Dharma Friends

Peer-led Dharma Friends groups, classes, or events

Dharma Friends groups, classes, or events serve to build community among Insight Santa Cruz Sangha members. These peer-led groups, classes, or events are intended to encourage community in our Sangha. All Sangha members and their friends are welcome to our Dharma Friends groups, classes, or events.
There are no fees for these programs, and donations are welcome to support the general fund of Insight Santa Cruz.

How to Offer a Dharma Friends program

Sangha members are encouraged to organize Dharma Friends groups, classes, or events, based on the following conditions & guidelines:

  • The sangha member is already known to ISC teachers and has been practicing regularly at ISC for at least one year.
  • The Dharma Friends class or event can be hosted at ISC as long as the space is not needed for classes or events. The group can also meet offsite at people’s homes or other locations.
  • When Dharma Friends groups, classes, or events are offered at ISC, a dana talk should be included to invite participants to contribute to the overall fund for the use of the ISC facility.
  • Since Dharma Friends groups are considered “peer-led”, no teacher dana should be offered since it is not a “teacher” led offering.
  • To suggest a group, class or event, please fill out this online form Dharma Friends Event Proposal, which asks for a one-paragraph summary of the event and other information. You will be contacted by a coordinator.

Dharma Friends: Holiday/Christmas Practice with Dharma Friends

Please join me at my condo in Santa Cruz on Christmas morning and early afternoon for a Kalyanamitta (Dharma friends) meditation, holiday contemplation and a mindful potluck.
We will set intentions at 10 am and sit at 10:30 am. Then walking meditation – Neary Lagoon is nearby. We will share dharma teachings that support our practice during the holidays, then join in a mindful conversation and a simple potluck.
Please bring a list of ingredients so vegetarians, gluten free, and dairy free people know what to choose. Plates, cups, glasses, and utensils will be provided.

Date: Monday, December 25, 2017

Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Location: 143 Tree Frog Ln, Santa Cruz, 95060

How to Register:
Please register by contacting Lela at email hidden; JavaScript is required or call (831) 458-2244

Respondents will be given directions and parking info upon registration.

Please note: this event can accommodate 20 people and will be held on the second floor,
so may not be accessible to all.

Dana (donations) for Insight Santa Cruz will be accepted.

All are welcome.

 

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Dharma Friends: Sangha Tea – Every Fourth Sunday

This Dharma Friends gathering meets following the fourth Sunday morning sit of every month. Members are invited to stay at the center for a gathering of the community, tea, and snack offerings.

Starting Date: Sunday September 24th
and then every fourth Sunday of each month

Time: Following the Taking of the Refuges and Precepts at 10:30am

Cost: Dana (donation)

Location: Insight Santa Cruz, Community Room

How to Register: No registration required

Coordinator: Carol Morgan, ISC volunteer coordinator,
will keep the center open for this casual tea hour.

Everyone Welcome.

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Dharma Friends : The Five Invitations

Frank Ostaseski’s recent book The Five Invitations, based on decades of his dharma-informed hospice work, provides inspiration for us all to wake up. The 1st invitation is “Don’t Wait”. Don’t wait to live more fully present, don’t wait to love better, and don’t wait to be more compassionate!

This 16-week class will use the book to explore this rich area of teachings and practices. The group will meet weekly and will include sits, teachings, discussion time, and follow up practices/homework.

Given the nature of the deep sharing and “community” being formed, we ask that participants anticipate being able to attend regularly. Please register for this class because the size limit is fifteen participants.

This class is appropriate for beginners and experienced meditators/ practitioners.

Dates: Mondays, October 23 2017 – March 19 2018  *Sixteen Mondays

Time: 10:00am -12:00pm

Location: Insight Santa Cruz, Library

Cost: Dana (Donation)

How to Register: Contact Leslie  at email hidden; JavaScript is required or Alice at email hidden; JavaScript is required

Co-facilitated by: Leslie Tremaine and Alice Tarail

Everyone Welcome.

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Dharma Friends: Mindful Hiking

Do you want to hike locally with other dharma-minded folks? Let’s hike together in some beautiful natural spots around Santa Cruz County and beyond. Hikes will be from 3 to 6 miles in length, with some hills to get our […]

Do you want to hike locally with other dharma-minded folks? Let’s hike together in some beautiful natural spots around Santa Cruz County and beyond. Hikes will be from 3 to 6 miles in length, with some hills to get our hearts pumping.

More Info about the Location: Various parks in Santa Cruz County (Pogonip, DeLaveaga, Nisene Marks, Wilder, Quail Hollow, etc.). Meeting place will be announced each week via email.

Date: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month

Start Time: 9:30am

How to Register: No registration required

Leader: Kitty Stein
To get notifications for time and place of the bi-monthly hikes, send Kitty an email (email hidden; JavaScript is required), with the subject “mindful hiking”. She will then send you time and place for each upcoming hike.

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The People of Color (POC) Sitting Group

This weekly gathering is intended to create a safe space for self-identified people of color. Each week there will be a 30-minute guided sit followed by a 30-minute mindful check-in circle and tea. Date: Every Monday night beginning January 9, 2017 […]

This weekly gathering is intended to create a safe space for self-identified people of color.

Each week there will be a 30-minute guided sit followed by a 30-minute
mindful check-in circle and tea.

Date: Every Monday night beginning January 9, 2017

Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Cost: Dana (donation)

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

How to Register: No registration required

Sit Leader Bios:
Yasmina Porter is a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher, dance instructor, and relationship coach in Santa Cruz.

Laura Turner-Essel is a counseling psychologist who has combined mindfulness, mental health, and community activism for 15 years.

Akiko Minami had practiced meditation off and on since 1998. This POC sitting group has inspired her to recommit to a daily practice and to a sangha.

Everyone who identifies as a Person of Color is welcome to attend.

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Tuesday Tea

Would you enjoy getting better acquainted with others in the sangha? You are invited to join others for tea or lunch after the Tuesday noon sit. When: Every Tuesday at the conclusion of the noon sitting Cost: Buy a drink, […]

Would you enjoy getting better acquainted with others in the sangha?
You are invited to join others for tea or lunch after the Tuesday noon sit.

When: Every Tuesday at the conclusion of the noon sitting
Cost: Buy a drink, lunch, or snack in downtown Santa Cruz
Registration: Not required
Location: Will be determined after the sit, we will gather first at Insight Santa Cruz
115 River Street South SC 95060

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The Watsonville Outpost

This group meets every-other Saturday (9:30 – 11:00 AM) at a home in Watsonville. There is a 45 minute meditation followed by a discussion. The discussion topic will be suggested and agreed-upon at the previous meeting. This group is peer-led. […]

This group meets every-other Saturday (9:30 – 11:00 AM) at a home in Watsonville. There is a 45 minute meditation followed by a discussion. The discussion topic will be suggested and agreed-upon at the previous meeting. This group is peer-led. If you are interested, please contact Chris at (831) 763-7617 or by email at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

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