Upcoming Events

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

Interconnected: Challenging Racism Inside and Out

Interconnected: Challenging Racism Inside and Out with Compassion, Mindfulness, and Action.
A program for self-identified white practitioners and sangha members.

Join us to look at how White Privilege and racial conditioning impacts our sangha and society in general. Our goal is to look deeply at how privilege and racial conditioning keep us unwittingly in patterns that prevent us from being free and undermine our best intentions to create real change.

In keeping with the mission of Insight Santa Cruz of walking the path with mindfulness and loving-kindness, we will integrate dharma practices into this collaborative effort to expand our capacity to create more equitable and transformative relationships and communities.

*Please read this full event description prior to registering
Click on this link: Full Description of Interconnected Course

Dates: Three Daylongs
Sunday November 12, Saturday December 16, and Sunday January 21

Times: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Location: Insight Santa Cruz, Meditation Hall

Cost: Dana (donation)

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Facilitators: Kitsy Schoen and Crystal Johnson

Kitsy Schoen began her Vipassana practice and became inspired to work as a hospice social worker after meeting Stephen Levine in 1979. Throughout her varied career she was able to integrate mindfulness and her passion for racial equity into her work. In 2001 her paths crossed with Ryūmon Hilda Baldoquín Sensei, who saw the deep need and value of integrating Buddhist practices and social justice efforts. After graduating from Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma leader program in 2007, she joined the Leadership Sangha (board) of the East Bay Meditation Center and began teaching the Interconnected class and later the six month program “White and Awakening in Sangha”. Kitsy has also directed the Behavioral Health (mind-body) programs at Oakland Kaiser, worked as a psychotherapist and HIV Social worker.

Crystal Johnson is a recently retired clinical psychologist whose last decade of work focused on teaching clinical work as a social justice practice. She is a graduate of the Commit to Dharma program at the East Bay Meditation Center (EBMC), and of the Dedicated Practitioners Program and Community Dharma Leader Program offered by Spirit Rock. She co-teaches the “White and Awakening in Sangha” six month program at EBMC, where she is a Community Teacher and member of the Program Committee.

All self identified white practitioners and sangha members welcome.

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October 30: Community Open House

If you are interested in learning about mindfulness meditation, Buddhism, or are curious about Insight Santa Cruz but not sure where to start, come to our Community Open House.

It’s an opportunity to give meditation a try, learn more about mindfulness, and ask questions about Insight Santa Cruz’s program offerings.

The program includes basic meditation instruction, a short, guided sit, and a question-and-answer period. Teachers and board members will be there–it’s a great time to see what meditation is all about.

We want to invite all our neighbors in the downtown Santa Cruz area!  Come join us!

Event Date: Monday October 30, 2017

Event Time: 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Event Cost: Dana (donation)

Event Location: Insight Santa Cruz, Meditation Hall

How to Register: No registration required

Event Teacher: Bob Stahl

Bob Stahl is the Guiding Teacher at Insight Santa Cruz. He is a long-time practitioner of insight meditation who lived in a Buddhist monastery for over eight years. He now directs Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programs in Bay Area medical centers. Bob leads meditation and provides dharma talks on Mondays at 7:00 PM and Tuesdays at 12:00 PM.

Everyone Welcome.

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Fridays in September thru May: 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 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)

Location: Insight Santa Cruz, Meditation Hall

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

Teacher: Karen Zelin

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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October 29: Finding Ease and Compassion in Difficult Times

Personal, national and global circumstances are triggering anxiety for many of us. We may find ourselves swept-up in our stories and worries. We need our Dharma practice to show us how to face these challenges with greater courage and kindness. […]

Personal, national and global circumstances are triggering anxiety for many of us. We may find ourselves swept-up in our stories and worries. We need our Dharma practice to show us how to face these challenges with greater courage and kindness.

Today we will explore the natural ease, spaciousness, and compassion of letting be within our natural awareness. We will fine tune our meditation practice to help release habits of tension, striving and judgment that often keep us from deepening and being truly present.

We will also include compassion practice, both for ourselves and others, as the necessary foundation for living with strength and balance in a chaotic world.

The day will include teachings, sitting and walking meditation, and discussion. This retreat is for both new and experienced practitioners. There will be a break for lunch; feel free to bring your own bag lunch or purchase food nearby.

Date: Sunday, October 29, 2017

Time: 11:00am – 5:00pm

Cost: Dana

Location: Insight Santa Cruz, Meditation Hall

How to Register: No registration required

Teachers: Carla Brennan and Scott Tusa

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

Scott Tusa is a Buddhist teacher based in Brooklyn, New York. He teaches meditation and Buddhist psychology nationally and supports Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s Pundarika Sangha as a practice advisor. He trained in Buddhist philosophy and meditation with some of the greatest living masters since his early twenties, including Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, and Tulku Sangag Rinpoche. Ordained by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, he spent nine years as a Buddhist monk, with much of that time engaged in solitary meditation retreat and study in the United States, India, and Nepal. For more information please visit: scotttusa.com

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 19: Breaking​ ​the​ ​Addiction​ ​to​ ​Our​ ​Minds

Buddhism is a path to freedom from suffering. Such suffering originates in the addictive quality of the mind, and our habitual tendency to grasp at pleasure and push away pain, all addictions stem from these roots. The Buddhist path offers […]

Buddhism is a path to freedom from suffering. Such suffering originates in the addictive quality of the mind, and our habitual tendency to grasp at pleasure and push away pain, all addictions stem from these roots. The Buddhist path offers a spiritual and psychological process of transformation that has proven to be a most effective treatment for our human addiction to thinking, and all the suffering we create with the mind.

During this talk, Noah will be focusing on the first foundation of mindfulness, which asks us to direct our full attention to our bodies and the sensations created by the breath. In order to be fully present with the breath and body we have to learn how to ignore our thinking mind. This proves to be the initial challenge in meditation as we break our addiction to the minds tendency to wander in the future and past.

Date: Sunday November 19, 2017

Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Location: Insight Santa Cruz, Meditation Hall

Cost: Dana (donation)

How to Register: No registration required

Teacher: Noah Levine


Noah Levine is the founder of the “Against The Stream Buddhist Meditation Society”, with centers in Los Angeles and San Francisco and over 20 affiliated groups in North America and Europe. He teaches meditation groups, gives workshops and leads retreats internationally. Noah has created a process of addiction recovery based on the teachings of the Buddha called Refuge Recovery. He is the author of “Dharma Punx”, “Against the Stream”, “Heart of the Revolution” and “Refuge Recovery”.

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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December 10: A Year To Live Course

If you had one year to live, what would you do? One hardly ever knows when their last year begins, how do we prepare for it now? What would you do with this precious time? In our death-denying culture, few […]

If you had one year to live, what would you do?
One hardly ever knows when their last year begins, how do we prepare for it now?
What would you do with this precious time?

In our death-denying culture, few of us contemplate the inevitability of our death, or that it could happen at any time. The Buddha recommended that we do just that, not to frighten us, but to use death as an object of contemplation to help us awaken to the fragile, fleeting, and precious nature of our lives.

This is a year-long practice in forgiveness, gratitude and letting go.
We will touch on the subjects of impermanence, dying, and living with the conscious awareness of death. This course includes meditation practices and reflections based upon those in the book “A Year to Live” by Stephen Levine.

“All of the processes, from the life review, to the deepening introspection on our death,  to the investigation of practices such as noting and meditation for the development of depth consciousness, begin to drop seeds and take root from the moment the heart ponders this experience”. – Stephen Levine

*Please bring the book “A Year to Live” by Stephen Levine and a notebook to each class.

Location: Insight Santa Cruz, Meditation Hall

Dates: The second Sunday of every month
*starting December 10, 2017 and ending December 9, 2018

Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm

Cost: Dana (donation)

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

Facilitator: Kara Haney

Kara Haney has been practicing Buddhist meditation since 1993. This is the second year that
she has offered this year-long course. Kara has completed Gil Fronsdal’s online Sutta Study course and The Eightfold Path Course taught at ISC. She recently finished training to facilitate Mindfulness and Buddhist meditation through the Against the Stream Meditation Society.

Everyone Welcome.

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December 10: All Sangha Gathering

You are invited to an all community gathering and celebration to honor our Sangha. As the Buddha said ” the Community (Sangha) is the whole of the holy life.” As you know ISC is solely supported by volunteers who offer […]

You are invited to an all community gathering and celebration to honor our Sangha.
As the Buddha said ” the Community (Sangha) is the whole of the holy life.”
As you know ISC is solely supported by volunteers who offer their time, gifts and donations to serve the greater good.  It takes a village to support ISC and you are that village. We would like to take this time honor the volunteers, community members, board, and teachers. We will hear from our Guiding Teacher, offer appreciation to volunteers, and hear about the results of the recent “Learning Tours”. We will also take time to share food with others within the Sangha.

*Please bring a vegetarian dish to share and the ISC Board will provide drinks.

Date: Sunday December 10, 2017

Time: 4:30pm – 7:30pm

Cost: Dana (donation)

Location: Insight Santa Cruz Meditation Hall and Community Room

How to Register: No registration required

Teacher: Bob Stahl

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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