June 2, 2018: Daylong with Robert Cusick and Lori Wong — Meeting Life’s Changes & Transitions with Compassion

Please join us on Saturday, June 2, 2018 for Meeting Life’s Changes & Transitions with Compassion with Robert Cusick and Lori Wong from 9:30am to 4:30pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stanislaus County, 2172 Kiernan Ave., Modesto, CA.

We will explore change, transition, and loss in the context of mindfulness and compassion practices. The day will include meditation, experiential, and interactive exercises, and is appropriate for mental health professionals as well as the general public. Mental health and healthcare professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this daylong in ways beneficial to clients or their patients, as well as themselves. We will introduce mindfulness to attune to the transitory nature of our life experiences and to bring awareness to the somatic and physiological experience of emotions in order to cultivate a compassionate response to life’s changes and losses. We’ll have an opportunity to practice with these skills and look at loss and change as transformational processes.  

This day is freely offered to all.  Donations are important to support the teachers’ livelihood and our future offerings, but there is no obligation to make a donation.

If you are requesting CEs, there is an administrative fee (see below). There will be a potluck vegetarian lunch — please bring a dish to share, if you are able. Kindly label if the dish contains gluten, nuts, eggs, or dairy, so those with allergies may avoid those dishes.

Please register using the form below, no later than May 30th.

Robert Cusick trained at Stanford University School of Medicine in the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE). He is a Stanford Lecturer and Certified Sr. Stanford CCT™ (Compassion Cultivation Training) Instructor and teaches at Stanford University, UCSF, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center and in multiple other venues. As a long time meditator and former monk, Robert ordained in Burma under the renowned meditation master, Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw, and studied with him from 2003 – 2012. He has studied in the Soto Zen tradition, in the Ridhwan School’s Diamond approach with A. H. Almaas (Hameed Ali), and in the Insight Meditation tradition with Gil Fronsdal PhD, Jack Kornfield PhD, and others. He provides grief counseling and bereavement support for adults and children at Kara kara–grief.org in Palo Alto, where he co-leads men’s grief groups and facilitates retreats for fathers grieving the death of a child. He serves as an Educational Consultant at Kara and directs, teaches and co-facilitates trainings for Kara’s Caregivers Forum and Adult Services Program. Robert sits on the Board of Directors of the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies .

You can contact him at: info@thecompassiontrain.com

Lori Wong is the founding teacher of Insight Meditation Central Valley, a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leader program, and has been offering mindfulness and dharma teachings in the Central Valley since 2009. She has been practicing Insight Meditation since 2003 under the guidance of Gil Fronsdal, who is the principal and founding teacher of the Insight Meditation Center (IMC) in Redwood City, CA. She is a former board member and former president of IMC, a former board member of the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies has volunteered for the Buddhist Pathways Prison Project, and was a founding board member of the Buddhist Insight Network. Lori is also a Stanford-certified Compassion Cultivation Training™ (CCT) teacher, trained through Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and a senior certified-CCT teacher for the Compassion Institute. She has been teaching the CCT protocol since 2014 for the general public as well as for staff of various agencies, including St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Stockton, the Modesto Vet Center, and Stanislaus County Department of Aging and Veteran Services.

For the sake of those who may have sensitivities or allergies, please do not wear scented or perfumed products, including essential oils.  This daylong is suitable for all-levels of practitioners.

6 CEs may be available for the following professions through the Spiritual Competency Resource Center. An administrative fee of $25/person for this workshop must be made payable to SCRC.

  • CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.
  • The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. SCRC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California.
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.
  • For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact info@imcv.org. For questions about CE, visit http://www.spiritualcompetency.com or contact David Lukoff, PhD at ce@spiritualcompetency.com.

For additional information, please contact Lori Wong at 209-343-2748.

Please register by May 30th by filling out the form below. Thank you!

 

May 12, 2018: Daylong with Sean Feit Oakes — Trauma and Spiritual Practice: Mindfulness and Embodied Healing

Please join us on Saturday, May 12, 2018 for Trauma and Spiritual Practice: Mindfulness and Embodied Healing with Sean Feat Oakes from 10:00am to 5:00pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stanislaus County, 2172 Kiernan Ave., Modesto, CA.

Many people come to meditation and yoga to help mend old wounds, both physical and emotional. In this study and practice daylong we will explore how the nervous system responds to stress and danger, and how that natural response is affected by trauma, developing into habitual states of anxiety and overwhelm. Trauma is not just caused by intense harmful and shocking experiences, but also by long-term stress and unresolved emotional processes. Meditation and yoga can be very helpful in a trauma recovery process, but do not automatically heal these deep wounds, and may even be destabilizing for some practitioners.

The day will include an introduction to current trauma resolution theory, and to the mindfulness-based resilience work of Organic Intelligence®. You will learn specific mindfulness and movement practices that can support healing and resilience. The class will be appropriate for those who suffer from trauma, as well as professional caregivers (including psychologists, therapists, and nurses), family members, and teachers of both meditation and yoga. We will discuss contraindications for common meditation and yoga practice instructions, and ways to care for ourselves and others in spiritual practice and daily life.

More information about Sean and Organic Intelligence® can be found here: SeanFeitOakes.com

Sean Feit Oakes, PhD, E-RYT 500, OICC teaches Buddhism, Haṭha Yoga, and Organic Intelligence® with a focus on the integration of meditation, philosophy, and self-inquiry with trauma resolution and social justice. He has studied in Zen, Tibetan, and Theravāda Buddhist lineages, including training as a monk in Burma, and is authorized to teach Insight Meditation by Jack Kornfield. In yoga, he began in Ashtanga, studying with Larry Schultz and Alice Joanou, did teacher training with David Moreno in the Bihar tradition, and Buddhist integration through the Spirit Rock Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation (MYMT) program. Other primary teachers include Eugene Cash and Sylvia Boorstein (Insight Meditation), Anam Thubten (Mahāyāna), Sayadaw U Janaka (vipassanā), and Steven Hoskinson (Somatic Experiencing, Organic Intelligence®).

Sean teaches at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, East Bay Meditation Center, and Namaste Yoga, and is core Yoga Teacher Training faculty (E-RYT 500) for Piedmont YogaYoga Garden San Francisco, and Spirit Rock. He works with teens through Inward Bound Mindfulness Education and is Associate Faculty with Organic Intelligence®, teaching the integration of mindfulness with trauma resolution. Sean received his PhD in Performance Studies from UC Davis in 2016, writing on states of consciousness in Buddhist meditation and experimental dance. He lives in Oakland with his family and beloved community.

6 CEs may be available for the following professions through the Spiritual Competency Resource Center:

  • CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • SCRC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California.
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.
  • For questions about CE, visit www.spiritualcompetency.com or contact David Lukoff, PhD at ce@spiritualcompetency.com.

Approval for CEs is pending. Please note: If we are approved to offer CEs, there will be a $25 administrative fee per person (please bring a check for $25 payable to SCRC). Please have your professional license information with you. You must sign in within 15 min. of the start of the daylong and you will need to complete an evaluation and assessment at the end of the day, so please allow for time before and after the daylong to complete these forms. You may not take them home and complete them later. Your certificate of completion will be handed out at the end of the day after your evaluation is completed and turned in.

This day is freely offered to all.  Donations are important to support the teacher’s livelihood and our future offerings, but there is no obligation to make a donation.

There will be a potluck vegetarian lunch — please bring a dish to share, if you are able. For the sake of those who may have sensitivities or allergies, please do not wear scented or perfumed products, including essential oils.  Chairs will be available.  There are also a limited number of zabutons and cushions for use. This daylong is suitable for all-levels of practitioners.

For additional information, please contact Lori Wong at 209-343-2748.

If you plan to come, please let us know by filling out the form below. Thank you!

March 17, 2018: Daylong with Kevin Griffin — Living Kindness: Buddhist Teachings for a Troubled World

Please join us on Saturday, March 17th for Living Kindness: Buddhist Teachings for a Troubled World with Kevin Griffin from 10 am to 4:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stanislaus County, 2172 Kiernan Ave., Modesto, CA.

Lovingkindness, or metta, is sometimes depicted as a simple “open your heart and love everybody” practice, but a closer look at the Buddha’s teachings reveals a more complex and nuanced picture. In a time of great conflict and contention in our society, it can be extremely valuable to see how the Buddha addressed these relevant topics:

• the challenges of living with other people;
• the risk of hating anyone, even your enemies;
• and the dangers inherent to conventional loving relationships.

He uses his teachings on lovingkindness to emphasize the importance of sila, or ethical behavior, the potential for opening into deeper meditative states of peace and equanimity, and the importance of developing a non-discriminating, unconditional love on the path of awakening.

The retreat will include meditation, lecture, small group discussion, and Q&A.

Kevin Griffin is an internationally respected Buddhist teacher and author known for his innovative work connecting dharma and recovery, especially through his 2004 book One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps. He has been a Buddhist practitioner for over thirty-five years and a teacher for two decades. He reaches a broad range of audiences in dharma centers, wellness centers, and secular mindfulness settings. His latest book is Living Kindness: Buddhist Teachings for a Troubled World.

This day is freely offered to all.  Donations are important to support the teacher’s livelihood and our future offerings, but there is no obligation to make a donation.

There will be a potluck vegetarian lunch — please bring a dish to share, if you are able. For the sake of those who may have sensitivities or allergies, please do not wear scented or perfumed products, including essential oils.  Chairs will be available.  There are also a limited number of zabutons and cushions for use. This daylong is suitable for all-levels of practitioners.

For additional information, please contact Lori Wong at 209-343-2748.

If you plan to come, please let us know by filling out the form below. Thank you!

Extended Silent Meditation Daylong on August 12, 2017

On Saturday, August 12th, 2017, we will be offering an extended day of practice at the Sarana Kuti (at the south end of the east parking lot of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stanislaus County, 2172 Kiernan Ave., Modesto, CA).

The day will begin at 9:00am and will end at 8:30pm. This daylong is for experienced practitioners only as there will be no instruction offered. You must be familiar with meditation, including walking meditation. A dharma talk will be offered in the evening. There will be a light vegetarian dinner. Please bring your own lunch.

You may attend any or all of the day. Please RSVP by filling out the form below so we will have an idea how many people will be attending, and how many will be eating the evening meal and participating in the evening practice period.

If you are not participating in the practice day, but would like to support those who are devoting their day to practice, you can do so by helping to provide the evening meal. Please use the form below to indicate that you’re willing to bring a vegetarian dish for the evening meal..

 

Extended Silent Meditation Daylong on July 15, 2017

On Saturday, July 15th, 2017, we will be offering an extended day of practice at the Sarana Kuti (at the south end of the east parking lot of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stanislaus County, 2172 Kiernan Ave., Modesto, CA).

The day will begin at 9:00am and will end at 8:30pm. This daylong is for experienced practitioners only as there will be no instruction offered. You must be familiar with meditation, including walking meditation. A dharma talk will be offered in the evening. There will be a light vegetarian dinner. Please bring your own lunch.

You may attend any or all of the day. Please RSVP by filling out the form below so we will have an idea how many people will be attending, and how many will be eating the evening meal and participating in the evening practice period.

If you are not participating in the practice day, but would like to support those who are devoting their day to practice, you can do so by helping to provide the evening meal. Please use the form below to indicate that you’re willing to bring a vegetarian dish for the evening meal..

Craving: Understanding the roots of our longing – daylong July 23, 2016 with Amma Thanasanti Bhikkhuni

Saturday, July 23, 2016
from 9am to 4pm

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stanislaus County
2172 Kiernan Ave.,
Modesto, California

The Buddha taught that the key to peace joy and happiness is release: a state of mind and heart not driven by a relentless insistence that life, in this moment, be other than as it is. This capacity for freedom is available every moment but is often obscured by our agitated minds and wounded hearts. This day long retreat will combine the steady focus and insight of  Vipassana meditation with the relational practice of inquiry to understand more about craving and the roots of our longing.

AMMA THANASANTI BHIKKHUNI has been meditating for 35 years and a Buddhist nun for 25 years. She blends rigor with gentle loving encouragement to find your own way – finding a balance between fierce holding of the Dhamma and compassion, tenderness and empowerment.

Bring a vegetarian dish to share for a potluck lunch and something gluten free to share with Amma. Please come fragrance free out of compassion for those with chemical sensitivities. This day is freely offered. Donations are gratefully accepted to support Amma Thanasanti Bhikkhuni and Insight Meditation Central Valley.

For additional information, please contact Lori Wong at 209-343-2748.

Please register so we have an idea how many will be attending:

Cultiva la Resiliencia: Auto-Compasión & Atención Plena con Valentín Méndez

El Centro de Meditación Insight del Valle Central
Te invita a participar en una capacitación intensiva de dos días
para cultivar la resiliencia a través de la autocompasión y la atención plena.

2 y 3 de Octubre, 2015
9am – 5pm
2172 Kiernan Avenue
Modesto, Ca 95356

Aprenderás estrategias para recuperarte de emociones difíciles y gradualmente podrás cultivar y desarrollar la actitud apropiada para crecer la compasión de las dificultades de la vida diaria. Además, aprenderás sobre como atender las emociones destructivas a través de la auto-compasión consciente.

Valentín Méndez es maestro Certificado por el CCARE de la Universidad Médica de Standord para enseñar el Cultivo de la Compasión.

El Centro de Meditación Insight del Valle Central con el patrocinio del Departamento de Salud Mental y Recuperación de Adicciones del Condado de Stanislaus le invita a registrarse a la capacitación intensiva para cultivar la resiliencia este 2 y 3 de Octubre, 2015.

El registro está cerrado. El taller está lleno. Por favor, deje su contacto si usted desea ser notificado de futuros talleres.

 Gracias!  

May 9, 2015: Exploring our Practice Through SoulCollage facilitated by Tseme Garcia

Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stanislaus County
in the Sarana Kuti (building at the rear of the east parking lot)
2172 Kiernan Ave., Modesto, CA

Through the weaving together of expressive arts with guided meditation, visualization, poetry and reflection, we’ll spend the day inviting our spirits to engage in meditative play. We’ll use SoulCollage®, a technique that involves contemplatively selecting and gluing magazine images onto 5” x 8” cards as a tool for inquiring into and deepening our meditation practice. The SoulCollage process helps us to discover and explore our authentic selves, bringing healing to ourselves and to others through creative expression. We’ll incorporate mindfulness and reflection in order to look inward using the creative process to explore our practice. We’ll engage in contemplative sharing, allowing us to learn about ourselves and listen to one another in a safe, supportive environment.

During the workshop we’ll explore two themes: What brings you joy or delight? and What helps you relax into “Samadhi”? (Samadhi might be described as a state of whole-hearted and deeply embodied awareness). We’ll examine these two themes and how they relate to our meditation practice and daily living through the medium of SoulCollage, personal reflection, and group sharing.

These workshops are a safe place for us to “play” and explore—no art experience or talent is needed! Those who especially feel “I am not creative,” are encouraged to attend. Come allow your inner child to play!

The Facilitator:
Tseme Garcia, MA, CCRP, CNC, CFSP has been providing individual and small- group spiritual guidance using expressive arts and contemplative practices since 2004. She has used SoulCollage and other expressive arts to explore her own spiritual journey for more than a decade. Tseme is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and Holistic Wellness Coach who teaches whole foods nutrition to individuals and small groups using the Food+SpiritTM approach to mind-body healing, nutrition, and wellness. She guides Gyalshen Modesto Sangha and studies Bön Tibetan Buddhist meditation and spirituality. She holds a Master’s degree from Sofia University; a Certificate in Expressive Arts from John F. Kennedy University; and a Certificate in Interfaith Spiritual Direction from the Hesychia School of Spiritual Direction.

This day is freely offered to all. Donations/dana are gratefully appreciated to support the facilitator and IMCV’s future offerings. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share for a potluck lunch. For the sake of those who may have sensitivities or allergies, please do not wear scented or perfumed products.

Necessary supplies including magazines will be provided, but feel free to bring any favorite magazine images or personal photographs that you might wish to use.

Please register in advance so that we may have enough materials for all attendees.

Cultivo de la Compasión con Valentín Méndez y Lori Wong

Taller de un Día
Fecha: Sábado
Abril 11, 2015
Hora: 9:30am – 5pm
Lugar: TBD

Los seres humanos tienen una capacidad natural para la compasión. Sin embargo, el estrés diario, la presión social y la experiencia de la vida pueden hacer que sea difícil expresarla plenamente.
Este taller aportará al cultivo y crecimiento de la compasión en tu vida y te ayudará a mejorar tus relaciones y tu vida emocional.

Valentín Méndez y Lori Wong son maestros Certificados por el CCARE de la Universidad Médica de Standord para enseñar el Cultivo de la Compasión.

Por favor regístrese para asistir:

8 de Noviembre, 2014: Uniendo Nuestras Comunidades Día de Mindfulness o Atención Plena en Español e Inglés Con Andrea Castillo y Lori Wong

Sábado, 8 de Noviembre, 2014 de las 9:30 a.m. a las 4:00 p.m.
Lugar: Unitarian Universalitst Fellowship of Stanislau County
2172 Kiernan Ave., Modesto CA

Te invitamos a un día de aprendizaje y práctica de la atención plena. Se ofrecerán instrucciones sobre varios aspectos de la atención plena. El día entero será en Español e Inglés. Tendremos algunas sesiones todos juntos y otras separadas. Incluiremos sesiones de movimiento meditativo, favor de vestir ropa suelta que te permita mover cómodamente.

La comida de medio día será en silencio e incluiremos la práctica de la atención plena.

Durante el día tendremos periodos en silencio para cultivar quietud y paz en la mente pero también haremos tiempo para platicar.

Este día se ofrece gratuitamente a todos. Donaciones serán aceptadas con gratitud para apoyar a los maestros y eventos en el futuro.  Favor de traer un platillo vegetariano (que no tenga carne) para compartir con los demás. Ya que algunos tienen alergias a perfumes le pedimos atentamente no usar productos perfumados ese día.

Favor utilice este enlace para inscribirse ya que las maestras necesitan saber cuántas personas participarán.

Lori Wong ha practicado la atención plena y la meditación desde 2003 y fue entrenada como Líder Comunitario del Dharma en Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA.  Su maestro ha sido Gil Fronsdal del Insight Meditation Center en Redwood City.  Fue miembro de la mesa directiva  del Insight Meditation Center en Redwood City, y actualmente es miembro de la mesa directiva del Sati Center for Buddhist Studies y fue la directora que fundó el Buddhist Insight Network.  Lori es la maestra y guía del grupo de meditación los martes y domingos en Modesto.

Andrea Castillo PhD, originaria de la ciudad de México, ha practicado la meditación introspectiva con su maestro Gil Fronsdal desde 1998 y ha asistido a numerosos retiros residenciales. Andrea es actualmente miembro de la mesa directiva del Insight Meditation Center en Redwood City y del Buddhist Insight Network. En 2009, Andrea empezó a enseñar meditación introspectiva en español en la clínica Ravenswood de East Palo Alto y desde el 2011 en el Insight Meditation Center, donde ofrece enseñanzas de meditación y atención plena en español cada semana. Andrea también se entrenó en la reducción del estrés a través de la Atención Plena (MBSR) y enseña en el Área de la Bahía.