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March 2021

Silent Group Meditation (Free, No Guidance)

Monday, March 29, 2021 @ 8am & Thurs. 12pm (PT), Ongoing Mondays & Thursdays
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, May 31, 2021

Mondays: 8:00am – 8:30am Pacific Time
Thursdays: 12:00pm to 12:30pm Pacific Time
Ongoing, with rare exceptions. Check Full Calendar to verify dates.

Join for a 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 by the time meditation starts, 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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Poetry & Spring: A Community Evening ~ FREE ~ with Sebastopol Open Circle

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 @ 6:00pm-7:30pm (Pacific Time)

Please join Sebastopol Open Circle by Zoom on Wednesday March 31, 6:00 - 7:30 pm... for Poetry + Spring ...a time to read, recite, rap, sing, listen ... & feel Spring!

  • Read a poem of your own or another
  • Marinate in the depth and beauty of poetry
  • Hear the secrets that poetry can reveal
  • Celebrate Spring!

Bring a poem, a song, or rap ... 3 minutes or less... for each of us and our community.

Call Tomas at 707 235 2200 for any information.
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April 2021

Adam Chacksfield ~ Erotic Embodiment & Intimacy: Bringing Loving Awareness to our Experience

Saturday, April 3, 2021 @ 10:00am-12:00noon (Pacific Time)

When we dare to open to the erotic dimension of our experience everything comes vibrantly alive for us. We are turned on! There is a delicious pleasurable sensitivity to life. We are touched by so many forms of beauty, and can enjoy the juicy energy inside all our feelings. We find ourselves inspired to engage and create effortlessly, fueled by the same abundant energy that also makes babies.

This gathering will offer a rare safe and loving space for opening to and exploring the truth our own direct experience of sexuality, erotic energy, and intimate relationships. This is an opportunity for us to open to the beautiful gift of erotic embodiment and bring awareness to whatever layers of fear and shame invite our loving attention. This is not a “how to” webinar, but an invitation for us to let the truth of our own erotic experience reveal itself. Every part of our direct experience is valid, innocent, and deserves to be met with love.

www.adamchacksfield.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 a week.
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Jeannie Zandi ~ Human: A Wedding of Heaven and Earth

Sunday, April 4, 2021 @ 10:00am-12:00noon (Pacific Time)

When we embrace a spirituality that includes our humanness, we open to the possibility of our divinity just as we are, and to meeting our human nature with mercy and kindness as we walk as light. Join Jeannie and friends in this exploration of humanness and awakening.

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 a week.
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Silent Group Meditation (Free, No Guidance)

Monday, April 5, 2021 @ 8am & Thurs. 12pm (PT), Ongoing Mondays & Thursdays
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, May 31, 2021

Mondays: 8:00am – 8:30am Pacific Time
Thursdays: 12:00pm to 12:30pm Pacific Time
Ongoing, with rare exceptions. Check Full Calendar to verify dates.

Join for a 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 by the time meditation starts, 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.


To check your local time, use a tool such as: Time Zone Converter

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CANCELED Bruce Pardoe ~ Heart Fluency® – Directly Feel & Embody Your Awakened Nature

Sunday, April 11, 2021 @ 9:00am - 12:00 noon (Pacific Time)

Do you long to continuously experience the freedom and happiness of pure awareness clearly and obviously? Are you frustrated that old patterns, emotional wounds, trauma or anxiety run your life and cloud over a fundamental well-being you know is possible?

As it turns out, using Heart Fluency's simple practice we can access the physical field of space in which we and all things exist in an obvious, embodied way to directly experience the freedom and healing power of pure awareness.

In its very nature the field of space is unconditionally:

- Limitless and Unbounded
- Ever Present
- Peaceful, Balanced, Still
- Inclusive, Non-Judgemental, Accepting, Allowing and therefore Loving
- Free, Unattached and Unstuck

While free and unattached, the field of space is not cold or distant. It permeates us as one of the basic elements of our bodies. We and all things exist in the same space and are therefore unified by it. When we feel it directly both in and around our bodies, our conscious awareness merges with it revealing the awake, loving nature of our minds. This provides a clear path of practice that immediately takes us from the relative to the absolute. Using Heart Fluency we will directly sense and explore space for an accessible and comprehensive portal to awakening, non-dual truth and emotional healing.

Heart Fluency® founder Bruce Pardoe will lead this 3 hour experiential journey with group exercises, Q&A and guided meditations. With Heart Flueny's 3 step practice you will also learn to utilize an embodied balance that harnesses the ever present, unlimited capacities of space to allow emotional wounds, traumas and afflictive patterns to transform into your deepest gifts.

Bio:
For more than 40 years Bruce Pardoe has been navigating and facilitating the path of inner healing and non-dual wisdom. Bruce's journey through the fires of his own complex trauma led him to develop the radically accessible and gentle Heart Fluency® method for healing emotional wounds and opening to non-dual well-being and happiness. Heart Fluency combines neuroscience and the unconditional nourishment of pure awareness in a highly accessible, heart-centered approach.

After spending over two years on silent retreat Bruce became a meditation teacher in the Vipassana tradition of Buddhism. He has completed Spirit Rock Meditation Center's 2 year Dharma Leader training and has studied extensively in Asia in the traditions of Tibetan Buddhism and Advaita. Bruce has also trained in Polyvagal Theory, Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement and Hakomi's body-centered psychotherapy. Since 2007 Bruce has shared Heart Fluency trainings and workshops with hundreds of conscious individuals, therapists and healers on 4 continents.

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Silent Group Meditation (Free, No Guidance)

Monday, April 12, 2021 @ 8am & Thurs. 12pm (PT), Ongoing Mondays & Thursdays
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, May 31, 2021

Mondays: 8:00am – 8:30am Pacific Time
Thursdays: 12:00pm to 12:30pm Pacific Time
Ongoing, with rare exceptions. Check Full Calendar to verify dates.

Join for a 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 by the time meditation starts, 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.


To check your local time, use a tool such as: Time Zone Converter

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Gail Brenner, Ph.D ~ Embodied Awakening: A 4-Part Intensive

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 @ 9:00am - 11:00am (Pacific Time) and continuing April 15, 20 & 22

4-Part Online Intensive
April 13, 15, 20 & 22, 2021

9:00 am – 11:00 am Pacific Time, each day
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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.

The Embodied Awakening Intensive offers a deep dive into the practicalities of awakened living. Your everyday human life will be the laboratory as we explore the myth of the separate self and how to live the deepest nondual teachings of infinite oneness. Together, we'll create a safe and supportive community of pure intention for peace and freedom.

Throughout our four sessions together, you'll practice staying deeply grounded in your present moment experience. From this grounded awareness, you'll learn to meet your programmed patterns—the inner critic, long-standing shame, feelings of fear and insecurity—with intelligence and loving acceptance. This is how you begin to shed the feeling of separation so you are free to be fully alive in your life as it is right now.

How do you handle a frustrating encounter with someone? How do you navigate your relationships? What about money, sexuality, work, and purpose? What do you do with feeling disappointed or hurt or bored? What about needs, desires, and stressful times? We'll carefully shed the light of awareness on your personal attachments, bringing a loving perspective and clarity to these common life situations.

We'll also use specific practices and experiments in our sessions and between sessions to study the living reality of non-separation. You'll get the felt direct experience of being in life open, without defenses, and free of the mind's need to control. This is the foundation you need for openhearted awakened living.

Come prepared to move out of your comfort zone in all areas of your life. You'll discover the brilliance of embodying love, life, and deep connection with all...available in every moment.

A free information session with Gail is offered on Saturday, April 10 from 9:00 -10:00 am Pacific. You'll learn more about the course, and there will be time for Q&A. Please click here for details and to join the session.

If you have further questions, you are welcome to email Gail directly at gail@gailbrenner.com.

Gail Brenner, Ph.D. is your guide on this journey. She is a clinical psychologist and lover of truth with a fire that burns brightly. She brings to this work years of experience with individuals and groups and is known for creating the sense of safety and trust needed for this deeper exploration.

www.gailbrenner.com

Sliding Scale: $60 to $100
Some Partial Scholarships Available
Please Register Early if you can.

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Marlies Myoku Cocheret ~ Dropping into the Sensual Silence of the Female Body (Women Only)

Friday, April 16, 2021 @ 9:00am - 12:00 noon (Pacific Time)

‘Woman’ so deeply knows what is possible in the form as love. That is her connectedness speaking, her feminine intuition.

In this first women-only gathering, we will explore how it feels to be safe, delighted and resting as silence in our precious bodies. We’ll learn to connect more deeply with our sensual nature and bring this aliveness into everyday life. We’ll feel ourselves soft yet strong, quiet and alert, receptive and discriminating - an effortless balance of the silence of sensuality and the sensuality of silence.
You are invited to join with your warm delicious female body.

Marlies Myoku Cocheret de la Morinière has devoted her life to the Beloved. She brings a potent invitation into the deep Silence that we are. The kindness of her gentle and direct teaching guides us home like a lighthouse. Marlies has been offering satsang and retreat since 2000 when Adyashanti asked her to teach. She lives in Santa Cruz, California and works internationally as a psychologist, Hakomi therapist and Tantric Educator.

Marlies is interviewed in the book Awakened Relating. A Guide To Embodying Undivided Love in Intimate Relationships by Lynn Marie Lumiere, and in the book Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Wisdom by R.M. Robinson.

“With Adya, the bottom fell out. I deeply knew I am not this body, mind, thought, psyche, and I am also all these things as well. There was no in and/or out. All is One.”

www.marliescocheret.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 a week.
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Georgia Simone ~ Awakened Healing: Become the Space where Healing Takes Place

Saturday, April 17, 2021 @ 10:00am-12:00noon (Pacific Time)

This is an introductory session for the upcoming 3-day online retreat. You are welcome to attend either one, or both events.

You’re ready to dive deeper. You’re tired of the endless oscillation between cosmic wonder and existential anxiety, between deep presence and painful disconnection, between meditative union and yelling at your loved one. You long for coherence. You long for a freedom that reaches into every corner of your life, into every relationship and every activity.

You recognize that this freedom is dependent upon meeting the places that are hard to hold, the places you unknowingly exiled. However, you realize this isn’t easy work. You recognize the layers of protection, the coping mechanisms and the survival strategies. You’ve experienced firsthand the overwhelm of being activated beyond your capacity – the inflammatory response that takes over when the core wound is triggered.

It’s challenging to meet the places you’ve spent a lifetime avoiding. You’re moving against a force-field of inertia that’s been forged to protect you from further pain. That said, there’s nothing more rewarding than reaching the forgotten places, setting up vigil, and performing the sacred work of Being Open Compassion.

Awakened Healing is a presence based, body oriented, and relationally centered approach to addressing unresolved experience. Through gentle exploration and somatic awareness you can cultivate a new way of being with your most challenging patterns. No longer a victim of the push and pull of inner disturbance, you can step forward with greater confidence, knowing that whatever comes your way, you embody the resilience and the capacity to meet and integrate it.

You can expect a deeply held space where you’ll be invited to slow down, tune in, and track your present-moment experience. Through guided attunements, somatic inquiries and relational practices, we will explore our relationship to ourselves and each other. As you awaken and refine a more subtle way of Being and Being With, you can slowly but surely become the space – the container and the field – where healing takes place.

The first leg of Georgia Simone’s path exposed her to the teachings of Advaita Vedanta, which provided her with the foundation she needed to dis-identify from pain. However, despite a growing freedom, a subtle bypass took place, as her orientation towards transcendence reinforced her deep disconnection from Life. Upon seeing this, her focus became addressing the unresolved trauma that had woven its way into every aspect of her experience. This exploration has included extensive experience in Inner Relationship Focusing, a somatic process for emotional healing, presence-based relational practices such as Circling, and becoming a trauma informed NARM practitioner (Neuro Affective Relational Model).

After many years of wading through this marshland of conditioning, she now shares her discoveries with others. Her personal process has culminated in a deeply penetrating insight and an unyielding will to unfold the conditioned mind that imprisons the Soul. She has a special ability to gaze into the complex and tangled issues of the psyche and lay them out clearly to expose the subtle motivations that uphold the false sense of self. Relentless in ensuring that her awakening consciousness is reflected in her relationship with manifest creation, she inspires others to ground Divinity in all of the densities of Life.

www.georgiasimone.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 a week.
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