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July 2020

Facilitated Community Meditation & Sharing ~ Getting Real on the Cushion & Moving from a Place of Unity

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 @ 9:00am-10:00am (PT), part of Ongoing Wednesday Group

Given the recent eruption over racial injustice, this week's facilitated community meditation gathering will be devoted to providing a safe space to share what has been evoked within us, both individually and collectively.

From a place of grounded presence, together we will lean into and explore the collective shadows that are clearly calling out to be met. We will feel into what it is to be a primarily white sangha at this time: what emerges when we sit with this, and how we can move forward from a place of unity to support and welcome communities of color.

This open group will include a brief check-in and a 20 minute, lightly guided meditation, followed by sharing. This is an opportunity to gather together as a Sangha to support each other during these challenging times.

The group will be facilitated by Open Circle’s Kate Foley. Kate is an experienced group facilitator and is moved to offer a welcoming space for us to connect and meditate with one another during these uncertain times.

This is a dana-based offering ─ anything from $0 to whatever you are able and/or moved to donate is welcome. Any donations received this week will be donated to groups supporting an anti-racist agenda
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Gail Brenner ~ The Sacred Work of Trauma and Awakening: Coming Home Together – A Half-Day Retreat

Thursday, July 9, 2020 @ 9:00am-1:00pm (Pacific Time)

A powerful insight is illuminated when we realize how much our conditioned patterns mask our happiness. Many of these patterns have plagued us for years. We hear about freedom as a possibility—or we've had a taste of our true nature—but somehow this programming keeps getting played out in our minds, our emotions, our relationships, and our choices in life. We feel stuck in the painful sense of separation…from ourselves and the sacredness of all of Life.

Finally, we realize that we can't go it alone. Our disconnection from our divine nature happened in the context of relationship so we need to practice together—in a supportive and loving community—to find our way home.

Join us for this 4-hour retreat as we create a safe and supportive healing space to do the deeper work that unfolds on the path of awakening. Through helpful practices, including guided meditations, clarifying wisdom, small group sharing, and heartfelt conversation, we’ll learn to untangle these identities and find our way home to the ever present space of inner aliveness.

      • We’ll cultivate a sense of safety for those hidden, cut off parts of ourselves to come out into the light of loving awareness. This is what heals shame.
      • We’ll attend to the nervous system and the body to stay rooted in the world.
      • We’ll learn to identify the inner critic and challenge limiting beliefs about ourselves, others, and the world.
      • We’ll practice honoring and embracing difficult emotions so they can be offered the loving attention they so desperately long for.
      • And we’ll discover, over and over, the ground of being, your true home that has never been touched by these experiences.

Stress and worry…people pleasing…persistent relationship struggles…proving yourself through accomplishments…these longstanding patterns are profound invitations into liberation from the sense of separation. Together, we lovingly embrace our humanness as we expand into overflowing appreciation, vibrant joy, and deep connection with all of Life.

Gail Brenner, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and author who who has a passion for embodied conscious living. Her work lovingly illuminates our everyday humanness with the deepest spiritual truths. She meets with individuals and groups and continues to study pathways for healing from early trauma. Gail is the author of the award-winning The End of Self-Help and Suffering Is Optional.

gailbrenner.com

“I liked the sense of trust, profound acceptance, safety, unconditional love and support that Gail brought to us. The course made me realize the importance of being involved in a community of people dedicated to the most important thing to me, Healing and Awakening. I just cannot do it alone!”
~Aline B.

“I appreciated Gail’s ability to guide us in areas that are difficult to even put words to, as well as her ability to transmit such presence and lovingkindness. Somehow she was able to guide me around the resistance(s) to a more loving acceptance of what is. Gail is able to transform through her presence and I think anyone open to healing would benefit.”
~Erica C.

“Gail was a wonderful loving and attentive presence; I felt seen and heard.”
~A.C.

“At any moment, within the field of your own experience, there is an inner sanctuary of presence and stillness. You access this space by shifting your attention away from the jumble of thoughts, feelings, stories, fears, and external input such as others’ opinions. You simply turn inward—beyond all mind movement—and be.

In no time at all, you find the ground of being, the light of living vibration that’s here in every moment. It’s timeless, which means it’s eternally present, and all-embracing as the unity of all. Don’t be afraid of this vast love. Fall into its arms…”
~Gail

Sliding Scale: $30 to $45
No one turned away for lack of funds.
Please register early if you can.

The event will be recorded and emailed to participants within 48 hours.
To check your local time, use a tool such as: Time Zone Converter

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Gail Brenner ~ The Sacred Work of Trauma and Awakening: Coming Home Together – A Half-Day Retreat

Thursday, July 9, 2020 @ 9:00am-1:00pm (Pacific Time)

A powerful insight is illuminated when we realize how much our conditioned patterns mask our happiness. Many of these patterns have plagued us for years. We hear about freedom as a possibility—or we've had a taste of our true nature—but somehow this programming keeps getting played out in our minds, our emotions, our relationships, and our choices in life. We feel stuck in the painful sense of separation…from ourselves and the sacredness of all of Life.

Join us for this 4-hour retreat as we create a safe and supportive healing space to do the deeper work that unfolds on the path of awakening. Through helpful practices, including guided meditations, clarifying wisdom, small group sharing, and heartfelt conversation, we’ll learn to untangle these identities and find our way home to the ever present space of inner aliveness.Gail Brenner, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and author who who has a passion for embodied conscious living. Her work lovingly illuminates our everyday humanness with the deepest spiritual truths.

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Riyaz Motan, MFT ~ Embodied Presence: Listening and Guiding from Wholeness ~ 4-part Course

Friday, July 10, 2020 @ and Fridays, July 17, 24 & 31, 10:00am - 12:30pm (Pacific Time)

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.
4-part Course:
Fridays, July 10, 17, 24, 31
10:00 am – 12:30 pm, Pacific Time

This course is for healers — psychotherapists, counselors, interns, psychology students, transformational coaches, spiritual counselors, holistic practitioners, body/mind workers and other related healers that are interested the therapeutic applications of nondual wisdom. It is an invitation to explore our healing work as a sacred path of embodied awakening. 

While many of us already have our own spiritual practices that support and inform us in our work; this course invites us to more deeply explore and integrate our awakening into our work with clients. We will learn to attune to presence, and practice listening and relating from our deepest ground.  In doing so, we open ourselves up to the root source of healing and wholeness — the ground of being; we open up our bodies and our innate sensitivity, and we allow for the emergence of intuition and heart wisdom to inform and guide our healing work.

Over the course of four weekly meetings, we will explore the following areas:

  • Listening, speaking, and relating from embodied presence.
  • Being the context, not getting lost in content
  • Learning to rest in, and trust, the unknown.
  • Energetic resonance; listening with your whole being/whole body.
  • Creating ‘experiential portals’; honing in on your clients’ beliefs, feelings, sensations, and the relational field to facilitate spontaneous and deep discovery.
  • Inviting the client to explore their experience from unconditional presence; helping them to drop below the problem-solving mind, to be fully present and open, and to allow for the spontaneous unfolding of their experience.
  • Exploring the foundational role of energetic transmission in the healing relationship.

Riyaz Motan, MFT is a licensed psychotherapist and has been in practice for over 20 years. He has been a long-time clinical supervisor to students and interns, as well as serving as an adjunct professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies.
In 2013, Riyaz took over teaching The Art of Listening at CIIS from his mentor, John Prendergast, PhD., who is a seminal figure and pioneer in the nondual approach to psychotherapy.  Riyaz offers consultation, trainings and presentations on this nondual approach to psychotherapy.

riyazmotan.com

Sliding Scale: $60 to $120
No one turned away for lack of funds.
Please register early if you can.

Find out more »

Lynn Marie Lumiere, MFT ~ Find Calm in The Storm: Ongoing Support Group (3 hours)

Saturday, July 11, 2020 @ 9:00am-12:00pm (Pacific Time)

This is an ongoing group that you can join anytime.

Stressful times are often our greatest opportunities for deeper healing in the body-mind and deeper awakening to our true nature, which is always calm no matter what is happening in our inner or outer world.

The theme for the July groups is Trauma and Awakening. We are living in rapidly changing times that carry a lot of uncertainty. This can activate earlier trauma in our life and make it difficult to navigate these challenges.

In these ongoing meetings, Lynn Marie offers support for body, mind and spirit through:

Somatic practices for balancing the nervous system and building more resilience and capacity for regulating stress and emotions so you can be more present with your experience.

Psychological processes for releasing the mind’s grip on old memories and the negative beliefs associated with them so you can be more empowered to heal and awaken.

Guided Meditations that point to direct experience of our nondual nature, so you can more deeply realize the peace and calm that is always and already here.

Group Sharing so you can know you are not alone in your experience and receive individual support, if needed.

If you cannot attend the meetings live, you can still register and receive the recordings. The practices are designed for you to do repeatedly on your own, or through listening to the recordings.

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

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 48 hours.
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Jeannie Zandi ~ The Gift of Solitude

Sunday, July 12, 2020 @ 10:00am-12:00noon (Pacific Time)

Join Jeannie and friends to explore the topic of solitude on the spiritual path. What is the difference between solitude and aloneness? Where does loneliness fit in? What are the true needs for company of the human being and what are things to heal and move through? Open to clarity in this often-confusing area of inquiry with Jeannie’s guidance

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

Find out more »

Silent Group Meditation (Free, No Guidance)

Monday, July 13, 2020 @ 8:00am-8:30am (Pacific Time), Ongoing Mondays
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, July 27, 2020

Join for a morning 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 and ready by 8 AM, 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 »

Facilitated Community Meditation & Sharing ~ Getting Real on the Cushion & Moving from a Place of Unity

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 @ 9:00am-10:00am (PT), part of Ongoing Wednesday Group

Given the recent eruption over racial injustice, this week's facilitated community meditation gathering will be devoted to providing a safe space to share what has been evoked within us, both individually and collectively.

From a place of grounded presence, together we will lean into and explore the collective shadows that are clearly calling out to be met. We will feel into what it is to be a primarily white sangha at this time: what emerges when we sit with this, and how we can move forward from a place of unity to support and welcome communities of color.

This open group will include a brief check-in and a 20 minute, lightly guided meditation, followed by sharing. This is an opportunity to gather together as a Sangha to support each other during these challenging times.

The group will be facilitated by Open Circle’s Kate Foley. Kate is an experienced group facilitator and is moved to offer a welcoming space for us to connect and meditate with one another during these uncertain times.

This is a dana-based offering ─ anything from $0 to whatever you are able and/or moved to donate is welcome. Any donations received this week will be donated to groups supporting an anti-racist agenda
Register to receive the event link.


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

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Ellen Emmet ~ The Awakening Body

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 @ 10:30am-12:00noon (Pacific Time)

This is an opportunity to meet with a group of like-minded friends. We gather around the non-dual teaching with a particular focus on the realm of the body, its tactility and feelings, from the perspective of our shared listening Presence. This approach to the body is a form of ‘somatic inquiry’ that invites us to open to the totality of our felt, tactile and sensorial experience moment by moment, free of any agenda, allowing us to uncover the open Presence which is our essential identity.

Ellen will guide a gentle experiential meditation, followed by a conversation where participants may ask questions or share their experiences.

Ellen’s deepest intuition was confirmed when she met her teacher, Francis Lucille. In his presence, she recognized the eternal, limitless and universal nature of our shared reality. Over many years, her understanding deepened to touch all levels of experience. The process of aligning and stabilizing all aspects of her life to this understanding has continued to unfold since then.

Today, Ellen offers meetings and retreats in The Awakening Body, sharing a direct exploration of reality sourced in the tradition of Kashmir Shivaism and self-inquiry as transmitted through Francis Lucille and his teacher, Jean Klein. In addition, she has a private practice as a psychotherapist and facilitator of Authentic Movement. Her background of Dance Movement Therapy and Transpersonal Psychology is shaped by the non-dual understanding. Ellen lives in Oxford, England with her husband, Rupert Spira.

www.ellenemmet.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 48 hours.
To check your local time, use a tool such as: Time Zone Converter

Find out more »

Riyaz Motan, MFT ~ Embodied Presence: Listening and Guiding from Wholeness ~ 4-part Course

Friday, July 17, 2020 @ 10:00am - 12:30pm (Pacific Time) - Part of 4-Part Course: July 10, 17, 24 & 31
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Friday, repeating until Friday, July 31, 2020

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.
4-part Course:
Fridays, July 10, 17, 24, 31
10:00 am – 12:30 pm, Pacific Time

This course is for healers — psychotherapists, counselors, interns, psychology students, transformational coaches, spiritual counselors, holistic practitioners, body/mind workers and other related healers that are interested the therapeutic applications of nondual wisdom. It is an invitation to explore our healing work as a sacred path of embodied awakening. 

While many of us already have our own spiritual practices that support and inform us in our work; this course invites us to more deeply explore and integrate our awakening into our work with clients. We will learn to attune to presence, and practice listening and relating from our deepest ground.  In doing so, we open ourselves up to the root source of healing and wholeness — the ground of being; we open up our bodies and our innate sensitivity, and we allow for the emergence of intuition and heart wisdom to inform and guide our healing work.

Over the course of four weekly meetings, we will explore the following areas:

  • Listening, speaking, and relating from embodied presence.
  • Being the context, not getting lost in content
  • Learning to rest in, and trust, the unknown.
  • Energetic resonance; listening with your whole being/whole body.
  • Creating ‘experiential portals’; honing in on your clients’ beliefs, feelings, sensations, and the relational field to facilitate spontaneous and deep discovery.
  • Inviting the client to explore their experience from unconditional presence; helping them to drop below the problem-solving mind, to be fully present and open, and to allow for the spontaneous unfolding of their experience.
  • Exploring the foundational role of energetic transmission in the healing relationship.

Riyaz Motan, MFT is a licensed psychotherapist and has been in practice for over 20 years. He has been a long-time clinical supervisor to students and interns, as well as serving as an adjunct professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies.
In 2013, Riyaz took over teaching The Art of Listening at CIIS from his mentor, John Prendergast, PhD., who is a seminal figure and pioneer in the nondual approach to psychotherapy.  Riyaz offers consultation, trainings and presentations on this nondual approach to psychotherapy.

riyazmotan.com

Sliding Scale: $60 to $120
No one turned away for lack of funds.
Please register early if you can.

Find out more »

Stephan Bodian ~ Sharing the Love That We Are

Saturday, July 18, 2020 @ 9:00am-10:30am (Pacific Time)

In this time of widespread fear, confusion, and suffering, we’re called upon to dissolve the apparent boundaries that separate us and share in the boundless love at the heart of reality. In these gatherings, we will be practicing a nondual version of the Tibetan practice of tonglen, breathing in the suffering and transmuting it in the boundless heart into peace, love, compassion, and ease of being. This practice benefits not only our brothers and sisters around the world, who are of course not separate from us, but ourselves as well, as it fills our own being with love at a relative level and transforms our individual heart into a vehicle for universal love.

In addition to the extended compassion meditation, there will be direct pointers to the groundless ground of our essential nature, as well as ample time for Q&A, dialogue, and discussion.

Stephan Bodian has been sharing the direct approach to spiritual awakening for more than 40 years. A former Buddhist monk, a licensed psychotherapist, 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
No one turned away for lack of funds.
Please register early if you can.

The event will be recorded and emailed to participants within 48 hours.
To check your local time, use a tool such as: Time Zone Converter

Find out more »

Stephan Bodian ~ Sharing the Love That We Are

Saturday, July 18, 2020 @ 9:00am-10:30am (Pacific Time)

In this time of widespread fear, confusion, and suffering, we’re called upon to dissolve the apparent boundaries that separate us and share in the boundless love at the heart of reality. In these gatherings, we will be practicing a nondual version of the Tibetan practice of tonglen, breathing in the suffering and transmuting it in the boundless heart into peace, love, compassion, and ease of being. This practice benefits not only our brothers and sisters around the world, who are of course not separate from us, but ourselves as well, as it fills our own being with love at a relative level and transforms our individual heart into a vehicle for universal love.

In addition to the extended compassion meditation, there will be direct pointers to the groundless ground of our essential nature, as well as ample time for Q&A, dialogue, and discussion.

Stephan Bodian has been sharing the direct approach to spiritual awakening for more than 40 years. A former Buddhist monk, a licensed psychotherapist, 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.

Find out more »

Tilicho ~ Deep Dive into Awakening and Healing: 2nd Chakra – 4-Hour Workshop

Sunday, July 19, 2020 @ 9:00am - 1:00pm (Pacific Time)

During this series of workshops with Tilicho, we inquire about our Real Nature and bring awareness and healing to the traumas and mind patterns preventing us from really being ourselves: from opening to the present moment as it is.

This session focuses on the second chakra: Desires, Sexuality, Money and Death.

You are invited to dive deep within, and from a place of Self-recognition, let all causes of suffering emerge to the surface, in a safe atmosphere of love, compassion and understanding.

Thanks to the very interactive format of the meeting, you’ll be able to receive personal guidance and suggestions about your awakening and healing journey.
We meet from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, with a half an hour break.

This workshop is part of a monthly series, where we explore ourselves chakra by chakra. You are welcome to attend the whole series, or join individual workshops, even if you have not attended the previous ones.

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.

www.tilicho.fr

Sliding Scale: $25 to $50
No one turned away for lack of funds.
Please register early if you can.

The event will be recorded and emailed to participants within 48 hours.
You're welcome to join, even if you can't attend the live session.
Time Zone Converter

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Silent Group Meditation (Free, No Guidance)

Monday, July 20, 2020 @ 8:00am-8:30am (Pacific Time), Ongoing Mondays
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, July 27, 2020

Join for a morning 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 and ready by 8 AM, 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 ~ The I of the Storm – A 4-part Course

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 @ and July 23, 28 & 30, 10:00am - 12:00pm (Pacific Time)

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.
4-part Course: July 21, 23, 28, 30
10:00 am – 12:00 noon, Pacific Time

Join Marlies and friends in these series of four online satsangs and bring the realization of the stillness that you are into your living reality.
These times demand a strong presence and ruthless tenderness if we are to care for the world as love right now. The silence of love is our only Refuge. Are you ready to rest as the I of the storm?

During these satsangs, Marlies guides us in meditation and gives dharma talks. You are invited to share so please bring your experience, presence and questions. You will receive great support as we weather the down pouring of division and bewilderment that these times have brought upon us.

Marlies Myoku 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. She helps people to see that freedom and peace lie not in escaping from difficulties, but rather in completely welcoming and receiving all that the Mystery presents.
She has been offering satsang and retreat since 2000 when Adyashanti asked her to teach. Marlies is trained as a psychologist in The Netherlands, a Hakomi therapist, and a Tantric educator. For over 25 years she has been ushering seekers into living the Divine in the body. She has a passion and a gift for bringing together the Sensual Body and the Silence of our Being.

She lives in Santa Cruz; California and works internationally. 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

Sliding Scale: $70 to $120
No one turned away for lack of funds.
Please register early if you can.

Time Zone Converter

Find out more »

Facilitated Community Meditation & Sharing ~ Getting Real on the Cushion & Moving from a Place of Unity

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 @ 9:00am-10:00am (PT), part of Ongoing Wednesday Group

Given the recent eruption over racial injustice, this week's facilitated community meditation gathering will be devoted to providing a safe space to share what has been evoked within us, both individually and collectively.

From a place of grounded presence, together we will lean into and explore the collective shadows that are clearly calling out to be met. We will feel into what it is to be a primarily white sangha at this time: what emerges when we sit with this, and how we can move forward from a place of unity to support and welcome communities of color.

This open group will include a brief check-in and a 20 minute, lightly guided meditation, followed by sharing. This is an opportunity to gather together as a Sangha to support each other during these challenging times.

The group will be facilitated by Open Circle’s Kate Foley. Kate is an experienced group facilitator and is moved to offer a welcoming space for us to connect and meditate with one another during these uncertain times.

This is a dana-based offering ─ anything from $0 to whatever you are able and/or moved to donate is welcome. Any donations received this week will be donated to groups supporting an anti-racist agenda
Register to receive the event link.


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

Find out more »

Marlies Myoku Cocheret ~ The I of the Storm – A 4-part Course

Thursday, July 23, 2020 @ part of 4-part Coure: July 21, 23, 28 & 30, 10:00am - 12:00pm (Pacific Time)
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Tuesday and Thursday, repeating until Thursday, July 30, 2020

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.
4-part Course: July 21, 23, 28, 30
10:00 am – 12:00 noon, Pacific Time

Join Marlies and friends in these series of four online satsangs and bring the realization of the stillness that you are into your living reality.
These times demand a strong presence and ruthless tenderness if we are to care for the world as love right now. The silence of love is our only Refuge. Are you ready to rest as the I of the storm?

During these satsangs, Marlies guides us in meditation and gives dharma talks. You are invited to share so please bring your experience, presence and questions. You will receive great support as we weather the down pouring of division and bewilderment that these times have brought upon us.

Marlies Myoku 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. She helps people to see that freedom and peace lie not in escaping from difficulties, but rather in completely welcoming and receiving all that the Mystery presents.
She has been offering satsang and retreat since 2000 when Adyashanti asked her to teach. Marlies is trained as a psychologist in The Netherlands, a Hakomi therapist, and a Tantric educator. For over 25 years she has been ushering seekers into living the Divine in the body. She has a passion and a gift for bringing together the Sensual Body and the Silence of our Being.

She lives in Santa Cruz; California and works internationally. 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

Sliding Scale: $70 to $120
No one turned away for lack of funds.
Please register early if you can.

Time Zone Converter

Find out more »

Riyaz Motan, MFT ~ Embodied Presence: Listening and Guiding from Wholeness ~ 4-part Course

Friday, July 24, 2020 @ 10:00am - 12:30pm (Pacific Time) - Part of 4-Part Course: July 10, 17, 24 & 31
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Friday, repeating until Friday, July 31, 2020

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.
4-part Course:
Fridays, July 10, 17, 24, 31
10:00 am – 12:30 pm, Pacific Time

This course is for healers — psychotherapists, counselors, interns, psychology students, transformational coaches, spiritual counselors, holistic practitioners, body/mind workers and other related healers that are interested the therapeutic applications of nondual wisdom. It is an invitation to explore our healing work as a sacred path of embodied awakening. 

While many of us already have our own spiritual practices that support and inform us in our work; this course invites us to more deeply explore and integrate our awakening into our work with clients. We will learn to attune to presence, and practice listening and relating from our deepest ground.  In doing so, we open ourselves up to the root source of healing and wholeness — the ground of being; we open up our bodies and our innate sensitivity, and we allow for the emergence of intuition and heart wisdom to inform and guide our healing work.

Over the course of four weekly meetings, we will explore the following areas:

  • Listening, speaking, and relating from embodied presence.
  • Being the context, not getting lost in content
  • Learning to rest in, and trust, the unknown.
  • Energetic resonance; listening with your whole being/whole body.
  • Creating ‘experiential portals’; honing in on your clients’ beliefs, feelings, sensations, and the relational field to facilitate spontaneous and deep discovery.
  • Inviting the client to explore their experience from unconditional presence; helping them to drop below the problem-solving mind, to be fully present and open, and to allow for the spontaneous unfolding of their experience.
  • Exploring the foundational role of energetic transmission in the healing relationship.

Riyaz Motan, MFT is a licensed psychotherapist and has been in practice for over 20 years. He has been a long-time clinical supervisor to students and interns, as well as serving as an adjunct professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies.
In 2013, Riyaz took over teaching The Art of Listening at CIIS from his mentor, John Prendergast, PhD., who is a seminal figure and pioneer in the nondual approach to psychotherapy.  Riyaz offers consultation, trainings and presentations on this nondual approach to psychotherapy.

riyazmotan.com

Sliding Scale: $60 to $120
No one turned away for lack of funds.
Please register early if you can.

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Lynn Marie Lumiere, MFT ~ Find Calm in The Storm: Ongoing Support Group (3 hours)

Saturday, July 25, 2020 @ 9:00am-12:00pm (Pacific Time)

This is an ongoing group that you can join anytime.

Stressful times are often our greatest opportunities for deeper healing in the body-mind and deeper awakening to our true nature, which is always calm no matter what is happening in our inner or outer world.

The theme for the July groups is Trauma and Awakening. We are living in rapidly changing times that carry a lot of uncertainty. This can activate earlier trauma in our life and make it difficult to navigate these challenges.

In these ongoing meetings, Lynn Marie offers support for body, mind and spirit through:

Somatic practices for balancing the nervous system and building more resilience and capacity for regulating stress and emotions so you can be more present with your experience.

Psychological processes for releasing the mind’s grip on old memories and the negative beliefs associated with them so you can be more empowered to heal and awaken.

Guided Meditations that point to direct experience of our nondual nature, so you can more deeply realize the peace and calm that is always and already here.

Group Sharing so you can know you are not alone in your experience and receive individual support, if needed.

If you cannot attend the meetings live, you can still register and receive the recordings. The practices are designed for you to do repeatedly on your own, or through listening to the recordings.

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

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 48 hours.
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Adam Chacksfield ~ Falling Open Together

Sunday, July 26, 2020 @ 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 48 hours.
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Silent Group Meditation (Free, No Guidance)

Monday, July 27, 2020 @ 8:00am-8:30am (Pacific Time), Ongoing Mondays
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, July 27, 2020

Join for a morning 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 and ready by 8 AM, 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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Marlies Myoku Cocheret ~ The I of the Storm – A 4-part Course

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 @ part of 4-part Coure: July 21, 23, 28 & 30, 10:00am - 12:00pm (Pacific Time)
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Tuesday and Thursday, repeating until Thursday, July 30, 2020

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.
4-part Course: July 21, 23, 28, 30
10:00 am – 12:00 noon, Pacific Time

Join Marlies and friends in these series of four online satsangs and bring the realization of the stillness that you are into your living reality.
These times demand a strong presence and ruthless tenderness if we are to care for the world as love right now. The silence of love is our only Refuge. Are you ready to rest as the I of the storm?

During these satsangs, Marlies guides us in meditation and gives dharma talks. You are invited to share so please bring your experience, presence and questions. You will receive great support as we weather the down pouring of division and bewilderment that these times have brought upon us.

Marlies Myoku 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. She helps people to see that freedom and peace lie not in escaping from difficulties, but rather in completely welcoming and receiving all that the Mystery presents.
She has been offering satsang and retreat since 2000 when Adyashanti asked her to teach. Marlies is trained as a psychologist in The Netherlands, a Hakomi therapist, and a Tantric educator. For over 25 years she has been ushering seekers into living the Divine in the body. She has a passion and a gift for bringing together the Sensual Body and the Silence of our Being.

She lives in Santa Cruz; California and works internationally. 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

Sliding Scale: $70 to $120
No one turned away for lack of funds.
Please register early if you can.

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Facilitated Community Meditation & Sharing ~ Getting Real on the Cushion & Moving from a Place of Unity

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 @ 9:00am-10:00am (PT), part of Ongoing Wednesday Group

Given the recent eruption over racial injustice, this week's facilitated community meditation gathering will be devoted to providing a safe space to share what has been evoked within us, both individually and collectively.

From a place of grounded presence, together we will lean into and explore the collective shadows that are clearly calling out to be met. We will feel into what it is to be a primarily white sangha at this time: what emerges when we sit with this, and how we can move forward from a place of unity to support and welcome communities of color.

This open group will include a brief check-in and a 20 minute, lightly guided meditation, followed by sharing. This is an opportunity to gather together as a Sangha to support each other during these challenging times.

The group will be facilitated by Open Circle’s Kate Foley. Kate is an experienced group facilitator and is moved to offer a welcoming space for us to connect and meditate with one another during these uncertain times.

This is a dana-based offering ─ anything from $0 to whatever you are able and/or moved to donate is welcome. Any donations received this week will be donated to groups supporting an anti-racist agenda
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Marlies Myoku Cocheret ~ The I of the Storm – A 4-part Course

Thursday, July 30, 2020 @ part of 4-part Coure: July 21, 23, 28 & 30, 10:00am - 12:00pm (Pacific Time)
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Tuesday and Thursday, repeating until Thursday, July 30, 2020

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.
4-part Course: July 21, 23, 28, 30
10:00 am – 12:00 noon, Pacific Time

Join Marlies and friends in these series of four online satsangs and bring the realization of the stillness that you are into your living reality.
These times demand a strong presence and ruthless tenderness if we are to care for the world as love right now. The silence of love is our only Refuge. Are you ready to rest as the I of the storm?

During these satsangs, Marlies guides us in meditation and gives dharma talks. You are invited to share so please bring your experience, presence and questions. You will receive great support as we weather the down pouring of division and bewilderment that these times have brought upon us.

Marlies Myoku 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. She helps people to see that freedom and peace lie not in escaping from difficulties, but rather in completely welcoming and receiving all that the Mystery presents.
She has been offering satsang and retreat since 2000 when Adyashanti asked her to teach. Marlies is trained as a psychologist in The Netherlands, a Hakomi therapist, and a Tantric educator. For over 25 years she has been ushering seekers into living the Divine in the body. She has a passion and a gift for bringing together the Sensual Body and the Silence of our Being.

She lives in Santa Cruz; California and works internationally. 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

Sliding Scale: $70 to $120
No one turned away for lack of funds.
Please register early if you can.

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Riyaz Motan, MFT ~ Embodied Presence: Listening and Guiding from Wholeness ~ 4-part Course

Friday, July 31, 2020 @ 10:00am - 12:30pm (Pacific Time) - Part of 4-Part Course: July 10, 17, 24 & 31
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Friday, repeating until Friday, July 31, 2020

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.
4-part Course:
Fridays, July 10, 17, 24, 31
10:00 am – 12:30 pm, Pacific Time

This course is for healers — psychotherapists, counselors, interns, psychology students, transformational coaches, spiritual counselors, holistic practitioners, body/mind workers and other related healers that are interested the therapeutic applications of nondual wisdom. It is an invitation to explore our healing work as a sacred path of embodied awakening. 

While many of us already have our own spiritual practices that support and inform us in our work; this course invites us to more deeply explore and integrate our awakening into our work with clients. We will learn to attune to presence, and practice listening and relating from our deepest ground.  In doing so, we open ourselves up to the root source of healing and wholeness — the ground of being; we open up our bodies and our innate sensitivity, and we allow for the emergence of intuition and heart wisdom to inform and guide our healing work.

Over the course of four weekly meetings, we will explore the following areas:

  • Listening, speaking, and relating from embodied presence.
  • Being the context, not getting lost in content
  • Learning to rest in, and trust, the unknown.
  • Energetic resonance; listening with your whole being/whole body.
  • Creating ‘experiential portals’; honing in on your clients’ beliefs, feelings, sensations, and the relational field to facilitate spontaneous and deep discovery.
  • Inviting the client to explore their experience from unconditional presence; helping them to drop below the problem-solving mind, to be fully present and open, and to allow for the spontaneous unfolding of their experience.
  • Exploring the foundational role of energetic transmission in the healing relationship.

Riyaz Motan, MFT is a licensed psychotherapist and has been in practice for over 20 years. He has been a long-time clinical supervisor to students and interns, as well as serving as an adjunct professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies.
In 2013, Riyaz took over teaching The Art of Listening at CIIS from his mentor, John Prendergast, PhD., who is a seminal figure and pioneer in the nondual approach to psychotherapy.  Riyaz offers consultation, trainings and presentations on this nondual approach to psychotherapy.

riyazmotan.com

Sliding Scale: $60 to $120
No one turned away for lack of funds.
Please register early if you can.

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August 2020

Lynn Marie Lumiere, MFT ~ Find Calm in The Storm: Ongoing Support Group (3 hours)

Saturday, August 8, 2020 @ 9:00am-12:00pm (Pacific Time)

This is an ongoing group that you can join anytime.

Stressful times are often our greatest opportunities for deeper healing in the body-mind and deeper awakening to our true nature, which is always calm no matter what is happening in our inner or outer world.

In these ongoing meetings, Lynn Marie offers support for body, mind and spirit through:

Somatic practices for balancing the nervous system and building more resilience and capacity for regulating stress and emotions so you can be more present with your experience.

Psychological processes for releasing the mind’s grip on old memories and the negative beliefs associated with them so you can be more empowered to heal and awaken.

Guided Meditations that point to direct experience of our nondual nature, so you can more deeply realize the peace and calm that is always and already here.

Group Sharing so you can know you are not alone in your experience and receive individual support, if needed.

If you cannot attend the meetings live, you can still register and receive the recordings. The practices are designed for you to do repeatedly on your own, or through listening to the recordings.

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

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 48 hours.
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Jeannie Zandi ~ Sovereignty & Freedom

Sunday, August 23, 2020 @ 10:00am-12:00noon (Pacific Time)

What is meant by being here but not of here? What supports are available for us to develop a clarity-filled, heartful grounded way of navigating life's challenges? How do we unplug from the opinions of those around us and root deeply in our own sovereign clarity? How do we give our lives to our highest sense of truth no matter what? Join Jeannie and friends to explore this most basic aspect of the embodiment of freedom.

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 48 hours.
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Tilicho ~ Deep Dive into Awakening and Healing: 3rd Chakra – 4-Hour Workshop

Saturday, August 29, 2020 @ 9:00am - 1:00pm (Pacific Time)

During this series of workshops with Tilicho, we inquire about our Real Nature and bring awareness and healing to the traumas and mind patterns preventing us from really being ourselves: from opening to the present moment as it is.

This session focuses on the third chakra: Self-esteem and the expression of Personal potential

You are invited to dive deep within, and from a place of Self-recognition, let all causes of suffering emerge to the surface, in a safe atmosphere of love, compassion and understanding.

Thanks to the very interactive format of the meeting, you’ll be able to receive personal guidance and suggestions about your awakening and healing journey.
We meet from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, with a half an hour break.

This workshop is part of a monthly series, where we explore ourselves chakra by chakra. You are welcome to attend the whole series, or join individual workshops, even if you have not attended the previous ones.

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.

www.tilicho.fr

Sliding Scale: $25 to $50
No one turned away for lack of funds.
Please register early if you can.

The event will be recorded and emailed to participants within 48 hours.
You're welcome to join, even if you can't attend the live session.
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September 2020

Tilicho ~ Deep Dive into Awakening and Healing: 4th Chakra – 4-Hour Workshop

Sunday, September 27, 2020 @ 9:00am - 1:00pm (Pacific Time)

During this series of workshops with Tilicho, we inquire about our Real Nature and bring awareness and healing to the traumas and mind patterns preventing us from really being ourselves: from opening to the present moment as it is.

This session focuses on the fourth chakra: Giving and receiving love

You are invited to dive deep within, and from a place of Self-recognition, let all causes of suffering emerge to the surface, in a safe atmosphere of love, compassion and understanding.

Thanks to the very interactive format of the meeting, you’ll be able to receive personal guidance and suggestions about your awakening and healing journey.
We meet from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, with a half an hour break.

This workshop is part of a monthly series, where we explore ourselves chakra by chakra. You are welcome to attend the whole series, or join individual workshops, even if you have not attended the previous ones.

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.

www.tilicho.fr

Sliding Scale: $25 to $50
No one turned away for lack of funds.
Please register early if you can.

The event will be recorded and emailed to participants within 48 hours.
You're welcome to join, even if you can't attend the live session.
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