Tassajara Retreat – Finding Ease: A Zen and Mindfulness Approach to Life Challenges
One essential teaching of Buddhism is that we all encounter suffering. The aim of this retreat is to practice recognizing, relating to, and interrupting habitual conditionings that hinder us from simply being with our experience. We will practice uncovering the natural state of a quieted mind and slowing down enough to see what is actually happening. Rather than avoiding difficult experiences and emotions ━ including mood states such as anxiety ━ we can choose to befriend them with kindness, mindfulness, and compassion, that lead to greater ease, well-being, satisfaction, and connectedness. This retreat at Tassajara in beautiful Carmel Valley includes guided meditations, neuroscience research, and psychotherapeutic strategies, and is appropriate for new and experienced meditators. Co-lead by Lisa Hoffman and Paul Irving. Thursday, August 20, 2020-Sunday, August 23, 2020. Registration not yet open.
Transforming Depression and Anxiety: A Path of Skillful Compassion
For many of us, depression and anxiety go hand-in-hand, and we find ourselves trapped on a mental-emotional hamster wheel of worry and rumination. This workshop is designed to provide comfort, support and meditation-mindfulness practices combined with neuropsychology and cognitive therapy to create an off-ramp from that wheel. Hosted at San Francisco Zen Center’s City Center, a beautiful Julia Morgan building that is welcoming and designed for connection and community. Registration not yet open.
Finding Ease: A Zen and Mindfulness Approach to Anxiety
Please join a gentle day of compassionate mindfulness, meditation and therapeutic practices to find ease and comfort in dealing with anxiety. You’ll learn how to identify and interrupt automatic, entrenched thoughts and feelings that so often lead to that familiar downward spiral. You’ll also find support and kind community as you try out skills and tools to reduce the pain and challenge of these difficult states of mind and heart. The workshop takes place at San Francisco Zen Center’s Green Gulch Farm, in Muir Beach, California, against the backdrop of a quiet and lush valley a 45 minute walk from the ocean. Registration not yet open.