Upcoming Events

Transforming Depression and Anxiety: A Path of Skillful Compassion

Topic:  Calm – mindfulness – meditation – tools – stress reduction - stress reduction
Event Dates:  June 6, 2022 - June 29, 2022
Start Time: 5:30 pm
End Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Virtual

Additional Information:

Anxiety and depression can seem relentless, whether we tend toward these states of heart and mind, or are facing major challenges in our life. And of course these lowered and agitated moods states can be profoundly exacerbated by multiple crises in our local, national and international communities. This 4-week online class brings together meditation, mindfulness and contemporary psychological practices in a gentle, safe space to provide support and practical tools to transform your experience of these difficult emotions and states of mind. Please join us on Monday evenings, with an optional weekly practice session on Wednesdays to discuss and share experience with helpful and common sense tools and practices. Dates are:
• Class: Mondays, June 6, June 13, June 20, June 27 – 5:30 PM-7:30 PM PT
• Practice session: Wednesdays, June 8, June 15, June 22, June 29 – 5:30 PM-6:30 PM PT

Teaching team: Lisa Hoffman, trained in the Soto Zen tradition at San Francisco Zen Center; Paul Irving, Buddhist teacher trained in the Vipassana tradition at Spirit Rock

Finding Ease: A Zen and Mindfulness Approach to Meeting Life’s Challenges

Topic:  Calm – mindfulness – meditation – tools – stress reduction
Event Dates:  August 22, 2022 - August 28, 2022
Start Time: 5:00 pm
End Time: 11:30 am
Location: Tassajara – Zen Mountain Center

Additional Information:

Please be prepared to breathe deeply and relax during this retreat at Tassajara, San Francisco Zen Center’s exquisite resort nestled in beautiful Carmel Valley. We will explore ingrained habit patterns that spark charged reactions, increasing stress and decreasing skillful responses to challenging situations. There will be several hours a day for you to explore Tassajara and enjoy strolling through the gardens, sipping tea on a grassy hill, gentle or vigorous hiking, Japanese style outdoor baths, or simply sitting in the sun or shade and basking in glorious nature. Please click on the RSVP link for more information and to register.

Transforming Depression and Anxiety Practice Group

Topic:  Calm – mindfulness – meditation – tools – stress reduction - stress reduction
Event Dates:  September 12, 2022 - November 21, 2022
Start Time: 5:30 pm
End Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Virtual

Additional Information:

Three-month session: every other Monday
5;30 PM-6:30 PM, beginning September 12

Kindness, mindfulness, and therapeutic tools are engaged to shift our relationship with depression, anxiety, and their companions – judgement and self-criticism – in SFZC’s Transforming Depression and Anxiety (TDA), and Finding Ease with Anxiety classes.

This 3-month virtual practice community supports participants of these courses in practicing compassion and using session tools to disrupt reactive mental patterns that threaten to steal our peace of mind-heart and the moment. We will also engage noticing and questioning the old stories we have long believed about ourselves that can literally poison our perceptions of self, others, and reality. Our purpose is to live more fully in the present moment, less affected by reactivity, rumination and worry — one of the most powerful antidotes to lowered and agitated moods. If you have taken TDA or Finding Ease, please try this Practice Group. If you haven’t, the next online course begins in June.

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