Upcoming Events

Transforming Depression and Anxiety: A Path of Skillful Compassion

Topic:  Calm through meditation
Event Date:  February 8, 2020
Start Time: 9:00 am
End Time: 4:30 pm
Location: 300 Page Street, San Francisco 94102

Additional Information:

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.

Class: What Is the Most Important Thing?

Topic:  Wisdom and priorities
Event Date:  March 9, 2020
Start Time: 7:30 pm
End Time: 9:00 pm
Location: San Francisco Zen Center, 300 Page St., San Francisco 94102

Additional Information:

An interactive and experiential exploration of San Francisco Zen Center founder Shunryu Suzuki-Roshi’s teachings in Zen Mind Beginner’s Mind, which frequently mention “the most important thing” and “the most important point.” We will apply this core class question to what we actually prioritize in our work – purpose, values and day-to-day actions. Included in our study will be related Buddhist precepts and the Four Foundations of Mindfulness as touchstones and tools for embodying this ancient wisdom in our modern lives. We will look at what we have explored in relationship to our own experience at work: What is the most important thing? How do we hold true to what is most important in navigating expectations, commitments, relationships, self-care and more. Three Mondays: March 9, March 16 and March 23

Transforming Depression and Anxiety: A Path of Skillful Compassion

Topic:  Transforming Depression and Anxiety
Event Date:  May 17, 2020
Start Time: 9:00 am
End Time: 4:30 pm
Location: Green Gulch Farm, 1601 Shoreline Highway, Muir Beach, California

Additional Information:

Please join a gentle day of compassionate mindfulness, meditation and therapeutic practices to find ease and comfort in dealing with depression and 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 beautiful Marin location, Green Gulch Farm. RSVP not yet open.

Tassajara Retreat – Finding Ease: A Zen and Mindfulness Approach to Life Challenges

Topic:  Mindfulness - Harmony - Sress management
Event Date:  August 20, 2020
Start Time: 9:00 am
End Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Tassajara
RSVP URL:  http://example.com

Additional Information:

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.

Finding Ease: A Zen and Mindfulness Approach to Anxiety

Topic:  Dealing with Anxiety
Event Date:  November 14, 2020
Start Time: 9:00 am
End Time: 4:30 pm
Location: Green Gulch Farm, 1601 Shoreline Highway, Muir Beach, California

Additional Information:

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.

Finding Ease: A Mindful Approach to Anxiety

Topic:  Ground through mindfulness
Event Date:  September 27, 2020
Start Time: 9:00 am
End Time: 4:30 pm
Location: 308 Page St, San Francisco, San Francisco Zen Center

Additional Information:

Learn a gentle way to shift your relationship to anxiety, and develop tools based in mindfulness and meditation to interrupt the mental and emotional habits that open the anxiety rabbit hole. We will cultivate the opportunity to be with what is actually happening with awareness and clarity so we can respond to difficulties with consciousness, ease and new choices, rather than reactivity that at times can make things worse. You’ll spend a supportive and comforting day with like-minded companions in the friendly Victorian House Conference Center hosted by San Francisco Zen Center.

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