Usually the third Saturday of each month, 10am to 4pm.
These monthly day retreats are a great opportunity to experience the benefits of retreat without leaving the city. Each month, through meditation, reflection and discussion, we will explore a different aspect of practice and see for ourselves how it relates to living well today. They are open to anyone interested in the topics, and no particular experience is required, though if you haven't meditated before you might consider taking one of our introductory classes.
Saturday June 22, 10am to 4pm
If an approach to practice is not working for you, do you just carry on doggedly hoping that it will somehow improve? It’s not very likely that this will work!
This is as true of dhyana or absorption practice as any other area. So, on this Day Retreat I’ll be suggesting approaches people have found to be helpful and effective in opening to dhyana through exploring body, breath and awareness. By exploring and uncovering the actual nature of our bodily experience, resources for entering dhyana can be discovered right here, already present – just waiting to be noticed.
Meditation experience is recommended.
Lunch is not provided but there are many restaurants, cafes and stores in the neighborhood.
Saturday July 20, 10am to 4pm
Mindfulness in an urban environment. How do we manage? What are the challenges?
Special guest Paramabodhi will lead us in meditation, reflection and discussion as we step back for a day from our usual routine to explore ways to respond with more kindness and care when we return.
Paramabodhi helped get the SFBC going back in the early 90's before going back to London to work on his art. He has remained a good friend to us and visits regularly to share his interest in Mindfulness practice and creativity.
Open to everyone, though some meditation experience will be useful.