Special Events

Each year we aim to offer a variety of arts and special interest events to include the whole community. 

Special Events

with Advayamati
Sat, Jul 28, 2018

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. 

The workshops involve a combination of bodywork, chi chung, ‘do in’ (simple self shiatsu), and yoga stretching with mindfulness meditation that helps us take our practice deeper and bring more of our whole experience into  our meditation, helping to balance the flow of energy. There is some paired work.

Please wear loose clothing.


with Shantigarbha
Sat, Sep 15, 2018

Shantigarbha has been studying and teaching Non Violent Communication for many years, and we're happy to welcome him back to lead a workshop for us based on his new book on mindful communication, coming out in June.


with Vajradarshini
Wed, Sep 19, 2018

Dharma meets Art with Vajradarshini 

“Our meditation doesn't stay on the cushion. We are a studio and a laboratory, testing new ways to view life. Evoking curiosity and playfulness. Looking for meaning. Finding beauty.”

In September this year Vajradarshini will lead 3 weeks of urban exploration of “Buddhism in a creative package”. 

Vajradarshini has been teaching and leading retreats since 1997. “In all that time the aspect of practice that I loved the most was bringing the Buddhist teachings together with art. Something would happen, the art illuminated the dharma and the dharma illuminated the art.” She currently lives in Sweden. 

Walls are Stories; Stories are Doors
Sat, Oct 20, 2018

Once again the SFBC will participate in this extraordinary event in San Francisco's Mission District. The theme of our reading is Walls are Stories; Stories are Doors.

Watch this space for more information, or visit Lit Crawl's website here.