Loading Events

← Back to Events

Online Video Meeting (phone access also available)

May 2021

Dorothy Hunt ~ Opening The Door To Not Knowing ~ Daylong

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

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?

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.

Find out more »

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

Sunday, May 23, 2021 @ 10:00am - 1:00pm (Pacific Time)

Do you long to continuously experience the freedom and happiness of pure awareness clearly and obviously? Are you frustrated that old patterns, emotional wounds, trauma or anxiety run your life and cloud over a fundamental well-being you know is possible? As it turns out, ordinary physical space is already free and at peace with all of the qualities of pure awareness. Using Heart Fluency's uncomplicated map we can directly sense and explore space in and around our bodies providing an accessible and comprehensive portal to awakening, non-dual truth and emotional healing.

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

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

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

www.heartfluency.com

Suggested donation: $15 to $35
No one turned away for lack of funds.
Please register early if you can.

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

Find out more »

Silent Group Meditation (Free, No Guidance)

Monday, May 24, 2021 @ 8am (PT), Ongoing Mondays
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, June 28, 2021

Mondays: 8:00am – 8:30am Pacific Time
Ongoing every week, 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 »

Shakti Caterina Maggi ~ Being Truth: A Practical Guide to Embodying Non-Duality in Everyday Life ~ A 5-Part Course

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 noon (Pacific Time), part of Course Tuesdays Apr. 27, May 4, 11, 18 & 25
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, May 25, 2021

A 5-Part Online Course
Tuesdays, April 27, May 4, 11, 18 & 25th, 2021

10:00 am – 12:00 noon, Pacific Time
Time Zone Converter
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.

Knowing truth is not enough to embody it. This webinar will guide the participants to actualize the recognition of our true nature as One Consciousness in the everyday life experience, and to overcome its challenges as reflections of the sense of separation. The weekly meetings will be both theoretical and experiential, with meditation or practices to follow every day, and to accompany the process.

1st Meeting: Recognizing Truth
The realization of Awareness as the fundamental cause of life is the starting point of any real spiritual process. Perception exercises and meditation will guide participants to glimpse their own true nature.

2nd Meeting: Fear or Joy?
The ego is the recurring contraction appearing in awareness. The participant will be guided to discover the constant trade we make between fear and joy, and how this can become the determinant factor of a deep alchemical transformation of our life.

3rd Meeting: The other is the You that You Haven’t Met Yet
The world will reflect the parts of the ego we are not yet conscious of. Theoretical discussion and experiential meditation will guide the participant to use the reflection of the world as an opportunity for clarity and openness to love.

4th Meeting: Being YourSelf
The individual expression blossoms once Awareness can express itself free from the hindrance of the false personality. Unclothing the ego allows a new energy to embody in life.

5th Meeting: An Imperfect Journey towards Perfection
Our spiritual journey is a never-ending process of love and devotion towards truth. As we become more conscious of the beauty of living, we discover that our apparent imperfections are the precious jewels through which we can recognize deeper and deeper who we are.

Shakti Caterina Maggi has been sharing a message of awakening to our true nature as One Consciousness since 2003. Her approach to Self-Realization is very contemporary and accessible, while profoundly in tune with Advaita and the non-dual Tantric traditions. She reveals the real possibility of seeing what we truly are, and embodying it in our everyday lives with clarity, wisdom, and humor.

She was asked to contribute to the anthology On the Mystery of Being: Contemporary Insights into the Convergence of Science and Spirituality edited by Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo, the founders of the Science and Non-Duality (SAND) Conference. She teaches in Europe, Canada and the USA, offering satsang, seminars and retreats.

www.shakticaterinamaggi.com

Sliding Scale: $80 to $130
Some Partial Scholarships Available
Please Register Early if you can.

Find out more »

Isira ~ Why Enlightenment is not enough: 3 Part Retreat

Friday, May 28, 2021 @ 7:30pm - 9:30pm (Pacific Time), continuing May 29 & 30

Three-Part Retreat
May 28, 29 & 30

7:30 – 9:30 pm, Pacific Time
Time Zone Converter
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.

Why Enlightenment is not enough
Beyond the self and the meditation cushion

The true quest of enlightenment is to expand beyond the self, and the transcendent experience, to live an awakened life by fully integrating the spiritual and the physical worlds for the next level of human evolution and environmental wellbeing.

And in fact, our awakening is not complete without this integration.

Awakening the “self” is not enough 

What truly matters is how we integrate the awakening in our daily lives ~ what we do with the awakening; where and how we live with the awakening.

Our awakening must be fully integrated and sustainable in all aspects of our lives.
It’s about living our awakening globally, not just personally.

There are two traps committed spiritual seekers can fall into 

The first is to focus only on the transcendent experience; believing that this will take you all the way. And that sitting in pure being is the end game. There is a sense of removal; of not being fully immersed in the world; not facing and moving through and with the shadow; the grit and the ordinariness of life. Isira calls this “spiritual escapism.”

The second is “spiritual self centredness” to focus only on ‘self’ and forgetting that your awakening is intrinsically connected to everything around you - your environment, your relationships, and the cosmos. We do not awaken in isolation.

In this 3 day retreat

In this 3 day retreat Isira will share what it takes to not just be spiritual but to live spiritual ~ to integrate and fully live a sustainable and an awakened life.

You will:

  • Discover how to integrate the spiritual and physical worlds with “The Four Pillars.” These are the foundations of holistic enlightenment, an awakened society and an awakened world.
  • Understand how to move with, and through, the personal and collective (global) shadow, rather than bypass it.
  • Be guided into transformative meditations that you can use again and again.
  • Have your deepest questions answered.

This will support you to expand and embrace holistic enlightenment ~ to live awakening - emotionally and psychologically -  in your relationships, our community and our environment.

About Isira
Isira (pronounced "I-sai-ra") is a wisdom keeper and spiritual leader of Australian Indigenous heritage who has been ordained by His Holiness Dalai Lama. Embodying wisdom from the teachings from her ancestors, eastern initiations, and the many challenges of her life experience; Isira brings rare clarity and unconditional love, to the challenges we face.

Isira is an author, teacher and speaker bringing the power of consciousness to people around the world. She offers a way to respond, realign ourselves and move forward to a new more empowered life. In the words of many - she is a truly transformative presence.

I am Universal. I am not of one religion, one lineage, one race or one country. My lineage is consciousness. My religion is love. And the world is my sacred home.” ~ Isira

Watch an hour-long conversation between Isira and Open Circle's Sara.

www.isira.com

Sliding Scale: $50 to $80
Some Partial Scholarships Available
Please Register Early if you can.

Find out more »

Isira ~ Why Enlightenment is not enough: 3 Part Retreat

Friday, May 28, 2021 @ 7:30pm - 9:30pm (Pacific Time), continuing May 29 & 30

The true quest of enlightenment is to expand beyond the self and the transcendent experience, to live an awakened life by fully integrating the spiritual and the physical worlds for the next level of human evolution and environmental well-being.

Awakening the “self” is not enough. 

There are two traps committed spiritual seekers can fall into. 

The first is “spiritual escapism:" to focus only on the transcendent experience; believing that this will take you all the way. The second is “spiritual self centeredness:” to focus only on ‘self’ and forgetting that your awakening is intrinsically connected to everything around you.

In this 3 day retreat Isira will share what it takes to not just be spiritual but to live spiritual ~ to integrate and fully live a sustainable and an awakened life.

Isira (pronounced "I-sai-ra") is a wisdom keeper and spiritual leader of mixed European and Australian Indigenous heritage who has been ordained by His Holiness Dalai Lama. Embodying wisdom from the teachings from her ancestors, eastern initiations, and the many challenges of her rather remarkable life experience; Isira brings rare clarity and unconditional love, to the challenges we face.

Find out more »

Georgia Simone ~ Welcome to The Holding Space

Sunday, May 30, 2021 @ 10:00am-12:00noon (Pacific Time)

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

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

Calm, nervous, open, closed,

ALL is welcome here.

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

Through gentle exploration and somatic awareness you can cultivate a new way of being with your most challenging patterns. No longer a victim of the push and pull of inner disturbance, you can step forward with greater confidence, knowing that whatever comes your way, you embody the resilience and the capacity to meet and integrate it.

You can expect a deeply held space where you’ll be invited to slow down, tune in, and track your present-moment experience. As you awaken and refine a more subtle way of Being and Being With, you can slowly but surely become the space – the container and the field – where healing takes place.

Bio:
The first leg of Georgia Simone’s path exposed her to the teachings of Advaita Vedanta, which provided her with the foundation she needed to dis-identify from pain and suffering. However, despite a growing freedom, a significant bypass took place, as her orientation towards transcendence reinforced her deep disconnection from Life. Upon seeing this, her focus became addressing the unresolved trauma that had woven its way into every fibre of her being.

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

www.georgiasimone.com

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

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

Find out more »

Silent Group Meditation (Free, No Guidance)

Monday, May 31, 2021 @ 8am (PT), Ongoing Mondays
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, June 28, 2021

Mondays: 8:00am – 8:30am Pacific Time
Ongoing every week, 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 »

June 2021

Silent Group Meditation (Free, No Guidance)

Thursday, June 3, 2021 @ 12:00pm & Mon. 8:30am (PT), Ongoing Mondays & Thursdays

Mondays: 8:00am – 8:30am Pacific Time
Thursdays - June 3rd will be last Thursday: 12:00pm to 12:30pm Pacific Time
Mondays ongoing every week, 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 »

Ellen Emmet ~ The Awakening Body: 3-Day Online Retreat

Friday, June 4, 2021 @ & June 5 & 6 ~ 9:00am-12:00pm (Pacific Time)

We start at 9:00 am Pacific Time / 5:00 pm UK time / 6:00 pm Central European Time.

In this three day retreat we will explore our direct experience and let it reveal its essential reality of Awareness. Our particular focus is the body, allowing it to be our mirror and our pathway, our prayer and our altar, and ultimately the shining expression of this shared identity.

There will be time for questions and conversation each day as our inquiry deepens.
There will be a 20-minute break during the 3-hour sessions.

Ganga Ma will be joining us and weaving her sacred chanting into the sessions.
About Ganga Ma: www.soulfulsilence.com

In our daily lives, the body is seldom tasted as it is. We rarely listen to its tactile and energetic language or allow it to simply unfold and blossom in its natural original intelligence.

In fact we have deeply disconnected from this level of experience and even when we turn back towards the body, we come with agendas and ideas that we project upon it, forcing the body into a new mode, only to perpetuate a felt identification with a body, that may seem improved, but in fact remains a mere projections for the separate self that seems to live in its center.

With silence as our main shrine, we will share gradually deepening guided tactile meditations along with simple postures, free movements, breathing, and visualizations. In this contemplation, resistances and chains of bodily contractions, the habits that create the illusion that our identity is limited, located and separate are revealed and free to unfold as they are: feelings and sensations that come and go in Awareness. We come to feel that our true identity is an open field of vibrating openness,limitless and ever-present.

Gently and effortlessly, in deepening waves, the body is slowly realigned with this felt understanding. It flows as a living substence with more and more ease and transparency and reflects and expresses the ever-present freedom and silence that is its invisible source.

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

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

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

Find out more »

Ellen Emmet ~ The Awakening Body: 3-Day Online Retreat

Friday, June 4, 2021 @ & June 5 & 6 ~ 9:00am-12:00pm (Pacific Time)

In this three day retreat we will explore our direct experience and let it reveal its essential reality of Awareness. Our particular focus is the body, allowing it to be our mirror and our pathway, our prayer and our altar, and ultimately the shining expression of this shared identity.

In our daily lives, the body is seldom tasted as it is. We rarely listen to its tactile and energetic language or allow it to simply unfold and blossom in its natural original intelligence.

With silence as our main shrine, we will share gradually deepening guided tactile meditations along with simple postures, free movements, breathing, and visualizations. In this contemplation, resistances and chains of bodily contractions, the habits that create the illusion that our identity is limited, located and separate are revealed and free to unfold as they are: feelings and sensations that come and go in Awareness. We come to feel that our true identity is an open field of vibrating openness,limitless and ever-present.

>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.. Ellen lives in Oxford, England with her husband, Rupert Spira.

Find out more »

Silent Group Meditation (Free, No Guidance)

Monday, June 7, 2021 @ 8am (PT), Ongoing Mondays
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, June 28, 2021

Mondays: 8:00am – 8:30am Pacific Time
Ongoing every week, 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 »

Ajaya Sommers ~ Core Embodiment Practices® Awaken to the Intimate Embrace of the Heart

Saturday, June 12, 2021 @ 10:00am - 1:00pm (Pacific Time)

Due to early developmental trauma, ancestral trauma and our cultural context at large, there is a prevailing unconscious nervous system habit of using spirituality and particularly the non-dual orientations to hide, bypass or otherwise disassociate from the intelligence of your core human needs and desires.  As if your needs and desires are problems to be ashamed of; to fix or get rid of on your way to spiritual realization.

This is not a sustainable, humane or truly integrative path. We long for the tangible felt sense of our wholeness. We long to passionately embody all that is present within our very human, holy and messy majesty of being alive. It is time that we compassionately discover how to allow everything to be lived within the intimate embrace of the Heart.

In this introductory session we will melt below our habit patterns of the default nervous system and connect directly with this core intelligence. Discovering our own intimate, ever fresh, self- healing, oxytocin replenishing, cell-renewing inspired embodiment practice.

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.

Bio
Within a field of unconditionally loving presence, Ajaya facilitates a unique 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 Biodynamic Craniosacral Integration Teacher, NARM Practitioner, Authorized Continuum Teacher, gifted healer, writer and creative catalyst in the field of embodied awakening and trauma resolution for the last 26 years. All of her programs are grounded in science, expanded through devotional practice and made real through direct experience.

“The beauty of any true transformational path is that it will involve pattern interrupting the normal way in which you breathe and thus your unconscious identity. Taking you home to the innocence of your origins and the birthright of your Biological Breath – a systemic breath that unifies your body, mind and heart. You awaken as a whole body, mind, and heart breathing, reclaiming ALL that you are.”
~ Ajaya Sommers

www.ajayasommers.com

Suggested donation: $15 to $35
No one turned away for lack of funds.
Please register early if you can.

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

Find out more »

Connection in Presence: Community Workshop

Sunday, June 13, 2021 @ 9:00am-11:00am (Pacific Time)

During this series of facilitated Community Workshops, we will:

  • Meet within the sweet context of what brought us together: our shared Love of Truth
  • Offer each other the gift of open-hearted listening and compassionate witnessing
  • Inquire into our experience through simple, playful, yet powerful facilitated exercises
  • Share our experience and be truly heard by a welcoming, open-hearted community
  • Get to know our fellow members of the Open Circle community

The sessions will consist of:

  • Meeting in pairs and small groups, as well as sharing in the large group
  • Facilitated interactions, as well as free-flowing conversations
  • Time for contact information exchange (for those who would like that), and learning more about each other

There may also be an opportunity to present any heart-based initiative you are engaged in - tell us about your work, project, art, hobby, etc. that flows from your heart. Please let Sara know in advance you'd like to present, so a 5-10 minutes slot will be reserved for you: sara@opencirclecenter.org.

This is a teacher-less event, focused primarily on presence-based interactions between members of the community. The facilitator will offer enough structure for the event to run smoothly and safely, leaving plenty of space for what wants to emerge naturally. There will be no lecture and no personal guidance offered ─ simply a welcoming container for the miracle of True Community to happen.

About the facilitator:

Sara Kasprowicz has been living in deepening dedication to Truth since Life called her to India about 8 years ago. Upon joining the team of her first teacher, Sri Saraswathi Ma, a life of spiritually-driven travels began. A few years (and countries) later, she met her second important teacher, Aisha Salem, and spent a few years close to her Being. Sara recently moved back to her hometown Warsaw, Poland, and feels deeply nourished by the embrace of the Motherland.

Sara holds a Master's Degree in Psychology, a postgraduate diploma in Life & Business Coaching, as well as IT and Business education. She is passionate about supporting heart-based entrepreneurs, experienced in online media work, as well as facilitating online and in-person workshops. Since 2018 Sara has been taking care of the online program here at Open Circle Center.

Suggested donation: $10 to $20
No one turned away for lack of funds.
Please register early if you can.

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

Find out more »

Silent Group Meditation (Free, No Guidance)

Monday, June 14, 2021 @ 8am (PT), Ongoing Mondays
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, June 28, 2021

Mondays: 8:00am – 8:30am Pacific Time
Ongoing every week, 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 »

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

Saturday, June 19, 2021 @ 9:00am-12:00pm (Pacific Time)

Reflect for a moment…

How much does your wounding, trauma or conditioning interfere with your awakening or its embodiment?  

Do you find yourself getting overwhelmed and dysregulated by the stresses of life and forget to focus on what is already free and peaceful within?

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

If so, this webinar will offer deep support for embodying awakening body-mind-spirit, so you can rest more deeply in the ocean of peace, love and unity that resides in all of us.

This psycho-spiritual webinar balances both awakening to our pure-love essence and psycho-somatic exploration of the pain, trauma, negative beliefs that obstruct our ability to rest as our essence and create dysregulation in our nervous system.

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

It is encouraged to attend the live session so you can receive the support of the group as well as Lynn Marie’s support if needed, but you are also welcomed to register and listen to the recording.

Lynn Marie Lumiere, MFT is a nondual psychotherapist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and author. She offers knowledge and wisdom gained from over 30 years of experience 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 a week.
To check your local time, use a tool such as: Time Zone Converter

Find out more »

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

Sunday, June 20, 2021 @ 10:00am-12:00noon (Pacific Time)

Welcome to The Holding Space.

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

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

Calm, anxious, open, closed,

ALL is welcome here.

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

Through gentle exploration and somatic awareness you can cultivate a new way of being with your most challenging patterns. No longer a victim of the push and pull of inner disturbance, you can step forward with greater confidence, knowing that whatever comes your way, you embody the resilience and the capacity to meet and integrate it.

You can expect a deeply held space where you’ll be invited to slow down, tune in, and track your present-moment experience. As you awaken and refine a more subtle way of Being and Being With, you can slowly but surely become the space – the container and the field – where healing takes place.

Bio:
The first leg of Georgia Simone’s path exposed her to the teachings of Advaita Vedanta, which provided her with the foundation she needed to dis-identify from pain and suffering. However, despite a growing freedom, a significant bypass took place, as her orientation towards transcendence reinforced her deep disconnection from Life. Upon seeing this, her focus became addressing the unresolved trauma that had woven its way into every fibre of her being.

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

www.georgiasimone.com

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

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

Find out more »

Silent Group Meditation (Free, No Guidance)

Monday, June 21, 2021 @ 8am (PT), Ongoing Mondays
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, June 28, 2021

Mondays: 8:00am – 8:30am Pacific Time
Ongoing every week, 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 »

Gail Brenner, Ph.D ~ Embodied Awakening in Everyday Life: A 6-Part Intensive

Monday, June 21, 2021 @ 9:00am - 11:00am (Pacific Time), Part of 6-part Intensive June 21, 24, 28 and July 1, 8, 15

6-Part Online Intensive
June 21, 24, 28 and July 1, 8, 15, 2021

9:00 am – 11:00 am Pacific Time, each day
Time Zone Converter
Event will be recorded and emailed to participants after each meeting.
You're welcome to join even if you can't attend all the live sessions.

The Embodied Awakening Intensive offers a deep dive into the practicalities of awakened living. Your everyday human life will be the laboratory as we explore the myth of the separate self and how to live the deepest nondual teachings of infinite oneness.

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

Together, we’ll create a safe and supportive community of pure intention for peace and freedom.

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

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

Here’s what we’ll cover:

Sessions 1 and 2: No self, no problem; aliveness in everyday life;
Sessions 3 and 4: Early trauma and conditioned patterns; waking up in your relationships;
Session 5: Freedom beyond the mind-driven life; awakened action;
Session 6: Emptiness, surrender, devotion, intimacy with Life.

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

“I have found your approach really works for me. It gives me hope, and I actually believe that that I can live, think and feel differently, no matter what the situation.” ~ F.C.

A free information session with Gail is offered on Saturday, June 19 from 9:00 -10:00 am Pacific. You’ll learn more about the course, and there will be time for Q&A. Please click here for details and to join the session.
You are welcome to email Gail directly at gail@gailbrenner.com with questions.

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

www.gailbrenner.com

Sliding Scale: $100 to $160
Some Partial Scholarships Available
Please Register Early if you can.

Find out more »

Gail Brenner, Ph.D ~ Embodied Awakening in Everyday Life: A 6-Part Intensive

Monday, June 21, 2021 @ 9:00am - 11:00am (Pacific Time), Part of 6-part Intensive June 21, 24, 28 and July 1, 8, 15

The Embodied Awakening Intensive offers a deep dive into the practicalities of awakened living. Your everyday human life will be the laboratory as we explore the myth of the separate self and how to live the deepest nondual teachings of infinite oneness.

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

Together, we’ll create a safe and supportive community of pure intention for peace and freedom.

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

Find out more »

Connection in Presence: Community Workshop

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 @ 9:00am-11:00am (Pacific Time)

During this series of facilitated Community Workshops, we will:

  • Meet within the sweet context of what brought us together: our shared Love of Truth
  • Offer each other the gift of open-hearted listening and compassionate witnessing
  • Inquire into our experience through simple, playful, yet powerful facilitated exercises
  • Share our experience and be truly heard by a welcoming, open-hearted community
  • Get to know our fellow members of the Open Circle community

The sessions will consist of:

  • Meeting in pairs and small groups, as well as sharing in the large group
  • Facilitated interactions, as well as free-flowing conversations
  • Time for contact information exchange (for those who would like that), and learning more about each other

There may also be an opportunity to present any heart-based initiative you are engaged in - tell us about your work, project, art, hobby, etc. that flows from your heart. Please let Sara know in advance you'd like to present, so a 5-10 minutes slot will be reserved for you: sara@opencirclecenter.org.

This is a teacher-less event, focused primarily on presence-based interactions between members of the community. The facilitator will offer enough structure for the event to run smoothly and safely, leaving plenty of space for what wants to emerge naturally. There will be no lecture and no personal guidance offered ─ simply a welcoming container for the miracle of True Community to happen.

About the facilitator:

Sara Kasprowicz has been living in deepening dedication to Truth since Life called her to India about 8 years ago. Upon joining the team of her first teacher, Sri Saraswathi Ma, a life of spiritually-driven travels began. A few years (and countries) later, she met her second important teacher, Aisha Salem, and spent a few years close to her Being. Sara recently moved back to her hometown Warsaw, Poland, and feels deeply nourished by the embrace of the Motherland.

Sara holds a Master's Degree in Psychology, a postgraduate diploma in Life & Business Coaching, as well as IT and Business education. She is passionate about supporting heart-based entrepreneurs, experienced in online media work, as well as facilitating online and in-person workshops. Since 2018 Sara has been taking care of the online program here at Open Circle Center.

Suggested donation: $10 to $20
No one turned away for lack of funds.
Please register early if you can.

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

Find out more »

Gail Brenner, Ph.D ~ Embodied Awakening in Everyday Life: A 6-Part Intensive

Thursday, June 24, 2021 @ 9:00am - 11:00am (Pacific Time), Part of 6-part Intensive June 21, 24, 28 and July 1, 8, 15
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, July 15, 2021

6-Part Online Intensive
June 21, 24, 28 and July 1, 8, 15, 2021

9:00 am – 11:00 am Pacific Time, each day
Time Zone Converter
Event will be recorded and emailed to participants after each meeting.
You're welcome to join even if you can't attend all the live sessions.

The Embodied Awakening Intensive offers a deep dive into the practicalities of awakened living. Your everyday human life will be the laboratory as we explore the myth of the separate self and how to live the deepest nondual teachings of infinite oneness.

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

Together, we’ll create a safe and supportive community of pure intention for peace and freedom.

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

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

Here’s what we’ll cover:

Sessions 1 and 2: No self, no problem; aliveness in everyday life;
Sessions 3 and 4: Early trauma and conditioned patterns; waking up in your relationships;
Session 5: Freedom beyond the mind-driven life; awakened action;
Session 6: Emptiness, surrender, devotion, intimacy with Life.

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

“I have found your approach really works for me. It gives me hope, and I actually believe that that I can live, think and feel differently, no matter what the situation.” ~ F.C.

A free information session with Gail is offered on Saturday, June 19 from 9:00 -10:00 am Pacific. You’ll learn more about the course, and there will be time for Q&A. Please click here for details and to join the session.
You are welcome to email Gail directly at gail@gailbrenner.com with questions.

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

www.gailbrenner.com

Sliding Scale: $100 to $160
Some Partial Scholarships Available
Please Register Early if you can.

Find out more »

Marlies Myoku Cocheret ~ The Flowering of Freedom

Friday, June 25, 2021 @ 10:00am - 12:00 noon (Pacific Time)

The spontaneous gift of a taste - big or small - of freedom is the beginning of a new life. It seems a wave of new beginnings is happening on our precious planet earth. The earth shakes us. We are the earth. Awakening is happening. Naturally the first taste of freedom wants to be incarnated and expressed.

During this monthly satsang we will explore what it is like to live as freedom in our body being and owning that in our personhood as well as in our divinity. Truly, they are not different. They are one and the same. Simultaneously a process of shedding old identities as we step into owning our blossoming brilliance.

Will you join us?

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 »

Jeannie Zandi ~ Body, Mind and Spirit

Sunday, June 27, 2021 @ 12:30pm-2:30pm (Pacific Time)

Join Jeannie and friends to explore the roles of body, mind and spirit in unfolding spiritually.

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, June 28, 2021 @ 8am (PT), Ongoing Mondays
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, June 28, 2021

Mondays: 8:00am – 8:30am Pacific Time
Ongoing every week, 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 »

Gail Brenner, Ph.D ~ Embodied Awakening in Everyday Life: A 6-Part Intensive

Monday, June 28, 2021 @ 9:00am - 11:00am (Pacific Time), Part of 6-part Intensive June 21, 24, 28 and July 1, 8, 15

6-Part Online Intensive
June 21, 24, 28 and July 1, 8, 15, 2021

9:00 am – 11:00 am Pacific Time, each day
Time Zone Converter
Event will be recorded and emailed to participants after each meeting.
You're welcome to join even if you can't attend all the live sessions.

The Embodied Awakening Intensive offers a deep dive into the practicalities of awakened living. Your everyday human life will be the laboratory as we explore the myth of the separate self and how to live the deepest nondual teachings of infinite oneness.

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

Together, we’ll create a safe and supportive community of pure intention for peace and freedom.

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

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

Here’s what we’ll cover:

Sessions 1 and 2: No self, no problem; aliveness in everyday life;
Sessions 3 and 4: Early trauma and conditioned patterns; waking up in your relationships;
Session 5: Freedom beyond the mind-driven life; awakened action;
Session 6: Emptiness, surrender, devotion, intimacy with Life.

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

“I have found your approach really works for me. It gives me hope, and I actually believe that that I can live, think and feel differently, no matter what the situation.” ~ F.C.

A free information session with Gail is offered on Saturday, June 19 from 9:00 -10:00 am Pacific. You’ll learn more about the course, and there will be time for Q&A. Please click here for details and to join the session.
You are welcome to email Gail directly at gail@gailbrenner.com with questions.

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

www.gailbrenner.com

Sliding Scale: $100 to $160
Some Partial Scholarships Available
Please Register Early if you can.

Find out more »

July 2021

Gail Brenner, Ph.D ~ Embodied Awakening in Everyday Life: A 6-Part Intensive

Thursday, July 1, 2021 @ 9:00am - 11:00am (Pacific Time), Part of 6-part Intensive June 21, 24, 28 and July 1, 8, 15
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, July 15, 2021

6-Part Online Intensive
June 21, 24, 28 and July 1, 8, 15, 2021

9:00 am – 11:00 am Pacific Time, each day
Time Zone Converter
Event will be recorded and emailed to participants after each meeting.
You're welcome to join even if you can't attend all the live sessions.

The Embodied Awakening Intensive offers a deep dive into the practicalities of awakened living. Your everyday human life will be the laboratory as we explore the myth of the separate self and how to live the deepest nondual teachings of infinite oneness.

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

Together, we’ll create a safe and supportive community of pure intention for peace and freedom.

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

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

Here’s what we’ll cover:

Sessions 1 and 2: No self, no problem; aliveness in everyday life;
Sessions 3 and 4: Early trauma and conditioned patterns; waking up in your relationships;
Session 5: Freedom beyond the mind-driven life; awakened action;
Session 6: Emptiness, surrender, devotion, intimacy with Life.

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

“I have found your approach really works for me. It gives me hope, and I actually believe that that I can live, think and feel differently, no matter what the situation.” ~ F.C.

A free information session with Gail is offered on Saturday, June 19 from 9:00 -10:00 am Pacific. You’ll learn more about the course, and there will be time for Q&A. Please click here for details and to join the session.
You are welcome to email Gail directly at gail@gailbrenner.com with questions.

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

www.gailbrenner.com

Sliding Scale: $100 to $160
Some Partial Scholarships Available
Please Register Early if you can.

Find out more »

Silent Group Meditation (Free, No Guidance)

Monday, July 5, 2021 @ 8am & Wed. 9:00am (PT), Ongoing Mondays & Wednesdays
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, November 29, 2021

Mondays: 8:00am – 8:30am Pacific Time
and Wednesdays: 9:00am – 9:30am Pacific Time
Ongoing every week, 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)

Wednesday, July 7, 2021 @ 9:00am & Mon. 8:00am (PT), Ongoing Mondays & Wednesdays
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Mondays: 8:00am – 8:30am Pacific Time
Wednesdays : 9:00am – 9:30am Pacific Time
Ongoing every week, 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 »

Gail Brenner, Ph.D ~ Embodied Awakening in Everyday Life: A 6-Part Intensive

Thursday, July 8, 2021 @ 9:00am - 11:00am (Pacific Time), Part of 6-part Intensive June 21, 24, 28 and July 1, 8, 15
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, July 15, 2021

6-Part Online Intensive
June 21, 24, 28 and July 1, 8, 15, 2021

9:00 am – 11:00 am Pacific Time, each day
Time Zone Converter
Event will be recorded and emailed to participants after each meeting.
You're welcome to join even if you can't attend all the live sessions.

The Embodied Awakening Intensive offers a deep dive into the practicalities of awakened living. Your everyday human life will be the laboratory as we explore the myth of the separate self and how to live the deepest nondual teachings of infinite oneness.

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

Together, we’ll create a safe and supportive community of pure intention for peace and freedom.

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

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

Here’s what we’ll cover:

Sessions 1 and 2: No self, no problem; aliveness in everyday life;
Sessions 3 and 4: Early trauma and conditioned patterns; waking up in your relationships;
Session 5: Freedom beyond the mind-driven life; awakened action;
Session 6: Emptiness, surrender, devotion, intimacy with Life.

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

“I have found your approach really works for me. It gives me hope, and I actually believe that that I can live, think and feel differently, no matter what the situation.” ~ F.C.

A free information session with Gail is offered on Saturday, June 19 from 9:00 -10:00 am Pacific. You’ll learn more about the course, and there will be time for Q&A. Please click here for details and to join the session.
You are welcome to email Gail directly at gail@gailbrenner.com with questions.

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

www.gailbrenner.com

Sliding Scale: $100 to $160
Some Partial Scholarships Available
Please Register Early if you can.

Find out more »

Pamela Wilson ~ The Sovereignty of Silence is within All of Us ~ 3 Part Online Retreat

Friday, July 9, 2021 @ 10:00am - 12:00pm (Pacific Time), part of a 3-Part Retreat, July 9th, 10th & 11th

July 9, 10 & 11
10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Pacific Time
Time Zone Converter
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.

When we gather together and explore the felt sense of sovereignty within, it strengthens us. Lending deep rootedness to our being and body. The Heart can rest and be guided by resonance and the support of ancient still wisdom. We can stand tall in our being, letting swirling phenomena dance around and within, knowing ourself as the unmoving, constant love everything is seeking. Feeling the rooted relaxation of life down to our toes, even feeling the certainty of the eternal in our body.

Join with Pamela and your fellow sages in being curious and listening within!

Pamela evokes through dialogue, inquiry and her very presence the qualities of unconditional love and radical acceptance. She is celebrated for her ability to open the heart and create a space in which long-cherished struggles and notions about one’s identity relax. Featured in the book Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Wisdom, Pamela is at her best in heart-felt dialogue, so please bring your questions!

More about Pamela: www.pamelasatsang.com

Sliding Scale: $50 to $80
Some Partial Scholarships Available
Please Register Early if you can.

Find out more »

Pamela Wilson ~ The Sovereignty of Silence is within All of Us: 3-Part Online Retreat

Friday, July 9, 2021 @ 10:00am - 12:00pm (Pacific Time), part of a 3-Part Retreat, July 9, 10th & 11th

When we gather together and explore the felt sense of sovereignty within, it strengthens us, lending deep rootedness to our being and body. The Heart can rest and be guided by resonance and the support of ancient still wisdom. We can stand tall in our being, letting swirling phenomena dance around and within, knowing ourself as the unmoving, constant love everything is seeking. Feeling the rooted relaxation of life down to our toes, even feeling the certainty of the eternal in our body. Join with Pamela and your fellow sages in being curious and listening within! Pamela evokes through dialogue, inquiry and her very presence the qualities of unconditional love and radical acceptance. She is celebrated for her ability to open the heart and create a space in which long-cherished struggles and notions about one’s identity relax.

Find out more »

Pamela Wilson ~ The Sovereignty of Silence is within All of Us ~ 3 Part Online Retreat

Saturday, July 10, 2021 @ 10:00am - 12:00pm (Pacific Time), part of a 3-Part Retreat, July 9, 10th & 11th
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until Sunday, July 11, 2021

When we gather together and explore the felt sense of sovereignty within, it strengthens us, lending deep rootedness to our being and body. The Heart can rest and be guided by resonance and the support of ancient still wisdom. We can stand tall in our being, letting swirling phenomena dance around and within, knowing ourself as the unmoving, constant love everything is seeking. Feeling the rooted relaxation of life down to our toes, even feeling the certainty of the eternal in our body.

Join with Pamela and your fellow sages in being curious and listening within!

Pamela evokes through dialogue, inquiry and her very presence the qualities of unconditional love and radical acceptance. She is celebrated for her ability to open the heart and create a space in which long-cherished struggles and notions about one’s identity relax.

Find out more »

Pamela Wilson ~ The Sovereignty of Silence is within All of Us ~ 3 Part Online Retreat

Sunday, July 11, 2021 @ 10:00am - 12:00pm (Pacific Time), part of a 3-Part Retreat, July 9, 10th & 11th
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until Sunday, July 11, 2021

When we gather together and explore the felt sense of sovereignty within, it strengthens us, lending deep rootedness to our being and body. The Heart can rest and be guided by resonance and the support of ancient still wisdom. We can stand tall in our being, letting swirling phenomena dance around and within, knowing ourself as the unmoving, constant love everything is seeking. Feeling the rooted relaxation of life down to our toes, even feeling the certainty of the eternal in our body.

Join with Pamela and your fellow sages in being curious and listening within!

Pamela evokes through dialogue, inquiry and her very presence the qualities of unconditional love and radical acceptance. She is celebrated for her ability to open the heart and create a space in which long-cherished struggles and notions about one’s identity relax.

Find out more »

Silent Group Meditation (Free, No Guidance)

Monday, July 12, 2021 @ 8am & Wed. 9:00am (PT), Ongoing Mondays & Wednesdays
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, November 29, 2021

Mondays: 8:00am – 8:30am Pacific Time
and Wednesdays: 9:00am – 9:30am Pacific Time
Ongoing every week, 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 »

Connection in Presence: Community Workshop

Monday, July 12, 2021 @ 9:00am-11:00am (Pacific Time)

During this series of facilitated Community Workshops, we will:

  • Meet within the sweet context of what brought us together: our shared Love of Truth
  • Offer each other the gift of open-hearted listening and compassionate witnessing
  • Inquire into our experience through simple, playful, yet powerful facilitated exercises
  • Share our experience and be truly heard by a welcoming, open-hearted community
  • Get to know our fellow members of the Open Circle community

The sessions will consist of:

  • Meeting in pairs and small groups, as well as sharing in the large group
  • Facilitated interactions, as well as free-flowing conversations
  • Time for contact information exchange (for those who would like that), and learning more about each other

There may also be an opportunity to present any heart-based initiative you are engaged in - tell us about your work, project, art, hobby, etc. that flows from your heart. Please let Sara know in advance you'd like to present, so a 5-10 minutes slot will be reserved for you: sara@opencirclecenter.org.

This is a teacher-less event, focused primarily on presence-based interactions between members of the community. The facilitator will offer enough structure for the event to run smoothly and safely, leaving plenty of space for what wants to emerge naturally. There will be no lecture and no personal guidance offered ─ simply a welcoming container for the miracle of True Community to happen.

About the facilitator:

Sara Kasprowicz has been living in deepening dedication to Truth since Life called her to India about 8 years ago. Upon joining the team of her first teacher, Sri Saraswathi Ma, a life of spiritually-driven travels began. A few years (and countries) later, she met her second important teacher, Aisha Salem, and spent a few years close to her Being. Sara recently moved back to her hometown Warsaw, Poland, and feels deeply nourished by the embrace of the Motherland.

Sara holds a Master's Degree in Psychology, a postgraduate diploma in Life & Business Coaching, as well as IT and Business education. She is passionate about supporting heart-based entrepreneurs, experienced in online media work, as well as facilitating online and in-person workshops. Since 2018 Sara has been taking care of the online program here at Open Circle Center.

Suggested donation: $10 to $20
No one turned away for lack of funds.
Please register early if you can.

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

Find out more »

Silent Group Meditation (Free, No Guidance)

Wednesday, July 14, 2021 @ 9:00am & Mon. 8:00am (PT), Ongoing Mondays & Wednesdays
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Mondays: 8:00am – 8:30am Pacific Time
Wednesdays : 9:00am – 9:30am Pacific Time
Ongoing every week, 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 »

Gail Brenner, Ph.D ~ Embodied Awakening in Everyday Life: A 6-Part Intensive

Thursday, July 15, 2021 @ 9:00am - 11:00am (Pacific Time), Part of 6-part Intensive June 21, 24, 28 and July 1, 8, 15
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, July 15, 2021

6-Part Online Intensive
June 21, 24, 28 and July 1, 8, 15, 2021

9:00 am – 11:00 am Pacific Time, each day
Time Zone Converter
Event will be recorded and emailed to participants after each meeting.
You're welcome to join even if you can't attend all the live sessions.

The Embodied Awakening Intensive offers a deep dive into the practicalities of awakened living. Your everyday human life will be the laboratory as we explore the myth of the separate self and how to live the deepest nondual teachings of infinite oneness.

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

Together, we’ll create a safe and supportive community of pure intention for peace and freedom.

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

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

Here’s what we’ll cover:

Sessions 1 and 2: No self, no problem; aliveness in everyday life;
Sessions 3 and 4: Early trauma and conditioned patterns; waking up in your relationships;
Session 5: Freedom beyond the mind-driven life; awakened action;
Session 6: Emptiness, surrender, devotion, intimacy with Life.

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

“I have found your approach really works for me. It gives me hope, and I actually believe that that I can live, think and feel differently, no matter what the situation.” ~ F.C.

A free information session with Gail is offered on Saturday, June 19 from 9:00 -10:00 am Pacific. You’ll learn more about the course, and there will be time for Q&A. Please click here for details and to join the session.
You are welcome to email Gail directly at gail@gailbrenner.com with questions.

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

www.gailbrenner.com

Sliding Scale: $100 to $160
Some Partial Scholarships Available
Please Register Early if you can.

Find out more »

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

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

Welcome to The Holding Space.

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

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

Calm, anxious, open, closed,

ALL is welcome here.

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

Through gentle exploration and somatic awareness you can cultivate a new way of being with your most challenging patterns. No longer a victim of the push and pull of inner disturbance, you can step forward with greater confidence, knowing that whatever comes your way, you embody the resilience and the capacity to meet and integrate it.

You can expect a deeply held space where you’ll be invited to slow down, tune in, and track your present-moment experience. As you awaken and refine a more subtle way of Being and Being With, you can slowly but surely become the space – the container and the field – where healing takes place.

Bio:
The first leg of Georgia Simone’s path exposed her to the teachings of Advaita Vedanta, which provided her with the foundation she needed to dis-identify from pain and suffering. However, despite a growing freedom, a significant bypass took place, as her orientation towards transcendence reinforced her deep disconnection from Life. Upon seeing this, her focus became addressing the unresolved trauma that had woven its way into every fibre of her being.

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

www.georgiasimone.com

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

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

Find out more »

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

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

Welcome to The Holding Space.

ALL is welcome here.

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

You can expect a deeply held space where you’ll be invited to slow down, tune in, and track your present-moment experience. As you awaken and refine a more subtle way of Being and Being With, you can slowly but surely become the space – the container and the field – where healing takes place.

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 and suffering. However, despite a growing freedom, a significant bypass took place. Upon seeing this, her focus became addressing the unresolved trauma that had woven its way into every fiber of her being.

After many years of wading through this marshland of conditioning, she now shares her discoveries with others. How can we die to the absolute, while deeply embracing our relative human experience? This Living inquiry is her Life’s prayer.

Find out more »

Jeannie Zandi ~ Emptiness & Form

Sunday, July 18, 2021 @ 10:00am-12:00noon (Pacific Time)

Join Jeannie and friends to explore the relationship between emptiness and form in embodying what’s true.

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, July 19, 2021 @ 8am & Wed. 9:00am (PT), Ongoing Mondays & Wednesdays
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, November 29, 2021

Mondays: 8:00am – 8:30am Pacific Time
and Wednesdays: 9:00am – 9:30am Pacific Time
Ongoing every week, 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)

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 @ 9:00am & Mon. 8:00am (PT), Ongoing Mondays & Wednesdays
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Mondays: 8:00am – 8:30am Pacific Time
Wednesdays : 9:00am – 9:30am Pacific Time
Ongoing every week, 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 »

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

Saturday, July 24, 2021 @ 9:00am-12:00pm (Pacific Time)

Reflect for a moment…

How much does your wounding, trauma or conditioning interfere with your awakening or its embodiment?  

Do you find yourself getting overwhelmed and dysregulated by the stresses of life and forget to focus on what is already free and peaceful within?

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

If so, this webinar will offer deep support for embodying awakening body-mind-spirit, so you can rest more deeply in the ocean of peace, love and unity that resides in all of us.

This psycho-spiritual webinar balances both awakening to our pure-love essence and psycho-somatic exploration of the pain, trauma, negative beliefs that obstruct our ability to rest as our essence and create dysregulation in our nervous system.

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

It is encouraged to attend the live session so you can receive the support of the group as well as Lynn Marie’s support if needed, but you are also welcomed to register and listen to the recording.

Lynn Marie Lumiere, MFT is a nondual psychotherapist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and author. She offers knowledge and wisdom gained from over 30 years of experience 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 a week.
To check your local time, use a tool such as: Time Zone Converter

Find out more »

Ajaya Sommers ~ Core Embodiment Practices® Awaken to the Intimate Embrace of the Heart

Sunday, July 25, 2021 @ 10:00am - 1:00pm (Pacific Time)

Due to early developmental trauma, ancestral trauma and our cultural context at large, there is a prevailing unconscious nervous system habit of using spirituality and particularly the non-dual orientations to hide, bypass or otherwise disassociate from the intelligence of your core human needs and desires.  As if your needs and desires are problems to be ashamed of; to fix or get rid of on your way to spiritual realization.

This is not a sustainable, humane or truly integrative path. We long for the tangible felt sense of our wholeness. We long to passionately embody all that is present within our very human, holy and messy majesty of being alive. It is time that we compassionately discover how to allow everything to be lived within the intimate embrace of the Heart.

In this introductory session we will melt below our habit patterns of the default nervous system and connect directly with this core intelligence. Discovering our own intimate, ever fresh, self- healing, oxytocin replenishing, cell-renewing inspired embodiment practice.

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.

Bio
Within a field of unconditionally loving presence, Ajaya facilitates a unique 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 Biodynamic Craniosacral Integration Teacher, NARM Practitioner, Authorized Continuum Teacher, gifted healer, writer and creative catalyst in the field of embodied awakening and trauma resolution for the last 26 years. All of her programs are grounded in science, expanded through devotional practice and made real through direct experience.

“The beauty of any true transformational path is that it will involve pattern interrupting the normal way in which you breathe and thus your unconscious identity. Taking you home to the innocence of your origins and the birthright of your Biological Breath – a systemic breath that unifies your body, mind and heart. You awaken as a whole body, mind, and heart breathing, reclaiming ALL that you are.”
~ Ajaya Sommers

www.ajayasommers.com

Suggested donation: $15 to $35
No one turned away for lack of funds.
Please register early if you can.

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

Find out more »

Silent Group Meditation (Free, No Guidance)

Monday, July 26, 2021 @ 8am & Wed. 9:00am (PT), Ongoing Mondays & Wednesdays
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, November 29, 2021

Mondays: 8:00am – 8:30am Pacific Time
and Wednesdays: 9:00am – 9:30am Pacific Time
Ongoing every week, 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 »

Connection in Presence: Community Workshop

Monday, July 26, 2021 @ 9:00am-11:00am (Pacific Time)

During this series of facilitated Community Workshops, we will:

  • Meet within the sweet context of what brought us together: our shared Love of Truth
  • Offer each other the gift of open-hearted listening and compassionate witnessing
  • Inquire into our experience through simple, playful, yet powerful facilitated exercises
  • Share our experience and be truly heard by a welcoming, open-hearted community
  • Get to know our fellow members of the Open Circle community

The sessions will consist of:

  • Meeting in pairs and small groups, as well as sharing in the large group
  • Facilitated interactions, as well as free-flowing conversations
  • Time for contact information exchange (for those who would like that), and learning more about each other

There may also be an opportunity to present any heart-based initiative you are engaged in - tell us about your work, project, art, hobby, etc. that flows from your heart.

This is a teacher-less event, focused primarily on presence-based interactions between members of the community. The facilitator will offer enough structure for the event to run smoothly and safely, leaving plenty of space for what wants to emerge naturally. There will be no lecture and no personal guidance offered ─ simply a welcoming container for the miracle of True Community to happen.

About the facilitator:

Sara Kasprowicz has been living in deepening dedication to Truth since Life called her to India about 8 years ago. Upon joining the team of her first teacher, Sri Saraswathi Ma, a life of spiritually-driven travels began. A few years (and countries) later, she met her second important teacher, Aisha Salem, and spent a few years close to her Being. Sara recently moved back to her hometown Warsaw, Poland, and feels deeply nourished by the embrace of the Motherland.

Sara holds a Master's Degree in Psychology, a postgraduate diploma in Life & Business Coaching, as well as IT and Business education. She is passionate about supporting heart-based entrepreneurs, experienced in online media work, as well as facilitating online and in-person workshops. Since 2018 Sara has been taking care of the online program here at Open Circle Center.

Suggested donation: $10 to $20
No one turned away for lack of funds.
Please register early if you can.

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

Find out more »

Silent Group Meditation (Free, No Guidance)

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 @ 9:00am & Mon. 8:00am (PT), Ongoing Mondays & Wednesdays
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Mondays: 8:00am – 8:30am Pacific Time
Wednesdays : 9:00am – 9:30am Pacific Time
Ongoing every week, 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 »

August 2021

Marlies Myoku Cocheret ~ Women Only: Enjoying the Sensual Silence of the Female Body

Sunday, August 1, 2021 @ 9:00am - 12:00 noon (Pacific Time)

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

In this three hour women-only Satsang, we will connect and delight more deeply with our sensual nature. Naturally an effortless balance of the silence of sensuality and the sensuality of silence will grow in our precious bodies. 

You are invited to join with your warm, delicious female body.

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

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

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

www.marliescocheret.com

Suggested donation: $15 to $35
No one turned away for lack of funds.
Please register early if you can.

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

Find out more »

Silent Group Meditation (Free, No Guidance)

Monday, August 2, 2021 @ 8am & Wed. 9:00am (PT), Ongoing Mondays & Wednesdays
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, November 29, 2021

Mondays: 8:00am – 8:30am Pacific Time
and Wednesdays: 9:00am – 9:30am Pacific Time
Ongoing every week, 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)

Wednesday, August 4, 2021 @ 9:00am & Mon. 8:00am (PT), Ongoing Mondays & Wednesdays
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Mondays: 8:00am – 8:30am Pacific Time
Wednesdays : 9:00am – 9:30am Pacific Time
Ongoing every week, 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 »

Jeannie Zandi ~ How Do I Live This?

Sunday, August 8, 2021 @ 10:00am-12:00noon (Pacific Time)

Join Jeannie and friends to plumb the depths of the most common spiritual question - how to embody what you’ve tasted.

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, August 9, 2021 @ 8am & Wed. 9:00am (PT), Ongoing Mondays & Wednesdays
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, November 29, 2021

Mondays: 8:00am – 8:30am Pacific Time
and Wednesdays: 9:00am – 9:30am Pacific Time
Ongoing every week, 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)

Wednesday, August 11, 2021 @ 9:00am & Mon. 8:00am (PT), Ongoing Mondays & Wednesdays
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Mondays: 8:00am – 8:30am Pacific Time
Wednesdays : 9:00am – 9:30am Pacific Time
Ongoing every week, 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 »

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

Saturday, August 14, 2021 @ 9:00am-12:00pm (Pacific Time)

Reflect for a moment…

How much does your wounding, trauma or conditioning interfere with your awakening or its embodiment?  

Do you find yourself getting overwhelmed and dysregulated by the stresses of life and forget to focus on what is already free and peaceful within?

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

If so, this webinar will offer deep support for embodying awakening body-mind-spirit, so you can rest more deeply in the ocean of peace, love and unity that resides in all of us.

This psycho-spiritual webinar balances both awakening to our pure-love essence and psycho-somatic exploration of the pain, trauma, negative beliefs that obstruct our ability to rest as our essence and create dysregulation in our nervous system.

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

It is encouraged to attend the live session so you can receive the support of the group as well as Lynn Marie’s support if needed, but you are also welcomed to register and listen to the recording.

Lynn Marie Lumiere, MFT is a nondual psychotherapist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and author. She offers knowledge and wisdom gained from over 30 years of experience 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 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, August 16, 2021 @ 8am & Wed. 9:00am (PT), Ongoing Mondays & Wednesdays
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, November 29, 2021

Mondays: 8:00am – 8:30am Pacific Time
and Wednesdays: 9:00am – 9:30am Pacific Time
Ongoing every week, 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)

Wednesday, August 18, 2021 @ 9:00am & Mon. 8:00am (PT), Ongoing Mondays & Wednesdays
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Mondays: 8:00am – 8:30am Pacific Time
Wednesdays : 9:00am – 9:30am Pacific Time
Ongoing every week, 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 ~ Falling into the Ecstasy of Now ~ Monthly Satsang

Friday, August 20, 2021 @ 10:00am - 12:00 noon (Pacific Time)

In summer our bodies warm up, which for me is a basic joy of life. I feel the cells in my body softening and opening. Relaxation happens.

We are like little ladybugs, trying to crawl up the sides of a steep bowl. At the bottom of the bowl is Now – the place we are most afraid to fully be. We can’t completely escape the bowl. We always fall back towards "just this" no matter how hard we try.

Then, when we finally, totally, utterly let go we fall and fall. Then the ecstasy of Now is ours.

Please join us for this Monthly Satsang where we together fall into the ecstasy of Now.

After the Dharma talk, 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 »

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

Saturday, August 21, 2021 @ 9:00am-11:00am (Pacific Time)

Welcome to The Holding Space.

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

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

Calm, anxious, open, closed,

ALL is welcome here.

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

Through gentle exploration and somatic awareness you can cultivate a new way of being with your most challenging patterns. No longer a victim of the push and pull of inner disturbance, you can step forward with greater confidence, knowing that whatever comes your way, you embody the resilience and the capacity to meet and integrate it.

You can expect a deeply held space where you’ll be invited to slow down, tune in, and track your present-moment experience. As you awaken and refine a more subtle way of Being and Being With, you can slowly but surely become the space – the container and the field – where healing takes place.

Bio:
The first leg of Georgia Simone’s path exposed her to the teachings of Advaita Vedanta, which provided her with the foundation she needed to dis-identify from pain and suffering. However, despite a growing freedom, a significant bypass took place, as her orientation towards transcendence reinforced her deep disconnection from Life. Upon seeing this, her focus became addressing the unresolved trauma that had woven its way into every fibre of her being.

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

www.georgiasimone.com

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

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

Find out more »

Connection in Presence: Community Workshop

Sunday, August 22, 2021 @ 9:00am-11:00am (Pacific Time)

During this series of facilitated Community Workshops, we will:

  • Meet within the sweet context of what brought us together: our shared Love of Truth
  • Offer each other the gift of open-hearted listening and compassionate witnessing
  • Inquire into our experience through simple, playful, yet powerful facilitated exercises
  • Share our experience and be truly heard by a welcoming, open-hearted community
  • Get to know our fellow members of the Open Circle community

The sessions will consist of:

  • Meeting in pairs and small groups, as well as sharing in the large group
  • Facilitated interactions, as well as free-flowing conversations
  • Time for contact information exchange (for those who would like that), and learning more about each other

There may also be an opportunity to present any heart-based initiative you are engaged in - tell us about your work, project, art, hobby, etc. that flows from your heart.

This is a teacher-less event, focused primarily on presence-based interactions between members of the community. The facilitator will offer enough structure for the event to run smoothly and safely, leaving plenty of space for what wants to emerge naturally. There will be no lecture and no personal guidance offered ─ simply a welcoming container for the miracle of True Community to happen.

About the facilitator:

Sara Kasprowicz has been living in deepening dedication to Truth since Life called her to India about 8 years ago. Upon joining the team of her first teacher, Sri Saraswathi Ma, a life of spiritually-driven travels began. A few years (and countries) later, she met her second important teacher, Aisha Salem, and spent a few years close to her Being. Sara recently moved back to her hometown Warsaw, Poland, and feels deeply nourished by the embrace of the Motherland.

Sara holds a Master's Degree in Psychology, a postgraduate diploma in Life & Business Coaching, as well as IT and Business education. She is passionate about supporting heart-based entrepreneurs, experienced in online media work, as well as facilitating online and in-person workshops. Since 2018 Sara has been taking care of the online program here at Open Circle Center.

Suggested donation: $10 to $20
No one turned away for lack of funds.
Please register early if you can.

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

Find out more »

Silent Group Meditation (Free, No Guidance)

Monday, August 23, 2021 @ 8am & Wed. 9:00am (PT), Ongoing Mondays & Wednesdays
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, November 29, 2021

Mondays: 8:00am – 8:30am Pacific Time
and Wednesdays: 9:00am – 9:30am Pacific Time
Ongoing every week, 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)

Wednesday, August 25, 2021 @ 9:00am & Mon. 8:00am (PT), Ongoing Mondays & Wednesdays
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Mondays: 8:00am – 8:30am Pacific Time
Wednesdays : 9:00am – 9:30am Pacific Time
Ongoing every week, 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 »

Gail Brenner, Ph.D ~ Embodied Awakening in Everyday Life: A Weekend Intensive

Friday, August 27, 2021 @ 9:00am - 12:00noon (Pacific Time), Part of 3-part Intensive Aug. 27, 28 & 29

3-Part Online Intensive
Aug. 27, 28 & 29, 2021

9:00 am – 12:00 noon Pacific Time, each day
Time Zone Converter
Event will be recorded
and emailed to participants after each meeting.

You're welcome to join even if you can't attend all the live sessions.

The Embodied Awakening Intensive offers a deep dive into the practicalities of awakened living. During our weekend together, your everyday human life will be the laboratory as we explore the myth of the separate self and how to live the deepest nondual teachings of infinite oneness. 

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

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

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

Here’s what we’ll cover in each 3-hour session:

Friday: No self, no problem; slowing down, resting in inner stillness. We’ll begin to investigate the sense of separation that appears through early trauma and conditioned patterns;
Saturday: Finding our ground in spacious, still awareness; navigating the mind, emotions, and body, especially when we’re triggered;
Sunday: Practical everyday living in surrender and intimacy with Life.

Come prepared to explore beyond your comfort zone. You’ll discover the brilliance of embodying love, awareness, understanding, compassion, and deep connection with all…available in every moment.

“I have found your approach really works for me. It gives me hope, and I actually believe that that I can live, think and feel differently, no matter what the situation.”
~F.C.

You are welcome to email Gail directly at gail@gailbrenner.com with questions.

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

www.gailbrenner.com

Sliding Scale: $60 to $105
Some Partial Scholarships Available
Please Register Early if you can.

Find out more »

Gail Brenner, Ph.D ~ Embodied Awakening in Everyday Life: A Weekend Intensive

Friday, August 27, 2021 @ 9:00am - 12:00noon (Pacific Time), Part of 3-part Intensive Aug. 27, 28 & 29

The Embodied Awakening Intensive offers a deep dive into the practicalities of awakened living. During our weekend together, your everyday human life will be the laboratory as we explore the myth of the separate self and how to live the deepest nondual teachings of infinite oneness. 

We’ll carefully shed the light of awareness on your personal attachments, bringing a loving perspective and clarity to these common life situations.

Through our time together in safe and supportive community, you’ll practice staying deeply grounded in your present moment experience. From this grounded awareness, you’ll learn to meet your programmed patterns and early trauma—the inner critic, long-standing shame, feelings of fear and insecurity—with intelligence and loving acceptance. This is how you begin to shed the feeling of separation so you are free to be fully alive in your life as it is right now.
You’ll discover the brilliance of embodying love, awareness, understanding, compassion, and deep connection with all…available in every moment.

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

Find out more »

Silent Group Meditation (Free, No Guidance)

Monday, August 30, 2021 @ 8am & Wed. 9:00am (PT), Ongoing Mondays & Wednesdays
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, November 29, 2021

Mondays: 8:00am – 8:30am Pacific Time
and Wednesdays: 9:00am – 9:30am Pacific Time
Ongoing every week, 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 »

September 2021

Silent Group Meditation (Free, No Guidance)

Wednesday, September 1, 2021 @ 9:00am & Mon. 8:00am (PT), Ongoing Mondays & Wednesdays
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Mondays: 8:00am – 8:30am Pacific Time
Wednesdays : 9:00am – 9:30am Pacific Time
Ongoing every week, 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)

Monday, September 6, 2021 @ 8am & Wed. 9:00am (PT), Ongoing Mondays & Wednesdays
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, November 29, 2021

Mondays: 8:00am – 8:30am Pacific Time
and Wednesdays: 9:00am – 9:30am Pacific Time
Ongoing every week, 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)

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 @ 9:00am & Mon. 8:00am (PT), Ongoing Mondays & Wednesdays
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Mondays: 8:00am – 8:30am Pacific Time
Wednesdays : 9:00am – 9:30am Pacific Time
Ongoing every week, 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 ~ Women Only: Delighting as the Sensual Silence of the Female Body

Friday, September 10, 2021 @ 9:00am - 12:00 noon (Pacific Time)

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

In this three hour woman-only retreat, we will explore how much we can allow our bodies to be receivers of delight.

Did you know that female bodies love to move, give, taste, touch, dance and delight? The more we allow our bodies to be receivers of the silence of our being, the more silence and delight melt together as one warm delicious female body.

You are invited to join and discover the ecstasy of the female body.

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

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

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

www.marliescocheret.com

Suggested donation: $15 to $35
No one turned away for lack of funds.
Please register early if you can.

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

Find out more »

Jeannie Zandi ~ Humility

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

There is much talk about humility in spiritual circles. What is it and how do we recognize it? What is the difference between humility and self-abasement?

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, September 13, 2021 @ 8am & Wed. 9:00am (PT), Ongoing Mondays & Wednesdays
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, November 29, 2021

Mondays: 8:00am – 8:30am Pacific Time
and Wednesdays: 9:00am – 9:30am Pacific Time
Ongoing every week, 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 »

Lynn Marie Lumiere, MFT ~ The Wounded Seeker: Meeting Trauma on the Path of Awakening ~ 4-Part Intensive

Monday, September 13, 2021 @ 10:00am - 12:00pm (Pacific Time), Part of 4-part Intensive Sept. 13, 17, 20 & 24

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

This intensive will explore how to meet trauma on all levels: body, mind, spirit and relational.

Lynn Marie Lumiere, MFT is a nondual psychotherapist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and author. She offers knowledge and wisdom gained from over 30 years of experience both as a therapist and with nondual spiritual teachings. She is the author of Awakened Relating:
A Guide to Embodying Undivided Love in Intimate Relationships 
and The Awakening West: Evidence of a Spreading Enlightenment.

Find out more »

Lynn Marie Lumiere, MFT ~ The Wounded Seeker: Meeting Trauma on the Path of Awakening ~ 4-Part Intensive

Monday, September 13, 2021 @ 10:00am - 12:00pm (Pacific Time), Part of 4-part Intensive Sept. 13, 17, 20 & 24

4-Part Online Intensive
Sept. 13, 17, 20 & 24, 2021

10:00 am – 12:00 pm Pacific Time, each day
Time Zone Converter
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.

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

This intensive will explore how to meet trauma on all levels: body, mind, spirit and relational.

Part 1:  The Most Important Thing: Awakening to what is already whole and free as the foundation of healing our human wounding. Includes guided meditation.

Part 2:  Somatic Awakening: Building regulation and resilience in our autonomic nervous system so we can feel safe enough to be present in the body and in the now. Includes experiential exercises.

Part 3:  Releasing the Past: Working with releasing traumatic memories and the conditioned beliefs and behavior patterns that go with them. Includes doing Flash Technique.

Part 4: Awakened Relating: Exploring how relationships trigger our relational wounding and trauma and how to be with those triggers in a way that includes awakened awareness, the Source of Love.

It is recommended to attend in person, if possible, and to do the suggested practices between sessions. You are also welcome to register and attend by listening to the recording.

Lynn Marie Lumiere, MFT is a nondual psychotherapist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and author. She offers knowledge and wisdom gained from over 30 years of experience both as a therapist and with nondual spiritual teachings. She is the author of Awakened Relating:
A Guide to Embodying Undivided Love in Intimate Relationships 
and The Awakening West: Evidence of a Spreading Enlightenment.
For more information se: www.lynnmarielumiere.com

Sliding Scale: $70 to $120
Some Partial Scholarships Available
Please Register Early if you can.

Find out more »

Silent Group Meditation (Free, No Guidance)

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 @ 9:00am & Mon. 8:00am (PT), Ongoing Mondays & Wednesdays
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Mondays: 8:00am – 8:30am Pacific Time
Wednesdays : 9:00am – 9:30am Pacific Time
Ongoing every week, 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 »

Lynn Marie Lumiere, MFT ~ The Wounded Seeker: Meeting Trauma on the Path of Awakening ~ 4-Part Intensive

Friday, September 17, 2021 @ 10:00am - 12:00pm (Pacific Time), Part of 4-part Intensive Sept. 13, 17, 20 & 24
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Monday and Friday, repeating until Friday, September 24, 2021

4-Part Online Intensive
Sept. 13, 17, 20 & 24, 2021

10:00 am – 12:00 pm Pacific Time, each day
Time Zone Converter
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.

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

This intensive will explore how to meet trauma on all levels: body, mind, spirit and relational.

Part 1:  The Most Important Thing: Awakening to what is already whole and free as the foundation of healing our human wounding. Includes guided meditation.

Part 2:  Somatic Awakening: Building regulation and resilience in our autonomic nervous system so we can feel safe enough to be present in the body and in the now. Includes experiential exercises.

Part 3:  Releasing the Past: Working with releasing traumatic memories and the conditioned beliefs and behavior patterns that go with them. Includes doing Flash Technique.

Part 4: Awakened Relating: Exploring how relationships trigger our relational wounding and trauma and how to be with those triggers in a way that includes awakened awareness, the Source of Love.

It is recommended to attend in person, if possible, and to do the suggested practices between sessions. You are also welcome to register and attend by listening to the recording.

Lynn Marie Lumiere, MFT is a nondual psychotherapist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and author. She offers knowledge and wisdom gained from over 30 years of experience both as a therapist and with nondual spiritual teachings. She is the author of Awakened Relating:
A Guide to Embodying Undivided Love in Intimate Relationships 
and The Awakening West: Evidence of a Spreading Enlightenment.
For more information se: www.lynnmarielumiere.com

Sliding Scale: $70 to $120
Some Partial Scholarships Available
Please Register Early if you can.

Find out more »

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

Sunday, September 19, 2021 @ 9:00am-11:00am (Pacific Time)

Welcome to The Holding Space.

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

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

Calm, anxious, open, closed,

ALL is welcome here.

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

Through gentle exploration and somatic awareness you can cultivate a new way of being with your most challenging patterns. No longer a victim of the push and pull of inner disturbance, you can step forward with greater confidence, knowing that whatever comes your way, you embody the resilience and the capacity to meet and integrate it.

You can expect a deeply held space where you’ll be invited to slow down, tune in, and track your present-moment experience. As you awaken and refine a more subtle way of Being and Being With, you can slowly but surely become the space – the container and the field – where healing takes place.

Bio:
The first leg of Georgia Simone’s path exposed her to the teachings of Advaita Vedanta, which provided her with the foundation she needed to dis-identify from pain and suffering. However, despite a growing freedom, a significant bypass took place, as her orientation towards transcendence reinforced her deep disconnection from Life. Upon seeing this, her focus became addressing the unresolved trauma that had woven its way into every fibre of her being.

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

www.georgiasimone.com

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

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

Find out more »

Silent Group Meditation (Free, No Guidance)

Monday, September 20, 2021 @ 8am & Wed. 9:00am (PT), Ongoing Mondays & Wednesdays
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, November 29, 2021

Mondays: 8:00am – 8:30am Pacific Time
and Wednesdays: 9:00am – 9:30am Pacific Time
Ongoing every week, 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 »

Lynn Marie Lumiere, MFT ~ The Wounded Seeker: Meeting Trauma on the Path of Awakening ~ 4-Part Intensive

Monday, September 20, 2021 @ 10:00am - 12:00pm (Pacific Time), Part of 4-part Intensive Sept. 13, 17, 20 & 24
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Monday and Friday, repeating until Friday, September 24, 2021

4-Part Online Intensive
Sept. 13, 17, 20 & 24, 2021

10:00 am – 12:00 pm Pacific Time, each day
Time Zone Converter
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.

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

This intensive will explore how to meet trauma on all levels: body, mind, spirit and relational.

Part 1:  The Most Important Thing: Awakening to what is already whole and free as the foundation of healing our human wounding. Includes guided meditation.

Part 2:  Somatic Awakening: Building regulation and resilience in our autonomic nervous system so we can feel safe enough to be present in the body and in the now. Includes experiential exercises.

Part 3:  Releasing the Past: Working with releasing traumatic memories and the conditioned beliefs and behavior patterns that go with them. Includes doing Flash Technique.

Part 4: Awakened Relating: Exploring how relationships trigger our relational wounding and trauma and how to be with those triggers in a way that includes awakened awareness, the Source of Love.

It is recommended to attend in person, if possible, and to do the suggested practices between sessions. You are also welcome to register and attend by listening to the recording.

Lynn Marie Lumiere, MFT is a nondual psychotherapist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and author. She offers knowledge and wisdom gained from over 30 years of experience both as a therapist and with nondual spiritual teachings. She is the author of Awakened Relating:
A Guide to Embodying Undivided Love in Intimate Relationships 
and The Awakening West: Evidence of a Spreading Enlightenment.
For more information se: www.lynnmarielumiere.com

Sliding Scale: $70 to $120
Some Partial Scholarships Available
Please Register Early if you can.

Find out more »

Silent Group Meditation (Free, No Guidance)

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 @ 9:00am & Mon. 8:00am (PT), Ongoing Mondays & Wednesdays
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Mondays: 8:00am – 8:30am Pacific Time
Wednesdays : 9:00am – 9:30am Pacific Time
Ongoing every week, 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 »

Lynn Marie Lumiere, MFT ~ The Wounded Seeker: Meeting Trauma on the Path of Awakening ~ 4-Part Intensive

Friday, September 24, 2021 @ 10:00am - 12:00pm (Pacific Time), Part of 4-part Intensive Sept. 13, 17, 20 & 24
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Monday and Friday, repeating until Friday, September 24, 2021

4-Part Online Intensive
Sept. 13, 17, 20 & 24, 2021

10:00 am – 12:00 pm Pacific Time, each day
Time Zone Converter
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.

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

This intensive will explore how to meet trauma on all levels: body, mind, spirit and relational.

Part 1:  The Most Important Thing: Awakening to what is already whole and free as the foundation of healing our human wounding. Includes guided meditation.

Part 2:  Somatic Awakening: Building regulation and resilience in our autonomic nervous system so we can feel safe enough to be present in the body and in the now. Includes experiential exercises.

Part 3:  Releasing the Past: Working with releasing traumatic memories and the conditioned beliefs and behavior patterns that go with them. Includes doing Flash Technique.

Part 4: Awakened Relating: Exploring how relationships trigger our relational wounding and trauma and how to be with those triggers in a way that includes awakened awareness, the Source of Love.

It is recommended to attend in person, if possible, and to do the suggested practices between sessions. You are also welcome to register and attend by listening to the recording.

Lynn Marie Lumiere, MFT is a nondual psychotherapist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and author. She offers knowledge and wisdom gained from over 30 years of experience both as a therapist and with nondual spiritual teachings. She is the author of Awakened Relating:
A Guide to Embodying Undivided Love in Intimate Relationships 
and The Awakening West: Evidence of a Spreading Enlightenment.
For more information se: www.lynnmarielumiere.com

Sliding Scale: $70 to $120
Some Partial Scholarships Available
Please Register Early if you can.

Find out more »

Ellen Emmet ~ The Awakening Body: 3-Day Online Retreat

Saturday, September 25, 2021 @ & Sept. 26 & 27 ~ 9:00am-12:00pm (Pacific Time)

We start at 9:00 am Pacific Time / 5:00 pm UK time / 6:00 pm Central European Time.

In this three day retreat we will explore our direct experience and let it reveal its essential reality of Awareness. Our particular focus is the body, allowing it to be our mirror and our pathway, our prayer and our altar, and ultimately the shining expression of this shared identity.

There will be time for questions and conversation each day as our inquiry deepens.
There will be a 20-30 minute break during the 3-hour sessions.

In our daily lives, the body is seldom tasted as it is. We rarely listen to its tactile and energetic language or allow it to simply unfold and blossom in its natural original intelligence.

In fact we have deeply disconnected from this level of experience and even when we turn back towards the body, we come with agendas and ideas that we project upon it, forcing the body into a new mode, only to perpetuate a felt identification with a body, that may seem improved, but in fact remains a mere projections for the separate self that seems to live in its center.

With silence as our main shrine, we will share gradually deepening guided tactile meditations along with simple postures, free movements, breathing, and visualizations. In this contemplation, resistances and chains of bodily contractions, the habits that create the illusion that our identity is limited, located and separate are revealed and free to unfold as they are: feelings and sensations that come and go in Awareness. We come to feel that our true identity is an open field of vibrating openness,limitless and ever-present.

Gently and effortlessly, in deepening waves, the body is slowly realigned with this felt understanding. It flows as a living substence with more and more ease and transparency and reflects and expresses the ever-present freedom and silence that is its invisible source.

Ganga Ma will be joining us and weaving her sacred chanting into the sessions.
About Ganga Ma: www.soulfulsilence.com

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

Sliding Scale: $60 to $105
Some Partial Scholarships Available
Please register early if you can.

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

Find out more »

Ellen Emmet ~ The Awakening Body: 3-Day Online Retreat

Saturday, September 25, 2021 @ & Sept. 26 & 27 ~ 9:00am-12:00pm (Pacific Time)

In this three day retreat we will explore our direct experience and let it reveal its essential reality of Awareness. Our particular focus is the body, allowing it to be our mirror and our pathway, our prayer and our altar, and ultimately the shining expression of this shared identity.

With silence as our main shrine, we will share gradually deepening guided tactile meditations along with simple postures, free movements, breathing, and visualizations. In this contemplation, resistances and chains of bodily contractions, the habits that create the illusion that our identity is limited, located and separate are revealed and free to unfold as they are: feelings and sensations that come and go in Awareness. We come to feel that our true identity is an open field of vibrating openness,limitless and ever-present.

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. Ellen lives in Oxford, England with her husband, Rupert Spira.

Find out more »

Silent Group Meditation (Free, No Guidance)

Monday, September 27, 2021 @ 8am & Wed. 9:00am (PT), Ongoing Mondays & Wednesdays
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, November 29, 2021

Mondays: 8:00am – 8:30am Pacific Time
and Wednesdays: 9:00am – 9:30am Pacific Time
Ongoing every week, 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)

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 @ 9:00am & Mon. 8:00am (PT), Ongoing Mondays & Wednesdays
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Mondays: 8:00am – 8:30am Pacific Time
Wednesdays : 9:00am – 9:30am Pacific Time
Ongoing every week, 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 »

October 2021

Swami Sarvapriyananda ~ The Yoga of the Awareness-Self

Saturday, October 2, 2021 @ 8:00am-10:00am (Pacific Time)

The talk will introduce the ancient tradition of Advaita Vedanta. We will take an experiential journey into the very heart of our existence and seek to discover our real self. The talk is designed around meditation techniques drawn from the Upanishads and later Advaita texts.

Swami Sarvapriyananda is a widely regarded teacher and advocate of Advaita Vedanta, and is skilled in presenting it to westerners in an easily understandable way. He is the Minister and Spiritual Leader of the Vedanta Society of New York, a Nagral Fellow for 2019-20 at Harvard Divinity School, and former assistant minister of the Vedanta Society of Southern California.

Swami joined the Ramakrishna Math and Mission in 1994 and received Sannyas in 2004.

Find out more »

Swami Sarvapriyananda ~ The Yoga of the Awareness-Self

Saturday, October 2, 2021 @ 8:00am-10:00am (Pacific Time)

The talk will introduce the ancient tradition of Advaita Vedanta. We will take an experiential journey into the very heart of our existence and seek to discover our real self. The talk is designed around meditation techniques drawn from the Upanishads and later Advaita texts.

Swami Sarvapriyananda has been appointed as Minister and Spiritual Leader of the Vedanta Society of New York, and assumed his duties here on January 6, 2017. He is a Nagral Fellow for 2019-20 at Harvard Divinity School. Prior to this, he served as assistant minister of the Vedanta Society of Southern California for 13 months, beginning on December 3, 2015.

Swami joined the Ramakrishna Math and Mission in 1994 and received Sannyas in 2004. Before being posted to the VSSC’s Hollywood Temple, Swami served as an acharya (teacher) of the monastic probationers’ training center at Belur Math. He has served the Ramakrishna Math and Mission in various capacities including being the Vice Principal of the Deoghar Vidyapith Higher Secondary School, Principal of the Shikshana Mandira Teacher Education College at Belur Math, and the first Registrar of the Vivekananda University at Belur Math.

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, October 4, 2021 @ 8am & Wed. 9:00am (PT), Ongoing Mondays & Wednesdays
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, November 29, 2021

Mondays: 8:00am – 8:30am Pacific Time
and Wednesdays: 9:00am – 9:30am Pacific Time
Ongoing every week, 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)

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 @ 9:00am & Mon. 8:00am (PT), Ongoing Mondays & Wednesdays
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Mondays: 8:00am – 8:30am Pacific Time
Wednesdays : 9:00am – 9:30am Pacific Time
Ongoing every week, 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 »

Stephan Bodian ~ Realize Your Inherent Wakefulness ~ 2-Part Online Course

Saturday, October 9, 2021 @ 9:00am - 12:00pm (Pacific Time), part of a 2 Part Course Oct 9 & 16

Oct. 9 & 16
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Pacific Time
Time Zone Converter
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.

"Just remain as you are, without question or doubt. That is your natural state." ~ Ramana Maharshi

Once we have an initial recognition that our thoughts and feelings do not in fact constitute who we really are, the next step is to realize our “natural state” of inherent wakefulness, which is never lost or gained and never sullied or disturbed by the thoughts and feelings that arise. This direct recognition, beyond the mind, of our essential spiritual nature is the breakthrough awakening to which the nondual spiritual traditions point.

Yet many seekers read the books and watch the videos but never come to this clear recognition, which is traditionally transmitted, and then confirmed, by direct pointing in the presence of a teacher. This two-day workshop/retreat, on successive Saturdays, will offer meditations and pointing-out instructions to introduce you directly to your natural state—what Tibetans call the “nature of mind” and Zen calls your original face before your parents were born. Once you know who you are without question or doubt, you have experienced a major shift in identity and can’t completely revert to your old, dysfunctional way of being again.

Stephan Bodian is a teacher in the nondual wisdom tradition of Zen, Dzogchen, and Advaita and the founder and director of the annual School for Awakening, an intensive six-month program of exploration and study. Trained as a Buddhist monk for a decade, he studied Advaita for many years with Jean Klein and received Dharma transmission from Adyashanti in 2001. His books include Wake Up Now; Beyond Mindfulness; Meditation for Dummies; and Buddhism for Dummies (with Jon Landaw).

More about Stephan Bodian: www.stephanbodian.org

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

Find out more »

Stephan Bodian ~ Realize Your Inherent Wakefulness ~ 2-Part Online Course

Saturday, October 9, 2021 @ 9:00am - 12:00pm (Pacific Time), part of a 2 Part Course Oct 9 & 16

Once we have an initial recognition that our thoughts and feelings do not in fact constitute who we really are, the next step is to realize our “natural state” of inherent wakefulness, which is never lost or gained and never sullied or disturbed by the thoughts and feelings that arise. This direct recognition, beyond the mind, of our essential spiritual nature is the breakthrough awakening to which the nondual spiritual traditions point.

Yet many seekers never come to this clear recognition. This two-day workshop/retreat, on successive Saturdays, will offer meditations and pointing-out instructions to introduce you directly to your natural state. Once you know who you are without question or doubt, you have experienced a major shift in identity and can’t completely revert to your old, dysfunctional way of being again.

Stephan Bodian is a teacher in the nondual wisdom tradition of Zen, Dzogchen, and Advaita. Trained as a Buddhist monk for a decade, he studied Advaita for many years with Jean Klein and received Dharma transmission from Adyashanti in 2001.

Find out more »

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

Sunday, October 10, 2021 @ 9:00am-11:00am (Pacific Time)

Welcome to The Holding Space.

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

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

Calm, anxious, open, closed,

ALL is welcome here.

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

Through gentle exploration and somatic awareness you can cultivate a new way of being with your most challenging patterns. No longer a victim of the push and pull of inner disturbance, you can step forward with greater confidence, knowing that whatever comes your way, you embody the resilience and the capacity to meet and integrate it.

You can expect a deeply held space where you’ll be invited to slow down, tune in, and track your present-moment experience. As you awaken and refine a more subtle way of Being and Being With, you can slowly but surely become the space – the container and the field – where healing takes place.

Bio:
The first leg of Georgia Simone’s path exposed her to the teachings of Advaita Vedanta, which provided her with the foundation she needed to dis-identify from pain and suffering. However, despite a growing freedom, a significant bypass took place, as her orientation towards transcendence reinforced her deep disconnection from Life. Upon seeing this, her focus became addressing the unresolved trauma that had woven its way into every fibre of her being.

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

www.georgiasimone.com

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

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

Find out more »

Silent Group Meditation (Free, No Guidance)

Monday, October 11, 2021 @ 8am & Wed. 9:00am (PT), Ongoing Mondays & Wednesdays
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, November 29, 2021

Mondays: 8:00am – 8:30am Pacific Time
and Wednesdays: 9:00am – 9:30am Pacific Time
Ongoing every week, 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)

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 @ 9:00am & Mon. 8:00am (PT), Ongoing Mondays & Wednesdays
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Mondays: 8:00am – 8:30am Pacific Time
Wednesdays : 9:00am – 9:30am Pacific Time
Ongoing every week, 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 »

Gail Brenner, Ph.D ~ Deep Trauma Healing: Tending the Ground for Awakened Living: A 6-Part Course

Friday, October 15, 2021 @ 9:00am - 11:00am (Pacific Time), Part of 6-part Course Oct. 15, 19, 22, 26 and Nov. 2 & 5

6-Part Online Course
Oct. 15, 19, 22, 26 and Nov. 2 & 5, 2021

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

Addressing trauma and how we hold it is essential to seeing through the illusion of the separate self. Join this powerful 6-session course as we create a safe and supportive healing community to do this deeper work that unfolds on the path of awakening.

Unexamined trauma is at the root of your conditioned patterns and keeps you feeling stuck, limited, and unable to be free. You long for freedom and maybe have had a taste of your true nature, but somehow these patterns keep getting played out automatically in your mind, emotions, relationships, and choices in life. You feel caught in the painful sense of separation…from yourself and the sacredness of all of Life.

You are welcome just as you are with your fears, doubts, shame, and questions. Through practices, inquiries, and experiments during and between our sessions, we’ll learn to untangle these patterns and find our way home to the ever-present, relaxed space of inner aliveness. There will be plenty of time for Q&A with Gail.

  • Sessions 1 and 2: 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 and separation.
  • Session 3: We’ll attend to the nervous system and the body to stay rooted in present moment awareness.
  • Session 4: We’ll practice honoring and embracing difficult emotions to give them the loving attention they need.
  • Session 5: We’ll learn to challenge limiting beliefs and notice repetitive thought patterns without getting caught in them.
  • Session 6: We’ll explore devotion, surrender, and the practicalities of awakened living.

And we’ll discover, over and over, the ground of being, your spacious true home that has never been touched by any life experiences.

Stress and worry…people pleasing…persistent relationship struggles…proving yourself through accomplishments…the inner critic…these longstanding patterns are profound invitations into liberation from the sense of separation. Together, we discover being fully alive in our humanness as we expand into overflowing gratitude, vibrant joy, and deep knowing of all of Life.

Gail is offering a free information session on Tuesday, October 12 from 9-10am Pacific. You’ll learn more about the course, and there will be time for Q&A. Please click here for details and to join the session.

If you have any questions or would like to know more about this course, please email Gail directly at gail@gailbrenner.com.

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

"Your work is a bridge between practical daily life and Supreme Reality.” ~Henrique N.

"I love the meetings; I feel so safe and connected in the group.” ~Judy F.

Gail Brenner, Ph.D. is your guide on this journey. She is a clinical psychologist and lover of truth with a fire that burns brightly. She brings to this work years of experience with individuals and groups and is known for creating the sense of safety and trust needed for this deeper exploration. She is the author of three books, including the award-winning, The End of Self-Help.

www.gailbrenner.com

Sliding Scale: $110 to $170
Some Partial Scholarships Available
Please Register Early if you can.

Find out more »

Gail Brenner, Ph.D ~ Deep Trauma Healing: Tending the Ground for Awakened Living: A 6-Part Course

Friday, October 15, 2021 @ 9:00am - 11:00am (Pacific Time), Part of 6-part Course Oct. 15, 19, 22, 26 and Nov. 2 & 5

Addressing trauma and how we hold it is essential to seeing through the illusion of the separate self. Join this powerful 6-session course as we create a safe and supportive healing community to do this deeper work that unfolds on the path of awakening.

Unexamined trauma is at the root of your conditioned patterns and keeps you feeling stuck, limited, and unable to be free. You long for freedom and maybe have had a taste of your true nature, but somehow these patterns keep getting played out automatically in your mind, emotions, relationships, and choices in life. You feel caught in the painful sense of separation…from yourself and the sacredness of all of Life.

Through practices, inquiries, and experiments during and between our sessions, we’ll learn to untangle these patterns and find our way home to the ever-present, relaxed space of inner aliveness.
Gail Brenner, Ph.D. is your guide on this journey. She is a clinical psychologist and lover of truth with a fire that burns brightly. She brings to this work years of experience with individuals and groups and is known for creating the sense of safety and trust needed for this deeper exploration. She is the author of three books, including the award-winning, The End of Self-Help.

Find out more »

Stephan Bodian ~ Realize Your Inherent Wakefulness ~ 2-Part Online Course

Saturday, October 16, 2021 @ 9:00am - 12:00pm (Pacific Time), part of a 2 Part Course Oct 9 & 16

Oct. 9 & 16
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Pacific Time
Time Zone Converter
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.

"Just remain as you are, without question or doubt. That is your natural state." ~ Ramana Maharshi

Once we have an initial recognition that our thoughts and feelings do not in fact constitute who we really are, the next step is to realize our “natural state” of inherent wakefulness, which is never lost or gained and never sullied or disturbed by the thoughts and feelings that arise. This direct recognition, beyond the mind, of our essential spiritual nature is the breakthrough awakening to which the nondual spiritual traditions point.

Yet many seekers read the books and watch the videos but never come to this clear recognition, which is traditionally transmitted, and then confirmed, by direct pointing in the presence of a teacher. This two-day workshop/retreat, on successive Saturdays, will offer meditations and pointing-out instructions to introduce you directly to your natural state—what Tibetans call the “nature of mind” and Zen calls your original face before your parents were born. Once you know who you are without question or doubt, you have experienced a major shift in identity and can’t completely revert to your old, dysfunctional way of being again.

Stephan Bodian is a teacher in the nondual wisdom tradition of Zen, Dzogchen, and Advaita and the founder and director of the annual School for Awakening, an intensive six-month program of exploration and study. Trained as a Buddhist monk for a decade, he studied Advaita for many years with Jean Klein and received Dharma transmission from Adyashanti in 2001. His books include Wake Up Now; Beyond Mindfulness; Meditation for Dummies; and Buddhism for Dummies (with Jon Landaw).

More about Stephan Bodian: www.stephanbodian.org

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

Find out more »

Jeannie Zandi ~ Shining

Sunday, October 17, 2021 @ 10:00am-12:00noon (Pacific Time)

As we shed the false and live from the real, we shine. This doesn’t necessarily guarantee that the world will embrace us there. Join Jeannie and friends to grow legs under your shine.

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, October 18, 2021 @ 8am & Wed. 9:00am (PT), Ongoing Mondays & Wednesdays
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, November 29, 2021

Mondays: 8:00am – 8:30am Pacific Time
and Wednesdays: 9:00am – 9:30am Pacific Time
Ongoing every week, 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 »

Gail Brenner, Ph.D ~ Deep Trauma Healing: Tending the Ground for Awakened Living: A 6-Part Course *

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 @ 9:00am - 11:00am (Pacific Time), * Part of 6-part Course Oct. 15, 19, 22, 26 and Nov. 2 & 5
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Tuesday and Friday, repeating until Friday, November 5, 2021

6-Part Online Course
Oct. 15, 19, 22, 26 and Nov. 2 & 5, 2021

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

Addressing trauma and how we hold it is essential to seeing through the illusion of the separate self. Join this powerful 6-session course as we create a safe and supportive healing community to do this deeper work that unfolds on the path of awakening.

Unexamined trauma is at the root of your conditioned patterns and keeps you feeling stuck, limited, and unable to be free. You long for freedom and maybe have had a taste of your true nature, but somehow these patterns keep getting played out automatically in your mind, emotions, relationships, and choices in life. You feel caught in the painful sense of separation…from yourself and the sacredness of all of Life.

You are welcome just as you are with your fears, doubts, shame, and questions. Through practices, inquiries, and experiments during and between our sessions, we’ll learn to untangle these patterns and find our way home to the ever-present, relaxed space of inner aliveness. There will be plenty of time for Q&A with Gail.

  • Sessions 1 and 2: 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 and separation.
  • Session 3: We’ll attend to the nervous system and the body to stay rooted in present moment awareness.
  • Session 4: We’ll practice honoring and embracing difficult emotions to give them the loving attention they need.
  • Session 5: We’ll learn to challenge limiting beliefs and notice repetitive thought patterns without getting caught in them.
  • Session 6: We’ll explore devotion, surrender, and the practicalities of awakened living.

And we’ll discover, over and over, the ground of being, your spacious true home that has never been touched by any life experiences.

Stress and worry…people pleasing…persistent relationship struggles…proving yourself through accomplishments…the inner critic…these longstanding patterns are profound invitations into liberation from the sense of separation. Together, we discover being fully alive in our humanness as we expand into overflowing gratitude, vibrant joy, and deep knowing of all of Life.

Gail is offering a free information session on Tuesday, October 12 from 9-10am Pacific. You’ll learn more about the course, and there will be time for Q&A. Please click here for details and to join the session.

If you have any questions or would like to know more about this course, please email Gail directly at gail@gailbrenner.com.

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

"Your work is a bridge between practical daily life and Supreme Reality.” ~Henrique N.

"I love the meetings; I feel so safe and connected in the group.” ~Judy F.

Gail Brenner, Ph.D. is your guide on this journey. She is a clinical psychologist and lover of truth with a fire that burns brightly. She brings to this work years of experience with individuals and groups and is known for creating the sense of safety and trust needed for this deeper exploration. She is the author of three books, including the award-winning, The End of Self-Help.

www.gailbrenner.com

Sliding Scale: $110 to $170
Some Partial Scholarships Available
Please Register Early if you can.

Find out more »

Silent Group Meditation (Free, No Guidance)

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 @ 9:00am & Mon. 8:00am (PT), Ongoing Mondays & Wednesdays
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Mondays: 8:00am – 8:30am Pacific Time
Wednesdays : 9:00am – 9:30am Pacific Time
Ongoing every week, 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 »
+ Export Events