & 28

April 27 & 28, 2024
9:00am – 12:00pm, Pacific Time, each day
Time Zone Converter
Recording will be emailed to participants after each meeting.
You're welcome to join even if you can't attend the live sessions.

In exploring Non-Duality we discover the Freedom beyond our human experience. We wake up to the knowing that we are always aware of it all. We rise out of the mud and mess of our lives, and take a bird's eye view of our humanity. But this is only half of the picture. We then need to dive back into the mud and dirt, into the pain and rawness of the ordinary experience of being a human with our feet on the ground in the world, and discover how this Freedom is actually lived. This is what living as the Heart is all about.

True Freedom is not limited to an concept of freedom, or the freedom from any kind of imprisonment. Freedom is also not only a free feeling. The Heart is also not only about having a loving feeling in our chests, or behaving in a loving way. In fact Freedom and the Heart are one and the same. When we question who we really are, in the deepest sense, beyond all the beliefs and assumptions of what we think, we discover the Silence beyond all experience of silence. We discover the Freedom beyond all experience of freedom. We discover Boundlessness beyond all experience of boundaries. This is our true Heart.

In this weekend together, we will explore how this Heart of Freedom is actually lived in our daily experience. We will investigate what we really know to be true when we no longer blindly believe our thoughts. We will discover that in not-knowing in thought, there is the wide open Freedom of who we really are. We start to resonate more and more with the frequency of this inner knowing in not knowing, and it starts to integrate more and more into our lives. Together we explore the beliefs and identities that have seemed to have imprisoned us, with the power to control our behaviour and responses in our interactions with others. In knowing that you are not what you think, then when thoughts arise, you can see them in greater clarity and lightness. This brings so much freedom and ease in our lives. Then there is so much more space to tune into the Compassion and Unconditional Love that is always here, and this enables our lives to be lived more courageously with an open Heart.

In this weekend, Unmani will hold guided meditations, she will speak on the theme, and there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and have dialogues with Unmani. Unmani works in a way that is very intimate, using any personal sharing as an invitation to the Love that we are beyond it all. Everyone is welcome. No previous knowledge or background is necessary.

About Unmani
Meeting with Unmani is meeting with yourself in the most real and alive way. Unmani is originally from the UK, but has lived in many countries around the world. Since she was a child, Unmani didn't identify with being a separate individual, but assumed there was something wrong with her, until she came across the expression of Satsang and nonduality. Truth has always been her passion. Unmani had teachers including Osho, Dolano, Nathan Gill, Tony Parsons, Gangaji and several other amazing people who are not considered 'teachers'.

In 2013 she met her husband, the wonderful musician, and courageous lover of life, Robert Hanuman. In 2015 their son, Sky, was born. On 3rd January 2018, Robert Hanuman died suddenly from a heart attack while they were in India. Robert Hanuman's presence deeply influenced Unmani's teaching, and in the time they were together it evolved into a more human expression of the courage to live the paradox of the Absolute, living as this human. Robert put Unmani's words to his beautiful classical guitar music and Unmani still plays his songs at her meetings.

Unmani has been holding meetings and retreats all over the world for since 2003, and in this time people have been deeply touched by her work: She meets each person exactly where they are at, and in whatever they need at the time, while at the same time holding them in the truth of who they really are beyond it all. This combination, and paradox, of the personal and impersonal, brings so much depth, openness and healing to people's lives. They wake up to who they really are, and discover how this is lived and integrated into their daily lives.

Unmani has written 3 books 'I am Life itself', 'Die to Love' and 'The Courage to Come Alive'. Unmani holds regular meetings and retreats several times a year as well as monthly webinars on different themes.

For more information about Unmani's work go to: www.die-to-love.com
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@Unmani
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/unmani
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/unmani_hyde/

Sliding Scale: $50 to $80
Some Partial Scholarships Available
Please Register Early if you can.

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