What we're about

Dana is the Pali word for generosity or giving freely. It is the inclination to give without expecting any form of repayment.

Dana Cafe is a monthly gathering in Oakland California offering transformational teachings at no cost to participants.

Each month on 1st Sunday Dana Cafe invites different social change educators, teachers and facilitators from various arts and healing traditions to lead a session. Our monthly classes are offered for Dana (give as you able and inspired) and there is no set fee to attend.

Our workshops have included community theater, popular education, indigenous medicine, Tai Chi, Qigong, drumming & myth, herbal medicine, moon astrology, radical dance and other forms of deep somatic, ancestor, and community work to name a few. The intention is to cultivate generosity and a culture of giving while providing a space where all can access these teachings. As the teachings are given freely, so the community is encouraged to offer support for the teachings as is comfortable and as they are so inspired, creating a cycle of community supported sustained abundance.

Dana Cafe provides a space for us to strengthen a culture of "gift economy", where we can receive teachings and engage our lives more fully. It's our intention to be accessible to anyone and to openly collaborate with those in our community who have something to share. All are welcome. We look forward to seeing you!

Past events (3)

Ancestor Altar, Sitting Meditation & Sharing Circle

Temescal Arts Center

Dana Cafe: Summer Gift Circle & Community SWAP

Temescal Arts Center

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