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June 2017

Jeannie Zandi ~ Relating from Presence

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 7:00-8:45pm
Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael,
1408 Mission Ave
San Rafael, CA United States
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Join Jeannie and friends for an exploration of relating from a rooted sovereignty in Presence. Jeannie's gift for inviting people to join her in resting and rooted presence evokes a deep meeting with oneself and reality. Within that, her humor and iconoclasm serve to bring people into an understanding that is beyond the intellectual. Through silent and guided meditation, spontaneous talks, exchange, experiential exercises and movement, Jeannie will host a space of clarity and warmth where the true richness of life can be experienced and your innermost spiritual questions can be met fully. Come join us!

Jeannie Zandi 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, bringing a down-to-earth embodied teaching of living as love.

www.jeanniezandi.com

Suggested Donation: $10-$20
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Jeannie Zandi ~ Relating from Presence

Thursday, June 29, 2017 @ 7:00pm-9:00pm
Swedenborgian Church of San Francisco,
2107 Lyon St.
San Francisco, CA
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Join Jeannie and friends for an exploration of relating from a rooted sovereignty in Presence. Jeannie's gift for inviting people to join her in resting and rooted presence evokes a deep meeting with oneself and reality. Within that, her humor and iconoclasm serve to bring people into an understanding that is beyond the intellectual. Through silent and guided meditation, spontaneous talks, exchange, experiential exercises and movement, Jeannie will host a space of clarity and warmth where the true richness of life can be experienced and your innermost spiritual questions can be met fully. Come join us!

Jeannie Zandi 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, bringing a down-to-earth embodied teaching of living as love.

www.jeanniezandi.com

BAY AREA EVENTS

Tuesday, June 27, 7-8:45 pm, Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Avenue, San Rafael, CA
$10-20 sliding scale. Contact: James at James@meta-balance.com

Thursday, June 29, 7-9 pm, Swedenborgian Church, 2107 Lyon Street at Washington Street, San Francisco, CA
$10-20 sliding scale. Contact: Jack at pragmatist1910@gmail.com

Saturday, July 1, 4-6 pm, Chochmat HaLev, 2215 Prince Street, Berkeley, CA
$10-20 sliding scale. Contact: Tao at host@eastbayopencircle.org

AND......
Men's gathering only
Saturday, July 1, 10:30 am -1:30 pm, Chochmat HaLev Social Room, 2215 Prince Street, Berkeley, CA
$15-30 sliding scale. Contact: host@eastbayopencircle.org

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July 2017

Jeannie Zandi ~ Relating from Presence ~ Men’s Gathering only

Saturday, July 1, 2017 @ 10:30 am -1:30 pm
Chochmat Halev, Berkeley, CA, USA,
2215 Prince St.
Berkeley, CA United States
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There will be an open gathering for all with Jeannie at 4:00 pm
The 10:30 am gathering is for men only.

Join Jeannie and friends for a gathering of men in the name of the masculine heart, to explore the yang of clarity and taking a stand, and the yin of open heartfulness.

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.

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, bringing a down-to-earth embodied teaching of living as love.

www.jeanniezandi.com

BAY AREA EVENTS

Tuesday, June 27, 7-8:45 pm, Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Avenue, San Rafael, CA
$10-20 sliding scale. Contact: James at James@meta-balance.com

Thursday, June 29, 7-9 pm, Swedenborgian Church, 2107 Lyon Street at Washington Street, San Francisco, CA
$10-20 sliding scale. Contact: Jack at pragmatist1910@gmail.com

Saturday, July 1, 4-6 pm, Chochmat HaLev, 2215 Prince Street, Berkeley, CA
$10-20 sliding scale. Contact: Tao at host@eastbayopencircle.org

AND......
Men's gathering only
Saturday, July 1, 10:30 am -1:30 pm, Chochmat HaLev Social Room, 2215 Prince Street, Berkeley, CA
$15-30 sliding scale. Contact: host@eastbayopencircle.org

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Jeannie Zandi ~ Relating from Presence ~ for All

Saturday, July 1, 2017 @ 4:00pm-6:00pm
Chochmat Halev, Berkeley, CA, USA,
2215 Prince St.
Berkeley, CA United States
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Jeannie Zandi_2017

NOTE: Unusual day/time for Berkeley event, SATURDAY 4:00pm

Join Jeannie and friends for an exploration of relating from a rooted sovereignty in Presence. Jeannie's gift for inviting people to join her in resting and rooted presence evokes a deep meeting with oneself and reality. Within that, her humor and iconoclasm serve to bring people into an understanding that is beyond the intellectual. Through silent and guided meditation, spontaneous talks, exchange, experiential exercises and movement, Jeannie will host a space of clarity and warmth where the true richness of life can be experienced and your innermost spiritual questions can be met fully. Come join us!

Jeannie Zandi 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, bringing a down-to-earth embodied teaching of living as love.

www.jeanniezandi.com

BAY AREA EVENTS

Tuesday, June 27, 7-8:45 pm, Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Avenue, San Rafael, CA
$10-20 sliding scale. Contact: James at James@meta-balance.com

Thursday, June 29, 7-9 pm, Swedenborgian Church, 2107 Lyon Street at Washington Street, San Francisco, CA
$10-20 sliding scale. Contact: Jack at pragmatist1910@gmail.com

Saturday, July 1, 4-6 pm, Chochmat HaLev, 2215 Prince Street, Berkeley, CA
$10-20 sliding scale. Contact: Tao at host@eastbayopencircle.org

AND......
Men's gathering only
Saturday, July 1, 10:30 am -1:30 pm, Chochmat HaLev Social Room, 2215 Prince Street, Berkeley, CA
$15-30 sliding scale. Contact: host@eastbayopencircle.org

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Three Week Online Retreat with John Prendergast

Saturday, July 8, 2017 @ 9am-11am (Pacific Time)
Online Retreat,
Web Video Meetings - (phone access also available)
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Theme: Heart Wisdom & The Great Intimacy

Dates:
Saturday, July 8, Monday, July 10, Saturday, July 15, Monday, July 17
Saturday, July 22, Monday, July 24
9am-11 am PDT

While many Eastern contemplative traditions emphasize the importance of wisdom and a transcendent inner freedom, there is another equally important human impulse – to lovingly face and embrace our ordinary, messy and often challenging human life, just as it is. The paths of wisdom and love, transcendence and immanence, meet in the fully awakened heart and lead to a great intimacy with the whole of life.

In this online retreat, we will explore:

  • Recognizing our essential Wholeness, regardless of our psychological “wounds” and conditioning.
  • Disidentifying from the strategic mind.
  • Seeing through limiting core beliefs.
  • Uncovering and trusting the felt-sense of heart wisdom & presence.
  • Navigating the subtle layers of the heart: ego, soul, and universal (Heart).
  • Sensing into the center of reactive feelings and somatic contractions from heart-felt spacious awareness in order to discover their transparent nature.
  • Using relationships as an opportunity to withdraw projections and deepen in intimacy with oneself and the whole of life: The Great Intimacy.

John J. Prendergast, Ph.D., is the author of In Touch: How to Tune in to the Inner Guidance of Your Body and Trust Yourself. He is a retired Adjunct Professor of Psychology at CIIS in San Francisco and maintains a private psychotherapy practice in San Rafael. He studied for many years with the European Advaita master, Jean Klein, as well as with Adyashanti, and was invited to share the dharma by Dorothy Hunt. He offers residential retreats and seminars, mostly on the West coast. John is also the senior editor of The Sacred Mirror (with P. Fenner & S. Krystal) and Listening from the Heart of Silence (with K. Bradford). He is the co-founder of and current advisor to the annual Conference on Nondual Wisdom & Psychology, as well as the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Undivided: The Online Journal of Nonduality and Psychology. To sign up for his quarterly newsletter or discover his current offerings, please see: listeningfromsilence.com

This Three Week Online will consist of:

  • Six 2 hour Meetings with John Prendergast

  • Small group supportive meetings with fellow participants

  • Recordings of all six gatherings sent within 48hrs of each session

Times:
9am-11pm Pacific
5pm - 7pm England
6pm- 8pm Europe

Small Group Offerings
To Be Announced

Registration: $165 - $195
Early Bird Registration: $135 - $165 through Tuesday, June 27
We want you to attend- scholarships available

Registration closes July 8th at 9 am

When: Saturday, July 8 - Monday July 24
Where: Webinar

For questions contact
onlineretreat@opencirclecenter.org

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Dustin DiPerna ~ Waking Up, Growing Up, & Cleaning Up

Sunday, July 9, 2017 @ 2:00pm~5:00pm
Sebastopol,
8476 Sonoma Ave.
Sebastopol, CA (park on street),
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Dustin DiPerna

2-4 pm, with refreshments until 5 pm

In the Nondual world, "Waking Up" is often what consciousness is all about. Out of his work with Ken Wilber however, Dustin has deepened the field. "Waking up" takes us beyond the mere present moment of thought, sensation and emotion, to come to the direct experience of a non-separate awareness, totally open, spacious and free. "Growing up" is through emotional, moral, interpersonal, linguistic, kinesthetic, aesthetic, and spiritual intelligence. "Cleaning Up" is the integration of our shadow to become a whole human being.

As deeper levels of our own experience become familiar, we begin to notice how all of reality arises as a perfect expression of love, wisdom, and power. At each progressive layer of realization, we learn to disentangle awareness from the previous layer of identity, while affirming a deeper layer of awareness that stays. We eventually find ourselves vanished into the core of the cosmos, filled with gratitude and the impulse of service to the whole.

Dustin DiPerna is a visionary leader, entrepreneur, and recognized expert in world religions. He has committed his life to making timeless spiritual wisdom relevant and accessible for a rapidly changing global society. He is author of three books - Streams of Wisdom, Evolution's Ally, and Earth is Eden - and co-editor of The Coming Waves. Dustin has spent more than a decade of close study with Ken Wilber, who said that Dustin’s work “fundamentally alters the way in which religion or spirituality can (and should) be taught and practiced.” For the past 8 years, Dustin has been practicing and studying in the spiritual lineages of Mahamudra and Dzogchen under the direction of Daniel P. Brown and Rahob Tulku Rinpoche.

Dustin holds an undergraduate degree from Cornell University and a Masters of Liberal Arts degree in Religion from Harvard University. An avid lover of art, design and nature, he lives in Occidental with his wife and daughter.

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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Jon Bernie ~ The Unbelievable Happiness of What Is

Sunday, July 16, 2017 @ 7:00pm-8:45pm
Chochmat Halev, Berkeley, CA, USA,
2215 Prince St.
Berkeley, CA United States
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Jon Bernie.....May 2017

Jon Bernie, author of Ordinary Freedom and his latest, The Unbelievable Happiness of What Is, is a contemporary spiritual teacher who offers a compassionate, heart-centered approach to awakening. From his early years growing up as an artist and concert violinist, Jon always had a keen, questioning mind. This led him to discover a self-inquiry process that led to a life-changing spiritual awakening at the age of 16. Despite thinking he was on his way to medical school, he ended up becoming a Zen monk. He has four decades of practice and study in the Zen, Theravada Buddhist and Advaita traditions, and was formally asked to teach by Adyashanti in 2002.

Jon’s teaching focuses on returning the attention to the already enlightened state that lies at the core of our human existence. He is also an experienced healer and teacher of somatic embodiment, trained in the Alexander Technique, Zero Balancing, Self Acceptance Training and the Qigong system of Dr. Yu Penxi. Jon works closely with individuals to facilitate awakening and deep emotional healing, and leads classes, intensives and retreats in the San Francisco Bay Area and nationally. He also does intensive, one-on-one work with individuals both in person and by phone or video chat.

“Trying to find happiness is not possible. Why? Because we cannot find what we fundamentally are. So how do we discover and, in a sense, become one with what we fundamentally are? By learning to feel directly “what is” — that is, what’s being experienced in the mind, body and heart — free of judgment, comparison and analysis. Learning to feel directly could also be described as “being one with what is”. This quality of acceptance or compassion is the essence of our shared Heart of Oneness and simultaneously leads to, and already is, the profound vastness of our true and everlasting Happiness.”

 

www.jonbernie.org

Suggested Donation: $10-$20
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Matt Kahn & Julie Dittmar ~ Whatever Arises, Love That

Thursday, July 20, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
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Co-Hosted with True Divine Nature

Matt Kahn is a true original. Without a human teacher, but with guidance from beyond, he underwent a series of revelations and realizations—starting with an out-of-body experience at the age of eight—to emerge as a spiritual teacher, an empathic healer, and a potent transmitter of the transforming power of love. His teachings are fresh, original, humorous, straightforward and immediately applicable, while his highly-attuned ability to read people’s energy makes dialogues with him especially impactful. A bridge between the mystical realms and the path of awakening, he is able to pinpoint what blocks the heart from opening, and assist energetically in balancing the emotional body, awakening the soul, and transforming people’s reality through the direct transmission of sacred heart wisdom. He is the author of the book Whatever Arises, Love That.

"One of the reasons why judgments cannot be resolved by most spiritual approaches is because it maintains a negative view on how you react, while overlooking the higher purpose of judgment as an initial sign of change occurring throughout your journey. Once you change the way you are viewing each reaction and response, all perceivable obstacles can be recognized as a sign of evolution - no matter how slowly or quickly your progress seems to be."
www.truedivinenature.com

$25 per person with Pre-registration
$40 per person at the door, if space available

Some partial scholarships may be available for those who need.

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Krishna Gauci ~ Resting in Being, Diving into life

Sunday, July 23, 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)

Krishna Gauci is the developer of the Tapestry of Being paradigm and has been a teacher of Spiritual living since 2001. He loves bridging various traditional influences to serve 21st century people in orienting to the mystery of Being. He became a devotee of his Spiritual Master HWL Poonja (Papaji) since meeting him in 1993. He also has a background in the practice of Buddhist Meditation for the past 27 years. He is a founding member of the Waking Down Teachers Association and the Institute of Awakened Mutuality and is a Senior Trillium Awakening teacher. He currently offers his own Tapestry of Being teachings with students worldwide.

What a Paradox: In a thousand ways our hearts are forever longing to merge with the Source of all pleasure and satisfaction and we are always already that Source. We can neither stop our longing nor stop being the Source. You are the Unity of duality and non-duality. You belong here and all of you is yearning to find its full expression. Embracing this incarnation, you live your own Gospel, sing your own Gita and discover your own Dharma. Make yourself at home here and dare to move into and fully inhabit the heroic drama of your own divinely inspired story.” ~ Krishna Gauci

For information visit krishnasatsang.com
Suggested donation: $10 to $15

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Amoda Maa ~ Living Your Awakening In Every Moment

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 @ 7:00pm-8:45pm
Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael,
1408 Mission Ave
San Rafael, CA United States
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There’s an urgency today to evolve beyond humanity’s current ego-based paradigm, and along with it, a unique expression of enlightenment is emerging. Amoda’s teachings show you that awakening is no longer about abandoning or transcending physical reality in order to live a spiritual life; rather, it’s about the fulfillment of your divine destiny by living the truth of your inner radiance while in an earthly body. Through these teachings, you are called to anchor yourself in the pristine perfection of your inner light and then to fully embody and express this light amidst the imperfection and darkness of the world. The invitation is for you to discover authentic freedom by being both fully awake and fully human.

Amoda Maa is a contemporary spiritual teacher, author, and speaker. After years of spiritual seeking, meditation, and immersion in psycho-spiritual practices, an experience of the dark night of the soul led her to a profound inner awakening. Then, after a long period of integration, she began speaking from silence in small gatherings. She offers meetings and retreats, and is a frequent speaker at conferences and events, attracting spiritual seekers and people looking for peace and fulfillment in an increasingly chaotic world. Her teachings are free of religion and tradition, and she brings to them a deep understanding of the human journey, born out of her own experience.

Amoda Maa is author of several books, including the highly acclaimed Embodied Enlightenment (New Harbinger, June 2017) which is based both on her vision for humanity and the conversations on the cutting edge of spiritual inquiry in her meetings with people from all around the world. She lives with her husband Kavi in Northern California.

www.amodamaa.com

Suggested Donation $10-$20
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