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Dinner at Siam Lotus and an Evening at Spirit Rock with Rick Hanson

  • Mar 17, 2014 · 5:15 PM
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Welcome BAS Singles: 

Please join us for dinner at Siam Lotus and then spend the evening at Spirit Rock to experience an introduction to meditation and listen to a Dharma talk with Rick Hanson, a  well acclaimed NY times bestselling author. 

About Spirit Rock: 

The Monday Night class with Jack Kornfield and others is now in its 28th year. Monday night serves as an introduction to the practices of awareness and compassion that are the heart of our community. This gathering also offers support and ongoing teachings to committed students. Class is from 7:15 - 9:15 pm. 

About Rick Hanson:

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist and New York Times best-selling author. His books include Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence(in 12 languages), Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom (in 25 languages), Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time (in 13 languages), and Mother Nurture: A Mother's Guide to Health in Body, Mind, and Intimate Relationships. Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom and on the Advisory Board of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, he's been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. An authority on self-directed neuroplasticity, Dr. Hanson's work has been featured on the BBC, NPR, FoxBusiness,Consumer Reports HealthU.S. News and World Report, and O Magazine, and he has several audio programswith Sounds True. He edits the Wise Brain Bulletin, and his weekly e-newsletter - Just One Thing - has over 100,000 subscribers, and also appears on Huffington Post,Psychology Today, and other major websites.A summa cum laudegraduate of UCLA, Dr. Hanson has been a trustee of Saybrook Universityand served on the board of Spirit Rock Meditation Center for nine years. He enjoys rock-climbing and taking a break from emails. He and his wife have two adult children. For more information, please see his full profileat



We need to carpool after dinner at Siam Lotus. You can park after 6pm a the town of Fairfax. If you decide not to carpool, parking is $10 at Spirit Rock.

Please note:  

If this is your first time at Spirit Rock, the dharma talk and meditation is free... Cost is usually $8; but no one is turned away if you lack funds.

Thanks for understanding and  your cooperation,


Yelp Review from Thierry H. San Francisco, CA 10/28/2009 

I am not your typical meditation/retreat kind of guy. I do not spend my week-end at Whole Foods, I do not only eat seeds and I do not practice Yoga on a regular basis. 

I believe in what I see and touch. It was suggested to me that I should go and check Spirit Rock. I did it out of curiosity. 
I just went a couple of weeks ago to find the inner peace buried inside me. I did not have any hopes really but I wanted to be able to say, I went, I tried, it does not work. 

Anyway, everyone is nice and relaxed. It is hard to be mad, resentful or in a bad mood going there. It is like you stop the clock and go dig deep inside and get some answers/peace or whatever you are looking for. 

I do not know what I am looking for, but I have found a way to decompress from the daily grind. 

Gotta try it, it is good. They have all kind of retreats, classes for everyone

Review from Kimberly K. San Francisco, CA 11/6/2011

Great retreat center up in Marin County - I've gone to several daylongs there in the past year and have enjoyed each of them - they were each a little bit different - one alternated yoga, meditation, and instruction, one alternated sitting meditation, walking meditation, and instruction, one alternated sitting meditation, group interaction, and instruction, and one was almost entirely lecture - but really great teachings.  Each one contributed significantly to my personal growth.  

I enjoy the variety and appreciate the ability to customize my experience - if you look at their catalog or online website, you can choose an event or retreat related to your interests.  They all involve mindfulness or meditation in some way - and some are even eligible for CEU credit for psychologists, counselors, etc. 

I haven't had the opportunity to attend a longer overnight retreat here yet, but I have heard great things about them - and I got to take a sneak peek at the facilities one time

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  • Jocee

    What a great speaker and good company at Spirit Rock. Thanks for coming John and Kas. Quiet a full moon. The meal at Siam Lotus is just delicious.

    March 18, 2014

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  • Jocee
    Event Host
  • John
    Assistant Organizer

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