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April 2017

Canela Michelle Meyers – Conscious Embodiment, Empowered Reality

Sunday, April 30, 2017 @ 7:00pm-8:45pm
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This Satsang will be our 2nd Facebook Livestream ever.
We hope you can make it to our Facebook page to join us if you are not able to attend in-person in Berkeley.
This is one way to join our Open Circle community, for Free from anywhere in the world, so don't miss it live on Sunday on Open Circle's Facebook page. Or check out our page after Sunday to catch up when you can.

Canela is a teacher from Canada who supports Awareness to be aware of its Self. She woke up to Realized Self-hood in 1998, and has been offering satsang since the following year. Her main emphasis is on self-acceptance, and supporting people to find the love that exists in everything, so they can live in more enjoyment, peace, abundance and presence. Canela creates a safe and inviting space to help people find where their attachments lie ─ in body, mind, or energy field ─ and then to feel into the simplicity of accepting them as they are…and see what happens. She encourages people to use the real, in-the-moment details of their life to be present, and to accept the gift of Now. In her on-going invitation, nothing is left out; all is included.

If you are interested in becoming even more seated as Consciousness itSelf, or are curious about any apparent challenge or aspect of your life that has remained a mystery, then satsang with Canela is a place where you will find direct, empathic, humorous, and loving support.

When not traveling to offer satsang, Canela divides her time between Bowen Island, BC and Mexico. She is the author of the book Right Here, Right Now Meditations - Satsang Invitations for Expanding Awareness, with a foreword by Isaac Shapiro.

There is nowhere to get to; you are already Here. It’s simply a matter of meeting whatever might be appearing, right here, right now, in each moment. Once explored, it is recognized only as an invitation, from your Self to your Self. Love beckoning you hither.”

 

www.canelamichelle.com

Suggested Donation: $10-$20
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May 2017

A Three Week Online Course with Stephan Bodian

Saturday, May 6, 2017 @ 9:00am-11:00am (Pacific Time) - Saturday & Wednesday, May 6 to 24
Online Retreat,
Web Video Meetings - (phone access also available)
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Dancing on the Razor’s Edge:
Realizing Our Inherent Perfection,
Embracing Our Imperfect Humanness

"We're constantly losing our balance
against a background of perfect balance."
"You're perfect the way you are--and you can use a little improvement."

~ Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

At the absolute level, everything is perfect and complete just as it is. There's nothing to realize, nothing to do, nothing to improve--this is it! At the relative level, as one Zen master said on his deathbed, with utmost honesty, serenity, and a dose of humor, my life has been an endless series of mistakes.

True awakening involves embracing both levels-- pristine, radiant perfection and messy, imperfect humanness-- without trying to impose one on the other, yet at the same time holding the aspiration to bring this unconditional embrace to every moment of life. Welcome to the paradoxical path of embodied awakening!

This three-week online retreat combines the perspective of awakened awareness with the insights of Western psychology to help us explore the razor’s edge where inherent perfection expresses itself through this particular, imperfect body and mind. Though there will be no pre-established agenda, we will inevitably deal with some or all of the following themes.

  • Recognizing the impersonal nature of thoughts and feelings, rather than constructing a self out of them
  • Welcoming stuck places, habitual patterns, and difficult emotions like fear, rage, and shame with compassionate, nonjudgmental attention
  • Allowing awakened awareness to flower as love and compassion—especially toward yourself
  • Bringing your awakening into the realm of work and intimate relationships
  • Finding the deepest authenticity by being willing to tell the truth at every level
  • Embracing the paradox of being no one and nothing, yet awakening each day in this particular body and mind, with these preferences, patterns, and personality
  • Surrendering to the flow of life as it is, without argument or resistance
  • And any questions, insights, and experiences that you bring to bear

Each session will include teachings, guided and silent meditations,
and plenty of time for dialogue and discussion.

This online course format is a powerful container that allows for deeper work with the consistency and support of a teacher and community — without the normal cost and logistics that an on location retreat entails. It also provides the unique opportunity to be opening and exploring deeply in integration with living your daily life. You will be held in the container of the meetings and the small groups and by email support if necessary by Open Circle facilitators.

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Stephan Bodian has been teaching meditation and spiritual awakening for more than 40 years. Trained for a decade as a Zen Buddhist monk and licensed as a psychotherapist, he has been a pioneer in the integration of Eastern wisdom and Western psychology and in the embodiment of awakened awareness in everyday life. He spent 10 years studying Advaita Vedanta with Jean Klein and in 2001 received Dharma transmission (authorization to teach) from Adyashanti, in a lineage dating back to the historical Buddha. Stephan is the bestselling author of Meditation for Dummies, and the featured presenter on the PBS special Meditation for All of Us.

For a taste of Stephan's teaching and the upcoming retreat check out Stephan's web page at stephanbodian.org and click here for video of his April 15th online satsang, No Place to Hide

This Three Week Online Course will consist of:

  • Six 2 hour meetings - On Wed and Saturday Mornings Pacific Time
  • Three small group meetings with fellow participants and Open Circle facilitator
  • Homework explorations
  • Audio and Video Recordings of all six meetings

Meeting Dates USA & Europe:

May
Saturdays: 6, 13, 20
Wednesday: 10, 17, 24
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am Pacific Time (San Francisco, CA USA)

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Price:

Early Bird Price: $175 extended to April 29th
After April 29th: $195

Some partial scholarships available.

Registration Closes May 6th at 8am Pacific Time

For questions contact
onlineretreat@opencirclecenter.org

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Richard Miller ~ The Ultimate Cure: Awakening to Essential Nature through Welcoming Opposites

Sunday, May 7, 2017 @ 10am-12noon (Pacific Time)
Worldwide Web Event,
Online Video Meeting - (phone access also available)
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10 am to 12 noon (Pacific Time - San Francisco, CA, USA)

Beliefs that have been programmed into us—through family, culture, genetics, and personal experiences—keep us bound to suffering, separation, isolation, and aloneness. Nourishing the felt-experience of nondual being, while welcoming opposites of core beliefs, fosters an inner environment that empowers us to heal core wounds that otherwise bind our attention, and enables us to glimpse our underlying Essential Nature—that which lies beyond all beliefs of suffering and separation.

Join Richard for an experiential exploration of research informed self-inquiries that take us beyond our core beliefs so that we can experience the ultimate cure that enables us to truly live the awakened and authentic life we were designed to be living.

Richard C. Miller, PhD, is a spiritual teacher, yogic scholar, clinical psychologist, and researcher who has devoted his life to integrating western psychology and neuroscience with the ancient wisdom teachings of Yoga, Advaita, Taoism, and Buddhism. Richard is founding president of the Integrative Restoration Institute, co-founder of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and founding past president of the Institute for Spirituality and Psychology. Author of iRest Meditation, Yoga Nidra, The Meditative Heart of Yoga and The iRest Program for Healing PTSD, Richard serves as a consultant researching the Integrative Restoration ~ iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation protocol he’s developed, studying its efficacy on health, healing, and well-being. Grounded in over 30 studies, the US Army Surgeon General and the Defense Centers of Excellence have recognized iRest Meditation as a complimentary program for healing chronic pain and PTSD, and restoring resiliency and well-being. Richard leads international trainings and meditation retreats on the integration of enlightened living into daily life.

For information visit www.irest.us
Suggested donation: $10 to $15

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Canela Michelle Meyers ~ Conscious Embodiment, Empowered Reality

Sunday, May 7, 2017 @ 2:00pm~5:00pm
Sebastopol,
8476 Sonoma Ave.
Sebastopol, CA (park on street),
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Canela Michelle Meyers...SAND 2015...

2-4 pm, with refreshments until 5 pm

Canela is a teacher from Canada who supports Awareness to be aware of its Self. She woke up to Realized Self-hood in 1998, and has been offering satsang since the following year. Her main emphasis is on self-acceptance, and supporting people to find the love that exists in everything, so they can live in more enjoyment, peace, abundance and presence. Canela creates a safe and inviting space to help people find where their attachments lie ─ in body, mind, or energy field ─ and then to feel into the simplicity of accepting them as they are…and see what happens. She encourages people to use the real, in-the-moment details of their life to be present, and to accept the gift of Now. In her on-going invitation, nothing is left out; all is included.

If you are interested in becoming even more seated as Consciousness itSelf, or are curious about any apparent challenge or aspect of your life that has remained a mystery, then satsang with Canela is a place where you will find direct, empathic, humorous, and loving support.

When not traveling to offer satsang, Canela divides her time between Bowen Island, BC and Mexico. She is the author of the book Right Here, Right Now Meditations – Satsang Invitations for Expanding Awareness, with a foreword by Isaac Shapiro.

There is nowhere to get to; you are already Here. It’s simply a matter of meeting whatever might be appearing, right here, right now, in each moment. Once explored, it is recognized only as an invitation, from your Self to your Self. Love beckoning you hither.

www.canelamichelle.com

Suggested donation: $10 to $20, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Park on Sonoma Ave, walk down short driveway to to house with carport.
Arrive 10-15 minutes early for the best seat.

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Canela Michelle Meyers – Conscious Embodiment, Empowered Reality

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 @ 7:00pm-8:45pm
Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael,
1408 Mission Ave
San Rafael, CA United States
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Canela Michelle Meyers...SAND 2015...

 

Canela is a teacher from Canada who supports Awareness to be aware of its Self. She woke up to Realized Self-hood in 1998, and has been offering satsang since the following year. Her main emphasis is on self-acceptance, and supporting people to find the love that exists in everything, so they can live in more enjoyment, peace, abundance and presence. Canela creates a safe and inviting space to help people find where their attachments lie ─ in body, mind, or energy field ─ and then to feel into the simplicity of accepting them as they are…and see what happens. She encourages people to use the real, in-the-moment details of their life to be present, and to accept the gift of Now. In her on-going invitation, nothing is left out; all is included.

If you are interested in becoming even more seated as Consciousness itSelf, or are curious about any apparent challenge or aspect of your life that has remained a mystery, then satsang with Canela is a place where you will find direct, empathic, humorous, and loving support.

When not traveling to offer satsang, Canela divides her time between Bowen Island, BC and Mexico. She is the author of the book Right Here, Right Now Meditations - Satsang Invitations for Expanding Awareness, with a foreword by Isaac Shapiro.

There is nowhere to get to; you are already Here. It’s simply a matter of meeting whatever might be appearing, right here, right now, in each moment. Once explored, it is recognized only as an invitation, from your Self to your Self. Love beckoning you hither.”

 

www.canelamichelle.com

Suggested Donation: $10-$20
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Consciousness Connects Us

Friday, May 12, 2017 @ 9:00 am to Sunday May 14th
Chochmat Halev, Berkeley, CA, USA,
2215 Prince St.
Berkeley, CA United States
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Center for Nondual Awareness 2017 Annual Retreat

Co-hosted with Open Circle
May 12 – 14, 2017
Berkeley, California

This 3-day retreat is open to anyone with a sincere intention to share nondual awareness with others. If you are a teacher, therapist, healer, entrepreneur, artist, or unclassifiable agent of awareness, please join us! We will explore how consciousness connects us — individually and collectively — with session topics including:

  • Unconditioned Connection
  • Awakening to Divine Abundance
  • Beyond Authenticity: An Exploration of Nondual Relating
  • Secret Agents of Awareness – Undercover Interviews
  • Awakening, Deep Listening, and The Tapestry of Being
  • Into the Heart of Sexuality
  • The Intimacy of Contact Awareness
  • Attuning, Stabilizing, Exploring Through Intimate Relationship

. . . and a participatory exploration of Communities of Consciousness with the pioneering founders of SAND, Nondual Wisdom & Psychology, and Open Circle Center. The Communities of Consciousness session only will be a public offering, open to the broader community as well as retreat participants.

Retreat Program
Presentations                             Registration

Pricing*

Early-Bird Discount: Register by April 28, 2017

Non-Members: $180 | Members: $160

Non-Members

Full Retreat : $220
Friday Only: $120
Saturday Morning Authentic Movement Only: $20
Saturday Afternoon Communities of Consciousness Discussion Only: $40
Sunday Only: $90

Members

Full Retreat : $180
Friday Only: $100
Saturday Morning Authentic Movement Only: $10
Saturday Afternoon Communities of Consciousness Discussion Only: $30
Sunday Only: $70

*Pricing does not include lodging or meals.

Some partial scholarships are available for the retreat and
Communities of Consciousness Discussion. For any financial assistance,
registration or membership questions, please contact us here.

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Rupert Spira ~ The Light of Pure Knowing

Saturday, May 13, 2017 @ 7:00pm-9:00pm
Chochmat Halev, Berkeley, CA, USA,
2215 Prince St.
Berkeley, CA United States
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In the last few years Rupert has become one of the most respected and sought-after teachers of nondual wisdom, known for his crystal clear use of language, laser-like intellect, skillful guided enquiries, and powerfully direct pointing to aware presence—all delivered with warmth, wit and an unmatched and distinctive eloquence. After thirty years of intense seeking, Rupert met his primary teacher Francis Lucille, who introduced him to the direct way taught by his own teacher, Jean Klein. Rupert lives in Oxford, England, with his wife Ellen Emmet, a therapist and yoga teacher in the tradition of Kashmir Shaivism. He is the author of Presence: Volumes I and II, The Ashes of Love, The Transparency of Things and his latest book/CD set, The Light of Pure Knowing: Thirty Meditations on the Essence of Non-Duality.

“This experience of being aware has never left us. We have never ceased to be this ‘I am aware’. Just give your attention to that. Instead of shining your attention on an object — a thought, feeling, sensation or perception — shine that Awareness on the experience of being aware, in other words, on itself. Allow your attention to come back to itself, just to rest in itself. That experience is peace itself.”

www.non-duality.rupertspira.com

Suggested Donation $10-$20
No registration. Just show up & join us. Make your donation at the door.
PARKING: There is some street parking in the neighborhood, free & without time limit after 6 pm on weekday eves. There's also parking a few blocks away at the East parking lot of the Ashby Bart station: www.bart.gov/stations/ashb/map

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Neelam ~ Freedom in Every Moment – What does it mean to Be Here?

Sunday, May 14, 2017 @ 10am-12noon (Pacific Time)
Worldwide Tele-satsang,
Meetings by phone or internet access (audio only)
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A TeleSatsang with Neelam
10 am to 12 noon (Pacific Time - San Francisco, CA, USA)

"Awakening is a shift from identifying yourself as this body to knowing yourself as Presence.

Freedom means a true independence from the past -where our ability to Be Here and the action in the moment is not guided by our attachment to.the arising past .

To truly be Free we need to Embody our recognition of Presence and that requires growing of the capacity of our nervous system to Be Here"

"It is in the meeting of what arises that we find true and lasting freedom."

A TeleSatsang with Neelam is an opportunity to explore a particular topic and get Neelam’s direct guidance on any related questions that arise for you. You’ll gain a deeper peace by engaging in Neelam’s inquiry process and come away with clear discrimination and a better understanding of how to deal with these issues in real life situations.

Neelam is a direct disciple of HWL Poonja, Papaji, whose teacher was Ramana Maharishi. Her unequivocal commitment to Truth helps us turn inward and release underlying patterns of conditioning which block the recognition of our True Nature. With the utmost tenderness while helping us to address all aspects of daily living, including past conditioning and trauma, she invites us into the same recognition of Truth that her teacher, Papaji, transmitted to her.

www.neelam.org
Suggested donation: $10 to $15

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Jeannie Zandi ~ Resting and Relating

Sunday, May 21, 2017 @ 10am-12noon (Pacific Time)
Worldwide Web Event,
Online Video Meeting - (phone access also available)
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10 am to 12 noon (Pacific Time - San Francisco, CA, USA)

Join Jeannie and friends for an exploration into resting in Being and relating to others. Jeannie’s gift for inviting people to join her in resting and rooted presence evokes a deep meeting with oneself and reality. Within that, Jeannie’s humor and iconoclasm serve to bring people into an understanding that is beyond the intellectual. Through silent and guided meditation, a spontaneous talk and exchange with participants, Jeannie will host a space of clarity and warmth where the richness of relating can be explored safely and your innermost questions met fully. Come join us!

Jeannie is the director of Living as Love, a nonprofit organization dedicated to seeding a culture of the Heart on the planet, inspiring, teaching and supporting people to live from their essence as Love. A year before the birth of her daughter, Jeannie was plunged into a dark night of the soul that culminated in a radical shift of consciousness. She is known for her fearless clarity, tender mercy toward humanness, and a juicy, poetic and often humorous style that draws from Advaita Vedanta, Sufism, Christian mysticism and the ongoing revelation of fully engaged living. Residing in Colorado, she travels widely in the US and Canada, bringing a down-to-earth embodied teaching of living as love.

www.jeanniezandi.com

Suggested donation: $10 to $15

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