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November 2019

Adam Chacksfield ~ Falling Open Together

Sunday, November 17, 2019 @ 10am-12noon (Pacific Time)

Join Adam for Falling Open Together and invite more intimacy with the deeper movement of life through us and between us.

“We are invited to receive the ultimate gift, for which there is no substitute , worth infinitely more than all our dreams and fantasies. We accept this gift by simply falling open. When the heart and mind fall open, we find ourselves intimately present and completely available to what is here. Our struggle with reality dissolves into harmony.”

Described by Pamela Wilson as “a great messenger of truth a unique transmission that does wonderful things for my spirit,” Adam invites us to share the direct experience of the heart and mind falling open. In this effortless opening, the suffering involved in resisting feelings and believing our thoughts spontaneously releases. This allows our natural abundance of joy, peace, wisdom and love to become apparent and available. Heart-centered and direct, Adam offers a path straight into the truth of who you are. Adam Chacksfield offers retreats worldwide exploring the depths that reveal that reveal themselves as we become more intimate with our embodied experience and the vibrantly alive field of relating. He also offers private sessions online and in the San Francisco Bay Area.

www.adamchacksfield.com

Suggested donation: $15 to $25

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Pamela Wilson ~ The Love That Does Not Come or Go ~ 4-day Online Retreat

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 @ Nov 22, 26, 29, 2019

Let’s all gather with curiosity and innocent noticing within to become aware of the constancy of Love. Love is everywhere present, yet overlooked as it does not move! It adores being seen and unseen. Invoked by friendship, devotion and gratitude, it blooms revealing itself as that which holds everything and animates. So many names it has, including ours, it is tender and strong, fierce and subtle. Wise and still curious. Intimate and reserved, all-knowing and empty of the past, though it has seen it all.

To live as this is relaxing. Life, serene, strong and satisfied!
Nothing is required to return to this our naturalness, but it likes when Awareness notices and feeds it! Shall we?

This Retreat consists of 4 live and interactive 2-hour Satsangs with Pamela in Zoom (a total of 8 hours).

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 bring your questions!

More about Pamela: www.pamelasatsang.com

Sliding scale: $70 to $110

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John Prendergast ~ An Introduction to the Deep Heart

Sunday, November 24, 2019 @ 10am-12noon (Pacific Time)

The great human quest is to discover who we really are—a discovery that changes our lives and the lives of those around us. With The Deep Heart, spiritual teacher and psychotherapist Dr. John J. Prendergast invites you on a pilgrimage within, using the heart as a portal to your deepest psychological and spiritual nature.

The “Deep Heart” is Prendergast’s term for the subtle center of emotional and energetic sensitivity, relational intimacy, profound inner knowing, and wholeness found within our hearts. In this experiential guide, Prendergast offers precise and potent meditative inquiries to help you open your heart, see through your core limiting beliefs, and discover the true nature of your being.

John J. Prendergast, Ph.D., is the author of the The Deep Heart: Our Portal Presence as well as In Touch: How to Tune in to the Inner Guidance of Your Body and Trust Yourself). He is a teacher, retired adjunct professor of psychology, and psychotherapist in private practice who is known for his work integrating non-dual wisdom and psychology. He offers retreats in the U.S. and Europe. For more, please see: www.listeningfromsilence.com.

www.listeningfromsilence.com

Suggested donation: $15 to $25

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December 2019

Jeannie Zandi ~ Listening from Presence

Sunday, December 1, 2019 @ 10am-12noon (Pacific Time)

Join Jeannie and friends to learn the art of listening from presence, a useful relational skill as well as a form of meditation. Learn how grounding in one’s sovereignty and felt sense of being serves the warm and clear lending of one’s heart to another.

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

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Tilicho ~ On Spiritual Concepts and Paradoxes

Saturday, December 7, 2019 @ 10am-12noon (Pacific Time)

Tilicho offers a series of four satsangs "Seeing Through the Mist of Spiritual Concepts and Paradoxes" to help having a clear vision of the ocean of Consciousness.

Spiritual teachings generally focus on Self-knowledge (finding who we really are) or on the mind (self-integration). Yet, is the ocean of consciousness separate from the waves (the movements of the mind as thoughts and emotions)?

Depending on angles of perception, spiritual vocabulary and concepts vary. This often creates confusion in the mind of spiritual seekers. This serie of satsangs is an invitation to inquire and gain clarity. When the veils of illusion are removed, the ever present jewel of the Heart is revealed

Tilicho satsangs start with 15mns of silence, followed by Q&A. Her teaching unfolds according to your questions.

Satsang 1: On Spiritual Concepts and Paradoxes - December 7th

What is really meant by non-doing, surrender, silence, stillness? Is the path efforless or does it require vigilance? What is Reality? What is time? Can worldly life and sexuality co-exist with spirituality? You are invited to explore and clarify all sorts of concepts and ideas.

Satsang 2: On Truth (date coming soon)

Satsang 3: On Non-duality (date coming soon)

Satsang 4: On Sat-Chit-Ananda: the Trinity (date coming soon)

Who are you? What is wholeness? What is the Real meaning of the Trinity? What are the obstacles to realise it? What is the source of harmony, within and without? You are invited to have clarity on the most ancient and unconscious knot of human mind and history.

Tilicho will also offer a comprehensive teaching "From Self-knowledge to self-integration: Initiation into Love and Freedom". In order to register to this serie of "Initiation Retreats", previous participation in all four satsangs as well as in the workshop "Setting the Fondation" is requested.

About Tilicho
Tilicho spontaneously realized the Self in 1998 without following any teaching or practice. The absence of spiritual conditioning allowed her to see through the veils of spiritual idealism and illusions. She ended up spending thirteen years in Tiruvannamalai in south India, the seat of Ramana Maharshi and the sacred mountain, Arunachala. While recognizing the beauty of the Advaita teachings, she also observed that they can easily be misunderstood and distorted. Although the Self is eternally free from the world, it is not separate from it. Clarity does not exclude openness. Her teaching stresses the need to combine Masculine and Feminine qualities and approaches. It is an invitation to find unity within and without.

“May all beings realize who they truly are! Om Sat Chit Ananda.”

www.tilicho.fr

Suggested donation: $15 to $25

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Amoda Maa ~ Standing as Openness in the Face of Brokenness and Loss

Sunday, December 8, 2019 @ 10am-12noon (Pacific Time)

Join Amoda in an intimate dialogue that invites you to reject nothing, welcome everything, and surrender into the deepest falling of the open heart. Includes a silent and/or guided meditation, discourse, and ample time for questions and answers.

Listen to the visitors who knock on your heart … knocking from the inside. Shame, pain, loneliness, grief and more … all these are your allies not your foes. They yearn to come in, to be acknowledged, accepted, loved. For what is broken is the doorway to gold, what is shattered is the entrance to inconceivable love, what brings you to your knees is not a punishment but God’s invitation. Your brokenness is holy.”

Amoda is a contemporary spiritual teacher, offering meetings and retreats to support and deepen the living of an awakened life. She has been sharing her teachings since 2012, initially at small gatherings in the UK. Today, she lives in the US and her teachings are followed by a growing number of seekers world-wide. She is the author of Embodied Enlightenment, as well as Radical Awakening and Change Your Life, Change Your World. While often referred to as a ‘nondual teacher,’ she prefers to emphasize the full embracement of the human experience as a path to liberation. She brings to her teachings a depth and breadth of understanding of the human journey, born out her own immersion in the furnace of personal transformation.

www.amodamaa.com

Suggested donation: $15 to $25

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Isaac Shapiro ~ Authentic Autonomy: Maturing of the Heart ~ Online Retreat

As life lives us, a recognition of our true nature makes it possible for the automatic unconscious patterns that produce a sense of disease and separateness, to come home. This allows living as love - the nectar which benefits all beings.

Join Isaac Shapiro for a 3-day immersion into simplicity of being with what is. From the comfort of your home, you will have the opportunity to explore yourself with like-minded community from around the world. Through direct yet playful inquiry into what is, we will be unraveling conditioning of the mind and the nervous system. The format of the meetings is interactive and spontaneous, deeply in tune with what wants to emerge in the moment.

More about Isaac: www.isaacshapiro.org

Sliding scale: $60 to $100

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January 2020

Stephan Bodian ~ Working with Trauma on the Path of Awakening

Sunday, January 19, 2020 @ 10am-12noon (Pacific Time)

When I asked my first Zen teacher about becoming a monk, he said, “Monasteries are places for desperate people.” Many of us are drawn to the spiritual path because of the suffering we experience as the result of early-life trauma, be it childhood abuse or neglect, life-threatening experiences, or repeated situations where our physical or emotional survival or integrity seem to be at stake.

Compared with the ordinary range of painful life experiences, trauma has a unique impact on the psyche and the nervous system that can complicate the awakening process and leave us feeling especially frightened, isolated, or unintegrated.

In this satsang, we’ll explore how to relate to the effect our trauma continues to have on our lives, in the context of awakening. Includes teachings, guided meditation, and dialogue.

Stephan Bodian has been sharing the direct approach to spiritual awakening for more than 40 years. A former Buddhist monk and a longtime student of Advaita master Jean Klein, Stephan received Dharma transmission from Adyashanti in 2001. Since 2007 he has taught the annual months-long School for Awakening, which will begin again, in online form, in January 2020. His books include Wake Up Now and Beyond Mindfulness.

www.stephanbodian.org

Suggested donation: $15 to $25

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