Ruth Gendler, "Imagination"
April 18(Wednesday morning class), Spirit Rock. 10 a.m. to noon(see class description at end).
April 23-28 (Monday to Saturday), Berkeley:Mindful Communication: A Wise Speech Retreat (with Oren Sofer), non-residential 6-day retreat, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.Integrating our meditation practice with our speech and communication is one of the main ways to bring deeply-held values into our daily lives and actions in the world. In this retreat, we will connect mindfulness and lovingkindness practice, the Buddha's teachings on wise speech, and the contemporary discipline of Nonviolent Communication (NVC). Collectively, these practices form a powerful foundation for cultivating awareness and empathy, strengthen our ability to stay present in challenging situations, and develop our capacity to listen and speak from the heart. The retreat will include periods of silent meditation and interactive speech exercises. This retreat is designed both for those who want to bring more attention to speech as a spiritual practice, and for those who have emphasized communication and want further grounding in meditation. NVC will be taught at a basic level; reading Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication is recommended. Participants will have the option of continuing with follow-up sessions after the retreat.Location: Sacred Streams, 2149 Byron St., Berkeley, CA (15 minute walk from North Berkeley BART). Cost: $300 + Dana-- some scholarships available. Info/Registration: OrenJaySofer.com.
April 30 (Monday evening class), Spirit Rock, 7:15 to 9:15 p.m.
May 2, 9(Wednesday morning class), Spirit Rock. 10 a.m. to noon(see class description at end).
May 13-20 (Sunday to Sunday): Spirit Rock, Settling, Seeing, and Spacious Awareness (with Susie Harrington):In the context of a small retreat, we will train in three inter-related modes of practice. First, we will settle and stabilize our minds and bodies, becoming more concentrated, through both sitting and moving forms of meditation, including regular Qigong. As we settle, we then become better able to examine closely both our experiences of our bodies, thoughts, and emotions, and the general patterns of experience, both more personal and more universal. We see more clearly when we are reactive, when we suffer, when there is a thick sense of self, and we learn to be more with the impermanent flow of experience. We can also tune in more, as we settle and see, to an increasingly unconfined and luminous awareness beyond reactivity, that is a source of freedom, wisdom, and compassion, both in retreat practice and daily life. Spirit Rock extends a special invitation to young adults (age 18-26) who wish to attend this retreat at a rate of $35 per night, on a first come, first serve basis. A limited number of special rates are available, please apply early. Waiting list only.For further info:https://www.spiritrock.org/calendarDetails?EventID=4785.
May 23, 30(Wednesday morning class), Spirit Rock. 10 a.m. to noon(see class description at end).
June 4-10 (Monday to Sunday): Spirit Rock, Aging, Dying, and Awakening (with Eugene Cash and Anna Douglas). Living life fully includes aging and dying. It's a natural process, and ripe with spiritual possibilities. Aging brings loss; what we once assumed to be "ours" slips away, revealing the pervasive truth of impermanence. But even as our memory slides, our cognitive speed slows down, and our bodies become more fragile, qualities of the heart reveal themselves. We see that the potential for wisdom and compassion does not depend on the state of the body or on our age, but rather on the training of the mind to abide in timeless awareness. It is best to begin this training before you are ill or dying. Then, like a treasured friend, your own mind can accompany you through the challenges of aging, loss, illness and dying. Through engaging in a variety of contemplations on death in the communal space of retreat, our confidence in our capacity to meet death peacefully increases. Prerequisites: Completion of at least one 5- to 7-night silent insight meditation retreat, age 55 or above.
June 24(Sunday):San Rafael:Marin Sunday Sangha, 5:45 to 8 p.m.: Movement, meditation, discussion. Sangha founded by Phillip Moffitt and held at St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church, 10 Bayview Drive, San Rafael, CA 94901. For further info, go to www.marinsangha.org.
July 1, 8, 29(Sunday):San Rafael:Marin Sunday Sangha, 5:45 to 8 p.m.: Movement, meditation, discussion. Sangha founded by Phillip Moffitt and held at St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church, 10 Bayview Drive, San Rafael, CA 94901. For further info, go to www.marinsangha.org.
July 22 (Sunday): Benicia Sangha: 6 to 8 p.m. Location: The Parrish Hall, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 120 East J Street, Benicia. Further info: http://www.beniciameditation.com/index.html.
August 5(Sunday):San Rafael:Marin Sunday Sangha, 5:45 to 8 p.m.: Movement, meditation, discussion. Sangha founded by Phillip Moffitt and held at St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church, 10 Bayview Drive, San Rafael, CA 94901. For further info, go to www.marinsangha.org.
Further daylongs and retreats in 2018:
August 19-28: Spirit Rock, Concentration Retreat (with Sally Armstrong, Susie Harrington, and Phillip Moffitt)
August 31: Spirit Rock Daylong, Cultivating Wise Speech: Becoming More Skillful in Your Speech Practice (Including in Difficult Situations)
September 17-23: Spirit Rock, Transforming the Judgmental Mind (with Eve Decker, Robin Gayle, and Shahara Godfrey)
October 1-7: Vallecitos, New Mexico: Mindful Communication (with Oren Sofer)
October 14: Sacramento: Daylong and evening talk
October 27: Charlotte, NC: Daylong: Things Are Not As They Appear
October 28 - Nov. 6: Southern Dharma (near Asheville, North Carolina), Settling, Seeing, and Spacious Awareness
November 9-11: Louisville Weekend Retreat
November 23-25: Spirit Rock, Transforming the Judgmental Mind through Mindfulness, Heart Practices, and the Work of Byron Katie (Non-Residential Retreat, with Marisa Handler)
December 17-23: Spirit Rock, Winter Solstice Retreat (with Oren Sofer and Heather Sundberg)
Ongoing Wednesdays Class, Spirit Rock, Woodacre, CA: 10 a.m. to noon morning class:Share teaching with Sylvia Boorstein (most Wednesdays, either Sylvia or I will teach): 45 minute meditation, talk and discussion. Donald will be teaching April 30; and May 2, 9, 23, and 30; further dates TBD.