San Francisco Bay Area Offerings
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San Francisco Bay Area Monthly Meditation Group at YogaWorks Larkspur Landing
Join Senior Teacher Richard Miller in 2013 for a year of monthly dharma talks, meditations, and spirited discussion on
The Noble Adventure: Living Peace in Every Moment
THURSDAYS in 2013: DEC 12.
THURSDAYS in 2014 (tentative):
3rd Thursday Afternoon of every *month (*denotes 2nd Thursday of month)
Jan 16, Feb 20, *Mar 13, *Apr 10, May 15, June 19, July 17, Aug 21, Sept 18, Oct 16, Nov 20, Dec 18.
LOCATION: YogaWorks Larkspur Studio: 2207 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur, CA 94939
Click here to download the monthly themes flyer.
Click here to download the YogaWorks event flyer with the class series description and dates.
TELEPHONE: (415) 925-2440 or visit YogaWorks Workshops Webpage for more information.
PRICE: (No Pre-registration required!)
$8-10 suggested Sliding Scale to YogaWorks for use of the studio (this offering does not go to support the teacher)
$10 suggested donation (dana*) to Richard
Each of these 12 monthly meditations is open to new and ongoing participants, and forms an interwoven tapestry of teachings, practices and tools for life from the nondual perspective. Each class will be available as an Mp3 download: Click here to view the recordings of the Noble Adventure Lecture Series currently available to purchase.
Meditation doesn’t involve transcending your humanness. It entails recognizing and living from your essential nature, which is already and always unbounded, whole, loving, compassionate, awake, and perfect just as it is, in the midst of the circumstances of your life. True meditation enables you to recover and experience your innate sense of wellbeing, and supports you in welcoming and responding, rather than reacting, to every moment and situation of your life.
Monthly Meditations are designed to support you by:
- Fostering concentration, enabling you to recognize your innate nature of wellbeing;
- Nourishing proactive mindfulness and your capacity to be respond to each moment and situation of life; and
- Developing self-inquiry, which fosters curiosity and openness, dissolves separation and awakens your intrinsic capacity for being loving, kind, peaceful, joyful and discriminatively insightful.
Richard Miller, PhD is founding president of the Integrative Restoration Institute, and author of Yoga Nidra: A Meditative Practice for Deep Relaxation and Healing. He leads spiritual retreats and trainings internationally, engaging people in living the Noble Adventure, alive and awake in each moment. www.irest.us.
*Please Support the Teachings in Moving Forward
Dana (Pali - generosity) reflects the interdependence between those who offer teachings and those who receive them and is a central pillar of spiritual life. And while teachings, which are considered priceless, are given freely, support from students is needed. In the act of giving we develop our ability to let go, cultivate the spirit of caring, and acknowledge our inter-connectedness. It is the practice of dana, where committed supporters give generously, that keeps the spiritual teachings moving from one generation to the next.
Flowering of Freedom 2013 Series (Patanjali Study Group) with Richard Miller
Richard Miller's monthly lecture series, The Flowering of Freedom Study Group, continues for a 2nd year in 2013. Richard will begin with Chapter 2 of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. He will translate the individual sanskrit words as well as offer a free rendering translation which examines Patanjali in the light of our actual lived experience.
This course provides a foundation and a series of inquiries that we can use to come to our own realization of our true essence—in the context of living in the world while experiencing our interconnectedness with all of life.
This study group is open to anyone who is interested in deepening their understanding of the texts that create the foundation for the practice of iRest Yoga Nidra.
Pre-registration is required to attend the study group in-person or purchase a subscription to automatically receive the monthly audio downloads!* Please visit the Flowering of Freedom Event Page to register, subscribe or for more information.
The following options are available for participating in the study group:
- Join us monthly and in-person in Corte Madra, CA ($420). Register Soon!
- Subscribe to the monthly audio download for 2013 at a discounted rate ($250 or $200 for TCN Members). Subscription members will automatically receive a link to download the audio via email each month. Subscribe Now!
- Download individual audio recordings of each session on your own via the IRI website ($25 per download) here Now! No registration is required for this option.
WEDNESDAYS in 2013: DEC 18.
Registration information coming soon for WEDNESDAYS in 2014:
Jan 15, Feb 19, Mar 26*, Apr 16, May 21, June 18, July 16, Aug 20, Sept 17, Oct 15, Nov 26*, Dec 17* (*tentative)
LOCATION: The Sunrise Center: 645 Tamalpais Dr., Suite A, Corte Madera, CA
*In-person class size is limited. Please register soon!
If you have any questions please call the IRI Office, 415-456-3909 or email email@example.com
iRest® for Grief 8-Week class series sponsored by Hospice By The Bay begins Feb. 12th (Larkspur, CA)
Cam McKinley is a Certified iRest® Teacher, Interfaith Minister and Grief Counselor for Family Services of Marin County. She will facilitate this 8-week class series along with co-facilitater and fellow iRest teacher, Noelle Poncelet. The class series is open to those who are grieving a death or are caring for a terminally ill loved one. The class is open to the public and not limited to families associated with Hospice by the Bay. A workbook and self-practice CD is included. Class size is limited.
New time and day of the week for the series:
Eight Wednesdays, 6:00pm - 8:00pm, February 12 - April 2, 2014.
Location: Hospice By The Bay, 17 E. Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Larkspur, CA (415) 526-5699
Cost: $175 (includes workbook and 2 self-practice CDs).
The class is limited to 8 people and is open to anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one or is a caregiver.
Reservations are required. Please call Hospice By The Bay at 415-526-5699 to register.
The iRest for Grief flyer will be posted here when it becomes available.
Each class includes a 30 – 40 minute guided iRest meditation that invites deep relaxation and self-inquiry. Reported benefits include fewer sleep disruptions; relief from constant anxiety and stress; an increased ability to feel strong emotions without being overwhelmed by them; increased focus and concentration; feeling more at peace with life circumstances.
Because everyone in the class is dealing with issues of grief, participants appreciate the opportunity to connect deeply with others who understand what they are going through. Their sharing deepens both their personal process as well as their practice of iRest.
Richard Miller presents at the 2014 Nondual Wisdom Conference at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) (San Francisco, CA)
The 2014 Nondual Wisdom Conference theme is:
Shadow & Ground: Light, Darkness and That Which Holds Them Both.
Conference Dates: March 28-30, 2014
Location: California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS),
1453 Mission Street, Namaste Hall
San Francisco, CA 94103
Registration and further details are available at the CIIS Nondual Wisdom Conference Webpage.
About the Conference
Nonduality derives from the Sanskrit word Advaita, which means "not-two," referring to the fundamental consciousness that underlies the apparent distinction between perceiver and perceived. From the nondual perspective, the split between self and other is a purely mental construct. This understanding, rooted in the direct experience of countless sages through millennia, is at the heart of Hindu Vedanta, Judaism, Islam, and many schools of Buddhism, Taoism, and mystical Christianity. Nonduality points to "That" which is before and beyond the projections of a seperative, self-reflexive mind. As nondual awareness emerges in the West in both therapists and clients, the practical and theoretical implications for psychotherapy are far-reaching.
This annual cutting edge conference hosts leading therapists and teachers who are exploring the confluence of nondual wisdom and psychotherapy. How does psychotherapy change when therapists and clients awaken to and embody their true nature as open, lucid awareness that is essentially not separate from the whole of life? The theme of this year's conference is light, darkness, and That which holds them both. Together we will explore skillfully working with psychological shadow material as a way of deepening our experience of the Ground of Being.
Who can Attend?
Anyone is welcome to attend. While the conference presentations are geared towards the theory and practice of psychotherapy and are available to be taken for continuing education units, they are accessible to the interested public. Many graduate students and psychology interns attend along with licensed psychotherapists. Clergy, bodyworkers, and students of nondual teachings will also find the presentations of special interest.
Richard Miller will present: The skillful Use of Nondual Opposites in Psychotherapy
Learn to work with naturally arising opposites of sensation, emotion, and cognition during the psychotherapeutic hour within the framework of nondual awareness to dissolve fixations within the body and mind and open insight.
• Skillfully utilize opposites with clients and yourself to support healing.
• How opposites conceal, as well as reveal your ground of nondual wholeness.
• Utilize continuums of opposite of sensation, emotion, and cognition.
• The latest findings of neuroscience and opposites.
• Interventions with opposites that undo negative patterns, and pave the way for insight and the embodiment of healing and awakening to nondual wholeness.
Registration and further details are available at the CIIS Nondual Wisdom Conference Webpage.