Coming Events

Choosing Freedom

A Daylong Retreat 

Led by: With Deb Kerr & Rebecca Dixon
When:  Saturday, June 3, 2017, 9:30am - 4:30pm
Where: Buena Vista United Methodist Church,  2311 Buena Vista Avenue, Alameda

Come practice with us as we work with the freedom that is accessible in any moment. 

The Buddha’s teachings point to a freedom that is available here and now. What is it like to experience a mind and heart free of clinging and stress? Can we choose it? What makes it hard to remember to make that choice? 

In this daylong meditation retreat, we will have silent meditation periods, dharma talks, and some interactive practice -- all in support of remembering, recognizing and choosing freedom.

Chairs and tea will be provided; please bring any personal meditation gear you require, and a bag lunch. Please arrive by 9:15 a.m in order to be ready to start at 9:30 a.m.

This is an accessible space.

Register here.

This day is offered on a dana (donation) basis.

Monthly Yoga Practice with Dina

Dina Hondrogen, a sangha member and yoga instructors offers yoga from 6 - 6:45 pm on the last Sunday of each month, in the church before our regular meeting. Yoga can aid settling in and deepening your meditation.  Please bring your own yoga mat, bare feet and an empty stomach. If you would like to bring props to help facilitate practice feel free, it will help if you are a tight beginner. Donations are welcome.

Dina Hondrogen has taught yoga since 1997 in the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds a certificate from the Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco. She was drawn to yoga after the pain from a chronic neck problem and then injury became unbearable and she had to stop working and dancing. The use of props and in-depth instruction of Iyengar Yoga brought her relief and gave her the tools to heal herself. She became an enthusiastic practitioner, then attended the Iyengar Yoga Institute for two years. Soon after this, she studied other types of Yoga, Ayurveda, Pilates, and various forms of movement and meditation which she integrated into her teaching. Dina continues to be open to new tools and techniques, melding the best into her practice. She places emphasis not only on the body but also works with the mind and emotions which she feels are central aspects of yoga. She is the mother of two and lives with her family in Alameda.

For more information about Dina and her practice visit

Midweek Meditation
John organized an outdoor meditation on Tuesdays starting at 5pm and lasting 30-40 minutes. During the winter it moves indoors.  Call David at (510) 919-7904 for directions and current time of the sitting group.