Six Week Inter-personal Mindfulness Series
1) Series Description
Join us for a six-week exploration of mindfulness meditation – as an individual practice, as a way to be in relationships, and as a way to be engaged in the world. Together we will explore how 2,500 years of teachings on mindfulness meditation can support us in living more immediately and honestly with ourselves and with others.
In this series, we will relate mindfulness practice to some of the following topics:
Working with strong emotions (e.g., anxiety, fear, joy or love)
Finding deep intimacy with feelings in the body
Relationship between time/speed and being present
Classical teachings, including not-self, impermanence, emptiness
Working with the inner critic and self-compassion
Authenticity and our self-expression in work and life
Connection to the earth and the wild within us
Neuroscience and research on mindfulness
How meditation relates to social justice and oppression
Deep relational mindfulness processes
This course has been designed to offer an experience of entering into and journeying within deeper layers of our subconscious on our own and together as a community. We will explore how mindfulness as a practice of being present can also serve to cultivate deeper relationships with a like-minded group of peers.
2) Structure of the Series
Five Sunday evening gatherings followed by a day-long retreat on the sixth Sunday.
Dates: 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9
Time: 6:00pm to 8:45pm
Venue: Oakland Impact Hub, 2323 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612
Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm
Venue: Terra’s Temple, 3051 Adeline St, Berkeley, CA 94703
3) Please Note
- This series will include periods of silent meditation.
- Some group activities may be emotionally evocative as we learn to face and respond to the pain and beauty in our lives.
- For the benefit of the group process, punctuality and full attendance are requested.
- While the teaching draws from Buddhist teachings, this series is non-sectarian and has no affiliation with any religion, organizations or institution.
We are committed to diversity and inclusive community building. Our sincere wish is to create a safe space for people from a wide range of backgrounds, race, class, gender and sexual orientation.
Sliding Scale : $75 - $330
About Finances: This series is financed solely by your contributions. The suggested contribution helps us pay for the venue at the Impact Hub and Terra’s Temple. The remaining amount will be shared equally by the two teachers.
Sliding-scale prices allow us to keep programs affordable for those with limited financial means. Please pay at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This allows others who need to pay less the opportunity to attend. Thank you for your generosity.
6) Registration Process
STEP 1: Applicants must complete the online registration form
Limited spots available.
STEP 2: Within 48 hours of receiving your registration, the organisers will email you with some questions and a request to make a payment.
STEP 3: We request you to make your payment by March 5th. If we do not receive your fee by this date, your place may be given to someone else.
7) Teacher Bio
Brett Wheeler teaches secular mindfulness and Buddhist meditation, with an emphasis on somatic awareness and self-compassion. Much of his teaching and mentoring happen in several California prisons, where he leads Buddhist services and meditation retreats, and facilitates mindfulness-based programs cultivating emotional intelligence and non-violence.
He has spent many months practicing meditation at various retreat centers and on extended self-retreat. He came to meditation in mid-life after a career, first as an academic, then as an attorney.
Today, he continues to integrate practice with formal study in Buddhism and chaplaincy. What started as a hope for less stress became a way of life. He teaches meditation as a practice of accepting ourselves and the world as we are and also as path toward engaging with a clearer mind and more open and fearless heart.
Nirali Shah teaches mindfulness meditation at the convergence of mind-body awareness, self-inquiry and deep ecology. She has spent thousands of hours meditating in silent retreats in monasteries, meditation centers and cells.
She is a certified mindfulness facilitator at UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center, part of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.
She currently teaches at technology companies such at Google, with academic institutions such as Standford D. School and non-profits around the world. She is a regular teacher at Insight Meditation Center and facilitates retreats with Spirit Rock and Inward Bound Mindfulness Education.
In the past, she served in one of Asia’s largest slum communities for more than four years and is the founder of Shvaas, a non-profit platform that has helped streamline efforts of hundreds of volunteers to connect and work on meaningful social change projects.
If you have any questions, you can contact:
Brett Wheeler: brettrwheeler(at)gmail(dot)com
Nirali Shah: nirali(at)shvaas(dot)org