Classes, Workshops & Programs

Tuesday Evening Meditation Class

Tuesday Evening Meditation Class  

7:00PM - 8:45PM  *  500 De Haro St. at Mariposa: St. Gregory's Church in Potrero Hill 

Open To Everyone: Beginners or Advanced Meditation Practitioners.

Our group utilizes a vipassana practice of “insight awareness” meditation which offers us the opportunity to slow down and look within.  

“The depth of sitting in stillness with a compassionate heart is limitless.”

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Mindfulness Grief and Loss Group

Mindfulness Grief and Loss Group 

3rd Monday of the month 7:00 PM - 9:00PM

Grief is a natural state of the heart to be acknowledged...It's not something we "get over" though we must "pass through."  

Grief and loss appear in many forms and quite often may feel overwhelming.  They touch all of us at some point, though often our culture does not give us the time or support we need to heal, leaving us feeling isolated and unsure.  Through group sharing that utilizes mindfulness reflective skills and contemplative reflection we can begin to feel whole and safe even in the midst of tremendous grief.  

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Unwinding the Body of Traumatic Stress & Anxiety

"A Mindful-Somatic approach towards releasing unresolved stress and traumatic anxieties."

Each week we will be working with a "Theme" from the "Seven Aspects Of Human Experience" in helping us to unwind habituated unwanted patterns of uneasiness.

This 6-Week Program and one daylong offers a unique approach to trauma resolution and release around the loss of self and our sense of boundaries. Participants will learn how to make the choice to be a reactive participant or creative partner in life.

Participants will learn different somatic techniques to discharge highly charged energies of feeling overwhelm that bring the nervous system back to homeostasis. This course will address unresolved anxieties, PTSD, our boundaries, attachment theory and help in creating more effective communication.

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Mindfulness of Self-Care

Mindfulness of Self-Care is a 4-Week Workshop Series designed to support you in cultivating balanced, sustainable, and nourishing self-care practices.

You will learn how mindfulness and awareness build the foundation to establishing self-care practices that honor you and your body. 
In this 4-week series, we will uncover and shift limiting beliefs and habits and empower one another to build resilience and worthiness. 

This class will enable you to:

  • Motivate yourself with kindness
  • Transform your relationship with your body and inner critic
  • Recognize obstacles to self-care
  • Develop practices of forgiveness & gratitude

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program

MBSR/Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction 8-week Course

This program is taught 3 times per year.

The First Class is an open orientation for anyone to attend

The 8-Week Course begins the week following open orientation. In addition, there is a daylong session to deepen the practice and understanding of the course work.  

Bringing awareness, thoughts, emotions and our nervous system into alignment.  Increase your ability to cope with stressful situations, improve self-esteem, feel more alive, calmer and renew your enthusiasm for life work.

Please see calendar for upcoming class dates

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Spiritual Wholeness & The Somatic Body

This unique daylong will combine mindfulness practices, reflective teachings and understanding the emotional & somatic body.

Discover the importance of integrating mindfulness with the somatic body so that we may inhabit the wholeness of our spiritual-self and life. In this daylong, demos will be offered to understand how to work with and move through unresolved anxieties that often keep us feeling distant and disconnected from our bodies.

Together we'll take a look at how we can bring our intellectual, physical, emotional and spiritual-self into alignment.

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Spiritual Wholeness and the Somatic Body

Spiritual Wholeness and the Somatic Body: Daylong with Rik Center

A day of SE/Somatic Experiencing, mindfulness and how this relates to the spiritual-self and coming into wholeness.

"What have you got to lose other than yourself? What have you got to gain other than yourself?"

"Connecting to our bodies allows us to come into our spiritual wholeness. It's not about going away and ignoring the body it's about bringing our whole-selves into the present that opens us up to accept everything without feeling crushed and overwhelmed." Rik Center

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The Embodied Narrative: "Moving out of our Past"

The Embodied Narrative: "Moving out of our past" With Perry Lisker & Rik Center

"We can't create a new past though we can create a new future, and it begins by being in the present."

We each carry a narrative story within us that can often run our lives with an adverse effect.  In this daylong retreat we will unfold and begin to dis-assemble parts of our story that are not useful (and not us) and yet we cling to them because we may feel lost without them. It's often scarier to move into the unknown than to stay with known.

In this workshop Perry & Rik will work within a mindful-somatic awareness process that enables attendees to feel and see more clearly the benefit of "releasing" old painful stories and "moving forward" into new possibilities of clam and joy.

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Grief and Loss Daylongs

Grief and Loss Daylongs are offered at various times throughout the year please check our calendar for upcoming classes.  

Our Grief and Loss Daylong Retreats provide participants a warm, safe environment, where we are able to find comfort in shared experiences and to begin looking at the tools that help support our moving forward.

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Forgiveness Series

Forgiveness Series: This class is offered at various times throughout the year. 

Forgiveness is not about forgetting it’s about letting go of our own sorrow which holds us back from living a joyful and connected life to ourselves and the world around us.

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Scholarship Availability

A variety of our drop-in meditation classes are offered on a donation/dana basis. Our Mindfulness Programs offer partial and/or full scholarships for those with financial difficulty. Contact our office or the course teacher for further details on our scholarship offerings.

Additionally, we offer Somatic Experiencing ® therapeutic counseling sessions on a limited basis.

For further information please contact us at or call 415-503-1971.


Upcoming Events


Tue, 05/29/18 7:00pm - 8:45pm


Tue, 06/05/18 7:00pm - 8:45pm


Tue, 06/12/18 7:00pm - 8:45pm


Sun, 06/17/18 8:00am - 5:00pm


Mon, 06/18/18 7:00pm - 9:00pm


Tue, 06/19/18 7:00pm - 8:45pm


Tue, 06/26/18 7:00pm - 8:45pm

Please keep perfumes, oils and scents to a minimum. We have people who are sensitive to chemicals and odors attending our classes. We appreciate your cooperation.