Meditate with us.

The SF Dharma Collective is a community-led sangha.


All classes and sits are open to all and no registration is necessary. We are supported by your generosity (dana). No one is ever turned away for lack of funds.

March

Monday, March 18, 6-7 pm

Every Monday: Modern Mindfulness

Start your week with a mindfulness meditation sit made for the modern meditator. This class is suitable for both beginners and seasoned practitioners. If you are looking for an accessible meditation practice, seeking to learn how to work with your monkey mind or hoping to understand how to bring mindfulness into each moment - this class is for you. You will learn to meditate in a modern way with evidence-based meditation techniques, designed to support you in everyday life.

In each class, there will be guided meditation, a talk about the practice and community Q&A. No prior experience with meditation is necessary. All are welcome. Suggested class price and donation is $10-20. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Taught by Amanda Gilbert & Dan Petrie

Amanda Gilbert is a modern day meditation teacher, mindfulness guide, scientific author and public speaker. She has been a meditator for over 15 years, teaching publicly and privately, and for top universities, startups and corporations across Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Miami and New York City. Her strong passion for sharing the practice comes from her own experience with meditation. Because it led her to a life filled with meaning, purpose, optimal health, and joy, her goal now is to help others make meditation and mindfulness part of their day-to-day life.

Dan Petrie has been practicing mindfulness, meditation and studying the dharma since 2005. He began reading about mindfulness at a very young age due to his struggles with severe anxiety. This later led him to dedicating himself to dharma practice and sitting with two different sanghas each week. In 2017 he became a Trained Mindfulness Facilitator through UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center. In addition to his secular mindfulness training, he’s studied extensively in the Vipassana and Zen traditions under teachers Howard Cohn of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, as well as Abbot Charles Tenshin Roshi and Vice-Abbot David Jokai Blackwell of Yokoji Zen Mountain Center. He also serves as Board Vice President of Howard Cohn’s - Mission Dharma, that has been meeting weekly in The Mission since 1985.

Monday, March 18

7:30 - 9:00 pm

Meditation and Dharma Talk with Louije Kim. Louije is an Oakland-based therapist and dharma practitioner who has been cultivating a Vipassana practice since 2009. Currently, they are in the Spirit Rock teacher training. They are deeply committed to the personal and collective liberation of local communities.

Louije will be teaching the following Mondays: 4/1, 4/22, 5/13, and 5/20

Most evenings begin with 30 minutes of mediation, followed by discussion and/or reflections by the teacher. Beginning and experienced practitioners are welcome.

Morning Sits

Monday / Tuesday / Thursday

7:30 - 8:15 am

Wednesday, March 20

7:30 - 9:00 pm

Syra Smith will be teaching this Wednesday! Eve and Pawan are away.

Syra is an artist, organizer and mindfulness educator interested in deep ecology and manifesting a culture where we can turn toward fearless abundance and generosity.

Syra teaches with East Bay Meditation Center’s Mahasangha in Oakland California, where she is co-creating space with one of the most diverse communities of practitioners in the US. She supports and works with Resolve to Stop the Violence, an award winning program in the San Francisco County Jail System utilizing contemplative and restorative practices to impact violence and recidivism in our prison communities. Syra is the founding co-guiding teacher for EBMC’s Young Adult Deep Refuge Group. She has been educating and working with young people for nearly 20 years. She coordinates and co-facilitates East Bay Meditation Center’s weekly Teen Sangha and has been committed to offering tools for resiliency to at-risk and incarcerated youth.

In the late ‘80s, Syra began her personal practice as a teen herself and has been practicing in the Theravada Buddhist tradition since 2009. She graduated EBMC’s Commit to Dharma study program in 2011 and became a Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leader in 2017. Syra teaches Insight Meditation and mindfulness throughout the SF Bay Area and is a regular visiting teacher with Napa Valley Insight Meditation, San Francisco LGBT Sangha and Oakland Against the Stream.

Thursday, March 21

7:30 - 9:00 pm

Deconstructing Yourself with Michael Taft, a maverick meditation teacher, bestselling author, podcaster, and neuroscience junkie.

Talks are live-streamed on his channel.

Michaels class meets every Thursday.

Sunday, March 24, 7:00-8:30

Sutra Study with Michael Owens

Michael is a Buddhist teacher, translator, and author. He has been leading meditations and giving dharma talks for over 15 years. Every Sunday, Michael presents a different Buddhist sutra and discusses the history and philosophy of Buddhist ideas. soundcloud.com/lotus-underground

Michaels class meets every Sunday.

Wednesday, March 27

7:30 - 9:00 pm

Meditation and Dharma Talk with Eve Ekman. Sit and discussion of No Time to Lose: A Timely Guide to the Way of the Bodhisattva. This ancient text encourages us to waste no time, and ardently, fiercely go about developing our awake mind and heart for the benefit of all beings. All are welcome.

Eve will teach on the following Wednesdays: 4/3, 4/24, 5/8, 5/29, 6/19, and 6/26.

Thursday, March 28

7:30 - 9:00 pm

Todd Jordan will lead tonight's sit.

Saturday, March 30

A Liberated Heart:

Opening to Love, Compassion, Equanimity, and Joy

A Daylong for Women

10 am - 4 pm

With Eve Ekman and Juliana Sloane

Join us for a day of community, connection, and exploration of the four Brahma Viharas (Divine Abodes): Metta (love), Karuna (compassion), Mudita (empathetic joy), and Upekkha (equanimity). In the company of our fellow women practitioners, we will connect deeply with these essential heart qualities and their role in our lives.

The Brahma Viharas point us towards a way of meeting our lives that is courageous, caring, and deeply transformative: turning towards experience with an open heart and responding appropriately to what that moment truly calls for. Through practice, discussion, and story, we will explore together how these four immeasurables can help us meet the joys and challenges of our lives more fully.

This daylong is open to all who self-identify as women.

Eve Ekman is the Director of Training at the University of California Berkeley Greater Good Science Center. Ekman’s research interests were inspired by her experience as a medical social worker in the emergency department of San Francisco General Hospital coupled with her training in the applied emotion regulation and mindfulness intervention: Cultivating Emotional Balance, CE: http://eveekman.com/

Juliana Sloane first encountered the Dharma as a teen, and felt an immediate heart connection to the teachings. Today, she leads a weekly women's sangha in San Francisco, and teaches young people through Spirit Rock's Family Program. She is a graduate of the Sati Center’s Buddhist Chaplaincy Program, and holds degrees in Gender Studies and Religious Studies, all of which inform her practice and teaching. Juliana is passionate about the possibilities of personal and community transformation held in the Dharma, and aspires to bring this to all parts of life, including her work as a leader at a youth-serving nonprofit. julianasloane.com

April

Tuesday, April 2

Finding Home in Buddha, Dharma and Sangha

Class Series at SF Dharma Collective

4 Tuesdays,

4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23

7-9 pm

Fresh “Lev” White and René Rivera

How do we find or create home in our practice? In this 4 week class series we will explore taking refuge in Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, and how that builds steadiness, resilience and faith in our practice. Lev and René will share their own journeys towards home or refuge as transmen and through growing up without a stable sense of home. This class will include guided meditation, discussion and culminate with taking the refuges together as a group. The goal of this class is to build a strong sense of home or refuge in practice that is always available to us in a chaotic and changing world. This class is open to all, including those new to meditation.

Fresh “Lev” White is a lover of life and all beings, who lives to reflect and offer the possibilities of unconditional love and self-compassion to his diverse global community through his writing, mindfulness offerings, and Diversity Trainings. A graduate of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leadership Program, Lev offers Dharma at centers around the SF Bay Area, including his sangha home at the East Bay Meditation Center (EBMC). He is founder of the Bay Area’s first Trans and GQ Mindfulness sangha, and contributor to the following: of Real World Mindfulness for Beginners, edited by Brenda Salgaldo, Trans Buddhist Anthology (Nov. 2019); and Trans Bodies; Trans Selves, a resource guide, edited by Laura Erickson-Schroth, for the Transgender community and those who support them socially and professionally.

Learn more about Lev on LinkedIn at: “Fresh “Lev” White

René Rivera is a leader and bridge-builder, working and learning in all the spaces in-between race, gender, and other perceived binaries, as a queer, mixed-race, trans man. René has been a student of the Dharma since 2004 and has been a part of the East Bay Meditation Center (EBMC) Alphabet Sangha since 2008. He has participated in the Commit to Dharma and Practice in Action programs at EBMC and the Community Dharma Leaders program at Spirit Rock. René is a community teacher at EBMC and also offers meditation and mindfulness instruction at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and other centers, with a particular focus on offering the Dharma to QTPOC folx.

Thursday, April 4

5:30 - 7:00 pm

Introduction to Mindfullness Meditation

Every Thursday from April 4-May 23

This eight-week series will meet weekly to provide an introduction to mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness training develops mental clarity, which in turn supports emotional intelligence and general well-being. Mindfulness practice supports self-care, compassion and contributes to a durable experience of peace and happiness.

This class is appropriate for those new to insight meditation and for more experienced individuals who would like to refresh an existing practice.

Participation in the full eight-week series is strongly recommended but not necessary.

Registration: Non-refundable pre-registration is offered on sliding scale of $80-$160, with no person turned away for lack of funds. For registration and other questions please email dtodd1@gmail.com

SFDC is wheelchair accessible. For access questions please email sfdharmacollective@gmail.com.

Todd Jordan sat his first retreat in a monastery in Thailand in the mid-1990’s. He has practiced primarily in the Theravada Vipassana traditions. He has completed graduate work in Buddhist Studies and Buddhist Chaplaincy, and completed Clinical Pastoral Education training at the UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals. Todd is passionate about social justice, community-family systems and family care. He’s an avid open-water swimmer and has completed several endurance events.

Alternate Saturdays

starting April 6

Meditation x Attachment Daylong

Two Month Intensive

with George Haas

9:00 am - 4 pm

Meditation x Attachment looks at using your meditation practice to come into radical acceptance of yourself as you are now without wanting to change anything. Using John Bowlby's Attachment Theory as a model for understanding how we connect with other people, you will learn how we can be completely ourselves in our relationships with others and with our work. In other words, how to live a meaningful life.

For this special offering at SF Dharma Collective, the entire course will take place during four daylong meetings over two months. It's open to all students and offers instruction in Buddhist theory, Attachment Theory, and in-depth meditation techniques. It will focus on developing secure relationships, uprooting past attachment conditioning, working through conflict resolution strategies, and will draw on Daniel P. Brown's Ideal Parent-Figure (IPF) Attachment Protocol.

Saturdays April 6, April 20, May 4, May 18, 9 am - 4 pm

Register at: https://www.mettagroup.org/sf-dharma-collective-intensive-april2019

Bring a brown bag lunch or you may buy food nearby.

George moved to Los Angeles from New York to work in film and photography in 1992, when he started practicing Vipassana at Ordinary Dharma in Venice, and studying Buddhist texts extensively. In 1998 he began study with his current teacher, Shinzen Young, at Vipassana Support International, where he is now a senior facilitator. He began teaching meditation in 2000, founded Mettagroup in 2003, and became an empowered teacher through Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society, where he taught from 2007 to 2016. Along with his daily Morning Meditation and full schedule of one-on-one students, he continues to teach weekly classes and intensives in Los Angeles, and offer day-long, weekend and extended retreats around the country. He's also an artist with works in the permanent collections of the Hammer Museum, the Library of Congress, MoMA and the American Irish Historical Society. https://www.mettagroup.org/

Building is wheelchair accessible. For access questions please email sfdharmacollective@gmail.com.

This is a four class series that is best experienced by attending all sessions, however students are welcome to drop in on individual classes as well.

Monday, April 8

7:30 - 9:00 pm

Dave Smith is an internationally recognized Buddhist meditation teacher, addiction treatment specialist, and published author. His background is rooted in the Insight Meditation tradition and he was empowered to teach through the Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. He has extensive experience bringing meditative interventions into jails, prisons, youth detention centers and addiction treatment facilities. Dave teaches residential meditation retreats and classes, provides trainings and consulting in both secular and Buddhist contexts, and works with students through his meditation mentoring program. He recently founded the Secular Dharma Foundation and lives in Paonia, Colorado.

davesmithdharma.com

Dave will be at the SFDC again on Tuesday, May 7

Wednesday, April 10

7:30 - 9:00 pm

Meditation and Dharma Talk with Pawan Bareja.

Pawan offers Mindfulness and Somatic training throughout the Bay Area.

Pawan will teach on the following Wednesdays: 4/17, 5/1, 5/15, 5/22, 6/5, and 6/12

Friday, April 12

7:30 - 9:00 pm

Mary Stancavage has practiced meditation, yoga, and cultivated a spiritual practice for over 30 years and in 2009 was empowered to teach Buddhadharma. Mary is based in the Los Angeles area and teaches classes, retreats and does individual mentoring. She has taught at mindfulness at recovery centers, has co-facilitated Year-to-Live groups since 2008, and has had a weekly dharma class for over decade. She also was a director at Against the Stream for ten years. Mary completed the Buddhist Chaplaincy Program at the Sati Center and served as volunteer chaplain at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center. She also served as Executive Director of the Mind Body Awareness Project from 2016 to 2018. Mary sits on the boards of the Buddhist Insight Network and CLUE-LA: Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice. Along with teaching she continues to investigate what it means to live with an undefended heart. Fun fact: Mary has a Masters Degree from UCLA and worked as an archaeologist in the Middle East. More info can be found at her website, marystancavage.org

Saturday, April 13, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Who Were You Before the World Got its Hand on You?

A Daylong Retreat with Mary Stancavage

As soon as we’re born we’re faced with what life throws at us and we develop ways of coping that may or may not be beneficial. We’re also bombarded with messages from family, friends, school and society at large about who we are and what we should or shouldn’t be. These habits and messages become embedded and we may not even be aware of them, but they influence us on a daily basis. This is what the Buddha means when he talks about our conditioning. In order to move towards freedom we have to wake up to our conditioning and disentangle it.

In this daylong we will spend time examining our stories and the baggage we carry with us and investigate how to let them go in order to live a more liberated life. We will spend the day in practice, sharing and community as we support each other in this endeavor to become intimate with our experience.

This day is suitable for all levels of practitioner.

This retreat is being offered for dana/by donation with a suggested range of $50-120. No one will be turned away for lack of funds, and students may offer dana day of using cash, check, credit card or Venmo. Please bring a bag lunch or plan to buy it during lunch break. Feel welcome to bring slippers as the center is shoes off. SFDC is wheelchair accessible.

Saturday, April 13, 7:30 - 9 pm

Psychedelic Sangha Gathering

Are you a psychonaut looking for a complementary meditation practice? A way to integrate and navigate psychedelic experience through the contemplative and philosophical tools of Buddhism?

Or maybe you’re a Buddhist who is curious but cautious about "entheogens" and their potential for healing and illumination. Or perhaps you are a seasoned practitioner who found the dharma through the “paisley gate” and never entirely closed the gate behind you.

The Psychedelic Sangha is a spiritual collective of Buddhist psychonauts who share a commitment to the dharma and a belief in the value of psychedelic substances. Our public mission is to facilitate the encounter of psychedelics and the dharma in a spirit of critical dialogue, community-building, and navigational group practice. We organize and host meet-up Gatherings, immersive Happenings, public talks, group retreats, music performances, film screenings, and more. We are not allied with any particular tradition or school.

This Psychedelic Sangha Gathering will open up a safe and supportive spiritual community space with a commitment to discrimination, practice, and play. We offer a refuge for misfit Buddhists and psychonauts who value both dharma practice and psychedelic exploration, but are willing to interrogate them both along the path towards greater insight and engaged action.

The Psychedelic Sangha Gathering will meet again on Saturday, May 11.

The SFDC does not allow the use of substances at the collective, nor do we advocate the use of any illicit drugs.

Friday, April 19

7:30 - 9:00 pm

Deborah Eden Tull, founder of Mindful Living Revolution, is a Zen meditation and mindfulness teacher, author, activist, and sustainability educator. She teaches the integration of compassionate awareness into every aspect of our lives. Eden spent seven years training as a monk at a silent Zen monastery and has been living in, and teaching about, sustainable communities for over 25 years.

Her teaching style is grounded in compassionate awareness, experiential learning, inquiry, and an unwavering commitment to personal transformation. She teaches engaged awareness practice, which emphasizes the interconnection between personal awakening and global sustainability.

She is author of Relational Mindfulness: A Handbook for Deepening Our Connection with Our Self, Each Other, and Our Planet (Wisdom 2018) and The Natural Kitchen: Your Guide for the Sustainable Food Revolution. Her work has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, Tricycle, Yogi Times, GOOP, Shambhala Times, and The Ecologist. She also teaches The Work That Reconnects, a program created by Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy and teaches for UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center. Eden offers retreats, online courses, and consultations internationally.

The SF Dharma Collective is a community-led sangha. Most evening sessions begin with 30 minutes of mediation, followed by reflections by the teacher or discussion. Beginning and experienced practitioners are welcome. We are open to all and supported by your generosity (dana). No one is ever turned away for lack of funds.

Wheelchair accessible building. For access questions email sfdharmacollective@gmail.com

Sunday, April 21, 1:30 - 4 pm

Aloka Vihara Class Series:

Gradual Path ~ Sudden Awakening

With Ayya Anandabodhi, Ayya Santacitta & Ven Dhammadipa

Throughout this series we will be exploring the Noble Eightfold Path as a life-training that leads to Awakening.

1:30-1:45pm Refuges & Five Precepts

1:45-3:30pm Meditation & Dharma Reflection

3:30-4:00pm Tea & Discussion

Every 3rd Sunday from April through December of 2019

(4/21, 5/19, 6/16, 7/21, 8/18, 9/15, 10/20, 11/17, 12/15)

for bios please see the Aloka Vihara website

More info: alokavihara.org

Friday, April 26

The Third Jewel

7:30 - 9:00 pm

With Devon Cresci and Anthony "T" Maes

The Buddha said that a key part of the dharma path is found in our practice community, our sangha. This monthly gathering gives us an opportunity to connect to those who we sit with through a series of experiential activities designed to build a deeper sense of intimacy. Come and get to know those who you sit with, who support your practice and dharma path, come and be a part of your sangha!

Devon Cresci has been a dharma practitioner since 1997. Devon identifies as a queer woman and is heartfelt about the power of practice to increase peace and freedom for all.

Anthony "T" Maes was born and raised in the East Bay. He is a teacher at East Bay Meditation Center and at Inward Bound Mindfulness Education, where he teaches week-long teen meditation retreats and leads diversity trainings, multiracial liberation, and relational mindfulness.

Devon Cresci

Anthony "T" Maes

The Third Jewel will meet monthly. The next meeting will be May 17.

Daylong Retreat with Michael Taft and Tucker Peck

Saturday, April 27, 9 am - 5 pm

Hold the date!

More information coming soon!

Monday, April 29

7:30 - 9:00 pm

Meditation and a dharma talk with Syra Smith

SYRA SMITH is an artist, organizer and mindfulness educator interested in deep ecology and manifesting a culture where we can turn toward fearless abundance and generosity. Syra teaches with East Bay Meditation Center’s Mahasangha in Oakland California, where she is co-creating space with one of the most diverse communities of practitioners in the US. She supports and works with Resolve to Stop the Violence, an award winning program in the San Francisco County Jail System utilizing contemplative and restorative practices to impact violence and recidivism in our prison communities. Syra is the founding co-guiding teacher for EBMC’s Young Adult Deep Refuge Group. She has been educating and working with young people for nearly 20 years. She coordinates and co-facilitates East Bay Meditation Center’s weekly Teen Sangha and has been committed to offering tools for resiliency to at-risk and incarcerated youth.

In the late ‘80s, Syra began her personal practice as a teen herself and has been practicing in the Theravada Buddhist tradition since 2009. She graduated EBMC’s Commit to Dharma study program in 2011 and became a Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leader in 2017. Syra teaches Insight Meditation and mindfulness throughout the SF Bay Area and is a regular visiting teacher with Napa Valley Insight Meditation, San Francisco LGBT Sangha and Oakland Against the Stream.

Syra Smith

Tuesday, April 30, 7 - 9 pm

Dharma Bums: Buddhism and The Beats

with Michael Owens

The phrase “dharma bum” comes from the title of Jack Kerouac’s 1958 autobiographical novel about the spiritual changes happening in American culture after World War II. Using Kerouac’s unique understanding of Buddhism as a starting point, Michael Owens presents the history of the Western world’s discovery and fascination with Eastern ideas and the impact early spokespersons such as Henry David Thoreau, Madame Blavatsky, and D.T. Suzuki had on the development of Buddhism in America.

Michael is a Buddhist teacher, translator, and author. He has been leading meditations and giving dharma talks for over 15 years. Each week Michael presents a different Buddhist sutra and discusses the history and philosophy of Buddhist ideas. soundcloud.com/lotus-underground

Hold the date for 2 more Tuesday Night Classes with Michael Owens:

  • May 14th: Buddha Time!
  • May 28th: Taoism or Daoism? Introduction to Chinese Religion

May

Right Concentration: the Role of the Jhanas with Leigh Brasington

Friday, May 31

7:30 - 9:00 pm

Leigh Brasington presents an in-depth look at the Gradual Training and how the Jhanas fit in the larger curriculum of the Buddha's teachings.

The Gradual Training is an expansion of the three major parts of the Buddha's teaching: sīla (ethics), samādhi (concentration) and paññā (wisdom)

The Gradual Training forms the heart of the Sāmaññaphala Sutta. This sutta will be presented as an oral story to illustrate this.

Leigh Brasington has been practicing meditation since 1985 and is the senior American student of the late Ven. Ayya Khema. Leigh began assisting Ven. Ayya Khemma in 1994, and began teaching retreats on his on in 1997. He teaches in Europe and North America and is the author of the book Right Concentration: A Practical Guide to the Jhanas.

Leigh Brasington

leighb.com

June

Daylong on the Jhanas and Stilling the Mind with Leigh Brasington

Saturday, June 1, 10 am - 4 pm

The jhanas are eight progressive altered states of consciousness that can be identified with the aspect of the Buddha’s Eightfold Path called Right Concentration. Training in concentration leads to these states, each of which yields a deeper and subtler state of awareness than the previous one. The jhanas are not in themselves awakening, but they are a skillful means for stilling the mind in a way that leads in that direction. Jhana practice is helpful for gaining the deep insights necessary for ending personal suffering.

This daylong retreat will discuss these states in detail, but in such a short time no one should expect to actually experience any of these states. However the information presented will clear away common misunderstandings about the jhanas and provide information so that one can decide if one wants to pursue learning the jhanas on a residential retreat.

Leigh Brasington

leighb.com

Register here.

Joyous TMI for Beginners

Tuesday, June 4, 6:30 - 9 pm

with Mimi Moncier

Joyous The Mind Illuminated (TMI) for Beginners will meet for four 2.5 hour classes, Tuesdays, June 4, 11, 18, and 25, from 6:30-9:00 pm.

Learn how to establish a meditation practice with the foundation of joy. Meditation can be a very enjoyable practice if cultivated with a positive outlook, acceptance of what is present and a focus on intentions rather then goals.

This meditation series is for anyone practicing between Stages 1-4 in the TMI technique. The series will cover the following:

• A brief review of the Four Noble Truths and how it can be experienced in meditation.

• A brief overview of how Buddhism has developed/been influenced in the west and its naturalization with contemporary science.

• A thorough introduction to TMI and its overall 10 Stage model.

• The differences between attention and awareness and how they work together to create an optimal experience.

• Techniques and strategies for Stages 1-4.

• Antidotes for common problems in meditation.

• An introduction to the model of the mind and how it works.

• An introduction to the practice of Metta and walking meditation.

Guided morning online meditations will support your practice during the course of the series.

Mimi Moncier

gigglinglotus.com

Attendance at all four classes is encouraged.

Optional registration form is here.

Karmic Patterns in Relationship

with Isa Gucciardi

Monday, June 24, 7:30-9 pm

This talk will focus on understanding the way karmic patterns are formed. We will explore the way energy informs and shapes these patterns and learn how the way we relate to other people informs the way we use energy. For the meditation, we will explore an innovative method of investigation to help us perceive and understand the nature of our own dominant karmic patterns.

In the mid-nineties, Isa began developing Depth Hypnosis as she entered into clinical practice. Her studies, both in academia and in the field, of cultural and linguistic anthropology, comparative religion, and transpersonal psychology formed the basis of her approach with clients and students. As the body of work that grew out of her clinical practice became larger, she began teaching others so that more people could benefit from the techniques she had developed. In order to accommodate the number of classes that grew out of this process, she co-founded the Foundation of the Sacred Stream, which is now a school for consciousness studies in Berkeley, California, serving hundreds of students each year. Isa teaches and speaks nationally and internationally, and she has published numerous articles, podcast episodes, videos, and the books Return to the Great Mother and Coming to Peace. She maintains a private practice with institutions and individuals in Depth Hypnosis and Coming to Peace processes. Isa speaks five languages and has lived in eleven countries. She is the mother of two children and lives with her partner in San Francisco.

Isa Gucciardi

More information is here

Karmic Patterns in Relationship

with Isa Gucciardi

Sunday, June 30, 10 am - 4 pm

This workshop will help you understand how you form relationships with others based on your own and others karmic patterns. You will have the opportunity to explore many types of relationships in your life. Special focus will be on understanding those relationships that may be challenging or relationships you do not fully understand. Through lecture, reflection and meditation, you will investigate how energy exchanges in relationship drive and are driven by karmic patterns. You will learn how karmic patterns can be changed through a deeper understanding of the way you work with the subtle energies that form the basis of relating.

In the mid-nineties, Isa began developing Depth Hypnosis as she entered into clinical practice. Her studies, both in academia and in the field, of cultural and linguistic anthropology, comparative religion, and transpersonal psychology formed the basis of her approach with clients and students. As the body of work that grew out of her clinical practice became larger, she began teaching others so that more people could benefit from the techniques she had developed. In order to accommodate the number of classes that grew out of this process, she co-founded the Foundation of the Sacred Stream, which is now a school for consciousness studies in Berkeley, California, serving hundreds of students each year. Isa teaches and speaks nationally and internationally, and she has published numerous articles, podcast episodes, videos, and the books Return to the Great Mother and Coming to Peace. She maintains a private practice with institutions and individuals in Depth Hypnosis and Coming to Peace processes. Isa speaks five languages and has lived in eleven countries. She is the mother of two children and lives with her partner in San Francisco.

Isa Gucciardi

More information: sacredstream.org

Register here.

Community

Our Resources Page includes other offerings from our teachers, other local meditation locations, and events hosted by us.

Wednesdays 6:00-7:30 p.m.

710 Florida St.

(Through door to the left of the Farmhouse Kitchen Thai Restaurant; take elevator to 2nd floor.)

sfpocsangha@gmail.comfor more info

@SFPOCInsightsangha Facebook/Instagram

Shadow Yoga with Jonny Nobleza

INTRO TO KARTIKEYA MANDALAM PRELUDE SERIES

Wednesdays & Fridays (6 classes)

April 10- May 1st *No class Wed. April 17th* 6:30am-8am

Kartikkeya Mandalam - (Garland of light) is the third of the Shadow Yoga Preludes and builds upon the foundations of the Balakrama and Chaya Sanchalanam forms. This advanced series consists of demanding stance and waist work, removes marma from the chest and shoulders, and prepares the body for the primary seated asanas.

Prerequisite: knowledge and practice of balakrama or chaya yoddha sanchalanam prelude consistently for at least six months or with instructors approval.

All Shadow Yoga courses require pre-registration. Consistent attendance is required.

*Drop-in sessions are offered to students who have already completed the same course or prelude. Please email jonny@rootsourcemedicine.com before dropping into a series.

Drop-ins: $25/class

Early Bird Ticket (ends 3/27): $120

Reg Ticket (after 3/27): $150

To Register Email: jonny@rootsourcemedicine.com

Dana

Dana has the effect of purifying and transforming the mind of the giver.

We are thriving because of your presence, efforts, and support. We will continue thrive with the collective work of us all.

Every dollar counts, and monthly donations show just how vibrant we are.

All donations are tax deductible. Awakening Truth is doing business as SFDC and has a 501 C3 tax status.

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