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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.”



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May 2017

We will Not have a Sunday evening Berkeley event on …

Sunday, May 7, 2017 @

We'll continue with regular evening events after some of the specially scheduled events this month!

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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


Early-Bird Discount: Register by April 28, 2017

Non-Members: $180 | Members: $160


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


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.”


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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Pamela Wilson ~ Rest as Yourself

Sunday, May 21, 2017 @ 4:00pm-5:45pm
Chochmat Halev, Berkeley, CA, USA,
2215 Prince St.
Berkeley, CA United States
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NOTE: Unusual time for our Sunday events: 4:00 to 5:45 pm

Pamela 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 come and bring your questions!

"Every thought, every feeling, is a visitor. You just say: Welcome. Come in and sit with me."
"There is a notion that we left paradise a long time ago. But this secret garden was the Heart, always here, just waiting for our return."
"Love is a magician. Everything it touches turns into itself."


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Adam Chacksfield ~ Falling Open

Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 7:00pm-8:45pm
Chochmat Halev, Berkeley, CA, USA,
2215 Prince St.
Berkeley, CA United States
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Inviting us to receive the ultimate gift, Adam shares the direct experience of the heart, mind, and life falling open. In this effortless opening, the suffering involved in resisting feelings and believing thoughts spontaneously releases. Our natural abundance of joy, peace, wisdom, and love becomes apparent and available. Heart-centered, gentle, and direct, Adam offers a path straight into the truth of who you are.

"Adam is a great messenger of truth. He has a very unique transmission that does wonderful things for my spirit—spa treatment.”Pamela Wilson, featured in Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Wisdom by Rita Marie Robinson

Adam delivers the essence of nondual awareness in an uncompromising form. He is whole-heartedly committed to creating new possibilities that are grounded in awareness and practical at the same time. I highly recommend him.” — Peter Fenner, Ph.D., author of Radiant Mind

Adam Chacksfield, Ph.D. is founder of the Center for Nondual Awareness and creator of “Falling Open”, a four-month online course transforming how participants experience their lives.

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July 2017

Jeannie Zandi ~ Divine Love

Saturday, July 1, 2017 @ 4:00pm-6:00pm
Chochmat Halev, Berkeley, CA, USA,
2215 Prince St.
Berkeley, CA United States
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NOTE: Unusual day/time for Berkeley event, SATURDAY 4:00pm

Join Jeannie and friends for an exploration into the potent depth of what’s often overlooked in the moment: being. 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 true richness of life can be experienced, and your innermost spiritual questions can be 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.


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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."

$35 per person with Pre-registration
$49 per person at the door, if space available

Some partial scholarships may be available for those who need.

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