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Tarakali Education: Upcoming Workshops May to November
Evening workshops run from 7:00-9:30 pm in North Oakland
You can read detailed workshop descriptions at:
Wednesday, May 29
Your Healing Hands Energy Healing Workshop
Sunday, June 2: 10 am – 5 pm
Small Group Somatic and Intuitive Coaching Daylong
Monday, June 24
Emotional First Aid for Stress
Sunday, July 14: 10 am – 5 pm
Your Healing Hands Energy Healing Daylong
Wednesday, July 24
Embody Your Allyship for White Racial Justice Allies
Tuesday, August 27
Surfing the Waves: Navigating Spiritual Awakenings and Emergencies
Wednesday, September 25
How Oppression Shows Up in Our Bodies
Thursday, October 24
DIY Heal Trauma and Oppression in Your Body
Monday, November 25
Fierce Compassion: De-Shaming Social Justice Work
To register: contact Dr. Tarakali at vanissar[at]cs.com or (510) five-nine-four-6812
Vanissar Tarakali, Ph.D. (East West Psychology) is a somatic educator and intuitive who designs “collaborate with your body” training and coaching sessions for people who are transforming our world. Dr. Tarakali teaches clients how to tap into body wisdom to shift reactivity and stress into creativity and agency. Director of Tarakali Education and DiversityWorks trainer, Dr. Tarakali passionately practices Generative Somatics, Intuitive Reading, Energy Bodywork and Tibetan Buddhism.
http://www.vanissar.com Facebook: Tarakali Education
Life-Changing Summer Camp for Youth Making a Difference! March 15, 2013Posted by ebmc in Classes, Community EVENTS.
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Life-Changing Summer Camp for Youth Making a Difference!
YEA Camp is a unique and inspiring leadership summer camp for youth 12-17 who care about community service, activism and social justice. A week-long sleep-away program in a beautiful camp location, YEA is designed to be a fun and transformative experience that builds life-long friendships between youth with similar interests. Our program also provides a meaningful opportunity for campers to learn more about some of the issues facing our planet and to get inspired and empowered to take action on those issues.
Campers choose an issue of importance to them (for example, some have chosen climate change, racism, homophobia, homelessness, animal rights) and at YEA they build the knowledge, skills, confidence, and community to take action on that issue long after camp is over. Youth who have participated in our programs report that the camp was one of the most fun, rewarding and life-changing experiences they have had, and, with YEA’s community support, have gone on to start school clubs, plan fundraisers for nonprofits, organize community clean-ups, and attend hearings to comment about important community issues.
For more information, visit our website http://www.yeacamp.org.
“This camp has truly changed my life. You have inspired me to do so much with my life and to make the world a truly better place. You have inspired me to believe in myself and to not just say ‘I’m just a kid, what can I do?’ Because of you, I have been able to actually make a difference.” -Bianca, Age 15
When: July 14-21, 2013
Where: Ben Lomond, CA (in the Santa Cruz Redwoods)
http://www.yeacamp.org for more information or to register
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 503-347-0223
See a You Tube video about our program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJ4T15gx_UU
‘The Language of Meditation across Religious Traditions’ March 15, 2013Posted by ebmc in Classes, Community CONNECTIONS, Community DHARMA.
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‘The Language of Meditation across Religious Traditions’
PANEL DISCUSSION AND WORKSHOP
Open to the Public
1-6 PM, Sunday April 7, 2013
Mangalam Research Center
2018 Allston Way, Berkeley
This is an opportunity to enrich your theoretical and practical understanding of meditative practices within, and in dialogue between, the world’s major spiritual traditions. download flyer.
1:00-2:30: Panel Discussion
‘Meditation across Traditions: Bridging Theory and Practice’
‘Meditation’ has become widely accepted in the West as a ‘technique’ for relaxation, stress reduction, inner clarity and access to states of ‘elevated’ states of consciousness. Yet the fact that the term ‘meditation’, and the terms ‘contemplation,’ ‘reflection,’ and ‘prayer’, have come to mean so many different things, to some many different people, and in so many different ways — not to mention the growing interest in how to understand ‘meditation’ in terms of modern science — has left many of us overwhelmed and bewildered about where to even begin embarking upon spiritual or meditative practice.
The panel will be followed by an experiential workshop where three scholar-practitioners will share complementary practices from three different contemplative traditions.
3:00-6:00: Experiential Workshop
‘Varieties of Meditative Experience’
You must attend the panel to participate in the workshop.
Three sessions, about 45 minutes each, with time for discussion:
• Prof. Robert Buswell: Zen ‘Questioning Meditation’ (koan) and Buddhist Mindfulness Practice
• Prof. Carl McColman: Christian Meditation, Contemplation and Mental Prayer
• Prof. Alan Godlas: Sufi Vocal and Silent Meditation
• $15: Panel ($10: Student and Seniors’ Discount)
• $45: Panel and Workshop ($25: Student and Seniors’ Discount)
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Facilitation & Leadership Training
with Bill Say
Transcendence and Death:
Facilitating the Eternal in all of us
At least once a day we “die” in sleep, letting go of our hopes and concerns. There, dreams and emptiness await us.
How can we support ourselves and others in connecting to the eternal? What solutions might we find in letting go of all, in emptiness?
This month’s class will be an opportunity to explore your transcendental nature as well as develop your capacity to support another in altered states of letting go and deep creativity.
April 27, 3-6pm
1600 Shattuck Avenue #122 Berkeley, CA 94709
$65/40 students and interns
Register at: email@example.com
The Process Work Facilitation & Leadership Training is a monthly group that focuses on learning Process Work theory and tools for facilitation and leadership development.
* Learn and practice Process Work theory & tools
* Hone skills for individual, couples and group work (Worldwork)
* Develop relationship and community building capacities
* Cultivate diversity awareness and deep democracy
* Deepen eldership and nature-based spiritual connections
Process Work, developed by Arnold Mindell, is an approach to individual and collective change with roots in psychology, physics, spirituality, and systems theory. Process Work has been applied to the areas of: chronic physical symptoms, comatose states, addictions, relationship problems of all kinds, extreme states of mind, community conflict, and organizational development.
Begun as an approach in the late 1970’s, Process Work has institutes in Australia, Denmark, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland, and the US.
Bill Say, M.A., directs the Community Healing & Leadership Training, and consults on the issues of diversity awareness, conflict resolution, leadership, and community building. He is a former faculty member of JFK and Naropa universities, and teaches in the US and abroad. He is an affiliate organizational consultant of Olive Grove Consulting. Bill is a Process Work Diplomate. He teaches comawork, subtle connection and communication work, to family members and medical staff.
Bill Say, M.A.
“The Living Wisdom of Howard Thurman” March 1, 2013Posted by ebmc in Classes, Community EVENTS.
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“The Living Wisdom of Howard Thurman”
Sunday, March 3rd, 2-4PM
Join us for a special introduction to the life and teachings of an inspiring mystic and spiritual leader. Howard Thurman was a guide and mentor for Martin Luther King Jr and many others in the Civil Rights Movement (and beyond!). His work speaks directly to today’s personal and social issues, highlighting the powerful connection between spirituality and social transformation.
This FREE introductory session will be facilitated by Dr. Liza Rankow, and will feature portions of the video interview “Conversations With Howard Thurman.”
Location: East Bay Church of RSc, 4130 Telegraph Ave, Oakland
Ten-Week Class Coming Soon – Beginning March 11th, Dr. Liza will be teaching a ten-week class on Thurman at the East Bay Church, on Monday nights from 7-10PM.
For more info: http://www.onelifeinstitute.org/classesevents.html
Free Meditations and Classes March 1, 2013Posted by ebmc in Classes, Community CONNECTIONS, Community DHARMA, Community EVENTS, Dharma Resources, General Resources, Sitting groups & Support groups.
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Free Meditations and Classes (March 18-21, 7-8:30 PM)
In order to bring more people the benefits of meditation and Tibetan Yoga, the Institute will be offering a series of free classes or meditation sessions. These sessions are free and are open to all.
Spring: Meditation and Healing March 18-21, 7-8:30 PM
Many health benefits come from regular meditation practice. This series of free classes focuses on meditations that balance the emotions and stimulate natural healing. Classes will be primarily experiential and are open to all.
Monday, March 18, 7-8:30 PM:Healing the Heart: Meditations on Love with Olivia Hurd
Tuesday, March 19, 7-8:30 PM: Healing Pain with Santosh Philip
Wednesday, March 20, 7-8:30 PM: Movement as Meditation with Jack van der Meulen
Thursday, March 21, 7-8:30 PM: Meditation and Healing with Hugh Joswick
Free March Talks: The Human Condition, March 3 – 31
When we look at our lives and the lives of others, we may not know whether to laugh or cry. There is so much beauty, goodness, and potential. But, suffering, harm, and greed are also there, like weeds threatening to overtake a delightful garden.
March talks explore the human condition through the lens of Nyingma Institute teachings. In the first two Sundays of March, we examine how pain and knowledge arise with the goal of penetrating needless patterns of suffering. Then, on the eve of spring, Donna Morton describes how our nutritional needs change with the seasons and what vegetarian foods are good spring choices. Sylvia Gretchen then reflects on rebirth, death, and the process of dreaming, gently drawing attention to Buddhist teachings on consciousness as a fearless path of liberation. On the final Sunday in March, Mark Henderson discusses causality and karma in a talk on the Buddhist “Wheel of Life.”
Sunday, March 3, 6-7 PM
Tom Morse on “Penetrating the Dynamic of Pain.” 6-7 PM
The feeling of pain or suffering does not arise in isolation, but is part of a larger dynamic and rhythm within our experience. In this talk, Nyingma Institute instructor Tom Morse leads participants in an experiential analysis of pain utilizing exercises from the Time, Space, and Knowledge vision. With insight into the flowing rhythms that give rise to pain, we can take steps to interrupt the process, easing the resultant suffering.
Sunday, March 10, 6-7 PM
Ken McKeon on “Unexpected Knowledge.”
“Before concepts and ideas, projections and reactions, knowledge is available in the sound of sound, the voice of the voice, the inquiry of the inquiry, the mind of mind.” Tarthang Tulku, Visions of Knowledge.
The premise that knowledge is ‘already’ there, within senses and mind changes the nature of how and where we look for knowledge. Time, Space, and Knowledge instructor Ken McKeon will point out how to discover knowledge in unexpected ways and places. And show how this kind of knowledge can bring creativity and kindness more fully into our lives.
Sunday, March 17, 6-7 PM
Donna Morton on “‘The Healthy Vegetarian: Nourishing Foods of the Season: Spring.”
As the seasons change, nutritional needs shift. In this talk, nutritional consultant and Nyingma Institute instructor Donna Morton will give tips on healthy vegetarian foods that the body needs to thrive this spring.
Sunday, March 24, 6-7 PM
Sylvia Gretchen on “Reflections on Death, Rebirth, and Dreaming.”
“The ability of mind to sustain both waking reality and the very different reality of dreams only hints at its remarkable power. From a Buddhist perspective, mind is the foundation for both samsara and nirvana, the soil in which karma and the positive qualities of the human spirit can take root.” Tarthang Tulku, Mind Over Matter.
This talk is about consciousness, the deeper levels of mind that weave throughout waking and dreaming and all states of being. We chart teachings on how consciousness changes from moment to moment and life to life. Reflecting on death (what ends?) and rebirth (what endures?) and dream (what happens?), can inspire compassion and a fearless, open-minded curiosity.
Sunday, March 31, 6-7 PM
Mark Henderson on “The Wheel of Life.”
The Buddha taught that our destiny is not determined by fate, but by causality. To illustrate this teaching he described existence as an ever-turning wheel. Propelled by positive or negative actions living beings move to more or less favorable states of existence. Nyingma Institute instructor Mark Henderson will introduce the wheel of life as depicted in Tibetan art and will discuss this key teaching on causality, its inner and outer architecture, and how deeper inquiry and understanding lead to freedom
Learn more at nyingmainstitute.org
Mindful Movement Series March 1, 2013Posted by ebmc in Classes, Community EVENTS.
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Mindful Movement Series
Join us every Thursday, for our 15-week series and bridge the gap between movement and meditation
in partnership with Dr. Marcus Lorenzo Penn of Self Care Reform.
No experience necessary and mats will be provided!
$10 Donation-based classes. Proceeds shared with Resurrection Lutheran Church, Dr. Penn and InSolidarity.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
397 Euclid Ave
6pm – 7pm
Victim Body to Collaborative Body workshop in North Oakland February 19, 2013Posted by ebmc in Classes, Community EVENTS.
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Victim Body to Collaborative Body workshop in North Oakland
Tuesday February 26: 7:00-9:30 pm
Many of us have been socialized into thought and behavior patterns that leave us feeling stuck and helpless, even when we have resources and options. In this workshop we will learn to identify the thought patterns and body cues that let us know when our bodies are in the “victim” state.
We will learn somatic practices and strategies for lovingly recycling “victim” states into creatively collaborative states.
To register, contact Vanissar at email@example.com (510) 594-6812
Healthy Communication for Couples Workshop! February 19, 2013Posted by ebmc in Classes, Community EVENTS.
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Healthy Communication for Couples Workshop! Mindful loving through more than just talk. Change is sexy. Monday, March 4th.
The Living Arts Counseling Center Presents:
Healthy Communication for Couples
Revitalize your relationship and connect to your partner in a fresh new way! Explore common relationship issues, e.g., trust, communication, intimacy, space, and resentment, through dialogue and drama therapy exercises with like-minded couples.
Monday, March 4th
7:00 – 9:30 pm
Living Arts Counseling Center
1265 65th Street (between Hollis & San Pablo Ave)
Emeryville, CA 94608
$40 in advance, $50 at the door
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org 510-595-5500, ext. 36
The Facilitators: Jessica Engle, MA, MFT Intern (#45485) helps single men, socially anxious adults, and couples build satisfying relationships and happier lives. She is a graduate of the California Institute of Integral Studies, where she received an M.A. in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Drama Therapy. Jessica is supervised by Warren Randy McCommons, MFT #45485, RDT/BCT.http://www.jessicaengle.com
Tessa Sugarbaker, MD, MFT Intern (#62918) works with couples, children, teens, and adults. She empowers her clients to heal and grow in their relationships. She received her M.A. from The California Institute of Integral studies with a concentration in Drama Therapy. She is an experienced Obstetrician & Gynecologist who continues to practice since 2001. She is supervised by Merry Ross, MFT (MFC#37401).http://www.tessa.livingartscenter.org
Fertile Ground: An EcoSoul Journey with the Ancestors February 2, 2013Posted by ebmc in Classes, Community EVENTS.
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I am offering a unique and creative Ecotherapy class called:
Fertile Ground: An EcoSoul Journey with the Ancestors
Feb 9th 10-12 East Bay Healing Collective,
Feb 10: 9-11:30 on Lands in the East Bay
Connect with Ancestors and Spirit of Place as a Wellness Practice
**Learn to relate in a conscious and safe way with your ancestors for healing and empowerment
**Learn ways to utilize song, ceremony and the spirit of creation to honor your ancestors and spirit of place
**Participate in earth honoring ceremony to deepen your sense of place
Offering: $45 Pre-registration required to hold your spot.
I also offer individual consultations if you are unable to attend the weekend class on ancestral healing from an ecotherapeutic and traditional African indigenous perspective. Call or email for more info or for a Free Consultation.
Phoenix Smith, MSW is passionate about making ecotherapy, mindfulness meditation and earth based healing practices accessible and meaningful for diverse communities. She is a certified Ecotherapist, has 20 years experience as a public health social worker, and is an ordained Priest in an African Spiritual Tradition. She leads classes, provides ecotherapy mentoring and is the Spiritual leader of a local Oricha community where she leads monthly spiritual ceremonies in nature in the Bay Area. She has presented at the Earth Medicine Alliance Conference in San Francisco in 2010 and 2011, lead mindfulness meditation sessions at the Black Women’s Media Project Be Still Retreat in 2011 and 2012, and also presented at the African American Community Health Advisory Committee Soul Stroll for Health and Annual Health Conference in 2012. She consults with local health organizations and is currently developing the first Ecopsychology, Healing and Environmental Justice Summit with the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project in April 2013.