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October 2019

Lynn Marie Lumiere ~ Rest In Natural Great Ease: In the Midst of Life’s Challenges

Sunday, October 27, 2019 @ 10am-12noon (Pacific Time)

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REST IN NATURAL GREAT EASE
In the Midst of Life’s Challenges

At the center of all experience, no matter how difficult, is a natural ease or peace. Freedom from suffering is found by relaxing our resistance to what is and tapping into the natural ease of our Being. From there, we access the insight, clarity and strength needed to address our issues. Once we learn to ride the waves of life’s challenges and let them be, the waves tend to become calmer and the natural ease becomes a more predominant experience. In this webinar, we will share guided meditation, dialogue and support for both recognizing our innate peace and meeting our challenges from here.

Lynn Marie shares her presence and clarity, as well as the wisdom derived from many years of experience as a nondual psychotherapist. Her work is dedicated to awakening consciousness and meeting life’s challenges as doorways to greater freedom. Lynn Marie is a contributing author of The Sacred Mirror: Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy, as well as On the Mystery of Being: Contemporary Insights on the Convergence of Science and Spirituality, and is the author of Awakened Relating: A Guide to Embodying Undivided Love in Intimate Relationships. She lives in Grass Valley, CA and offers people from all over the world online spiritual mentoring and nondual therapy. For more information, please see www.lynnmarielumiere.com

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November 2019

Jeannie Zandi ~ Felt Sense of Being & Meeting Emotional States

Sunday, November 3, 2019 @ 10am-12noon (Pacific Time)

Join Jeannie and friends to explore the felt sense of being and how it is key to meeting emotional states and delusional perceptions. Great introduction for those who have never sat with Jeannie, and a fine reminder for those who have.

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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Stephan Bodian ~ Just Be Who You Are!

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

“Just be who you are.” This simple injunction from Ramana Maharshi has the potential to cut through all our conditioning and invite us to return directly to our very own true self. The first step involves penetrating through to our deepest, groundless ground and abiding in unconditional, nondual presence. No self, no other, just This, the one without a second! This is what I AM.

But the next step is often the more challenging: Clearly expressing the light and the love that we’ve realized ourselves to be through this tender, imperfect human form. Remembering and abiding as who we are amid the many challenges of intimate relationships and work in the world. Knowing who we are, how do we keep getting hooked in and forgetting—and how can we snap out of the trance of separation and return home?

Let’s meet together in satsang to explore this dance of embodying the light. Includes teachings, guided meditation, and ample time for dialogue and discussion.

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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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)

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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, John Prendergast invites you on a pilgrimage within, using the heart as a portal to your deepest psychological and spiritual nature. The Deep Heart is John’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, John 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. He brings a depth of experience, insight, warmth, and compassion to his teaching work, and is especially skillful in guided meditative inquiries and one-on-one dialogues.

John J. Prendergast is a spiritual teacher, psychotherapist and retired adjunct professor of psychology at CIIS, known for his pioneering work in integrating nondual wisdom and psychotherapy. A long-time student of both Jean Klein and Adyashanti, he was asked to share the dharma by Dorothy Hunt. He is the author of the forthcoming 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.

www.listeningfromsilence.com

Suggested donation: $15 to $25
PLEASE REGISTER EARLY if you can. Review in advance info for joining event.
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10 am PDT (Pacific Daylight Time - San Francisco, CA, USA) is 5 pm UTC
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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

3-day Online Retreat with Isaac Shapiro:

Authentic Autonomy: Maturing of the Heart

December 13, 14, 15, 2019
11:00 am - 1:00 pm Pacific Time
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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 three-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.

Isaac Shapiro is an internationally known facilitator and non-dual teacher, fascinated with life lived in alignment with the world’s wisdom traditions. A former student of H.W.L. Poonja (Papaji), Isaac draws on a broad spectrum of understanding, from Advaita to neurophysiology to some of the latest discoveries in quantum physics, which he applies in a light-hearted but direct way.

Through years of working with people, Isaac has cultivated and refined an ability to track what is happening in the nervous system of participants. Bringing this awareness to people’s attention, allows our natural, innate self-regulating mechanism to be re-established.

More about Isaac Shapiro: www.isaacshapiro.org

This Three-Day Online Retreat will consist of:

  • Three 2-hour Meetings in Truth with Isaac Shapiro (total of 6 hours)
  • Video and Audio Recordings of Meetings with Isaac

We meet via Zoom, an online platform allowing for live video conversations. You will have the opportunity to see/hear and be seen/heard by Isaac and other participants. You will also have the option to switch your camera off and remain invisible. You may also join by phone.

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Registration: $60 - $100
Please register early if you can.
For practical questions please contact Sara at sara@opencirclecenter.org.

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