Classes, Workshops & Programs

Tuesday Evening Meditation Class

Tuesday Evening Meditation Class  

Weekly, Ongoing class from 7:00PM - 8:45PM

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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Women's Mindfulness Group

"The Sister sangha" Women's Mindfulness Group

1st Monday of each month 7:00PM-9:00PM

This group is an opportunity to explore woman's issues in a safe, supportive environment that allows us to find a deeper sense of wholeness and embodiment as women.  

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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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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.

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Unwinding the Body of Traumatic Stress & Anxiety Program

Unwinding the Body of Traumatic Stress & Anxiety Program: 6-Week Series 

This 6-week series will support participants in learning to identify and dissolve anxiety and it's stressors and help in creating skills that offer a positive sense of boundaries within ourselves.

This program is an educational and experiential guide to assist in releasing the habituated patterns that keep our mind and body tied up in emotional tension and physical knots.

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Mindful Yoga Workshop

Mindful Yoga Workshop

This workshop thoughtfully weaves together the practice of mindfulness with yoga movements or asanas. We will utilize the movements of Hatha Yoga to deepen the   awareness of our physical and emotional body. This workshop provides an opportunity to intentionally explore the mind-body connection and to practice with compassion. 

We begin with a meditation, then move into a series of yoga movements, and conclude with a Yoga Nidra. Kayleigh will guide participants through various yoga poses while deepening the connection of mind, body, and breath. This class will support each person in finding their own personal balance and use movement to create deeper awareness and inner harmony. 

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LGBTQ Half Day Retreats

LGBTQ Half-Day Retreat

This retreat occurs 3 times per year

We will explore the teachings of the Buddha in meditation practice and how to integrate mindfulness into our daily lives. We bring a queer perspective on Buddhist practice, viewing the Buddha’s teaching through our LGBTQ experiences to see how this can lead to greater freedom.

This half-day is for those in the LGBTQ who are new to mindfulness and meditation, as well as those who have a meditation practice.  The half-day retreat includes silent meditation, walking practice and short dharma talks. 

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Spiritual Wholeness and the Somatic Body

Spiritual Wholeness and the Somatic Body: Daylong with Rik Center

Next Class: Saturday, January 9th 10:00AM - 5:00PM

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.


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