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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. 

An Awakened and Meaningful Life w/ DAVE SMITH & GEORGE HAAS
Integrating the Meditative, Relational, and Emotional Aspects of Mindfulness

SUNDAY, MARCH 3 - FRIDAY, MArch 8 (6 days/5 nights)
1440 MULTIVERSITY, Scotts valley, CA

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Mindfulness has become a buzzword—an internationally popularized tool for self-improvement. But without a specific focus or aim, this practice can be misleading. How do you bypass the hype to cultivate an enduring and purposeful practice?

In this 5-day workshop, George Haas and long-time friend Dave Smith will show you how best to utilize mindfulness for the development of rich social and emotional intelligence—a way of directing your practice to vastly improve your mood, work, and relationships.

Through powerful guided meditation practices, lectures, and discussion, you will learn:

  • The basics of Buddhist psychology and the fundamentals of mindfulness practice

  • The four-stage model of emotional intelligence

  • The seven universal emotions and their roles in mindfulness and your physiological responses

  • An introduction to Paul Ekman’s Emotional Episode Timeline, a tool for understanding your triggers and emotional responses

  • The full scope of attachment theory as applied to relational mindfulness.

Leave with practical tools for implementing mindfulness in all of your efforts and interactions. This workshop will show you how to foster purpose, belonging, and genuine happiness for a more meaningful life.

CEs are available for mental health professionals in California, Utah, Tennessee, and Washington.



FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 - SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 (10 days/9 nights)


“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

Mettagroup’s signature bi-annual retreat takes place at 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 is midway between LA and SF and boasts 24 acres of woodland, semi-private cabins, and healthy plant-based food.

With a stable mind and open heart as a foundation, we will 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, restorative yoga with the amazing Samantha Akers (TheraYoga). 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.



DHARMA Talk: Meditation x Attachment
2701 FOLSOM, SF 94110
7:30pm - 9pm

Join George Haas for a special Dharma talk and guided meditation that offers an introduction to the connections between ancient Buddhist meditation techniques and modern psychological attachment theory. Suitable for all levels. No registration required - just show up!



DAYLONG: Meditation x Attachment™
2701 FOLSOM, SF 94110
9Am - 4pm

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. Using John Bowlby’s Attachment Theory as a model of how we connect with other people, we will explore how we can be completely ourselves in our relationships with others and with our work – in other words, how to live a meaningful life. Suggested dana (donation): $40-$120 , which can be contributed in person, or donate online here.



2701 FOLSOM, SF 94110
9am - 4pM

This special offering our signature intensive Meditation x Attachment™ (formerly known as The Meaningful Life), will be taking place in a series of four daylongs over two months (April 6, April 20, May 4, May 18). 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. This is a four class series that is best experienced by attending all sessions, however students are welcome to drop in on individual classes as well.




Relational mindfulness for love and work.



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.

Special Two-Month Intensive
Alternate Saturdays starting April 6th

Special Two-Month Intensive
Alternate Saturdays starting April 13th




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Level Two is open to students who have completed Level One well as students have taken any previous iterations of our intensive courses or extended retreats. 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. Please note: the next session will be virtual only via a live, interactive video webcast.




Next session TBD

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.  All current IPF students are eligible to participate in this class.


Meditation based healing for substance and process-related addictions.


The techniques and strategies covered in Meditation x Addiction (formerly Meditation Interventions for the Addiction Process) 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, this course 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 Meditation x Attachment™ Level Two after stabilizing in their recovery to continue to deepen their practice and maintain healthy lifestyle choices. 

Call us at 213-378-0489 for more information .



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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