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. Fee TBD.