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April 2021

Ajaya Sommers ~ BEING HERE – The Alchemical Intimacy of Presence ~ Daylong Retreat

Sunday, April 18, 2021 @ 9:00-11:00am & 12:00-2:30pm (Pacific Time)

In these day long retreats we participate by allowing ourselves permission to explore the contours of our most direct and intimate experience of Being Here; alive, honest, vulnerable and awake with feeling from our most divinely human center of Love.

Our collective unresolved history, traumas and fixation patterns are stored within the neuro-pathways of our tissues, frozen in time, thus clouding our direct experience. We can allow these places to thaw, unwind and be metabolized by the warmth of our loving presence. In this way, we discover how to participate in creating the safety and trust required to open to an embodied intimate relatedness with ourselves, Life and one another.

Often the deepest blessings of Life are shrouded in the intimate initiations or mystery schools we call love, loss, illness, trauma, death and all manner of things that involve not being in control.

When we peer through the lens of our original developmental blueprints of our human embryo and natural law itself, we can re-frame these inevitable initiations of Life as essential substantive blessings of nature.  Allowing us to be here and to be who we are— not as a flaw or failure to the design or the path, but as primary ingredients to the alchemy involved in deepening our most human and divine evolution and embodiment.

What shall comprise each session?
Bringing our Loving attention to Embrace what is Present:

We will melt below our habit patterns of the default nervous system and connect directly with our innate core intelligence. Utilizing conscious breath, sound vibration, subtle intrinsic movement, embryological anatomy and provocative inquiry we enter into the inner alchemy that allows a dissolve of any out dated structures that may be obstructing our path. A psycho-spiritual somatic reorganization and higher order of self-regulation arises as our cells surrender into the all-pervasive holding ground of nature that is always present, when we are seated in the Core.

We will re-emerge renewed, resourced and ready to re-engage our senses such that they become thresholds where the divine, the natural world, our culture and the mystery of being human coalesce as the dynamic dance of Life.

Ajaya’s unique gifts and teaching style come through her depth of presence and all encompassing embrace. Come as you are and expect to be authentically celebrated!

Ajaya Sommers, RCST is a gifted teacher, author, public speaker and creative catalyst in the field of psycho-spiritual somatic integration. For the last 26 years, she has been instrumental in facilitating conscious evolution in thousands of people’s lives. All of her programs are grounded in science, expanded through devotional practice and made real through direct experience. Ajaya is the founder of a unique somatic discovery process called, Core Embodiment® — an integrated system of embodiment practices, principles and perceptual orientations to awaken and align with the power of your human potential. She is a certified Biodynamic Craniosacral Integration Teacher, a Trauma informed NARM practitioner (Neuro-affective-relational model) as well as an Authorized Continuum Teacher.

www.ajayasommers.com

Sliding Scale: $40 to $80
Some Partial Scholarships Available
Please register early if you can.

The event will be recorded and emailed to participants within a week.
You're welcome to join, even if you can't attend the live session.
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Ajaya Sommers ~ BEING HERE: The Alchemical Intimacy of Presence ~ Daylong Retreat

Sunday, April 18, 2021 @ 9:00-11:00am & 12:00-2:30pm (Pacific Time)

Our collective unresolved history, traumas and fixation patterns are stored within the neuro-pathways of our tissues, frozen in time, thus clouding our direct experience. We can allow these places to thaw, unwind and be metabolized by the warmth of our loving presence. In this way, we discover how to participate in creating the safety and trust required to open to an embodied intimate relatedness with ourselves, Life and one another.

Utilizing conscious breath, sound vibration, subtle intrinsic movement, embryological anatomy and provocative inquiry we enter into the inner alchemy that allows a dissolve of any out dated structures that may be obstructing our path. A psycho-spiritual somatic reorganization and higher order of self-regulation arises as our cells surrender into the all-pervasive holding ground of nature that is always present.

Ajaya Sommers is a gifted teacher, author, public speaker and creative catalyst in the field of psycho-spiritual somatic integration. All of her programs are grounded in science, expanded through devotional practice and made real through direct experience.

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Silent Group Meditation (Free, No Guidance)

Monday, April 19, 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.


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Silent Group Meditation (Free, No Guidance)

Thursday, April 22, 2021 @ 12:00pm & Mon. 8:30am (PT), Ongoing Mondays & Thursdays
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, May 27, 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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Georgia Simone ~ Awakened Healing: Become the Space where Healing Takes Place ~ 3 Day Retreat

Friday, April 23, 2021 @ & April 24 & 25 at 9:30am-12:00noon (Pacific Time)

3-Part Online Retreat
April 23, 24, 25, 2021

9:30 am – 12:00 noon, Pacific Time
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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.

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

Sliding Scale: $50 to $90
Some Partial Scholarships Available
Please register early if you can.

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Silent Group Meditation (Free, No Guidance)

Monday, April 26, 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

Find out more »

Silent Group Meditation (Free, No Guidance)

Thursday, April 29, 2021 @ 12:00pm & Mon. 8:30am (PT), Ongoing Mondays & Thursdays
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, May 27, 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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Lynn Marie Lumiere, MFT ~ FREE TO BE: Releasing the Blocks to True Freedom ~ 3 Day Retreat

Friday, April 30, 2021 @ & May 1st & 2nd at 9:00am-12:00noon (Pacific Time)

3-Part Online Retreat
April 30, May 1 & 2, 2021

3 hours each day, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon, Pacific Time
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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.

Reflect for a moment…

Do you feel overwhelmed by all stresses of life and end up forgetting to focus on what is already free and peaceful within?

How much does your wounding, trauma or conditioning interfere with being free to be your full self?

Are you ready to let go of the pain and self-negativity and stand in the truth of who you are?

If so, this retreat will offer you deep support for healing and awakening so you can rest more in the ocean of peace, love and unity that resides in all of us.

This is a psycho-spiritual retreat that balances both awakening to our pure-love essence and psycho-somatic exploration of the pain, trauma, negative beliefs, and so on, that obstruct our ability to rest as our essence.

Lynn Marie will offer guided meditation, somatic exercises to deepen resilience, and therapeutic methods that facilitate releasing traumas and conditioned patterns. The retreat will also include sharing and dialogue in the group and in dyads.

The invitation is to let go of your daily routine as much as possible for 3 days and retreat from distractions so you can take a deeper dive into awakening and embodiment. Please plan ahead to free as much time as you can to be on retreat.

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 as a therapist as well as with nondual 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

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

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May 2021

Silent Group Meditation (Free, No Guidance)

Monday, May 3, 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

Find out more »

Silent Group Meditation (Free, No Guidance)

Thursday, May 6, 2021 @ 12:00pm & Mon. 8:30am (PT), Ongoing Mondays & Thursdays
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, May 27, 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

Find out more »

Adam Chacksfield ~ Falling Open Together

Saturday, May 8, 2021 @ 10:00am-12:00noon (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 with 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
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.
To check your local time, use a tool such as: Time Zone Converter

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Jeannie Zandi ~ God the Mother

Sunday, May 9, 2021 @ 10:00am-12:00noon (Pacific Time)

Join Jeannie to celebrate God the Mother for Mother’s Day! Explore the themes of God, gender, and the integration of yin and yang that is embodied human wholeness.

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

Find out more »

Silent Group Meditation (Free, No Guidance)

Monday, May 10, 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

Find out more »

Silent Group Meditation (Free, No Guidance)

Thursday, May 13, 2021 @ 12:00pm & Mon. 8:30am (PT), Ongoing Mondays & Thursdays
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, May 27, 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

Find out more »

Dorothy Hunt ~ Opening The Door To Not Knowing

Sunday, May 16, 2021 @ 10:00am-12:00noon (Pacific Time)

This is an introductory session for the upcoming daylong online retreat May 22nd.
You are welcome to attend either one, or both events.  

Can we actually know who or what anything is by thinking about it, labeling it, having an opinion about it? Does the word rose deliver its fragrance, or the thought of water quench our thirst? Are we expecting Truth to deliver an intellectual answer to our seeking? What might we discover when we open the door to not knowing? Conception is not perception. We experience life more intimately, lovingly, and profoundly when we cease imagining our thoughts –even the most “spiritual” or “righteous” ones—are truth.

Conventional knowledge is needed to function, of course, but we can so easily be trapped by our conditioned thoughts, opinions, beliefs.  We live in a virtual world of our own creation depending on our interpretations of reality. We do not need to be at war with thought to begin to see that thinking that we “know” continually shuts the door on open perception and deep listening. This is as true in relationships as in the spiritual search. What if we approached more moments with “don’t know” mind, “beginners mind,” realizing that thinking does not See?

In this Sunday satsang and daylong retreat the following Saturday, we will explore experientially and meditatively what it feels like to approach life, emotions, and particularly our deepest spiritual longings, from present moment awareness. This Presence moves as openness in the mind, heart, and body. The Truth we seek reveals Itself to itself and not to the idea of a separate “me.” A mind open to not knowing is an awakened mind, open to a spontaneous, authentic and compassionate response to the moment.

Dorothy Hunt serves as Spiritual Director of Moon Mountain Sangha, teaching at the request of Adyashanti.  She is the founder of the San Francisco Center for Meditation and Psychotherapy and practiced psychotherapy from 1967 to 2020. She is the author of Leaves from Moon Mountain, Only This!, and Ending the Search: From Spiritual Ambition to the Heart of Awareness.

Dorothy has a long and deep connection to the teachings of Ramana Maharshi and the path of Self-Inquiry, as well as the nondual teachings of Zen, Advaita and the Christian mystics.  In meeting Adyashanti, she was invited beyond identification with either the absolute or relative, finding freedom in what is awake in each of us regardless of the changing faces of experience. Dorothy offers satsang, retreats, and private meetings in the San Francisco Bay area and elsewhere by invitation.

www.dorothyhunt.org

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

Find out more »

Silent Group Meditation (Free, No Guidance)

Monday, May 17, 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

Find out more »

Silent Group Meditation (Free, No Guidance)

Thursday, May 20, 2021 @ 12:00pm & Mon. 8:30am (PT), Ongoing Mondays & Thursdays
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, May 27, 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

Find out more »

Marlies Myoku Cocheret ~ Standing Your Ground in the Blizzard of the World

Friday, May 21, 2021 @ 10:00am - 12:00 noon (Pacific Time)

During this regular monthly satsang, Marlies gently guides us to rest in the silence of our being, our secret sacred sanctuary. The more we rest as the silence that we are, the more we can stand firmly as presence in the turbulence of these times.

In this process of falling into the arms of silence, we meet along the way our own inner turbulence.

We invite you to join us to be strongly rooted in your nature in the midst of the blizzard.

There will be an opportunity to share, so please bring your experience, presence and questions to share with the group.

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

Find out more »

Dorothy Hunt ~ Opening The Door To Not Knowing ~ Daylong

Saturday, May 22, 2021 @ 9:00am-3:00pm (Pacific Time)

The event will run from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm, including a 2-hour lunch break.

Can we actually know who or what anything is by thinking about it, labeling it, having an opinion about it? Does the word rose deliver its fragrance, or the thought of water quench our thirst? Are we expecting Truth to deliver an intellectual answer to our seeking? What might we discover when we open the door to not knowing? Conception is not perception. We experience life more intimately, lovingly, and profoundly when we cease imagining our thoughts –even the most “spiritual” or “righteous” ones—are truth.

Conventional knowledge is needed to function, of course, but we can so easily be trapped by our conditioned thoughts, opinions, beliefs.  We live in a virtual world of our own creation depending on our interpretations of reality. We do not need to be at war with thought to begin to see that thinking that we “know” continually shuts the door on open perception and deep listening. This is as true in relationships as in the spiritual search. What if we approached more moments with “don’t know” mind, “beginners mind,” realizing that thinking does not See?

In this Sunday satsang and daylong retreat the following Saturday, we will explore experientially and meditatively what it feels like to approach life, emotions, and particularly our deepest spiritual longings, from present moment awareness. This Presence moves as openness in the mind, heart, and body. The Truth we seek reveals Itself to itself and not to the idea of a separate “me.” A mind open to not knowing is an awakened mind, open to a spontaneous, authentic and compassionate response to the moment.

Dorothy Hunt serves as Spiritual Director of Moon Mountain Sangha, teaching at the request of Adyashanti.  She is the founder of the San Francisco Center for Meditation and Psychotherapy and practiced psychotherapy from 1967 to 2020. She is the author of Leaves from Moon Mountain, Only This!, and Ending the Search: From Spiritual Ambition to the Heart of Awareness.

Dorothy has a long and deep connection to the teachings of Ramana Maharshi and the path of Self-Inquiry, as well as the nondual teachings of Zen, Advaita and the Christian mystics.  In meeting Adyashanti, she was invited beyond identification with either the absolute or relative, finding freedom in what is awake in each of us regardless of the changing faces of experience. Dorothy offers satsang, retreats, and private meetings in the San Francisco Bay area and elsewhere by invitation.

www.dorothyhunt.org

Sliding Scale: $40 to $80
Some Partial Scholarships Available
Please register early if you can.

The event will be recorded and emailed to participants within a week.
To check your local time, use a tool such as: Time Zone Converter

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Silent Group Meditation (Free, No Guidance)

Monday, May 24, 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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Silent Group Meditation (Free, No Guidance)

Thursday, May 27, 2021 @ 12:00pm & Mon. 8:30am (PT), Ongoing Mondays & Thursdays
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, May 27, 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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Silent Group Meditation (Free, No Guidance)

Monday, May 31, 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.


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

Find out more »
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