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July 2020

Facilitated Community Meditation & Sharing ~ Getting Real on the Cushion & Moving from a Place of Unity

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 @ 9:00am-10:00am (PT), part of Ongoing Wednesday Group

Given the recent eruption over racial injustice, this week's facilitated community meditation gathering will be devoted to providing a safe space to share what has been evoked within us, both individually and collectively.

From a place of grounded presence, together we will lean into and explore the collective shadows that are clearly calling out to be met. We will feel into what it is to be a primarily white sangha at this time: what emerges when we sit with this, and how we can move forward from a place of unity to support and welcome communities of color.

This open group will include a brief check-in and a 20 minute, lightly guided meditation, followed by sharing. This is an opportunity to gather together as a Sangha to support each other during these challenging times.

The group will be facilitated by Open Circle’s Kate Foley. Kate is an experienced group facilitator and is moved to offer a welcoming space for us to connect and meditate with one another during these uncertain times.

This is a dana-based offering ─ anything from $0 to whatever you are able and/or moved to donate is welcome. Any donations received this week will be donated to groups supporting an anti-racist agenda
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Gail Brenner ~ The Sacred Work of Trauma and Awakening: Coming Home Together – A Half-Day Retreat

Thursday, July 9, 2020 @ 9:00am-1:00pm (Pacific Time)

A powerful insight is illuminated when we realize how much our conditioned patterns mask our happiness. Many of these patterns have plagued us for years. We hear about freedom as a possibility—or we've had a taste of our true nature—but somehow this programming keeps getting played out in our minds, our emotions, our relationships, and our choices in life. We feel stuck in the painful sense of separation…from ourselves and the sacredness of all of Life.

Finally, we realize that we can't go it alone. Our disconnection from our divine nature happened in the context of relationship so we need to practice together—in a supportive and loving community—to find our way home.

Join us for this 4-hour retreat as we create a safe and supportive healing space to do the deeper work that unfolds on the path of awakening. Through helpful practices, including guided meditations, clarifying wisdom, small group sharing, and heartfelt conversation, we’ll learn to untangle these identities and find our way home to the ever present space of inner aliveness.

      • We’ll cultivate a sense of safety for those hidden, cut off parts of ourselves to come out into the light of loving awareness. This is what heals shame.
      • We’ll attend to the nervous system and the body to stay rooted in the world.
      • We’ll learn to identify the inner critic and challenge limiting beliefs about ourselves, others, and the world.
      • We’ll practice honoring and embracing difficult emotions so they can be offered the loving attention they so desperately long for.
      • And we’ll discover, over and over, the ground of being, your true home that has never been touched by these experiences.

Stress and worry…people pleasing…persistent relationship struggles…proving yourself through accomplishments…these longstanding patterns are profound invitations into liberation from the sense of separation. Together, we lovingly embrace our humanness as we expand into overflowing appreciation, vibrant joy, and deep connection with all of Life.

Gail Brenner, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and author who who has a passion for embodied conscious living. Her work lovingly illuminates our everyday humanness with the deepest spiritual truths. She meets with individuals and groups and continues to study pathways for healing from early trauma. Gail is the author of the award-winning The End of Self-Help and Suffering Is Optional.

gailbrenner.com

“I liked the sense of trust, profound acceptance, safety, unconditional love and support that Gail brought to us. The course made me realize the importance of being involved in a community of people dedicated to the most important thing to me, Healing and Awakening. I just cannot do it alone!”
~Aline B.

“I appreciated Gail’s ability to guide us in areas that are difficult to even put words to, as well as her ability to transmit such presence and lovingkindness. Somehow she was able to guide me around the resistance(s) to a more loving acceptance of what is. Gail is able to transform through her presence and I think anyone open to healing would benefit.”
~Erica C.

“Gail was a wonderful loving and attentive presence; I felt seen and heard.”
~A.C.

“At any moment, within the field of your own experience, there is an inner sanctuary of presence and stillness. You access this space by shifting your attention away from the jumble of thoughts, feelings, stories, fears, and external input such as others’ opinions. You simply turn inward—beyond all mind movement—and be.

In no time at all, you find the ground of being, the light of living vibration that’s here in every moment. It’s timeless, which means it’s eternally present, and all-embracing as the unity of all. Don’t be afraid of this vast love. Fall into its arms…”
~Gail

Sliding Scale: $30 to $45
No one turned away for lack of funds.
Please register early if you can.

The event will be recorded and emailed to participants within 48 hours.
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Gail Brenner ~ The Sacred Work of Trauma and Awakening: Coming Home Together – A Half-Day Retreat

Thursday, July 9, 2020 @ 9:00am-1:00pm (Pacific Time)

A powerful insight is illuminated when we realize how much our conditioned patterns mask our happiness. Many of these patterns have plagued us for years. We hear about freedom as a possibility—or we've had a taste of our true nature—but somehow this programming keeps getting played out in our minds, our emotions, our relationships, and our choices in life. We feel stuck in the painful sense of separation…from ourselves and the sacredness of all of Life.

Join us for this 4-hour retreat as we create a safe and supportive healing space to do the deeper work that unfolds on the path of awakening. Through helpful practices, including guided meditations, clarifying wisdom, small group sharing, and heartfelt conversation, we’ll learn to untangle these identities and find our way home to the ever present space of inner aliveness.Gail Brenner, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and author who who has a passion for embodied conscious living. Her work lovingly illuminates our everyday humanness with the deepest spiritual truths.

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Riyaz Motan, MFT ~ Embodied Presence: Listening and Guiding from Wholeness ~ 4-part Course

Friday, July 10, 2020 @ and Fridays, July 17, 24 & 31, 10:00am - 12:30pm (Pacific Time)

Event will be recorded and emailed to participants after each meeting.
You're welcome to join even if you can't attend all the live sessions.
4-part Course:
Fridays, July 10, 17, 24, 31
10:00 am – 12:30 pm, Pacific Time

This course is for healers — psychotherapists, counselors, interns, psychology students, transformational coaches, spiritual counselors, holistic practitioners, body/mind workers and other related healers that are interested the therapeutic applications of nondual wisdom. It is an invitation to explore our healing work as a sacred path of embodied awakening. 

While many of us already have our own spiritual practices that support and inform us in our work; this course invites us to more deeply explore and integrate our awakening into our work with clients. We will learn to attune to presence, and practice listening and relating from our deepest ground.  In doing so, we open ourselves up to the root source of healing and wholeness — the ground of being; we open up our bodies and our innate sensitivity, and we allow for the emergence of intuition and heart wisdom to inform and guide our healing work.

Over the course of four weekly meetings, we will explore the following areas:

  • Listening, speaking, and relating from embodied presence.
  • Being the context, not getting lost in content
  • Learning to rest in, and trust, the unknown.
  • Energetic resonance; listening with your whole being/whole body.
  • Creating ‘experiential portals’; honing in on your clients’ beliefs, feelings, sensations, and the relational field to facilitate spontaneous and deep discovery.
  • Inviting the client to explore their experience from unconditional presence; helping them to drop below the problem-solving mind, to be fully present and open, and to allow for the spontaneous unfolding of their experience.
  • Exploring the foundational role of energetic transmission in the healing relationship.

Riyaz Motan, MFT is a licensed psychotherapist and has been in practice for over 20 years. He has been a long-time clinical supervisor to students and interns, as well as serving as an adjunct professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies.
In 2013, Riyaz took over teaching The Art of Listening at CIIS from his mentor, John Prendergast, PhD., who is a seminal figure and pioneer in the nondual approach to psychotherapy.  Riyaz offers consultation, trainings and presentations on this nondual approach to psychotherapy.

riyazmotan.com

Sliding Scale: $60 to $120
No one turned away for lack of funds.
Please register early if you can.

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Lynn Marie Lumiere, MFT ~ Find Calm in The Storm: Ongoing Support Group (3 hours)

Saturday, July 11, 2020 @ 9:00am-12:00pm (Pacific Time)

This is an ongoing group that you can join anytime.

Stressful times are often our greatest opportunities for deeper healing in the body-mind and deeper awakening to our true nature, which is always calm no matter what is happening in our inner or outer world.

The theme for the July groups is Trauma and Awakening. We are living in rapidly changing times that carry a lot of uncertainty. This can activate earlier trauma in our life and make it difficult to navigate these challenges.

In these ongoing meetings, Lynn Marie offers support for body, mind and spirit through:

Somatic practices for balancing the nervous system and building more resilience and capacity for regulating stress and emotions so you can be more present with your experience.

Psychological processes for releasing the mind’s grip on old memories and the negative beliefs associated with them so you can be more empowered to heal and awaken.

Guided Meditations that point to direct experience of our nondual nature, so you can more deeply realize the peace and calm that is always and already here.

Group Sharing so you can know you are not alone in your experience and receive individual support, if needed.

If you cannot attend the meetings live, you can still register and receive the recordings. The practices are designed for you to do repeatedly on your own, or through listening to the recordings.

Lynn Marie Lumiere, MFT is a nondual psychotherapist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and author. She offers knowledge and wisdom gained from over 30 years of experience as a therapist as well as with nondual teachings. She is the author of Awakened Relating: A Guide to Embodying Undivided Love in Intimate Relationships and The Awakening West: Evidence of a Spreading Enlightenment.

www.lynnmarielumiere.com

Suggested donation: $15 to $35
No one turned away for lack of funds.
Please register early if you can.

The event will be recorded and emailed to participants within 48 hours.
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Jeannie Zandi ~ The Gift of Solitude

Sunday, July 12, 2020 @ 10:00am-12:00noon (Pacific Time)

Join Jeannie and friends to explore the topic of solitude on the spiritual path. What is the difference between solitude and aloneness? Where does loneliness fit in? What are the true needs for company of the human being and what are things to heal and move through? Open to clarity in this often-confusing area of inquiry with Jeannie’s guidance

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

www.jeanniezandi.com

Suggested donation: $15 to $25
No one turned away for lack of funds.
Please register early if you can.

The event will be recorded and emailed to participants within 48 hours.
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Silent Group Meditation (Free, No Guidance)

Monday, July 13, 2020 @ 8:00am-8:30am (Pacific Time), Ongoing Mondays
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, July 27, 2020

Join for a morning 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 and ready by 8 AM, 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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Facilitated Community Meditation & Sharing ~ Getting Real on the Cushion & Moving from a Place of Unity

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 @ 9:00am-10:00am (PT), part of Ongoing Wednesday Group

Given the recent eruption over racial injustice, this week's facilitated community meditation gathering will be devoted to providing a safe space to share what has been evoked within us, both individually and collectively.

From a place of grounded presence, together we will lean into and explore the collective shadows that are clearly calling out to be met. We will feel into what it is to be a primarily white sangha at this time: what emerges when we sit with this, and how we can move forward from a place of unity to support and welcome communities of color.

This open group will include a brief check-in and a 20 minute, lightly guided meditation, followed by sharing. This is an opportunity to gather together as a Sangha to support each other during these challenging times.

The group will be facilitated by Open Circle’s Kate Foley. Kate is an experienced group facilitator and is moved to offer a welcoming space for us to connect and meditate with one another during these uncertain times.

This is a dana-based offering ─ anything from $0 to whatever you are able and/or moved to donate is welcome. Any donations received this week will be donated to groups supporting an anti-racist agenda
Register to receive the event link.


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Ellen Emmet ~ The Awakening Body

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 @ 10:30am-12:00noon (Pacific Time)

This is an opportunity to meet with a group of like-minded friends. We gather around the non-dual teaching with a particular focus on the realm of the body, its tactility and feelings, from the perspective of our shared listening Presence. This approach to the body is a form of ‘somatic inquiry’ that invites us to open to the totality of our felt, tactile and sensorial experience moment by moment, free of any agenda, allowing us to uncover the open Presence which is our essential identity.

Ellen will guide a gentle experiential meditation, followed by a conversation where participants may ask questions or share their experiences.

Ellen’s deepest intuition was confirmed when she met her teacher, Francis Lucille. In his presence, she recognized the eternal, limitless and universal nature of our shared reality. Over many years, her understanding deepened to touch all levels of experience. The process of aligning and stabilizing all aspects of her life to this understanding has continued to unfold since then.

Today, Ellen offers meetings and retreats in The Awakening Body, sharing a direct exploration of reality sourced in the tradition of Kashmir Shivaism and self-inquiry as transmitted through Francis Lucille and his teacher, Jean Klein. In addition, she has a private practice as a psychotherapist and facilitator of Authentic Movement. Her background of Dance Movement Therapy and Transpersonal Psychology is shaped by the non-dual understanding. Ellen lives in Oxford, England with her husband, Rupert Spira.

www.ellenemmet.com

Suggested donation: $15 to $25
No one turned away for lack of funds.
Please register early if you can.

The event will be recorded and emailed to participants within 48 hours.
To check your local time, use a tool such as: Time Zone Converter

Find out more »

Riyaz Motan, MFT ~ Embodied Presence: Listening and Guiding from Wholeness ~ 4-part Course

Friday, July 17, 2020 @ 10:00am - 12:30pm (Pacific Time) - Part of 4-Part Course: July 10, 17, 24 & 31
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Friday, repeating until Friday, July 31, 2020

Event will be recorded and emailed to participants after each meeting.
You're welcome to join even if you can't attend all the live sessions.
4-part Course:
Fridays, July 10, 17, 24, 31
10:00 am – 12:30 pm, Pacific Time

This course is for healers — psychotherapists, counselors, interns, psychology students, transformational coaches, spiritual counselors, holistic practitioners, body/mind workers and other related healers that are interested the therapeutic applications of nondual wisdom. It is an invitation to explore our healing work as a sacred path of embodied awakening. 

While many of us already have our own spiritual practices that support and inform us in our work; this course invites us to more deeply explore and integrate our awakening into our work with clients. We will learn to attune to presence, and practice listening and relating from our deepest ground.  In doing so, we open ourselves up to the root source of healing and wholeness — the ground of being; we open up our bodies and our innate sensitivity, and we allow for the emergence of intuition and heart wisdom to inform and guide our healing work.

Over the course of four weekly meetings, we will explore the following areas:

  • Listening, speaking, and relating from embodied presence.
  • Being the context, not getting lost in content
  • Learning to rest in, and trust, the unknown.
  • Energetic resonance; listening with your whole being/whole body.
  • Creating ‘experiential portals’; honing in on your clients’ beliefs, feelings, sensations, and the relational field to facilitate spontaneous and deep discovery.
  • Inviting the client to explore their experience from unconditional presence; helping them to drop below the problem-solving mind, to be fully present and open, and to allow for the spontaneous unfolding of their experience.
  • Exploring the foundational role of energetic transmission in the healing relationship.

Riyaz Motan, MFT is a licensed psychotherapist and has been in practice for over 20 years. He has been a long-time clinical supervisor to students and interns, as well as serving as an adjunct professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies.
In 2013, Riyaz took over teaching The Art of Listening at CIIS from his mentor, John Prendergast, PhD., who is a seminal figure and pioneer in the nondual approach to psychotherapy.  Riyaz offers consultation, trainings and presentations on this nondual approach to psychotherapy.

riyazmotan.com

Sliding Scale: $60 to $120
No one turned away for lack of funds.
Please register early if you can.

Find out more »
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