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April 2022

Loch Kelly ~ Effortless Mindfulness Embodied

Sunday, April 3, 2022 @ 10:00am-12:00noon (Pacific Time)

“Loch Kelly is one of the clearest expressions of authentic awakened freedom and love that I know. He offers wise, loving medicine and direct, practical guidance which evolved from Loch’s vast experience and deep commitment to help others awaken to spiritual freedom.”
~ Adyashanti

Join Loch Kelly in this experiential workshop to learn effortless mindfulness as a way to shift out of your chattering mind and live from your awake heart-mind.  It is not enough to simply wake up out of our small self and try to maintain pure awareness. In order to live awake in relationships and work, we need to familiarize ourselves with what parts of us get in the way of living from embodied awake consciousness and how to include our full humanity.

In these challenging times, effortless mindfulness is ideal as it is done with small glimpses of our True Nature in compassionate relationship to any feelings that arise, with eyes open in the midst of everyday life.

Loch will draw from the ancient wisdom traditions, psychology, and current neuroscience research to point us beyond our small, separate sense of self to help us live from our already awake heart-mind.

Loch Kelly, M.Div., LCSW is an award-winning author of The Way of Effortless Mindfulness, a licensed psychotherapist, and recognized leader in the field of meditation and awakening. Loch graduated from Columbia University and received a fellowship to study in Sri Lanka, India, and Nepal. He has collaborated with neuroscientists at Yale, UPenn, and NYU in the study of how awareness training can enhance compassion and wellbeing. Loch is known for his warm sense of humor and his trust that awakening is the next natural stage of development. He teaches the advanced-yet-simple nondual pointers and direct methods of Effortless Mindfulness. Loch will be teaching a live 5 day retreat May 1st at Esalen and he has just released a mobile meditation program with Daily Glimpses, In Depth Programs and Community Support. Loch lives in upstate New York with his wife Paige and their cat Duffy. lochkelly.org/em

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 4, 2022 @ 8am & Wed. 9:00am (PT), Ongoing Mondays & Wednesdays
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, May 30, 2022

Join us for a silent group meditation. Do your own practice quietly in the company of others. Let’s be present, together. .... more details
Mon.: 8:00am – 8:30am (PT) and Wed.: 9:00am – 9:30am (PT)
Ongoing drop-in group – attend as often as you like.
Weekly, with rare exceptions. Verify dates on
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Chesaray ~ Humanness: the Doorway to Our Evolution

Thursday, April 7, 2022 @ 9:00am-11:00am (Pacific Time)

“Abiding awakening is embodied spirituality that meets the grit of life with clear seeing, strength, and wonder.“ ~Chesaray

This two hour meeting is an invitation into the experiential understanding of the Divine. Our time together will be a still or moving meditation, a talk and exchanges. This work aims to foster ones capacity to be on the edge of growth and aliveness. These palpable guided meditations and exchanges enrich ones receptivity to Grace, encourage deep somatic inquiry, and support awakening in all directions.

Chesaray's search for “What is Real?” began as early as she can remember. After losing several significant loved ones in her teens she was driven into a deep contemplation of grief, God, and death. This drew her interest to travel and live in India where she studied with several masters. Upon returning she began to immerse herself with other master teachers from the west. This opened a series of profound awakenings which set her in the direction of devoting her life to Self-Realization. After years of development, a plunge into a dark night of the soul and two brain injuries, Chesaray was stripped of her common sense of self and the world. As a result her initially unbearable descent turned inside out and became a bow to Life, an unconditional love for the grit and joys of living. It is this Love that guides her heart and mind as she serves the awakening of humanity.

www.chesaray.org

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

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Georgia Simone ~ Awakened Healing: Become The Space Where Healing Takes Place

Saturday, April 9, 2022 @ 10:00am-12:00noon (Pacific Time)

Welcome to The Holding Space.

A space where we can gather together and BE exactly as we are

A space where the full spectrum of your human experience is invited

Calm, anxious, open, closed,

ALL is welcome here.

It's in this gentle embrace that everything can start to unravel. It's in this open space that we can begin to unwind the strategies that no longer serve us. This is the space that early mis-attunement failed to foster, the space where love blooms and new life can emerge. This is the space where all that quivers and shakes can come to rest, and where all that contorts can untwist into greater alignment.

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. 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.

Bio:
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 disidentify from pain and suffering. However, despite a growing freedom, a significant 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 fibre of her being.

During this period, Georgia was influenced by Inner Relationship Focusing, a presence based approach that works with the Felt Sense and the split-off parts of self. She also trained as a NARM informed practitioner, which addresses developmental trauma from a psychotherapeutic perspective. Her approach is now a seamless blend of mystical insight and psychological understanding.

After many years of wading through this marshland of conditioning, she shares her discoveries with others. She believes that the spiritual path is as much about arriving here fully – as an embodied human being – as it is about dissolving into the infinite source that makes this life possible. How can we die to the absolute, while deeply embracing our relative human experience? This Living Inquiry is her Life’s prayer.

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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Lynn Marie Lumiere, MFT ~ SOMATIC AWAKENING: Body-Mind-Spirit Embodiment

Sunday, April 10, 2022 @ 9:00am-12:00pm (Pacific Time)

Online Monthly Group Meetings

Although our true nature is not affected by all that we experience, our human body and mind are impacted by experiences that result in emotional wounding and trauma. Any experience, especially early in life, that is outside our window of tolerance, can overwhelm our nervous system and create chronic stress patterns in the body/mind. These stuck patterns can affect our spiritual awakening process by making it more difficult to relax, trust, be in the moment, and allow everything to be as it is—all of which are necessary for awakening and embodiment.

This ongoing monthly group will offer deep support for body-mind-spirit embodied awakening and healing so you can rest more deeply in the great peace, love and unity that resides in all of us.

We will do somatic practices for balancing the nervous system and building more capacity for regulating stress and emotions. Being more regulated is very important to both healing our human wounding and our spiritual awakening. We will also use the Flash Technique to release the charge on traumatic memories and loosen the grip of the negative beliefs that they create.

It is encouraged to attend the live session so you can receive the support of the group as well as Lynn Marie’s therapeutic support if needed. You are also welcome to register and attend by listening to the recording.

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 both as a therapist and with nondual spiritual 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 for each meeting: $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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Silent Group Meditation (Free, No Guidance)

Monday, April 11, 2022 @ 8am & Wed. 9:00am (PT), Ongoing Mondays & Wednesdays
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, May 30, 2022

Join us for a silent group meditation. Do your own practice quietly in the company of others. Let’s be present, together. .... more details
Mon.: 8:00am – 8:30am (PT) and Wed.: 9:00am – 9:30am (PT)
Ongoing drop-in group – attend as often as you like.
Weekly, with rare exceptions. Verify dates on
Full Calendar.

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Gail Brenner, Ph.D ~ Awakening in Relationships: a Mini-Retreat

Thursday, April 14, 2022 @ 9:00am - 1:00pm (Pacific Time)

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Curious about embodying awakened consciousness in everyday life? Then let’s explore our relationships. Because when we can show up with others unveiled and free, we find no end to the intimacy that is possible.

In this mini-retreat, we’ll identify the patterns we play out that create a sense of separation—from ourselves, others, and all of life. These are fear-based programmed ways of being that include people-pleasing, withdrawal, inflating or deflating ourselves in comparison to others, holding grudges, and defensiveness. Together, we’ll untangle the distorted assumptions we hold about the world and learn to meet our tender emotions with loving acceptance.

Untying the knots that lie at the core of our relationship struggles brings freshness, ease, and space for new and authentic ways of being. We realize our shared humanness, which brings compassion for ourselves and others, melting into the one boundless heart beyond our personal selves.

We learn about relationships from our first connections with our caregivers early on in life. Fear of rejection, hurt from feeling unseen, mistrust, the need to please—these are signs of unexamined contractions that are waiting for liberation.

Do you feel separate in your relationships? With guided inner reflection, a journaling exercise, small group experiences, and Q&A, we’ll practice creating safe space for authentic connection. You’ll leave with new insights, ways to experiment in daily life, and tools for being in your relationships as a pathway for awakening. I look forward to being with you!

Please feel free to contact Gail with any questions about the program at gail@gailbrenner.com.
For technical questions please reach out to web@opencirclecenter.org.

“I am now experiencing longer moments of pure awareness and joy. No longer a slave to external circumstances and inner chatter. Loving life the way it is.” ~Susan R.

“What you’re pointing to is so difficult to talk about in words, but you describe it so brilliantly and give such practical, actionable steps to follow that I truly, deeply get it. I just cannot express to you how transformative your approach has been for me.” ~Sandra Joseph, Broadway star and author of Unmasking What Matters

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: $25 to $45
Some Partial Scholarships Available
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Pamela Wilson ~ Stillness is Love, Peace is Love, Food is Love ~ 3 Part Online Retreat

Friday, April 15, 2022 @ 10:00am - 12:00pm (Pacific Time), part of a 3-Part Retreat, April 15, 16 & 17

April 15, 16 & 17
10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Pacific Time
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You're welcome to join even if you can't attend all the live sessions.

Years ago Ram Dass asked his guru, Neem Karoli Baba, "What is the most direct path? His answer was: “Feed people. Love people and feed people."

Please join Pamela and fellow sages on retreat to transmit Stillness, Peace and Balance for Humanity. As a sangha we amplify and transmit Love and Clarity, soothing chaos, confusion and unkindness. The original nourishment of Stillness is peace and all-inclusive, all-pervading friendship.

All proceeds from this gathering will be donated to WCK.org that has already fed over a million meals to refugees and families in the Ukraine and at the borders.

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: $60 to $90
Some Partial Scholarships Available
Please Register Early if you can.

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Silent Group Meditation (Free, No Guidance)

Monday, April 18, 2022 @ 8am & Wed. 9:00am (PT), Ongoing Mondays & Wednesdays
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, May 30, 2022

Join us for a silent group meditation. Do your own practice quietly in the company of others. Let’s be present, together. .... more details
Mon.: 8:00am – 8:30am (PT) and Wed.: 9:00am – 9:30am (PT)
Ongoing drop-in group – attend as often as you like.
Weekly, with rare exceptions. Verify dates on
Full Calendar.

Find out more »

Jeannie Zandi ~ Post Awakening Blues

Sunday, April 24, 2022 @ 10:00am-12:00noon (Pacific Time)

When we’ve had an opening, it can throw our old way of being out the window and bring on changes that can be challenging to navigate. Join Jeannie and friends to explore some common aspects of post-awakening, their gifts and their challenges.

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.

Jeannie Zandi 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.

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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