BUDDHISM AND THE 12 STEPS with Dave Smith and Shannon Fowler
Jan
27
1:30 PM13:30

BUDDHISM AND THE 12 STEPS with Dave Smith and Shannon Fowler


In this 3 hour workshop Dave Smith, an internationally recognized Buddhist meditation
teacher and addiction treatment specialist and Shannon Fowler, Co-Founder of the Refuge Recovery Treatment Center in Los Angeles will explore how Buddhist philosophies and
mindfulness practices have been recognized and implemented as a verifiable approach to treating all forms of addiction.

We will investigate the many ways Buddhist teachings can be used as
tools for recovery.
Whether on its own, or integrated into a 12 step-based program, the
benefits of meditative inquiry can have immeasurable results for well-being and spiritual awakening.

All who identify with any of the full range of addictions, including
substances, behaviors, habitual thought and emotional patterns are
welcome.  This event is open to anyone who is interested in the topic.


Suggested Donation $40.00
No one turned away for lack of funds

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Soak in the Practices: A daylong of yoga, meditation and hot springs
Feb
25
9:30 AM09:30

Soak in the Practices: A daylong of yoga, meditation and hot springs

"Within this fathom-long body and mind is found all the teachings."  -The Buddha

In this day long retreat we will cultivate spaciousness and clarity in both the body and mind.  Through yoga asana (postures) and Vipassana (Insight) meditation practices we will arrive into the joy and wisdom that naturally awakens in and through the body.  

The morning session will begin with yoga and meditation followed by a light organic lunch, rejuvenating soak in the natural hot springs and conclude with restorative yoga and Dharma talk.

Fee: $150 (cash or check) or $160 for credit card payments. Only 15 spots available and filling fast.  You will automatically be placed on a wait list if sign-up exceeds 15 people.

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Special Guest Teacher: Dave Smith
Dec
6
11:30 AM11:30

Special Guest Teacher: Dave Smith

Dave Smith is a Buddhist meditation teacher, addiction treatment specialist, experienced speaker, and published author. He is empowered to teach through the Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society and has received training in Buddhist psychology from the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies (BCBS). He is the founder of the Against the Stream Nashville Meditation Center and teaches residential retreats, meditation classes and provides mentoring, trainings, and workshops in both secular and Buddhist contexts. He provides consulting for mental health agencies and non-profit organizations, and speaks nationally at addiction and behavioral health conferences. Dave lives in Paonia, Colorado.

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Holiday Unhooking
Nov
18
9:00 AM09:00

Holiday Unhooking

A morning workshop on family as a practice during the holidays.

Ram Dass, the spiritual teacher once said, “If you think you’re enlightened, go spend time with your family!”

In this 4 hour workshop, we will explore through meditation, inquiry and discussion, the practices of navigating the holidays with ease and an appropriate response.

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Special Guest Teacher: Albert Flynn DeSilver
Oct
4
11:30 AM11:30

Special Guest Teacher: Albert Flynn DeSilver

Albert Flynn DeSilver is an American poet, memoirist, novelist, speaker, and workshop leader. Albert is the founder of Writing as a Path to Awakening, which is about an embodied inter-connected approach to creativity and writing—helping us reignite the joy, fun, spontaneity, and wisdom in our practice and process of writing. Albert has been practicing meditation for more than twenty years and is known for merging the art of creative writing with the evolutionary practice of mindfulness meditation. His new nonfiction book, Writing as a Path to Awakening (Sounds True, 2017) is based on his popular writing workshops by the same name. Albert currently teaches writing and mindfulness workshops at The Omega Institute, The Esalen Institute, Spirit Rock Meditation Center and literary conferences nationally.

Visit Albert's website.

Albert's work has appeared in more than 100 literary journals worldwide including ZYZZYVA, New American Writing, Hanging Loose, Jubilat, Exquisite Corpse, Jacket (Australia), Poetry Kanto (Japan), Van Gogh’s Ear (France), and many others. He is the author of several books of poems and the memoir Beamish Boy, which Kirkus Reviews called “a beautifully written memoir. . .poignant and inspirational.” Albert taught as a California Poet in the Schools for more than a decade working with thousands of children throughout Northern California and beyond. He also served as Marin County, California’s very first Poet Laureate and has shared the stage with U. S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan, Bestselling authors’ Maxine Hong Kingston, Cheryl Strayed, Elizabeth Gilbert, Legendary Beat poet Michael McClure, and many others. He lives in Northern California.

“Albert DeSilver is an insightful meditation teacher, who engages his students through his caring attitude, creative applications of mindfulness, and sense of humor. He brings the practice alive for new and experienced students alike.”

—Heather Sundberg, Meditation Teacher
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
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