THE SPRING 2015 SEASON IS UNDERWAY...
...with an exciting lineup of transformative classes, workshops, films and other events! Come to a class whenever you like - just check out this week's schedule (here's next week's, too). Then, drop in on a class anytime - preregistration recommended for workshops!
This Week - preregistration recommended* or required** for starred workshops
New 8-Week Series!
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION** with Sunada Takagi
Wednesdays, April 1 - May 20, 7:15-9:30pm,
plus one all-day class on Sunday, May 17, 9-4
Mindfulness isn’t so much a tool or technique, but a different way of being. When we pay attention to our present moments, we start to see ourselves and our world more clearly. Instead of being driven by worry, anxiety, or feeling pressured, we begin to choose our responses more wisely. We find our way to a more balanced and centered life, guided by our inner strengths and values rather than old habits and reactions. This 8-week series is a thorough introduction to the art of mindfulness. It’s based on Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn's pioneering work in mind-body medicine originated at the UMass Medical Center. $450 preregistration with Sunada required
LISTENING FOR ALIVENESS: Entering The Flow Of Our Joy*
with Rosa Zubizaretta & Bruce Nayowith, MD
Saturday, April 4, 2-4pm ~ In Focusing, we take time to pause and be present to the felt dimension of our living. In this Focusing-friendly process, we will be inviting in rich and meaningful aspects of our life experience, and then allowing those energies to express themselves in other areas of our lives. $25 or class card + $10 at the door
Dharma Film Series presents HER
Saturday, April 4, 7pm ~ Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) lives alone in an ultra-modern hi-rise looking out upon an LA of the near future where everything is soft pastels and hushed orderliness. Recently divorced, he spends his days at work composing greeting cards for others but moves largely in isolation, save for the occasional elevator encounter with neighbors like former flame Amy (Amy Adams). When OS1, the ‘first artificially intelligent operating system’, becomes available for his ubiquitous cellphone and introduces him to ‘Samantha’ (Scarlett Johansson), his hunger for connection and her unquenchable thirst for knowledge make them soulmates before long, then ‘lovers’ with all that mightt entail. Her is a startlingly original and affecting love story as well as a parable about identity and the human predilection for projecting it upon the world - a need that appears to be growing in the digital age. Gently and memorably, Her points its befuddled characters, and us, toward something real. Presented with the Institute For Meditation & Psychotherapy. $10 at the door, with free refreshments and post-film discussion; $35/3 CEUs for mental health professionals
AWAKENING TO THE JOY WITHIN**
Learning to Witness and Cultivate our Heart and Mind
Mindfulness in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hahn with Margrit Romang
Sunday, April 5, 10-4 ~ Often we rush through daily life without giving much credence to our bodily sensations, feelings and perceptions. In this workshop, Margrit will lead you through meditation exercises designed to help you deepen your mindfulness, concentration and capacity to observe what is unfolding in your mind and heart from moment to moment. We will focus on practices that help us grow our capacity for loving kindness, compassion, joy and inclusiveness. Please bring a vegetarian brown bag lunch and wear comfortable clothes for sitting and mindful movements. $55 or class card x 3 + $10 at the door ~ $40 for members of the 6 week class series with Margrit in March/April. More information and registration at margritromang.com
BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGY LECTURE SERIES: Conversations At The Edge
Monday, April 6, 7:45-9:45pm ~ This monthly continuing education (CE) program presented by the Institute For Meditation & Psychotherapy is for psychotherapists interested in Buddhist psychology, meditation, or mindfulness. 2 CE’s are offered each evening to psychologists, social workers, nurses, LMFTs and LMHCs. $25/members of IMP, $30/non-members, $10/mental health students with ID. 9-month series $175/members, $225/non-members ~ no refunds > missed sessions
Tonight: USING MEDITATION IN PSYCHOTHERAPY FOR ADULTS WITH ADHD with Peter McEntee, LICSW