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Classes & Retreats

 

Drop-In Classes

THE MEANINGFUL LIFE
SATURDAYS AT 4pm
at METTAGROUP in LOS ANGELES

Based on George's signature teaching, The Meaningful Life, the purpose of this class is to facilitate meditation-based attachment repair, which we believe to be the root cause of almost all suffering. Combining modern Attachment Theory, ancient Buddhist teachings and mindfulness meditation techniques, this class - as with all iterations of The Meaningful Life - will help you see more deeply and clearly into your own life in order to lead a better one. Please join us at Mettagroup in Rampart Village (near Silver Lake) as we embark on this new journey together!

You can register each week by RSVPing at admin@mettagroup.org or calling the office at 213-378-0489. The cutoff for RSVPs is Friday at 3pm. Or sign up below to receive an email reminder each week when registration opens.

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NEW! PLANT-BASED MAKE-A-MEAL
SATURDAYS AT 6:30pm
at METTAGROUP in LOS ANGELES

 
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Join us on Saturday evenings for a plant-based Make-A-Meal at 6:30pm. Offered as a fun exercise that builds community and hones collaboration skills, Mettagroup will provide all the ingredients for a nominal $10 fee. There's limited spots available, click here to book now

 

Retreats & Special Events

RETREATS

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
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2018  - SUNDAY, JAnuary 6, 2019 (11 DAYS/10 NIGHTS)
SEVEN CIRCLES RETREAT CENTER
CENTRAL CALIFORNIA (NEAR SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK)

 
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“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 warm and welcoming Seven Circles Retreat Center Seven Circles Retreat Center in Badger, 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, as well as mindful yoga. 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. 

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

THE MEANINGFUL LIFE Two Month Intensive
INSIGHT Santa Cruz
740 Front Street, Suite 240, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
September 15 & 29, October 13 & 27

For this special offering at Insight Santa Cruz our signature intensive will be taking place in four meetings over two months instead of 12 meetings over six months. Open to all students, the course offers instruction in Buddhist theory, Attachment Theory, and in-depth meditation techniques. It will focus on developing secure relationships, uprooting past attachment conditioning, working through conflict resolution strategies, and will draw deeply on Daniel P. Brown's Ideal Parent-Figure (IPF) Attachment Protocol. No registration is required, and the cost will be entirely on a dana basis. However, if you plan to attend, we do ask that you sign up with your contact info below to help us plan. Read more from Insight Santa Cruz.

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Intensives

THE MEANINGFUL LIFE

Relational mindfulness for love and work.

 
 

LEVEL One - Six Month Intensive
Los Angeles/virtual (live)
STARTING WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 

The Meaningful Life Level One looks at using your meditation practice to come into radical acceptance of yourself as you are now without wanting to change anything. The course explores attachment theory and offers meditation instruction for all levels. Using John Bowlby’s teachings 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. Classes meet every other Wednesday beginning September 19th.

LEVEL TWO - Six Month Intensive
Los Angeles/virtual (live)
STARTING WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

The Meaningful Life Level Two is open to students who have completed Level One well as students have taken any of our previous iterations of The Meaningful Life course. The course includes one-on-one mentoring and offers a more in-depth exploration of the connections between attachment and regular meditation practice to shift your existing relationships into secure functioning ones. It also incorporates Dr. Daniel P. Brown’s Idealized Parent Figure (IPF) protocol. Classes meet every other Wednesday beginning September 12th.

LEVEL THREE - Six Month INTENSIVE
Los Angeles/virtual (live)
STARTING SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29

The Meaningful Life Level Three is organized around the Idealized Parent Figure (IPF) protocol and is for those who wish to do the deep work that shifts automatic attachment responses into secure functioning ones.  For students who have completed TML Level Two, this course is the next step that includes an Adult Attachment Interview (AAI) and twice per month IPF sessions. For those who are already engaged in the IPF process, it functions as an engaged support community. Classes meet monthly on Sundays beginning September 29th.


MEDITATION INTERVENTIONS FOR THE ADDICTION PROCESS

Meditation based healing for substance and process-related addictions.

 
 

The techniques and strategies covered in Meditation Interventions for the Addiction Process (MIAP) 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. Offered as a 12-week, 36-class intensive outpatient course in partnership with other acute rehab programs, MIAP combines traditional meditation approaches, the relapse pattern theories from the work of G. Alan Marlatt, Phd., and John Bowlby’s Attachment Theory. Students learn a simple, easy-to-learn, and very pragmatic approach to addressing addiction, and many move on to The Meaningful Life after stabilizing in their recovery to continue to deepen their practice and maintain healthy lifestyle choices. 

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Mentoring

A flexible system with an experienced mentor

All of our mentoring formats are based on an ongoing dialogue that connects your meditation practice with other aspects of your life that you'd like to take a closer look at. The dialogue takes place in person, or via phone, email, text, IM, and Skype.  Students who click with their mentoring sessions tend to stay with it for long periods, so the turnover is low and (unfortunately) there is often a waiting list. Read on for more about our offerings!

Meditation Mentoring

This one-on-one mentoring relationship has proven very popular with students interested in truly deepening their meditation practice. The process starts with weekly Skype sessions to establish a vocabulary for dialogue with your mentor and to develop a strategy for your meditation, and then after that we can adjust the plan accordingly. 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. 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. Many students like to add Morning Meditation to the mix.

Idealized Parent Figure Protocol (IPF)

Developed with  Dr. Daniel P. Brown, PhD, Mettagroup is very happy to offer mentoring and work groups based on his definitive work, Attachment Disturbances in Adults: Treatment for Comprehensive Repair. Described by Psychology Today as a "major breakthrough in treatment," the journal also said: "It should be required reading by every mental health clinician and provider as a basis of treatment. If it were, there would be more positive treatment results for a wide variety of mental health issues."

Developed to assess and address attachment disturbances in a totally unique and effective way, we also offer IPF trainings for professionals including licensed therapists and psychiatrists who want to incorporate this approach into their own work with patients. This marks a major development in George Haas's own lifelong work connecting secular Buddhist meditation and modern attachment theory.

Mentoring for Couples

While many forms of couples counseling end up negotiating the failure of late-state relationships, Mettagroup's meditation-based mentoring is focused on building a secure foundation early in a relationship (rather than trying to repair it later).  Mettagroup mentors were trained  and certified by Dr. Stan Tatkin's PACT Institute. Get in touch below for more info! 

Adult Attachment Interviews (AAI)

Created by Dr. Mary Main, Adult Attachment Interviews are scored assessments that determine what your specific attachment issues are. Anybody who is interested in attachment repair needs an accurate assessment of their strategy. We offer AAI directly to Mettagroup students, or if you're a therapist, we can conduct the interviews with your patients in conjunction with your practice. AAI includes a detailed report with reflective functioning.  

 

To find out more about any of our Mentoring options, get in touch at 213-378-0489 or fill out the contact form below.

 
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