Are you interested in meditation and don't know where to begin? Please join us for an evening meditation, vegetarian dinner and dharma talk at Spirit Rock in Woodacre with Jack Kornfield and friends?
About Spirit Rock:
The Monday Night class with Jack Kornfield and others is now in its 27th 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. Dinner, when offered, begins at 6 pm.
About Jack Kornfield:
Jack Kornfield trained as a Buddhist monk in the monasteries of Thailand, India and Burma. He has taught meditation internationally since 1974 and is one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practice to the West. He is a founding teacher of the Insight Meditation Society and Spirit Rock Meditation Center. He holds a PhD in clinical psychology, and is a husband and father. His books include A Path with Heart (http://www.amazon.com/Path-Heart-Through-Promises-Spiritual/dp/0553372114/?tag=spiritrock-20); Buddha's Little Instruction Book (http://www.amazon.com/Buddhas-Little-Instruction-Book-Kornfield/dp/0553373854/?tag=spiritrock-20); Teachings of the Buddha (http://www.amazon.com/Teachings-Buddha-Jack-Kornfield/dp/1590308972/?tag=spiritrock-20); Seeking the Heart of Wisdom (http://www.amazon.com/Seeking-Heart-Wisdom-Meditation-Shambhala/dp/157062805X/?tag=spiritrock-20); Living Dharma (http://www.amazon.com/Living-Dharma-Teachings-Meditation-Instructions/dp/1590308328/?tag=spiritrock-20); A Still Forest Pool (http://www.amazon.com/Still-Forest-Pool-Insight-Meditation/dp/0835605973/?tag=spiritrock-20); After the Ecstasy, the Laundry (http://www.amazon.com/After-Ecstasy-Laundry-Heart-Spiritual/dp/0553378295/?tag=spiritrock-20); The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness and Peace (http://www.amazon.com/Art-Forgiveness-Lovingkindness-Peace/dp/0553381199/?tag=spiritrock-20); and The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology (http://www.amazon.com/Wise-Heart-Universal-Teachings-Psychology/dp/0553382330/?tag=spiritrock-20).
Please meet us in front of the Old Good Earth Grocery Store on Sir Francis Drake and Clause (next to Rhino Gas Station) at 5:30pm. We need to carpool because if there are more than 3 people per car, parking at Spirit Rock is free. If you decide not to carpool, parking is $10 at Spirit Rock.
We will have dinner at 6pm followed by meditation and dharma talk. at 7:15pm. If you will be late please let me know so we can save you a seat. Jack Kornfield is in great demand. Seating is tight; however, we are more than happy to accomodate you.
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 thanks for your cooperation,
Note: this is a limited attendance RSVP event, so only RSVP if you intend to show up.
No-shows will be removed from the group on this event.
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.
Well, I have been back 3 times. I go to the Monday night meditation teaching/practice.
$10 parking if you are not 3 people per car plus $8 Donation. Who would have thought I would one day donate to a meditation center.
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