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Classes & Retreats

 

Drop-In Classes

THE MEANINGFUL LIFE
STARTS SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 4pm 

After several years of George Haas's weekly Deepening Your Practice class, we're very happy to present our new weekly drop-in class. 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 as we embark on this new journey together on Saturday afternoons beginning April 28th!

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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 SUMMER RETREAT
FRIDAY, JUNE 29  - SUNDAY, JULY 8, 2018 (10 DAYS/9 NIGHTS)
SEVEN CIRCLE 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 with Mettagroup mentor Blake Shields Abramovitz. 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. 

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE!

If you would like to apply for a partial scholarship, would like to participate but cannot attend the entire retreat, or need any other special accommodations, please call us at 213-378-0489.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

SATURDAY, MAY 19
SANTA CRUZ
The Meaningful Life Daylong Retreat

Insight Santa Cruz

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

This daylong looks at using your meditation practice as a way to come into radical acceptance of yourself as you are now, without wanting to change anything. We will be using John Bowlby’s Attachment Theory as a model of how we connect with other people, how we can be completely ourselves in our relationships with others and with our work – in other words, how to live a meaningful life.

No registration fee - the teaching is offered for dana.

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Intensives

THE MEANINGFUL LIFE

Relational mindfulness for love and work.

 
 

The Meaningful Life (TML) 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 teaching consists of five course levels. Level One is open to all students and offers instruction in Buddhist theory, Attachment Theory, and in-depth meditation techniques. Level Two is open to students who have completed Level One as well as students have previously taken any of our previous iterations of The Meaningful Life course. It 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  Ideal Parent-Figure (IPF) Attachment Protocol, including in-depth assessments and hands-on work with an experienced mentor.

Level One - 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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LEVEL One - Six Month Intensive
Los Angeles
STARTING THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 

LEVEL TWO - Six Month Intensive
Los Angeles
STARTING WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5


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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One-on-One Mentoring

A flexible system with an experienced mentor

One-on-One Mentoring is an ongoing dialogue about your meditation practice. 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.

It is recommended 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.

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.

 

Limited spots now available, get in touch at 213-378-0489 or click the link below to sign up for more information.