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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

CULVER CITY
THURSDAYS at 7:30PM

4186 La Salle Ave.
Culver City, CA 90232

Please note: there will be no classes on Thursday, 10/26, Monday 10/30, Thursday 11/2, or Monday 11/6. 

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New! INTRODUCING THE MEANINGFUL LIFE

A new weekly drop-in class for beginners to learn how to meditate.

This brand new class is suitable for any and all students who want to learn how to mediate, and are interested in exploring how modern psychological Attachment Theory and ancient Buddhist meditation approaches can help you lead a more meaningful life (in a completely secular setting). If you've ever been curious about how meditation can change your life for the better - this is the class for you. $20 suggested donation. No registration necessary - just show up!

TUESDAYS at 7:30pm
1858 Echo Park Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Please note: there will be no classes on 10/31 or 11/7. 

 

 

 

 

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
DECEMBER 27, 2017 - JANUARY 6, 2018 (4, 6 OR 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 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, as well as mindful yoga with Mettagroup's 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 and virtually endless opportunity for outdoor splendor.

ADDITIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

New scholarships just made available, please get in touch at retreats@mettagroup.org or call 213-378-0489 to find out more.

 

december 27, 2017 -  january 6, 2018 (11 DAYS/10 NIGHTS)

December 31, 2017 - January 6, 2018 (7 days/6 nights)

December 27 - december 31, 2017 (5 DAYS/4 NIGHTS)


SPECIAL EVENTS

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3 - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5
ROCKAWAY BEACH, NEW YORK
ATTACHMENT & NONATTACHMENT
WEEKEND RETREAT
with Bhante Suddhāso and George Haas

Rockaway Summer House

504 Beach 68th Street
(Entrance on Thursby Avenue)
Arverne, NY
11692

One concept that is necessary to clearly understand in our practice is "attachment". During this retreat, we will be examining it from two distinct angles: Buddhist philosophy and contemporary psychology. Bhante Suddhāso will be presenting attachment from an orthodox Buddhist perspective, emphasizing the development of non-attachment as a critical aspect of the path to enlightenment. George Haas will be using John Bowlby's attachment theory as a model for understanding how we connect with other people, and how we can be completely ourselves in our relationships with others and with our work. Through the juxtaposition of these two disparate viewpoints, we can develop a clearer image of our internal conditions and learn how to live a more meaningful life.

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 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
LEVELS One & TWO
STARTING MARCH 2018

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, each lasting six months. 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
Starting Wednesday, March 7, 2018

LEVEL TWO
STARTING WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2018

MEDITATION INTERVENTIONS
FOR THE ADDICTION PROCESS
SIX MONTH INTENSIVE
STARTING MARCH 2018

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. 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. Students working with MIAP can move to The Meaningful Life after stabilizing in their recovery from process and substance addictions. 

MIAP is also offered in a 12-week, 36 class intensive outpatient format in partnership with other acute rehab programs- get in touch at 213-378-0489 for more info. 

 

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.