Guest teachers in February 2024 💻

In February, we will be having Wednesday evening practice online-only, as Jeanne will be teaching at the Forest Refuge in Barre, Massachusetts, but she will zoom in to teach our Wednesday evenings. We have taken the online opportunity to invite some very special guests to join Jeanne each week: Lev White, Bob Stahl, Marienala Medrano, and DaRa Williams. Learn more about them below!

Register for the Zoom link here:
https://bit.ly/simcwed


Fresh "Lev" White, CPCC

February 7 – Lev White: Readings from Transcending: Trans Buddhist Voices

Fresh “Lev” White is a lover of life and all beings, who lives to reflect and offer the possibilities of unconditional love and self-compassion to his diverse global community through his writing, mindfulness offerings, and Diversity Trainings. A graduate of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leadership Program, Lev offers Dharma at centers around the SF Bay Area, including his sangha home at the East Bay Meditation Center (EBMC).


Bob Stahl

February 14 – Bob Stahl: Making Peace with Ourselves and Life

Bob Stahl, Ph.D., a long-time insight meditator, lived in a Burmese Buddhist monastery in the Forest tradition of Ven. Taungpulu Sayadaw for over eight years. He founded and directs mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) programs in three medical centers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Bob is a professor of the practice in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences in the School of Public Health at Brown University, and is a senior teacher at the Brown Mindfulness Center. He formerly served as a senior teacher at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Bob is the co-guiding teacher at Insight Santa Cruz.


Marianela Medrano

February 21 – Marianela Medrano: Healing Historical Grief: A Path to Awakening in Connection. In her offering, Marianela Medrano will address historical grief, which emerges from historical trauma. She’ll speak about her journey tracing and reclaiming Taíno spirituality and how mindfulness practices resonate with the traditions of her people, creating a new sense of home away from home. This offering also looks at indigenous practices that carry the seed of interdependence and interconnecting embodied in Thich Nath Hanh’s interbeing.

Marianela Medrano, Ph.D., was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and has lived in Connecticut since 1990. She is a Mindful Eating instructor/facilitator and a certified Mindfulness Meditation teacher with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield through The Sounds True Foundation, a program for teaching awareness and compassion-based practices. Additionally, she is a mentor/supervisor for the International Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy, IFBPT. A poet and writer of nonfiction and fiction, she holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and is now researching interspecies care with a grant from the Bess Family Foundation. Her TEDTALK at Ursuline College speaks about her work and research on the Taino people: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pQeBYd2oJk.


February 28 – TBA: DaRa Williams isn’t able to join us on February 28. She will join us another time!

We will still be meeting online!

Retreat with Bob Stahl – Oct 26-28, 2018

This is for a past event. For current events, please visit our Upcoming Events page.


Meeting the Heavenly Messengers
Cultivating the Mindfulness of Aging, Illness, Death and Awakening

A residential/non-residential weekend retreat with Bob Stahl
October 26-28, 2018, at Queens House of Retreats, Saskatoon

The title of the Heavenly Messengers is drawn from the legend of the Buddha’s early life. Prince Siddhartha, the Bodhisattva, lived in a protected world unaware of the most elementary facts of human life. Curiosity led him out beyond the palace walls, where he encountered the four “Heavenly Messengers” that were to change his destiny. The first three were a sick person, old person and a corpse; the fourth was a wandering ascetic, who revealed to him the existence of a path through suffering to freedom.

In the process of awakening, we are all called upon to meet illness, aging, and death face to face. An honest encounter with these facts of human existence reveals the transient nature of life, shows us “what matters most” and serves as a catalyst for profound transformation.

In this retreat, we will:

  • Develop a wise, personal relationship with the “Heavenly Messengers” and learn how embracing these experiences can lead to a fully engaged life characterized by wisdom and compassion.
  • Express our personal understanding through compassionate action by mindfully accompanying those who are living with chronic pain and serious illness, the challenges of aging, loss and bereavement, or the experience of dying.

Retreat Starts at 7 PM October 26 and ends at 5 PM October 28

Cost for residential option: $385 if registered on or before October 12; $410 after that date. Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner Oct. 27 and breakfast and lunch on Oct 28.

Cost for non-residential option: $166 if registered on or before Oct 12, $191 after that date. Includes lunch and dinner Oct 27 and lunch Oct 28.

On line registration is available at: http://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=24651
For a printable poster and registration form, please download: Bob Stahl October 2018

To contact SIMC call Doris at 306 242 5004 or email treasurer@saskatooninsight.com

Bob Stahl

Bob Stahl is a long-time practitioner of insight meditation. He is the Guiding teacher for Insight Santa Cruz, also teaching at Spirit Rock Insight Meditation Center and the Insight Meditation Society. Bob lived in a monastery for eight years, and has studied with the renowned Burmese masters Taungpulu Kaba-Aye Sayadaw, Hlaing Tet Sayadaw, Dr. Rina Sircar and Pokokhu Sayadaw, and has extensive experience with teaching body based practices. He has a PhD in Philosophy and Religion with a specialization in Buddhist Studies, and is the author of Living With Your Heart Wide Open, Calming The Rush Of Panic, A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook for Anxiety, and the co-author of A Mindfulness-Based  Stress Reduction Workbook. He also teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, and directs Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programs in six Bay Area medical centers.


Image credit: By User:Sacca (Picture of a painting in a Laotian Temple) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Four_Heavenly_Messengers.jpg

Bob Stahl, April 10-12, 2015

Title

Meditation as an Act of Love: Cultivating Wisdom & Compassion

Retreat Description

The two wings of our Insight practice are wisdom and compassion. This retreat will explore both wings – the wisdom we can cultivate with our mindfulness practice, and the befriending practices of the heart. Cultivating this kind awareness can awaken the mind and heart, leading to insight and transformation in our lives.

Teacher

Bob Stahl is a long-time practitioner of insight meditation. He is the Guiding teacher for Insight Santa Cruz, also teaching at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and the Insight Meditation Society. Bob lived in a monastery for eight years, and has studied with the renowned Burmese masters Taungpulu Kaba-Aye Sayadaw, Hlaing Tet Sayadaw, Dr. Rina Sircar and Pokokhu Sayadaw, and has experience with teaching body based practices. He has a PhD in Philosophy and Religion with a specialization in Buddhist Studies, and is the author of Living With Your Heart Wide OpenCalming the Rush of PanicA Mindfulness BAsed Stress Reduction Workbook for Anxiety, and the co-author of A Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Workbook.  He also teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn, and directs Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programs in six Bay Area medical centers.

Recordings

Now on SoundCloud!
https://soundcloud.com/saskatooninsight/saturday-dharma-talk-meditation-as-an-act-of-love

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