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Events for week of September 15, 2019

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Meditation as Refuge

September 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Just Sit

September 18 @ 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm
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Relax into Presence

Do you have restless attention during meditation practice that won’t settle down? Discover open awareness, an easeful, transformative practice from cushion to daily life. It is helpful for those of us who try too hard to achieve something in meditation, or those who have trouble relaxing into presence, flow, and heart wisdom. Relax into presence with natural awareness and wisdom so that every moment of your life becomes an opportunity for insight and freedom.

Cheryl Slean has been practicing insight meditation intensively since 1995, including hundreds of days of silent retreat. She was authorized to teach in 2007, and teaches dharma classes and residential retreats worldwide. In the secular mindfulness world, Cheryl has a Certification in Mindfulness Facilitation from UCLA and has taught at many community, health & wellness, addiction recovery and business settings as well as online with Mindful Schools. She has helped design research on the efficacy of meditation for chronic pain and developed associated trainings for healthcare professionals. Cheryl is also a writer, filmmaker and educator in the arts and sustainability, and is currently working on creative climate communication with the Natural Resources Defense Council


On Race and Racism: Going to the Core

Friday, October 18 at 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Saturday, October 19 at 8:30 am – 5 pm
Saturday, October 26 at 8:30 am – 5 pm

Continuing the journey of “Waking Up White”

Have you been frustrated by the current divisiveness and polarization around racial issues in our country? Have you been saddened by the increasing numbers of Americans of Color now living in fear of being targeted for racist violence? Do you want to understand what is at the core of racist rhetoric and behavior?

We’d like to invite you to a three-part series which continues the work begun in the ICD/UUCOD sponsored “Waking Up White” course. On Race and Racism: Going to the Core is designed to enable participants to get to the core of racism both within themselves and in the larger society.


Facilitator Lauren N. Nile is an author, trainer, keynote speaker and retired attorney. Since 1990, she has conducted workshops for nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, governmental agencies and Fortune 500 corporations.

Lauren provides the safe, non-judgmental environment necessary to dialogue honestly about the issues of race and racism. Her goal is to increase awareness of personal unconscious bias, and thus build greater sensitivity to racial issues.

Save the Date: November 16

Daylong with Arinna Weisman


Arinna has been studying meditation practice since 1979 and has been teaching since 1989. Her dharma practice and teaching have been infused with her political and environmental activism. She was the first out queer teacher with Eric Kolvig to lead insight meditation retreats for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Gender Queer community. She also leads ‘Uncovering the Heart Retreats’ integrating the practice of awareness of the social dynamics of inequity with the dharma practice of liberation.

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