Miami Ashtanga Intensive with Kino MacGregor

January 5–February 4, 2018 | 7:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.  |  Miami Life Center

Our philosophy is based in tradition. The subject of yoga is vast and worthy of a lifetime of learning. An established foundation for the yogi’s journey. You will join a comprehensive program aimed at preparing you for a journey into the dimension of Ashtanga Yoga -as a life style, a world view and potentially a profession. At the completion of this course you will be established in daily practice and technique for the principle postures of the Ashtanga Yoga Primary...

Moving Toward the Center: Pranayama Intensive at Mount Madonna with Judith Hanson Lasater

January 14–19, 2018 | 5:00 p.m.  |  Mount Madonna Center

This year my annual workshop at Mount Madonna Center will focus on our yoga practice, including Active poses in the first session of the day,  and Restorative poses in the afternoon session. But our special focus will be on pranayama, the practice that uses the breath as a vehicle to carry us “toward our center” in a subtle and powerful way. Both our Active and Restorative poses will therefore be selected specifically to open us to our breathing. While it...

Author Presentation and Signing with Kimberly Ann Johnson

January 16, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.  |  Warwick's

Kimberly Ann Johnson will speak about and sign her new book, The Fourth Trimester: A Postpartum Guide to Healing Your Body, Balancing Your Emotions, and Restoring Your Vitality. 

To Heal a Wounded Heart Book Talk and Signing with Pilar Jennings

January 17, 2018 | 6:00 p.m.  |  Rizzoli Bookstore | New York, NY

Join us for a talk and book signing with Pilar Jennings to celebrate the publication of To Heal a Wounded Heart: The Transformative Power of Buddhism and Psychotherapy in Action.

13th Annual EDZ Women’s Retreat with Norman Fischer

January 19–21, 2018  |  Angela Center, Santa Rosa, CA

The 13th annual Everyday Zen Women’s Retreat: January 19 to January 21, 2018, at the Angela Center in the golden hills of Santa Rosa, 40 miles north of San Francisco. The retreat is open to women who have a practice relationship with Everyday Zen, through weekly seminars, monthly sittings, annual sesshin, Everyday Zen Dialogues, or participation in other EDZ sanghas or activities, in the Bay Area or elsewhere. E-mail Susan Grand, your devoted retreat registrar, with any questions: susanAgrand@gmail.com

Yoga & the Deep Life Force with Tias Little

January 19–21, 2018  |  Dallas Yoga Center | Dallas, TX

Tias Little will be teaching a weekend of classes focused on the blood, breath, bone, skin, and joints. Click here for a full list of classes.

A Deeper Village Experience Yoga Retreat in Yelapa Mexico with Baxter Bell

January 20–27, 2018  |  Sky Temple

I am very excited to announce my 2018 Mexico retreat- “A Deeper Village Experience!”- as we will be interacting more deeply with the local village of Yelapa than in years past. After arriving in Yelapa, each day will include a morning and late afternoon yoga class designed to be accessible to students of all levels, including those very new to yoga. We will play with how the yoga practice is valuable as a tool for healthy aging, how it fosters...

Essentials Yoga Training with Richard Freeman & Mary Taylor

January 22–26, 2018  |  Yoga Workshop, Boulder, CO

So often we find gaps in our practice and understanding of yoga. We get confused not just about the bothersome disparities between the great variety of techniques and philosophies but also about the apparent differences between alignment and flow, asana and pranayama, theory and practice. This five-day intensive will help to fill in some of these gaps. In the morning sessions we will ground our study with an in-depth exploration of the internal patterns of breath and alignment found in...

Rest and Silence with Judith Hanson Lasater

January 25–27, 2018 | 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.  |  The Yoga Studio

“One of the greatest lacks in our life is, paradoxically, “nothing,” writes Judith Hanson Lasater. “We rarely take time to just be, to rest, to feel silence, to hear our deepest heart’s longing. We are just too busy, too occupied, too distracted, too over-scheduled. We try so many strategies: new calendars, to-do lists, New Year’s resolutions, endless promises to ourselves to do less. But we don’t.” This year our annual workshop will focus as usual on our yoga practice in...

The Jeweled Path Book Talk and Signing with Karen Johnson

January 26, 2018 | 7:00–9:30 p.m.  |  Ridhwan Center for Spiritual Development | Berkeley, CA

How does a spiritual tradition arise? We rarely have the opportunity to ask the founder of a spiritual path that question, but this meeting offers such an opportunity. Karen Johnson, who joined forces with A. H. Almaas, was the cradle of the Diamond Approach. They will tell frankly how their personal and spiritual experiences created a path of growth and transformation that now appeals to people worldwide. In her new book The Jeweled Path, Karen Johnson gives a warm, personal,...

Yoga for Healthy Aging Book Signing and Q&A with Nina Zolotow and Dr. Brad Gibson

January 27, 2018 | 2:00–4:00 p.m.  |  Santa Barbara Yoga Center | Santa Barbara, CA

Come celebrate the release of the new book Yoga for Healthy Aging: A Guide to Lifelong Well-Being by Baxter Bell, MD, and Nina Zolotow. We will be having a book signing with author Nina Zolotow, editor-in-chief of the Yoga for Healthy Aging blog. We’ll also have a presentation by Nina and Dr. Brad Gibson, one of the original founders of the Yoga for Healthy Aging blog and a medical researcher who has studied aging. This will be your chance to...

Create Your Yantra with Sarah Tomlinson

January 28, 2018 | 1:00–5:00 p.m.  |  Laughing Lotus, San Francisco, CA

Join Sarah in this step-by-step method to creating your own Yantra. You will select from a number of goddess and planetary yantras provided. After finding the one that suits you most at this time, Sarah will guide you through the drawing and coloring stages to its creation. You will leave with your own Yantra to meditate with at home. This will be uplifting to all who see it and reside in the space. No previous art experience is necessary. Please...

Mitzvah Hero Awards with special guest Rabbi David Jaffe

January 28, 2018 | 5:00–7:00 p.m.  |  Weinberg Jewish Senior Services Campus | Bridgeport, CT

Join our community clergy as we pay tribute to the men and women who step up to repair our world and embody the true values of Tikkun Olam. Rabbi David Jaffe will be the special guest at the event.

Yoga for Healthy Aging Book Signing with Nina Zolotow & Dr. Brad Gibson

January 28, 2018 | 2:00–4:00 p.m.  |  Spiral Path Yoga Center | La Crescenta, CA

Come celebrate the release of the new book Yoga for Healthy Aging: A Guide to Lifelong Well-Being by Baxter Bell, MD, and Nina Zolotow! We are pleased to be hosting a book signing with author Nina Zolotow, editor-in-chief of the Yoga for Healthy Aging blog. We’ll also have a presentation by Nina and Dr. Brad Gibson, one of the original founders of the Yoga for Healthy Aging blog and a medical researcher who has studied aging. This will be your...

Advanced Intensive with Richard Freeman & Mary Taylor

January 29–February 2, 2018  |  Yoga Workshop, Boulder, CO

This year’s course will include Mysore practice and in-depth work on pranayama and the anatomy of breathing. We will also focus on the intricacies of inner forms as they apply to the intermediate series of the Ashtanga Vinyasa system. In order for our practice to have a delightful effect, we need to approach the asana practice with a contemplative understanding of the subtle art of pranayama, mudra, and bandha. Without this deeper understanding, the practice of asana can lead to injury and a mechanical,...

The Path to Awakening: Insight Meditation Retreat with Joseph Goldstein, George Mumford, and Jill Shepherd

February 2–11, 2018  |  Insight Retreat Center

A lottery will be conducted for this retreat. Registrations are due by October 17, 2017. Insight meditation (vipassana in Pali, the language of the original Buddhist teachings) is the simple and direct practice of moment-to-moment mindfulness. Through careful and sustained observation, we experience for ourselves the ever-changing flow of the mind/body process. This awareness leads us to accept more fully the pleasure and pain, fear and joy, sadness and happiness that life inevitably brings. As insight deepens, we develop greater equanimity...

Drupchö (Practice Intensive) with Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel

February 3–10, 2018  |  Samten Ling | Crestone, CO

Every winter Elizabeth and her son, Dungse Jampal Norbu, lead a Rigdzin Dupa drupcho at Samten Ling, Mangala Shri Bhuti’s retreat center in Crestone, Colorado. The focus of this practice intensive is on accumulating 100,000 tsok (feast) offering prayers dedicated to world peace, the longevity of the teacher, a call to the spirit of unbiased compassion towards all beings, spiritual progress on the path, and harmony within the Mangala Shri Bhuti sangha, the larger community of Buddhist practitioners, as well...

To Heal a Wounded Heart, Author Presentation & Book Signing with Pilar Jennings. PhD

Thursday, February 8, 2018 | 7:00 p.m.  |  Book Passage | Corte Madera, CA

Early on in her clinical practice, psychoanalyst Pilar Jennings was presented with a particularly difficult case: a six-year-old girl who, traumatized by loss, had stopped speaking. Challenged by the limitations of her training to respond effectively to the isolating effect of childhood trauma, Jennings takes the unconventional path of inviting her friend Lama Pema—a kindly Tibetan Buddhist monk who experienced his own life-shaping trauma at a very young age—into their sessions. In the warm therapeutic space they create, the young...

Fiji Workshops with Kino MacGregor

February 16–18, 2018  |  Tanoa International Hotel, Nadi

Come and join us here for the full weekend of 5 workshops or select only the workshops you want to attend. We look forward to meeting you here in Nadi, Fiji. The workshops will be held in the conference room at Tanoa International Hotel, Nadi. This location is about 5 minutes by car from the International Airport, approximately 25 minutes from Denarau Island where there is a range of International hotel chains, and 15-20 minutes from Wailoaloa beach where most...

Ashtanga Vinyasa: Internal Forms, Subtle Practices, and Technical Skills with Richard Freeman & Mary Taylor

February 16–18, 2018  |  Yoga Yoga Westlake, Austin, TX

Please join us in welcoming yoga pioneers Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor to Yoga Yoga for the first time. With over four decades of study each, ranging from from Zen Buddhism, Sufism, Sanskrit, and philosophy, plus direct studies with B. K. S. Iyengar and their primary teacher, the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Richard and Mary are regarded with the highest respect amongst their peers, and it is our honor to have them share their wisdom. The weekend is rooted...

2018 Pilgrimage to India and Nepal Co-lead by Wendy Garling

February 17–March 2, 2018  |  Arriving and departing from New Delhi, India

“In the Footsteps of the Buddha,” with Stories of Buddhism’s First Women, co-leaders Shantum Seth and Wendy Garling, presented by Buddhapath. In February 2018, Buddhapath will present an unprecedented new approach to the traditional Indian Buddhist pilgrimage. As we travel through the fertile plains of the Ganges and the lush foothills of the Himalayas to the sites where the Buddha was born, spent his childhood, practiced austerities, became enlightened, taught dharma, and passed away, we’ll tell his stories as well as those...

Experiential Anatomy with Judith Hanson Lasater

February 19–23, 2018 | 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.  |  Historic Old Town San Diego Hacienda Hotel

Experiential Anatomy for yoga teachers and serious students is unlike most anatomy classes. We do not start with learning lists of anatomical facts; instead we start with what you already know: asana practice. From asana, we extrapolate the anatomical and kinesiological principles that you have experienced in your body. We just give names to what you already have felt and “know in your bones.” This 25-hour retreat style course is all about practical knowledge. We focus on learning what helps us...

The Liberating Practice with Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel

February 21–25, 2018  |  Nyima Tashi Kagyu Buddhist Centre | Auckland, NZ

The title, The Liberating Practice of Looking and Not Finding, describes a traditional Buddhist meditative practice of exploring mind and its world, often referred to as “analytical meditation.” These teachings were first introduced by the renowned second century Indian practitioner, Nagarjuna. These investigations serve to interrupt our misconception that things, from our thoughts and emotions to outer objects, intrinsically possess the characteristics we project on to them. This insight is crucial because the very misconception that things are limited to...

Yoga for Healthy Aging Book Signing and Q&A with Baxter Bell

February 24, 2018 | 3:30–4:30 p.m.  |  The Yoga Sanctuary | Punta Gorda, FL

Baxter Bell will speak about and sign his new book, Yoga for Healthy Aging: A Guide to Lifelong Well-Being. This event is free and open to the public.

Yoga for Healthy Aging Book Signing and Q&A with Nina Zolotow and Dr. Brad Gibson

February 24, 2018 | 3:30–5:30 p.m.  |  Nourish Santa Cruz | Santa Cruz, CA

Come celebrate the release of the new book Yoga for Healthy Aging: A Guide to Lifelong Well-Being by Baxter Bell, MD, and Nina Zolotow. We will be having a book signing with author Nina Zolotow, editor-in-chief of the Yoga for Healthy Aging blog. We’ll also have a presentation by Nina and Dr. Brad Gibson, one of the original founders of the Yoga for Healthy Aging blog and a medical researcher who has studied aging. This will be your chance to learn not only about yoga for...

The Logic of Faith: Talk and Book Signing with Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel

February 27, 2018 | 7:00–9:00 p.m.  |  The Buddhist Library | Sydney, Australia

Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel will speak about and sign her new book, The Logic of Faith: A Buddhist Approach to Finding Certainty Beyond Belief and Doubt. The event is co-hosted by Australia Mangalam and The Buddhist Library.

5 Slogans of Machik Labdron with Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel

February 28–March 1, 2018  |  Newtown Neighbourhood Centre | Sydney, Australia

Confess your hidden faults. Approach what you find repulsive. Help those you think you cannot help. Anything you are attached to, let it go. Go to the places that scare you. The fearless and innovative practitioner Machik Labdron (11th century) was one of Tibet’s most renowned female saints and teachers. Machik’s unique approach provides us with a path to transform our inner demons by invoking, embracing, and nurturing them. In these teachings, Elizabeth will lead us through guided meditations and...

The Jeweled Path Book Talk and Signing with Karen Johnson

March 1, 2018 | 6:30–9:00 p.m.  |  Columbine Spiritual Center | Boulder, CO

How does a spiritual tradition arise? We rarely have the opportunity to ask the founder of a spiritual path that question, but this meeting offers such an opportunity. Karen Johnson, who joined forces with A. H. Almaas, was the cradle of the Diamond Approach. They will tell frankly how their personal and spiritual experiences created a path of growth and transformation that now appeals to people worldwide. In her new book The Jeweled Path, Karen Johnson gives a warm, personal,...

A Drop of Nectar: Internal Forms, Breath and Mudra with Richard Freeman & Mary Taylor

March 2, 2018 | 4:00–6:00 p.m.  |  Ashtanga Yoga Confluence, San Diego, CA

True nectar is said to be composed of compassion, insight, and humor. It is released from the root of the palate when the inhaling pattern of prana and the exhaling pattern of apana unite to form mulabandha into a proper mudra. Ashtanga Vinyasa is the continuous cultivation of this fine ambrosial drink achieved by following a thread of its flavor through and between postures, breaths, thoughts, and techniques. In this class we will explore opening and then releasing vivid, internal,...

The Logic of Faith: Talk and Book Signing with Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel

March 2–4, 2018  |  E-Vam Institute | Melbourne, Australia

Join Elizabeth at the E-vam Institute in North Carlton for a talk on The Liberating Practice of Looking Not Finding. She will also offer a book signing for her new book, The Logic of Faith.

Costa Rica Workshop with Kino MacGregor

March 3–4, 2018  |  Krama Yoga Escazú

Kino MacGregor will host a weekend yoga workshop at Krama Yoga Escazú.

One True Thing with Judith Hanson Lasater

March 5–7, 2018 | 1:00–5:00 p.m.  |  SoulSpring Wellness

In this workshop discussions and practice will point us toward a deep Self- inquiry. What values shape our practice, our teaching, our life? What is the best guide to deepening our sense of profound bodily and emotional ease? Our goal will be to create and distill into one sentence our own personal dharma or purpose for this life, a statement that can guide our personal practice, our teaching, our family life, and our life in the wider world. We will focus on and feed our yoga practice because it...

The 18th Vajra Vidya International Seminar with Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

March 5–16, 2018  |  Vajra Vidya Institute, Varanasi, India

Teaching: Chapter 4 on Carefulness and Chapter 5 on Mindfulness from The Way of the Bodhisattva by Shantideva Seminar Fee: $100 US or rupee equivalent For more information and registration for VVI accommodation, contact: Gloria Jones, seminar coordinator, glorialynnjones@gmail.com

Mingyur Rinpoche on the Third Karmapa’s Aspiration Prayer of Mahamudra

March 7-10, 2018

Ordinary Mind: Teachings on the Third Karmapa’s Aspiration of Mahamudra

Yoga for Healthy Aging Book Signing with Baxter Bell

March 10, 2018 | 6:15–7:15 p.m.  |  Sun and Moon Studio | Fairfax, VA

Directly after the afternoon workshop, Baxter will stick around to chat about his new book, Yoga for Healthy Aging: A Guide to Lifelong Well-Being, by Baxter and coauthor Nina Zolotow.

Cynthia Bourgeault Presents Introductory Wisdom School Part B: The Divine Exchange

March 11-16, 2018  |  Kanuga Conference Center

Following the very successful Introductory Wisdom School Part A in 2015 at Kanuga, NC, Cynthia Bourgeault invites you to learn The Divine Exchange with her and another “mega” group of students. Cover the Wisdom metaphysical map, the Divine Exchange, the Vertical Exchange, Reciprocal Feeding, and the Jesus teachings based in exchange, as well as an introduction to Trinitarian Metaphysics. You will also get the chance to work more with selected logia from the Gospel of Thomas.

Zen Calligraphy Intensive with Kazuaki Tanahashi

March 12–18, 2018  |  Mercy Center, Burlingame, CA

Immerse yourself in exploring Zen calligraphy near San Francisco, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Daily activities will include meditation, readings of Zen texts, and lectures on the history of East Asian calligraphy. You will practice with formal, semi-cursive, and cursive characters as well as their artistic interpretations during class and studio time. You will learn how to paint your favorite phrases, then mount your calligraphy for display. You will experiment with brushes and paper of different sizes, painting...

Logic of Faith: Book Talk and Signing with Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel

March 15, 2018 | 7:30–8:30 p.m.  |  Boulder Book Store | Boulder, CO

Join Elizabeth as she explores the creative relationship between faith and doubt, knowing and not-knowing, and shows how an awakened life results from living from the place in between. Faith is a thorny subject these days. Its negative expressions cause many to dismiss it out of hand–but Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel urges us to reconsider, for faith is really nothing but our natural proclivity to find certainty in a world where certainty is hard to come by. And if we look...

The Logic of Faith: Book Talk and Signing with Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel

March 16, 2018 | 6:00–7:30 p.m.  |  Windhorse Community Services | Boulder, CO

Let’s not just write faith off so glibly. After all, it’s not faith’s fault that we use it as a synonym for expectation, dogma, or rightness. Even the greatest cynics and conspiracy theorists – those who resist the very notion of faith – have faith in their ideas. As long as you are breathing and your heart is pumping in your chest, you will never escape the need “to faith,” and why would you want to? The human predicament literally...

Annual Weeklong Meditation Retreat (Free) – with Lodro Rinzler and Susan Piver

March 17-25, 2018  |  Shambhala Mountain Center

Do a deep dive into your meditation practice with this one week intensive. Appropriate for newbies and experienced meditators, this is a chance to deepen your understanding of meditation as well as your own mind and heart. We will practice shamatha, peaceful-abiding meditation, under the guidance of Shambhala teachers and best-selling Buddhist authors, Lodro Rinzler and Susan Piver. Each day will include a mix of meditation, guided contemplation, fresh teachings, and discussion around how to apply our practice to the...

Yoga and Inner Transformation with Ravi Ravindra

March 17–18, 2018 | 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.  |  Ojai Yoga Shala

Join Ojai Yoga Shala for two talks with their beloved teacher, Ravi Ravindra. Talks will explore the topic of inner transformation through Yoga and the Bagavad Gita, a classical text of Yoga. The one common feature of all the scriptures and the teachings of the sages, whether from the East or the West, is that as along as I remain the way I am I cannot come to the Truth. A radical inner transformation is required. In these talks with will...

The Logic of Faith: Book Talk and Signing with Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel

March 17, 2018 | 7:00–8:30 p.m.  |  Shambhala Meditation Center of Denver | Denver, CO

Join Elizabeth as she explores the creative relationship between faith and doubt, knowing and not-knowing, and shows how an awakened life results from living from the place in between. Faith is a thorny subject these days. Its negative expressions cause many to dismiss it out of hand–but Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel urges us to reconsider, for faith is really nothing but our natural proclivity to find certainty in a world where certainty is hard to come by. And if we look...

The Logic of Faith: Book Talk and Signing with Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel

March 19, 2018 | 7:00–8:00 p.m.  |  Spirit Rock Meditation Center | Woodacre, CA

Elizabeth will teach on the meaning of practice in nature, infused by her experience and teachings at the Wilderness Dharma Movement’s Canyon de Chelly annual retreat and her many years’ experience of practice in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Southern Colorado. Elizabeth believes that to become a more courageous practitioner, we need to leave our familiar cocoon and dive into unknown territory, both inside and out. After the program Elizabeth will sign copies of her new book, The Logic...

The Bhagavad Gita: A Guide to Navigating the Battle of Life Course Taught by Ravi Ravindra

March 20–23, March 27–30, & April 3–5, 2018  |  Krotona Institute of Theosophy

Ravi Ravindra will teach a course on “The Bhagavad Gita: A Guide to Navigating the Battle of Life” at the Krotona Institute of Theosophy. For registration information, please contact schoolregistrar@krotonainstitute.org.

The Logic of Faith: Book Talk and Signing with Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel

March 20, 2018 | 7:00–8:00 p.m.  |  Unitarian Universalist Congregation | Santa Rosa, CA

Join Elizabeth as she explores the creative relationship between faith and doubt, knowing and not-knowing, and shows how an awakened life results from living from the place in between. Faith is a thorny subject these days. Its negative expressions cause many to dismiss it out of hand—but Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel urges us to reconsider, for faith is really nothing but our natural proclivity to find certainty in a world where certainty is hard to come by. And if we look...

The Logic of Faith: Book Talk and Signing with Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel

March 21, 2018 | 7:00–8:00 p.m.  |  Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Center | San Francisco, CA

Join Elizabeth as she explores the creative relationship between faith and doubt, knowing and not-knowing, and shows how an awakened life results from living from the place in between. Faith is a thorny subject these days. Its negative expressions cause many to dismiss it out of hand—but Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel urges us to reconsider, for faith is really nothing but our natural proclivity to find certainty in a world where certainty is hard to come by. And if we look...

5 Slogans of Machik Labdron and Book Signing with Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel

March 23–24, 2018  |  Dharmata Foundation | Richmond, CA

Elizabeth will offer three talks on The Five Slogans of Machik Labdron. Book signing for her new book, The Logic of Faith, will take place following the program.

Moving Toward the Center: Pranayama Intensive with Judith Hanson Lasater

March 24–28, 2018 | 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.  |  Yoga Campus

But our special focus will be on pranayama, the practice that uses the breath as a vehicle to carry us “toward our center” in a subtle and powerful way. Both our Active and Restorative poses will therefore be selected specifically to open us to our breathing. While it is not well-known, in traditional yoga training pranayama practice was much more important than asana practice. We will approach the topic first from breathing awareness techniques that are suitable for all levels...

Yoga for Healthy Aging Book Signing and Q&A with Nina Zolotow and Dr. Brad Gibson

March 24, 2018 | 2:00–4:00 p.m.  |  Integral Yoga Institute | San Francisco, CA

Come celebrate the release of the new book Yoga for Healthy Aging: A Guide to Lifelong Well-Being by Baxter Bell, MD, and Nina Zolotow. We will be having a book signing with author Nina Zolotow, editor-in-chief of the Yoga for Healthy Aging blog. We’ll also have a presentation by Nina and Dr. Brad Gibson, one of the original founders of the Yoga for Healthy Aging blog and a medical researcher who has studied aging. This will be your chance to learn not only about yoga for...

Workshop on Yogas in the Bhagavad Gita with Ravi Ravindra

March 25, 2018 | 2:00-5:00 p.m.  |  Santa Barbara Yoga Center

Ravi Ravindra will give a workshop on understanding the Variety of Yogas in the Bhagavad Gita.

A Drop of Nectar: Internal Forms, Breath, and Mudra Retreat with Richard Freeman & Mary Taylor

March 25–April 7, 2018  |  Samahita Retreat, Koh Samui, Thailand

True nectar is said to be composed of compassion, insight, and humor. It is released from the root of the palate when the inhaling pattern of prana and the exhaling pattern of apana unite to form mulabandha into a proper mudra. Ashtanga Vinyasa is the continuous cultivation of this fine ambrosial drink achieved by following a thread of its flavor through and between postures, breaths, thoughts, and techniques. In this workshop, through postures of the primary and intermediate series of...

To Celebrate the Christ Within Workshop with Ravi Ravindra & Priscilla Murray

March 30–31, 2018  |  Krotona Institute of Theosophy

Ravi Ravindra & Priscilla Murray will give a workshop on “To Celebrate the Christ Within.” For more information, please contact schoolregistrar@krotonainstitute.org.

Namo Buddha Seminar in Nepal with Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

March 31–April 4, 2018  |  Shree Mangal Dvip School Shrinehall, Boudha Tinchuli, Nepal

Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche will teach on: Subject: Two selected songs (dohas) from the collection of Khenpo Gangshar Wangpo The seminar will be held at Shree Mangal Dvip School Shrinehall in Boudha Tinchuli. (Thrangu Rinpoche’s school for Himalayan children) No pre-registration is necessary for the seminar. Registration and fee payment will be on Thursday, March 30, at Thrangu Tashi Choling Monastery (located close to the Boudha Stupa). Seminar Fee: $50 US or rupee equivalent

Teaching Weekend with Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel

March 31–April 1, 2018  |  Pema Osel Do Ngak Choling | Vershire, VT

Elizabeth will teaching at Pema Osel in Vershire, VT. There will be three talks: two on Saturday and one on Sunday morning.

Connected in a Divided World, public talk with Ven. Thubten Chodron

April 3, 2018 | 6:30–8:00 p.m. PST  |  North Idaho College, Coeur D'Alene, ID

What keeps us together as a society, especially in America where diverse communities live, work, and play together side-by-side? Venerable Thubten Chodron speaks on the shared values and ordinary virtues that we often take for granted in our everyday lives, which keep us alive and connected to each other from the heart.

The Logic of Faith Book Talk with Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel

April 3, 2018 | 7:00–8:30 p.m.  |  Harvard Divinity School | Cambridge, MA

Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel will be speaking about her new book, The Logic of Faith, at the Andover Chapel.

Relax and Renew®: Learning How to Teach Restorative Yoga: Level 1 with Judith Hanson Lasater

April 11–15, 2018 | 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.  |  Yoga Campus

We work very hard in our lives, and while we may sleep, we rarely take time to rest. Restorative Yoga poses help us learn to relax and rest deeply and completely. During deep relaxation, all the organ systems of the body are benefited, and a few of the measurable results of relaxation are the reduction of blood pressure and the improvement of immune function, as well as improvement in digestion, fertility, elimination, and the reduction of muscle tension and generalized...

Yoga for Healthy Aging Intensive with Baxter Bell

April 15–22, 2018  |  Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Stockbridge, MA

For yoga practitioners at all levels and yoga teachers. Join Baxter Bell and Melina Meza for an enlightening and informative program that focuses on practical strategies for a lifetime of vitality and well-being. This intensive includes expert medical information and therapeutic yoga postures for maintaining physical, mental, and emotional wellness throughout life. Practitioners learn to set themselves up for a lifetime of healthy living; 200-hour yoga teachers have the opportunity to receive Yoga for Healthy Aging certification. Come learn: Daily...

Art Exhibit Based on Illustrations in Guided Tour of Hell

Wednesday, April 18, 2018  |  Asian Art Museum

The Asian Art Museum in San Francisco is featuring an exhibit based on the illustrations in A Guided Tour of Hell: A Graphic Memoir by Samuel Bercholz and Pema Namdol Thaye.

The Jeweled Path Book Talk and Signing with Karen Johnson

April 21, 2018 | 6:00–9:00 p.m.  |  Mary Ward House | London, UK

How does a spiritual tradition arise? We rarely have the opportunity to ask the founder of a spiritual path that question, but this meeting offers such an opportunity. Karen Johnson, who joined forces with A. H. Almaas, was the cradle of the Diamond Approach. They will tell frankly how their personal and spiritual experiences created a path of growth and transformation that now appeals to people worldwide. In her new book The Jeweled Path, Karen Johnson gives a warm, personal,...

Mingyur Rinpoche: Daylong Event To Be Announced

April 21, 2018  |  Karma Ling, Birmingham

Daylong Event To Be Announced

Mingyur Rinpoche in Wales

April 22 - 25  |  Wales

Palpung Changchub Dargyeling April 22 Public Talk April 23-25 Meditation Retreat – Mahamudra Aspiration Prayer

Festival of Faiths: The Sacred Feminine featuring Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel

April 24–28, 2018  |  The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts | Louisville, KY

Elizabeth will speak at the Center for Interfaith Relation’s 23rd annual Festival of Faiths. It is a five-day nationally acclaimed multi-faith celebration of music, poetry, art, film, and dialogue with spiritual leaders, practitioners and teachers. The 2018 Festival of Faith explores practices, teachings, and insight rooted in feminine wisdom.

Good Karma: How to Create the Causes of Happiness and Avoid Suffering, public talk with Ven. Thubten Chodron

April 25, 2018 | 7:00–9:00 p.m.  |  Tibetan Center Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

Why do things happen the way they do in our lives? How do we create the causes for a happy life? The Buddhist practice of mind training gives us the answer to these questions: it involves overcoming our self-centered attitude and replacing it with an attitude that cherishes others. This, in turn, leads us to act in ways that naturally lead away from suffering and toward happiness—in short, to create good karma. Venerable Thubten Chodron offers a commentary on one...

Mingyur Rinpoche in Scotland: Gampopa’s Precious Garland

May 1-4, 2018  |  Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery, Langholm, United Kingdom

Kagyu Samye Ling May 1-4 Gampopa’s “The Precious Garland of the Supreme Path”

Living with an Open Heart: An Introduction, public talk with Ven. Thubten Chodron

May 2, 2018 | 3:00 p.m.  |  Ripa Center | Moscow, Russia

Speaking on the guiding principles of love and compassion that allow us to wisely structure our own lives while progressing toward both personal well­-being and the happiness of others, Venerable Chodron will present the Russian edition of her book, An Open-Hearted Life: Transformative Methods for Compassionate Living from a Clinical Psychologist and a Buddhist Nun (co­authored with Dr. Russel Kolts).

Amitabha recitation residential retreat with Ven. Thubten Chodron

May 3–6, 2018  |  North Kunsangar, Moscow, Russia

The practice of meditation on the body, speech, and mind of the Buddha of Boundless Light (Amitabha) is equally widespread in the Tibetan and Chinese traditions and serves as the key element of the Pure Land tradition of Buddhism. Participants of this retreat will focus on different ways of applying this practice (including walking meditation) for the sake of purifying and calming the mind. Venerable Chodron will also give teachings on how Amitabha’s practice can serve as the basis for...

Yantra Drawing and Coloring with Sarah Tomlinson

May 4, 2018 | 1:00–5:00 p.m.  |  Yoga Union, New York, NY

A brilliant visual meditation with Sarah Tomlinson, one of the few Americans trained to teach this material in the West. As with asana, pranayama, and meditation, Yantra painting alters the internal landscape, changes the vibratory content of one’s being, and can bring about profound healing. This is a rare occasion to spend time focused on the beauty and precision of line and color while experiencing the transformative effects of this ancient practice. Sarah Tomlinson studied with Harish Johari, one of...

Three Day Ashtanga Immersion with Kino MacGregor

May 5–7, 2018  |  Seymour Leisure Centre

Delve deeply into the Ashtanga Yoga method with expert teacher Kino MacGregor. Classes are designed to be both useful independently and as a set upon which to build. Each morning practice will have ample time to include breakdowns and discussion of specific asanas as well as give crucial information about the Ashtanga Yoga method. Each day will be slightly different with focus shifting based on the students’ needs and the workshop topics. Drop in for one session or dive into...

“To Be Beloved of Beings,” public talk with Ven. Thubten Chodron

May 6, 2018 | 2:00 p.m.  |  North Kunsangar, Moscow, Russia

While the love and compassion of the teachings of such Buddhist masters as Shantideva and Asanga are widely known among Western practitioners, the name Nagarjuna is often associated only with a profound comprehension of reality. Dissolving this stereotype, the Venerable Chodron will briefly highlight the deep teachings of Nagarjuna and the open heart contained in the text Precious Garland.

The Jeweled Path Book Talk and Signing with Karen Johnson

May 6, 2018 | 2:30–5:30 p.m.  |  Amstelkerk | Amsterdam, Netherlands

How does a spiritual tradition arise? We rarely have the opportunity to ask the founder of a spiritual path that question, but this meeting offers such an opportunity. Karen Johnson, who joined forces with A. H. Almaas, was the cradle of the Diamond Approach. They will tell frankly how their personal and spiritual experiences created a path of growth and transformation that now appeals to people worldwide. In her new book The Jeweled Path, Karen Johnson gives a warm, personal,...

Benefits of Bodhichitta, public talk with Ven. Thubten Chodron

May 7, 2018 | 7:00 p.m.  |  Ripa Center, Moscow, Russia

Continuing with the exploration of open heart and exceptional levels of kindness and compassion, Venerable Thubten Chodron will describe the benefits of bodhichitta—an altruistic aspiration for awakening for the benefit of all sentient beings. She will also briefly talk on the practice of mahayana thought ­transformation based on the “41 Prayers for Developing Bodhicitta.”

Ashtanga Yoga Immersion with Kino MacGregor

May 10–13, 2018  |  Jivamukti Yoga Berlin

We are very grateful to welcome Kino MacGregor back to Berlin in 2018 for the 4th time in a row for a 4-day Ashtanga Yoga Immersion. Kino is known by many as one of the foremost Ashtanga Yoga teachers worldwide and as the youngest woman to receive (at the age of 29) certification as an Ashtanga Yoga teacher from Sri K. Pattabhi Jois directly. Don’t miss this one and only chance to study with this very special teacher in Germany...

The Women in Buddha’s Life: Stories and Reflections. A Weekend Residential Workshop Retreat with Wendy Garling

May 11–13, 2018  |  Barre Center for Buddhist Studies

Who were the women in Buddha’s life? What do we know about them? The conventional Buddha biography tells us very little, but casting a wider net we find an abundance of wonderful stories that flowed from early oral traditions to now overlooked Pali and Sanskrit sources. During this weekend course we will discuss and reflect on the stories of Maya, Gotami, Yashodhara and the harem wives, Sujata, Visakha, and others whose lives were inextricably bound with the Buddha’s, first as...

Moving From the Organs with Judith Hanson Lasater

May 14–18, 2018 | 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.  |  Prairie Yoga

Moving From the Organs: Deep and Therapeutic Asana Practice from the Inner Body We often focus on practicing our poses from the spine, arms and legs. But the ancient teachings of yoga also dealt with the opening and quieting of the organs of the body, like the heart, kidneys and liver that are found in the “kunda” or vessel holding these organs. During this workshop we will focus on specific poses that create a healthy balance for the organs in...

Metta: Lovingkindness Retreat with Sharon Salzberg, Mark Coleman, and Oren J. Sofer

May 16–23, 2018  |  Insight Retreat Center

A lottery will be conducted for this retreat. Registrations are due by October 31, 2017. Metta is the Pali word for friendship or lovingkindness. It is taught as a meditation that cultivates our natural capacity for an open and loving heart. With its roots in practices said to have been taught by the Buddha himself, metta is traditionally offered along with meditations that enrich compassion, joy in the happiness of others and equanimity. These practices lead to the development of concentration,...

Real Freedom – Retreat with Joan Halifax & Sharon Salzberg

May 25–28, 2018  |  Upaya Zen Center, Santa Fe, NM

In this weekend retreat, we learn how to distinguish skillful habits that lead to awareness and a sense of deep connection, and free ourselves from unskillful habits that reinforce a sense of separation. Mindfulness allows us to reach into our hearts and open them, reorienting to compassion. Through lovingkindness practice, we can cultivate courage by taking risks to break free of the limits and expectations of love that we habitually carry for so long. In doing so, we can gradually...

Engaging Cultural Difference and Human Diversity with Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel

June 2–8, 2018  |  Mind & Life Institute | Garrison, NY

Elizabeth will join the faculty of the 2018 Mind & Life Summer Research Institute. This year’s program extends the arc from the 2016 and 2017 programs that addressed themes of context, social connectivity, and intersubjectivity by engaging critical topics relevant to cultural difference and human diversity. The weeklong immersive program will examine social and psychological patterns, both implicit and explicit, to discuss how difference is constructed at personal, interpersonal, and socio-structural levels. Scientific, humanistic, and first-person contemplative perspectives will give...

Loving Awareness: A Retreat for Experienced Meditators with Jack Kornfield and Trudy Goodman Kornfield

June 14–17, 2018  |  Insight Retreat Center

A lottery will be conducted for this course. Registrations are due by November 7, 2017. Loving Awareness, practiced as mindfulness and metta, is the gateway to liberation. During this meditation retreat, we will join together as experienced practitioners to quiet the mind, open the heart and see our human life with the eyes of wisdom. The daily schedule for this course will follow a different format from other IMS retreats: in addition to guided meditations and alternate sitting and walking practice...

Teachers Intensive with Richard Freeman & Mary Taylor

July 9–August 3, 2018  |  Yoga Workshop, Boulder, CO

We offer monthlong Teachers Intensives through the Yoga Workshop. The purpose of the course is to begin an exploration of the internal principles and forms of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga at a level that will deepen one’s practice and make teaching a natural outcome of practice. Always returning to our own personal experience, we will explore the practices and philosophies of yoga, their contexts, purposes, patterns, and limitations. Examining the tradition from multiple viewpoints should give depth and sophistication to the...

Nyingma Summer Seminar

July 14–22, 2018  |  Phuntsok Choling | Ward, CO

Kongtrul Rinpoche has often called this much-loved annual event our “Thanksgiving” as a community in Mangala Shri Bhuti, a time when we gather to appreciate the richness that Buddhadharma brings into our lives. The lovely outdoor setting of the seminar under a large shrine tent offers a perfect contemplative environment. We invite you to join us in the beautiful foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Enroll in the whole program, come for individual days, or attend from anywhere in the world...

Relax and Renew®: Learning How to Teach Restorative Yoga: Level 1 with Judith Hanson Lasater

July 16–20, 2018 | 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.  |  Yoga Tree Castro

We work very hard in our lives, and while we may sleep, we rarely take time to rest. Restorative Yoga poses help us learn to relax and rest deeply and completely. During deep relaxation, all the organ systems of the body are benefited, and a few of the measurable results of relaxation are the reduction of blood pressure and the improvement of immune function, as well as improvement in digestion, fertility, elimination, and the reduction of muscle tension and generalized...

Yoga Retreat with Judith Hanson Lasater

August 3–13, 2018 | 5:00 p.m.  |  Feathered Pipe Ranch

Active and quiet practice yoga retreat – all levels.

Relax and Renew®: Therapeutic Applications of Restorative Yoga: Level 2 with Judith Hanson Lasater

August 20–24, 2018 | 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.  |  Yoga Tree

Participants must have completed Relax & Renew®: Learning to Teach Restorative Yoga: Level 1 with Judith Hanson Lasater and currently hold a Relax and Renew® Trainer certificate before registering for the Level 2 course. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS PREREQUISITE. Those who teach Restorative Yoga frequently discover the amazing power of this practice. Building on the basics you learned in Level 1, this 25-hour training will cover the more complex and therapeutic aspects of teaching Restorative yoga. The workshop...

Wilderness Dharma Movement Retreat with Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel and Anam Thubten Rinpoche

September 19–26, 2018  |  Canyon de Chelly National Monument | Chinle, AZ

Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel and Anam Thubten Rinpoche will co-lead a Wilderness Dharma Movement retreat in Canyon de Chelly, AZ.

Experiential Anatomy with Judith Hanson Lasater

October 1–5, 2018 | 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.  |  You and the Mat Yoga Studio

Experiential Anatomy for yoga teachers and serious students is unlike most anatomy classes. We do not start with learning lists of anatomical facts; instead we start with what you already know: asana practice. From asana, we extrapolate the anatomical and kinesiological priciples that you have experienced in your body. We just give names to what you already have felt and “know in your bones”. This 25-hour course is all about practical knowledge. We focus on learning what helps us practice...

Drupchö (Practice Intensive)

October 6–13, 2018  |  Samten Ling | Crestone, CO

In the Dechen Gyalmo drupcho, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche and MSB members practice the dakini sadhana from the Longchen Nyingthik tradition. The focus of these practice intensives is on accumulating 100,000 tsok offering prayers. The merit, or positive intention and action, of the drupcho is dedicated to world peace, the longevity of masters who are teaching in the world, greater compassion towards all beings, genuine spiritual progress on the path, and harmony both within the sangha and the larger community of...

Step by Step: Balancing, Reframing, Opening, and Letting Go Retreat with Richard Freeman & Mary Taylor

October 14–24, 2018  |  Samahita Retreat, Koh Samui, Thailand

For Ashtanga practitioners, sometimes the most difficult—if not dreaded—part of the practice is sitting still. Yet taking time to cultivate finishing postures, pranayama forms, as well as meditation practice can enliven and bring a whole new depth to our daily asana practice. In this 10-day retreat, we will focus on the balancing combination of asana, meditation, and breathing practices. Each day we will sit, practice Mysore style, chant, explore postures in depth in guided sessions, and work with the philosophical...

Mahayana Essentials with Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel

December 1–2, 2018  |  Phuntsok Choling | Ward, CO

Elizabeth will offer three talks during this Mahayana Essentials weekend.