Fierce Vulnerability Training
to Aug 25

Fierce Vulnerability Training

I'm truly excited about this workshop. I'm honored to be working with Kazu Haga and Chris Moore-Backman.
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Fierce Vulnerability: A Radical Movement of Healing & Transformation

Saturday & Sunday
August 24th & 25th, 2019
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Both Days)

Oakland, CA
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All of our programs are offered on a Gift Economics model, which means we do not charge a fee. Click here to read more about this model.


How do we stop injustice in its tracks while acknowledging the interconnectedness of all people?

 How do we protect ourselves while nurturing a relationship with our broken-heartednness?

How do we build a movement that can shut down a highway while creating a culture of opening up?

How do we build a movement with the militancy to occupy a government building and the sensitivity to see it as an act of healing?

How can we come to experience vulnerability as a strength, not a weakness?

Our world is in crisis. Our social systems are being torn apart, our economic systems have created historic levels of wealth disparity, and earth’s life support systems are on the brink of collapse. The need for a powerful direct action movement that nurtures a radical, fundamental transformation has never been greater. Despair seems to be in the air we breathe and can be felt in the depth of our hearts.

Yet our need is not only a transformation of systems and laws and policies. What we yearn for is a fundamental transformation of our hearts, our values and our relationships – to ourselves, to each other, and to the earth.

Fierce Vulnerability is an attempt to build such a movement. A movement that understands the assertiveness that is needed to address the crises of our times. A movement that sees social change as a radical act of healing. A movement that knows that each of us needs to heal as much as those we may feel compelled to blame. A movement that knows that violence hurts all parties. A movement that will never see any individual as disposable, undeserving of dignity, or incapable of transformation.

Fierce Vulnerability is born of the conviction that our vulnerability is our greatest strength. Vulnerability makes us whole, and that wholeness is the only thing that can undo generations of investment in plunder and exploitation.

Join us and let us explore together what it might look like to enter into movement spaces with the courage to be our whole selves, sometimes courageous, sometimes fearful, sometimes clear, sometimes confused, sometimes joyous, sometimes grieving, often a mixture of all of these. We seek to bring ourselves as we are, in service to life, growing in our capacity to be fierce in our vulnerability and vulnerable in our ferocity.

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Fierce Vulnerability
to Nov 18

Fierce Vulnerability

I'm truly excited about this workshop. I'm honored to be working with Kazu Haga, Sierra Pickett and Chris Moore-Backman. As Kazu says, “If you've ever felt that our world NEEDS a powerful direct action movement to confront the forces of injustice, but felt that too many "radical" and "militant" nonviolent spaces too often perpetuated the same systems of domination and violence we are trying to defeat, this workshop may be of interest to you.” Check it out and spread the word. . (if link does not work, try without the https).

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A Year of Mindfulness
to Sep 30

A Year of Mindfulness

“The Year of Mindfulness” program is an invite only program. It started in October 2018. Some of the top activists, policy makers and thinkers are participating in this program. Currently Nirali is teaching more than 400 participants spread across Europe, United States, Canada, Mexico, Africa, South America and India. This project is supported by The Pollination Project.

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2-day Retreat Against the Stream
to Aug 5

2-day Retreat Against the Stream

  • Against the Stream, San Francisco (map)
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Date: Aug 4th and 5th, 2018
Time: 10am to 4:30pm (on both days)
A 2-Day Non-Residential Retreat on Dharma & Kingian Nonviolence. Co-teaching with Kazu Haga. at Against The Stream, San Francisco.
Please be sure to register by July 30th.


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Spirit Rock: Daylong on #MeToo
9:00 AM09:00

Spirit Rock: Daylong on #MeToo

To Register:

#MeToo: A Daylong for Women

All those who self-identify as female are welcome to join.

Have you been impacted by the #metoo movement? Do you feel the pain and the strength of those who have come before you? Do you long to sit in a circle of women to reflect where you are at during this watershed moment? 

At the core of Buddhist teachings is the principle of non-harming and the innate goodness within our hearts. And yet, violence against women is pervasive. Misogyny permeates, shapes, and suffocates the life-force of our society. With the unceasing flood of women’s stories in the wake of the #metoo movement, we are seeing the courage of countless women speaking out against injustices, ranging from microaggressions, to explicit, systematic, and systemic abuse. These injustices have laid buried in the depths of our individual and collective psyches, but no longer. 

We hear you. We believe you. We are you. 

Weaving silent meditation, dharma reflections and facilitated conversation, this day will offer space for us to be right where we are and gain strength and creativity from each other to redefine our narratives. It is a special event with Spirit Rock proceeds benefiting Spirit Rock's scholarship fund. 

There will be a community altar, where personal objects are welcome to be blessed with our presence and prayers throughout the day. You will be able take items home. 

Please bring a journal and a packed lunch.

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Bowers and Wilkins
3:00 PM15:00

Bowers and Wilkins

Workshop at Bowers & Wilkins
Global Headquarters in Redwood City, CA.

Please join us on February 1st @ 3pm in the All Hands Area as we welcome guest speaker Nirali Shah to our office. Nirali will introduce us to mindfulness and discuss how meditation can be a tool for well-being and joy in our life.

To attend, Register here by January 31st, 2018:

What is Mindfulness Meditation?

“Mindfulness is a capacity of purposefully bringing attention to one’s present moment experience as it arises in the thoughts, emotions or body sensations without judgment; with a willingness to be open and curious.”

Today, mindfulness meditation has become integral to employee well-being at Google, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. It is also actively taught in hundreds of schools and universities across United States and Europe.

Universities such as Harvard, Stanford, Oxford,  Berkeley and UCLA are spending millions of dollars on scientific research that reveals the benefits of Mindfulness Meditation. Most of these colleges also have centers and buildings dedicated to teaching this practice.

Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation?

Modern neuroscience reveals Mindfulness Meditation leads to reduced stress and anxiety and increases concentration, focus and well-being.  Mindfulness helps the brain encode its patterns towards greater compassion as well as emotional resilience – some of the most critical qualities for empowered leadership.

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An seminal study conducted by Harvard researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) determined that meditation literally rebuilds the brain’s grey matter in just eight weeks. The results of another important study published in NeuroReport show thicker cortical regions related to attention and sensory processing.

Studies show have also shown that rumination and worry contribute to mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety.  However, Mindfulness-based interventions are effective in the reduction of both rumination and worry illnesses.

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