Upcoming Events

Below are upcoming Insight Santa Cruz events, including daylongs, classes, and special events.

August 19: People of Color Daylong Retreat

This retreat is intended for self-identified people of
color at any level of meditation practice. Mindfulness is a practice that
helps us to be truly awake to the wonders of life within us and around us.
It also teaches us concrete ways to embrace and take care of ourselves and
our communities in the face of ongoing oppression, isolation, and cultural
trauma.

Join us in affirming and joyful fellowship as we learn how to contemplate,
celebrate, and take deep care of ourselves through the practice of
mindfulness and insight meditation. The day will include teachings and
discussion as well as sitting and walking meditation. A potluck lunch will
take place midday, so please bring a dish to share.

Event Date: Saturday August 19, 2017

Event Time: 9:00am-4:00pm

Event Cost: Dana (donation)

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Event Teacher: Mushim Patricia Ikeda

More Info about the Teacher: Mushim Patricia Ikeda is a Buddhist teacher,
author, mentor, and community activist who has taught residential People of
Color meditation retreats at Vallecitos Mountain Refuge and Spirit Rock
Meditation Center, and POC one-day retreats and classes at East Bay
Meditation Center (EBMC). She is a core teacher at EBMC in Oakland. For more
information, see www.mushimikeda.com and www.eastbaymeditation.org

Welcome to all self-identified people of color.

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Starting September 6: Knower of the World – A Sensory Tour

The “world” is what we experience through our senses: sight, sound, touch, taste, smell and thought. But how fully do we really know these?  Many of us only skim the surface, never penetrating deeply enough for wisdom (insight) to arise.

The practice of mindful awareness (vipassana) functions in two distinct ways, by helping us to:
1) discriminate among the senses and their qualities
2) penetrate, or delve beneath the surface, to discover what was previously
hidden and to know each more completely.

Join us for a 4-week class series, the beginning of an intensive, beautifully articulated mindfulness program formulated by Shinzen Young.

Open to all levels of practice, though previous meditation experience is recommended.

Class Dates: Wednesdays September 6, 13, 20, and 27

Time: 2:30pm – 4:30pm

Cost: Dana (donation)

How to Register: Please email email hidden; JavaScript is required to register

Location: Insight Santa Cruz, Meditation Hall

Teachers : Jill and Bruce Hyman

Everyone Welcome.

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Starting September 7: The Mindful Way Through Difficult Emotions

This group will meet monthly to explore how mindfulness skills can reduce emotional suffering. Specifically we will study approaches consistent with our Buddhist practice to reduce anxiety, depression and other difficult emotions.
We will utilize as a resource Christopher Germer’s “The Mindful Path To Self Compassion”.

The group will be a combination of sitting practice, teachings and discussion. We intend to provide a “safe space” for learning and support in a group setting as we all journey on our often challenging paths we call “life in a body”. The teachers/leaders acknowledge the shaky ground that many are experiencing as we confront current issues in life on this planet.

Dates: Thursdays September 7, October 5, and November 2

Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Cost: Dana (donation)

Location: Insight Santa Cruz, Community Room

How to Register: No registration required

Teachers: Aryeh Nanas and Leslie Tremaine

Everyone Welcome.

 

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September 9: Dhamma for Scientists

Science offers a particular way of seeing the world that has become broadly accepted in Western culture; even nonscientists are affected by a society permeated by the scientific worldview. This daylong, offered by a scientist and Dharma teacher, will explore […]

Science offers a particular way of seeing the world that has become broadly accepted in Western culture; even nonscientists are affected by a society permeated by the scientific worldview. This daylong, offered by a scientist and Dharma teacher, will explore both the resonances between science and Buddhism and the ways in which they are quite distinct.

The day will include meditation and Buddhist teachings on topics such as investigation, the role of an objective observer, and the limits of cognitive knowledge in the development of the heart.

Event Date: Saturday, September 9th

Event Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm

Event Cost: Dana

How to Register: No registration required

Event Teacher: Kim Allen

Kim Allen is on the Teacher’s Council at ISC, having trained with Gil Fronsdal for over a dozen years. She has sat for cumulative two years in silent retreat, studied Buddhist texts with lay and monastic teachers, and completed the Sati Center Buddhist Chaplaincy training. She received a Ph.D. in physics in 1998.

Everyone Welcome.

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Starting September 12: LGBTQ Monthly Sit

This monthly group will provide a safe space for the LGBTQ community to meditate together and to explore the intersection of Buddhist teachings and LGBTQ issues. Tea and cookies will be offered at the end of the evening. This group […]

This monthly group will provide a safe space for the LGBTQ community to meditate together
and to explore the intersection of Buddhist teachings and LGBTQ issues.
Tea and cookies will be offered at the end of the evening.
This group is open to those who are new to meditation and those who have some experience
with meditation.

Date: The 2nd Tuesday of every month, starting Sept 12, 2017.

Time: 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Cost: Dana (donation)

Location: Insight Santa Cruz, Community Room

Registration: No registration required

Teacher: G Schulz
G Schulz has been practicing insight meditation
since 2003. Inspired by the Buddhist culture, he attended his first retreat
while traveling in Thailand. G has participated in many retreats since then,
both at home and abroad in Southeast Asia. He has completed a teacher
training program led by Bob Stahl, the Noble Path Program led by Carla
Brennan and the Spirit Rock Dedicated Practitioner and Advanced Practitioner programs.
He teaches on occasion at Insight Santa Cruz and Bloom of the Present and has led two LGBTQ half-day retreats.

All LGBTQ Community Welcome.

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Starting September 15: 32 Parts of the Body Meditation

We are happy to announce a special opportunity to practice the 32 Parts of the Body meditation, which is rarely taught in the West. This practice deepens insight into impermanence and non-self by penetrating into the true nature and wonders […]

We are happy to announce a special opportunity to practice the 32 Parts of the Body meditation, which is rarely taught in the West. This practice deepens insight into impermanence and non-self by penetrating into the true nature and wonders of the body. We will also explore how the body interrelates with the four primary elements of earth (solidity), air (motion), fire (temperature), and water (liquidity).

This methodical practice of the 32 Parts of the Body Meditation can build immense levels of concentration, potentialities for healing, and experience the taste of deep freedom and peace.

This is the 12th year of offering this class at Insight Santa Cruz and it has been truly wonderful. It will be taught by Bob Stahl and assisted by Kara Haney.

People have frequently reported developing a whole new relationship to their body with greater wisdom and compassion. We will also be doing a tour of the Cabrillo Anatomy lab to get a deeper experience of the body.

Dates: Fridays Sept 15, 2017 – May 19, 2018
Introduction Class: Sept 15
Regular Classes: Sept 29 – May 19
*No Classes on Nov 24, Dec 1, or Dec. 29

Time: 10:00am – 11:30am

 Cost: Dana (donation)

Location: Insight Santa Cruz, Meditation Hall

How to Register: No registration required

Teacher: Bob Stahl and assisted by Kara Haney

Everyone Welcome.

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Starting September 24: Eightfold Path Program, with Mentoring

The Buddha’s most explicit path of practice is the Eightfold Path. This is a set of eight practical approaches to bring Buddhist practice into the breadth and depth of our lives. The Eightfold Path Program is an introduction to each […]

The Buddha’s most explicit path of practice is the Eightfold Path. This is a set of eight practical approaches to bring Buddhist practice into the breadth and depth of our lives. The Eightfold Path Program is an introduction to each of the Eightfold factors so participants will discover how to apply each set of practices in ways that are personally meaningful. Participants have the opportunity to be mentored by a senior student during the program. Registration is required.

Pre-requisite: Completion of ISC Introduction to Meditation course, an MBSR course, or the equivalent.

Program Starts: Sunday September 24 at 1:30pm – 3:00pm

Sundays: Oct 15, Nov 12, Dec 10, Jan 14, Feb 11, March 11, April 15, May 13
at 1:30pm – 4:00pm
Concluding Daylong Retreat: Saturday June 23, 9:30am to 4:30pm at IRC in Scotts Valley

Location: Insight Santa Cruz, Meditation Hall

Cost: Dana (Donation)

How to Registerhttps://audiodharma.wufoo.com/forms/qidng131moks3a/

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Teachers: Kim Allen and other ISC teachers.

 

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September 27: Beginning Meditation 6-week Course

This is a 6-week introduction to the practice of Mindfulness Meditation at Insight Santa Cruz.  We will focus on developing mindfulness through the regular practice of meditation and bringing/sustaining mindful awareness in daily life. Students will learn and practice meditations with […]

This is a 6-week introduction to the practice of Mindfulness Meditation at Insight Santa Cruz.  We will focus on developing mindfulness through the regular practice of meditation and bringing/sustaining mindful awareness in daily life.

Students will learn and practice meditations with focus on the breath, body, feeling tones, thoughts and emotions.  The sessions will include: the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, the Four Noble Truths, the common obstacles to meditation, and cultivating wholesome mind states like loving kindness and compassion.

Beginners, continuing beginners, and everyone welcome.

Date: Wednesdays: September 27 to November 1

Time: 9:00am to 10:30am

Cost: Dana (donation)

How to Register: Please email: email hidden; JavaScript is required

Teacher: Karen Zelin

Everyone Welcome.

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September 30 : Investigating Not-Self and Emptiness

“The usefulness of a cup is its emptiness.” – Zen saying The Buddhist concepts of emptiness and not-self can be the most perplexing teachings of the Dharma. There may be misconceptions, negative reactions and even fear when first hearing about […]

“The usefulness of a cup is its emptiness.” – Zen saying

The Buddhist concepts of emptiness and not-self can be the most perplexing teachings of the Dharma. There may be misconceptions, negative reactions and even fear when first hearing about emptiness and not-self. Yet it is by beginning to realize emptiness directly that we touch on the truth of who and what we really are. Emptiness provides a key to liberation by helping us disidentify from our patterns of suffering.

We will investigate the meaning of emptiness through an exploration of emptiness of self, emptiness of phenomena, and emptiness of awareness itself. Mindfulness practice helps us shift from a limited ego-based identity to an awareness-based presence. This undistracted, embodied awareness is unencumbered by the resistance, struggle and clinging that usually define our life. Little by little the tight grip of our confusion and fears releases into the open emptiness of just being.

The day will include short teachings, silent sitting, guided meditations and discussion.

Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017

Time: 9:30am – 4:00pm

Cost: Dana (donation)

How to Register: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz, Meditation Hall

Teacher: Carla Brennan

Carla Brennan, M.Ed., is guiding teacher for Bloom of the Present Insight Meditation and has been practicing meditation for over 40 years in the Theravada, Zen, and Tibetan traditions. She is also a teacher with the Foundation for Active Compassion. Carla was a psychotherapist in private practice and taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for 18 years. bloomofthepresent.org

Everyone Welcome.

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October 13: Friday Night Insight – Mindfulness as a Cornerstone for Organizational Culture

What happens when an organization dedicates resources to Mindfulness training for its staff, clients and administration? Here is the story of Encompass Community Services–Three years ago, this Santa Cruz organization committed to a multi-year program to build mindfulness into every […]

What happens when an organization dedicates resources to Mindfulness
training for its staff, clients and administration? Here is the story of
Encompass Community Services–Three years ago, this Santa Cruz organization committed to a multi-year program to build mindfulness into every part of their services. The results are inspiring and exciting, and applicable to other workplaces.

Inbal Yassur will be discussing: Why mindfulness in the workplace and will
tell the story of the benefits of integrating mindfulness practices
throughout this community-based organization.

Event Date: Friday, October 13, 2017

Event Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Event Cost: Dana (donation)

How to Register: No registration required

Event Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Event Cost: Dana (donation)

Location: Insight Santa Cruz, Community Room

Event Teacher: Inbal Yassur, MA, LMFT
Clinical Director, Encompass Community Services
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Friday Night Insight Speakers and Dates:
Bruce Eisendorf: August 11 – Mindfulness, Meditation, and Your Health
Inbal Yassur: October 13 – Mindfulness as a Cornerstone for Organizational Culture
Vicky Assegued: December 8 – Mindfulness and Anger Management

Everyone Welcome.

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October 14: Silent Daylong Retreat

This is a day of silent sitting and walking practice, with brief instructions in the morning and a Dharma talk in the afternoon, but no other talking. Individual practice discussion with the teacher is available. To maintain a quiet atmosphere, […]

This is a day of silent sitting and walking practice, with brief instructions in the morning and a Dharma talk in the afternoon, but no other talking. Individual practice discussion with the teacher is available. To maintain a quiet atmosphere, participants are asked to enter at the beginning or ending of a sit.

Schedule: 9:30 Sit — 10:15Walk — 11:00 Sit — 11:30 Walk — 12:00 Sit — 12:30 Lunch — 1:30 Sit — 2:15 Walk — 3:00 Sit — 3:45 Stretch break — 3:55 Dharma talk — 4:30 End

Date: Saturday October 14 2017

Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Cost: Dana (Donation)

How to Register: No registration required

Teacher: Kim Allen

Everyone Welcome.

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October 20: Using Art and Creativity in Daily Practice

Is there a place for creative expression in Buddhist practice? Join Ajahn Jotipalo, a resident at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery, for a discussion on bringing art and practice together. He’s learning how to paint traditional Christian icons* from the Greek Orthodox monks, his […]

Is there a place for creative expression in Buddhist practice? Join Ajahn Jotipalo, a resident at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery, for a discussion on bringing art and practice together. He’s learning how to paint traditional Christian icons* from the Greek Orthodox monks, his neighbors at Mt. Tabor Monastery. Ajahn Jotipalo has found many benefits from this practice and is exploring both how to use painting as a meditation object and how to create Buddhist icons.

Is there a way for you to use creative endeavor in practice?

*icon – a representation of Jesus or another holy figure, typically in a traditional style on wood, venerated and used as an aid to devotion in Byzantine and other Eastern Churches

Event Date: Friday October 20, 2017

Event Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Event Cost: Dana

How to Register: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz, Meditation Hall

Event Teacher: Jotipalo Bhikkhu

Ajahn Jotipālo was born in 1965 in Indiana. He received a B.A. from Wabash College and worked for six years in technical sales. He became interested in Theravada Buddhism after sitting several Goenka retreats. While on staff at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, he met Ajahn Amaro and Ajahn Punnadhammo. After leaving IMS, he spent three months with Ajahn Punnadhammo at the Arrow River Forest Hermitage in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. Ajahn Jotipālo came to live at Abhayagiri in 1998 and subsequently spent two years training as an Anāgārika and Sāmaṇera. He ordained as a Bhikkhu with Ajahn Pasanno as preceptor on Ajahn Chah’s birthday, June 17, 2000. Since that time, Ajahn Jotipālo has also stayed at Ajahn Chah-branch monasteries in Thailand, Canada, and New Zealand. He has returned to Abhayagiri for the vassa of 2012.

Everyone Welcome.

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October 21: A Journey of Not Knowing

Many of the monks at Abhayagiri Monastery have experimented with the practice of ‘walking on faith,’refered to as Tudong.  They travel by foot through the countryside, either on pilgrimage or in search of solitary retreat within nature.  During such wanderings, monks […]

Many of the monks at Abhayagiri Monastery have experimented with the practice of ‘walking on faith,’refered to as Tudong.  They travel by foot through the countryside, either on pilgrimage or in search of solitary retreat within nature.  During such wanderings, monks sleep wherever is available and eat only what is offered along the way. By placing themselves in uncertain situations, it forces them to use Dhamma as their refuge.
Both Ajahn Jotipalo and Ajahn Kassapo have undertaken tudongs in the United States.
They have engaged in an “austerity” practice, forsaking comfort and certainty for potential discomfort and uncertainty, finding refuge in the Triple Gem (Buddha, Dhamma, Sangha).

There will be a vegetarian potluck/meal offering for the monks from 11:30-1:30.
Please bring a vegetarian dish if you would like to participate in the meal.
All family members welcome.

Event Date: Saturday October 21, 2017

Event Time: 9:00am – 4:30pm    *with 11:30am – 1:30pm meal offering/rest

Event Cost: Dana

How to Register: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz, Meditation Hall  *potluck will be in the Community Room

Event Teachers: Ajahn Jotipalo and Ajahn Kassapo

Ajahn Jotipālo was born in 1965 in Indiana. He received a B.A. from Wabash College and worked for six years in technical sales. He became interested in Theravada Buddhism after sitting several Goenka retreats. While on staff at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, he met Ajahn Amaro and Ajahn Punnadhammo. After leaving IMS, he spent three months with Ajahn Punnadhammo at the Arrow River Forest Hermitage in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. Ajahn Jotipālo came to live at Abhayagiri in 1998 and subsequently spent two years training as an Anāgārika and Sāmaṇera. He ordained as a Bhikkhu with Ajahn Pasanno as preceptor on Ajahn Chah’s birthday, June 17, 2000. Since that time, Ajahn Jotipālo has also stayed at Ajahn Chah-branch monasteries in Thailand, Canada, and New Zealand. He has returned to Abhayagiri for the vassa of 2012.

Ajahn Kassapo was born in Vietnam and raised in Guangdong, China. Beginning in 1998, he lived in the Los Angeles area, where he became interested in Buddhism. After visits to various monasteries, he decided to explore monastic life. He was a member of the lay support team during Abhayagiri’s 2005 Winter Retreat, during which time he decided to request to undertake the Anāgārika training. He returned to Abhayagiri in May, 2005 and subsequently trained for two years as an Anāgārika and Sāmaṇera. Ajahn Kassapo received the higher ordination, becoming a fully ordained Bhikkhu on July 14, 2007 with Ajahn Pasanno as his preceptor. After spending a year training in Thailand, he returned to Abhayagiri in 2010.

Everyone Welcome.

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October 28: Refuge Recovery Daylong

This daylong will consist of detailed Buddhist teachings, meditations, Q & A, group discussion, an outline of the inventory process from the book “Refuge Recovery” by Noah Levine, and more. Everyone is welcome to attend regardless of background or experience […]

This daylong will consist of detailed Buddhist teachings, meditations, Q & A, group discussion, an outline of the inventory process from the book “Refuge Recovery” by Noah Levine, and more.

Everyone is welcome to attend regardless of background or experience with addiction. From a Buddhist perspective, we are all suffering and recovering from something.

“Refuge Recovery is a Buddhist-oriented, non-theistic recovery program that does not ask anyone to believe anything, only to trust the process and do the hard work of recovery. In fact, no previous experience or knowledge of Buddhism is required. Recovery is possible, and this book provides a systematic approach to treating and recovering from all forms of addictions. When sincerely practiced, the program will ensure a full recovery from addiction and a lifelong sense of well-being and happiness.” – Noah Levine

Please bring: A copy of the book Refuge Recovery, a notebook, and a lunch.

Event Date: Saturday October 28, 2017

Event Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Event Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Event Cost: Dana (Donation)

How to Register: No registration required

Event Facilitator: Kara Haney

Kara Haney has been practicing Buddhist meditation since 1993. She has been in recovery from addiction since 1996. Kara has been active as a facilitator and mentor for the Refuge Recovery community since 2013. She is currently in the ATS Facilitator training.

Everyone Welcome.

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November 4: Cultivating the Mindfulness of Death with an Open Heart

Doesn’t everything die at last and too soon? Tell me what is it you want to do with your one wild and precious life?”– Mary Oliver In Buddhist meditation there are profound practices on the mindfulness of death.  Perhaps it’s […]

Doesn’t everything die at last and too soon?
Tell me what is it you want to do with your one wild and precious life?”– Mary Oliver

In Buddhist meditation there are profound practices on the mindfulness of death.  Perhaps it’s time to reflect on “your one wild and precious life”.  By cultivating awareness of impermanence, you can begin to make peace with the inevitable and develop a deeper wisdom and compassion.

This one-day retreat combines periods of sitting and walking meditation. Part of the day will be held at a local cemetery to practice. Please bring a bag lunch since we will be eating at the cemetery.  It is suggested to commit for the full day of practice.

From the Path of Purification:
“As though huge mountains made of rock, so vast they reached up to the sky were to advance from every side, grinding beneath them all that lives, So age and death roll over all, crushing all beings, sparing none.  And here no troop of elephants, no charioteers, no infantry, strategy in form of spells, no riches, serve to beat them off. This is how death should be recollected.”

Event Date: Saturday November 4, 2017

Event Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm

Event Cost: Dana

How to Register: No registration required

Event Location: Insight Santa Cruz, Meditation Hall

Event Teacher: Bob Stahl

Everyone Welcome.

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November 18: Emotion, Mindfulness and Dharma

When we think about the best and most difficult times of our life, we’re likely thinking about emotion.  The story of our past is bound together by chapters of emotion. When we hope for something in the future, we’re typically […]

When we think about the best and most difficult times of our life, we’re likely thinking about emotion.  The story of our past is bound together by chapters of emotion. When we hope for something in the future, we’re typically hoping to feel a particular way. Emotion is at the heart of what it means to be human and a central aspect of spiritual practice. The fruition of this practice involves emotion too: the tone and rhythm of our emotional life can be transformed through the dharma.

During our time together, we’ll consider Buddhist and scientific approaches to understanding emotion, welcoming emotion, and transforming it. We’ll explore how the dharma helps us meet strong emotions skillfully. Since our emotions ripple out and affect the people in our lives, our work with emotion is dedicated to both ourselves and to others.

The day will include guided meditations, practice suggestions, and time for dialogue and discussion.

Date: Saturday, November 18 2017

Time: 9:00am-4:00pm

Cost: Dana (donation)

How to Register: No registration required

Teacher: Matthew Brensilver, PhD

Matthew Brensilver, PhD, served as a Buddhist chaplain at USC for four years and teaches about the intersection of mindfulness and mental health at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center and with Mindful Schools. Matthew was trained by Noah Levine and teaches at Against the Stream. He completed the Spirit Rock/IMS teacher-training program (2016) and regularly offers retreats at Spirit Rock and the Insight Retreat Center. He spent years doing research on addiction treatment at the UCLA Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine and continues to be interested in the unfolding dialogue between dharma and science.

Everyone Welcome.

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November 25: Meditation Interventions for the Addiction Process

The techniques and strategies covered in this class are specifically designed to support healing for people dealing with addiction and addiction-related issues. As evidenced by George Haas’ own personal path, mindfulness meditation-based skills training can offer a truly effective behavioral […]

The techniques and strategies covered in this class are specifically designed to support healing for people dealing with addiction and addiction-related issues. As evidenced by George Haas’ own personal path, mindfulness meditation-based skills training can offer a truly effective behavioral change in the realm of addiction.

Combining traditional meditation approaches, the relapse pattern theories from the work of G. Alan Marlatt Phd., and John Bowlby’s Attachment Theory, this class provides a simple, easy-to-learn, and very pragmatic approach to addressing addiction.

Date: Saturday November 25, 2017

Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm

Cost: Dana (donation)

How to Register: Please register at: Mettagroup.org

Location: Insight Santa Cruz, Meditation Hall

Teacher: George Haas
George Haas began his path with a period of light-weight spiritual seeking (and heavy-duty drug and alcohol use). In 1978, he began a serious exploration of the 11th step of the 12-Step tradition, working primarily with concentration to reduce the anxiety of living sober. In an effort to make sense out of, and live with, the mounting AIDS deaths of the 1980s, Mr. Haas began walking the Red Road (traditional Native American spiritual practices) and reading Buddhist texts. Moving to Los Angeles from Manhattan in 1992 to work in the film and photography trades, George began sitting Vipassana at Ordinary Dharma in Venice, and reading extensively. In 1998, he began study with his current teacher, Shinzen Young, and Vipassana Support International, where he is now a senior facilitator.

Everyone Welcome.

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November 28 – December 3: ISC Retreat at Insight Retreat Center

This traditional insight meditation retreat will offer silent periods of sitting and walking meditation, mindful yoga as well group and individual practice discussions. Each day, there will be Dhamma talks and systematic meditation instructions embedded with loving kindness that emphasize […]

This traditional insight meditation retreat will offer silent periods of sitting and walking meditation, mindful yoga as well group and individual practice discussions.
Each day, there will be Dhamma talks and systematic meditation instructions embedded with loving kindness that emphasize quieting the mind, opening the heart, and developing clarity and depth of practice.

This retreat is suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators.

Location: Insight Retreat Center, 1906 Glen Canyon Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Retreat Dates: Tuesday November 28 – Sunday December 3, 2017

Retreat Times: check in – Tuesday Nov 28 at 2pm, retreat ends – Sunday Dec 3 at 1pm

Cost: Dana

How to Register: Please use this link: http://www.insightretreatcenter.org/retreats

Teachers: Bob Stahl, Jill Hyman, Bruce Hyman, and Karen Zelin (Yoga)

Everyone Welcome.

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December 8: Friday Night Insight – Mindfulness & Anger Management

We will explore the emotion of anger, how it arises and how we can choose to impulsively react or skillfully respond. Our anger often emerges from deeper feelings, such as fear or hurt about a situation not going the way […]

We will explore the emotion of anger, how it arises and how we can choose to impulsively react or skillfully respond. Our anger often emerges from deeper feelings, such as fear or hurt about a situation not going the way we had hoped for. With mindful meditation, combined with skillful communication, we can peel back the layers, deepen our understanding, and make choices that result in maintaining and enhancing successful relationships with others.

Event Date: Friday December 8, 2017

Event Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Event Cost: Dana

How to Register: No registration required

Event Location: Insight Santa Cruz, Community Room

Event Teacher: Vicki Assegued

Vicki Assegued, M.A. has a Master’s degree in Restorative Justice &
Conflict Resolution. She has developed and directed successful programs
and provided trainings for a wide variety of organizations over the past
20 years. Her teaching style is dynamic, interactive and fun, offering
participants enough information and practice to actually apply their new
skills directly to their lives. This will be Vicki’s 4th year leading a
retreat at ISC.
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Friday Night Insight Speakers and Dates:
Bruce Eisendorf: August 11 – Mindfulness, Meditation, and Your Health
Inbal Yassur: October 13 – Mindfulness as a Cornerstone for Organizational Culture
Vicky Assegued: December 8 – Mindfulness and Anger Management

Everyone Welcome.

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December 9: Mindful Communication & Mindful Meditation

In this daylong retreat, we will learn the principles of wise speech and wise listening to enhance our communication skills and relationships. Wise communication can be cultivated both through mindfulness practice and learning new skills that allow us to relate […]

In this daylong retreat, we will learn the principles of wise speech and
wise listening to enhance our communication skills and relationships.
Wise communication can be cultivated both through mindfulness practice and learning new skills that allow us to relate in more effective and positive ways. Through teaching, meditation, discussion and practice we will learn how to develop more awareness, compassion and skill within ourselves, leading to more successful and meaningful interactions with others. Applying this mindful communication with family members and others, during the holidays and year round, is vital for healthy, happy relationships.

Event Date: Saturday December 9, 2017

Event Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm

Event Cost: Dana

How to Register: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Event Teacher: Vicki Assegued

Vicki Assegued, M.A. has a Master’s degree in Restorative Justice &
Conflict Resolution. She has developed and directed successful programs
and provided trainings for a wide variety of organizations over the past
20 years. Her teaching style is dynamic, interactive and fun, offering
participants enough information and practice to actually apply their new
skills directly to their lives. This will be Vicki’s 4th year leading a
retreat at ISC.

Everyone Welcome.

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January 6: Awake in the New Year – Setting Conscious Intentions for 2018

“Energy is our most precious resource, for it is the means by which we transform our creative potential into meaningful action.” Tarthang Tulku This daylong retreat is an invitation to take a mindful pause as we transition into the New […]

“Energy is our most precious resource, for it is the means by which we transform our creative potential into meaningful action.” Tarthang Tulku

This daylong retreat is an invitation to take a mindful pause as we transition into the New Year… to deepen in the practice of engaged meditation and to bring possibility and power to our lives in 2018. This is a radically fresh approach to New Year’s “resolutions” that is not about self-improvement. Instead, it is about self-acceptance, conscious choice, and a celebration of who we really are. We will reflect on the lessons of 2017; release limiting beliefs and obstacles; connect with our deepest intentions, and vision for the year ahead.

Awake in the New Year involves: meditation, reflection and mindful inquiry, writing, and a dharma talk.
All are welcome. This retreat is open to both experienced meditators and those who are new to practice. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a journal with pen.

Event Date: Saturday January 6, 2018

Event Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Event Cost: Dana

Event Location: Insight Santa Cruz, Meditation Hall

How to Register: No registration required

Event Teacher: Deborah Eden Tull

Deborah Eden Tull, founder of Mindful Living Revolution, is a Zen meditation and mindfulness teacher, author, activist, and sustainability educator who teaches the integration of compassionate awareness into every aspect of our lives. She spent 7 years as a monastic at a silent Zen Monastery and offers retreats, workshops, and consultations nationally. Eden’s teaching style is grounded in compassionate awareness, experiential learning, mindful inquiry, and an unwavering commitment to personal transformation. She is a teacher for UCLA’s Mindfulness Center and also facilitates The Work That Reconnects, which was created by Buddhist activist and eco-philosopher Joanna Macy. deborahedentull.com

Everyone Welcome.

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January 20: Refuge Recovery Daylong

This daylong will consist of detailed Buddhist teachings, meditations, Q & A, group discussion, an outline of the inventory process from the book “Refuge Recovery” by Noah Levine, and more. Everyone is welcome to attend regardless of background or experience […]

This daylong will consist of detailed Buddhist teachings, meditations, Q & A, group discussion, an outline of the inventory process from the book “Refuge Recovery” by Noah Levine, and more.

Everyone is welcome to attend regardless of background or experience with addiction. From a Buddhist perspective, we are all suffering and recovering from something.

“Refuge Recovery is a Buddhist-oriented, non-theistic recovery program that does not ask anyone to believe anything, only to trust the process and do the hard work of recovery. In fact, no previous experience or knowledge of Buddhism is required. Recovery is possible, and this book provides a systematic approach to treating and recovering from all forms of addictions. When sincerely practiced, the program will ensure a full recovery from addiction and a lifelong sense of well-being and happiness.” – Noah Levine

Please bring: A copy of the book Refuge Recovery, a notebook, and a lunch.

Date: Saturday January 20, 2018

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Location: Insight Santa Cruz, Meditation Hall

Cost: Dana (Donation)

How to Register: No registration required

Facilitator: Kara Haney

Kara Haney has been practicing Buddhist meditation since 1993. She has been in recovery from addiction since 1996. Kara has been active as a facilitator and mentor for the Refuge Recovery community since 2013. She has also been trained to facilitate Mindfulness and Buddhist meditation through the Against the Stream Meditation Society. Kara leads various meditation groups in the Santa Cruz and San Jose areas.

Everyone is Welcome.

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April 21: Refuge Recovery Daylong

This daylong will consist of detailed Buddhist teachings, meditations, Q & A, group discussion, an outline of the inventory process from the book “Refuge Recovery” by Noah Levine, and more. Everyone is welcome to attend regardless of background or experience […]

This daylong will consist of detailed Buddhist teachings, meditations, Q & A, group discussion, an outline of the inventory process from the book “Refuge Recovery” by Noah Levine, and more.

Everyone is welcome to attend regardless of background or experience with addiction. From a Buddhist perspective, we are all suffering and recovering from something.

“Refuge Recovery is a Buddhist-oriented, non-theistic recovery program that does not ask anyone to believe anything, only to trust the process and do the hard work of recovery. In fact, no previous experience or knowledge of Buddhism is required. Recovery is possible, and this book provides a systematic approach to treating and recovering from all forms of addictions. When sincerely practiced, the program will ensure a full recovery from addiction and a lifelong sense of well-being and happiness.” – Noah Levine

Please bring: A copy of the book Refuge Recovery, a notebook, and a lunch.

Date: Saturday April 21, 2018

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Location: Insight Santa Cruz, Meditation Hall

Cost: Dana (Donation)

How to Register: No registration required

Facilitator: Kara Haney

Kara Haney has been practicing Buddhist meditation since 1993. She has been in recovery from addiction since 1996. Kara has been active as a facilitator and mentor for the Refuge Recovery community since 2013. She has also been trained to facilitate Mindfulness and Buddhist meditation through the Against the Stream Meditation Society. Kara leads various meditation groups in the Santa Cruz and San Jose areas.

Everyone is Welcome.

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July 21: Refuge Recovery Daylong

This daylong will consist of detailed Buddhist teachings, meditations, Q & A, group discussion, an outline of the inventory process from the book “Refuge Recovery” by Noah Levine, and more. Everyone is welcome to attend regardless of background or experience […]

This daylong will consist of detailed Buddhist teachings, meditations, Q & A, group discussion, an outline of the inventory process from the book “Refuge Recovery” by Noah Levine, and more.

Everyone is welcome to attend regardless of background or experience with addiction. From a Buddhist perspective, we are all suffering and recovering from something.

“Refuge Recovery is a Buddhist-oriented, non-theistic recovery program that does not ask anyone to believe anything, only to trust the process and do the hard work of recovery. In fact, no previous experience or knowledge of Buddhism is required. Recovery is possible, and this book provides a systematic approach to treating and recovering from all forms of addictions. When sincerely practiced, the program will ensure a full recovery from addiction and a lifelong sense of well-being and happiness.” – Noah Levine

Please bring: A copy of the book Refuge Recovery, a notebook, and a lunch.

Date: Saturday July 21, 2018

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Location: Insight Santa Cruz, Meditation Hall

Cost: Dana (Donation)

How to Register: No registration required

Facilitator: Kara Haney

Kara Haney has been practicing Buddhist meditation since 1993. She has been in recovery from addiction since 1996. Kara has been active as a facilitator and mentor for the Refuge Recovery community since 2013. She has also been trained to facilitate Mindfulness and Buddhist meditation through the Against the Stream Meditation Society. Kara leads various meditation groups in the Santa Cruz and San Jose areas.

Everyone is Welcome.

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October 20: Refuge Recovery Daylong

This daylong will consist of detailed Buddhist teachings, meditations, Q & A, group discussion, an outline of the inventory process from the book “Refuge Recovery” by Noah Levine, and more. Everyone is welcome to attend regardless of background or experience […]

This daylong will consist of detailed Buddhist teachings, meditations, Q & A, group discussion, an outline of the inventory process from the book “Refuge Recovery” by Noah Levine, and more.

Everyone is welcome to attend regardless of background or experience with addiction. From a Buddhist perspective, we are all suffering and recovering from something.

“Refuge Recovery is a Buddhist-oriented, non-theistic recovery program that does not ask anyone to believe anything, only to trust the process and do the hard work of recovery. In fact, no previous experience or knowledge of Buddhism is required. Recovery is possible, and this book provides a systematic approach to treating and recovering from all forms of addictions. When sincerely practiced, the program will ensure a full recovery from addiction and a lifelong sense of well-being and happiness.” – Noah Levine

Please bring: A copy of the book Refuge Recovery, a notebook, and a lunch.

Date: Saturday October 20, 2018

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Location: Insight Santa Cruz, Meditation Hall

Cost: Dana (Donation)

How to Register: No registration required

Facilitator: Kara Haney

Kara Haney has been practicing Buddhist meditation since 1993. She has been in recovery from addiction since 1996. Kara has been active as a facilitator and mentor for the Refuge Recovery community since 2013. She has also been trained to facilitate Mindfulness and Buddhist meditation through the Against the Stream Meditation Society. Kara leads various meditation groups in the Santa Cruz and San Jose areas.

Everyone is Welcome.

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August 4: Relax, Let Go, Keep Trying!

Balanced and skillful effort is a vital meditative skill. This daylong program will cultivate relaxation, letting go, and persistence as we learn a how gentle diligent effort supports the deepening of concentration and insight. This day long retreat is suitable […]

Balanced and skillful effort is a vital meditative skill. This daylong program will cultivate relaxation, letting go, and persistence as we learn a how gentle diligent effort supports the deepening of concentration and insight.
This day long retreat is suitable for both new and experienced practitioners.

Event Date: Saturday August 4, 2018

Event Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Event Location: Insight Santa Cruz, Meditation Hall

Event Cost: Dana (Donation)

How to Register: No registration required

Event Teacher: Shaila Catherine
Shaila Catherine is the founder of Bodhi Courses, an online Dhamma classroom (bodhicourses.org), and Insight Meditation South Bay, a Buddhist meditation center in Silicon Valley (imsb.org). She has been practicing meditation since 1980, accumulating more than eight years of silent retreat experience, and has taught internationally since 1996. Her first book is a guide to concentration and jhana meditation: Focused and Fearless: A Meditator’s Guide to States of Deep Joy, Calm, and Clarity. From 2006-2015 Shaila practiced under the direction of Venerable Pa-Auk Sayadaw and authored Wisdom Wide and Deep: A Practical Handbook for Mastering Jhāna and Vipassanā to help make this traditional approach to samadhi and vipassana accessible to western practitioners.

Everyone is Welcome.

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