Day Retreat: The Wisdom of the Breathing Body

The anapanasati (mindfulness of breathing) sutta is a much-loved teaching from the Buddha that quietly and beautifully guides us towards real tranquility and wisdom through awareness of the breathing body.  

On this day retreat we will explore experientially the key themes from the sutta - body, feelings, mind and wisdom - to enhance our experience and practice of both mindfulness and metta (kindness).

The day will include meditation, reflection, body work and communication. 


Day Retreat: The Root of Conflict and the Cultivation of Peace

In the Honeyball Sutta (a teaching of the Buddha), the Buddha describes the conditions that give rise to conflict. And with a clear understanding of these conditions, we can also see a pathway leading to the dissolving of conflict and the arising of peace. Please join us to explore this ancient wisdom and how to apply it to our modern lives.

See also our April Sangha Night Series: Ancient Wisdom for the Modern World.


Summer Meditation Immersion Retreat with Tejananda

Register by Wednesday May 15 with a $200 deposit. Register early to be sure of a place. Open to anyone with a meditation practice.

Our annual summer meditation retreat is a wonderful opportunity to see what happens when we take a break from our normal conditions and stories and let ourselves be open to fresh possibilities. This year will be the first Summer Retreat in our beautiful new shrine room at Dharmadhara in Lake County.

Our meditation retreats are mostly silent except for teachings, meditation reviews and some mindful communication.


Meditation Morning

Join us for a simple morning of meditation - sit, walk, sit.

No instruction - just perhaps a couple of poems or relevant teachings - but there will be an opportunity for anyone interested to hang out and talk about meditation afterwards.

Open to anyone with a meditation practice. 


SFBC Annual Fundraiser, Sat, Dec 8, 6pm to 8pm

Show and Tell, Silent Auction, Vegetarian Food

Please join us at the SFBC as we put aside our meditation cushions for the night to celebrate the past year and invite your support for the year to come.  Bring your friends and family!  You can drop in at any time but try not to miss the entertainment/show and tell starting around 7pm.

Delicious vegetarian food, Entertainment, Silent Auction, Raffle, and plenty of time to socialize. 

Day Retreat: Words on the Page

Our theme for October is Creative practice.  During this daylong workshop Acarasiddhi will share ways to connect with our natural creativity through writing.  

The workshop will be positive, friendly, encouraging and productive, with helpful and inspiring writing exercises to get us started, and reflections on the link between words and practice. 

No writing or any other experience required. Bring your curiosity and your favorite writing tools (although pens and paper will also be available if you need them).


Day Retreat: I'll Meet You There - Mindfulness and Non-Violent Communication

I'll Meet You There

"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I'll meet you there." Rumi.

Based on his new book and drawing on many years of training in meditation, buddhism, non-violent communication (NVC)and mediation, Shantigarbha will lead through meditations, guided reflections, stories from the life of the Buddha, and practical exercises to help us develop our empathic listening skills. 


Day Retreat: Body - Dharma

Developed by Advayamati ‘body dharma’ workshops are based on shiatsu, loving- kindness and mindfulness. They support the integration of body, mind and spirit, leading us to a deeper experience of inter-connectedness. 

Advayamati has taught buddhism and meditation at the Ipswich Buddhist Centre (UK) for 14 years and been practicing shiatsu for 30.