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Classes & Retreats

Drop-In Classes

Deepening Your practice

A weekly drop-in class for intermediate to advanced meditators.

Meditators in the Los Angeles area are invited to join George Haas for Deepening Your Practice, a long-running group class that takes students beyond the basics and goes deep with Dharma talks, interactive discussions and a guided meditation that lasts 35 - 50 minutes. Drawing on the Buddhist teachings of Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight, as well as modern psychological attachment theories, George teaches a hybrid metta-vipassana (loving-kindness and insight) meditation style that has a profound effect on your practice and your life. Each class lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes. $20 suggested donation. No registration necessary – just show up!

ECHO PARK - MONDAYS at 7:30PM
1858 Echo Park Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90026

SANTA MONICA - THURSDAYS at 7:30PM
Hill Street Center
237 Hill Street
Santa Monica CA 90405

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FREE LUNCHTIME MEDITATION

Take a break and center yourself for the rest of the day with a short, free guided meditation with George Haas in a comfortable, inviting environment on Mondays and Fridays from 1pm - 1:30pm at The Springs in DTLA. Feel free to stick around and ask questions after. Hope to see you there!

Monday (7/17) at 1pm
Fridays (7/14 & 7/21) at 1pm

 The Springs
608 Mateo Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Retreats & Special Events

Meditation retreats are open to beginners and experienced practitioners alike and offer a chance to experience an extended period of meditation that is so vital to developing a deeper practice. Whether it's a single-day with your local sangha, or a multi-day residential experience in a remote location, retreats support our deepest intentions to be free and offer a chance to hone specific mindfulness meditation skills. 

THE MEANINGFUL LIFE WINTER RETREAT
DECEMBER 27, 2017 - JANUARY 6, 2018 (4, 7, OR 10 NIGHTS)
SEVEN CIRCLES RETREAT CENTER
Central California (near Sequoia National Park)

 
 

“We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”
~ T.S. Eliot

This special retreat version of George Haas's signature Meaningful Life course takes place at the Seven Circles Retreat Center in Central California. Nestled in the majestic foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains near Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, it's midway between LA and SF. During the retreat, George will guide you through the four foundations of mindfulness, emphasizing radical self-acceptance, calm and clarity. With a stable mind and open heart as a foundation, we will then explore aspects of relational mindfulness: how you connect to others, and how you can be completely yourself in relationships and work; in other words, how to live a meaningful life.  Each morning will include Dharma teachings with meditation instructions. The afternoon will offer an opportunity for longer, uninterrupted practice, and evening sessions will focus on loving-kindness meditation. This retreat is open to beginners and ongoing practitioners, and is encouraged for anyone seeking to deepen their meditation practice and bring greater insight into their daily life. Located on 24 acres of mixed oak and pine woodland, the center boasts stunning views, healthy food from local farms, charming cabins with en suite facilities, a private pool and virtually endless opportunity for outdoor splendor.

 

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SPECIAL EVENTS

HALF-DAY RETREATS
These special half-day versions of our signature intensives are the perfect introduction to the longer class series and retreats, as well as excellent stand-alone opportunities to take a close look at your practice - and your life. 

SATURDAY, JULY 29
LOS ANGELES
MEDITATION INTERVENTIONS
FOR THE  ADDICTION PROCESS

1858 Echo Park Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
10am to 1pm
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SATURDAY, JULY 15
LOS ANGELES

THE MEANINGFUL LIFE
HALF-DAY RETREAT

1858 Echo Park Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
10am to 1pm
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THE MEANINGFUL LIFE
FIVE CLASS SERIES at THE SPRINGS
SATURDAYS starting July 22nd

608 Mateo Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Join George for this very special intro version of his signature class The Meaningful Life at The Springs in DTLA.
It's a great way to kick-start your practice and learn the basics of The Meaningful Life!

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25
 SANTA CRUZ
MEDITATION INTERVENTIONS

FOR THE ADDICTION PROCESS
DAYLONG RETREAT

Insight Santa Cruz

740 Front Street, Suite 240
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
9:30am - 5pm


Join George for this special daylong version of this course specially designed to help people dealing with substance and process-related addictions. No registration fee - teacher dana is accepted.

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Intensives

THE MEANINGFUL LIFE
SIX MONTH INTENSIVE - LEVEL One
AUGUST 2017 - JANUARY 2018
 

Relational mindfulness for love and work.
 

The Meaningful Life looks at using your meditation practice to come into radical acceptance of yourself as you are now without wanting to change anything. Using John Bowlby’s attachment theory as a model for understanding how we connect with other people, you will learn how we can be completely ourselves in our relationships with others and with our work. In other words, how to live a meaningful life. 

The course consists of five levels, each lasting six months. Level One offers instruction in Buddhist theory, Attachment Theory, relapse prevention strategies, and in-depth meditation techniques. Subsequent levels will focus on developing secure relationships, uprooting past attachment conditioning, working through conflict resolution strategies, and will draw more deeply on Daniel P. Brown's attachment protocols.

Classes will be held on alternate Wednesdays beginning on August 2nd from 7:30pm - 9:30pm in Echo Park.

MEDITATION INTERVENTIONS
FOR THE ADDICTION PROCESS

Meditation based healing for substance and process-
related addictions.

The techniques and strategies covered in this class are specifically designed to support healing for people dealing with addiction and addiction-related issues. As evidenced by George Haas's own personal path, mindfulness meditation-based skills training can offer a truly effective behavioral change in the realm of addiction. Combining traditional meditation approaches, the relapse pattern theories from the work of G. Alan Marlatt, Phd., and John Bowlby’s Attachment Theory, this class provides a simple, easy-to-learn, and very pragmatic approach to addressing addiction.

The course consists of five levels, each lasting six months. Level One offers instruction in Buddhist theory, Attachment Theory, relapse prevention strategies, and in-depth meditation techniques. Subsequent levels will focus on developing secure relationships, uprooting past attachment conditioning, working through conflict resolution strategies, and will draw more deeply on Daniel P. Brown's attachment protocols.

The Summer 2017 session has been postponed - sign up below if you would like to be notified when the next session is scheduled.

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One-on-One Mentoring

A flexible system with an experienced mentor

One-on-One Mentoring is an ongoing dialogue about your meditation practice with an experienced teacher. The dialogue takes place via phone, email, text, IM, and Skype.

This approach has proven to be very popular with students interested in deepening their practice. Students who click with this approach tend to stay with it for long periods, so the turnover is low and (unfortunately) there is often a waiting list for one-on-one mentoring.

Mettagroup mentors are dharma teachers and facilitators who through their own practice see the benefit of working closely with a teacher, and make the commitment as part of their practice to work one-one-one with students long-term.

We recommend that you commit to three months when you begin the mentoring process. For those first months, we recommend weekly Skype sessions to establish a vocabulary for dialogue with your mentor and to develop a strategy for your meditation so you can get the most out of your practice. We ask everyone to keep a journal of their meditation practice so that as questions come up they can be jotted down and then referred to in conversation with your mentor.

After that, you can adjust. Some people prefer weekly contact, some only twice a month. Some people prefer to move to telephone-based appointments, while others prefer not to set appointments but to schedule sessions when they need them. There is no limit to the frequency of contact with your mentor so you need not feel inhibited about reaching out.

Having the flexibility to IM, email or text to get an answer to a quick question or to schedule an impromptu Skype session when something comes up that cannot wait is what this system is designed for. The idea is to support your practice in the way you need.

Some people like to add Morning Meditation to the mix.

Approximately 75% of the students we work with are focused on relational mindfulness. For the remaining 25% of students, the focus is on classical enlightenment.

 

Limited spots now available, click the link below to sign up for more information.